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Special Guest – Author Laura Ford – Author of Sounds Like Love #Interview – Great Escapes Book Tour #Giveaway


Sounds Like Love
by Laura Ford

It is my pleasure to welcome Laura Ford to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Laura,

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

I’m an animal lover with a passion for the natural world. I love to travel and explore new countries. The experiences I have had in my life, like anyone, have been good and bad and I draw on these experiences and my feelings and emotions when I write.

In my family I have two siblings — none of us have partners from our own country, which is the UK. We all really enjoy learning about the cultures of our spouses and in the case of both of my brothers — becoming fluent in their wives’ native language.

Some things most people don’t know about me are that I learned to ride a motorcycle before I could drive a car, and would travel in all weather conditions in a big rain suit. I also founded a non-profit for pollinators with a focus on the Western Monarch Butterfly. I really enjoy taking macro photos of insects — they are so fascinating! I think there’s a special wonder in the intricacy of the world around us.

What books/authors have most inspired you?

Thinking of books that stood out to me — as a child I really enjoyed reading ‘The Midnight Fox’ by Betsy Byars. I also enjoyed ‘The Wind in The Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame. I enjoyed Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights as a teenager and cried at the end of the book. I remember the poignant finishing paragraphs.

I always enjoyed Roald Dahl’s stories for both children and adults and was swept away by his autobiography ‘Going Solo’, reading it as a child / young teenager.

Edward St Aubyn’s satirical ‘Lost For Words’ is a highly entertaining read. I also enjoy the writing of William Boyd with ‘Ordinary Thunderstorms’ being a favorite.

As a child and a young teenager I wasn’t restricted entirely to children’s reads. At 13 I read Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar.’ A mobile bookstore would often visit our school library and I always looked forward to finding something new to purchase and read.

I was a bit obsessed with ghosts and UFOs at one stage in my childhood and would delve into anything related to the otherworldly. I really enjoyed Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories and adaptations. I still am fascinated by the metaphysical.

I find Shakespeare’s sonnets very moving — especially sonnet number 17.

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

When I research a subject or a topic, I like to meet with people in person — or, as a result of the pandemic, via internet calls — to learn from people whose lived experience relates to what I am writing.

When writing Sounds Like Love, I met with a very kind and thoughtful woman called Roxanne who works for a hearing charity in BC, Canada. Roxanne lives with progressive hearing loss and helps many other people through the organization that she works for.

My research tends to be ongoing while writing. I will research throughout writing a book — as I meet each new chapter and as each new scene comes into my mind. If there is something for which I need more factual information about or historical information, I will visit the library and look in books, on the internet and watch documentaries. I will often reach out to speak with people who may specialize in an area that I’m writing about or who have lived the experience I’m writing about.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

I tend to mull things over and take myself into a very visual realm. Sometimes it can take a week or so for a chapter or scene to form and finalize in my subconscious as things quietly come together.

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

Write from your heart. Keep going and make space and time for your imagination and emotions. Be true to yourself and your story.

Remember that there is more than one way to publish a book and there is no set path or ‘way’. Everyone has a different path.

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

I like to spend time with my three cats and my husband. I love travelling — it’s quite an obsession — and I also love going for walks.

I enjoy creating monarch butterfly gardens as part of the work I do for my non-profit charity the Pollinator Protection Fund.

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

Right now I am on a plane to Italy! The plane is flying over some rather magnificent mountains on a trajectory towards Calgary in Canada, and then we’ll continue on to Rome.

I’m happy in the company of good friends and I love the Mediterranean. I’m going to see some friends in Rome and I’m excited.

I’ve just been leaving WhatsApp video messages with one of my best friends in the UK and we’re talking about when we’re next meeting up in London. I love seeing my family and being able to talk about anything with friends back home — which is why I often travel to London.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I have just finished a YA historical fantasy novel with a heroine who is an introvert/extrovert with a deep and restless soul. The story is set in London in 1864. I’m currently in the process of final edits. I’m looking forward to sharing this next story and connecting with readers.

Thank you Laura so much for visiting today. 

