Jul 132017
 

The Beach Inn by Joanne DeMaio
Women’s Fiction
Continuing Series
Setting – Connecticut
Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1544762814
Kindle ASIN: B06XRHJCX9

It was going to be exquisite: a rambling, shingled New England cottage converted into a grand beach inn. Nestled among hydrangeas and swaying dune grasses, this seaside haven would welcome guests on the Connecticut shore. Except the little beach town of Stony Point is no longer feeling like a haven to its residents. Residents including a brooding Jason Barlow, the esteemed architect in charge of the inn’s renovation–until a stubborn, grief-induced For Sale sign puts an end to that.

But with a little help from the beach friends, anything is possible. In an effort to save the inn and convince its cherished owner to stay, the friends band together to stage an inn-tervention, shaking up their own lives in the process.

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

…grieving comes from love… It’s the love that gives us the strength to go on without somebody.
~The Beach Inn by Joanne DeMaio

As soon as I read that line, a line I have learned to live by, I knew I was going to love this story.

We arrive at Stony Point to continue our visit. Elsa still grieving the lost of her son has put the Inn up for sale, taking a huge chunk of work out of Jason’s schedule. He is also grieving not for just Sal but his brother Neil as well. He has been able to hear Neil’s voice from heaven and feel him nudging things a certain way in his construction plans. Neil has been oddly quiet since Sal died. All of the characters are dealing with their grief and trying not to make any rash decisions. They all agree that getting Elsa to stay in Stony Point and to have her keep renovating the inn is their #1 priority. Then many other things will fall into place.

This story like the one before hits me on all emotional levels but things are getting a little easier for me and they can for Elsa. I am coming up on 28 months since my son’s death and I just take it one day at a time.  In fact, I have taken on my own Operation Smile to help me through my loss.

I have enjoyed all the books in this series, the journeys we take with these characters are powerful. They share memories, take on new things, and together have such true friendships that keep them afloat when times get tough and when there are joys to share. The last book in this series just crushed my heart but this installment things start to turn around. The realistic ebb and flow of life continues making this another heart warming and heart healing story. I am glad it followed quickly after Beach Breeze.

These stories need to be read in order. Load them all up on your Kindles for some wonderful summer reading. I can’t wait for the next one!!

Dollycas

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joanne demaio

About The Author

Joanne DeMaio is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She enjoys writing about friendship, family, love and choices, while setting her stories in New England towns or by the sea. Currently at work on her next book, Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

To learn more about the author, visit Joannedemaio.com. She also enjoys hearing from readers on her Facebook Page.

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 102017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am starting in California, then to the U.K. and back to Washington D.C.
Really adding up those travel miles.

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

Escapes Completed

Murder on the Rocks (Mack’s Bar Mysteries Book 1)
Release Date – August 6, 2013
Setting – Wisconsin
My Review

Bring Her Home
Release Date – July 11, 2017
Setting – Kentucky
Review will be posted tomorrow!

Sowed to Death (Farmer’s Daughter Mystery)
Release Date – July 4, 2017
Setting – Michigan
Peg will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!

The Beach Inn
Release Date – May 16, 2017
Setting – Connecticut
Review will be posted Thursday

Scheduled Escapes


Unzipped (Chrissy McMullen Book 1)

Release Date May 31, 2005
Setting California
My Flashback Friday Read

The Detecting Duchess (Victorian Bookshop Mystery)
Release Date May 26, 2017
Setting – London – UK
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Wednesday!


Calamity at the Continental Club (A Washington Whodunit)
Release Date – July 15, 2017
Setting – Washington D.C.
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday.

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Jul 052017
 


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am happy to welcome Paige Sleuth to Escape With Dollycas today!

 

Cat Rescue and “Buy in July”

 

Like many cozy mystery writers and readers, I’m a huge animal lover. My two cats came to me five years ago now, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Anna Belle and Molly not only engage in daily antics to inspire some of the scenes in my Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series, but they’re also the books’ cover models. This is one of my favorite pictures of Anna Belle (left) and Molly. I think you’ll agree they’re both cuties!

 

 

Anna Belle and Molly celebrated their birthday/adoption anniversary last week. They were both rescue cats, and now that they have their own series they like to give back during the month of July. So, this month, $1 from every Paige Sleuth book purchase (for books priced above $0.99) will be donated to the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County (C5) as part of Paige Sleuth’s second annual “Buy in July” event. C5 is a volunteer-powered organization that seeks to reduce the number of cats euthanized every year by trapping and spay/neutering feral cats in the Las Vegas area before releasing them back into their communities. Have you ever seen a cat with a tipped ear, where the top sliver of one ear has been surgically removed? That’s an indication the cat has been fixed, and he or she probably is or was a stray at some point. If you look closely at the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery book covers, you might be able to tell that both Anna Belle and Molly have tipped ears.

