Feb 192017
 

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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.

Happy Sunday Everyone!



I had my Saturday pretty well planned out, sleep in, promote some book tour stops, write 2 blog posts, read, spend time with my granddaughter. Well, I did sleep in, but when I signed into my blog I found I had been hacked.

First there was a panic because when I had been hacked several years ago my blog was filled with racist posts and beyond x-rated pictures. This time it was just a black screen with loud music and big red letters saying you have been hacked with the hacker’s name.

Deep breaths…I quickly sent the company, Tiger Technology, that hosts my blog and email. I received an immediate response. They got to work and about 2 hours later my beautiful blog was restored.

They discovered the hack occurred last than 5 minutes before I tried to sign in, they quickly locked down the site and kept the hacker from doing further damage.

They also determined that while I had changed my email and blog passwords regularly I had not changed my server password in a very long time. You know it is a site you go to when you have a problem. It otherwise just runs in the background and is forgotten. The password I had was strong but the hacker got through. I have now added my server to the list of passwords that needs to be changed often. So I just want to remind all of your make changing passwords a priority.

Thankfully Tiger Tech and their staff are amazing. They have helped me through many little glitches over the years and now this huge one. And they did it within minutes, not days or hours. Years ago my blog was hosted by Google Blogger and I had to rebuild my site myself and it took days. I am not sure how they do it now, but back then it was other Blogger users that helped me get things back on track and helped me get rid of the most offensive material. I never heard back from anyone that worked for Google. The adage “you get what you pay for” is true. Blogger is free, Tiger Tech costs about $10 a month but I learned today they are worth every penny. 

Weekly Rewind – February 13 – 18, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #7 2017

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – February 2017 – Week #2

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway -Death in Advertising by Laura Bradford – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Bookman Dead Style by Paige Shelton – #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review – Where The Lost Girls Go by R. J. Noonan

Friday – Flashback Friday – High Strung by Janice Peacock #Review / #Giveaway

Plus – Nana’s Nook – That’s Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal – Illustrations by Teagan White

Saturday – The Drawing Game by Deirdre Verne – #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

I hope you all have a wonderful week! 

Change those passwords! 

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 

Feb 122017
 

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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.

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Trade Books Online - PaperBack Swap.Another busy week around here. One of my To-Be-Read shelves was leaning precariously, the back was coming detached. The books on this shelf are ones I either purchased myself or received from PaperBackSwap. These take a backseat to the books I receive for review so it has been awhile since I have straightened and organized. I unloaded all the books last weekend and my son fixed it by reattaching the back and adding a couple of shims. Now I am in the process or putting them back in some kind of order. (I’ll try to share a picture next week.) I am also deciding to post some back on PBS because my interests have changed or I know I will not be able to catch up on the series. Before my accident, everyone teased that I was a fabric hoarder, now they call me a book hoarder. The problem is my girls have the same addiction, it is hidden though because they hoard e-books on their Kindles, 🙂 Just because we can see them on shelves doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Which reminds me, I have my own hidden stash on my Kindle. Shhh! Hopefully they won’t think of that.

Are You A Book Hoarder?

 

Weekly Rewind – February 6 – 11, 2017

Monday –My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #6 2017

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – February 2017 – Week #1

Plus – #Review – A Measure of Murder by Leslie Karst

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Loretta Ross – Author of Death & the Gravedigger’s Angel – #Review / #Giveaway too!

Thursday – 20 Quick Questions with Sybil Johnson – Plus #Review / #Giveaway – A Palette for Murder by Sybil Johnson – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – Flashback Friday – A Wee Dose of Death by Fran Stewart – #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – No Cats Allowed by Miranda James

I hope you all have a fantastic week! 

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Feb 052017
 

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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.

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Well my Green Bay Packers are not in the Super Bowl so for me the game becomes a Lady Gaga concert surrounded by 4 quarters of football 🙂 We also have Luke Bryan singing the National Anthem and all the crazy commercials. So I will be reading and watching the game and if I have to pick a team, it would be the Falcons because I just can’t stand Tom Brady, lol.

January Stats
17 Books Read
4739 Pages Read
A Good Start on My Challenges.


Weekly Rewind – January 30 – February 4, 2017
Monday –My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #5 2017

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – January 31, 2017

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – 15 MINUTES by Larissa Reinhart – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Cheryl F. Taylor – Author of Stone’s Gems and Murder – #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Murder Wears White by Stephanie Blackmoore

Friday – Flashback Friday – Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center – #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Up North Murder by Cheryl F. Taylor

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – One Dead, Two to Go by Elena Hartwell


I hope you all have a wonderful week!! 

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Jan 292017
 

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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.

Happy Sunday Everyone!


