Jan 052016
 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014

It the first New Release Tuesday of 2016!
I am so excited about all the new books!

These wonderful books are available today
wherever fine books are sold.
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To Helvetica and Back: A Dangerous Type Mystery
Paige Shelton will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday tomorrow.
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Foreign Éclairs: A White House Chef Mystery
Julie Hyzy will be my guest next week for Cozy Wednesday.
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Kingdom Come: An Elizabeth Harris Mystery
Jane Jensen will be my Special Guest on January 14.
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Daisies For Innocence: An Enchanted Garden Mystery
Bailey Cattrell will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday January 20.

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Sweet Pepper Hero: A Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade
I’ll be reviewing for sure this month!
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The Cakes of Monte Cristo: A Piece of Cake Mystery

Jacklyn Brady will be my guest on January 28.
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Books Also Being Released Today

Coming January 8

Coming January 12

Coming January 19

Coming January 26

Another month of fantastic reads!
HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!

 

Dollycas

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Nov 062015
 

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The blogger scheduled for today hasn’t posted so I am thrilled to take her place and have Amanda Lee stop by today! 

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The Stitching Hour
by Amanda Lee

Gayle

The Cozy Cavalry

 

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to—and invite you to become a part of—my street team, The Cozy Cavalry.

What, you might be asking, is a street team? Good question. I didn’t know myself until I attended a conference a few years ago and found that many romance authors had these reader groups called “street teams.” (The concept is growing among mystery writers too.) Basically, a street team is a group of readers who enjoys your books and helps spread the word. They ask their library to order your books, they share your social media posts, and they come out to say hello when you’re doing a book signing in their area.

One huge benefit to me as an author in having a street team is getting members to post reviews. For instance, I had a book released in January of 2015, and the book was getting no reviews. I sent an email to my street team asking if anyone would be willing to review the book. Those who were interested in reviewing the book received a pdf or ebook copy (their choice) in exchange for an honest review. I was taking a big chance there, but luckily for me, most of the reviewers enjoyed the book and left a nice review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

calvI recently sent a survey out to the newsletter subscribers asking them to help me decide which new series to start on next. I gave them the synopsis of two new cozy series I’ve been considering writing, and I gave them a multiple choice answer. Would they be most likely to read book one; book two; both, with book one first; both, with book two first; neither; or other? Most of my respondents said they’d be likely to read both books but that they preferred the first book. So the next book I write—after the one I’m currently writing—will be that book chosen by the majority of the team members.

Another thing I like about the street team is getting to know readers on a more personal level. The Cozy Cavalry members follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and we often interact over posts (mostly Facebook, because that seems to be most people’s platform of choice). I love being able to bring a smile to a reader’s face, whether it’s from reading one of my books or from seeing something funny I’ve posted on Twitter or Facebook. I told my husband once that some of my best friends are people I’ve never met in person! (Yet. I keep hoping to meet more of them.)

In return, The Cozy Cavalry members have the opportunity to participate in exclusive giveaways, have chats, receive swag, and get sneak peeks of upcoming books. It’s a really fun way for authors and readers to interact. If you’d like to become a member of The Cozy Cavalry, please visit http://www.gayletrent.com/books/join-my-street-team/.

~Amanda

About This Author

Your Biography Information for your tour page and for use by the bloggers – Gayle Trent (and pseudonym Amanda Lee) writes the Daphne Martin Cake Decorating series and the Embroidery Mystery series. The cake decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop.

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cover stitching hourThe Stitching Hour:
An Embroidery Mystery

Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Publisher: NAL (November 3, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451473844
E-Book ASIN: B00S75OKKQ
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Synopsis:

In the latest mystery from the bestselling author of Wicked Stitch, the future of Marcy Singer’s embroidery shop is dangling by a thread…

Marcy’s shop, the Seven-Year Stitch, is one year old this October so it’s time to party in little Tallulah Falls, Oregon. Aside from the Halloween decorations and festive stitching kits and patterns, Marcy’s got all sorts of celebratory swag, including Seven-Year Stitch key rings and goodie bags.

