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Monkey Bread Business (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series) by Jodi Rath #Interview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Monkey Bread Business (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series)
by Jodi Rath

I am thrilled to have Jodi Rath here for a visit today! 

Hi Jodi, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Thanks for having me here today! I’m Jodi Rath and I taught high school English for twenty-three years. Currently, I own a business, MYS ED LLC, where I teach seven online courses to Ohio educators, write for educational blogs, affiliations, and publishers, write Cast Iron Skillet Cozy Mystery Series, and recently I signed a contract to write a script for a psychological series. I write under different pen names and believe it or not, I also write kids and YA books too.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

  1. I have a brown belt (one away from black) in Kenpo Kickboxing.
  2. I’ve raced a race car on Laguna Seca racetrack and did a racing school and I do auto-crossing.
  3. I’m EXTREMELY introverted and a homebody—like Emily Dickinson homebody.

What is the first book you remember reading?

Choose Your Own Adventure books and Nancy Drew books—but I know my mom read to me and I remember her getting the Seasame Street book of the month where I got a hardback book every month—I remember it feeling like I got Christmas once a month!

What are you reading now?

Kristen Lepionka’s The Last Place You Look, Engage the Brain: how to Design for Learning That Taps into the Power of Emotion by Allison Posey, Writing the Thriller by T. Macdonald Skillman and a textbook The Process of Investigation for the script. I’m normally reading anywhere from five to twelve books at once.

What books have most inspired you?

And She Was by Cindy Dyson, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, and everything by both Sara Paretsky and Agatha Christie.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

When I taught high school English,—I was also the high school Reading teacher for struggling readers with comprehension AND students that had dyslexia—I used to use two and five minute mysteries as bell ringers. I felt like Choose Your Own Adventure books were mysteries to solve too.

I’m a life-long learner and a child of trauma and a late teen—all of my twenties woman of trauma who is thankful for all the good and all the bad in my life. I am who I am because of every experience I’ve faced. Life is beautiful—even the ugliness can bring beauty. Life is a huge mystery. Many people think what they think or believe IS the only right answer but there are so many different races, religions, cultures, backgrounds, variables that make up each individual person in this world—with seven to eight BILLION people—no one will ever agree on everything. So being open-minded and tolerant and finding a way to be thankful is key. Figuring out how to that alone is a huge mystery to many of us. Yet, we persevere.

So, what was the question again? Oh yeah, all of that makes me want to continue to write all types of mysteries but also do all types of writing, too.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

Always at home—again, very Dickinson-like—but in my office is my main place—my office is on the second floor of our home overlooking our woods. Our deck overlooks the woods too—so in good weather, you’ll find me out there or in bed or in my fave chair with legs up on the rust-colored ottoman with episodes of Gilmore Girls, The Good Wife, Grey’s Anatomy, or NYPD Blue playing in the background.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Life. Teaching high school for all those years helps me with topics for some of the writing I do—including this cozy series. Most of my students and I are still friends and follow each other on social media and many of them read the series.

I’ve dealt with my own trauma in life but there’s so much I never experienced but saw my students struggle with things. News stories, TV shows, music, poetry, nature, literary writers (classics—I was an English Literature undergrad in college), research, pictures—oh yeah—I sketch and paint too—I find ideas everywhere—from many of my readers.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Time. I love every single part of my business. As you see, I do a lot of writing and I’m diverse in all the types of writing I do—I want more time to write more.

What do you think makes a good story?

Universal themes that readers can connect to and reflect on as they read and walk away feeling they related to the characters and themes.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

The protagonist. This is my first cozy mystery series—so, I wrote in first person and created a character that has some similarities to myself. Jolie Tucker is in her late twenties now and is just starting to grow up. I grew up at a young age but had lots of friends in my twenties that were just starting to grow up in their mid to late twenties—many of the students I’ve taught—I see that they are figuring more out in their twenties too. So, I liked the idea of getting to be a person who got to grow up in my twenties through Jolie instead of Jodi—who had to grow up at age four.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

It’s a cozy mystery but there is a lot of diversity in the series. There’s teens without homes, gentrification, urban sprawl, dysfunctional families, communities at war BUT also people learning how to accept each other along the way and be able to solve their own problems and take responsibility for themselves as adults, members of society, and a greater whole as well.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I signed a contract to write this script on 2/1/21 and I wasn’t expecting that to happen while writing Monkey Bread Business. So, I’m learning scriptwriting software, film industry terms, and how to structure and write a script.

There are also two more books in the Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series coming out in 2021 after Monkey  Bread Business in April of 2021, too.

Thank you for having me here today!

Thank you Jodi for stopping by today!

About Monkey Bread Business


Monkey Bread Business (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Publisher: MYS ED LLC; 1st edition (April 16, 2021)
Digital 222 Pages
ASIN: B08FGFK6G7

Nature breeds new life with the sign of Spring in the air in Leavensport, Ohio, and Jolie and Ava find their new families’ lives turned upside down! With properties in Leavensport beginning to sell, Nina Sanchez opened a bakery after purchasing the lot next to M&M’s Italian restaurant. She is new to town and swears to Ava and Jolie she has no connection to the Dominican Republic Sanchez mafia family. Yet, Ava is skeptical, and this sends Jolie and Ava off on yet another investigation looking at how organized crime connects to their little village and the politics that surround it.

 

Meanwhile, Nina Sanchez is not thrilled to feel obliged to cross-sell and become a full-fledged member of Leavensport, especially not with Jolie and Ava investigating her history. She has no choice when her son discovers a murdered homeless woman on the street on his way to deliver bread to the local shelter—it looks a lot like a mob hit and the reveal of who the homeless woman is will send all of Leavensport on alert making Jolie question the future of her town.

 

Welcome to Leavensport, Ohio, where DEATH takes a DELICIOUS turn!

 

More About Jodi Rath

 

Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a life of crime in her Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Her passion for both mysteries and education led her to combine the two to create her business MYS ED, where she splits her time between working as an adjunct for Ohio teachers and creating mischief in her fictional writing. She currently resides in a small, cozy village in Ohio with her husband and her nine cats.

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Great Escapes Praise for Monkey Bread Business (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series)
by Jodi Rath

Monkey Bread Business by Jodi Rath is another book that I couldn’t put down. I loved reading every minute of it . . .
~Baroness’ Book Trove

The current case seems to tie into some stuff they have been researching though it does take a couple surprising turns along the way making for an entertaining mystery as these two try to figure things out. This fun adventure makes for a pleasant read as it all progresses that is sure to delight cozy fans.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

I loved that I was able to sit down and read this story in one sitting. Now that the crime has been solved, I wouldn’t mind moving to this little town.
~Literary Gold

. . . hard to put down what with fun quirky characters, some yummy food, and lots of crime to solve. A few twists and turns make for a fun and entertaining read.
~My Reading Journeys

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The Hasidic Rebbe’s Son (A Becks Ruchinsky Mystery) by Joan Lipinsky Cochran #Interview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


The Hasidic Rebbe’s Son
by Joan Lipinsky Cochran

It is my pleasure to welcome Joan Lipinsky Cochran
to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Joan,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a former journalist and freelance writer who got my MFA about ten years ago and have been focusing on mystery and crime writing since. I’m from Miami but now live in Boca Raton with my husband and cat and love everything about the beach from reading while listening to waves to snorkeling, SCUBA diving, and kayaking. I also enjoy finding settings for murders here, which isn’t hard given the swamps and bodies of water around South Florida.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

That I play both classical violin and Irish fiddle and am working up a set of tunes in both genres with my husband on the hammered dulcimer.