Keep reading to get details about Laura’s book, Sounds Like Love.

About Sounds Like Love


Sounds Like Love
Young Adult Fiction / Coming of Age
Setting – United Kingdom
FriesenPress (July 29, 2021)
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 12 – 17 years
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 150 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1525592998
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1525592997
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 150 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 152559298X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1525592980
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09BTLYBWT

Wendy is a bright spark who wants to find love and travel the world, but she questions how her dreams can become a reality as her world changes around her.

 

When Wendy arrives at her beloved grandmother’s house to collect a box of keepsakes, she picks up more than she bargained for – a green-eyed tabby cat with amazing qualities. This is just the start of a high-speed adventure, leading Wendy towards bright new horizons… if only she’ll give the cat a chance…

About Laura Ford

Laura Ford writes novels, short stories, and poems across a wide range of human and animal experiences. As Laura is an avid cat lover, a number of special felines tend to find their way into Laura’s stories as well.

Laura graduated with an honours degree in British law while also writing fiction in parallel. Now based in California with her husband and two beguiling Siamese cats, Laura most enjoys using her imagination and memories to paint vivid stories. An avid traveler and seeker, Laura is always exploring new concepts for more stories to come.

Author Link –  https://www.soundslikelovebook.com/

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Great Escapes Praise for Sounds Like Love
by Laura Ford

This a really sweet read, and is full of emotions. A young woman who is losing her hearing, and a deceased grandmother still being there for her. There are lessons to be learned here, and a smart reminder for all ages!
~Maureen’s Musings

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Special Guest – Kathleen Bailey – Author of Silence Says the Most: An Olivia Penn Mystery – Great Escapes Book Tour #Interview #Giveaway


Silence Says the Most: An Olivia Penn Mystery
by Kathleen Bail


Hi Kathleen.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I was in the first grade. The practicalities of life along with a few plot twists along the way, though, had me travel the long and winding road to realize that dream. Before becoming an author, I worked for over twenty years as a pediatric physical therapist treating children with special needs. I live in Virginia with my husband and recently adopted, adorable kitten.

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

First, outside the book world, very few people know that I’m a writer. Despite that and second, I’m a cozy mystery amateur sleuth waiting to happen. I’m a writer living in my childhood home, and I like to garden, bake pies, and I have an adorable feline fur baby … oh, and I try not to swear. Third, and as a completely random fact, I’ve eaten an apple almost every day for over thirty years. That’s in the ballpark of 11,000 apples!

What books/authors have most inspired you?

Louise Penny has inspired me. I started reading her Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Series when I was in my thirties and working as a physical therapist. Though I was very far away from being a published author, I learned she didn’t begin writing novels until she was in her forties, and her first book was published when she was forty-six. I knew back then it was not the right season in my life for me to switch careers, but her story inspired me to never let that inner voice go silent. As life goes, I started writing in my mid-forties, and a few years later, I’m a full-time author.

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

Loads of research goes into writing, but most of it is not detailed in the book. For instance, in Silence Says the Most, there is a mysterious algae bloom that occurs at a lake. I did a lot of research to ensure that the scenario was plausible, but the reader doesn’t have to know about specifics that aren’t germane to the mystery itself. In my first book, Where the Light Shines Through, I included an epilogue of sorts that spoke to two specific plot points that were key to the mystery because both issues aren’t well known or understood, and I thought some readers may be interested in learning the factual basis for them. The research is ongoing throughout the writing. Much of the research related to the crime gets done during the plotting phase, but there are always things I’m looking up as I’m drafting and editing to ensure accuracy.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

I think of writer’s block as a time with the creative soil goes fallow. For me, writer’s block is not about the difficulties in coming up with the next line or plot point while staring at my screen. Those are normal challenges in the creative process. Rather, for me, writer’s block is a time when something happens, typically out of your control, that impacts your creativity and ability to write: an illness, a loss of a loved one, economic hardship, etc. Such was the case after my father suddenly passed away while I was writing my first book. I needed to let the writing rest for a time while I tended to my heart.

