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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is 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.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

SUNDAY POST The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

My heart has been breaking all week following a tragedy that took place about 60 miles from where we live. A man leaving the scene of a domestic incident traveled at highway speed through a holiday parade in his SUV. Five people were killed and an 8-year-old boy died from his injuries on Tuesday. More than 60 other people were injured. As of Friday, 9 children were still hospitalized with 4 still in serious condition. 3 women killed were members of the Dancing Grannies and a man that helped the group was also killed. The fifth person killed was walking next to a parade float. Such a senseless event stealing joy from what should have been a happy event to kick off the holiday season. The driver of the SUV has pleaded not guilty but with the overwhelming amount of evidence, I hope he changes his plea and spares the families and community a trial. I hope you will keep the families of this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers.

On a lighter note, today is Miss Daisy Mae’s 1st birthday! We were so lucky to bring this wonderful puppy home about 8 weeks following her birth. She is so smart and has great instincts. She is finally past the phase of chewing up anything she can get her teeth on with the exception of a brand new toilet brush 🙂 She has firmly found her place in this family and takes seriously her jobs of escorting us room to room, barking to keep us safe from the people walking by the house, licking faces, and taking up as much of the bed as she possibly can. We are truly blessed to have the little girl in our lives.

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How was your week? Did you have a happy Thanksgiving? We had a pretty quiet one. 


Weekly Rewind – November 22 – 27, 2021

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #47 – 2021

Tuesday – Mystery in the Hill by Aaron Qualio #Review

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring A Murder Like No Author: A Book Shop Cozy Mystery (Main Street Book Club Mysteries) by Amy Lillard #Review / #Giveaway @PPPress @AmyWritesRomance

Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery by Andrew Shaffer #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – Murder in the Christmas Tree Lot (A Tory Benning Mystery) by Judith Gonda #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

I hope you have a fantastic week! 

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Murder in the Christmas Tree Lot (A Tory Benning Mystery) by Judith Gonda #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


It is my pleasure to shine my spotlight on Murder in the Christmas Tree Lot (A Tory Benning Mystery)
by Judith Gonda today!

About Murder in the Christmas Tree Lot 

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Murder in the Christmas Tree Lot (A Tory Benning Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Beyond the Page Publishing (November 17, 2020)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 230 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1950461858
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1950461851
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08LQY49YM

Landscape architect Tory Benning returns in a holiday mystery tied up with a bow!

Still struggling with the death of her husband, Tory Benning is doing her best to get into the festive spirit of the holiday season, but when her landscaping company’s email is hacked and there’s a break-in at the office, it’s enough to make her see red. And then the unthinkable happens, when the owner of a specialty food truck is brutally slain at the company’s Christmas tree lot, and Tory finds herself mired in murder once again.

With a long list of suspects—including an untold number of revelers disguised in Santa suits, seasonal employees handling tree sales, and even a vengeful jilted suitor—the police investigation grinds along slowly and methodically. But as Tory begins piecing together clues on her own, she finds she’s the target of a menacing stalker who may be out to do more than just scare her. Refusing to be intimidated, Tory vows to nab the culprit, even if it means that catching a Christmas killer has become her lot in life . . .

About Judith Gonda

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Judith Gonda is a mystery writer and Ph.D. psychologist with a penchant for Pomeranians and puns, so it’s not surprising that psychology, Poms, and puns pop up in her amateur sleuth mysteries featuring landscape architect Tory Benning.

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Posted in 2021 Reviews Cloak and Dagger Challenge Flashback Friday Giveaways Literary Escapes Read The Printed Word Challenge TBR Pile Challenge The Backlist Reader Challenge You Read How Many Books Challenge

#FlashbackFriday – Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery by Andrew Shaffer #Review / #Giveaway

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.


Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery
Mystery/Humorous
1st in Series
Setting – Delaware
Quirk Books; First Edition (July 10, 2018)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1683690397
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1683690399
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B075HY5NPF

Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama team up in this high-stakes thriller that combines a mystery worthy of Watson and Holmes with the laugh-out-loud bromantic chemistry of Lethal Weapon’s Murtaugh and Riggs.
 
