Apr 282015
 

slayed on the slopesSlayed on the Slopes
(A Pacific Northwest Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Oregon
Kensington (March 31, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617730009
E-Book ASIN: B00OEW7562
goodreads-badge-add-plus

 

After talking her way into a job writing for Portland’s Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg Reed may now really be in over her head. Actually, about 8,000 feet over her head. . .

She’s at Mount Hood’s remote Silcox Hut, covering the the seriously hardcore Ridge Rangers– Oregon’s elite high-altitude rescue team–during their four-day winter training. Sure, Meg beefed up her outdoor skills over the summer . . . but she’s still hoping to cover the event with some hot chocolate by the cheery fireplace. Then, during a sudden blizzard, she swears she hears gunshots. No one stranded in the hut believes her . . . until self-absorbed Ridge Ranger Ben Rogers is found outside in a pool of frozen blood. Meg’s now got to find this killer quickly . . . before cabin fever does them all in!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I have been waiting for this book, thankfully we weren’t kept waiting a whole year!

Meg is back and off on another adventure and again she is not prepared and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!! She thinks a little “training” she did over the summer will be able to make her look like she knows what she is doing and fool her boss. Well she is prepared for roughing in front of the fireplace but she can’t ski and her cute little gloves are not going to keep her warm as she observes the Ridge Rangers. She does know what gunshots sound like and she knows they mean trouble especially when the head Ridge Ranger is found dead!

This girl she can get herself in the middle of things even when she is trying hard to avoid them. Her father was a journalist too and was killed. She hears his voice in her head throughout the entire story and there are several unanswered questions about his death. This was touched on in the first book and that subplot continues in this one.

Again in addition to the great cast of characters the setting is a character too. The author describes everything so wonderfully, from the blizzard and piles of snow to the frigid temps. Burrrrrrr!!! Traveling up an down the mountain from the main lodge to the remote Silcox Hut, I could picture it so vividly.

This was a fantastic story with a huge OMG moment! The main mystery was so good. I was suspecting everyone at one point or another. I had just one little issue with sometime Meg had a hard time with near the end of  the story but I don’t want to spoil anything but those of you that know me will know exactly what I am talking about when you read the story.

I am already waiting the next edition, these cliffhangers are killer, lol!!!

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Find out more about Kate Dyer Seeley on her webpage here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Apr 272015
 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

This great meme is hosted by Sheila at
Book Journey”.
It’s a great way to start the week and
find out what other bloggers are reading.
My To-Be-Read pile has grown to an
unbelievable number thanks to this meme.

Sheila is not back blogging. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts as prayers.

My reading is starting to get back on track and I am back to blogging every day throwing in spotlights and giveaways until I get my calendar caught up.

Here’s my recap of reading for last week and what I am planning this week.

FINISHED
Lemon Pies and Little White Lies (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery)

Release Date: April 7, 2015
For Review
goodreads-badge-add-plus

Slayed on the Slopes (A Pacific Northwest Mystery)

Release Date: March 31, 2015
For Review
goodreads-badge-add-plus

The Alpine Zen: An Emma Lord Mystery

Release Date: April 7, 2015
For Review
goodreads-badge-add-plus

 Race the Wild #1: Rain Forest Relay

From Amazon Vine
Now that my grandson is reading I am adding books like this in to pass on to him.
goodreads-badge-add-plus

ON DECK THIS WEEK

Musseled Out (A Maine Clambake Mystery)

Release Date: April 28, 2015
goodreads-badge-add-plus

Oh Say Can You Fudge (A Candy-coated Mystery)

Release Date: April 28, 2015
goodreads-badge-add-plus

The Final Reveille (A Living History Museum Mystery)

Release Date: May 8, 2015
Amanda will be here for Cozy Wednesday May 6, 2015
goodreads-badge-add-plus

escape

Click Here To See All My Current Giveaways!!

