BLOGOVERSARY 2014Back on December 31, 2009 my New Year’s Resolution was to start a blog. I had no idea what I was doing but Lori at Lori’s Reading Corner is a fantastic friend and she guided me along and got me started. At first I was just posting reviews of books I purchased or received from PaperBackSwap and random thoughts, then I moved on to some self-published authors,  but soon with Lori’s help I was able “meet” a couple of publicists and was receiving books faster than I could read them.  Dollycas’s Thoughts evolved into Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book in October of 2011. Now my main focus is mysteries but I do read most genres with the exception of Horror and Sci-Fi. Those just give me nightmares. Cozy mysteries are my absolute favorites.

I also was getting to know my UPS man very well as he was bring packages to my door several times a week. At one point he thought maybe I had on online shopping problem and may need an intervention but when I explained what they were and what I was doing we had a good laugh. He also delivered to the place I worked before my accident so we did know each other a little bit. He was quite worried about me and was shocked when I came to the door one day when he was making a delivery. He had heard the dismal first prognosis and was so happy to see how well I was doing. Sadly since our move 18 months ago I no longer have him making my deliveries but he did give our new delivery person a heads up so he knew he be making plenty of stops at our house.

Now I look forward to the books arriving each month and sharing my thoughts about them with you and sharing the books themselves with you too. My blog is now mostly about books but I do share some family stuff and still a few of random thoughts here and there too. I look forward to getting up every day and reading your comments. I wish I had time to respond to every one but please know I do read every single one.

To show you how much I appreciate you 2015 is going to be the year of the READER!!! Each month I will randomly choose a Fan of the Month to feature! That fan will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card and will automatically win a book from one of the Cozy Wednesdays during their month.  Watch for the January Fan to be introduced tomorrow!! I also will have some other fun events throughout the year to get to know my readers better. If you have any ideas or suggestions just use the Contact Me tab above and let me know.

Now let me tell you about this


I have grabbed a pretty good size box and all the books shown in the graphic above are in the box ready to be sent to you. There is still room so I will add a couple of hardcovers, more paperbacks and just a bit of swag to fill the box. One winner will receive the box. Sorry U.S. Mailing Addresses Only.

The rules are simple – you must be a follower/fan of this blog.

There are no bonus entries.

Feel free to share the giveaway with your friends and family.
More readers are always a good thing!



 Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

Winner Will Be Chosen By
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
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  1. This is great. After I read them, I give books I win to the Library or the Friends of the Library. Now a new place has come to my notice for YA books that the library can’t use – high schoolers learning how to read!

  2. I started out just finding books on Goodreads but the reviews were not very good. Somehow I found Lori’s reading corner which lead me to you. I love the interview type of review. I find out more about the characters ,storyline and author here. I have been lucky to have won a couple of books as well. This giveaway is wonderful. My books are gifts that keep on giving. T too am a book swapper! Happy New Year

  3. I can’t win the blowout (not being in the US), but I love the blog and who ever does win is going to be VERY happy!

  4. You have done amazing things, since 2009! I started reading your blog this summer and know you must stay very busy. It’s obvious you love what you do. I have found some wonderful authors (and great books) on your blog. Congratulations and best wishes for 2015!

  5. This is such an awesome and generous giveaway! Thank you! Keep on blogging and have a fantastic 2015!

  6. You got me back into cozy mysteries in a big way, Lori! I get all excited when I come over to check out the new books you share. I can tell by your reviews how much you also love the genre and I’m now following many new authors and their series. If I were to win this stupendous giveaway, I’d probably faint and stumble all over myself telling everyone about the treasure! LOL
    I love your blog and enjoy your reviews, and am honored to be a tour host. Have a Very Happy New Year and Happy Blogoversary, Lori! See ya in 2015!

  7. What fun it would be to receive a box with all these good books and surprises! Love your blog.Kinda feel like I know you…

  8. I applaud you for the way you are controlling the takeover of books in your house. I recently updated from Book Tracker to “Book Collector” ( and have now reached 1227 books on this interactive program. The books that I’ve decided not to keep, mostly new unread ones I donated to a local library that puts them immediately into circulation.

    The majority of my newest books are cozies, and paranormal cozies. My sci fi collection goes back to the 1950’s and 60’s.

    I hope I’m your lucky winner since I can guarantee them a good home.

  9. Congratulations, Lori! I am happy and honored to be able to celebrate your blogoversary with you. You are an amazing blogger and an example to folks in the amount of things you do for others. Keep up the good work, lady! :O)

  10. Congratulations on your blogoversary! I love your blog and look forward to the posts. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway.

  11. Hi Lori! I was the ‘new kid on the block’ earlier this year, and only knew you as an awesome reviewer!! Now I know much more about the work involved in reading, reviewing, blogging, and keeping up a Facebook page, and you are fabulous at all of the above!! Happy BLOGOVERSARY!!!! Happy New Year!! Linda

  12. I’m new here and I’m excited to explore and see what you have!! I’m a big Cozy Mystery fan too not to mention an avid reader (and a self-published author writing my first cozy).

  13. Happy Blogoversary!
    Happy New Year!

    I remember when I was working that we got to be friendly with our UPS drivers, too.
    Most of the books I get to review come USPS now and our carrier jams them into my too small box. Visiting you has given me the idea that maybe someday I could write great reviews like you do, or at least read as many wonderful books.
    Thank you for introducing me to many super series that have happily filled my days and nights.

  14. Congrats on your blogiversary, Dolly! What a cute story about your UPS man, we have a great one who comes everyday to work too. I think 2015 is going to be a great year!

  15. Just discovered this blog courtesy of your box of book giveaway and Cozy Mysteries 24/7 on facebook. Thanks and Happy and Prosperous New Year.

  16. Happy New Year! Congrats on your Blogoversary! You put a lot of hard work and love into your blog. Thank you for everything. 🙂

  17. Happy New Year! Congrats on your Blogoversary. You put a lot of hard work and love into it. Thank you for everything you do.

  18. Hope 2015 brings good things your way. Look forward to your blog every day to keep me updated with my favorite authors. You’ve also gotten me to try many new ones too. Thanks so much for all you do.

  19. Great giveaway and I agree skip the sci-fi and thriller/horror genre. I love a mystery and I am new to calling them cozy but that really does describe the mysteries that I like to read.

  20. Just discovered your blog and signed up, Thanks for the fantastic giveaway

  21. A box of mystery books (meaning both titles unknown to me and mystery genre) is better than Christmas as far as I’m concerned! Thank you for the great giveaway.

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