Vice President Joe Biden is fresh out of the Obama White House and feeling adrift when his favorite railroad conductor dies in a suspicious accident, leaving behind an ailing wife and a trail of clues. To unravel the mystery, “Amtrak Joe” re-teams with the only man he’s ever fully trusted: the 44th president of the United States. Together they’ll plumb the darkest corners of Delaware, traveling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond, as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America’s opioid epidemic.

Dollycas Thoughts

Joe Biden is trying to adjust to life after his term as Vice President and his life seems quite boring when compared to his best friend who seems to be jet-setting around the world and living the high life.  But when Amtrack Joe learns from the former President that one of his favorite railroad conductors has died a gruesome suspicious death they decide to work together to get justice for a man Joe thought he knew pretty darn well. What they are saying about him just doesn’t add up and Joe is determined to prove it.


Oh, my stars! Why did I wait so long to read this book? I had snapped it up soon after it came out and it had been languishing on my To-Be-Read shelf ever since. Seeing it was set in Delaware instead of Washington like I first thought I moved it up the stack to help me hopefully complete my Literary Escapes Challenge this year.

Told from the former VP’s viewpoint we are taken on a fabulous journey involving serious topics but in a way that will have you laughing out loud.

The world-famous bromance had hit a bit of a bump in the road until tragedy strikes and brings the dynamic duo back together in an adventure that takes them to the deep dark underbelly of the state Joe calls home. Filled with edge of your seat moments and hilarious interludes this book was very hard to put down.

I am amazed to learn that Hope Never Dies is Andrew Shaffer’s first mystery although not his first humorous work. He has blended both together in this novel masterfully. He has really caught his character’s essence. Biden’s stories and one-liners which we now know even better now that he is President, and Obama’s wit and style clearly shine within these pages. I also love the few cameo appearances of Jill Biden. She knows Joe and seems totally unphased by whatever he has gotten himself into.

The one word that comes to mind about the author’s treatment of the characters and the situations is clever. While the death and the crimes that take place could be very real he has cleverly put two of the most well-known people in the world into the position of detectives but I use the term of detectives very loosely.

If you are looking for a fantastic escape, look no further than Hope Never Dies because readers are truly taken on an escapade. 5 Stars! A Perfect Escape!!!

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About the Author

Andrew Shaffer is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books. He lives with his wife, novelist Tiffany Reisz, in Lexington, Kentucky, where he teaches at the non-profit Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. This is his debut mystery.

 

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(I had intended to giveaway by paperback copy but my laughter piqued another resident in this household’s interest
and he doesn’t read as fast as I do.)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Last year at this time I had just finished up my radiation treatments and was about to embark on the pill form of my treatments and one of my oncologists had promised a drama-free year. Well, it started out great with me only having a few side effects to the cancer medications.  Then in April, right after we moved to our new place, I was referred to the Wound Care Clinic for a small ulcer on one of my legs. That healed up pretty quickly, but by the end of July, I was back to wound care with a large sore on one leg and a smaller sore on the other. They have had a devil of a time healing and they really hurt too. A couple of weeks ago I was temporarily taken off one of my cancer drugs that the doctors believed were hindering my healing and already the small sore is healed and there is a definite improvement on the other leg. Sadly, all these appointments added stress to my life though because the co-pays have really hit hard but I really had no choice. 

I have met a new group of angels at the wound care clinic that I am so thankful for. I have had many ups and downs and even a bit of a meltdown at one of my appointments and have been so warmly treated by the entire staff. They are professional and tried so many things over the months all while remembering I am a human being struggling with a body I felt was betraying me. 

With all these appointments I am thankful for my husband and my daughters for getting me to my appointments and trying to learn as much of my care as possible so they could continue treatment at home. 

I am thankful for my son and his girlfriend for stepping in to help in any way they can. My son did the bulk of the moving but all my kids have gone on and above to try to make things easier for both me and my husband all year long. 

I am beyond thankful for my grandchildren. The older ones have been indispensable and the younger ones make me laugh and they all help me not to take myself too seriously. 

I am thankful for my extended family and friends that are still keeping me in their thoughts and prayers. 

I am thankful for all the Great Escapes bloggers that continue to stand by me when I am running off to appointments and when I fell behind the last couple of months. The authors have been fantastic too. 

Again, you, the readers of this blog have stuck by me and cheered me up, and supported me too. Please know that while I may not always reply to your comments I do read each and every one. You have made me smile, laugh out loud, and given me strength. You also let me know when I screw up and I always appreciate that.  

