Sep 192017
 

Welcome to New Release Tuesday
September 18 – 20, 2017

These books are available this week!

Vangie Vale and the Corpseless Custard (The Matchbaker Mysteries Book 2)

Ax To Grind (A Kenni Lowry Mystery Book 3)

Whispers of Warning (A Change of Fortune Mystery)

Pampered to Death (A Maternal Instincts Mystery Book 5)

Want to see all the mysteries – cozy to thriller
released in September.
Just click here.

Can’t afford to buy or pre-order all the books you want to at this time.
Bookmark this page in your browser so you can reference it at any time.
Be sure to share your wish lists with your local librarians too!

HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Sep 102017
 

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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 has been a rough few weeks here in the U.S. Our prayers go out to all those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and those affected by and fighting the wildfires out west. There will be a telethon on television on Tuesday night and ABC had a “Day of Giving” last week. While both these efforts and the Red Cross seems focused on hurricane relief you can also give to the Red Cross for those affected by the wildfires.

Back to School

The three grands went back to school this past week. Kaden in 4th Grade, Natalie in 5K and Remi in 4K. They are growing so fast and summer ended much too soon for this Nana. I am so excited for them and what this new year brings. Their smiles sure make me smile. 🙂



Weekly Rewind September 4 – 9. 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #36 2017 – Scotland to Kentucky

Plus – #Review – There’s a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher (Author), Greg Abbott (Illustrator)

Tuesday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Pudding Up With Murder (An Undercover Dish Mystery) by Julia Buckley @BerkleyMystery

Plus – New Release Tuesday – September 1 – 8, 2017

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Sally Goldenbaum – Author of Murder Wears Mittens (Seaside Knitters Society) #Guest Post / #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

Thursday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Whispers of Warning (A Change of Fortune Mystery) by Jessica Estevao @BerkleyMystery

Plus – #Review – A Christmas Peril (A Theater Cop Mystery) by J. A. Hennrikus @midnightinkbook

Friday – #Review – Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Author), Brigette Barrager (Illustrator)

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – Death Distilled: A Whisky Business Mystery by Melinda Mullet – Great Escapes Book Tour

And – Flashback Friday – Southern Fried (A Kenni Lowry Mystery) by Tonya Kappes – #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Highland Peril (A Malice Novel) by Amy M. Reade – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Winter’s Child (A Wind River Mystery) by Margaret Coel – @BerkleyMystery


I hope you all have a fabulous week full of smiles and good times!! 

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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.

Losing my son to suicide has been so difficult. Since then I wake up thinking about him, go to sleep thinking about him, and basically think of him almost every minute of the day. I never want any other mother to feel the pain I feel. Being disabled and unable to drive leaves me pretty home bound but I have this computer and I use it to promote suicide prevention and awareness year round but since September is designated as Suicide Prevention Month and September 10 -16, 2017 is designated as NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK I strive to highlight facts, tips, and warning signs in my quest to #StopSuicide on my personal Facebook and Google + pages every day of this month. My family is also participating in a Walk for Hope on September 23 in memory of Kris. Donations are always welcome.

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.


Weekly Rewind August 28 – September 2, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #33 2017 – Illinois

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – August 29, 2017

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – Oh, Fudge! (A Candy-coated Mystery) by Nancy Coco @KensingtonBooks

And – Murder She Floats By Rachael Stapleton – Book Blast – Great Escapes Book Tours

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Sadie Hartwell – Author of A Knit Before Dying – #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Assaulted Caramel (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) by Amanda Flower @KensingtonBooks

Friday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – A Catered Costume Party (Mystery With Recipes) by Isis Crawford

Plus – Flashback Friday – Facials Can Be Fatal (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries) by Nancy J. Cohen – #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Grave Errors (A Witch City Mystery) by Carol J. Perry @KensingtonBooks

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – Dead in the Water (Welcome Back to Scumble River) by Denise Swanson

Take Action

Suicide prevention starts with everyday heroes like you!

Dollycas

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Aug 272017
 

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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!


Long story – As a blogger I am on Facebook every day, connecting with friends and family, talking about books, promoting Great Escapes Book Tours, playing Words with Friends, you know, normal stuff. Wednesday morning a few minutes after I posted for the first time, a friend messaged me about a message she had received from me. I had not sent her a message. Then I saw my account had sent a lot of messages. I quickly posted that “if you receive a post from me, don’t open it, I have been hacked.” Then I changed my password, sent feedback to Facebook that I had been hacked and started to delete permanently several hundred messages.

