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Cozy Wednesday with Maggie King Author of Laughing Can Kill You: A Hazel Rose Book Group Mystery #Guest Post / #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @MaggieKingAuthr


Laughing Can Kill You: A Hazel Rose Book Group Mystery
by Maggie King

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am excited to have Maggie stop by today!!

Hi Maggie, 

The blog is yours!

This One’s for the Writers
By Maggie King

When Laughing Can Kill You opens, romance author Hazel Rose has been dropped by her publisher. Good thing she signed up for a mystery-writing class—perhaps writing crime fiction will jumpstart her career. But what’s a mystery-writing class without a mystery? So when Randy Zimmerman, an obnoxious classmate given to laughing at others’ expense, is murdered, Hazel recruits her book group pals to help with the investigation. Trouble is, there are more suspects than they bargained for. And they unearth secrets that a killer would go to any lengths to keep hidden.

Besides being a murder mystery, Laughing Can Kill You is a story about writers, where they are on their writing paths, and the ups and downs they experience throughout their careers. How do writers cope with the vagaries of the publishing industry? How do some writers stay on top, continuing to publish bestsellers year after year? Do writers really need to spend copious amounts of time on social media?

Hazel Rose has published eight bestselling baby boomer romances. Sales for the ninth were disappointing and her publisher dropped her. To make matters worse, her agent planned to retire soon.

Hazel may have seen the proverbial writing on the wall, as she had already signed up for a mystery-writing class. She was a founding member of the Murder on Tour book group, so transitioning into crime writing seemed like a natural next step in her writing career. Her cousin Lucy quips, “You could always kill off a publisher.”

But Hazel already has an idea: she will pen romantic mysteries, a la The Thin Man.

Hazel understands that publishing’s a tough business with no room for slack. Still, she’s crushed by this setback. The next day she meets fellow classmate Randy Zimmerman at a book signing. Randy thoroughly enjoys giving Hazel his thumbs-way-down review of her writing. Needless to say, her altercation with him didn’t lift her spirits.

When Randy is murdered, a number of motives drive Hazel’s decision to investigate his murder—one being that solving a real-life murder will surely lend authenticity to her creative writing.

Claudia Marlowe is a best-selling author of twenty-three police procedurals and continues to enjoy success. Her fans happily stand in line for hours at her book signings. She teaches the mystery-writing class Hazel takes (and that the victim planned to take).

Lorraine Popp is also signed up for the mystery-writing class. She has published one mystery, Murder at the Quilting Bee. It hasn’t done well, partly due to Lorraine’s lack of enthusiasm, ignorance of promotion, and reluctance to embrace social media. She won’t write any more quilting mysteries (she knows nothing about the craft, anyway), and no one is asking her to do so. She also has to endure Randy Zimmerman’s ribbing about her writing.

Hazel Rose fancies herself as Lorraine’s mentor and tries coaxing her to take a pro-active role in her own career. It’s tough-going, but Hazel persists. Lorraine has helped her mother with their family tree, and they found criminals on a couple of the branches. Her great, great uncle was a bank robber, and her great aunt embezzled a fortune from her employer. Her response to Hazel’s encouragement to work these findings into a murder mystery: “I’ll think about it.”

Apparently, she did. At the next mystery-writing class, Lorraine enthuses about the genealogy idea and thanks Hazel for encouraging her. And she tells another student that she’s going to use genealogy to hunt down Randy’s killer.

How will that work out for her?

Randy Zimmerman has finished his first manuscript. When he meets Hazel and Lorraine at the book signing, he immediately boasts about his legal thriller, predicting that he’ll give John Grisham a run for his money.

Matt Rowan, Randy’s long-time friend, also has a completed manuscript for a legal thriller, his set in the 19th century. Unlike Randy, Matt is modest about his writing.

Lucy Hooper and Eileen Thompson complete the small writing class. They are starting on their writing paths. Brings back memories of my first writing efforts at a class I took at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. No dead bodies, though.

***

Considering a writing career? Wonderful choice. Just keep your eyes wide open and be prepared for ANYTHING!

Thank you Maggie for being my guest today.

Now keep reading for my thoughts about Laughing Can Kill You

 

About Laughing Can Kill You

Laughing Can Kill You: A Hazel Rose Book Group Mystery
Edgy Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Virginia
Olive Lane Press (December 6, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985231816
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09MMHLSSJ

He who laughs last, laughs longest.

Unless he’s dead.

When romance author Hazel Rose is dropped by her publisher, she sees herself heading down a path strewn with has-been authors. While disappointed, Hazel won’t give up without a fight—she signs up for a mystery-writing class, thinking that crime fiction will jumpstart her career.

But what’s a mystery-writing class without a mystery? So when Randy Zimmerman, an obnoxious classmate given to laughing at others’ expense, is murdered, Hazel tackles the case. Solving a real-life murder will surely lend authenticity to her creative writing.

She recruits her book group pals to help with the investigation. Trouble is, there are more suspects than they bargained for—even Hazel herself, who endured Randy’s thumbs-way-down review of her writing, had a motive.

A second body drives the stakes higher, and Hazel doubles her efforts to find who’s behind the murders, unearthing secrets that a killer would go to any lengths to keep hidden.

Will Hazel succeed? Or will this be “The End” for her?

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Hazel Rose is back and her writing career is in peril. Dropped by her publisher she decides combining mystery with her usual romance themes may just save her from being a has-been. She signs up for a class being taught by successful best-selling mystery author Claudia Marlowe. Prior to the class, the authors meet at a book signing where future classmate and author hopeful Randy Zimmerman brags his book will rival the works of John Grisham. He also seems to find humor in everything and spews some hurtful words. Shortly thereafter the man is found dead, by Hazel no less, and she and her book club have another murder to solve. One where she and other authors find themselves prominent on the suspect list.

Can Hazel find the killer or has she written her last word?


While part of a series this book easily stands on its own. The author provides plenty of background information so readers new to the series will not feel lost at all.

Hazel Rose is an excellent protagonist. She is a genuinely nice person. Her natural curiosity suits her well both in her storytelling and sleuthing. I love that she is an author dealing with all the hurdles in the publishing world and gives readers a look behind the scenes. She is surrounded by the required set of quirky characters that are unique and each intriguing in their own ways.  Randy Zimmerman was a real piece of work who left a lot of enemies in his wake. The suspect pool is large but manageable.