So while it definitely has not been a drama-free year, but I am still here, reading, reviewing, organizing blog tours, and sharing my life with you. COVID is still a problem but we are making progress. Get your shots, wear your masks, take care of YOU and maybe next year we will be thankful to have kicked it to the curb. We are all in this together and together we can do anything. 

I hope you have a wonderful day.

Posted in 2021 Reviews Cozy Wednesday Craving For Cozies Cruisin Thru Cozies E-Book Challenge Finish The Series Challenge Giveaways New Release Challenge You Read How Many Books Challenge

Cozy Wednesday featuring A Murder Like No Author: A Book Shop Cozy Mystery (Main Street Book Club Mysteries) by Amy Lillard #Review / #Giveaway @PPPress @AmyWritesRomance

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am happy to share my thoughts today about
A Murder Like No Author!
This book will be released next Tuesday!

A Murder Like No Author: A Book Shop Cozy Mystery
(Main Street Book Club Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Mississippi
Poisoned Pen Press (November 30, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 264 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1492687839
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1492687832
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08VYZ9S3C

Bookstore owner Arlo and her Friday Night Book Club sleuths are going to have to read between the lines to solve this mystery!

It’s movie time in Sugar Springs and the whole town is pitching together to get the historical Coliseum Theater ready for the event of the year—the premiere of Missing Girl, local author Wally Harrison’s bestselling novel turned film.

Thrilled to bring tourists to Sugar Springs, the town comes together to host the late author’s event. But when a stranger arrives, boasting he has definitive proof that Wally didn’t write Missing Girl…well, drama leaps from the page into real life. Mishaps start taking place around the theater—and then the stranger is discovered dead in his hotel room right before his press conference.

Can Arlo and her Friday night book club to sleuth out the killer and solve the mystery before the town’s Hollywood dreams go up in smoke?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It has finally arrived! The premiere of Missing Girl based on a book written by local newly deceased (Can’t Judge A Book By Its Murder) author Wally Harrison is taking place in his hometown and everyone is working to make the historic Coliseum Theater red carpet ready. That is until a man arrives in town claiming Harrison didn’t write the book. Soon thereafter Helen (Elly) finds the man dead between the seats in the theater. Of course, the Friday Night Book Club much to Arlo and the Sheriff’s regret butts their noses right into the murder investigation. It is about this time “accidents” start to happen at the theater. One “accident” leaves Arlo injured making it harder to reel in the octogenarian sleuths as they try to catch the killer.

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First, I must recommend these books be read in order because each builds on things that happened in the previous book. It also helps you understand the relationships of the core characters.

Arlo is a strong main character and she has the patience of a saint. Fern, Camille, and Helen are very active ladies and quite a handful when they get an idea in their heads. Mads also has a bunch of patience but readers will truly understand that it is waning too with the senior sleuths. Also in this story, Sam is dealing with a tough family situation and my heart felt for him. All these characters are well-developed by this third book in the series but feel there is room for growth if there is a fourth book in the works.

The mystery itself is well-plotted and the author drops plenty of clues for a reader that isn’t distracted by all the mayhem caused by Helen, Fern, and Camille. Poor Chloe gets left manning the bookstore/cafe while Arlo works so hard to corral those ladies while trying to help a friend, keep the sheriff happy, and maybe just have a little time for herself. I really enjoyed the  exciting ending and the way all the pieces fell nicely into place.

A Murder Like No Author may bring the Wally Harrison story to an end but I hope that doesn’t mean we won’t be visiting these characters again. I am curious about many facets of Arlo’s life especially if she is going to sort out her romance troubles. I am sure that Friday Night Book Club would have a lot of input for her in that regard.  I am also sure there could be another murder afoot in sweet Sugar Springs. I definitely wouldn’t say “no” to another visit to Arlo and Chloe’s Books & More.

Amy Lillard has penned another very entertaining read.

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About Amy Lillard

Amy Lillard is the award-winning author of more than twenty novels, including the Wells Landing series, The Quilting Circle novels, the Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries, and the Kappy King Mysteries. Born and raised in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. Please visit her online at www.AmyWritesRomance.com.