That I really enjoy refinishing furniture and wicker although I swear to myself each project will be my last.

That I’m addicted to mysteries, especially those by such Golden Age Authors as Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and Nagio Marsh.

What is the first book you remember reading?

I can’t be specific but I have clear memories of bringing the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary home from our neighborhood library and reading them under the covers at night. My snitch of a sister ratted on me.

What are you reading now?

I’m rereading Dorothy L. Sayers’ Have His Carcase and reading Barbara Neely’s Blanche on the Lam.

What books have most inspired you?

So man!  Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls and  The Sun Also Rises for his spare writing style, John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany for plotting and psychological depth, Catcher in the Rye for voice, Anais Nin’s Diaries because she helped me understand what it means to be a woman writer.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

I loved reading them and kept my eyes open for years for the spark that would get me going. I was a science writer for more than a decade and came across a “perfect” way to murder someone, then integrated that with my interest in the Cuban revolution. Voila, a mystery. It’s still in a drawer somewhere.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

My preference is the second floor of the library near my house, in an open area that overlooks a lake. They used to have a café where I’d pick up coffee. Since COVID, I write at the roll-top desk my mother got me when I was 16 and which sits in my son’s old bedroom.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Conversations with friends, family, and strangers, newspaper, internet and magazine articles, eavesdropping, and events I witness in public.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Staying focused. Sitting at my desk and writing without letting myself become distracted. It sounds crazy, but eating Tootsie Roll pops or practicing the violin seems the most effective method for getting my focus back.

What do you think makes a good story?

I love strong interesting and quirky characters who react in a surprising manner when put in tough or unusual situations. I also enjoy reading about unique settings from bowling alleys to European chateaus.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Becks, my protagonist, is closest to what I’d like to be. She’s strong, determined, and smart and doesn’t take any guff but is still warm and nurturing. She’s taller than I am and much tougher on her husband.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

Well, first, I am exploring subcultures of American Judaism through mysteries, which I haven’t seen before. Investigating a murder gives Becks a very good excuse for asking personal questions and exploring unique communities that might not otherwise be available. Also, I’m told my characters are genuine and relatable and that my readers get swept into the world I’ve created.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I’m working on a murder mystery that involves the Jewish Cubans (Jewbans) who moved to Miami in the wake of Fidel Castro’s revolution. It’s a fascinating story about determined and resilient individuals who will go to any length to succeed in their new country. The origins of that murder date back to events that occurred during the post-revolutionary period, while the story will put Becks in touch with her Cuban family members and reveal old family secrets.

Thank you Joan for visiting today! 

I reviewed The Hasidic Rebbe’s Son last Saturday.
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About The Hasidic Rebbe’s Son


The Hasidic Rebbe’s Son (A Becks Ruchinsky Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Florida
Perricot Publishing (March 30, 2021)
Number of Pages – 318 pages
Digital – ASIN : B08ZVF86VF

Boca Raton reporter Becks Ruchinsky is stunned when her son, Gabe, brings an ultra-Orthodox friend home from college and asks her to hide him. Six days later, his body is found floating in a canal. When police deem his death an accident, Becks launches her own inquiry—a journey that takes her from secretive Hasidic enclaves to the seedy underbelly of South Beach’s glitzy club scene—to find his killer. What she discovers jeopardizes her son’s life and challenges her religious conviction.

 

The Hasidic Rebbe’s Son is an intriguing and compulsively readable mystery that contrasts the beauty of Hasidic tradition with the unbending rules that may lead to desperation and murder.

More About Joan Lipinsky Cochran

 

Joan Lipinsky Cochran is a South Florida-based writer whose crime and mystery novels focus on subcultures of American Judaism. In her latest novel, The Hasidic Rebbe’s Son, her protagonist is compelled to explore the glitzy South Beach nightclub scene and the secretive world of Hasidic Judaism to find a killer. It is the second in The Becks Ruchinsky Mystery Series. The first, The Yiddish Gangster’s Daughter, is the story of a woman whose world is upended – and life threatened – when she discovers her father was a member of the Jewish mafia.

Author Links

Website www.joanlipinskycochran.com,

Twitter @WordsByJoan,

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Arrowed: Resort to Murder 4 by Avery Daniels #Interview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @My_AveryDaniels


Arrowed: Resort to Murder 4
by Avery Daniels

I am so happy to welcome Avery Daniels to Escape with Dollycas today!

Hi Avery!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a Colorado native who loves the mountains and low bug population but hates the snow and cold. I have been a bookworm since second grade.  Around that time, I ended up having to get glasses (a social nightmare at the time) and my mother was old-school.  She got me cat-eye-shaped glasses when the aviator style was the trend.  I ended up busting them and claiming it was an accident.  I still feel guilty about that.

I was raised by a single mother and a live-in grandmother.  They were both voracious readers of mostly historical fiction.  We discussed the books we were reading at the dinner table.  I learned a lot about history and was the oddball third grader who could recite Henry VIII’s wives and how they died.  I still love history and read a lot of historical mysteries.

I paint in watercolor or acrylics and am an amateur photographer.  I also do scrapbooking and card making.  I must have a thousand sheets of colorful crafting paper and around two hundred rubber stamps!  I volunteer at a cat shelter, which is where I adopted my two black cats.  They are brothers who are bonded and never parted.  I spoil them and love them to bits.

What are three things most people dont know about you?

1) According to Myers Briggs, I am an off-the-charts introvert.  Which made being a corporate adult trainer a challenge!

2) I was turned down to join a convent!  Long story (I was just out of high school) and seems sooo long ago.  The mother superior was very nice about it, but she was correct that it wasn’t for me.

3)  I had kidney stones when I was just eleven years old.  The doctors were shocked someone so young had gotten them.  That’s me, a medical wonder!

What is the first book you remember reading?

Oh my, that is very difficult.  I think it was a Dr Seuss, but I can’t remember which one.  I was reading by myself at that point.  I love Dr. Seuss, but then who doesn’t?  Seriously?

What are you reading now?

Steve Berry’s The Kaiser’s Web and Dianne Freeman’s A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder.  I read multiple books at a time.  At one point in high school, my record was eight books simultaneously without confusing them.  I finished all of them.  It depends on what I’m in the mood for at that moment.

What books have most inspired you?

Jonathan Livingston Seagull and The Celestine Prophecy have inspired me on a deep level.  As for inspiration as an author, there are so many.  But I have been a long-time fan of Mary Stewart, from her YA mysteries, her adult suspense novels, to her genius Merlin trilogy.  I loved her gutsy female characters before that was a thing, and she made the setting a character too.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

They say to write in the genre you read most often, and that is mysteries.  I read the occasional high fantasy (Tolkien, Terry Brooks, Paolini) or science fiction (Star Trek or Star Wars type books), but mysteries of all sub-genres I enjoy most.  Initially, I started writing a suspense thriller, after finishing three cozy mysteries I finally finished the thriller (under the pen name C.G. Abbot).

Do you have a special place you like to write?