The story is very well-written with Hazel meeting with the suspects one by one trying to determine who could have done Randy in. There is plenty of humor layered throughout and the dialogues are top-notch. The story moves along at a very comfortable pace. I was very entertained by Hazel’s process and the final confrontation was very exciting when things almost went horribly wrong.

I did enjoy the way Ms. King sets a scene. I can tell how much she loves where she lives. Her descriptions gave a great vision of the time and place.

Laughing Can Kill You has an interesting amateur sleuth, a nice cast of supporting characters, a wonderful setting, and a captivating mystery. I hope to visit Hazel Rose again soon, I want to know how her writing career is faring. I am sure a dead body or two will give her plenty of ideas.

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About Maggie King

 

Maggie King is the author of the Hazel Rose Book Group mysteries. Her short stories appear in various anthologies, including the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Deadly Southern Charm, Murder by the Glass, and Death by Cupcake.

She is a member of James River Writers, International Thriller Writers, Short Mystery Fiction Society, and is a founding member of Sisters in Crime Central Virginia, where she manages the chapter’s Instagram account.

Maggie graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Business Administration and has worked as a software developer and a retail sales manager. She has called New Jersey, Massachusetts, and California home. These days she lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and two indulged cats. When Maggie isn’t writing she enjoys reading, walking, cooking, traveling, movies, British TV shows, and the theatre. Visit Maggie at www.maggieking.com

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Cozy Wednesday with Author Lori Robbins – Author of Murder in Second Position – #GuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @lorirobbins99

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am thrilled to welcome Lori Robbins to
Escape With Dollycas today!


Hi Lori,
Welcome to Escape With Dollycas! 

Hi Lori,
I hope your readers enjoy this guest post.

Fiction That’s True to Life
by Lori Robbins

 

People often ask how I come up with my plots. It’s a reasonable question since my life would appear to offer little in the way of crime-related inspiration. Nonetheless, commonplace events, past and present, fuel my stories. Everything that happens on a typical day, from standing in line for a Covid test to struggling with a difficult coworker, is fodder for my crime fiction. In other words, everything I write is true, but none of it is real.

On the other hand, writing amateur sleuth mysteries poses a creative challenge of no small proportion. The only way to credibly place a teacher, a dancer, a bookseller, or a baker at the heart of a murder investigation is to somehow make the impossible seem inevitable. For me, the best way to solve the problem is to imagine myself in the protagonist’s place. That’s why both my mystery series are inspired by my lived experience.

My first career was as a dancer. It’s a world I know intimately, and because it’s filled with inherent conflict it works well as a dramatic framework for a murder mystery. A ballerina’s professional life is brutally short, even without a fictional crime thrown into the mix, and this vulnerability makes dancers extremely susceptible to all kinds of pressure.  An added element of tension is embedded in the fact that dancers aren’t simply in competition with each other. They’re also in competition with themselves: their own bodies and their own frailties. The stresses dancers face on an everyday basis didn’t need much in the way of exaggeration to provide plenty of motivation for murder. The emotions are real, even if the situation is fiction.

Leah, the protagonist of the On Pointe Mystery series, is a thirty-something ballerina who is battling the limitations of her own body when she is thrust into a murder investigation. Her fraught relationships with food, with her own body, and with her fellow dancers are all grounded in reality. I’ve read and watched many fictionalized accounts of life in a professional dance company, and it really bothers me when the details aren’t true to life. Those elements are something I very much wanted to get right in my books.

The narrative arc of Murder in Second Position doesn’t simply rest upon the murder investigation. It also follows Leah’s growth as a human being as she navigates a perilous path in an unforgiving environment. In the end, she learns there’s more to life, and to her, than being onstage. That’s a lesson, and a challenge, many people face, now more than ever. Others have found themselves outsourced and out of work and have to rebuild their lives in ways they never imagined they could do. Leah’s story is pure invention. Leah’s life is real.

After my dance career ended I became an English teacher. Working in a public high school provided enough material for a library’s worth of murder mysteries.  This is fortunate, for my first novel, Lesson Plan for Murder will be rereleased in June 2022 as the first in a three-part Master Class Mystery series. The mundane events of life as a teacher were fertile ground for life as a writer.

My biggest problem in crafting a realistic backdrop for the story was that the craziest parts of being a teacher seemed too farfetched. I once wrote a passage my editor thought was unrealistic. Except it was toned-down version of an email one of my colleagues actually received from an irate parent. In that case, truth was too strange for fiction.

Within that context, a crime-fighting English teacher feels a lot more reasonable. Liz Hopewell, like ballerina Leah Siderova, is a most unlikely choice as a sleuth. But, not unlike the rest of us, they have to use their wit, their intelligence, and their determination to survive.

I’ll admit that a story about an ex-cop, who has a tortured past and a Glock pistol, may seem more credible. And there’s undeniable appeal in books and movies that follow the adventures of detectives who possess tech skills an MIT grad would envy. It’s thrilling to watch these pros successfully thwart a global conspiracy.

But that’s just not me, or anyone I know. I’ve never been tempted to get into a high-speed car chase. I still get nervous every time I’m stuck in New York City traffic. But the urge to take bold action is within us all.

Really.

Thank you Lori so much for visiting today. 

About Murder in Second Position 


Murder in Second Position: An On Pointe Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Level Best Books (November 23, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 258 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1685120210
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1685120214
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09FM1JTFL

Ballerina Leah Siderova belongs onstage. Not in an interrogation room at Manhattan’s Twentieth Precinct. And yet, for the second time in less than a year, that’s where she has a starring role. It wasn’t her fault someone killed the autocratic new director of the American Ballet Company. And it wasn’t her job to find the killer.

 

Leah is determined to stay as far away as possible from the murder investigation. After all, if she were going to kill someone, it would have been the woman who’s been relentlessly trolling her on social media. And that’s where things get complicated. Because when dancers say “ballet can be murder” they don’t mean it literally.

 

Most of the time.

About Lori Robbins

Brooklyn-born Lori Robbins began dancing at age 16 and launched her professional career three years later. She studied modern dance at the Martha Graham School and ballet at the New York Conservatory of Dance. Robbins performed with a number of dance companies, including Ballet Hispanico, the Des Moines Ballet, and the St. Louis Concert Ballet. After ten very lean years as a dancer she attended Hunter College, graduating summa cum laude with a major in British Literature and a minor in Classics.