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Posted in 2021 Reviews Cloak and Dagger Challenge E-Book Challenge Wisconsin Author Wisconsin Setting You Read How Many Books Challenge

Mystery in the Hill by Aaron Qualio #Review


Mystery in the Hill
Mystery/Thriller Short Read
Setting – Wisconsin
Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc. (March 13, 2021)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 79 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08YXG27JG

A small Wisconsin town is shaken to its core when four high school boys stumble upon an unexpected discovery. As past and present secrets are exposed, more unsolved mysteries are revealed, leading to more danger than anyone could have ever imagined.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Set in 1997 four teenagers uncover quite a find. A find that will rock their world and change their lives forever as the past and present collide in a heartwrenching way. Ashbelle Wisconsin will now have a deadly history that started in 1944 and culminated in 1997.


I was contacted to read and review this book by a publicist who saw I like to support and feature Wisconsin authors. She told me this book was written during the pandemic by a man who was reflecting on his small-town life and how it affected him in big ways. I have to say that really came through in this story. His descriptions took me back to a simpler life in a small town. While I was older in 1997 than the teenagers in this book I could relate to their high school lives. Their friendships, actions, interactions, and curiosities were very familiar. I had a much harder time relating to the people from the past. Their choices and actions gave me chills.  Because of the emotions invoked by both time periods, I would say the author did a fine job of telling this story.

Reading the first chapter 1 was unsure if this was a story for me but by the end of chapter 2, my own curiosity was building, and mid-way through chapter 3 I was completely engaged. With each subsequent chapter, my reading pace increased. I liked that the chapters went back and forth between time periods wrapping up with the final chapter set in 2015. It gave the story a good rhythm and pace.

Mr. Qualio’s Mystery in the Hill introduced very interesting characters and stunning situations. The short novella length suited the story very well giving a true, ripped from the headlines kind of story feel. This appears to be his first novel and it has piqued my interest and has me wondering what he will write next. Reading his book was a great way to spend an evening. I look forward to more from this author.

*Does include some explicit language.

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About the Author 

Aaron Qualio is the author of ‘Mystery in the Hill’, rated a #1 Amazon best-selling book. Aaron is a husband and a stay-at-home dad to two girls. He resides in Green Bay, WI, and grew up in a small Wisconsin town, where much of his inspirations come from.

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.”

Posted in My Reading Itinerary Monday

My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #47 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Greece and another point or 2 to be revealed!

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

Escapes Completed


Killer Comfort Food (A Farm-to-Fork Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – January 5, 2021
Setting – Idaho
My Flashback Friday Read
plus my Alphabet Soup Mini Reading Challenge!
My Review


Mystery in the Hill
by Aaron Qualio
Release Date – March 13, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
My Review will be up tomorrow!


A Murder Like No Author: A Book Shop Cozy Mystery (Main Street Book Club Mysteries)
by Amy Lillard
Release Date – November 30, 2021
Setting – Mississippi
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!

Current Read


Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery (Obama Biden Mysteries)
by Andrew Shaffer
Release Date – July 10, 2018
Setting – Delaware
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


A Plus One for Murder (A Friend for Hire Mystery)
by Laura Bradford
Release Date – December 7, 2021
Setting – ??
For Review


Slayed by Souvlaki (A Callie’s Kitchen Cozy Mystery)
by Jenny Kales
Release Date – October 26, 2021
Setting – Greece (Wisconsin)
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!

I need to choose a book for Flashback Friday!

Future Escapes

November 21 – 27, 2021 


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Please Share Your Reading Itinerary in the Comments below!
Happy Reading!!

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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is 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.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

SUNDAY POST The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

I had a busy week. In addition to reading, blogging, and book tours I went to the Wound Care Clinic on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Taking me off the major cancer medicine seems to have helped. The wound on my left leg, which was small in almost healed, and the larger wound on my right leg has shown some improvement as well. I have again reached my insurance deductible for the year so I am hoping these wounds are healed by the end of December.

With all that has been going on, I have not had an eye exam this year. Since I have been newly diagnosed with diabetes I have learned that it is important to at least have my retinas checked every year plus chemo can damage your eyesight. Well, it seems my insurance company had been reading my mind because on Monday they called to offer me a home visit with a technician to check my retinas. She arrived on Thursday and was here less than 10 minutes and my eyes were checked. My primary doctor will receive my results in 7-10 days. I promised to have a full eye exam as soon as possible in the new year.

We also had a special little girl in the house on Thursday. I think we have a budding puzzle master on our hands. It is always so much fun when she is here and she definitely keeps us on our toes.

