May 282017
 

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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!

BRAT FEST

I had a fabulous day yesterday. A whole day away from my computer. We headed to Madison for the World’s Largest Brat Fest. As of last night 100,000 brats had been sold. Mr. Dollycas, daughter #2 and I were soon joined by daughter #1 and her family. Son #2 arrived with his friends a little while later. Besides the brats the highlights of the day including getting up close and personal with some Clydesdales and meeting Bucky Badger. The kids enjoyed Laser Tag and the carnival. Plenty of yummy food and drink was everywhere, funnel cakes, roasted corn on the cob, lemonade, ice cream and so much more. Music was also a huge highlight but the kids and us old people were ready to head home before the main acts played. Fun was had by all and we hope to return next year. The event is for a good cause, proceeds are shared by several local charities. My only complaint was that the park needs to be much more handicap accessible and needs to add more benches for resting. 🙂 


Weekly Rewind – May 22 – 29, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #20 2017

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – The Simplicity of Cider: A Novel by Amy E. Reichert @GalleryBooks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Kathleen Bridge – Author of Ghostal Living – #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Thursday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Yews with Caution by Kate Collins

Friday – Flashback Friday – Buffalo Jump Blues by Keith McCafferty #Review / #Giveaway @VikingBooks

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – The Connecticut Corpse Caper by Tyler Colins

Plus –#Spotlight / #Giveaway – Walking on My Grave (A Death on Demand Mysteries) by Carolyn Hart @BerkleyMystery

Put a Big Smile on your face and have FUN today! 

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

May 212017
 

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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!

Last Sunday was not only Mother’s Day but our 34th Wedding Anniversary. My sister and I are big fans of NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth. There has been a museum/store in his hometown of Cambridge, Wisconsin for years that his sister Kelly manages. Fans recently received notice that the place would be closing June 11 and that all the trophies, cars,, helmets, etc. would be moved to North Carolina where Matt now lives. We had never been there even though it is not that far away. We decided to visit there last Sunday and took my sister along. We had such fun. The place is jam packed with everything from his career thus far in racing. Both Matt and Kelly have said he is not retiring but rumors are always running rampant. My biggest hope is to meet him in person someday. 


Weekly Rewind – May 15 – 19. 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #19 2017

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

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – The Final Vow by Amanda Flower – Great Escapes Book Tour @midnightinkbook

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Peg Cochran – Author of Dead and Berried @BerkleyMystery

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Nightshade for Warning (An Enchanted Garden Mystery) by Bailey Cattrell

Friday – Flashback Friday – Murder Gone A-Rye by Nancy J. Parra – #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Ivy Get Your Gun by Cindy Brown – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Death in Dark Blue (A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery) by Julia Buckley


I hope you all have a wonderful week!! 

 

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

May 142017
 

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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!


Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!

It is also my 34th Wedding Anniversary!
I hope we are off doing something fun today.

Yesterday we spent at a Flag Football Tournament watching our oldest grandson. The temps were nice so it was a relaxing day after a very busy week of reading and blogging. Kaden is the quarterback in the picture above. Six players per team on the field and they all take turns at all positions. His team won 2 and lost 1 yesterday. Next year they move up to flag football with pads and helmets. Should be interesting. 🙂 

Weekly Rewind – May 8 – 13, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #18 2017

Plus – New Release Monday/Tuesday – May 2017 – Week #2

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – A Perfect Manhattan Murder by Tracy Kiely – Great Escapes Book Tour @midnightinkbook

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Featuring Killer Characters by Ellery Adams – #Review / #Giveaway – @BerkleyMystery

Thursday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – A Purely Private Matter by Darcie Wilde @BerkleyMystery

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – Jeopardy in July: A Jamie Quinn Mystery by Barbara Venkataraman

Friday – Flashback Friday – The Art of Murder by Elaine Viets #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Bad To The Bone by Linda O. Johnston – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – #Interview / #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Uncorking A Lie by Nadine Nettmann – Great Escapes Book Tour

And – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea


Share a smile today with everyone you can!! 

Your Great Escapes Travel Agent

 

May 072017
 

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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!

History Takes Flight

Saturday was a day full of fun! 

We started the day watching Kaden play football. Then we watched Natalie play soccer. Then we filled two vehicles and headed to Oshkosh to spend the afternoon at the EAA Aviation Museum. It is one of the most extensive aviation attractions in the world. Fun was had by all. It seems we are all kids at heart when it comes to airplanes. No one actually went up in a plane. Kaden was offered a free ride but was not interested. Free rides are available for kids ages 8-17, so we have plenty of years for them to fly. The adult rides are $75 each so we will know that and plan accordingly next time. We had to laugh, the museum is only 45 minutes from our house and only Mr. Dollycas has been there before. I attended EAA AIRVENTURE when I was in college or as the grandkids say “back in the old days”. That is a week long event and planes fly in from all over. After we saw as much as we could we headed to Johnny Rockets for dinner. Then home where the grandkids spent the night. I love these family outings, I hope our angel was watching. 