The opening book in her On Pointe Mystery Series, Murder in First Position, won the Indie Book Award for Best Mystery, was a finalist for a Silver Falchion, and is currently on the short list for a Mystery & Mayhem Book Award. Murder in Second Position will be released November 23, 2021. Her debut mystery, Lesson Plan for Murder, won the Silver Falchion for Best Cozy Mystery and was a finalist in the Readers’ Choice and Indie Book Awards. It will be re-released in June 2022. She authored two short stories in 2021: “Accidents Happen” in Mystery Most Diabolical, and “Leading Ladies” in Justice for All. She is an expert in the homicidal impulses everyday life inspires.

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You Can’t Candle the Truth (Glenmyre Whim Mysteries) by Sarah E. Burr #CharacterGuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @SarahEBurr


You Can’t Candle the Truth (Glenmyre Whim Mysteries)
by Sarah E. Burr

About You Can’t Candle the Truth


You Can’t Candle the Truth (Glenmyre Whim Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Independently Published (November 16, 2021)
Digital Number of Pages: 267 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09DDBVSRD

Candlemaker Hazel Wickbury has a secret. She knows when someone is going to die.

Welcome to Crucible, a small town with a storied history. Founded by five prestigious families, Crucible has been tucked away in upstate New York for centuries under the protection of a shield enchantment cast by Jedidiah Glenmyre, Hazel’s revered ancestor. The enchanted barrier is meant to protect Crucible from anything bad ever happening to the town. No crime, no awful weather, no natural disasters…a haven from the greater world.

Until the heir to a billion-dollar company is found dead in his home. With the help of her uncanny power, known as a “whim,” Hazel realizes foul play is involved. But more than being concerned about a murderer running loose and Jedidiah Glenmyre’s protection shield deteriorating, Hazel and her aunt Poppy are worried the town’s kindhearted art teacher will be charged with the sinister crime.

Hazel and Poppy team up with an internationally acclaimed mystery author visiting Crucible to figure out who had it in for the victim. Their fledgling investigation has them questioning if long-time friends have turned into foes and whether blood is really thicker than water.

Determined to prove her friend innocent, Hazel is ready to shine a light on the real killer…if they don’t snuff her out first.

I am so happy to welcomr Hazel to Escape With Dollycas today!!

Character Guest Post: Hazel Wickbury

Thank you so much for having me here today. For those of you who don’t know me, as I am brand new to the cozy mystery scene, my name is Hazel Wickbury. I’m a candlemaker, and I own a candle shop in my hometown of Crucible, New York.

I got into candle making several years ago after my mom passed away. Watching the wax melt and slowly stirring the mixture was oddly therapeutic, and it helped me deal with the trauma of her death. Losing your mom at a young age (I was 23) is really hard. Losing your mom and having a special power awaken within you is even harder. You see, my mom’s family, the Glenmyres, are an interesting bunch. People—more specifically, my aunt Poppy—toss around the term witchcraft when talking about the Glenmyres. Maybe the Glenmyres of old were witches, but I am certainly not. If I were a witch, I would magic away this morbid ability I have.

I can see when someone is going to die.

This power, what my family calls a ‘whim,’ awakened after my mom’s death right there in the hospital. It was overwhelming, seeing glaring, glowing digital clocks counting down above the heads of everyone around me. It nearly drove me over the edge, but luckily Poppy and my Great-Aunt Ruthie were there to help me deal with this new power. Ruthie even designed special glasses for me to wear, hiding the “lifeclocks” so that I could live somewhat of a normal life.

I often wonder why I have this strange whim. I’m a little bitter about the hand fate dealt me. The Glenmyres have had so many exciting and helpful whims over the centuries. Every day, I wish mine was different. I wish I had Poppy’s whim. When she looks at a person, she can see a colorful aura around them, revealing their true emotions. At a glance, she can tell when someone is down and needs a shoulder to cry on or when they’re bursting at the seams with happy news. She can even tell when someone is lying.

My mom had an amazing whim when she was alive. She could touch the cover of a book and learn everything within its pages in an instant. She was so brilliant, able to recall these details at the drop of a hat.

The list of cool whims doesn’t stop there. According to the Glenmyre Opus, the ancient record of our family’s history, we’ve had relatives who could speak with animals, predict the weather, be able to see through solid surfaces, understand any language, and hear people’s thoughts, to name a few. I certainly feel like I drew the short straw when it comes to useful and fun powers. I’ve spent most of my adult life trying to forget my whim, but then my glasses slip down my nose, and I am rudely reminded. It happens a lot while I’m working in my candle shop, A Wick in Time. I catch a glance of a customer’s lifeclock, and it feels like the wind has been knocked out of me. It makes it difficult to get close to people, too. Knowing when strangers are going to meet their maker is one thing, but knowing when a friend will die… I’ve avoided such awful encounters so far. That’s because I keep people at a distance, but even I know I can’t close myself off forever.

Luckily, my aunt Poppy is there to lend me her support. Since she is a Glenmyre, my whim doesn’t work on her. I can be around her without any fear. She’s the one who has convinced me to conduct our own murder investigation, and while that might not sound like a whole lot of fun, it certainly has forced me to lower my barriers and be more involved with my charming community.

About Sarah E. Burr

Sarah E. Burr lives near New York City. Hailing from the small town of Appleton, Maine, she has been dreaming of being Nancy Drew since she was a little girl. Since she wasn’t stumbling across any crime scenes in corporate America, Sarah left her career in healthcare technology to write mysteries of her own.

You Can’t Candle the Truth is Sarah’s first foray into the paranormal cozy genre, and there’s even more murder and mystery in the works for Sarah. #FOLLOWME FOR MURDER, first in the TRENDING TOPIC MYSTERIES, shines the spotlight on a social media PR expert after she discovers a dead body in her clients’ store, forcing her to untangle a web of secrets in her small, beachside town. This title is expected in February 2022 by Level Best Books. Sarah is also the author of the Court of Mystery series, where murder is always a royal affair for her heroine, Duchess Jacqueline.

Sarah attended Elmira College and graduated with degrees in Political Science and Philosophy & Religious Studies. She loves to weave these themes into her writing. When she’s not spinning up new stories, Sarah is off seeing Broadway musicals, reading up a storm, video gaming, and enjoying walks with her dog, Eevee. She is represented by Blue Ridge Literary Agency.

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Playing Possum (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries) by Dane McCaslin #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Playing Possum (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries)
by Dane McCaslin



I am very happy to welcome Dane McCaslin to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Dane, 

Hi Everyone! 

