Feb 062017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Are you ready for another great week of reading? 

Here’s what I read and what
I have planned for this week.

Books Completed

Everyone Is Beautiful: A NovelRelease Date – February 17, 2009
Setting – Massachusetts
My Flashback Friday Read
My Review


A Measure of Murder: A Sally Solari Mystery
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Setting – California
Review will be up tomorrow. 


Death & the Gravedigger’s Angel (An Auction Block Mystery)
Release Date – February 8, 2017
Setting – Missouri
Loretta Ross will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week.


A Wee Dose of Death (A ScotShop Mystery)
Release Date – January 5, 2016
Setting – Vermont
My Flashback Friday Book

Currently Reading


A Palette for Murder (An Aurora Anderson Mystery)
Release Date – January 31, 2017
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Books Scheduled

Death in Advertising (A Tobi Tobias Mystery)
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Setting – ??

Bookman Dead Style (A Dangerous Type Mystery)
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Setting – Utah
I will be featuring this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Where the Lost Girls Go: A Laura Mori Mystery
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Setting – Oregon
For Review

Click Here To See All My Current Giveaways!!

Please Share Your Reading Itinerary in the Comments below!
Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Jan 082017
 

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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.

Hi Everyone,
It has been a busy couple of weeks. I updated by blog theme and finally finished adding all my books read to the Literary Escapes (Books by State) through 2016. I do plan a few more updates to those pages as time allows and trying to stay current adding books as I read them.

As for my 2016 Reading Challenges I finished 12 out of 14. I was unable to complete the Crafty Cozy Challenge even though I 159 cozies. I also only traveled to 43 States and 8 places Abroad for my Literary Escapes. You can see all the links to my challenge books here.

I also celebrated by 7 year Blogoversary with 5 days of giveaways.

Offline we celebrated with extended family on Christmas Day and our immediate family just yesterday. Kaden and Natalie stayed overnight and will be leaving soon to go home.

Full Version of Sunday Salon will return next week!

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Jan 022017
 


BLOGOVERSARY CELEBRATION – DAY 5

This is the final day of my Blogoversary Celebration, but as you know I love giveaways so there will be many more to come in 2017. 

Today’s Giveaway features 2 of Susan Wittig Albert’s books.

Both will go to 1 Winner! 


These are books 6 and 7 in The Darling Dahlias series.
Just click on book covers for more info.

YOU MUST BE A FOLLOWER OF THIS BLOG TO ENTER!

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US or Canadian mailing address.
Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

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 January 9, 2017 at 11:59 PM CST
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Jan 012017
 

2016 was quite a year. The word lost several icons this year, author, musicians, actors, political figures, and more. For me it was a year of healing and that will continue throughout this year. I look forward to meeting you here everyday to share our love of books and bookish things. My resolution for the year is to become more organized. You may not see it much here on the blog but my bookshelves are overflowing along with my file cabinets, closets and dresser drawers. It will be a year long project for sure. 

What is your New Year’s Resolution???

 

Jan 012017
 


BLOGOVERSARY CELEBRATION – DAY 4
E-Books Giveaway

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

This giveaway is open to anyone that can receive books from Amazon.
Books will be sent as gifts from my Amazon account.

2 Winners will be randomly chosen to receive up to $10 worth of e-books.

That could be 10 99¢ books,
3 $2.99 books,
1 $9.99 book
or any combination that totals up to $10.00.

You choose the books, any genre, and I will send them as gifts to you!!
I will email you if you win so you can send me your list!

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You must be a follower of this blog.

2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

Leave me a comment below telling me your favorite book of 2016.

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

Contest Will End January 8, 2017 at 11:59 PM CST
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

Click Here For Entry Form

 

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Dec 312016
 


BLOGOVERSARY CELEBRATION – DAY 3
BIG BOX OF BOOKS

It was on this day in 2009 I posted my first blog post. I really had no idea what I was doing or whether anyone would be interested in what I had to say. My friend, Lori, at Lori’s Reading Corner was an enormous help then and still is today. There is no way to thank her for everything she has done for me over the years. I am so blessed to have her in my life. It’s crazy too, we have never met in person, we are online friends that just click. In fact, because we are both named Lori and like similar books and have many of the same contacts some think we are actually the same person or confuse us with each other. Believe me seen side by side you can definitely tell the difference 😀 

Are you ready for another giveaway?

One person is going to receive A BIG BOX OF BOOKS!

They are all Mass Market Paperbacks.
Just click on the covers for book info.

YOU MUST BE A FOLLOWER OF THIS BLOG TO ENTER!

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US or Canadian mailing address.
Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

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 January 7, 2017 at 11:59 PM CST
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

Dec 302016
 

Are You Ready For Another Giveaway?


Blogoversary Celebration – Day 2 – Box of Books

One Winner will receive this Box of Books!

They are all Mass Market Paperbacks.
Just click on the covers for book info.

YOU MUST BE A FOLLOWER OF THIS BLOG TO ENTER!

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US or Canadian mailing address.
Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

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 January 6, 2017 at 11:59 PM CST
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Dec 292016
 

TOP NON-COZY READS OF 2016

Looking back at the books I read in 2016 I was surprised that almost all the books I read were cozy mystery. I only read about 1 or 2 non-cozy books a month. These are the 3 that I enjoyed so much they received my Paradise Rating.

The first one should be no surprise because Harlen Coben is one of my all time favorite authors.



Home

Myron Bolitar Book 11
Crime/Suspense/Thriller
Dutton (September 20, 2016) TODAY!
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Hardcover: 400 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0525955108
E-Book ASIN: B01COJUGOE
goodreads-badge-add-plusShop Indie Bookstores
My Review Here

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This one is by one of my favorite cozy authors Shelley Noble, also know at Shelley Freydont.