Other than during Covid, I have a coffee shop downtown where I live.  It is a college hangout but draws an eclectic crowd.  I love it there; I even have my favorite table to sit at and set up my laptop.  I love the background noise, plus it is great to people watch and pick up gestures or nuances that come in handy for characters.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Pretty much anywhere.  Arrowed I got the idea for a major part of it from a business magazine on Venture Capital Firms.  I find tidbits in the news, current or past.  I find myself in discussion with others and I’ll say, “Oh, I have to use that in a book!”  Of course, remembering that tidbit is the hard part.  I have to email or text myself!

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Hahaha, the marketing!  For an extreme introvert, this is a challenge right here.  Book signings are harder.  I keep hoping when I do a book signing that I will meet somebody I know from my newsletter subscribers or Goodreads (I’m pretty active there) so I’ll feel like I kind of know them already.  If you get the chance to meet me at a book signing, give me a hug.  It makes a big difference and I feel more comfortable with a person after a hug.

What do you think makes a good story?

Of course, a tight plot, well-developed characters, spot-on pacing, and I personally love the setting being another character because it is so integral to the story.  For murder mysteries, I love a harrowing killer reveal, gets the blood pumping!

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

At this point, Julienne.  She is the main character in the Resort to Murder series.  She plays Clarinet and that is the only instrument I ever learned to play.  We both want to travel a lot and enjoy learning about other cultures.  We both love Santa Fe!

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

Besides a luxury resort in every book? I don’t have a few of the standard tropes.  I want Julienne to have a pet, but about every other book I set at a different resort (away from her home resort).  With the traveling, I have a hard time with her having a pet.  I think I’ll just have a cat adopt her and work around her being gone. So, stay tuned for how Julienne gets a pet!!!  I also don’t have a policeman as her boyfriend.  Mason is former military, works as a bodyguard for hire, is building his professional photography business, and plays high-stakes poker for fun.  I do have Julienne’s best friend dating a policeman, though.  Julienne lives in a community with several quirky mature residents who are busy body’s when it comes to her love life.

Whats next on the horizon for you?

I am developing the plot for a new cozy paranormal series (Accidental Vampire PI) that will feature a self-help reading newbie vampire.  I am looking forward to this new series.  I’m already putting ideas down for the next Resort to Murder novel, Stoned, that will take place in a New England historic luxury resort.  And I’m slowly working on plotting the second Elizabeth Grant thriller, The Legacy, under the C.G. Abbot pen name.  I don’t know how much I will get done this year.  I had set a goal of four books this year, but I may have set that bar too high.  We will see how many I manage.

Thank you, Avery, for stopping by today.

Keep reading to find out about Avery’s latest release!

About Arrowed


Arrowed: Resort to Murder 4
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Publisher: Blazing Sword Publishing Ltd. (March 1, 2021)
Paperback: 266 pages
ISBN-10: 1735566314
ISBN-13: 978-1735566313
Digital ASIN: B08T8GBDBP

It all began when a dying man with an arrow in his chest grabs her ankle.

 

During a heatwave at a Santa Fe resort, Julienne has the resort owner pressuring her to solve the murder. The victim is a high profile businessman who made enemies rather than friends, leaving Julienne with a roster of suspects. She was supposed to be training the staff and spending quality time with Mason rather than investigating a murder. The heat turns up when an old girlfriend of Mason’s checks in and is determined to get back together.

 

More About Avery Daniels

Avery Daniels was born and raised in Colorado, graduated from college with a degree in business administration and has worked in fortune 500 companies and Department of Defense her entire life. Her most eventful job was apartment management for 352 units. She still resides in Colorado with two brother black cats as her spirited companions. She volunteers for a cat shelter, enjoys scrapbooking and card making, photography, and painting in watercolor and acrylic. She inherited a love for reading from her mother and grandmother and grew up talking about books at the dinner table.

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Great Escapes Praise for Arrowed: Resort to Murder 4
by Avery Daniels

The plot was well-developed with a cast of intriguing supporting characters and a cleverly layered murder mystery to solve.
~Reading Is My SuperPower

I was turning the pages and enjoying every minute . . . It was refreshing to read a book where the Sleuthing Main Character wasn’t downed at every turn by the boyfriend and law enforcement!
~My Reading Journeys

Filled with lots of excitement, you will not be disappointed with this one. It’s a fairly quick read and loaded with mystery!
~Literary Gold

“Arrowed” was a quick, easy read and a fun way to spend several hours . . . Looking for a light, easy cozy with a little romance? This is your book. 🙂
~Bea’s Book Nook

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All That Shines (Glitter Bay Mysteries) by Diane Bator #Interview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @dibator


All That Shines (Glitter Bay Mysteries)
by Diane Bator

I am so happy to welcome Diane Bator to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Diane, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a writer, playwright, and mom who works in theatre by day and writes every chance I get. I have four mystery series Im currently working on: Wild Blue Mysteries, Gilda Wright Mysteries, Glitter Bay Mysteries, and Sugarwood Mysteries.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

I am a mom to three young men and two cats.

Ive written one play and am working on a second one.

I have also written a couple of fantasy novels that I have yet to publish.

What is the first book you remember reading?

I remember having lots of Little Golden books as a kid. Aside from every Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew mystery I could get my hands on, I read a Sidney Sheldon novel, I think it was The Other Side of Midnight, that I was totally absorbed in until the ending. Someone had torn out the last few pages and I was livid!!

What are you reading now?

Kenora Reinvented by a Canadian author Hyacinthe M. Miller who I got to meet right before lockdown last year.

What books have most inspired you?

I grew up on the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, but Ive read so many books that Ive thought I could do this! such as Lillian Braun Jacksons The Cat Who books and Janet Evanovichs Stephanie Plum series. I loved their styles and the humor.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

Ive always loved to read them but never actually thought about writing them until I took part in a contest called Mystery in Ink put on by a small publisher in North Bay, Ontario. We had to use a murder mystery party game and write 10 chapters, each from the perspective of a different character. I loved it! And I won! My very first published book was that little novella called Murder on Manitou, which I plan to re-release one day soon. I was hooked!

Do you have a special place you like to write?

I used to love to write in a local coffee shop but I have written practically everywhere! Trying to write with three kids around, I learned to summon the muse wherever I stopped for a minute. Even while I was cooking dinner!

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Anywhere and everywhere. Ive had ideas come from dreams, from conversations, from seeing photographs or memes, you name it. My latest play idea hit me while I walked from my office ten feet down the hall to my living room. I had it outlined fifteen minutes later. It doesnt always happen that fast, but when inspiration hits it can be like a runaway train!

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Im great with getting the story going but sometimes figuring out whodunit can be a bit tricky. Other times, Ill know the ending and have to work backward. For me, there is no formula. The story comes as it comes. I think my biggest challenge is in the details of bringing the setting to life. I enjoy writing dialogue which makes playwriting so much fun for me as well.

What do you think makes a good story?

To me what makes a good story are strong characters, a few great plot twists, and that the story is believable. I once read a book where the bad guy had his leg nearly bitten off by an alligator, yet he got back up and chased after the hero. A good story should draw a reader in and not let them go until the end.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

I know its cliché, but theres always a bit of the author in every character, especially our protagonists. I most relate to two of my main characters:  Gilda in my Gilda Wright Mysteries and Sage Miller in the Glitter Bay series. Both have had heartbreak and struggles, yet they dont roll over and give up. In each book, Gilda finds a little more of the inner strength she needs to recreate her life, which is something Ive had to do over the past few years.