Happy Reading!!!
Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Apr 262015
 

The Sunday Salon.com

The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an informal week in review
gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

SUNDAY POSTThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Yesterday with celebrated our granddaughter’s 3rd Birthday. Another one of those firsts without my son. It was hard at first especially because there was a gift there for her from him, beautiful “hair pretties” that he had asked a friend to make before he died. What was so nice was all of us who love Natalie getting together. She was his princess and and now he is one of her angels.
NATALIE 3 YEARS OLD 3

weekly rewind credited235Weekly Rewind – April 20 – 25, 2015

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Tuesday – Review – The Denim Blue Sea by Joanne DeMaio

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Janet Bolin – Author of Seven Threadly Sins – Giveaway too!

Thursday – Spotlight – The Deadly Dog Show by Jerold Last Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – Review/Giveaway – Lemon Pies and Little White Lies by Ellery Adams

Friday – Giveaway – Book Clubbed by Lorna Barrett

Saturday – Spotlight – Hide nor Hair by Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa Great Escapes Book Tour

mail call314No Books This Week!

Have a wonderful week!

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Apr 252015
 

HIDE NOR HAIR   large banner640

My turn today to showcase Hide nor Hair
by Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa

 

HideNorHair-front-coverHide nor Hair
(A Jersey Girl Cozy Mystery Book 2)

File Size: 2625 KB
Print Length: 187 pages
Publisher: Cup of Tea Books, an imprint of PageSpring Publishing (April 21, 2015)
ASIN: B00THGQ6II

Synopsis

For this Jersey girl, big hair means big trouble!

Newspaper reporter Colleen Caruso just wants her unruly curls tamed into smooth, sleek locks. Instead, she finds her stylist dead, face down in a shampoo sink. Faster than you can say Aqua Net, Colleen starts investigating. The case gets even hairier when the owner of a local fitness studio seems to have jumped from a plane … without a parachute.

Meanwhile, her suave editor, Ken Rhodes, steps in to help. And he may be looking for more than just a good story from Colleen.

Add in a missing bracelet, some suspicious husbands, and a little breaking and entering—and this Jersey girl is heading for a real blowout!

Can Colleen tie up these split ends? Or does she have an appointment with disaster?

Jo-Ann author photo

About This Author

Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa lives in Old Bridge, New Jersey, and uses her experience as a freelance correspondent as the basis of her protagonist’s career. Several of the incidents within these pages are actual occurrences. They have been shamelessly embellished and are not a blow-by-blow account of a few really bad days on the job. Hide Nor Hair is her second novel.

Author Link:

www.joannlamonreccoppa.com

 

Purchase Links:
Amazon Kobo
Barnes and Noble

New Math Is Murder (A Jersey Girl Cozy Mystery Book 1)

a Rafflecopter giveaway
TOUR PARTICIPANTS

April 21 – Musings and Ramblings – Interview
April 22 – View from the Birdhouse – Spotlight
April 23 – readalot – Review
April 24- Babs Book Bistro – Review
April 25 – Escape With Dollycas’s Into A Good Book – Spotlight
April 26 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Guest Post
April 27 – Tea and A Book – Review, Interview
April 28 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post
April 28 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
April 29 – i blog 4 books – Review
April 30 – A Blue Million Books – Guest Post
May 1 – Brooke Blogs – Guest Post
May 2 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review
May 3 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
May 4 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Guest Post

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 

Apr 242015
 
I haven’t quite gotten my reading mojo back yet but it is getting better. The review I had planned for today will appear next week so let’s do a giveaway today!!
GIVEAWAY
book clubbed

I have 1 paperback copy to give away! Release Date is May 5, 2015
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US or Canadian mailing address.

 Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

Following the new Google+ Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book Fan Page
will earn you 3 Bonus Entries.

Pin this giveaway to Pinterest for 3 Bonus Entries.