Unfortunately, her new neighbors might spoil the revelry. An eccentric couple has opened a haunted house next door, and all that screaming will certainly scare off customers. But there’s even more to be frightened of after a local waitress is found dead on the sidewalk with mysterious markings on her neck—and one of Marcy’s key rings beneath her. With no time to hem and haw, Marcy must act fast if she hopes to restore the peace to Tallulah Falls…

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November 3 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Review
November 4 – Laura’s Interests – Review
November 5 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review
November 6 – Tea and A Book – Review, Guest Post
November 6 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Guest Post
November 7 – A Chick Who Reads – Review
November 8 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post
November 9 – fuonlyknew – Review
November 10 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,  &, Sissy, Too ! – Review
November 11 – readalot – Review
November 12 – View from the Birdhouse – Review
November 13 – Books Are Life – Vita Libri – Review
November 13 – Bubble Bath Books – Review
November 14 – WV Stitcher – Review, Guest Post
November 15 – Book Babble – Review
November 16 – Back Porchervations – Review

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Nov 022015
 

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

For many years Sheila at Book Journey has hosted It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? meme. At this point in time she believes it is time to pass it on. The Meme will now be hosted by Book Date.  

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

Hope you had a fun weekend.

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

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Flipped For Murder (Country Store Mystery)

Release Date – October 27, 2015
Maddie Day will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!
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Olive and Let Die (A Greek to Me Mystery)

Release Date – November 3, 2015
Review will be up Thursday
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Then No One Can Have Her

Release Date – October 27, 2015
Author’s Blog Tour stops here November 6.
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Dead Tease (Loon Lake Mystery Book 12)

Release Date – February 18, 2012
Wisconsin Author and Setting
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Death Changes Everything (A Jake and Emma Mystery Book 4)

Release Date – November 1, 2015
For Review
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Trimmed with Murder: A Seaside Knitters Mystery

Release Date – November 3, 2015
Sally will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week.
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Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything (Miss Ruffles Mysteries)

Release Date – November 3, 2015
For Review
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Stabbing in the Senate (A Washington Whodunit)

Release Date – November 15, 2015
For Review
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Dollycas

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Oct 232015
 

trick or deadly treatTrick or Deadly Treat:
A Fresh-Baked Mystery

Cozy Mystery
Setting – Texas
9th in Series
An Obsidian Mystery (Reprint Edition) (October 6, 2015)
Published by New American Library
An Imprint of Penguin Random House
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451416704
Trade Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451416698
E-Book ASIN: B00INIXQRA
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It’s Halloween in Weatherford, Texas—which means Phyllis Newsom is baking up a storm of yummy seasonal treats…but she’s about to get even busier unmasking a killer…

While Phyllis and her friend Carolyn are preparing for a baking contest, her housemate Sam adopts Buck, an adorable Dalmatian who was hit by a car. To thank local veterinarian Hank Baxter for helping the dog, Phyllis and Carolyn bake a batch of doggie treats for his other four-legged patients.

But when they arrive at the clinic, the vet is in the process of being arrested—for the murder of his wife! Convinced that the police are barking up the wrong tree and that someone’s been burying evidence, Sam begs Phyllis to help find the real killer. Joined by Buck, the friends engage in a dogged pursuit of the murderer, who will stop at nothing to muzzle them…permanently.

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Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this 9th Fresh Baked Mystery the tables are turned a bit as Sam is the one leading the investigation.  Sam met Dr. Hank Baxter when he rescued a wonderful dalmatian after it had been hit by a car. The vet takes such good car of the dog, who Sam has named Buck, that when Hank is arrested Sam feels the great need to help him. Sam seems to hit one brick wall after another so Phyllis agrees to help him out. Carolyn and Phyllis are trying to win another cooking contest for a national magazine. They have a personal competition to see who can make the best doggie treats too.   Eve is in the background of this story so all the roommates are accounted for. Let the fun begin!

Okay let’s get it out of the way. Hank Baxter’s wife was a first class snob and I instantly disliked her so when she ended up dead I was not surprised. What truly surprised was the way the mystery played out.  We know the spouse it always the first suspect and the police are usually wrong on that assumption. Ms. Washburn took us through many twists and turns on the highways through Texas and in finding the actual killer as well.