Meanwhile in All That Shines, Sage is slowly discovering that she has a lot more to offer the world than she knows. Thanks to her sister and her new best friend, shes becoming more confident and empowered. As for me, Im becoming more confident in my books and my writing ability and trusting in my dreams.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

The great thing about writing is that there is always another book! Im currently editing a whole new mystery for a whole new series. Ive also written my first play. Since I work in a professional theatre, theres a good chance Ill be able to have it workshopped and possibly even performed. Fingers crossed!

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About All That Shines


All That Shines (Glitter Bay Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: BWL Publishing Inc. (March 1, 2021)
Print Length: 250 pages
Digital ASIN: B08W2J3LBQ

When Sage Miller’s sister Laken decides to host a fashion show as a grand opening for the new location of Vintage Sage, she’s not amused. Even less so when she discovers her sister hired a Hollywood fashion designer to help. Not only does the designer show up in the middle of renovations, but he drags along his protégé.

 

Then she finds Sebastian Hayward III, dead in her store.

 

Suddenly it seems half of Los Angeles—all unwelcome guests from Laken’s past—appear in Vintage Sage seeking something Sebastian had in his possession. Sage has to deal with renovations, a fashion show, and a murder before she and Laken come unglued.

 

More About Diane Bator

Diane Bator is the author of several mystery novels—and series. She’s a member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime Toronto, International Thriller Writers and the Writers Union of Canada. When she’s not writing, she works in a small, professional theatre which will one day be subjected to immortality in a whole new series.

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The Disappearance of Emily (Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series) by Elizabeth Pantley #Interview /Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


The Disappearance of Emily
(Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series)
by Elizabeth Pantley


I am so happy to welcome Elizabeth Pantley to Escape with Dollycas today!

Hi Elizabeth, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve written parenting books for the past twenty years, but always had fictional stories rolling around in the back of my head. My wish was to someday write fiction – and now I am!

What are three things most people dont know about you?

My favorite vacation spot is Disneyland! I take my mom there every year and the two of us have a we’re-kids-again week. Obviously we didn’t get to go in 2020 – so I guess that means we can go twice once they open back up again, right?

My kids all hike, camp, and climb. Last year they took me out to climb my first mountain – and I loved it!

I used to be a darn good skier. But now, I don’t like to be cold, so I rarely ski.

What is the first book you remember reading?

I’ve always been a voracious reader! Some of my childhood favorites were the Boxcar Children, Black Beauty, Chronicles of Narnia, and The Secret Garden.

What are you reading now?

I’m always reading three or four books at a time, and I’ll pick one depending on my mood! Currently, it’s Give up the Ghost by Jane Hinchey, Bridgerton The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, and Magic & Misfits by Annabel Chase.

What books have most inspired you?

I read The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino in college and discovered it really wasn’t about sales at all, but about believing in yourself and your goals. It’s a small book with big impact.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?
I love reading cozy mysteries! I enjoy the puzzle of the story without the gore, fear, or details of thrillers. It suited my story-telling style.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

As long as I have a cup of tea and my laptop, I can write anywhere. My surroundings fade away and I see my story unfold in my mind – almost like a movie.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Real-life, the newspaper, books I’ve read, dreams. All of it merges once I’ve got a plotline and begin to let the story swirl around in my head.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?
The sales, marketing, and bookkeeping! It would be fun just to write, write, write, but the business end must be handled, too!

What do you think makes a good story?
Interesting characters, world-building of a place I’d love to visit, with a touch of humor and fun. And of course, a happy ending.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?
I’d like to think I’m like my adventurous main character, Hayden, or her quirky sidekick cat, Latifa! However, in reality, I’m probably more like the grande dame of the family, Eleanor. Always serious, in control, making lists, and running things.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

Destiny Falls is a fascinating, enchanted place filled with quirky characters. The stories have a deeper intrigue that goes far beyond the murder. It’s an experience and an adventure as much as it is a mystery.

Whats next on the horizon for you?

I’m deep into writing the next book in the series: The Ghost Camper’s Tall Tales. I’m having an absolute blast with the new ghost character!

Thank you so much for visiting today, Elizabeth.

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About The Disappearance of Emily

The Disappearance of Emily (Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Independently Published (March 15, 2021)
Number of Pages 250
Digital ASIN: B08MDZDQY7

Hayden has settled into her alternate, magical new home of Destiny Falls. She’s learning about the people here and the enchanted place, but something is amiss. When too many things occur to call them coincidences, all signs point to the mysterious disappearance of her mother – way back when Hayden was just two days old. Could it be connected to the mysterious ferry? Can she identify and eliminate the threat before another person in her life is stolen away?

More About Elizabeth Pantley

Elizabeth Pantley is the internationally bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She lives near Seattle and is the mother of four and nana to one. This is her first work of fiction.

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The growing family connections, the friendships, and the beautiful setting lured me in and the mysterious secrets yet to be uncovered make me eager for the next installment.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

The Disappearance of Emily is a clean cozy mystery filled with magic and mystery. You will be enchanted with the wonderful, sometimes mysterious characters. And, most of all, you’ll be swept away by the mesmerizing town of Destiny Falls.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

The book is quite interesting. There is a murder, a kidnapping, and lots of family bonding. I’m not quite sure how I feel about the various characters other than I must feel as Hayden does – not entirely sure about who to trust.
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I felt like this book expanded my knowledge about Destiny Falls and the Caldwell family but it also left me with a few more questions than answers so I can’t wait for the third book to discover more about this little town.
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KittyKai’s Easter Mystery: A Cobble Cove Story by Debbie De Louise #Interview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


KittyKai’s Easter Mystery: A Cobble Cove Story
by Debbie De Louise

Hi Debbie! Welcome to Escape With Dollycas.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a librarian at a public library and the author of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series that currently has 5 full-length books and 4 short eBooks including my new release, KittyKai’s Easter Mystery that is on blog tour. I’ve also written 5 other books including a paranormal romance and 3 standalone mysteries.

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

I don’t do research before I write. I do it during the writing and editing process. I use Google and other online sites and interview experts in the fields that I’m researching.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

Not often. I usually have more ideas than I have time to write. The only time I run into trouble is if I’m in the middle of a novel and get stuck. If I take a break and work on something else, I’m usually able to deal with it and finish the book.

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

I would tell them that they have a lot of choices and need to decide if they want to pursue a writing career or just have their book published. Then I tell them, once they make that decision, they need to research publishers and publishing methods. I tell them it wouldn’t hurt to do some market research, start a blog, and spread the word to friends, family, co-workers, and social media followers.

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

I enjoy reading but am finding I have less time to do that when I’m writing and promoting my work. I also like to walk and do exercise videos. I’m a cat lover and have 3 cats who I enjoy playing with. I also like to binge watch shows with my husband.

How has the COVID pandemic affected you and your writing?

I think it’s affected everyone, no matter what you do. I miss attending writing events, conferences, and book signings in-person, but I am enjoying some of the virtual opportunities. I have attended more writing and library conferences this year than I ever have because there’s no need to travel. There are pluses and minuses to virtual events, but I’m glad that they are available.

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

My family was planning a trip to Colorado before the pandemic, so I hope we can go there once things are safe. However, we’ve also talked about traveling to Italy. I’d love to do that one day, too.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I have a time-travel thriller releasing soon. I don’t yet have the date, but Time’s Relative already has a cover and should be out this spring.