If you publicize the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive
5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

Contest Will End MAY 3, 2015 at 11:59 PM CST
Winners Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winners Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

Click Here For Entry Form

I reviewed the hardcover edition last July. Check it out below.

book clubbedBook Clubbed
(A Booktown Mystery)

8th in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (July 1, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Jacket Design by Diana Kolsky
Jacket Illustration by Teresa Fasolino
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425252574
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425262122

E-Book ASIN: B00G3L13KQ
goodreads-badge-add-plus

 

Cranky Chamber of Commerce receptionist Betsy Dittmeyer is done reading people the riot act. After she’s crushed by a fallen bookcase, the next item to be read is her last will and testament—which is packed with surprises. It soon comes to light that Betsy was hiding volumes of dark secrets behind that perpetual frown of hers—and one of them just might have been a motive for murder.

While Tricia tries to help Angelica—the newly elected Chamber of Commerce president and Betsy’s boss—solve the mystery, she discovers a hidden chapter in her own family history that rocks her to her very core. And with her ex-husband and the chief of police vying for her affections, it’s doubly hard to focus on who might have buried Betsy in a tomb of tomes.

But as Tricia and Angelica try to read between the lines, they need to watch their step…and make sure the killer doesn’t catch them between the stacks.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Hang on tight! This book gets off to a fast start and had this reader tuned in from page one.

Angelica is trying to start out on the right foot with the Chamber but Betsy Dittmeyer is not happy about it. Her point of view ceases to matter very quickly when her death has Angelica and sister Tricia trying to find out who helped bury Betsy under that pile of books. She wasn’t well liked so there ate quite a few suspects. It seems Betsy also has a few secrets that could have led to her demise.

Lorna Barrett does it again. My emotions were reeling with this story. I had tears in my eyes at one point.

Haven’t Got A Clue is a very special bookstore with very special employees. I love these characters. Pixie continues to shine and Mr. Everett is the perfect gentleman. Tricia is so lucky to have them by her side handling the ups and downs or not only the bookstore but Booktown as well. The are some changes coming to Booktown with Angelica leading the Chamber and Nigela Ricita Associates taking on a larger role in the properties in town there. Some other characters have some special announcements too that will be changing their lives.

Then of course there is Tricia’s love life or lack of a love life to add a little more to the story.

What I really enjoyed was that Tricia and Angelica continue to get closer as a family secret is revealed. It is time for these sisters to stick together and support each other.

The author has packed this pages with so much that I challenge anyone to put it down once you start reading. I truly hated for the story to end. I can’t wait to see what happens next!!

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

About Lorna Barrett

The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorraine Bartlett’s pen name Lorna Barrett on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent — whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett — that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series, and now the Tales of Telenia saga, and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s). Check out the links to all her works here: http://www.lorrainebartlett.com

facebookbadge1989166434pinterest-icon

 

Apr 232015
 

lemon piesLemon Pies and Little White Lies
(A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery)

4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Georgia
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (April 7, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Julia Green
Cover Design by Diana Kolsky
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425276020
E-Book ASIN: B00LMGLY2Y
goodreads-badge-add-plus

 

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Books by the Bay series and the Book Retreat mysteries–Includes pie recipes!

After Pecan Pies and Homicides comes another tangy slice of life—and death—in a charmed, and charming, small town…

Ella Mae LeFaye’s Charmed Pie Shoppe has become a phenomenon beyond her wildest dreams, providing the enchanted town of Havenwood, Georgia, with spellbinding desserts and magical pies. Her personal life is also heating up as she takes on the responsibilities of leadership within her magical community. In fact, the only thing weighing her down is the fact that handsome Hugh Dylan won’t return her calls…

Still, when Havenwood is rocked by a series of mysterious deaths, Ella Mae must put romantic longings aside—especially when she realizes that the mystical symbols left at each crime scene are dangerously personal. Now she will have to whip up all her supernatural skills to uncover a killer out to settle an ancient score—before the murderer devastates everything Ella Mae is determined to protect…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I finished this book and just said WOW! These books are not just cozy mysteries about a pie baking sleuth, they are magical, fantasy, cozy mysteries featuring an amazing pie baking sleuth!