I hope you all had a wonderful week. I am starting to feel better but Mr. Dollycas had a relapse this week and last night our son came home from work early coughing up a storm. A friend suggested pineapple juice to me and it really worked clearing out my head and throat. Another friend suggested to put Vicks vapor rub on our feet with socks, I didn’t try that one yet but hubby did. My son came home and said people told him to put a thick onion slice covered by socks on his feet to clear his congestion. Not sure about that one at all. There are so many so called cures out there but when you get sick enough you will try just about anything. Share with me any you may have to kick this bug out of my house, if I catch it again I may try them out.

Weekly Rewind – January 23 – 28, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #4 2017

Tuesday – #Review – A Pinch of Poison by Alyssa Maxwell

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Kristi Abbott – Author of Pop Goes The Murder – #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review – Whale of a Crime by Karen MacInerney

Friday – Flashback Friday – Paint The Town Dead by Sybil Johnson #Review / #Giveaway @HeneryPress

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Scheduled to Death by Mary Feliz – Great Escapes Book Tour

Smile! Pass it around! 

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Jan 222017
 

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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.

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful week of reading and blogging about them. I know as a nation our attention was drawn away this past week, but I found a lot of comfort in my books this week. Yes, reading my cozy mysteries with at least one murder in each one gave me comfort 😀 When I am stressed or upset I know my cozy protagonists help me to escape, even if it just a few minutes or an hour or two a day. Do you have books that bring you comfort? Authors you turn to when real life just gets a little to tough? Even after losing my son returning back to reading helped get me through the tough days and still help me today we he is on my mind and my mother’s guilt sets in as we have just passed 22 months since his death. Books can be magical in that way. We don’t forget, we don’t stop fighting for what is right, sometimes we just need to set things aside for a short time and Escape Into A Good Book. 

Weekly Rewind – January 16 – 21, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #3 2017

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – January 2017 – Week #3

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – A Fatal Twist by Tracy Weber

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Cleo Coyle – Author of Dead Cold Brew – #Review / #Giveaways

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – River City Dead by Nancy G. West – Great Escapes Book Tour – @HeneryPress

Friday – Nana’s Nook – When You’re Feeling Sick by Coy Bowles

Plus – Flashback Friday – Knit to Be Tied by Maggie Sefton #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – Spotlight – Rum, Cigars and Corpses by Jerold Last



Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Jan 152017
 

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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.


It seems every year my family catches a bug to ring in the new year. Mr. Dollycas woke up December 26 coughing and slowly it made its way to our youngest daughter and son. I was doing so good avoiding it. Then Monday I had a tickle in my throat, by Tuesday night the coughing and nose running became constant. Wednesday was bad, Thursday was worse, Friday medication started to work, but I started coughing late in the night and couldn’t kick it. Saturday I was tired due to lack of sleep, but some TLC and different cold medicine is making me feel a little better. Hopefully today it is on its way out of this house.

I hope 2017 if off to a good start for all of you. Reading great stories and sharing them with others. I am really looking forward to so many books this year. Several new books are showing up in my Facebook News Feed or my email inbox. I know I won’t be able to read them all this year but I am going to try. Do you have a book on your must read list for 2017? I know I have so many I am not able to choose just one. 


Weekly Rewind – January 2 – 14, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #2 2017

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – January 2017 – Week #2

Plus – Early Review – The Mutual Admiration Society by Lesley Kagen

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Gail Oust – Author of Curried Away – #Review / #Giveaway too! – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – #Review – She Stopped for Death: A Little Library Mystery by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli @crookedlanebks

Friday – Flashback Friday – Rest in Peach by Susan Furlong #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight – Wings of Mayhem and The Rendering by Sue Coletta

Plus – #Spotlight – Temple of Indra’s Series by Rachael Stapleton


These have arrived over the past couple of weeks.

Make this week great,
smile and brighten someone’s day! 

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Dec 182016
 

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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.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

LET IT SNOW – Well the snow messed up plans to have the grandchildren visit this weekend so I have been supervising a little house cleaning and decorating. I have also done even more online shopping. I have found so many great sales. By the time Monday rolls around we will have had about 10 inches of snow drop and the frigid temperatures will have set in. I will not be leaving the house until church next Saturday night. Hoping the weather won’t mess that up. 😀  I do love snowmen just not the chilly weather they bring with them.

Weekly Rewind – December 12 – 17, 2016
Monday – Book Blast – Self Serve Murder by D.E. Haggerty – Great Escapes Book Tours

Plus – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #50

And – 2017 Reading Challenges

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – December 13, 2016 Edition

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – Prose and Cons by Amanda Flower

And – Guest Post / #Giveaway – What Fresh Smell by Jeffrey Marks – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – #Review – The Seven Course Christmas Killer by Rosie Genova

Plus – Cozy Wednesday with Paty Jager – Author of Yuletide Slaying (Giveaway)

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Dead, Bath, and Beyond by Lorraine Bartlett with Laurie Cass @BerkleyMystery

Plus – The Lost Gift: A Christmas Story by Kallie George (Author), Stephanie Graegin (Illustrator)

Friday – Flashback Friday – Poison at the PTA by Laura Alden – #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – A Merry Christmas Wedding Mystery by Anna Celeste Burke

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Death on Lily Pond Lane by Carrie Doyle

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Better Off Thread by Amanda Lee

Have a great week! 