Books – and reading them – are among my favorite things to collect. My cozy mystery collection is still in a growth spurt, and the bookcase holding my poetry books is threatening to dump the double-layered shelves on the floor if I don’t get another bookshelf. It’s all my own fault, of course: I simply cannot pass up “just one more book” over and over. I blame it on my genetic makeup. We are collectors by nature and readers by choice, and the more books we have around us, the better we like it.

When I was young, I loved visiting my grandmother. Her book collection was amazing, and my favorite book in it was a collection of poems by James Whitcomb Riley. There were a couple that I always requested to hear, and one of them was a delightful poem called “Knee-deep in June”. The first stanza goes like this:

Tell you what I like the best —
‘Long about knee-deep in June,
‘Bout the time strawberries melts
On the vine, — some afternoon
Like to jes’ git out and rest,
And not work at nothin’ else!

The visuals in his words were magical to me, even at a young age. When I became an English teacher, I was absolutely delighted to introduce my students to Riley’s poetry. And yes, “Knee-deep in June” was always included. Not only was this the perfect way to show my high schoolers how to create imagery, it also exposed them to the vernacular of a place and time they’d never see.

And I loved every minute of it, of course.

Which brings me to this: Have you ever read anything that sticks in your mind simply because the words sang to you? If so, consider sharing them with those around you. You might just open a whole new world for them the way my grandmother did for me.

And you might just be the one to induct another devotee into the magnificent world of words.

~Dane

Thank you Dane so much for visiting today!

Keep reading for my thoughts about Playing Possum

About Playing Possum

Playing Possum (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Oregon
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lyrical Press (October 5, 2021)
Number of Pages: 300 (approx.)
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08SJ2VFHP

The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Service is purring along, thanks to the entrepreneurial talents of retired schoolteacher Gwen Franklin and her bestie and business partner, Nora Goldstein. But when the fur starts to fly, they become partners in crime detecting as well . . .

At Nora’s request, Gwen is happy to accompany her to a meeting with ex-hubby #3’s lawyer. Much to Nora’s surprise—and dismay—she’s been named executor of said ex’s will. The fact that the man has been missing for years and was just declared legally dead only makes an already complicated process more so. And besides, is he really dead? What’s not a surprise is that Nora’s twin ex-stepchildren are pressing for access to their father’s dry cleaning fortune . . .

With Gwen’s assist, it’s time for Nora to do a little digging. It turns out that the twins’ catering business is failing—and that their dad’s business was laundering more than clothing. Soon, Gwen and Nora are infiltrating a long list of dirty deeds, including fraud and illegal gains. And the perpetrators are all too close to home. The police may want Gwen and Nora to stick to their own line of work, but the pair are determined to make sure the truth comes out in the wash—before someone ends up in the discard bin . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Gwen Franklin and Nora Goldstein have turned 2 Sisters Pet Valet Service into a very successful small business but they need to leave their employees in charge when Nora is named executor of ex-hubby number 3’s will. Apparently, the man has been missing for years and his children have had him declared dead. That raises some red flags for Nora and Gwen. There is no love lost between Nora and her twin ex-stepchildren and she knows they may be up to something hinky. So she and Gwen hit the road and find out that their dad’s laundry business is laundering more than just clothes and surprise, surprise, the twins catering business is on its last legs.  She is also not sure if her ex is really dead? With no body, she wouldn’t be surprised if he was playing possum and laying low somewhere. The police would like them to just back off and leave the investigating to them but Nora and Gwen are not going to stop until all their questions are answered and all the truth comes out.


Okay, Nora has finally won me over and I love Gwen even more. Nora is still her pushy self but Gwen is really starting to hold her own. These women have been friends since childhood but now with Gwen’s retirement, they are together almost 24/7 so it took a little time for this closeness to evolve. They do make a great investigation team.  I also like the way Brent and Rachel’s relationship has grown. She really is the perfect match for him. I am also enjoying Gwen’s blooming relationship with Roger. She deserves to have a happy relationship. I am over the on again and off again relationship of Nora and Marcus. At times it is hard to tell who is using who. She seems to be wasting a lot of money backing his business as he continues to cheat on her. She doesn’t have a good track record with men. I wish she would find someone to really love and love her back even with all her faults.

The new characters introduced in this story run the gambit of swarmy to criminal. They really put Gwen and Nora through the wringer but these ladies are like dogs with bones, they keep going back again and again as they strive to find the truth but their luck may have run out. The mystery they are trying to solve is a twisted one, each clue drags them in deeper and deeper. They were treading very close to “too stupid to live territory” though with their persistence.

The author did temper the mystery with plenty of humor. Even in the direst straights, she knew when to bring the funny. She also cracked me up with Brent’s way to get into Gwen’s house. I knew what he was going to say when she asked him but it still gave me a good giggle. The road trip that included Brent, Rachel, and Marcus was pretty funny too. You can’t take Nora anywhere, she just has to make trouble.

Playing Possum is definitely my favorite book in this series. I was totally entertained following along with all the crazy chaos these characters brought to this story. I hope this series continues because I am anxious to see what the author has in store for them next.

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About Dana McCaslin

McCaslin began a life-long love of mysteries at a very young age. She bypassed Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden and went straight for Agatha Christie, thanks to her mother’s library books. Dane is retired from a twenty-plus-year career in teaching high school and college English, and she uses her newfound freedom to read for pleasure, write mysteries, and smell the roses.

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The Ghost Camper’s Tall Tales: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series by Elizabeth Pantley #Character Guest Post / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


The Ghost Camper’s Tall Tales: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series
by Elizabeth Pantley

I am excited to welcome Princess Latifa from Destiny Falls today! 

Hello, I’m Princess Latifa, but you can just call me Latifa. Well, most of the time. It would be nice if you added in the Princess once in a while, too.

Everyone acts as if Hayden is the main character in this series, but we all know it’s really me. I’m a gorgeous, smart, brave, Himalayan cat, and there would clearly be no story without me.

I have my challenges. Life can be difficult sometimes. Since Hayden is the only one I can communicate with, I can’t just tell someone what’s up. I’m also limited, as a cat who lacks opposable thumbs. When my girl, Hayden gets herself into a pickle I have to be really creative to find solutions. Oh, and the fact that I’m a cat. If I had a dollar for every time I didn’t know what was going on . . . I’d be saying, “Why do I have all these dollars?”