Weekly Rewind – May 1 – May 6, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #17 2017

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

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Murder in the Bowery by Victoria Thompson @BerkleyMystery

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Kailyn Wilde – Proprietor of Abracadabra – #Review / #Giveaway (Magick & Mayhem by Sharon Pape)

Thursday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Mrs. Jeffries Rights a Wrong (A Victorian Mystery) by Emily Brightwell @BerkleyMystery

Plus – Early Review – About a Dog ( A Bluff Point Romance) by Jenn McKinlay

Friday – #Spotlight – Till Dirt Do Us Part by Teresa Trent – Great Escapes Book Tour #freebook

Plus – Flashback Friday – #Review / #Giveaway – A Stone’s Throw by Debbie De Louise – Great Escapes Book Tour

Saturday – Spotlight / #Giveaway – Books of a Feather by Kate Carlisle @BerkleyMystery

Dr. Seuss says “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Apr 302017
 

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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!

It was the usual week of reading and blogging for me. I also watched my favorite television shows, Chicago PD, FD, MED and Justice, The Voice, Grey’s Anatomy, Law and Order SVU, Criminal Minds, Blue Bloods and of course Days of Our Lives. It was nice to have a quiet, relaxing week but I did miss seeing my oldest daughter and the grandkids. I just wish the warm weather we had last weekend would have stuck around so that we could get some outside work done. Hopefully next weekend will be better. 

How was your week?

Weekly Rewind – April 24 – 29, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #16 2017

Plus – Early Review – Day of Secrets by Daryl Wood Gerber

Tuesday – NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – April 25, 2017

Plus – #Review – Beach Breeze by Joanne DeMaio

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Linda Reilly – Author of A Frying Shame – #Review / #Giveaway too! @BerkleyMystery

Thursday – #Review – Of Books and Bagpipes: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton @MinotaurBooks

Friday – Flashback Friday – #Review / #Giveaway – Miss Zukas and the Island Murders by Jo Dereske

Saturday – #Spotlight / Guest Post / #Giveaway – Bed and Breakfast and Murder by Patti Larsen – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – The Davis Way Crime Caper Series by Gretchen Archer

 

Keep Smiling!!

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Apr 232017
 

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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!

Yesterday we attended my granddaughter’s 1st dance recital. I am so proud of that little girl. So many thoughts ran through my mind. My daughter’s (her aunts) many dance recitals and all those weekly dance lessons. My son not being there to witness his daughter at this wonderful event, although many told me he was watching from heaven. Thoughts even drifted back to when I attended high school in the building where the recital was held and the weekly dances we had with actual bands not D.J.’s way back in the day. I felt a roller coaster of emotions when all I was there for was to see this awesome little girl dance. My SMILE resolution continued but it was accompanied by a few tears.

I also shed a few tears earlier in the week when my youngest daughter moved Kris’s dresser that he had since he was a baby into her room. The dresser is an antique made by my grandfather back when my mother was a child. It was passed down to me when my grandmother moved in with us when I was a teenager. I stripped and refinished it, took it with me when I got married and then it became Kris’s. My daughter says she and her brother both loved clothes and had/have more than they knew what to do with. This is a dresser with much deeper drawers than you find today so it was perfect for them. She may refinish it herself someday and pass it along. All I know is that it made me miss him like crazy. Tears over a piece of furniture, it still amazes me how grief works right into normal every day things. 

Weekly Rewind – April 17 – 22, 2017
Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #15 2017

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – When The Grits Hit The Fan by Maddie Day

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Jenn McKinlay – Author of Caramel Crush #Review / #Giveaway / #GuestPost @BerkleyMystery

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – No Charm Intended by Mollie Cox Bryan

Friday – #Review / #Giveaway – Cat Got Your Cash by Julie Chase – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – Flashback Friday – A Golden Cage by Shelley Freydont #Giveaway #Review Replay

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – A Good Day to Buy by Sherry Harris @KensingtonBooks

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – The Last Chance Olive Ranch by Susan Wittig Albert @BerkleyMystery


Share a hug today!! It will make both of you SMILE!! 

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Apr 162017
 

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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 Easter! 

Happy Easter

I hope you are having a wonderful day today!!