Phyllis, Carolyn, Eve and Sam are a very engaging group of characters. They all live together and muddle through day to day life but trouble just seems to follow them. They appear to be unflappable most of the time. Phyllis and Sam are smart and have a very methodical way of investigating. Sam was on the right track he just needed to be able to talk things through with Phyllis to go forward.  The dialogue between the characters is top-notch. I love that they have added a dog to their little family.

Livia J. Washburn has penned a delightful story. This is a perfect book to curl up on these cool Autumn nights especially with Halloween just a week away.

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This was a reprint of a story released last year. Livia has a brand new story coming November 3. The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer  finds everyone in town is gearing up for the annual holiday parade and tree-lighting ceremony in the town square and you know there will be trouble. You can find out more about Livia and her books on her webpage here

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Oct 062015
 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014

New Release Tuesday – October 2015

These wonderful books are available today
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Looking for Mr. Good Witch (Retired Witches Mysteries)

I was so excited for this one I reviewed it last Friday!
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Floral Depravity (A Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery)

The Floral Deparavity Great Escapes Tour Stops her on Friday!
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Tea Time With The Cozy Chicks (The Cozy Chicks Kitchen Series Book 2)

I will feature this book on October 13.
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Death on the High Lonesome (A Sheriff Virgil Dalton Myster)

Frank Hayes will be my Special Guest on Friday, October 16.
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Murder, Plainly Read: An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery

Isabella will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday on October 21.
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The Skeleton Haunts a House (A Family Skeleton Mystery)

Leigh will be my Special Guest on October 22.
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Trick or Deadly Treat: A Fresh-Baked Mystery

I will be featuring this book on October 23.
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More Books Out Today
Coming Later This Month

Guaranteed to Bleed (The Country Club Murders) (Volume 2)

Release Date – October 13, 2015
The Guaranteed to Bleed Great Escapes Book Tour stops here on the 15th.
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Florist Grump: A Flower Shop Mystery

Kate will be here for Cozy Wednesday on October 28!
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Flipped For Murder (Country Store Mysteries)

Maddie Day is my guest for Cozy Wednesday on November 4!

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Is it just me or is that a lot of books?
HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!

 

Dollycas

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Sep 042015
 

the paris keyThe Paris Key
Published by New American Library (September 1, 2015)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Women’s Fiction
Setting – Paris France
Trade Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451473691
E-Book ASIN: B00SI027FA
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An American in Paris navigates her family’s secret past and unlocks her own future, in this emotionally evocative novel by New York Times bestselling author Juliet Blackwell.

As a girl, Genevieve Martin spent the happiest summer of her life in Paris, learning the delicate art of locksmithing at her uncle’s side. But since then, living back in the States, she has become more private, more subdued. She has been an observer of life rather than an active participant, holding herself back from those around her, including her soon-to-be-ex-husband.

Paris never really left Genevieve, and, as her marriage crumbles, she finds herself faced with an incredible opportunity: return to the magical city of her youth to take over her late uncle’s shop. But as she absorbs all that Parisian culture has to offer, she realizes the city also holds secrets about her family that could change her forever, and that locked doors can protect you or imprison you, depending on which side of them you stand.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Genevieve Martin returns to Paris after her uncle passes away to take over his locksmith shop. There is so much bureaucratic red tape for her to be able to work as a locksmith in Paris so she is unsure how long she will actually be able to stay, but she hopes things work out. Her aunt is in a nursing home with Alzheimer’s and her cousin has no desire to take over her father’s business. Before Genevieve has time to sleep off the jet lag she has customers at her door. The neighbors are friendly for the most part and take her under their wing.  She tries to settle in but then she starts to discover secrets about her mother that could change her entire life. What a story!!!