Yesterday I was thrilled to watch my granddaughter play basketball. It has been several years (2011) since I have been to a game and I love watching kids play basketball. Natalie had a tournament right here in town. Let me tell you watching these youngsters play was so much fun. They still have so much to learn but I was impressed by how well they all played. There are only a couple of weeks left in their season and I hope to be able to get to all the games. I didn’t realize how much I missed it until the girls started running up and down the court. (That is Natalie with Daughter #2 in the picture.) After the games, we went out for supper with Natalie’s mom, her parents, sister, and niece. The icing on the cake Natalie came home with us! She will go home later today and again I will be missing her like crazy as soon as she goes out the door.

How was your week? 

Weekly Rewind – November 15 – 20, 2021

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #46 – 2021

Tuesday – Styled for Murder (Bad Hair Day Mysteries) by Nancy J. Cohen #AuthorInterview / #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @nancyjcohen

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Victoria Tait – Author of Wild Dog Revenge (A Kenya Kanga Mystery) #AuthorInterview / #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – Nightmare On The Bike Trail (A Southwest Exposure Mystery) by Jodi Linton #Review / #Givaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Killer Comfort Food (A Farm-to-Fork Mystery) by Lynn Cahoon #Review / #Giveaway @LynnCahoon @dollycas

Plus  – Mystery of the Eight Islands (Trouble in Paradise) by Terry Ambrose #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Saturday – Witches, Spiders, and Schemes: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series by Elizabeth Pantley #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – Fleece, Navi, Dead: Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series by Joanna Campbell Slan #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

No New Books This Week.

Have a wonderful week and follow your dreams!! 

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Fleece, Navi, Dead: Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series by Joanna Campbell Slan #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Fleece, Navi, Dead: Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series
by Joanna Campbell Slan

I am so happy to welcome Joanna Campbell Slan
to Escape With Dollycas today! 

Hi Joanna,

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m going to be a grandmother next year! Yippee!!! I’m very excited. Other than that, I love to write and I love to craft.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I don’t wait to start a book just because I don’t have all of my research. What I’ve learned is that you can’t accurately predict what research you need until you’re knee-deep in the book. In a way, I do research all of the time. I’ll explore ideas that interest me, and I’ll read books on a wide variety of topics. Then as I write, I make notes of questions I need answered. That way I don’t slow down the process.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

No. I can’t wait to start writing every day. I love what I do.

What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?

 Never give up. Ever. If one door closes, find another one. Realize that this is a totally subjective business, and opinions are like noses. Everybody has one. Don’t let one person’s opinion determine whether you give up or not.

When you are not writing what do you like to do?

 I love doing all sorts of crafts.

How has the COVID pandemic affected you and you’re writing?

My husband teases that COVID has been great for me because I’m a total introvert, and now I have the world’s best excuse for not spending time with people. This has been my most productive year yet.

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

I haven’t been to Portugal, and I’d like to go there. I’d love to go back to Italy, as I very much enjoy the people, the food, and the sites. Also, I haven’t been to Greece or to Africa.

What is next on the horizon for you?

 Bilateral carpal tunnel surgery. Woohoo!!! Can’t wait! I’m tired of having achy hands from so much crafting and typing.

Thank you, Joanna, for visiting today.

Keep reading for information about Joanna’s new book!

 

About Fleece, Navi, Dead


Fleece, Navi, Dead: Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series
Cozy Mystery
16th in Series
Setting – Missouri
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Spot On Publishing (October 31, 2021)
Number of Pages: EST. 320
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09D9T6WLF

The BIGGEST Kiki book yet!
Introducing the Miss Fits, ordinary women who do extra-ordinary things!
Every holiday season, Kiki Lowenstein plans 12 days of classes, her Holiday Craft Extravaganza. And every year, it nearly kills her.

 

This year is no exception. As the holiday season approaches, Kiki over-schedules herself and winds up running herself ragged. To make life even more stressful, she must fend off a stalker, a man determined to possess the object of his affection. But that’s only one problem.

 

Kiki’s ace full-time employee, Clancy, has HUGE decisions to make. How do you put aside your hurt and disappointment when you’ve been betrayed? Why should you upend your whole life because of another person’s mistake? Is it selfish to think of yourself first? As Clancy ponders questions, Kiki stands on the sidelines, knowing this is not her choice to make. And yet…Kiki feels Clancy’s agony.