Then about an hour later, friends were sent another message, not my me! I changed my password again. Then I received a reply from Facebook directing me in the steps to follow to “clean my account”. Following those steps I found the app the hacker had attached to my account and was able to delete that, but not before another group of messages was sent.

I was trying to follow to rest of the steps but I kept receiving an error message that said “this address has been block by the user”, which would be me! I was so upset. I started Skyping” with my husband because he is more tech savvy than me but with him not sitting here and seeing the screens he was not much help.

I switched over from Chrome to Firefox and was able to complete all the steps. Then I went back to Chrome and saw in the small print of the error messages I was receiving “check your extensions” so I went into my Chrome settings and sure enough, an extension had been added that blocked the Facebook help messages.

I thought I was done, but no I was just getting started. Someone, maybe more than one of the person, not only reported that “a friend has been hacked” to Facebook but also reported that I was “sharing malware”. They quarantined my device. To gain access from this computer to Facebook they wanted to remotely scan my computer to be sure there was no malware. I had run a security scan myself in the midst of all this drama and it found 1 questionable thing that was blocked. I was really scared, how did I know this was a legit thing. Maybe it was a hacker.

After talking again to my husband and receiving another verification from Facebook I let them start their scan. It got hung up at about 49% and then my internet went out. I thought “oh, great! I am so stupid.” I have found out since the internet outage was local and had nothing to do with the scan. My husband was on his way home and would be here soon so he told me to start the scan again, so I did. Again it hung up at about 52%. I was absolutely losing my mind.

My husband thought it was an internet problem more than a Facebook problem so we started it again. It was now about 8 p.m. We worked on a plan for me to use a different computer the next day if necessary and I went to read. About 11 p.m. I checked the computer again and the scan was just finishing and found no malware. I posted a test post on Facebook and went to bed.

The next day I was able to post on my fan pages, comment on posts in my news feed and even post to my news feed, but when I tried to post directly to my personal page I was told that was restricted until later in the day which I didn’t understand that but soon things were back to normal.

Moral of the long story,

  1. Change your passwords often.
  2. Don’t open messages that only have a link with no explanation.
  3. Check the Facebook page of the person who sent you the link to see if they have posted they we hacked. If they haven’t tag them in a post telling them you think they have been hacked.
  4. When you report the situation to Facebook be sure to check the right boxes. While I was glad this worked out and now know my computer has been scanned by two sources it would have been devastating to lose my account because I was said to be “sharing malware”. It would mean 9 years of posts, pictures and memories on several pages and groups.

~Lori


Weekly Rewind August 21 – 26, 2017
Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #32 2017 – First Stop Mackinac Island

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – Yews with Caution by Kate Collins

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Jean Flowers – Author of Addressed to Kill #GuestPost / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Deadly Choices by Karen Randau – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – To Kill a Hummingbird (A Bird Lover’s Mystery) by J.R. Ripley – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – Flashback Friday – Tagged for Death (A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery) by Sherry Harris #Review / #Giveaway

And – #Review – Room For Doubt (A Carol Childs Mystery) by Nancy Cole Silverman

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – McKinley Mystery Series by Carolyn Arnold – Books 6 – 11

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Dead on the Bayou (A Twin Sisters Mystery) by June Shaw


I am hoping for a quiet week, no drama in real life or the blogosphere 🙂
I hope you have a wonderful week too!

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

Aug 202017
 

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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!

Fun Day Monday!


This past Monday my family headed to Wisconsin Dells for a Family Fun Day and we had such a good time. We started at the Timbavati Wildlife Park where the grandkids were able to hold a baby kangaroo, my oldest daughter was kissed by a giraffe and Mr Dollycas got up close and personal with a camel.

 

 

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Then we took a ride on the Original Wisconsin Ducks!

 

 
 
 
 
 

We finished the day at Buffalo Phil’s Pizza and Grill where the food was delivered by a model train. We were then headed home when we got caught up in a massive traffic job on the interstate due to road construction. But that couldn’t damper the wonderful day. We knew our angel Kris was with us that day too. Thunderstorms were in the forecast all day and they would have ruined all our fun. There were a few sprinkles in the morning when we left home and a few late in the afternoon as we were walking down the main street of Wisconsin Dells but the storms seemed to go around the city. Wisconsin Dells was one of Kris’ favorite places and we all shared memories and talked about him and for the very first time there were no tears. We all know we carry him in our hearts and know he made our day extra special.