Thank you for stopping by today!

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About KittyKai’s Easter Mystery


KittyKai’s Easter Mystery: A Cobble Cove Story
Cozy Mystery Story
4th in Story Series
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Number of Pages ~55

During an Easter egg hunt at the Cobble Inn, a ring is found on the grounds by Alicia’s daughter, Carol. When the sheriff has it examined, he discovers it belonged to him and Gilly’s neighbor, Gretchen Miller, who disappeared the month before. An investigation leads to the discovery of Mrs. Miller’s body buried on the site of the inn’s new construction.

 

As Alicia and Gilly set out to solve this new mystery despite their husbands’ discouragement, Sneaky and Kittykai, the library and inn cats, secretly lend them a paw.

 

More About Debbie De Louise

 

Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Long Island Authors Group, and the Cat Writers’ Association. Her novels include the five books and four stories of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, a comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace, a paranormal romance, Cloudy Rainbow, and the standalone mysteries; Reason to Die, Sea Scope, and Memory Makers. Her latest book, Pet Posts: The Cat Chats is a non-fiction pet book. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and three cats.

Debbie’s stories and poetry also appear in the Red Penguin Collection anthologies, What Lies Beyond, ‘Tis the Season, Stand Out: The Best of the Red Penguin Collection, Volume 1, and A Heart Full of Love. Her poems are also featured in the Nassau County Voices In Verse 2020 anthology and the 2020 Bards Annual.

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Rest, Relax, Run for Your Life (Ooey Gooey Bakery Mystery) by Katherine H. Brown #Spotlight / #Giveaway / #AuthorInterview – Great Escapes Book Tour


Rest, Relax, Run for Your Life (Ooey Gooey Bakery Mystery)
by Katherine H. Brown

 

Hi Katherine. Welcome to Escape With Dollycas.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hello! I’m a wife, mom, stepmom, and Texas author. I love to read so many genres, though I write cozy mystery, clean romance, and some children’s / middle grade. I constantly have WAY too many ideas and works in progress, so this year I’m trying to focus on completing one thing at a time and being more efficient with my writing. I love brownie batter and ice cream, tea, and reading at the beach.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

I often think of a whole random scene to a book that I hadn’t even thought about writing. (Never something convenient like the scene I’m stuck on for a book I’m actually in the middle of.)

I will eat almost half of the brownie batter before I ever put it in the pan to bake. Every time.

I really, really wish I was able to draw or sketch even slightly decent so that I could illustrate some of the books I’m writing for my baby girl.

What is the first book you remember reading?

I remember lots of Dr. Seuss books being read to me. I also remember checking out The Wishing Tree from our local library when I was a very little kid. Little Golden Books are also a vivid memory.

What are you reading now?

I just finished Manners & Monsters, I’m using A Visitors Guide to Victorian England for research, and I’m slowly reading the Mother Daughter Book Club series with my oldest daughter.

What books have most inspired you?

Honestly, I think a love of reading and escaping into someone else’s life is what inspires me. I can’t name one specific book.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

My brain is always concocting murder and getaway plots or making up motives for random people in regular life, plus an enjoyment of reading mysteries, so those two things led me to decide that was the most fitting genre to begin my writing career with.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

When on vacation, I love to write early in the morning on the beach when very few people are out yet. For ordinary days, I have an eleven-month-old so writing at this point takes place very quietly in my bedroom during her naptime as I keep a close eye on the baby monitor and hope she sleeps a long time each day. 😉

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

I would have to say most of the plot ideas come from just some overactive area in my imagination. I don’t think any of my mysteries were spurred by something in life. Some of the characters may pick up little traits of people I know or of other characters that I’ve absolutely been drawn to.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Besides the new time crunch factor in my life, I find that as do many authors, I struggle a lot with self-doubt and comparison. I love so many of the books that I read, that I always fear mine don’t measure up, even when I get compliments or good reviews on them. I must say it is also easy for me to become engrossed in the character’s day to day life, so I have to watch out for that when I’m writing descriptions.

What do you think makes a good story?

I think a good story is made up of characters that you either want to be or meet, and a journey that keeps you guessing.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Piper, the main character in my Ooey Gooey Bakery mystery series is probably most like me, even down to the pocket knife that she carries. I’ve been known to have a knife on my person, even if I have to clip it to my bra when wearing a dress.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

For one thing, I integrated some factual information about human trafficking awareness and reporting into the backmatter of my books because it is such an evil practice that hasn’t always been recognized as occurring in areas all over the world, including our own country and states.

Another thing that may make my books a little different is that while the mystery wraps up in each book, there is sometimes a relationship cliffhanger for the characters.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I’m excited to be writing a historical cozy mystery for the holidays later this year, as well as beginning to venture somewhat into clean romance (that whole engrossed in the character’s lives made me want to see how I feel about writing something where the mystery isn’t the main focus).

I also have a bit of a different standalone mystery novel that I’m working on that involves a librarian and Ireland. It is going to be great if I can shove out my self-doubt and get really digging into it next month as is my plan.

The third book in my Adventures of Gladys cozy mystery series is also in the works.

Did I mention sometimes I want to do way too many projects at one time, considering how short naptime writing is every day? Wish me luck!!!

Thank you for stopping by today!

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About Rest, Relax, Run for Your Life


Rest, Relax, Run for Your Life (Ooey Gooey Bakery Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Katherine Brown Books
Original: March 1, 2019; Re-edited and released Jan 2021
Paperback: 280 pages
ISBN-10: 1733725806
ISBN-13: 978-1733725804
Digital ASIN: B07P1P5N2K

Two best friends & a bakery!

 

Piper and Samantha are in heaven. Well, close. More like a long weekend at the O Heavenly Day Spa.

 

A few mysterious notes start appearing everywhere, things get uncomfortable. As spa treatments go awry things get dangerous. A threatening message convinces Piper and Sam that they have to find out who is behind all of these disasters. When the smoke alarms go off and the spa erupts into panic, the chaos separates the friends and Piper stumbles into trouble. Will someone help her before it is too late?

 

More About Katherine Brown

Katherine H. Brown is a Texas author with a love of reading and chocolate chip ice cream. Book lover and weaver of words, Katherine always has several projects going at one time but is most recently occupied with a new baby born in April 2020. Katherine loves to hear from readers and often gets input from them through newsletter polls to help choose character names or book titles.

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Special Guest – Dianne Ascroft – Author of The Heritage Heist (Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries) #Interview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


The Heritage Heist (Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries)
by Dianne Ascroft

I am so happy to welcome Dianne Ascroft
to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Dianne,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hello everyone. I’m Dianne Ascroft. I grew up in Toronto, Canada, and moved to Britain three decades ago. I’ve been gradually downsizing from city to town to countryside until I’m now settled on a farm in rural Northern Ireland with my husband and an assortment of strong-willed animals. I enjoy the outdoors so when the household chores are completed (my least favourite part of life) and I’m not writing, I go for long walks and also spend time with our cat. For many years, we had a pair of goats as companions until the last one died several years ago. Now our constant companion is our tortoiseshell cat (yes, one of the cats in my cozy mystery series is modeled on her).

I wrote historical fiction, often with an Irish connection, for several years before veering off into cozy mysteries. The Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries series is a joy for me to write. Writing stories set in my homeland Canada has been a nostalgic journey for me and I enjoy every minute of it.