I’m so happy that my author, Elizabeth Pantley finally listened to me. I’ve been tickling the back of her writer’s brain for years. She was just being really stubborn. She wrote thirteen non-fiction, parenting books before I finally got through to her. “Girrrl,” I said, “It’s about time you let your creative talents out of the box!” Once she got started, she finally understood. She’s been giddy with joy ever since, and is already writing the fourth book in my series. Yes, you got that right. MY series.

Ah, that Elizabeth, she’s a good egg. Here’s the secret, though. She tells everyone that her “job” is being an author. But the reality is that all she does is have FUN. I see her sneaking over to her computer when nobody’s looking. And do you know what she does in her so-called free time? She reads cozy mystery books! The girl has it bad.

You may be wondering why I’m the star of this series. Why wouldn’t I be? I’m an amazing creature! Not only am I a perfect specimen of a prize-worthy Himalayan cat, but I’m smart and brave. Oh, wait. I already told you that. I also live in an enchanted world called Destiny Falls. You’d love it there! Even the town has a personality and the place changes daily to meet the needs of its beloved citizens. The library there! It’s enchanted. One time it was . . . oops. No plot spoilers, sorry. Of course, Destiny Falls has the usual batch of busy bodies, quirky neighbors, unique businesses, and evil murderers. But doesn’t every town have those?

What every town might not have is a creepy witch. Destiny Falls has one. And brrrr. Scary. She’s a wretched, perpetually annoyed troublemaker. She’s always in the background stirring up danger for Hayden and me. I don’t even know her name yet, but my author says not to worry, I’ll learn a whole lot more about her in the next few books!

I’ve been looking over my author’s shoulder (yes, I can read) and she’s well underway into writing the fourth book in the series. She wouldn’t tell me the title yet, but I’m happy to see that I’m featured right up there in the first few chapters. And geeze, she’s such a tease! She left an enormous cliff-hanger at the end of The Ghost Camper book, aaaand, oh, boy this next one starts off with a bang! I can hardly wait to read more.

Thank you Princess Latifa for visiting today!

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About The Ghost Camper’s Tall Tales


The Ghost Camper’s Tall Tales: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Independently Published (August 2, 2021)
Digital Print Length ‏ 312Pages
ASIN: B095177BFG

A ghost, a witch, a sassy cat, and a mystery. Hayden’s adventures in Destiny Falls continue when a mysterious old man keeps popping up to tell her a series of tall tales. Who is he? And is he actually glowing? Are his stories fiction, or is he telling her the history of her family, the enchanted islands, and the witch? And why did a dead body show up . . . of someone who is already dead? Can Hayden and her brave, quirky sidekick, Latifa unscramble this mystery before someone else turns up dead?

About Elizabeth Pantley

Elizabeth Pantley is the international 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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I love the fun magical ways that the town is always changing to fit the resident’s needs much like Hayden’s grandparents’ house does. Once you read these, you’ll see what I mean. Oh to live in a place like that!
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

I am so excited to go back to Destiny Falls . . . The great recurring characters of Hayden’s family, the local townspeople, and of course the wonderful animals of Destiny Falls, which in itself is a magical wonderful place, pick the story up right where the last book left, without a moment’s pause in the action.
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Humor, romance, mysteries, and magick combine in this uniquely charming series. THE GHOST CAMPER’S TALL TALES is a delightful mystery rooted in the love of family.
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Music is Murder: A Musical Murder Mystery by B.J. Bowen #GuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Music is Murder: A Musical Murder Mystery
by B.J. Bowen

 


I am delighted to welcome Barbara Bowen to Escape to Dollycas today!

Many Musings, Mostly Musical: The Origin Story

By B.J. Bowen

My cozy series, Musical Murder Mysteries, began twenty-five years ago. I was a professional musician and had loved cozy mysteries for years. A symphony orchestra seemed a perfect setting for a mystery, with its intrigue, and air of elegance. At that time, I wasn’t expecting to write seriously, but wanted to let off steam and escape to a different world. I once saw a list of a hundred professions, ranked by the most satisfaction experienced by its employees. Symphony musicians were number seventy-six, just above prison guards at seventy-seven; writers were above that, but I don’t remember exactly where.

When I had the opportunity, I joined a writer’s group. I was awed by the other writers! They were imaginative problem solvers, able to think up twists and turns, while teaching the basics of writing by example. They also taught diligence. You had to have a certain number of pages written, or you couldn’t participate.

When that group disbanded, missing my fellow writers, I put Music is Murder in a drawer and forgot it.

Then the symphony folded, and I had to find another job. The manuscript, when I thought of it, seemed to belong to another life.

It wasn’t until twenty years later, when I quit work to take care of my mother, who had dementia, that I took up writing again. I figured I’d sell the novel and write more to make my living. No problem, right?

After a few rejections, I began to study professional writing. First off, at 25,000 words, my “opus” was way too short. Secondly, writing wouldn’t pay unless you had a following, a publisher or the willingness to self-publish, and were very prolific. And, most importantly, marketing had changed in the era of Facebook, Twitter, and ebooks.

But writing kept me sane. I could go into a world of my own creation and escape monitoring medications, dodging mail scams, and changing the diapers of the woman who had changed mine. So I kept going, expanding the novel: developing the characters, giving them life and backstories, escalating suspense.

Then I found my current writing group. Recommended by a friend and consisting of published writers led by a former English teacher, they encouraged me, nurtured me, and were my friends. I kept at it. They helped me shape up the manuscript, begin to understand modern marketing, and find an agent, who helped me find a publisher.

So, how did the series develop? Playing in the symphony was a place to start. Working out the problems I wrote my characters into forced me to find solutions and gave me an alternate reality. Encouragement from others kept me going and contributed in no small way.

How do your accomplishments find life? Answer in the comments. I’m curious about your responses and look forward to reading your answers.

Thank you, Barbara, for visiting today! 

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More About Music Is Murder


Music is Murder: A Musical Murder Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Camel Press (June 8, 2021)
Paperback: 242 pages
ISBN-10: 1942078161
ISBN-13: 978-1942078166
Digital ASIN : B08WTLNXJP

When a symphony musician is murdered—bashed with her own bassoon—flute player Emily Wilson becomes the prime suspect. To save herself and secure justice for her murdered friend, she must find the killer.

 

In the close-knit, unforgiving environment of the symphony orchestra Emily makes her way through the tender egos and warped relationships of her fellow musicians to find tantalizing clues. Blackmail, the victim’s abusive ex-boyfriend, an angry neighbor, and a shifty Symphony Board member all lead her to feel she is on the right track.