Forever Beach: A Novel
Release Date – June 7, 2016
Contemporary/Women’s Fiction
Setting – New Jersey
William Morrow Paperbacks
An Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers
Trade Paperback: 416 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0062439062
E-Book ASIN: B015WXQEMC
goodreads-badge-add-plusMy Review Here

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I look forward to books from this author each year and she always writes a story I can escape right into.

Beach Blues
Women’s Fiction – Contemporary
Setting – Connecticut
Self Published (May 17, 2016)
Paperback: 420 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1532874697
E-Book ASIN: B01ELQDXAM
goodreads-badge-add-plusMy Review Here

Is it just a coincidence the last 2 books have a beach theme? I know I want to escape to a warm beach several times throughout the year. 

They do match my blog nicely and give a double meaning to paradise. 

I am looking forward to books by all 3 authors in 2017. The nice thing is they are all books that can be read on their own. 

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 

Dec 282016
 

2016 was another fantastic year for Cozy Mysteries especially amid all the changes in the cozy publishing world. We saw several of our favorite series ending way too soon.

By the end of the year I will have read 200 books with over 100 earning 5 stars. All of the books listed below received my Paradise Rating which means I wanted to give them more than 5 stars.


Foreign Éclairs: A White House Chef Mystery
9th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Washington D.C.
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425262405
E-Book ASIN: B00W2ZKN2G
goodreads-badge-add-plusShop Indie Bookstores

This was one of the series that ended
but is unique because the author knew it was that last book
and was able to end it in a way the readers could appreciate.

My Review Here

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Drawing Blood
(A Sketch in Crime Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – New York
Publisher: Midnight Ink (February 8, 2016)
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738742281
E-Book ASIN: B019KKTX0I
goodreads-badge-add-plusShop Indie BookstoresMy Review Here
This series is continuing but with a different publisher. The Drawing Game was released December 20.

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Delivering the Truth
(A Quaker Midwife Mystery)

New Series
Historical Cozy Mystery
Setting – Massachusetts
Publisher: Midnight Ink (April 8, 2016)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738747521
E-Book ASIN: B019KKTWX6
goodreads-badge-add-plusMy Review Here
Book 2 in this series,
Called to Justice, will be released in April.
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An Unhappy Medium
(A Family Fortune Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Michigan
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (April 5, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Illustration by Daniel Craig
Cover Design by Judith Lagerman
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425282809
E-Book – ASIN: B011IUSQXI
goodreads-badge-add-plusMy Review Here
I do not see a new book listed on Amazon for this series.

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With A Vengeance (A Zoe Chambers Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Pennsylvania
4th in Series
Henery Press (May 3, 2016)
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635110173
E-Book ASIN: B01BGZOFSU
goodreads-badge-add-plusMy Review Here
I do not see a new book for this series yet on Amazon.
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Killer Cocktail
(A Nic & Nigel Mystery)
2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – California
Publisher: Midnight Ink (May 8, 2016)
Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738745237
E-Book ASIN: B01A5OGVRGgoodreads-badge-add-plusMy Review Here
Book 3 in this series, A Perfect Manhattan Murder will be released May 8.
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The Book of Beloved
(Pluto’s Snitch)

Paranormal Historical Suspense Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Alabama
Thomas & Mercer (August 9, 2016)
Paperback: 330 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1503938069
E-Book ASIN: B01BXSFGDS
goodreads-badge-add-plusMy Review Here
Book 2 in this series, The House of Memory, should be released in June.
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Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – North Carolina
Berkley (October 4, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425268278
E-Book – ASIN: B01AHKXHTS
goodreads-badge-add-plusShop Indie Bookstores
My Review Here.
This one was hard, losing Joyce in 2015 and Jim in 2016 and their amazing storytelling was a jolt.
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We Wish You a Murderous Christmas
(A Year-Round Christmas Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

2nd in Series
Setting – New York
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (November 1, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425280812
E-Book ASIN: B01BK0WS8Ugoodreads-badge-add-plus
My Review Here
I am looking forward to the next installment in November 2017!

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Better Late Than Never (A Library Lover’s Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – Connecticut
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (November 1, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0399583735
E-Book ASIN: B01BK0SQ90
goodreads-badge-add-plus
My Review Here
I sure hope there are more stories coming in this series!

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What were your favorite books this year? Please share them in the comment section below so we can all see them and add them to our wish lists!

Looking ahead to 2017 I see so many wonderful books in our future. Cozy Mysteries give me so much joy and the authors continue to impress me with their talents and imagination. Some publishers may be cutting back on this genre but the authors are finding new homes and new ways to bring us their stories. I will do my best to keep you informed about authors that have moved to new publishing houses or self publishing. For some that may mean e-books only.

I did upgrade my kindle for Christmas last year and I do love it, although there is nothing I like better than holding a print book in my hands. If you haven’t treated yourself to a Kindle yet, the one I purchased last year, a Kindle Fire for  $149 has been updated and is now just $89.99. You can also get it with extra memory for just $119.00 and you can break it down into as many as 5 payments to fit your budget.  I like mine because I can not only read books but I can check in on my blog, Facebook, Twitter and email when I am away from my desktop computer because I do not have a cell phone. The only thing I can’t do is make a phone call  😀

In addition to the the cozies I will continue to sprinkle in traditional mysteries, thriller, suspense and even some romance to change things up from time to time. 

I hope you have enjoyed my reviews, recommendations, and giveaways. It has been a pleasure to be your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent this year. I am excited for the new year as I start my 8th year blogging! I hope to book many more literary escapes for you all to enjoy!

Be sure to stop back tomorrow when I tell you about a few non-cozy books that earned my Paradise Rating. My BLOGOVERSARY Giveaways will also start tomorrow!! 

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 

 

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