The story travels between Genevieve’s life now, and when she visited Paris in 1997, and her mother Angela’s life in the early 80’s. It does get a little confusing at times because so many people intersect over all three time periods but the chapters are clearly labeled which helps. These are rich characters and some things they go through are heartbreaking. They both have escaped to Paris, Angela questioning her life and her marriage, Genevieve after her mother dies and now as her divorce is close to final. It was so nice to see Paris through their eyes. The descriptions were vivid and easy to envision. How different things looked from Genevieve the child to Genevieve the adult. Love for Paris shines brightly.

The story itself was all about family, the journey, the good times and the bad, unlocking memories and secrets. This story has much more depth than I originally expected.  I found myself absolutely and totally escaping into this book.  I have enjoyed Juliet Blackwell’s mysteries so I knew I would enjoy the story but I was truly blown away. I hated to reach the last page.  I have never been to Paris but after reading this book I hope to travel there someday.

Thank you Ms. Blackwell for taking me on this amazing journey.

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Find out more about Juliet Blackwell 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.”

Aug 222015
 

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My son Kris was never one for reading just for fun. He was more of a video game kind of guy, but he loved the Monk television show and when I started receiving these books for review he was actually excited to read them. They would quickly disappear from my To-Be-Read shelf and returned a couple of weeks later in pristine condition and we would usually have quite a discussion about the book. When I was looking for a book to feature today I found this book on my keeper shelf. I don’t remember Kris taking this one, I remember telling him it was here when he was here for Christmas. I don’t know how or why it would be on the keeper shelf, because I share most of my books with you. One of the grandchildren could have moved it, but I think I’ll take it as a sign from Kris that he read and really enjoyed the book. Wish we could have talked about it. I know he would want me to share it with you.

Mr. Monk and the New Lieutenant
Series: Mr. Monk (Book 19)
Hardcover: 288 pages
New American Library (January 6, 2015)
Am imprint of The Penguin Group
ISBN-13: 978-0451470584
E-Book ASIN: B00KWG9OEK
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451470591
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Welcome to the series of original mysteries starring Adrian Monk, the brilliant investigator who always knows when something’s out of place….

Monk and Natalie have finally settled into a new office routine—but the detectives soon have another problem to deal with: Captain Stottlemeyer’s new lieutenant, A. J. Thurman—a man of limited skills whom Monk finds insufferable.

Despite Thurman’s presence, Monk and Natalie attend the funeral of Judge Oberlin, and it’s a good thing. In typical fashion, Monk examines the body in the casket—and finds evidence of poison. The judge was murdered.

When Captain Stottlemeyer shows the same symptoms the judge had shown, Monk detects the work of a diabolical killer who wants both men dead. With his friend in danger and an enemy close, Monk will have to put his reservations aside to crack the case in time.

Find out more about Hy Conrad ans his books on his webpage here.

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1 Hardcover and 1 Paperback

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Jul 132015
 

somebody i used to knowSomebody I Used to Know
Suspense/Thriller
Setting – Ohio
New American Library (July 7, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Paperback: 432 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451474209
E-Book ASIN: B00OQS4CBU
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When Nick Hansen sees the young woman at the grocery store, his heart stops. She is the spitting image of his college girlfriend, Marissa Minor, who died in a campus house fire twenty years earlier. But when Nick tries to speak to her, she acts skittish and rushes off.

The next morning the police arrive at Nick’s house and show him a photo of the woman from the store. She’s been found dead, murdered in a local motel, with Nick’s name and address on a piece of paper in her pocket.

Convinced there’s a connection between the two women, Nick enlists the help of his college friend Laurel Davidson to investigate the events leading up to the night of Marissa’s death. But the young woman’s murder is only the beginning…and the truths Nick uncovers may make him wish he never doubted the lies.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I will not lie, David Bell has become one of my favorite suspense authors, right up there with Harlan Coben. When I see he has a new book coming out I have to have it and read it right away.

In Somebody I Used To Know Bell introduces us to Nick Hansen, a man trying to move forward while a big part of him is stuck in the past. Twenty years ago his college girlfriend, Marissa, died in a fire just 2 days after breaking up with him. His failure to put this behind him ruined his marriage and has him in a constant holding pattern. One day he sees someone that looks just like the girl that died. She even uses the same mannerisms. He realizes it can’t be her but she has to be related to Marissa. He tries to find out but the girl runs away. The next day the police come to his door and tell him the girl has been murdered and that she had his address in her pocket. He is their main suspect. Those days from all those years ago come flooding back, there has to be a connection to Marissa and he is going to find it and prove he did not kill the girl too!