If you’re eager to support your own local animal rescue, there are many ways to help. Of course, the biggest thing you can do is adopt your next furry friend from one of these rescues or a local shelter. Besides dogs and cats, many shelters have other small animals looking for homes—rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, you name it! If you’re not ready to make a lifelong commitment but enjoy the company of animals, foster parents are always in demand, especially around this time of year, which is sometimes known as “kitten season.” Foster programs differ by organization, but in most cases you simply have to provide the space, love, and basic needs of the animal until they find their forever home. Anna Belle and Molly actually started off as foster cats, but you know how cats are. After a few days they demanded I adopt them permanently. If fostering isn’t an option, you can still help! Many rescues have wishlists for items in need, so before you throw out those old towels and bedsheets, check to see if your local shelter or rescue can put them to good use. Even just spending some time with the homeless animals is appreciated, and it can benefit you as much as them.

Anna Belle, Molly, and I would love to hear about your own four-legged family members, past or present, and whether you’re involved with animal rescue in your own community. Leave us a comment below. Then we hope you’ll enter our July giveaway for a chance to win one Paige Sleuth book plus a surprise mystery book as selected by Anna Belle (Molly lost the coin toss on that one). And, if you haven’t already, you can check out the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series for free right now. Details for downloading your free copy of book one, Murder in Cherry Hills, are in the Rafflecopter below. Good luck, and may your July be filled with happiness and love!

 

~Marla (aka Paige)

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About The Author

Paige Sleuth is a pseudonym for mystery author Marla Bradeen. She plots murder during the day and fights for mattress space with her two rescue cats at night. When not attending to her cats’ demands, she writes. She loves to hear from readers, and welcomes emails at paige.sleuth@yahoo.com.

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Murder in Cherry Hills (Cozy Cat Caper Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Washington
Self Published (August 8, 2015)
Paperback: 130 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1518798207
E-Book ASIN: B013M8PMG8

 

 

 

Kat Harper has only just returned to her small hometown of Cherry Hills, Washington when she discovers the dead body of her neighbor, Mrs. Tinsdale. Matilda, Mrs. Tinsdale’s orphaned rescue cat, just might be the only eyewitness to the murder. But how do you convince a cat to reveal “whodunit”?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We meet Kat Harper just when she notices Matilda in the hallway. Her neighbor’s door is ajar so that explains how the cat got out. When Kat goes to return the cat, she find her neighbor has been murdered. Kat soon realizes Matilda witnessed her person’s death. Now how can Kat get the cat to help her find the killer?

This series is off to a great start. We just scratch the surface on our lead characters, Kat and Matilda. I would have liked a little more depth and a little more drawn out plot but this is just the first story in a series where there are now 16 books so I am sure as the series continues the characters are more fleshed out.

This was a fun, light cozy that I enjoyed very much. A fast read too. I will be returning to Cherry Hills soon to visit with Kat and Matilda again.

Dollycas

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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 042017
 

Welcome to New Release Tuesday – July 4, 2017

These books are available this week! 

Lions and Tigers and Murder, Oh My (Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery)
by Denise Swanson

A Panicked Premonition (Psychic Eye Mystery) by Victoria Laurie

Second Look (Writers Retreat Southern Seashore Mystery) by Kathi Daley

Sowed to Death (Farmer’s Daughter Mystery) by Peg Cochran

Wicked Winter (An Ivy Morgan Mystery) by Lily Harper Hart

A Pocket Full of Pie (Meera Patel Cozy Mystery Series) by Leena Clover

Murder at the Male Revue (A Bucket List Mystery) by Elizabeth Perona

Also being released today

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Jul 032017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am starting in Wisconsin and traveling East this week 🙂

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

Escapes Completed

Iced to Death (A Gourmet De-Lite Mystery)
Release Date – March 4, 2014
Setting – Connecticut
My Flashback Friday Read

Murder in Cherry Hills (Cozy Cat Caper Mystery Book 1)
Release Date August 7, 2015
Setting – Washington
Paige will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!


Cold Hearted River: A Sean Stranahan Mystery
Release Date – July 4, 2017
Setting – Montana to Michigan
For Review

30 Second Death (A Tobi Tobias Mystery)
Release Date – July 11, 2017
Setting – Missouri
For Review

Current Escape

Murder on the Rocks (Mack’s Bar Mysteries Book 1)
Release Date – August 6, 2013
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes

Bring Her Home
Release Date – July 11, 2017
Setting – ???
For Review

Sowed to Death (Farmer’s Daughter Mystery)
Release Date – July 4, 2017
Setting – Michigan
Peg will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!

The Beach Inn
Release Date – May 16, 2017
Setting – Connecticut
For Review

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Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

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Jul 012017
 

STUCK by C.T. Collier


Stuck (The Penningtons Investigate Book 2)
Self Published (March 18, 2017)
Paperback: 308 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1544277967
ASIN: B06XQP5VYZ

Meet the Penningtons: Lyssa, Ph.D. Economics, and her husband “the handsome Brit” Kyle, Ph.D. Computer Science. When their clever minds ask questions, clever killers can’t hide.

Murder never entered the picture until Fritz Van Derzee decided, at long last, to clear his name. Who stuck a jeweled stiletto into his desktop after stabbing him to death? Fritz’s daughter, Emma, recruits her former professor Lyssa Pennington to find the killer.

But where’s the ten million Fritz was falsely accused of embezzling? Tompkins College President, Justin Cushman, hires his old friend Kyle Pennington to trace the missing money.

