Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 12!
I started blogging on December 31, 2009! So tomorrow it will be 12 years!! It was my New Year’s Resolution to start a blog and I am so glad I did!
2020 was a challenging year for me personally with my breast cancer diagnosis and for the world with COVID 19. I have completed my cancer treatments and had my surgery. I am now on the pill portion of that journey.
COVID is still wreaking havoc on our daily lives. So many people have died. So many others are fighting for their lives. Some had the virus and are dealing with the after effects. Certain jobs were deemed essential. Those people put their lives on the line every day protecting us, taking care of the sick, making sure we have food on our tables and other necessary items in our homes. Many people have been laid off or lost the jobs as businesses have shut down temporarily or permanently. Many businesses like my husbands have made adjustments to allow their workers to work from home.
Another group working from home are the book publicists. People I work with on a daily basis. They are doing their best to promote their books and authors virtually now that book events at bookstores are no longer possible. Without physical access to the books and mailrooms, giveaways and advance review copies of books are few and far between. So this year I am not partnering with a publisher for any blogoversary giveaways and there is no “Big Box of Books”. But there will be giveaways. I have grabbed some books from my keeper shelf to share with you and there will be a gift card or two. With the world topsy turvy escaping into a good book might be just what you need.
As we enter 2021 we will still be washing our hands, wearing our masks, and social distancing but with the vaccine now available we have hope. I fear life as we knew it, “normal”, before the virus will never be again but as more and more people get access to the vaccine we may get close. It truly breaks my heart to see people still dying in record numbers. That has to change, I pray every day for this. I also pray for those who are struggling every day to pay their bills and homeschool their children. The tasks we have been given are hard but must continue to fight. Together we can get past this. Together we are strong.
Please stay safe.
Blogoversary Giveaway – Day 1
5 Hardcover Books
The Chocolate Shark Shenanigans (Chocoholic Mystery)
by JoAnna Carl
When a house near Lee and Joe’s home goes up for sale, the couple teams up with Lee’s aunt and uncle, Nettie and Hogan, to buy it, remodel it, and resell it for a sweet profit. But after the owners of the house, the Baileys, accept their offer, a local developer, Richard “Spud” Dirk, suddenly swoops in with a higher one, and it seems their dreams might be snatched away.
Lee, never as passionate about the plan as her husband and uncle, is anxious to get back to focusing on managing TenHuis Chocolade. But when a long-hidden gun is found behind a pipe in the Baileys’ basement, she begins to suspect a mystery is afoot. And when Spud turns up dead in the Baileys’ carport a few days later, it becomes clear there’s something rotten at the foundation….
To solve the murder, Lee will have to strip away layers of secrets–that is, if someone doesn’t level her first….
A Night’s Tail (Magical Cats)
by Sofie Kelly
Spring is coming to Mayville Heights, and Kathleen’s brother, Ethan, has arrived in town with his band, The Flaming Gerbils. But not everything goes as scheduled when one of Ethan’s bandmates gets into a fight with a man interested in investing in the town. When the businessman’s body is later found, Ethan’s friend is implicated in the crime.
Kathleen wants to help her brother by solving the case, but she has no shortage of suspects from which to choose. Prior to his death, the investor was fighting like cats and dogs with lots of people. If this librarian wants more than a whisker’s chance of solving the case, she will need to rely on her trusty feline sidekicks, Owen and Hercules.
Mumbo Gumbo Murder (A Scrapbooking Mystery)
by Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran
It’s Jazz Fest in New Orleans, and the giant puppets from the Beastmaster Puppet Theatre are parading through the French Quarter. Some are very spooky and veiled, others are tall and gangly, like strange aliens.
As the parade proceeds, Carmela Bertrand and her best friend, Ava, follow behind, down Royal Street and past the food booths. Suddenly, they hear a terrible crash from Devon Dowling’s antiques shop. They rush inside to find Devon collapsed with blood streaming down the side of his face. Has he been shot? Stabbed? 911 is hastily called, and the police and EMTs show up. After the police examine Devon’s body, they tell Carmela and Ava that their friend was murdered with an icepick. They’re shocked beyond belief—and now Mimi, Devon’s little pug, is left homeless.
Carmela and Ava are determined to catch the murderer, but the list of suspects is long. How long do they have before they find themselves on the killer’s list?
A View to a Kilt (Liss MacCrimmon Mystery)
by Kaitlyn Dunnett
A series of blizzards have kept tourists away from Moosetookalook, Maine, and shoppers out of Liss MacCrimmon’s Scottish Emporium. But as warmer weather brings promises of tartan sales and new faces, melting snow reveals cold-blooded murder . . .
Liss has suddenly found herself in charge of the March Madness Mud Season Sale, a town-wide celebration created to boost the local economy during the slushy weeks of early spring. With businesses ailing after a rough winter, the pressure is on to make this year’s effort the can’t-miss-event of the season. But before Liss can get her hands dirty, her husband makes a horrifying discovery. There’s a dead man on their property, and he didn’t die of natural causes . . .
Stunned by the murder mystery developing in her own backyard, Liss receives another shock. The victim is identified as Charlie MacCrimmon, an uncle believed to have died eleven years before Liss was born. No one has seen or heard from Charlie since he went off to fight in Vietnam. What secrets could he have been hiding for so many years, and who would want to kill a man long thought to be dead?
Enlisting the help of her family, Liss uncovers more questions than answers as she delves into her uncle’s murky past. One thing is clear—before he met his end, Uncle Charlie was desperately trying to warn her about something sinister. And unless Liss can soon track down a maniacal criminal as elusive as the Loch Ness Monster, she just might be the next MacCrimmon to disappear . . .
Title Wave (A Booktown Mystery)
by Lorna Barrett
While her bookstore, Haven’t Got a Clue, is rebuilt following a devastating fire, Tricia Miles and her sister, Angelica, decide to book a cruise for some much needed R & R. Naturally they choose a mystery lovers cruise, where they can ponder whodunit in deck chairs while sipping colorful drinks and soaking up some rays.
But the fun is cut short when a fellow passenger is murdered for real. Is the killer a famous mystery author, one of her fans, or a member of the ship’s crew? As Tricia tries to find the killer before they reach port, she may be cruising for a bruising…
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