I started reading and could not put this book down. I immediately became invested in Nick and his journey to find the truth. I thought I knew how this story was going to play out and I was partially right, a very small part. Bell threw in there quite a few unexpected twists which keep giving me more and more clues to decipher as I was led through a very riveting read.  Like every other book Bell has written the story has many layers and an intoxicating pace. You think just one more chapter and before you know it you have reached the end of the book.

I lost a distant relative to a campus fire several years ago that was wrapped up very quickly even though many questions were left unanswered so I found the story to be believable. Bell has grown so much as a writer from his start with Cemetery Girl. He continues to just keep getting better and better.

My only complaint – I can’t get this song out of my head. :)

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Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Find out more about David Bell and his books on his 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.”

Jul 042015
 

spellcasting in silk
Spellcasting in Silk:
A Witchcraft Mystery

7th in Series
Cozy Mystery
An Obsidian Mystery
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Release Date – July 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451465788
E-Book ASIN: B00PT4IVM6
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From the New York Times bestselling author of A Vision in Velvet comes more spooky sleuthing with Lily Ivory, vintage boutique owner and gifted witch…

Lily would like nothing better than to relax, enjoy her friends, and take care of business at her store, which is booming thanks to San Francisco’s upcoming Summer of Love Festival. But as the unofficial witchy consultant to the SFPD, she is pulled into yet another case.

A woman has jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, and her apparent suicide may be connected to a suspicious botanica in the Mission District. When the police investigate the shop, they ask Lily to look into its mysterious owner, whose granddaughter also appears to be missing. As Lily searches for the truth, she finds herself confronted with a confounding mystery and some very powerful magic…

Find out more about Juliet Blackwell and her books on her webpage here.

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Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 1 copy to give away!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
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Jun 022015
 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014

New Release Tuesday – June 2015

These wonderful books are available today
wherever fine books are sold.
Click on the book covers below to order from Amazon.com

The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss (A Domestic Diva Mystery)

Krista was my guest for Cozy Wednesday Last week!
Check out her post and my review here. Enter the giveaway too!
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Purl Up and Die (A Knitting Mystery)

Maggie will be my Special Guest this Friday!
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A Watery Death (A Missing Pieces Mystery) (Volume 7)

Jim and Joyce are touring with Great Escapes thru the 9th!

More Books out today!


Books Coming Later This Month

HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!

 

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

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Mar 032015
 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014

New Release Tuesday – March 2015

These wonderful books are available today
wherever fine books are sold.
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Suspendered Sentence (An Amish Mystery)

Laura Bradford will be here tomorrow for Cozy Wednesday!
She is also touring with Great Escapes!

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Dying For a Cupcake: A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery

Denise will be my Special Guest March 13!
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Denise also had a Romance Novel come out yesterday!
Good Girl Overboard

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A First Date with Death (A Love or Money Mystery)

Diana Orgain will Be my guest for Cozy Wednesday on March 18!
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Ladle to the Grave (A Soup Lover’s Mystery)

Connie Archer will be my Special Guest on March 20!
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How to Catch a Cat (Cats and Curios Mystery)

Rebecca M. Hale will be my Cozy Wednesday guest on March 25!
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More Books Out Today!

Out March 10 and touring with Great Escapes Book Tours!
Quicksand (A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery) (Volume 3)

The Icing on the Corpse (A Pawsitively Organic Mystery)

Release Date – March 31
Great Escapes Tour starts March 9!!

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HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!

 

Dollycas

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Feb 112015
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

My guest today is the fabulous Kate Collins!