If you have the chance to visit Wisconsin Dells you will love it, there is so much to do. It is the “Waterpark Capital of the World” 🙂


Weekly Rewind August 14 – 19, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #31 2017 – Indiana, Arizona and California

Tuesday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – ICED: A Resort to Murder Mystery by Avery Daniels – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus  – #Review / #Giveaway – The Driver by Hart Hanson @DuttonBooks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Victoria Hamilton – Author of Muffin to Fear – #GuestPost / #Giveaway – @BerkleyMystery

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Dressed to Confess by Diane Vallere – @BerkleyMystery

Friday – Flashback Friday – #Review / #Giveaway – Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – McKinley Mystery Series by Carolyn Arnold – Books 1 – 5

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen

No new books this week 🙁

My quest to smile more had an excellent week!
I hope you had a fabulous week too!

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

 

Aug 192017
 


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Crowned and Dangerous
(A Royal Spyness Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
10th in Series
Berkley (August 2, 2016)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425283486
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages (August 1, 2017)
ISBN-13: 978-0425283493
E-Book ASIN: B01839Q3DM
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Nothing is simple when you’re thirty-fifth in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side, and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau Darcy O’Mara hope to bypass a few royal rules…

With Darcy driving me out of London in a borrowed motor car, I soon discover that he isn’t planning to introduce me to the pleasures of sinning in secret—as I had hoped—but to make me his wife!

Of course, there are some quibbles to be dealt with, such as my needing special permission from the King to marry a Roman Catholic and the question of where we might live after the honeymoon. Though he will inherit a title, Darcy is as broke as I am. Even his family’s Irish castle has been sold to a rich American who now employes Darcy’s father as a hired hand.

Throwing these cares to the wind, nothing could deter us from our mission—except perhaps the news that my future father-in-law has just been arrested. It seems the rich American was murdered and Darcy’s father had more than enough motive to do the deed. With the elopement postponed, we head for Ireland where he insists he’s innocent, and it’s up to us to prove it—for better or worse.

Find out more about Rhys Bowen and her books on her webpage here.

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Aug 152017
 

ICED: A Resort to Murder Mystery
Blazing Sword Publishing Ltd. (May 24, 2017)
Paperback: 284 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0999031803
E-Book ASIN: B071LFD6JV

Julienne has her ideal job as an event planner at a prestigious resort. During a luncheon event she coordinated, a renowned celebrity pastor is killed next to the buffet. All eyes turn to her as the suspect. If she wants to stay out of jail or even keep her job, Julienne needs all the help she can get to solve the crime.

She has her work cut out for her with a vengeful high school rival now reporter, the public demanding she be fired, plus family who knows what’s best for her, and a boyfriend who doesn’t understand her. She turns to friends and a new ally to uncover who wanted to put the pastor on ice.

Julienne goes undercover and investigates a local swingers group as she follows the trail of clues before they go cold. Can she gather enough suspects and motives to convince the police to widen their investigation? Can she do it before the killer sets his murderous sights on her? Will her personal life ever be as simple as unveiling a murderer?

Praise for ICED: A Resort to Murder Mystery
by Avery Daniels

A great read…
~Babs Book Bistro

There’s a lot to be said for the story line and Julienne is a likable character…The resort certainly has a lot of promise.
~Christa Reads and Writes

The story moves along quickly as danger to Julienne escalates.
Her friends are quite charming and the new neighbor (and his dog) surprisingly attractive.
~Laura’s Interests

…a story full of memorable characters, en engaging story line, and clever plotting.
~Bea’s Book Nook

This is a quick read mystery, full of characters and quite an explosive case!
~Varietats

Iced was just fun and the characters all of them were delightful. Well the suspects weren’t too delightful but the rest of Julienne’s friends, neighbors and relatives were…
~My Reading Journeys

About the Author

Avery Daniels was born and raised in Colorado, graduated from college with a degree in business administration and has worked in fortune 500 companies and Department of Defense her entire life.  Her most eventful job was apartment management for 352 units (plenty of fodder for stories there!).  She still resides in Colorado with two brother black cats as her loving companions.  She volunteers for a cat shelter, enjoys scrapbooking and card making, photography, and painting in watercolor and acrylic.  She inherited a love for reading from her mother and grandmother and grew up talking about books and history at the dinner table.  Her first try at writing a fully developed story was as a teen was a tale of a girl trying to nurse a fawn back to health and then release it into the wild again.  She is plotting her next Resort to Murder novel and struggling over which Colorado resort should be her setting.