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Dec 112016
 

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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.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

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Typing this on Saturday afternoon as we are waiting for the real first big snowstorm of the year to hit tonight and tomorrow. Mr. Dollycas has the snow blower ready to go, but I am worried about the roads as my daughter will be traveling back and forth to work tonight and tomorrow. She is the one that was in the accident last March during on a very blustery day and is a little nervous. Her dad may become her designated driver. As for me, I will be cuddling up with a cozy or two.

Speaking of cozies, I have to mention the number of books coming from Berkley/Penguin Random House for January is only 5 books. This from the company that used to release 15 – 20 cozies a month. The past year we have seen series cancelled in record numbers and very few new ones being added. Thankfully several authors are finding new homes at other publishing groups. Small firms or publishers that used to take a back seat to the powerhouse of cozies from Penguin. They are reducing their number of traditional mysteries and suspense as well, only 7 coming in January. Not sure what their reasoning or strategy is but it is a bit scary. I feel bad for both the authors and the employees that are being hit hardest by these decisions. If you want to stay up on the series coming, continuing or being cancelled be sure to visit the Save Our Cozies Facebook Group. It is a group of authors and fans of cozy mysteries. 

Weekly Rewind – December 5 – 10, 2016

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #49

Plus – Berkley Prime Crime – Holiday Cozy Mystery Bundle Giveaway! @BerkleyMystery

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – December 6 – 8, 2016

Plus – #Review – The Red Queen Rules by Bourne Morris

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Laura Childs – Author of Egg Drop Dead – #Review & #Giveaway too! @BerkleyMystery

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – FATAL FICTION by Kym Roberts – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup

Friday – Flashback Friday – The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop by Carolyn Brown – #Review

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Literally Dead by Lois Winston – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus –  #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Literally Dead by Lois Winston – Great Escapes Book Tour

Hope you have a warm and cozy week! 

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Dec 042016
 

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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.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

christmas_online_shoppingI keep finding myself distracted at the computer these days. I do 90% of my Christmas shopping online. This year due to everyone’s schedules we are not having our immediate family celebration until January 7. I have found several bargains, in fact I impressed myself with my shopping at J.C. Penney yesterday for my oldest grandson. I saved over $200 before my Ebates and Swagbucks plus earned store rewards.

I am done shopping for my youngest son and husband too. Mr. Dollycas received 1 gift early, a new recliner. The girls are a little harder to shop for and I keep thinking since we are celebrating so late this year should I wait on some of their the grandkids gifts and shop the after holiday sales. I keep going to sites and filling my carts but just can’t push the “place order” button. I am definitely overthinking this as I keep leaving my blog and tour work to check “just one more place” or “look one more time”.

Before my accident Mr. Dollycas and I would grab our lists and do all the shopping in one day and then have a wonderful dinner out. These days he isn’t as mobile and I clog up the aisles in my wheelchair so we can no longer divide the list, head in different directions like we used to. Plus with me having only one working hand all the wrapping falls into my youngest daughter’s and husband’s laps, so I just shop, shop, shop, and they take care of the boxes and bags that show up at the door. Of course my daughter shops too and has her own stuff to wrap. At least this year they will have a little extra time 🙂 

P.S. If you not signed up for  Ebates and Swagbucks I encourage you to do so. It is so easy and I have earned cash back and points for gift cards the last few years that allowed me to get extra gifts or something just for me. 

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Weekly Rewind – November 28 – December 3, 2016

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #48

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – Cat Got Your Diamonds by Julie Chase – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Vicki Delany – Author of We Wish You A Murderous Christmas – #Review / #Giveaway too! @BerkleyPub

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Deck The Hallways by Kate Carlisle

Friday – Flashback Friday – Claws For Alarm by T. C. LoTempio – #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight – Wishing on Snowflakes by Joanne DeMaio

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Spouse on Haunted Hill by E. J. Copperman

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Have a wonderful week everyone!

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Nov 272016
 

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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.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful week. Mr. Dollycas, my two youngest children and I were joined by my oldest grandson for Thanksgiving and the weekend. It was a pretty quiet weekend for us. I did take all day Thursday off from the computer and read and binge watched How To Get Away with Murder. Spent the rest of the weekend catching up a few things on my blog and reading. Of course I spent plenty of time with Kaden, he always brightens me day. As I type this I am listening to the Wisconsin Badger game. The Packers have had an awful start to the year and am hoping they do better this week.
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Weekly Rewind – November 21 – 26, 2016
Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #47

Tuesday – #Review – Christmas Morning by Roma Brooks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Dangling by a Thread by Lea Wait – #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday – Flashback Friday – One Hot Murder by Lorraine Bartlett – #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – Spotlight – Logan Book Series by Valerie Davisson

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I hope you have a fantastic week!!

Dollycas

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