Ella Mae faces her biggest task yet and so many people are counting on her to come through for them. At the same time she is terribly distracted dealing with her boyfriend’s absence. When people start dying and other crimes are all seem to link to Ella Mae she knows it is up to her to set things right and protect all the people she cares about.

Ellery Adams takes on a journey that will leave you breathless. Drama ensues all the way from Georgia to Scotland and many places in between. Fantasy soars in this story and escaping into is happens so easily. There are many details to catch so slow down so you catch every slice.

I have said this before, this series needs to be read in order to follow the progression of the characters to be fully enjoyed. Unlike some series stories you can pick up any of them and get caught up. That is not the case with this series. You need to read these books in order. Start with Pies and Prejudice, then Peach Pies and Alibis, then Pecan Pies and Homicides and the Lemon Pies and Little White Lies.

Oh yes, don’t forget the pies, the recipes are in the back of the book and the descriptions in the story will have your tummy rumbling for pie, in fact pie has become the favorite dessert in our house and we all say “there is always room for pie”.

I am so anxiously awaiting for the next story in this series. I can only imagine where the author will take us next!

a perfect escape
5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

To Find out more about Ellery and her books visit her webpage here.
Find her on Facebook      Twitter     GoodReads

You can also find her over at The Cozy Chicks and find The Cozy Chicks on Facebook and Twitter.
GIVEAWAY

Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 2 copies to give away!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US or Canadian mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

Following the new Google+ Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book Fan Page
will earn you 3 Bonus Entries.

Leave a comment for Ellery for 5 Bonus Entries.

Pin this giveaway to Pinterest for 3 Bonus Entries.

If you publicize the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive
5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

Contest Will End May 7, 2015 at 11:59 PM CST
Winners Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winners Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Apr 232015
 

deadly dog show large banner640

My turn today to showcase The Deadly Dog Show by Jerold Last!!

Praise for The Deadly Dog Show

The main characters are a interesting bunch…This has a lot of violence, murder, drugs and hard to know who is the guilty ones till it is revealed.
~readalot

The actual mystery did keep me guessing as did the subplot and related mysteries.
~Bea’s Book Nook

The Deadly Dog Show is both entertaining and educational. If you are an animal lover, this book should be on your TBR list. The rest of the ‘Roger and Suzanne’ books are going on my TBR list by the end of the day.
~Back Porchervations

Dog show coverThe Deadly Dog Show
(Roger and Suzanne South American Mystery Series Book 6)

Cozy Mystery
Self Published
Print Length: 252 pages
Publisher: Amazon (July 19, 2013)
goodreads-badge-add-plus

 

 

New Cover

New Cover

Synopsis

The sixth book in the popular Roger and Suzanne mystery series finds Roger and Bruce hired to go undercover impersonating the owner and handler of a Champion German Shorthaired Pointer named Juliet to investigate certain irregularities that might be occurring at dog shows in California. To complicate this case the bodies of dead judges start popping up and Suzanne picks up a mysterious stalker sending her most unwelcome gifts. Throw in drug cartels and corrupt cops and it sounds like a typical job for our detective couple.

The Deadly Dog Show can be read as a stand-alone novel.

 

 

 

 

jerold About This Author

The author is a Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of California’s Medical School at Davis, near Sacramento in Northern California. Jerry writes mystery stories that follow the cozy conventions of no graphic sex and no cussing but feature tougher protagonists and darker worlds than most cozies. Jerry knows the real world of dog shows from his own experience and that of his wife, Elaine, who breeds and shows prize-winning German Shorthair Pointer dogs. The cover photo is the author’s own dog Jolie (Grand Champion V. D. Nacht’s Classic Beaujolais, SH). Elaine provided technical advice for The Deadly Dog Show and editing for all of his books.