What are three things most people dont know about you?

For approximately two decades, I played the Scottish bagpipes and loved playing and competing with a pipe band in parades and piping contests in Canada, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

I’m the only right-handed person in my family.

I can’t ride a bicycle.

What is the first book you remember reading?

Dick and Jane grade-school readers. Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham also stands out vividly in my mind.

What are you reading now?

I always have a ‘stack’ of books waiting on my Kindle but the one I’m currently reading is Last Night with Tokyo Rose by Alexa Kang. I like to read a mix of cozy mystery and historical fiction, as well as the odd contemporary fiction in between.

What books have most inspired you?

There are loads of books that I could name, but I really admire Diana Gabaldon’s storytelling skill and her ability to interweave stories that unfold over several books. I’m also inspired by Laura Bradford’s ability to write compelling mystery plots and the way Leighann Dobbs weaves a believable magic world and engaging characters into her stories.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

For several years I wrote Second World War fiction, set in Northern Ireland. Then a couple of years ago I decided to have a change of pace. I had an idea for a mystery series and I knew a small town in Canada that would be the perfect setting for it. I think that part of the enjoyment of reading a cozy mystery is losing oneself in a pleasing setting. So, I fictionalized the small town that I knew as Fenwater and the first novel in the Century Cottage Cozy Mystery series evolved from there. I wanted to create a place that beckons readers to step in and stay a while, and characters that readers would remember. Cozy mysteries allow me to explore the characters and the place, as well as the mystery at the heart of the story.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

I do much of my writing at a desk in the corner of the spare bedroom in my house but my favourite place to write is at the dining room table, often with a cup of tea on the table beside me, and our cat draped across my knee (or sitting beside me tapping my leg with her paw). My husband is next door in the living room so, if he misses me, he can pop his head through the doorway to reassure himself that I’m still there. There’s a small window on the wall opposite and a patio door beside me so the room is bright and cheery. But, since they look out onto the side lawn and the farmyard respectively, the view doesn’t distract me – unless, of course, a hare hops through the farmyard and stops to glance around, or a cow escapes from a field and comes wandering over for a nosy at me through the patio door (both have really happened).

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

The seeds that sow the ideas for my cozy mysteries come from many different places: incidents that happen to me, random thoughts that cross my mind and bits of trivia that catch my attention So far in this series, each story has been linked to a beautiful, cherished historic object: a watch that survived the sinking of the Titanic, a rare Haida Indian carving, a cameo brooch, and in this novel, an antique quilt. I’ve been a keen patchwork quilter since I was a teenager so when I stumbled across information about the tradition of wholecloth quilting in the Scottish Borders region, where the original settlers of my fictional town Fenwater came from, I had to weave it into the plot of The Heritage Heist. In the Scottish Borders town Hawick, their wholecloth quilts have a ‘broken heart’ and thistle motif. In this design, the stitching never meets at the top of the heart to complete the shape. I modelled the antique quilt in The Heritage Heist on this design. My character Lois is wowed by the exquisite workmanship in the beautiful counterpane when she first sees it and she keenly feels its loss when it’s stolen. She is even more perturbed when one of her friends becomes the prime suspect in the theft of the cherished textile.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Probably the most difficult aspect of the process for me is deciding what the theme of the story is and how the plot has to develop to reflect this. I spend time thinking about a new story and jot down my ideas before I begin to construct the plot. Once I have a list of ideas and information about the characters and the events in the story, I try to pull them together into a coherent plot. The theme then blends into the background but guides the development of the plot. As I pull the plot together, I check to be sure the story flows in a believable way and each character’s actions and the reasons behind them make sense. As I write the story, I frequently refer back to my plot outline to be sure it is still on course.

What do you think makes a good story?

I think a story needs to be compelling, one that will matter to the characters and the reader. This doesn’t mean that it has to be a larger-than-life blockbuster that includes a huge cast of characters and many flashy settings. It can be set in a small place with characters that live relatively ordinary lives. But there must be a significant problem or conflict for them to solve, and events must drive relentlessly forward until the problem or conflict is resolved. As well as the underlying problem or conflict, the characters in the book need to touch readers’ hearts and make readers want to root for them.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Lois Stone, the main character in the Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries series, is very like me in many ways. After years of doing detailed historical research for my previous books, I wanted to write stories that wouldn’t involve a huge amount of research. So, as I created Lois, I deliberately added some of my own likes and dislikes to her personality. That made it very easy for me to bring her to life. Lois and I have had different experiences but there’s more of me in her than in any other character I’ve ever created.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

I would describe my cozy mystery stories as heartwarming with a hint of history. For me, it’s important that the characters and place both appeal to the reader. I usually focus on characters that are people readers might meet and the kinds of places that everyone knows. The world of powerful corporations or the rich and famous isn’t for me. I don’t want to write larger-than-life places or people – just ones I hope readers will connect with. My goal is to warm readers’ hearts and put smiles on their faces. My mysteries have tension and drama, but perhaps in a more understated way than some other books do.

Also, I guess it goes back to my beginnings as a historical fiction author, but I can’t help throwing historical elements into my stories. Objects that have been stolen in the novels and novellas in this series include an artifact from the Titanic, a rare Haida Indian carving, and an antique wholecloth quilt. And in Out of Options, the prequel novella to the series, the story is set in a community divided over whether to continue to uphold their ‘dry’ status almost a century after the town voted to ban the sale of alcohol.

Whats next on the horizon for you?

The next novel in the Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries series, of course. I had an idea for Book 3 in the series recently and I’m busy sketching out the plot for the book. It will soon be fleshed out enough for me to start writing. The novel will be available later this year.

Thank you Dianne for stopping by today. 

More About Dianne Ascroft 

 

Dianne Ascroft writes the Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries, set in rural Canada, and The Yankee Years historical sagas, set in WWII Northern Ireland. She has a passion for Ireland and Canada, past and present. An ex-pat Canadian, Dianne lives on a small farm with her husband and an assortment of strong-willed animals.

Her previous fiction works include An Unbidden Visitor (a tale inspired by Fermanagh’s famous Coonian ghost); Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves: A Collection of Short Stories (contemporary tales), and a historical novel, Hitler and Mars Bars, which explores Operation Shamrock, a little known Irish Red Cross humanitarian endeavour.

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About The Heritage Heist


The Heritage Heist (Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Independently Published (December 15, 2020)
Paperback: 278 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8581502389
Digital ASIN: B08QMHW6DD

A fall fair, a cornered craftsman, an heirloom heist. When an antique quilt that is a cherished part of Fenwater’s past disappears from the market before her town’s fall fair, it’s up to Lois to resolve the quilt quandary.

 

Middle-aged widow Lois is enjoying her second season in her new town and her century house, away from the dangers of big city life in Toronto. She can’t wait to experience her first old-fashioned fall fair, complete with hot apple cider. But when the local market is burgled, her enthusiasm for the upcoming festival plummets. During the break-in one of the security guards is badly injured and an antique quilt, on loan from the museum, vanishes. Her friend, Bruce, designed and built the display case and has one of only two keys to secure it. That makes him a prime suspect in the theft. Lois won’t let Bruce’s reputation, nor the trust his customers have in the bespoke furniture maker, be damaged by the allegation. She’s determined to piece the clues together to find the quilt, clear Bruce’s name and save a piece of Fenwater’s history.