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CREATIVITY ON THE RUN, ER, WALK

By Kate Collins

Brains are fascinating organs. They’re the original computers, processing whatever they take in and spitting it out when you need it – hopefully. They’re inventive, too, making up all kinds of stories to amuse, soothe, or scare us out of a night’s sleep. For me that inventiveness started at a very young age when I was certain my chest of drawers turned into a big hairy gorilla at night. I also convinced the neighbor kids that a monster lived in the crawlspace of our house. That backfired on me, however, because I told the story so often I came to believe it and wouldn’t go anywhere near that part of the house. There’s a price to be paid for being too creative.

root awakeningRecently I read an article* about how brains function better and are less prone to dementia when the body is exercised. What especially caught my attention was the paragraph that said exercise boosts creativity and helps a person come up with new solutions to problems. As a mystery writer, my ears perked up. I’m constantly solving problems, mostly of my own making, but still, sometimes I back a character into a corner and then have to figure a way out of it.

When that happens, when I’m staring at the words on my monitor and nothing is coming, I have to escape. For me that means taking a walk and letting the wayward scene play in my head like a movie and allowing my characters to talk about what’s happening. It also means that if you see me out walking and my lips are moving, pay no attention. I’m just working out their dialogue.

I wasn’t surprised, therefore, when I read in the article that researchers at Stanford University found that walking can increase creativity up to sixty percent. I’ll vouch for that! Even a casual stroll around the house or office can be beneficial, anything to step away from the words – or lack thereof – on the computer screen.

According to the researchers: “Four experiments demonstrate that walking boosts creative ideation in real time and shortly after… Walking opens up the free flow of ideas, and it is a simple and robust solution to the goals of increasing creativity and increasing physical activity.”

So it’s a win-win situation. Creativity goes up, calories burn off, blood circulates, muscles pump, and those feel-good endorphins rise. When I sit back down again, the ideas are there and so are my characters, waiting with a big “Welcome back, Kate. Let’s get this mystery solved.”

~Kate

Kate Collins is a New York Times bestselling author of the popular and long-running Flower Shop Mystery series. A Root Awakening, #16 in the series, is a February, 2015 release. Read about Kate’s mysteries, historical romances, and children’s anthologies at www.katecollinsbooks.com

*Source: www.Mercola.com (1-23-2015) “The Remarkable Effects of Exercise on Cognition and Brain Cell Regeneration.”

root awakeningA Root Awakening:
A Flower Shop Mystery

16th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Indiana
An Obsidian Mystery
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451415516
E-Book ASIN: B00LMGK55Q
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Abby Knight’s marriage may be in full bloom, but house hunting is no bed of roses in latest novel in the New York Times bestselling Flower Shop Mystery series…

Now that they’ve tied the knot, flower shop owner Abby Knight and her husband, Marco, want to put down roots. When it comes to picking a house, Marco can’t wait to get his hands dirty, while Abby isn’t ready for a fixer-upper. But conflict really sprouts when they’re checking out a dilapidated Victorian and watch a construction worker take a life-threatening tumble.

Since witnesses claim the man shouted for help, suggesting that the fall was no accident, the victim’s flamboyant wife hires Marco to find the person responsible. Meanwhile, Abby keeps secret from Marco her own investigation into the home’s inhabitants, a family whose off-kilter behavior has aroused her suspicions. If only Abby’s very pregnant cousin, Jillian, will stop distracting Abby with false labor pains, she can conclude her own inquiries before Marco finds out…and her case blossoms into a disaster.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

House hunting can be fun but most times it is pretty daunting. Buying a house is a huge decision and Marco and Abby are not exactly on the same page as to the type of house they want. Marco is okay with a fixer upper but Abby knows with them both owning businesses and a private investigating company they are not going to have much time for fixing anything up. But she is willing to look. They arrive to check out a Victorian that is already receiving a bit of a facelift just in time to see one of the workers fall many feet from his ladder to the ground. It looks like an accident but the victim’s wife hires Marco and Abby to investigate. Abby also thinks there is something off about the people renting the house and her brain just can’t let it go so she does a little investigating on her own.

Not sure what their next move is regarding finding a home a very pregnant comes to the rescue and offers to find them the perfect place to purchase. The trick will be finding it before she actually really truly goes into labor and has the baby. Hilarity ensues!