Author Links

Blog: http://www.rogerandsuzannemysteries.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RogerAndSuzanneMysteries

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Jerold-A.-Last/e/B0028EKOIY/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_1

Twitter: @Jerold Last

Tour Participants

April 13 – Babs Book Bistro – Spotlight/Showcase, Giveaway
April 14 – readalot – Review, Giveaway
April 15 – Brooke Blogs – Guest Post, Giveaway
April 16 – Bea’s Book Nook – Review, Giveaway
April 17 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – Spotlight/Showcase, Giveaway
April 18 – Melina’s Book Blog – Guest Post, Giveaway
April 19 – Queen of All She Reads – Guest Post
April 20 – Back Porchervations – Review, Giveaway
April 21 – View from the Birdhouse – Spotlight/Showcase, Giveaway
April 22 – A Blue Million Books – Guest Post
April 23 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Spotlight/Showcase, Giveaway
April 24 – Latte’ Da! – Guest Post, Giveaway
April 25 – deal sharing aunt – Spotlight/Showcase
April 26 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Guest Post

GIVEAWAY
Short Story Giveaway

“The Dog With No Name”, which features Roger in his first case.

Leave a comment below to enter!

I will randomly choose a winner Friday May 1!!

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Click “Continue Reading” to read Chapter 1 of The Deadly Dog Show Continue reading »

Apr 222015
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I love when Janet Bolin drops by for visit!! Her new book hits stores May 7 and we are going to tell you all about it today!!

Make Believe by Janet Bolin

EPSON MFP imageFor as long as I can remember, I’ve loved putting on costumes and pretending I’m something I’m not. Never mind the pout on the face of the girl wearing the telephone costume: after my cheerful siblings were pulled aside and I had the limelight to myself, I was all smiles.

Make believe does not always require costumes. Sometimes, it requires only a pencil and paper. Or a computer and word processor. I created a village where I would want to live, chock full of shops where crafty enthusiasts could buy supplies for sewing, quilting, yarn arts, machine embroidery, and nearly everything else they wanted or needed for making clothes, quilts, home dec, and yes, costumes. The village quickly earned a nickname—Threadville. I filled it with citizens. Most of them are people I would like as friends.

Some of them, however, are not quite as pleasant as the others, and are not above committing a little murder and mayhem.

My characters (the nice ones, that is) are adept at putting together clothing and quilts, which meSEVEN THREADLY SINSans that they can also fit clues together and help solve murders.

I decided they should have the opportunity of solving a mystery related to the sins of fashion. Not surprisingly, my characters fond of wearing costumes and playing make-believe. I would let them be in a fashion show . . .

A few months after I turned in the manuscript for SEVEN THREADLY SINS, my editor sent me a copy of the cover painting—a conservatory with clothes hanging in it and fabrics nearby.

Janet Bolin crowning herselfAnd then I was offered a small part in a mystery dinner theater play, Murder at the Pie Auction. I jumped at the chance. Who knew if I could act, memorize lines, or project my voice beyond the first set of dining tables? I could wear costumes and generally goof around. That was good enough for me.

Other than being handed a paper chef’s hat, told I should wear an apron for part of the play, and that the rest of my outfits should be mostly lime green, I was in charge of creating my own costumes. I haunted consignment shops. I made a long apron and used my embroidery machine to put punny sayings on the bib. I decorated the chef’s hat with stick-on “gems.” I found lime green sneakers that suited my character—and my feet–perfectly.

There were only two performances. They went rather well, I thought. The audience laughed when we hoped they would, anyway.

After having shopped for lime green, I kept seeing it everywhere.

And then I needed the cover for SEVEN THREADLY SINS for a blog. I dug out the photo, took one look at it, and burst out laughing. Wouldn’t you know? A couple of the garments hanging in the conservatory, waiting for someone to wear them in the fashion show, are lime green.

Don’t you love it when make-believe and real life converge?