 

Meanwhile, both of Kiki’s older kids are having problems with teachers. Kiki wonders, “At what point does being an involved parent tip over into being a helicopter parent?” There’s also a staff shortage that leaves Kiki in the lurch, both at home and at the store. Kiki might have found an answer to that dilemma when a mysterious woman applies for a job. Her name is Nona, and she claims to be an old friend of an old friend. But is she?

 

Nona seems too good to be true. Sadly, that might be the least of Kiki’s problems with the woman. Because Nona isn’t what she seems to be. Nona is a Miss Fit.

 

More About Joanna Campbell Slan

 

Joanna Campbell Slan is an Award-Winning, National Bestselling, and USA Today Bestselling author. Her personal essays appear in five of the New York Times Bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and one was adapted as a television segment for the PAX TV network. Joanna has penned seven scrapbooking technique books, and she has written for Creating Keepsakes, Memory Makers, and PaperKuts magazines. Joanna has traveled around the world to teach scrapbook journaling.

Joanna has also written more than 30 works of fiction. RT Reviews has called her “one of mystery’s rising stars.” Her first mystery in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series—Paper, Scissors, Death—was shortlisted for the Agatha Award. Joanna’s series featuring Charlotte Brontë’s classic heroine Jane Eyre began with Death of a Schoolgirl, which won the 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence for historical romantic suspense. As the editor and publisher of the Happy Homicides anthologies, Joanna has been on Amazon’s list of Top 100 Mystery Authors.

Joanna’s college textbook—Using Stories and Humor—has been endorsed by Benjamin Netanyahu’s speechwriter as his favorite resource and has been endorsed by Toastmasters.

The Public Relations Society of America honored Joanna with a Silver Anvil (their highest award) for her work on the first FarmAid. Joanna has been accredited by PRSA as a professional public relations practitioner. She is a certified teacher of Zentangle® and certified in Personal Profiles. Slan founded the Best of British Scrapbooking and Cardmaking contest.

In her past life, Slan was a television talk show host, an adjunct professor of public relations at Illinois State University, a sought-after motivational speaker, and a corporate speechwriter. Sharing Ideas Magazine named Joanna “one of the top 25 motivational speakers in the world.” She has spoken in Australia, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and all over the United States, to audiences of all sizes.

Joanna is married to David Slan, CEO of Steinway Piano Gallery-DC and Steinway Piano Gallery-St. Louis, and a professional poker player.  The Slans have one son, Michael, and a daughter-in-law, Chelsea Edwards. They live with their Havanese puppy Jax on Jupiter Island, Florida.

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Witches, Spiders, and Schemes: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series by Elizabeth Pantley #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Witches, Spiders, and Schemes: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series
by Elizabeth Pantley

It is my pleasure to shine my spotlight on the newest Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic story!

About Witches, Spiders, and Schemes

Witches, Spiders, and Schemes: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Better Beginnings, Inc. (November 5, 2021)
230 Pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09FBY852N

A magic mirror to an enchanted world… A mysterious ghost… A hilarious, perpetually annoyed witch… A brave, sassy cat… Two unexplained deaths and a mysterious community filled with secrets… Can Hayden and the people of Destiny Falls solve the mystery and return the community to its peaceful, enchanted existence?

 

Hayden’s adventures in Destiny Falls continue in book four of the Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series. Starting with a strange old woman at a cave and her father’s mysterious ferry journey, there are secrets to be unwound.

 

The enchantments in Destiny Falls are showing cracks, and Hayden suspects that it is tied directly to her family, which has a history that’s more complex than she realized. When two bodies are found floating in the bay it’s clear that the mysteries surrounding Gladstone and the ferry are more dangerous than people realize. And then . . . those spiders.

 

Luckily, Hayden and her sassy sidekick, Latifa have developed a group of family and friends in this enchanted place who are all ready and willing to help solve the mystery, and release Destiny Falls to resume its normal, amazing, enchanted existence.

 

Hayden’s many adventures in Destiny Falls will keep you guessing with each book in this intriguing series.

 

 

About Elizabeth Pantley


Elizabeth Pantley is the internationally bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and eight other books in the No-Cry Solution series of books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She is also the author of the well-received magical cozy mystery series, The Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic books. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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