 

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#Samanthapalooza! Day 4 – Some Like It Haute by Diane Vallere – #Spotlight / #Giveaway

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Jun 082017
 

Welcome to Day #4 of #Samanthapalooza!!

To Celebrate the 5 Year Anniversary of the Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery Series by Diane Vallere Great Escapes Book Tours is hosting #Samanthapalooza!



Some Like It Haute: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Polyester Press (January 6, 2015)
Paperback: 248 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1939197108
E-Book ASIN: B00RME4N6O

If you can’t stand the heat, get off the runway.

Fashion expert turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd is in the hot seat. After agreeing to help her ex-boyfriend’s former girlfriend with a runway show, her post-break-up life turns explosive. She recruits Dante, a smokin’ hot photographer, to turn up the heat on the investigation (and help her get over Nick), but even the third degree won’t expose an angry arsonist. With a crash course in sizzle, Samantha’s curiosity leads her into another inferno, and this time she either faces the fire or gets burned.

About The Author

I’m a former fashion buyer turned mystery writer, trading fashion accessories for accessories to murder. I was bit by the mystery bug as a kid reading Trixie Belden, Connie Blair, and The Three Investigators. Now I’m writing three series: the Style & Error Mysteries, the Mad for Mod Mysteries, and the Material Witness Mysteries.

The Costume Shop mysteries debuted with A DISGUISE TO DIE FOR, which introduces Margo Tamblyn, costume shop owner, who helps solve a murder after one of her clients is found dead at his own costume party (dressed as Sherlock!). MASKING FOR TROUBLE, the second in the series was released last October and Dressed to Confess will be out in August 2017.

The Material Witness mysteries feature Polyester Monroe, who inherits the fabric shop where she was born. Books include SUEDE TO REST  and CRUSHED VELVET . The third, SILK STALKINGS,  was just released.

The Style & Error Series features former fashion buyer turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd. Books in that series include DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRYBUYER, BEWARETHE BRIM REAPER ; SOME LIKE IT HAUTEGRAND THEFT RETRO, and Pearls Gone Wild. (A short story, “Just Kidding ,” tells the story of how Samantha first met shoe designer Nick Taylor).

The Madison Night Mysteries feature a modern day interior decorator who specializes in midcentury design (studying Doris Day movies to get the look right). Books are PILLOW STALK ,THAT TOUCH OF INK , and WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL . A prequel novella, “Midnight Ice,” can be found in OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE .

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DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRY

BUYER, BEWARE

THE BRIM REAPER

SOME LIKE IT HAUTE

GRAND THEFT RETRO

PEARLS GONE WILD

CEMENT STILETTOS 

(A short story, “Just Kidding ,” tells the story of how Samantha first met shoe designer Nick Taylor).

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Jun 042017
 

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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!

We had a fun Saturday catching up with family and celebrating our great nephew’s 5th Birthday. He received a new bike, trucks and cars but the squirt gun was a huge hit and the reason no group pictures were taken. 🙂 Time together is always too short but we made plans to meet again on July 4th. Meanwhile my effort to smile more sure is easy when surrounded by all the wee ones! 

Today will be spent watching the NASCAR race and relaxing after I get my blog/tour work done.

Weekly Rewind May 29 – June 3, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #20 2017 – Happy Memorial Day

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – May 2017 – Week #5

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – Watching The Detectives by Julie Mulhern – Great Escapes Book Tour @HeneryPress

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Meg Macy – Author of Bearly Departed – #Review / #Giveaway – @KensingtonBooks

Thursday – #Review – Big City Heat (A Brack Pelton Mystery) by David Burnsworth

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – The Clock Strikes Nun by Alice Loweecey – Great Escapes Tour – @HeneryPress

Friday – Flashback Friday – Double Whammy by Gretchen Archer – #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – Special Guest – Jane Tesh – Author of Baby, Take a Bow – #GuestPost / #Spotlight /#Giveaway

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Marriage Is Pure Murder by Staci McLaughlin – Great Escapes Book Tour – @KensingtonBooks

 

With all the craziness in the world today it could be
your smile that brightens someone’s day!
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