 

And so begins a week of deepening friendships, hot apple cider, calico cats, backseat shenanigans, hazy housemates, and few puzzle pieces to work with, set against the backdrop of a rustic market building amidst stately stone architecture, the crackle of flames in the hearth, a blaze of colour on leafy residential streets and the scintillating scent of cinnamon.

 

The Century Cottage Cozy Mystery series is set in rural Ontario, Canada during the early 1980s.

 

A tale for fans of Cindy Bell, Leighann Dobbs, Dianne Harman and Kathi Daley.

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Cozy Wednesday with Jodi Linton – Author of The Hiker’s Guide To Murder – #Interview | #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @JodiLinton1

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am so happy to welcome Jodi Linton
to Escape With Dollycas today!


The Hiker’s Guide To Murder (A Southwest Exposure Mystery)
by Jodi Linton


Hi Jodi,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I live in Texas with my husband, two kids, one dog, and two cats. When I’m not writing my next cozy mystery, I’m working the day job at the family business my husband and I run together.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

Give me a recipe and I’ll cook it. I love to cook, and try new foods.

I recently discovered my love for home decoration. Since we’ve been staying home, because of 2020 and 2021, we started to remodel our house, and I realized I really do a décor taste. Lol. I’ve enjoyed putting various styles together to find my own.

And third, I’ve traveled to several countries before I was married. My hope is once it’s safe to travel again, I can take my husband to see some of the countries I visited in my youth.

What is the first book you remember reading?

R.L Stein books.

What are you reading now?

I just finished It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Kyle Scott. It was my first time reading her, and I adored it. Her dialogue is so witty and sharp, and fast.

What books have most inspired you?

Sookie Stackhouse books and Stephanie Plum. After reading both series, I knew I had an itch to write my own mystery series.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

I started out in romance. I sold my first series back in 2014. It was a mystery, that after the sell, I beefed up the romance in edits. I guess I’ve always enjoyed writing a book with a case as the plotline.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

Not really. I have an office set up in my bedroom.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Life. Travels. My latest series, A Southwest Exposure Mystery Series, I gathered my ideas from our regular family trips to Red River, New Mexico and Salida Colorado. We went rafting, mountain bike riding, hiking, and even fed chipmunks in a ghost town. The only thing we didn’t find was a dead body like my heroine, Andie Sullivan. Thank goodness.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

The whole thing. I’m not kidding. I’m writing my 12th book, and each book has its own challenges. Sometimes it’s that little imposter syndrome voice echoing in my ear. Other times, it’s finding time to write as well as do mom duties and day work stuff.

What do you think makes a good story?

For me, it’s the character’s relationship and dialogue. I’m big on dialogue. – You are going to like my review 🙂

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Andie Sullivan. I protect the people in my circle, but also strive to be the best person I can be for myself, and make sure I’m fulfilled in life as much as my kids are. I’m also quiet nosy. So, I’d probably make a good cozy mystery sleuth.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

They’re set in a unique setting, open with action, and I try to blend my case plot with a romantic arc so the reader roots for both outcomes. Having written romance for so many years, the romantic angle is ingrained in me, and I knew I wanted a strong romance plot to play second fiddle to the mystery solving. I felt it grounded the characters in reality.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

Writing book three in A Southwest Exposure Mystery Series, RAIDERS OF THE CAMPSITE.

Thank you so much, Jodi, for visiting today. 

More About Jodi Linton

Hey Y’all,

I’m just a girl from Texas, minus the big hair…and oh, yeah, a horse. My crew consists of two kiddos, one which inherited my makeup addiction, and a husband still living out his garage band dreams, but in our closet next to my shoe collection.

I love to hang out with my readers, discussing books, recipes, and just everyday shenanigans. I got started in the romance community, which you might know a few of my books from there. Now, I’m all about the cozies…and the coffee. Yeah, can’t forget that.

I’d love for you to come and join my reader group, Jodi’s Book Corner, or come like me on Facebook to discover my books. And chat. Naturally.

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About The Hiker’s Guide to Murder


The Hiker’s Guide To Murder (A Southwest Exposure Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – New Mexico
Independently Published (February 1, 2021)
Print length: ~200 pages
Digital ASIN: B08D28ZCMB

Hiking the Kindling National Forest is a birthday tradition for the Sullivan siblings—pitching camp, roasting s’mores… a dead body? Not exactly the fun party outdoor guide Andie Sullivan planned for her brother, Kyle. Welp.

 

When the body is identified as a local who worked at the parks department, Andie decides to put her clue-solving skills to use. Winter tourism is at stake, and if word gets out that Bushwhack has another killer on the loose, she can kiss that sweet revenue goodbye.

 

Easier said than done. Meanwhile, Sheriff Zac Mars is neck and neck with her on uncovering clues, proving solving the latest murder in town is harder than powering through a mountain bike tour on an energy bar breakfast. Racing against the clock, Andie must uncover evidence to make her mountain community safe for ski bunnies. But as one new plot twist turns into another dead body, Andie learns not everyone likes meddling civilian sleuths. If she’s not fast enough, the killer may find her before she finds them.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Andie Sullivan and her brother Kyle hike the Kindling National Forest every year for Kyle’s birthday. A day for just the two of them usually. This year three people truly is a crowd especially when the third person is dead. The woman found in a cave was an employee of the Parks Department and her death could really affect Andie’s bottom line. Sullivan’s Adventure Company depends on tourists coming to Bushwack and dead bodies tend to deter their visits to the area.

So Andie starts some sleuthing on her own much to the dismay of Sheriff Zac Mars. Despite their age difference and the fact that Andie used to babysit Zac, you could cut the romantic tension with a knife. He knows she is not going to back away from the case so they make a friendly wager as to who will solve the case first. Then Andie finds another body and realizes she could be next. She may have taken her last hike.


After reading The Killer Outdoors I couldn’t wait to return to Bushwhack, New Mexico to see how Andie was fairing and what kind of adventure she, Zac, and Kyle would take us on next. I definitely wasn’t disappointed.

I really enjoy these characters. Andie is such a strong protagonist. She is independent and smart with a drive to succeed in her business and in life. She isn’t sure about starting a relationship with Zac but he is making it very clear that he wants to be more than friends. She feels the attraction, she just needs to be sure she isn’t making a mistake. Of course, Kyle isn’t shy about adding his two cents. And neither is Vivian, Andie’s friend who is always up for a little amateur sleuthing.  Ms. Linton has created a splendid cast of characters. Their relationships feel natural and the dialogue is superior.

The author also treats her readers to another fast-paced mystery. Trailing along with Andie was so much fun. I was totally caught up in trying to solve the mystery. I thought I was on the right track but then came that twist that jumbled by thinking and made perfect sense. The second book in the series, the second time I was surprised at the reveal.

What I really liked was the romantic vibes between Zac and Andie blended effortlessly with the mystery bringing some comedy to several situations while never detracting from the main story.  Sometimes it is hard to hit that balance but Ms. Linton does it very well.

Great characters and a first-rate story. I read The Hiker’s Guide To Murder incredibly fast, all in one sitting. I never once thought of putting it down. I am very excited about the continuation of this series. Raiders Of The Campsite hits shelves April 13. 