 

With the dogged Lieutenant Gordon on her trail, she must flee from the police so she can continue her search. She unexpectedly finds a loyal female friend and the possibility of a new man in her life. But she must learn to trust again after her failed and abusive marriage. With time running out, will she be able to evade the lieutenant, face her personal demons, and clear her name?

 

About B.J. Bowen

Barbara Bowen is a freelance writer. She was a finalist and Honorable Mention in the 2018 Focus: Eddy Awards for her article, “Letting Go with Grace,” published in Unity Magazine. Ms. Bowen is also an accomplished professional oboist who played with the Colorado Springs Symphony for nineteen years.

Drawing on her quirky fellow musicians and orchestral experiences, she created the mystery series, “Musical Murders.” The first is “Music is Murder” (Release date, 6-9-21). The second is “Ballistics at the Ballet” (Release date TBA) The third is “Fireworks on the Fourth” (Release date TBA).

She is a member of Sisters in Crime, lives in Colorado with two canine friends, and has a stock of musical puns and a song for any occasion. Contact Barbara at: www.barbarabowenauthor.com or www.bookbub.com/authors/b-j-bowen

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Cozy Wednesday with Miranda Trent – Owner of Paint and Shine from Draw and Order by Cheryl Hollon @CherylHollon #Giveaway


Draw and Order (A Paint & Shine Mystery)
by Cheryl Hollon

I am excited to welcome Miranda to Escape With Dollycas today!

It’s almost Independence Day! I’m Miranda Trent, owner of Paint & Shine, a brand new business. It’s a newfangled type of cultural touring business set in Eastern Kentucky right smack dab in the middle of the Daniel Boone National Forest. It’s only been about a few months ago now that I inherited my uncle’s farmhouse along with forty acres, some outbuildings, a spring-fed well, and a weathered tobacco barn.

The barn represents my dream vision for a moonshine distillery. Of course, that barn has been a problem since my first day at the farmhouse. It’s old and needs a lot of work to upgrade it to support the heavy equipment, water flow, and sanitary conditions required.

The plan for my business is to take clients up into the Natural Bridge State Park on a hiking trail so they can paint one of the spectacular sandstone cliffs overlooks as a group activity. Then, we’ll all have a traditional southern meal in the farmhouse dining room, with each course paired with a moonshine cocktail. Thus the inspiration for the name of my business: Paint & Shine.

Eventually, I will serve those cocktails from the secret moonshine recipes that my uncle hid in his underground brewing cave next to the creek out back of the barn on my property. That shine has a legendary reputation for being the best in these here hills.

You can read more about Miranda in the new Paint and Shine Mystery, Draw and Order.

 

About Draw and Order


Draw and Order (A Paint & Shine Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (June 29, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496725263
ISBN-13: 978-1496725264
Digital ASIN: B08KKMYPCT

Appalachian artist and local guide Miranda Trent opens a new murder investigation after her Paint & Shine tour group discovers the remains of a missing hiker along an ancient trail . . .

 

For her latest excursion, Miranda is thrilled to take a close-knit group of rock climbers, the Risky Business Adventurers, up the challenging Battleship Rock Trail to paint and sample moonshine. But the outing is cut short when they discover a skeleton near the trailhead. Even more startling, the bones belong to Howard Cable, Miranda’s cousin…and a former classmate of the Risky Business group.

 

The sheriff chalks it up to a hiking accident, but Miranda isn’t convinced that Howard, an experienced woodsman, died within sight of a well-marked trail. So, with the help of Ranger Austin Morgan, Miranda sets out on her own investigation and discovers that the Risky Business group is keeping plenty of secrets. But is one of them hiding the truth about Howard’s death?

 

About Cheryl Hollon

Cheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks. Visit her online at http://cherylhollon.com, on Facebook or on Twitter @CherylHollon.

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Mystery Bones Murders (Frankie Shep Suspense Novellas) by Karen Randau #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Mystery Bones Murders:
A gripping story of love, deceit, and redemption
(Frankie Shep Suspense Novellas) by Karen Randau

 

My Positive Change From COVID-19
by Karen Randau

When I was a kid and visited my dad’s parents, I never could figure out who were all those ginger-haired people who hung out there all the time. Sure, I knew their names, and their last name didn’t match mine or my grandparents. The whole family of five had a carrot top, and young me thought it was really strange.

After I joined a genealogy website, I learned those were relatives on my grandmother’s side—a tiny bit of Viking in me to explain how someone with a quiet, gentle spirit can write murder mysteries and thrillers. Or maybe it explains why I love Celtic music so much. Who knows?

But as a result of my new discovery (and the explanation of why my dark hair had a red tint until recently), I’ve wanted to go to Ireland. I had heritage to discover, after all. I wanted to witness the country’s green rolling hills, rugged seaside cliffs, and windswept rock formations. Experience the lively culture. Visit some of the 30,000 castles. Sip some Irish whiskey (did you know only whisky from Scotland, Canada, and Japan isn’t spelled with an “e” in it?).

The Emerald Isle (made up of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom) is known for its friendly people, lively atmosphere, and lots of festivals. I wanted to go to one of their world-famous festivals.

Since the days of the Celts, Ireland has had a strong tradition of storytelling, and I hear the people love to chat for hours on end. It’s no wonder there are so many famous writers from Ireland. In fact, there’s a whole museum in Dublin dedicated to Irish writers!

Writers like James Joyce (best known for his book, Ulysses, but also the author of a collection of short stories about life in Dublin), the witty and fun Oscar Wilde, the poet W.B Yeats, Bram Stoker (famous for Dracula), Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s Travels), and many more.

In that tradition, there’s an annual international writers’ festival in Dublin that I’ve wanted to attend, but the cost of both the festival and travel was prohibitive. That is, until COVID-19 took everything virtual. While I didn’t get hands-on experience with a tiny bit of my heritage, I went to Ireland virtually to attend the excellent 2020 writers’ festival.

In fact, I attended several writers’ conferences virtually—so many that I never would have been able to afford it if everything hadn’t been locked down. And as an introvert, there was less stress attending virtually than trying to network amongst strangers (I’m so not into that).

So, there you go. I like to find the positive in every negative, and attending the Dublin International Writers’ Festival virtually was my positive that happened because of the COVID-19 lockdowns.

I hope you’ve experienced at least one positive from this negative pandemic. If not, I hope you’ll look for one.