While Lyssa uses charm and tenacity on the long list of suspects, Kyle reconstructs the college’s old homegrown finance system. As they converge on the killer, Lyssa and Kyle may be the next two casualties.


About The Author

C. T. Collier was born to solve logic puzzles, wear tweed, and drink Earl Grey tea. Her professional experience in cutthroat high tech and backstabbing higher education gave her endless opportunity to study intrigue. Add to that her longtime love of mysteries, and it’s no wonder she writes academic mysteries that draw inspiration from traditional whodunits. Her setting is entirely fictional: Tompkins College is no college and every college, and Tompkins Falls is a blend of several Finger Lakes towns, including her hometown, Seneca Falls, NY (AKA Bedford Falls from It’s a Wonderful Life).

Author Links

Website: https://drkatecollier.wordpress.com

Facebook: kate.collier.315

Twitter: @TompkinsFalls

 

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Jun 272017
 

Welcome to New Release Tuesday – June 27, 2017

These books are available today!

A Ghostly Light (Haunted Home Renovation) by Juliet Blackwell

If the Haunting Fits, Wear It (A Haunted Vintage Mystery) by Rose Pressey

Lowcountry Bonfire (A Liz Talbot Mystery) by Susan M. Boyer

Grace to the Finish (A Manor House Mystery) by Julie Hyzy

Death of a Lobster Lover (Hayley Powell Mystery) by Lee Hollis

Death of a Bachelorette (A Jaine Austen Mystery) by Laura Levine

Booked 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery) by J.C. Eaton

The Tell-Tale Tarte (A Five-Ingredient Mystery) by Maya Corrigan

Enforcing the Paw: A Paw Enforcement Novel by Diane Kelly

Dieting Can Be Murder: Every Wife Has a Story (A Baby Boomer Mystery) by Susan Santangelo

A Crime of Passion Fruit (A Bakeshop Mystery) by Ellie Alexander

Take Out by Margaret Maron

Murder at the Puppy Fest (A Melanie Travis Mystery) by Laurien Berenson

Boston Cream Bribery (The Donut Mysteries Book 32) by Jessica Beck

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Jun 262017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

Coast to coast journeys for me this week before I head back to the Midwest.

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

Books Completed

The Beach at Painter’s Cove: A Novel Release Date – June 13, 2017
Setting – Connecticut
My Review


The House of Memory (Pluto’s Snitch)
Release Date – June 27, 2017
Setting – Alabama
Review will be up Thursday! 


Booked 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
Release Date – June 27, 2017
Setting – Arizona
J.C. Eaton will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!

Books Scheduled

Iced to Death (A Gourmet De-Lite Mystery)
Release Date – March 4, 2014
Setting – Connecticut
My Flashback Friday Read

Murder in Cherry Hills (Cozy Cat Caper Mystery Book 1)
Release Date August 7, 2015
Setting – Washington
Paige will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!


Cold Hearted River: A Sean Stranahan Mystery
Release Date – July 4, 2017
Setting – Montana to Michigan
For Review

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Dollycas

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Jun 192017
 

 


Fat Girl Begone!
Romantic Comedy
Self Published
Print Length: 235 pages
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
ASIN: B06XTSHJHB

I’m a total mess. My boyfriend dumped me – get this – because I diet too much. Not because I’m fat, mind you. Of course, this spurs me into the diet-fitness-revenge-plan of the century, which leads me to the gym and a scorching hot personal trainer. I even manage to make some cool new friends, including a millionaire if you can believe it. Things are looking up! Naturally, that’s the moment my ex decides he wants me back, the personal trainer asks me out, and my millionaire male buddy decides to throw his hat in the ring. But that’s not enough drama. No, not for me. Because I’ve also lost my job and decided to start my own business. Just call me Ms. Drama.

Warning: Bad language, bumpy roads, and embarrassing moments ahead. But there’s also more than a bit of romance and even, if we’re lucky, love. Fingers crossed.

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Praise for Fat Girl Begone
by D.E. Haggerty

If you like your romantic comedies a bit on the snarky side, you will laugh out loud at Everly and her entourage…This would be a super beach read.
~Laura’s Interests

I love that many of Haggerty’s heroines have ‘issues’ (body image, confidence, etc.) and they still manage to have all the love, danger, successes and failures of … well, any other woman. They are not defined by their looks. They have rich, full and drama-filled lives outside the reality tv celebrities in their own minds zone.
~Back Porchervations

The book is funny and the author once again does an excellent job with the characters and plot.
~Babs Book Bistro

About The Author

I grew-up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on from my mom’s Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew to Little Women. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. But being a lawyer really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out being a B&B owner wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before deciding to follow the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.

 

Fat girl Begone! is my eleventh book.

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Jun 132017
 

Welcome to New Release Tuesday – June 13 – 16, 2017

These books are available this week!

A Just Clause (A Booktown Mystery)

Bad Housekeeping: An Agnes and Effie Mystery

Cement Stilettos: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery

Fatal Facade (An Allison Campbell Mystery)

Mocha and Murder (A Killer Coffee Mystery Series)

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