This is the 16th book in this series. That should tell you something right there. This is an excellent series and Kate Collins is a wonderful storyteller. She continues to keep these character fresh and their adventures colorful and entertaining. They are definitely blooming in the place she has planted them.

As someone who has worked on a construction crew the man falling from the ladder sent extra chills through my entire body. Those Victorian homes are tall, my first thought was where was his safety harness but then I quickly became enthralled in the mystery. Did he just lose his balance or was he really pushed? Why? and Who? and was he going to survive? Abby and Marco seem to be getting nowhere in their investigation.

This was one of those books I just couldn’t put down. I knew what Abby was thinking but the author twisted it in a way I didn’t see coming at all. An extraordinary WHODUNIT!

I am a huge fan of this author and I anxiously await each installment and am never disappointed, in fact she always exceeds my expectations. We have already learned #17 is called Florist Grump and it hits stores in November! I truly can’t wait!

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GIVEAWAY

Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 2 copies to give away!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
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Feb 102015
 

NEW USES OLD BOYFRIENDSNew Uses For Old Boyfriends
(Black Dog Bay Novel)

Women’s Fiction
New American Library
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Trade Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451465863
E-Book ASIN: B00KWFZ6WU
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After growing up in privilege and marrying into money, Lila Alders has gotten used to the good life. But when her happily-ever-after implodes, Lila must return to Black Dog Bay, the tiny seaside town where she grew up. She’s desperate for a safe haven, but everything has changed over the past ten years. Her family’s fortune is gone—and her mother is in total denial. It’s up to Lila to take care of everything…but she can barely take care of herself.

The former golden girl of Black Dog Bay struggles to reinvent herself by opening a vintage clothing boutique. But even as Lila finds new purpose for outdated dresses and tries to reunite with her ex, she realizes that sometimes it’s too late for old dreams. She’s lost everything she thought she needed but found something—someone—she desperately wants. A boy she hardly noticed has grown up into a man she can’t forget…and a second chance has never felt so much like first love.

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Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is my first experience with this author and I am thrilled to have been offered this book for review. The story is like a breath of fresh air and just what I needed.

It is hard to go back home again. In Lila’s case her life has basically fallen apart. She has lost her job and her husband has left her and all just a few months after her father has passed away. She arrives back in Black Dog Bay to start over and help her mom adjust to living without her dad, which turns out to be a much bigger task that Lila ever imagined. What follows is an incredible story where she not only helps her mom and reconnects with old friend but she also finds that going home was the right thing to do for herself.

The is a light read full of funny moments. I really like Lila. She really is a strong woman who had a jerk for a husband and she moves on after first making a huge final purchase before he cut off the credit cards and bank account. She finds her friends that stayed in Black Dog Bay are moms and busy but they were able to carve some time out to spend together. She also runs into an old boyfriend or two and her mother is on a mission to find her a new man as  soon as possible.

Black Dog Bay is quite a place –  “the best place in America to bounce back from your breakup.”  With places like Better Off Bed-and-Breakfast, the Eat Your Heart Out bakery, and the Whinery bar, Black Dog Bay offers a haven for the suddenly single. So Lila is in the right place.

I particularly enjoyed this book because there is such a variety of women of all ages. Being older I really identified with Lila’s mom and the changes to her life. Younger women will tune into Lila and her friends. All of these characters are very engaging and they are all very diverse.

You do not have to have read Cure for the Common Breakup, the first Black Dog Bay Novel, to enjoy this story. It stands perfectly on its own. I do hope to go back and read the first one and anything else this author pens. She brings a great sense of humor to her work and gives us a happy ending too with several twists that made this an extremely delightful read.

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About the Author
Beth Kendrick is the author of several novels, including Cure for the Common Breakup,The Week Before the Wedding, and The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service. She lives in Arizona with her family and a pair of unruly rescue dogs. Find out more about her and her books on her webpage here.

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Nov 042014
 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014New Release Tuesday – November 2014

These wonderful books are available today
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Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses (A Happy Hoofers Mystery)

I reviewed this last week.
My Review Giveaway still open!!
Great Escapes Book Tour starts today!