And if you’re still hunkering down (or not), I hope you’ll enjoy my new novella about a feisty ginger-haired woman named Frankie who in Mystery Bones Murders digs deep down inside to finally overcome unimaginable heartbreak through love and redemption.

 

About Mystery Bones Murders


Mystery Bones Murders (Frankie Shep Suspense Novellas)
Mystery – Thriller
1st in Series
Setting – Wyoming
Independently Published (November 30, 2020)
Print length: 131 pages
ASIN: B08PDGPJT6

Frankie Shep is still mourning the deaths of her husband and young son when she finds a bone in the far corner of her Wyoming cattle ranch.

 

Excited to think she may have discovered an ancient Native American village, she takes the bone to a lifelong friend who is now a forensic anthropologist on contract with her county.

 

After a cursory inspection, he turns a blood-chilling stare at Frankie. The bone isn’t ancient. Worse, the victim could be the remains of Frankie’s mother. She disappeared from her own bed more than a decade ago.

 

And now her retired father is missing.

 

As Frankie digs deeper, she discovers the terrifying truth that a serial killer is using her land to bury his victims, all members of her family and inner circle.

 

And now he’s watching her.

 

Mystery Bones Murders is a story of love, heart-wrenching deception, and finding redemption.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Frankie Shep has isolated herself following the recent deaths of her husband and son and her mother’s disappearance several years ago.. She is only close to the family that helps her work the ranch.

There were several Native American villages in the area and when she finds a human bone by a tree in a corner of the ranch she thinks she thinks she may have found evidence of one. But a forensic anthropologist friend tells her the bone is not old enough to have come from a Native American. He believes it could belong to her mother. With that revelation, she knows she needs to contact her father but he is not answering his cell phone and is not where he was supposed to be. She then learns that there were 3 bodies buried under that tree. She also feels like she is being watched. Could a serial killer still be in the area?

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Something unusual happened when I started this book. A few pages into the story I started to hear background music in my head. It ebbed and flowed with what was happening on the page, reached a high crescendo when the killer was revealed and the story wrapped up with a classic Law & Order, dun-dun. The story had a real movie or episodic television feel.

Ms. Randau introduces her readers to a relatively small cast of characters but with plenty of options for suspects. I really felt for Frankie as she had an overload of sorrow before the story even started. To deal with it all and things she encountered within these pages we know she is a strong woman. The other characters play important parts in her life. There may even be a little romance in her future.

At just 131 pages this was a fast read made even faster by the author’s writing style and the suspense that unfolded. It was impossible to put down.

Mystery Bones Murder is an entertaining novella with an engaging protagonist you want to root for. As this is just book one in this series I am very interested to see where she takes Frankie next.

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About Karen Randau

Karen Randau authors fast-paced stories with intricate plots, lots of action, and a dash of romance told from the point of view of a female amateur sleuth. Mystery Bones Murders is her sixth book and the first book in a new series of novellas. She lives in the mountains of Arizona with her multi-generational family.

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A gripping story of love, deceit, and redemption
(Frankie Shep Suspense Novellas) by Karen Randau

The pace of the story is perfect, with just enough suspense from page to page that you don’t want to put the book down. I liked that Frankie searched for clues but was smart enough to call in the police when things were out of her depth.
~Storeybook Reviews

Although the fast-paced tale does feature an abundance of corpses, it’s (thankfully) not the stuff that nightmares are made of – making for a short, lightweight thriller with many a twist along the way.
~Cassidy’s Bookshelves

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January 25 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
January 26 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, GUEST POST
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January 28 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT
January 29 – I Read What You Write – CHARACTER GUEST POST
January 29 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT
January 30 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT
January 31 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

 

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Asbury High and the MisTaken Identities: Asbury High Series by Kelly Brady Channick #GuestPost – Great Escapes Book Tour

Asbury High and the MisTaken Identities: Asbury High Series
by Kelly Brady Channick

 

 I am excited to welcome Kelly Brady Channick
to Escape With Dollycas today!

 

WHAT IS YOUR WRITING STYLE LIKE AND WHAT CAN READERS EXPECT?

                For my Asbury High series, my writing is pretty light-hearted. I like to keep readers entertained with some humor sprinkled throughout while hiding clues to the story among the humor.

                To be honest, when I wrote my seven-part Asbury High series, I outlined each chapter and made sure to sprinkle Easter Eggs all over. Thus, in the first two books in the series, there are some scenes that may seem unnecessary, such as dialogue or background character descriptions.

                However, as the series progresses readers realize that a harmless conversation in the gang’s favorite restaurant (Brady’s) may have seemed boring or not needed, only to realize it held the key to the mystery in a later book.

                Basically, I’m a fan of the slow burn. Not too slow though, because I’m not trying to write a book that puts readers to sleep. However, I also have read too many series that starts off with a bang or get to the hook too fast, and then the remainder of the book or series just seems drawn out. Ergo, as the series continues, and the reader gets to know the characters more intimately, the action increases, as well as the pace of the mysteries.

                With me, readers can expect to get fully immersed in the small, seaside town of Asbury, and really develop a relationship with the town and its people. This series was meant to be one where readers will find at least one character they connect to, and (I hope), one where they fall for some of my tricks and are surprised at each book’s ending. I love a good twist—after all, what mystery is good without one?

About Asbury High and the MisTaken Identities

Asbury High and the MisTaken Identities: Asbury High Series
Young Adult Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Purple Milk Publishing (September 12, 2020)
Paperback: 269 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1734307351
Digital ASIN: B08H2HYF9Z

With the official reopening of Brady’s and their sophomore year beginning, Maddie, Cornelious, Carly and Pilot are ready to shift their focus back to high school. Unfortunately, a month into the new school year many Asburyans find their bank accounts depleted, with no hint of foul play. Even the bank tellers insist that each withdrawal was done in person, with proper identification supplied and correct responses given to security questions.

 

Pilot, excited at the possibility of working with a cyber-crime, urges the gang to dive in—only to discover there are no traces of wrongdoing online either. Instantly intrigued, the gang decides to investigate the case before their own family’s accounts get hit.

 

However, with their successful sports teams, the continued growth and organization of the Pitbulls, possible new relationships blooming, dating and unrealized jealousies coming to the surface, the teenage sleuths find themselves more distracted than ever. After piecing together some clues, they wonder if someone in Asbury High is to blame for yet another crime.

 

Can Asbury’s favorite foursome figure out who is to blame before Asbury itself goes bankrupt?

