Special Guest – Author Kate Collins (Giveaway too!)

special guest blueI am super excited to Welcome Kate Collins to Escape With Dollycas Today!

The Flower Shop Mysteries always put a big smile on my face and this time Dollycas even made the Praise Page so this girl was chair dancing!!

Follow Your Bliss

By Kate Collins

katecollinsI almost titled this, “Paralyzed by Fear”, but that sounded too negative, and I want this to be a positively uplifting blog.  Just so you know, I’m using the word bliss to reference what makes us happy in life, what makes us want to get up in the morning, what fulfills us as human beings.

Stalled careers are a big problem among writers both published and unpublished. I’ve met people who want to be published, who have the ability to write, but can’t bring themselves to send their work out to a publishing house for fear of rejection. I’ve met talented musicians and artists with the same problem. The only thing keeping them from achieving their bliss is fear. They are afraid to trust their talent. They’re afraid of how bad rejection will feel. They’re afraid they’ll be humiliated. Ask successful writers/artists/musicians about those fears and they will tell you they had to let go of them or they never would have made it.

Seed No Evil coverBeing out in the public as much as I am, I encounter so many people who are stuck in a cloud of fear and negativity — from stalled careers, money troubles, relationship issues, parenting problems, and on and on. But then I see others who have had the same or worse tribulations and still found ways to find their bliss. I’ve heard unbelievably touching stories of people who’ve come from some of the worst conditions in the world – impoverished villages in Africa, dangerous ghettos, prisons—who made their dreams happen against all odds. Their secret was that they never stopped believing in themselves. 

Believing in yourself gives you the power to achieve. Letting fear take hold keeps you from achieving. You have to ignore fear, push it aside, and say to yourself, “I want to do this. I will do this. If I get rejected, that doesn’t mean I failed. It means I have to do better. I will learn from this and try again.” That’s what I call success. After all, what is the worst that can happen? You may discover that your talent lies elsewhere. But how will you know unless you try?  As in a quote I read recently, failure isn’t trying and not succeeding, failure is not trying at all.

Write down your goals on a piece of paper and post them where you can see them. Meditate or pray about them every day. If your gut is telling you to go for it, if a little whisper in your mind is saying, “Write that book!” or “Get that song published,” don’t ignore it. Those gut feelings, or whispers, are coming from a higher power. Listen. Let go of your fears and seek your bliss.

Sunset in Key WestIf you haven’t found your bliss, what fears are holding you back?


Kate, this is inspirational and just what I needed to read today 🙂 Lori

About Kate Collins

Kate Collins is the author of the national best-selling Flower Shop Mystery series. Her latest mystery, SEED NO EVIL, #14 in the series, hits the shelves on August 6, 2013.Her books have made the New York Times Extended Bestseller List, Barnes & Noble best-seller lists, the Independent Booksellers lists, as well as lists in Australia and England. All of Kate’s mysteries are available in print, digital, and large-print editions both in the U.S. and in the UK. Kate’s historical romances are also available in digital format at Amazon, B&N, and other e-book sellers. For more information visit Kate at: www.katecollinsbooks.com. Kate loves for fans to visit her on her Facebook page, too. www.facebook.com/authorkatecollins/


Seed No Evil coverSeed No Evil:
A Flower Shop Mystery

14th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Obsidian (August 6, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451415493
E-Book File Size: 569 KB


It’s finally time to say, “I do!” As long as I can keep my mom
out of jail long enough to get her to the ceremony….

With her wedding just 2 weeks away the last thing Abby Knight needs is for anything else to go wrong. The cooler in her shop is leaking all over the floor and she knows it will be an expensive part that needs to be fixed, her glands are swollen and it looks like she is getting a rash, her preggers cousin is “rehearsing her pregnancy”, Marco is acting distant and the actual place to hold the ceremony is still up in the air. Enough already!!!

But then Abby’s mother finds a dead body. Abby was so excited when her mother started working at the animal shelter. It gave her something to do besides create the “masterpieces” Abby had to try to sell in her store. Why did she have to be the one to find the director of the Protecting Animal Rights charity killed suspiciously in one of the cages? The woman trying to save animals from being euthanized has someone put her lights out permanently and Abby’s mother is the main suspect.

Abby just doesn’t have time for this, but she and Marco are going to find the real killer so her mother can be at their wedding, wherever it takes place, and not behind bars!!

Dollycas’s Thoughts
This is one of the best cozy mystery series being published today!!

I love everything about this series. It has a strong cast of characters and it is set in a place that could be my hometown or many hometowns throughout the country. I can see myself having my morning tea with Grace at Blossoms while Abby is in the back filling orders, lunch at Down The Hatch and bumping into Francesca, Lottie and even Jillian while out running my own errands. I can even see myself at the animal shelter rescuing a puppy or kitten. I have done it several times in the past. I may even adopt a very special canine like Seedy. He is a very important part of this story.

Kate Collins writes these characters in such a way that they can’t but help work your way right into your heart. She puts them in what could be very real situations with all the twists and turns necessary to root out the real culprit making the pages just fly.

Snappy dialogue, a clever mystery, the perfect amount of humor and a wonderfully happy ending. I have called more than one book my favorite of this series. To Catch a Leaf was my favorite book out of almost 200 that I read  in 2011, but Collins has topped herself with this one. This is definitely the best one!! yet……

If this series is new to you the author does give you enough depth to be able to read this one as a stand alone but I recommend you start at the beginning. These books are like a beautiful fragrant floral bouquet and each stem deserves to be thoroughly enjoyed one at a time.

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Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 1 copy to give away!

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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.”

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36 thoughts on “Special Guest – Author Kate Collins (Giveaway too!)

  1. I’ve read a couple of books in this series but really need to catch up with it.

  2. A wonderful series. I have been away too long and must pick up where I left off…Dee

  3. I definitely need to add this series to my TBR pile – sounds like a good read. Thanks.

  4. Oh my, I don’t know how I’ve missed this Mystery Series~ they sound Wonderful and I’ve added them all to my TBR list ~ Thanks Lori and thank you Kate for the Wonderful inspiration~ it is just what I needed to read! Cheers ~ Elizabeth MacGregor

  5. Thanks for the bliss pep talk. I find my daily bliss in a book. I have enjoyed the others in this series and the short story, so know this will be a wonderful read.

  6. This is another series for my TBR list.
    I don’t know that I need to find my bliss. I’m not really sure what it would be — I don’t have a burning desire to write, or compose – and NEVER to clean house. Guess my family is my bliss — and right now my daughter & her hubby are hurting, and I can’t help.

  7. My daughter would love this, thank you for the chance to win it for her.


  8. I’ve tried writing a list. Not sure, but I think fear keeps me from succeeding. I don’t like leaving from comfort zone now that I am older. Maybe I will find my bliss one day:)

  9. I loved your inspirational words, I know they encouraged me today in my quest to achieve my hopes and dreams. Thanks!

  10. For this book to be recommended so highly and be one of the best cozy mystery series out there makes me really want to read it. The review was great, and I also loved what the author said about wirting out your goals.

  11. I really enjoyed Kate’s comments and know that fear of success is a very real thing. Thanks for the chance to win, would love to check out the new title!

  12. i have read one of the previous books and enjoyed it. I look forward to seeing this next book.

  13. Hi Kate from Indiana! I love it when I find authors that are from my home state and/or still reside here. I love the looks of your latest book and cannot wait to read it. Thank you for another wonderful cozy read.

  14. Due to a lot of things happening lately I haven’t had a chance to read. This one sounds like a good book to get back into the mood.

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