~Janet

Janet Bolin’s acting career may be really, really short. In addition to goofing around in costumes, Janet likes sewing, machine embroidery, all sorts of other needlecrafts and handcrafts, reading, writing, and walking with her dogs. SEVEN THREADLY SINS, the fifth book in the Threadville Mystery Series, comes out May 5.

Author Links:
Webpage: http://ThreadvilleMysteries.com/

Blog: http://www.KillerCharacters.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Janet-Bolin/267325191115

Twitter: @JanetBolin

SEVEN THREADLY SINSSeven Threadly Sins
(A Threadville Mystery)

5th in series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Pennsylvania
A Berkley Prime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (May 5, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Robin Moline
Cover Design by Annette Fiore Defex
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425268001
E-Book ASIN: B00O2BKLAM
goodreads-badge-add-plus

 

Fashion turns killer in the latest novel from the national bestselling author of the Threadville mysteries…

Threadville, Pennsylvania, is famous for its fabric, needlecraft, and embroidery, so it’s only natural that it would become the home of the Threadville Academy of Design and Modeling. While Willow Vanderling has certainly never wanted to be a model, here she is, voluntarily strutting her stuff in a charity runway show in outrageous clothing, all to support the Academy’s scholarship fund.

But the lascivious, mean-spirited director of the academy, Antonio, is making the fashion show a less-than-fabulous affair. After Antonio plays a shocking prank on Willow and her friends that doesn’t exactly leave the ladies in stitches, he mysteriously winds up dead—and someone is trying to pin the blame on Willow.

Now, she must do whatever it takes in order to clear her name, even if it means needling around in other people’s secrets…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Time for your yearly trip to Threadville and it sure was a fun escape.

Willow and the other Threadville shopkeepers take part in a fashion show hosted by Antonio of the Threadville Academy of Design and Modeling. He was quite a jerk and I wasn’t surprised he ended up dead, but Willow doing him in, no way. Willow and her friends work hard to stitch together the clues and make sure the right person is pinned for his death. As usual they put themselves in some precarious situations to sew everything up.

All our favorite characters are back. Willow, Haylee, Opal, Naomi, Edna, Ashley and even Mona could all be suspects because they all made up the seven Antonio accused of committing “Threadly Sins”. But they are joined by some very eccentric characters, of course they are “fashion designers” but that doesn’t explain all the eccentricities :)

Janet Bolin takes us on quite a ride with several twists and turns. She stitches in humor, a bit of romance and jealousy, along with a finely crafted mystery.

I should mention that this story was one that gave me a “book hangover”. I started reading and stayed up until I finished it. Just couldn’t put it down.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

GIVEAWAY 

Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 2 copies to give away!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US or Canadian mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

Following the new Google+ Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book Fan Page
will earn you 3 Bonus Entries.

Leave a comment for Janet for 5 Bonus Entries.

Pin this giveaway to Pinterest for 3 Bonus Entries.

If you publicize the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive
5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

Contest Will End May 6, 2015 at 11:59 PM CST
Winners Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winners Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Apr 212015
 

denim blue seaThe Denim Blue Sea
Women’s Fiction – Contemporary
Setting – Connecticut
Self Published
Paperback: 370 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1505650747
E-Book ASIN: B00RZOKJ64
goodreads-badge-add-plus

 

New York Times bestselling author Joanne DeMaio returns to seaside Stony Point in this novel filled with beach friends, love, and the enchantment of a sandy boardwalk winding along the shore.

During two August weeks, denim designer Maris Carrington and coastal architect Jason Barlow prepare for their much-anticipated wedding. Guests arrive early, turning keys in charming cottage doors to begin their New England summer escape. The wedding is a reason for old friends to gather again; to meet in their shabby beach hangout and get the jukebox cranking; to walk that weathered boardwalk beneath a starry sky; to breathe the sweet salt air. “Cures what ails you,” one of the friends, Neil, always said long before his life was sadly claimed. But his legacy was not.