 

Asbury High and the MisTaken Identities is the third book in an enticing young adult cozy mystery series that fans of Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys and Scooby Doo will love.

About Kelly Brady Channick

 

For as long as she could remember, Kelly Brady Channick loved making up stories and leaving her listeners/readers on the edge of their seats.

Perhaps that’s why she always managed to talk herself out of trouble…

After graduating from NJ’s own Ocean City High School, Kelly accepted a basketball scholarship to Holy Family University, in Philadelphia. As a lifelong athlete, Kelly understands the importance of teamwork and overcoming adversity, something she hopes translates into her books.

Before writing page-turners, she taught first, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade — like a dessert menu, she simply had to test them all out. But her favorite job is the one she’s now doing full time: writing. Kelly loves to craft whodunit mysteries, leading readers through various twists and turns filled with red-herrings, hidden clues, and more peculiar characters than a reality show.

Kelly lives in South Jersey with her handsome husband, energetic baby boy, two cookie-stealing dogs, and an awfully smart cat.

Author Links –  GOODREADS – FACEBOOK  – INSTAGRAM: @KellyBradyChannick

WEBSITE -for anyone who signs up for my email list on my website, they will receive the first six chapters of the previous book (book 2) for free

Purchase Link – Amazon 

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Great Escapes Praise for Asbury High and the MisTaken Identities: Asbury High Series
by Kelly Brady Channick

This was another fun visit to Asbury with Maddie, Cornelious, Pilot and Carly . . . They are realistic teens (except maybe the rich part) who play sports, are cheerleaders, attend book club and Pilot is a computer geek. The mystery is embedded into the characters’ stories . . . I continue to recommend this series to teens (12 and up), especially if they enjoy a good mystery.
~Carla Loves To Read

Ms. Channick deserves this five-star rating along with a recommendation to anyone that loves Scooby-Doo and reading about teenage sleuths to give this series a chance. I loved it from the very beginning.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

 

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December 2 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST
December 3 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
December 4 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
December 5 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT
December 6 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
December 7 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – GUEST POST
December 8 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT WITH RECIPE
December 9 – Carla Loves To Read – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
December 10 – Author Elena Taylor’s Blog – SPOTLIGHT 
December 11 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
December 11 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW
December 12 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – GUEST POST
December 13 – Off 
December 14 – eBook Addicts – SPOTLIGHT
December 15 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

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Abide With Me: A Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery by Special Guest Jane Willan – #GuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @Jane_Willan

Abide With Me: A Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery
by Jane Willan

I am excited to have Jane Willan visit today as
part of her Great Escapes Book Tour!

Who Needs an Office When You Have a Perfectly Good Closet?

I moved into the walk-in closet in our bedroom last month and I love it. COVID meant my husband and I were home together all day and although our marriage survived, my writing productivity (if it can be called that), did not. He took over my small office in the house (on my urging, I thought it would serve his needs and I wanted a change of venue. And I’m a great wife). I began to look around the house for my perfect new writing spot. I never found it.

The dining room was too close to the kitchen (snacking is as essential to my creative process as scrivener). The living room had a couch which screamed nap. The spare bedroom worked for a while, but it felt, well, too spare. Since it was summer, I set up at a table on the deck. Perfect. Unless it was sunny, gray, hot, chilly, windy, or rained.

            I rented an office. To my surprise, all you have to do is google “need to get out of the house” and co-working offices appear. I quickly found that I could rent a desk in a room with a bunch of other people who couldn’t work near their kitchen, couch, or husband.  The coffee was free, the staff very pleasant, and the whole place had very strict COVID regulations. I loved my new office. I left the house every day early in the morning, worked steadily at my lovely worktable (white with a lumbar supporting chair), free wi-fi, endless coffee). Spacious, pleasant, others cheerfully working alongside me.

            And then, after six weeks of writing bliss, the office closed due to COVID.

            I moved home.

I was in such grief over my office, I didn’t even have the heart to google “help! My husband is in my office.”  Then one day, I had an epiphany. The walk-in closet in the bedroom. Distraction-free (no windows), a long enough walk from the kitchen that I had time along the way to reconsider my life choices, and if it weren’t for the shoes, clothes, coats, and my wedding dress in a plastic dry cleaner bag—the space was perfect.

            I emptied it out. A coat of paint and some tiny house decorating tips later and I had a fabulous writing space. Judge for yourself and tell me what you think!

About Abide With Me 

Abide With Me: A Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Amazon White Glove (November 17, 2020)
Number of Pages – 300
Digital ASIN: B08NCT19K1

Change is afoot at Gwenafwy Abbey. Ten new nuns from a convent in Los Angeles join the community of Anglican sisters bringing energy, youthful enthusiasm, and more electronic equipment than Sister Agatha could have imagined. The arrival of the new nuns brings something else to the Abbey—a bit of unexpected notoriety. Claire Pennoyer, an ambitious young reporter for The Church Times, interviews the new sisters for a feature story. Murder is the last thing on anyone’s mind when Claire is found dead on the beach, her mobile phone in the sand. A tragic death, says Constable Barnes. A selfie gone bad. Meanwhile, Sister Agatha is unconvinced and puts on her detective’s hat, only to find herself in the midst of a tangled murder mystery. Her suspect list includes everyone from the new sisters to Reverend Mother to the beloved archbishop of Wales. Time is running out as Sister Agatha uncovers a shocking reality. Will she reveal the truth hidden in an ancient document before it is too late?

About Jane Willan

 

Jane Willan wants to live in a world where everyone has time to read their favorite books, drink good coffee, and walk their dog on the beach, but until that can happen she enjoys life as a pastor and writer. When she’s not working on a sermon, or hiking with her husband, Don, you can find her rereading Jane Eyre, binge-watching Downton Abbey, and trying out new ways to avoid exercise.

Author Links

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Purchase Links – AMAZON 

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS
December 1 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
December 2 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
December 3 – Mysteries with Character – GUEST POST
December 4 – Brooke Blogs – CHARACTER GUEST POST
December 5 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
December 5 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – GUEST POST
December 6 – Literary Gold– CHARACTER GUEST POST
December 6 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
December 7 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
December 7 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT
December 8 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
December 9 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – GUEST POST
December 10 – Cozy Up WIth Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
December 11 – View from the Birdhouse – REVIEW
December 11 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
December 12 – The Cozy Pages – REVIEW
December 13 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
December 14 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

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