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Cozy Wednesday with Alexis Morgan – Author of Death by Intermission (An Abby McCree Mystery) #Interview / #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @Alexis_Morgan @KensingtonBooks

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am so happy to welcome Alexis Morgan
to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Alexis,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up near St. Louis and attended college there. My husband and I decided we would like to live near the mountains and jumped at the chance when a job offer made it possible for us to move to the Pacific Northwest. That where we’ve made our home for the past forty-plus years. I’ve published close to fifty

books, novellas, and short stories across different varieties of romances and most recently I’ve been writing cozy mysteries.

What are three things most people dont know about you?

I’ve always been interested in dinosaurs and once took my family all the way to Bozeman, Montana, to visit the paleontology museum there.

When I was in high school, I got to interview movie director Otto Preminger (Exodus, Anatomy of a Murder) for my school paper.

My favorite musical is The Lion King.

What is the first book you remember reading?

I’m sure I read other books before this one, but I loved BLACK BEAUTY and read it numerous times when I was a young reader.

What are you reading now?

Molly Harper’s ALWAYS BE MY BANSHEE.

What books have most inspired you?

I read across multiple genres and have learned a lot from a wide variety of authors. Early in my career, Linda Howard’s MIDNIGHT RAINBOW brought into sharp focus what kind of heroes I wanted to write in my own books. In WRITTEN IN RED, Anne Bishop amazes me with her complex world building. It makes me more conscious of how the setting in my books needs to be three dimensional and real enough to thoroughly ground the reader in the story.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

I’ve always loved reading mysteries—Agatha Christie, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Dick Francis, Ellis Peters, and so many more. I found myself wanting to create my own amateur sleuth and watch her adventures solving murders.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

Yes, I love to write in my office especially since I need to have music on to concentrate. I go into my office close the door, and crank up the volume while I get lost in the flow of whatever story I’m working on.

 Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Most often, my stories start with a specific image and the story spins out from there. For example, my newest release, DEATH BY INTERMISSION, all started with me “seeing” someone sitting on a lawn chair just inside the tree line in a park. He appears to have simply dozed off, but he’s actually a murder victim. From that single image, I had to figure what he was doing there in the first place and who would have risked killing him in such a public place.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

I think threading in all the clues, red herrings, and possible suspects in just the right mix to draw the reader along for the ride without revealing too much too soon.

What do you think makes a good story?

For me, it’s all the elements in the story that come together to make me as the reader really care about the characters and what happens to them. I can always tell I’m reading a great book when I reach the end and I really wish I could spend more time in that world and with the people in it.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

I’d like to think there’s a little of me in Abby McCree, the amateur sleuth in my cozy series. While I don’t really want to solve murders myself, I like how she does her best to take care of the people she cares about. I also love her relationship with Zeke, her mastiff-mix roommate. He’s loosely based on the two bulldogs in my life.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

Since moving to Snowberry Creek, Abby McCree gets drawn into serving on various committees and community projects around town. This allows me to have Abby encounter people from all different walks of life—the quilting guild, the veterans group, bikers, bar owners, local police, homicide detectives, etc.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

The fifth Abby McCree Mystery, DEATH BY THE FINISH LINE, will be out later this year. In the meantime, I’m working on possible new adventures for Abby to see what other kind of trouble she can get into.

More About Alexis Morgan

Alexis Morgan is the USA Today bestselling author of over forty-five novels, novellas, and short stories that span a variety of genres: American West historicals (as Pat Pritchard); paranormal and fantasy romances; contemporary romances; and cozy mysteries. A RITA® Award-finalist, Alexis Morgan is a member of RWA and Sisters in Crime. She lives in Washington State and can be found online at AlexisMorgan.com.

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About Death by Intermission 


Death by Intermission (An Abby McCree Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Publisher: Kensington (January 26, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496731255
ISBN-13: 978-1496731258
Digital ASIN: B087Z9CVW8

Abby McCree spends a summer showing family films under the stars—only to end the season with an unexpected slasher flick . . .

 

Ushered once again onto another committee by the mayor of Snowberry Creek, Washington, Abby is tasked with keeping the box office receipts of the town’s Movies in the Park nights. Cut to the director’s chair from where she’s suddenly organizing the summer’s last feature. From the opening scene through the final credits, Abby feels she’s earned nominations for best volunteer, best movie date with her tenant Tripp Blackston—and best daughter for ignoring her mother Phoebe’s own movie date with Owen Quinn.

 

Unfortunately, Abby and the others are treated to a post-credits scene: the body of local insurance agent Mitchell Anders. This discovery is followed by a plot twist revealing that the murder weapon comes from Owen’s food truck. With her mother’s boyfriend suspected of murder, Abby starts her own investigation determined to shine a spotlight on the real killer . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Abby McCree finds herself in charge of another Snowberry Creek event. This time it’s a family film in the park. Everyone seems to have enjoyed the movie, especially Abby who took in the movie with Tripp Blackston, and Abby’s mother, Phoebe who attended the show with her new boyfriend, restauranteur, and food truck owner, Owen Quinn but they didn’t watch most of the movie because they were making out like teenagers and making Abby cringe.

When the movie was over and the park cleared out Abby, Phoebe, Tripp, and Owen took on the tasks of putting equipment and tables away and picking up any litter left behind. They also found a man who appears to have had too many adult beverages and is sleeping it off. But as Abby gets closer she realizes the man isn’t sleeping, he’s dead. He is identified as Mitchell Anders, the new insurance agent in town, and we quickly learn that he has been stabbed. Stabbed with a chef knife belonging to Owen.  Abby doesn’t know much about Owen but when her mother asks her to help clear his name she can’t say no. She also sees the tension between Phoebe and police chief Gage Logan so to keep the peace she needs to get involved. Hopefully, she isn’t making a huge mistake.


The characters I have come to love return, and they are joined by Abby’s mother Phoebe visiting from Seattle, Owen Quinn, who has come to town to open a restaurant and food truck, and his employee, Jada. Abby and Tripp’s relationship is moving along nicely. I love the two of them together but her mother doesn’t. In fact, her mother found issue with almost everything Abby did and all of her friends. She was a cantankerous woman throughout most of the story and Abby really did try to keep her cool but finally blew. I found Abby’s reactions to be very realistic. Her mother’s attitude and actions were a little over the top but the relationship challenges did add a unique slant to the book. Again the lovable mastiff Zeke stole my heart.

The mystery was very well constructed. Owen is holding something back and there are a wide variety of clues that open up the suspect pool. One glaring clue was found in an intriguing place and when discovered broke the case wide open. I really enjoyed this twist and the manner in which it was handled. The way all the subplots entwined with the main plot really kept those pages turning.

Death by Intermission is a superb addition to this series. Ms. Morgan knows how to give her readers a stellar mystery to solve laced with a nice amount of humor and the perfect amount of romance. She has placed her characters in an interesting small town that always has an event or two for them to get believably involved in.

I was smiling as the book drew to a close. I can’t wait to see what these characters are up to next.

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I liked the protagonist and her approach to the crime. Dialogue felt realistic. Her motivation for investigating was also believable.
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Intelligent, well-developed characters, a smart well-plotted mystery, a spark of romance, a sweet big dog, and laugh out loud moments make DEATH BY INTERMISSION a fantastic book that shouldn’t be missed.
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This was a fun, fast-paced cozy mystery. I liked the small-town setting, the characters (especially Abby and her boyfriend/tenant, Tripp), and her lovable, protective Mastiff dog, Zeke.
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