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Lethal Letters (A Books by the Bay Mystery)

I will be reviewing November 6th with giveaway!!

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Knot In My Backyard (A Quilting Mystery)

I will be reviewing November 11 with giveaway!
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Suede to Rest (A Material Witness Mystery)

Diane Vallere will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday on November 12!
Great Escapes Book Tour is running now!
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The Chocolate Clown Corpse: A Chocoholic Mystery

Joanna Carl will be my Special Guest on November 13!
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By Cook or by Crook (A Five-Ingredient Mystery)

I plan to review this book on November 14.
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Knot Guilty: A Crochet Mystery

Betty Hechtman will be my Special Guest on November 15!
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A High-End Finish: A Fixer-Upper Mystery

Kate Carisle will be my Special Guest on November 20th!
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On Borrowed Time (A Library Lover’s Mystery)

Jenn McKinlay will be my Guest for Cozy Wednesday on November 26.
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Dae’s Christmas Past (A Missing Pieces Mystery) (Volume 6)

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Books Out Later This Month

Tradition of Deceit (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)

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Fatal Brushstroke (An Aurora Anderson Mystery) (Volume 1)

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Oct 092014
 

forgotten girlThe Forgotten Girl
New American Library (October 7, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Trade Paperback Paperback: 448 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451417527
E-Book File Size: 2846 KB
ASIN: B00INIJIV8
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The past has arrived uninvited at Jason Danvers’s door…

…and it’s his younger sister, Hayden, a former addict who severed all contact with her family as her life spiraled out of control. Now she’s clean and sober but in need of a desperate favor—she asks Jason and his wife to take care of her teenage daughter for forty-eight hours while she handles some business in town
But Hayden never returns.

And her disappearance brings up more unresolved problems from Jason’s past, including the abrupt departure of his best friend on their high school graduation night twenty-seven years earlier. When a body is discovered in the woods, the mysteries of his sister’s life—and possible death—deepen. And one by one these events will shatter every expectation Jason has ever had about families, about the awful truths that bind them and the secrets that should be taken to the grave.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

David Bell has become one of my favorite suspense authors. I couldn’t wait to read this book and all my expectations were fully met. He writes these stories that just draw you right in and don”t let go.

All the characters are flawed, some have bigger  problems than others but all are dealing with something. Jason and Nora  moved back to Ohio when their jobs in New York were  eliminated. They never had children, their careers always came first.  Jason and his sister Hayden have not spoken or seen each other in years. She always ran with a group of troublemakers and drugs and alcohol were what controlled her life.  Even her daughter Sierra could not help her stay straight. But now Sierra is 17 years old and Hayden promises she is clean. She just needs to tie up some loose ends and asks Nora and Jason to take in Sierra for 48 hours. But the 48 hours comes and goes and Hayden has not returned. They want to believe she has changed but the doubts are there. Especially when questions are being asked about a friend who disappeared 27 years ago. Can Hayden’s  disappearance be connected to that one? Could Jason have changed the past?

We all remember those parties we attended in high school or college. One party on a graduation night is what starts this whole story in motion.

Bell takes us on quite a trip trying to understand what happened in the past and how it is affecting lives today. Lies, secrets, deception, desperation and fear all play huge parts of this thrilling mystery.

The story has layers making readers really pay attention and even making us read between the lines. The crazy twists that I have come to expect from this author turn things upside town and inside out.  He weaves together the past and present with such precision and makes this book almost impossible to put down. At over 400 pages I knew I was going to have to break it up over 2 or 3 nights but it was so hard and I didn’t want to do anything like work during the day, I just wanted to get back to reading this book. The was more than one time I was on the edge of my seat. One chapter would end and I would think just one more and then it was one more. I read it in two nights but this book has stuck with me for days.

David Bell is a fantastic storyteller that continues to top himself with each new mystery. This one deserves more than 5 stars! I truly cannot wait to see what this man comes up with next.

paradise

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 Want to find out more about David Bells and his books check out his webpage here.

I am giving my advance review copy away.
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