Weekly Rewind April 10 – 15, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #14 2017

Tuesday – NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – April Week #2

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White @PenguinRandom

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Edith Maxwell – Author of Called to Justice – #Review / #Giveaway @midnightinkbook

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Silence of the Jams by Gayle Leeson

Friday – Special Guest – Steve Hockensmith – Author of Give the Devil His Due – 20 Quick Questions – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – Flashback Friday – Up North Murder by Cheryl F. Taylor – #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – Special Guest – Two Heads Are Deader Than One by Elena Hartwell – Interview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus- #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Southern Fried by Tonya Kappes – Great Escapes Book Tour

And – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Town in a Maple Madness by B.B. Haywood

Also – Special Guest – Terry Ambrose – Author of Maui Magic – #GuestPost / #Giveaway



Keep Smiling!!

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Apr 092017
 

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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!

My Little Smilers

My loves, my grandchildren were in the house this weekend. Remi and Natalie enjoyed the local Easter Egg Hunt. It lasted about 4 minutes for the kids to find about 5000 candy filled eggs. Kaden stayed home to watch a Star Wars movie with Mr. Dollycas. There is never a dull moment with these kids in the house. And they do amazing things for my Smile More resolution. They sure are cute little smilers.

Weekly Rewind – April 3 – 8, 2017
Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #13 2017

Tuesday – NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – April Week #1

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – Tightening the Threads by Lea Wait @KensingtonBooks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Morgan C. Talbot – Author of Smugglers & Scones – #Review

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullet – Fabulous Read!

Friday – Flashback Friday – Moss Hysteria by Kate Collins – #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Blood Orange by Susan Wittig Albert – @BerkleyMystery

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Treasure in Paradise by Kathi Daley – Great Escapes Book Tour

And – #Review / #Giveaway – Dying on the Vine by Marla Cooper – Great Escapes Book Tour

Have a great week! Don’t forget to share some smiles! 

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 

Apr 022017
 

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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.

Tried to have a quiet week and work on my Smile More resolution I made last week. My son would have turned 32 on Wednesday so I took some “me time” in the afternoon. My youngest daughter took me to get my haircut and do a bit of shopping. Then I came home and curled up with a book. I cut the work day short on Thursday and Friday too.

Then about 11 p.m. Friday night I saw that the movie SING was Free On Demand. My grandchildren had seen the movie in the theater and most of them gave it rave reviews. Remi is 4, he loved all the animals. Natalie is almost 5, “Nana, it is so funny. Kaden is 9, “it was funny but kinda stupid.” He’s more into the superhero movies these days 🙂

So I pressed “select”, put my book down, leaned back, relaxed and watched the movie. It was funny, I liked the animals, it had a good message and was not stupid. And it made me SMILE. I fell asleep with a smile on my face and some good memories of my son when he was the age of my grandchildren. We used to have many movie nights watching tapes on our old VCR. While as he grew older he was more into superheroes like Kaden, he would have liked the animals like Remi. No matter how old he would have thought it was funny. I had just a minute of despair as I thought he would have loved watching this movie with his daughter Natalie, but hopefully he was smiling down from heaven. If you need a little pick me up, this is the perfect movie to watch. I may have to buy the DVD. 

Weekly Rewind – March 27 – April 1, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #13 2017

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – March 2017 – Week #4

Plus – Early Review – Kale to the Queen by Nell Hampton

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Kylie Logan – Author of Gone With The Twins – #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – I’m Traveling Alone: A Novel by Samuel Bjork

Friday – Flashback Friday – Long Upon The Land by Margaret Maron – #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Occult and Battery by Lena Gregory


Wishing you all a wonderful week! 

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

Mar 262017
 

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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!

The calendar may say it is Spring but the temps are still pretty chilly here in Wisconsin. I can’t wait to see the flowers and trees showing us their springtime blooms. A time of renewal.

Spring has always been my favorite season but this year it is taking on a larger importance with me. My oldest son would have been 31 this year. His birthday is this coming Wednesday. I am going to take some time for myself on that day to try to spring myself forward from this overwhelming grief that has grabbed a hold on me again this month. That doesn’t mean I forget or that there won’t be some sad times. It just means I will try to smile instead of cry a little more often. Remember with more joy and less sorrow. A time of renewal for me. A huge step but I will do my best. 

Smile – Happy Spring Everyone!


March 20 – 25, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #12 2017

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

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – Kneaded To Death by Winnie Archer

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Laura Bradford – Author of The Silence of the Flans

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Elementary She Read by Vicki Delany – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – #Review / #Giveaway x 2 – Off the Beadin’ Path by Janice Peacock – Great Escapes Book Tour

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Cherry Cake and a Cadaver by Susan Boles


I hope you all have an amazing week full of smiles
and good times!

 

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