When Maris discovers Neil’s long-lost journal, its passages reveal a heartbreaking secret. Can truths be found within its timeworn pages? Can this leather-bound journal unite the friends as their lives begin to fray? A bittersweet family reunion, a surprising encounter from a devastating accident, a shocking confession leaving one marriage shattered–all will test the once close-knit circle. Suddenly this safe haven on the tranquil Connecticut shoreline churns with emotional turmoil, threatening even the beach wedding just days before it is to happen.

Yet like a silver cap on a breaking wave, love and friendship wash ashore with hope, ever shimmering, in The Denim Blue Sea.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I always seem to read Joanne’s book when my life is in flux.  I read Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans, where we first traveled to Stony Point, right after we lost our home and had to move. I am reading this one just a month after my son passed away. I think losing someone so recently gave me a different perspective for my review.

Maris and Jason are getting married and they and all their friends are still mourning the loss of Jason’s brother Neil. Neil is the one that should be standing next to Jason as his best man and there beside him as plans are made.  I was constantly thinking about my own children facing days in the future without their brother being by their sides.

The last lines of the book just took me breathe away.

An early evening star, just one, bright and twinkling, emerges in the violet sky, far, far out over the sea.

You see my 7 year old grandson was riding home with us that night after my son’s memorial service when he said “Nana, look up there” he was pointing to the sky out the window. “See those 2 stars really close together? That is Kris and Colossus (their cat that had passed away). They can see us and we can see them every night.” I will never look at the stars in the sky in the same way again.

There is much more to this extremely moving story but Neil does play a crucial part in several of the subplots. The real key to the whole story is friendship and these characters are written so well they become real to the reader incredibly fast. The Sea becomes a character all its own and effects each character in a profound way from its smell making things better and bringing back memories to its color painting pictures and giving Maris ideas for her designs to the waves mimicking life in its calmness or turbulent sides. I also loved all the hydrangeas blooming at the time the story was set. I could almost smell their scent and that of the sea from the pages of the book.

This book was difficult for me to read but that is on me. As always Joanne DeMaio has written an extraordinary story that will stay with you long after your turn the last page.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

About This Author

JOANNE DEMAIO is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She enjoys writing about friendship, family, love and choices, while setting her stories in New England towns or by the sea.  The bestselling novel Whole Latte Life, which won First Place in the 2012 Discovery Awards and was named a Kirkus Reviews Critics’ Pick. It has also been featured in USA Today, The Huffington Post and other outlets Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut and is currently at work on her next novel.

Find out more at her webpage here.

Connect with her on: 25 (2)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Apr 202015
 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

This great meme is hosted by Sheila at
Book Journey”.
It’s a great way to start the week and
find out what other bloggers are reading.
My To-Be-Read pile has grown to an
unbelievable number thanks to this meme.

Sheila is still away and I so understand the pain she is feeling. It is hard to believe a month has passed since I lost my own son. Some days it is hard to just put 1 foot in front of the other. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

Here’s my recap of reading for last week and what I am planning this week.

FINISHED

Dark Chocolate Demise (Cupcake Bakery Mystery)

Release Date: April 7, 2015
My Review
goodreads-badge-add-plus

The Denim Blue Sea

Release Date: March 3, 2015
Review will be up tomorrow!

Seven Threadly Sins (A Threadville Mystery)

Release Date: May 5, 2015
Janet will be my Cozy Wednesday guest this week!

goodreads-badge-add-plus

ON DECK THIS WEEK

Still playing catch up so I am hoping for a good week of reading!
Lemon Pies and Little White Lies (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery)

Release Date: April 7, 2015
For Review
goodreads-badge-add-plus

Slayed on the Slopes (A Pacific Northwest Mystery)

Release Date: March 31, 2015
For Review
goodreads-badge-add-plus

The Alpine Zen: An Emma Lord Mystery

Release Date: April 7, 2015
For Review
goodreads-badge-add-plus

escape

Click Here To See All My Current Giveaways!!

Happy Reading!!!
Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent