Mar 192017
 

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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!

When I think of anniversaries I think of happy celebrations. This past Wednesday marked 2 years since my son took his life. Not a happy celebration, so for me “anniversary” is just not the right word. Unlike last year I had decided months ago to just treat it like a normal day on my blog and for the book tours. I filled the day with work and commitments hoping that would push me through the day. Well, that was a mistake because it wasn’t a normal day, it wasn’t a normal week. My filling the week with work has left me feeling overwhelmed and behind in so many things. I had hoped to catch up this weekend but roadblocks just keep throwing themselves in my path.

First due to the weather we had several power and internet outages on Monday.

Then on Tuesday, when I tried to update tour pages on my blog the program had mind of its own and was opening earlier revisions with a many things missing. Confusing to explain, confusing to fix but I finally got the pages updated and the problem seems to have gone away.

Wednesday, the actual day I needed time for myself my email inbox was overflowing with things I needed to handle. To ignore them would have just put me further behind. Wednesday night I couldn’t sleep, that night from 2 years ago, the police at the door telling us our son was gone, just kept replaying itself in my mind and when I did get to sleep the nightmares had returned. When I finally got to sleep it was about 7 a.m. and then of course I didn’t get up on time, again, chasing my tail to get caught up.

Friday, no matter what I did I just couldn’t stay on task and soon it was 6 p.m. and I just had to stop.

Saturday, up early, ready to get caught up, my printer stopped working and Microsoft did some kind of update during the night and the restart took over an hour. I wanted to just do a manual shutdown and start over but the last time I had done that it caused more problems so I waited.

So no, not caught up, still behind. I am hoping today is better. This was just the computer side. I didn’t do hardly any reading this week and no time on the weekend for much reading because of all the time at the computer. Believe me, I have learned my lesson. Next year, I am not scheduling anything for this week.

Now I push forward until Kris’ birthday on March 29. Yes, I will be behind again then too.

~Lori

Weekly Rewind – March 13 – 18, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #11 2017

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – March 2017 – Week #2

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – Death By Chocolate Lab by Bethany Blake

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Janet Finsilver – Author of Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table – #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review – Beginner’s Luck by Corinne Scott – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – Flashback Friday – Grilled For Murder by Maddie Day #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Old Bones Never Die by Lesley A. Diehl

Plus – Special Guest – Kelly Lane – Author of Cold Pressed Murder @BerkleyMystery #Giveaway

Take some time for yourself this week! You deserve it!

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Mar 122017
 

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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!

I hope you had a great week. Mine was not the best. We did get a lot of the cleaning done I wanted last weekend so that was good but I woke up Monday will be left ear plugged and by the end of the day I knew it was the beginning of a head cold which has gotten progressively worse each day so that my Friday my voice was but a whisper. My voice is better but both ears are still plugged and I feel like @#$%. March is always going to be a hard month and this next week being the worst as it will be 2 years since we lost our son on Wednesday. We have a family dinner planned for that day so I hope I am feeling better.

One good thing did happen last week. I became a great aunt again for the 12th time. Miss Aubrey Kay made her way into the world Thursday. Weighing in at 6lbs 14oz, 19in long. Such a little cutie. Her big brothers look pretty excited. I can’t wait to meet her in person. 

Weekly Rewind March 6 – 11, 2017

Monday –My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #10 2017

Plus – Special Guest Kirsten Weiss – Author of Pressed to Death – #Giveaway too! – Great Escapes Book Tour

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

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – Bitter Harvest by Wendy Tyson

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Laura Childs – Author of Pekoe Most Poison – #Giveaway

Thursday – Special Guest T.C. LoTempio – Author of Purr M For Murder #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Tour

Friday – Flashback Friday – Be Still My Beading Heart by Janice Peacock – #Review

Plus – #Review – Laura’s Dream: A Cape Harriet Novella by Roma Brooks

Saturday – #Review – Cruel Winter by Sheila Connolly

Plus – Special Guest Linda Wiken – Author of Roux the Day – #Giveaway

No Books This Week 😕 

My word for this week is HOPE. 

I HOPE you all have a wonderful week for of great reads, fun, and family. 

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Mar 052017
 

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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 a busy week and we had another nice snow storm but it is warm enough this weekend that the snow is quickly melting. The milder temps had me in the cleaning mood but I live with a bunch of procrastinators that just drives me nuts. Instead of putting things away, they stack things and say they will put them away later. They start things and do not finish. They say they are going to do something and then when reminded they say, “in a minute”, “later”, “maybe tomorrow”. For that reason some of the Christmas stuff has been put away in the totes but the totes haven’t been taken to the basement. Some stuff is still out because “it is still winter”. Other cleaning that could be done gets a “Spring Cleaning…it’s not Spring yet”. The stacks keep increasing and my patience is dwindling. These are some of the times my paralysis makes me want to scream. If I only had 2 good hands and 2 good legs I would be doing all this myself and trust me I try to do as much as I can. My granddaughter wanted to come this weekend but I asked her to wait a week because I was determined to get the housework done. Then yesterday my older daughter and the boys surprised us with a visit. While I was extremely happy to see them, you guessed it, I put them right to work too. Not the visit they expected but more hands make light work, right. 🙂

Weekly Rewind – February 27 – March 4, 2017

Monday –  My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #9 2017

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – Home by Harlan Coben

Plus – New Release Tuesday – February 2017 – Week #4

And – #Review / #Giveaway – Blown Away by Clover Tate @BerkleyMystery

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Fran Stewart – Author of A Wee Homicide in the Hotel – #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – No Way Home by Annette Dashofy – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – Flashback Friday – A Bead in the Hand by Janice Peacock – #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon

Share some smiles this week! 

Happy Reading! 

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

 

Feb 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!

We were treated to some awfully nice weather early last week, temps in the high 60’s but Old Man Winter reared his ugly head for the weekend with ice, cold and snow. It also was when my youngest son’s heat/defrost stopped working in “his” truck. That meant he and Mr. Dollycas were out in the cold trying to fix it. This was my oldest son’s truck and keeping it around and running is very important to us, especially for his brother. It has not been easy because it has had plenty of issues the past 2 years, brakes, fuses, tie rods, a window that won’t go up and down, some recalls we still need to take care of and now the heat.  Sometimes I think it is our oldest son sending signs we should give up on the thing. But seeing these guys and sometimes our nephew rally to keep this Tahoe running and bonding with each other brings us all just a little joy in a dark time. I hope Kris is watching down from heaven and sees us keeping his memory alive even with the darn truck. 

Weekly Rewind – February 20 – 25, 2017
Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #8 2017

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

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – War and Peach by Susan Furlong

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Krista Davis – Author of Mission Impawsible #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Twelve Angry Librarians by Miranda James

Friday – Flashback Friday – The Ghosts of Misty Hollow by Sue Ann Jaffarian – #Spotlight / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – The Detroit Im Dying Trilogy by T.V. LoCicero

Spread a little love this week!

Your Escape Into A Goof Book Travel Agent

Feb 192017
 

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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!



I had my Saturday pretty well planned out, sleep in, promote some book tour stops, write 2 blog posts, read, spend time with my granddaughter. Well, I did sleep in, but when I signed into my blog I found I had been hacked.

First there was a panic because when I had been hacked several years ago my blog was filled with racist posts and beyond x-rated pictures. This time it was just a black screen with loud music and big red letters saying you have been hacked with the hacker’s name.

Deep breaths…I quickly sent the company, Tiger Technology, that hosts my blog and email. I received an immediate response. They got to work and about 2 hours later my beautiful blog was restored.

They discovered the hack occurred last than 5 minutes before I tried to sign in, they quickly locked down the site and kept the hacker from doing further damage.

They also determined that while I had changed my email and blog passwords regularly I had not changed my server password in a very long time. You know it is a site you go to when you have a problem. It otherwise just runs in the background and is forgotten. The password I had was strong but the hacker got through. I have now added my server to the list of passwords that needs to be changed often. So I just want to remind all of your make changing passwords a priority.

Thankfully Tiger Tech and their staff are amazing. They have helped me through many little glitches over the years and now this huge one. And they did it within minutes, not days or hours. Years ago my blog was hosted by Google Blogger and I had to rebuild my site myself and it took days. I am not sure how they do it now, but back then it was other Blogger users that helped me get things back on track and helped me get rid of the most offensive material. I never heard back from anyone that worked for Google. The adage “you get what you pay for” is true. Blogger is free, Tiger Tech costs about $10 a month but I learned today they are worth every penny. 

Weekly Rewind – February 13 – 18, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #7 2017

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – February 2017 – Week #2

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway -Death in Advertising by Laura Bradford – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Bookman Dead Style by Paige Shelton – #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review – Where The Lost Girls Go by R. J. Noonan

Friday – Flashback Friday – High Strung by Janice Peacock #Review / #Giveaway

Plus – Nana’s Nook – That’s Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal – Illustrations by Teagan White

Saturday – The Drawing Game by Deirdre Verne – #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

I hope you all have a wonderful week! 

Change those passwords! 

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 

Feb 122017
 

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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!

Trade Books Online - PaperBack Swap.Another busy week around here. One of my To-Be-Read shelves was leaning precariously, the back was coming detached. The books on this shelf are ones I either purchased myself or received from PaperBackSwap. These take a backseat to the books I receive for review so it has been awhile since I have straightened and organized. I unloaded all the books last weekend and my son fixed it by reattaching the back and adding a couple of shims. Now I am in the process or putting them back in some kind of order. (I’ll try to share a picture next week.) I am also deciding to post some back on PBS because my interests have changed or I know I will not be able to catch up on the series. Before my accident, everyone teased that I was a fabric hoarder, now they call me a book hoarder. The problem is my girls have the same addiction, it is hidden though because they hoard e-books on their Kindles, 🙂 Just because we can see them on shelves doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Which reminds me, I have my own hidden stash on my Kindle. Shhh! Hopefully they won’t think of that.

Are You A Book Hoarder?

 

Weekly Rewind – February 6 – 11, 2017

Monday –My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #6 2017

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

Plus – #Review – A Measure of Murder by Leslie Karst

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Loretta Ross – Author of Death & the Gravedigger’s Angel – #Review / #Giveaway too!

Thursday – 20 Quick Questions with Sybil Johnson – Plus #Review / #Giveaway – A Palette for Murder by Sybil Johnson – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – Flashback Friday – A Wee Dose of Death by Fran Stewart – #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – No Cats Allowed by Miranda James

I hope you all have a fantastic week! 

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Feb 052017
 

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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!

Well my Green Bay Packers are not in the Super Bowl so for me the game becomes a Lady Gaga concert surrounded by 4 quarters of football 🙂 We also have Luke Bryan singing the National Anthem and all the crazy commercials. So I will be reading and watching the game and if I have to pick a team, it would be the Falcons because I just can’t stand Tom Brady, lol.

January Stats
17 Books Read
4739 Pages Read
A Good Start on My Challenges.


Weekly Rewind – January 30 – February 4, 2017
Monday –My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #5 2017

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – January 31, 2017

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – 15 MINUTES by Larissa Reinhart – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Cheryl F. Taylor – Author of Stone’s Gems and Murder – #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Murder Wears White by Stephanie Blackmoore

Friday – Flashback Friday – Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center – #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Up North Murder by Cheryl F. Taylor

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – One Dead, Two to Go by Elena Hartwell


I hope you all have a wonderful week!! 

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Jan 292017
 

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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!


I hope you all had a wonderful week. I am starting to feel better but Mr. Dollycas had a relapse this week and last night our son came home from work early coughing up a storm. A friend suggested pineapple juice to me and it really worked clearing out my head and throat. Another friend suggested to put Vicks vapor rub on our feet with socks, I didn’t try that one yet but hubby did. My son came home and said people told him to put a thick onion slice covered by socks on his feet to clear his congestion. Not sure about that one at all. There are so many so called cures out there but when you get sick enough you will try just about anything. Share with me any you may have to kick this bug out of my house, if I catch it again I may try them out.

Weekly Rewind – January 23 – 28, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #4 2017

Tuesday – #Review – A Pinch of Poison by Alyssa Maxwell

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Kristi Abbott – Author of Pop Goes The Murder – #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review – Whale of a Crime by Karen MacInerney

Friday – Flashback Friday – Paint The Town Dead by Sybil Johnson #Review / #Giveaway @HeneryPress

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Scheduled to Death by Mary Feliz – Great Escapes Book Tour

Smile! Pass it around! 

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Jan 222017
 

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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!

I hope you all had a wonderful week of reading and blogging about them. I know as a nation our attention was drawn away this past week, but I found a lot of comfort in my books this week. Yes, reading my cozy mysteries with at least one murder in each one gave me comfort 😀 When I am stressed or upset I know my cozy protagonists help me to escape, even if it just a few minutes or an hour or two a day. Do you have books that bring you comfort? Authors you turn to when real life just gets a little to tough? Even after losing my son returning back to reading helped get me through the tough days and still help me today we he is on my mind and my mother’s guilt sets in as we have just passed 22 months since his death. Books can be magical in that way. We don’t forget, we don’t stop fighting for what is right, sometimes we just need to set things aside for a short time and Escape Into A Good Book. 

Weekly Rewind – January 16 – 21, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #3 2017

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

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – A Fatal Twist by Tracy Weber

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Cleo Coyle – Author of Dead Cold Brew – #Review / #Giveaways

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – River City Dead by Nancy G. West – Great Escapes Book Tour – @HeneryPress

Friday – Nana’s Nook – When You’re Feeling Sick by Coy Bowles

Plus – Flashback Friday – Knit to Be Tied by Maggie Sefton #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – Spotlight – Rum, Cigars and Corpses by Jerold Last



Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Jan 152017
 

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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 seems every year my family catches a bug to ring in the new year. Mr. Dollycas woke up December 26 coughing and slowly it made its way to our youngest daughter and son. I was doing so good avoiding it. Then Monday I had a tickle in my throat, by Tuesday night the coughing and nose running became constant. Wednesday was bad, Thursday was worse, Friday medication started to work, but I started coughing late in the night and couldn’t kick it. Saturday I was tired due to lack of sleep, but some TLC and different cold medicine is making me feel a little better. Hopefully today it is on its way out of this house.

I hope 2017 if off to a good start for all of you. Reading great stories and sharing them with others. I am really looking forward to so many books this year. Several new books are showing up in my Facebook News Feed or my email inbox. I know I won’t be able to read them all this year but I am going to try. Do you have a book on your must read list for 2017? I know I have so many I am not able to choose just one. 


Weekly Rewind – January 2 – 14, 2017

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #2 2017

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – January 2017 – Week #2

Plus – Early Review – The Mutual Admiration Society by Lesley Kagen

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Gail Oust – Author of Curried Away – #Review / #Giveaway too! – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – #Review – She Stopped for Death: A Little Library Mystery by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli @crookedlanebks

Friday – Flashback Friday – Rest in Peach by Susan Furlong #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight – Wings of Mayhem and The Rendering by Sue Coletta

Plus – #Spotlight – Temple of Indra’s Series by Rachael Stapleton


These have arrived over the past couple of weeks.

Make this week great,
smile and brighten someone’s day! 

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

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