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

Read in the genre you want to write. Know the genre expectations and have a sense of story structure. Have your writing edited by a professional editor. Keep at it and know that writing is a process. It’s like learning to walk. Your first drafts may look and feel a bit wobbly, but with repetition, you’ll build strength, and soon your writing legs will steady and keep you moving forward, step by step.

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

Between everyday life responsibilities and writing, I don’t have a lot of free time. But I always make time to play with my kitten, and then while she naps, I search about the house and under all the couches to find her toys that she likes to hide.

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

I would travel to New Zealand to bask in the spectacular scenery.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I’m working on book three in The Olivia Penn Mystery Series.

Thank you Kathleen for visiting today!

Keep reading for information about Kathleen’s new book.

About Silence Says the Most 


Silence Says the Most: An Olivia Penn Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Apple Station, Virginia (in the Shenandoah Valley)
Rhino Publishing LLC (October 25, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 195627006X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1956270068
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BGFRZDGK

A heartwarming cozy mystery that celebrates the connections of friends and family with a Gilmore Girls vibe.

Five days before Halloween, fall turns frightful in Apple Station when a child’s drawing entangles Olivia in a murder at a park lake.

Olivia’s hometown is gearing up for its annual Halloween festival, and pumpkins, corn mazes, and autumn vibes are everywhere. All is cozy in the crisp fall air as excitement builds for the costume parade on Friday. A casual Monday lakeside picnic lunch with her forever friend, though, sets off a chain of events that catches Olivia in the wrong place at the wrong time.

When a body is discovered amid an algae bloom under mysterious circumstances, everyone points fingers, but one among them is not telling the truth. The only apparent witness to the crime is a child who doesn’t speak. Motives abound, suspects are plenty, and it’s up to Olivia to discover why the child has implicated her as the key to solving the murder.

Can Olivia unmask the killer before the endangered evidence vanishes, and she becomes the next victim?

If you like small town, cozy mysteries with heart and humor, a charming cast of characters, and a twisty plot that celebrates the connections of friends and family, you’ll love Silence Says the Most, the second book in The Olivia Penn Mystery Series.

Great Escapes Praise for Silence Says the Most: An Olivia Penn Mystery
by Kathleen Bailey

All the things that charmed me in this series’s first book also charmed me in Silence Says the Most. Another delightful visit to Apple Station, Virginia – already looking forward to the next!
~Reading is my Superpower

If you’re a fan of small-town cozy mystery books with a strong female protagonist, I think you’ll enjoy Silence Says the Most just like I did!
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

More About Kathleen Bailey 

Kathleen Bailey is the author of The Olivia Penn Mystery Series. She writes mysteries with heart and humor that keep to the traditional and cozy sides of crime. Kathleen has degrees in English, psychology, and physical therapy. She previously worked as a pediatric physical therapist for over twenty years with children who have special needs. She now spends her days obsessively plotting and sleuthing in Virginia where she lives with her husband and adorable feline fur baby. When she is not incognito, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and the James River Writers.

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Dewey Decimated (A Haunted Library Mystery) by Allison Brook #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @AllisonBrookML


Dewey Decimated (A Haunted Library Mystery)
by Allison Brook

It is my pleasure to welcome Allison Brook to
Escape With Dollycas today.

Hi Allison,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was a Spanish high school teacher many years ago. I started out writing books for kids. AND DON’T BRING JEREMY, my first published novel, was published in 1985 and was a nominee for six state awards. About twenty years ago I started writing mysteries. My most recent series is the Haunted Library series. DEWEY DECIMATED is the sixth in the series.

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

I do a lot of research, and I do it as I’m writing. Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and realize I need information. It could be something as simple as selecting various dishes because Carrie is serving dinner to company. Because the Clover Ridge Library where Carrie works has purchased the building next door to be converted into an addition, the building is undergoing construction, I’ve had to learn what’s involved when a building is stripped down to its exterior walls and renovated. And I’ve had to learn technical information about the stadium-seating auditorium that will be installed in the new wing of the library.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

Not really. If I get stuck plot-wise, I reread what I’ve written. That usually sets me on the right track of what needs to come next.

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

Write regularly; join writer groups and take part in their list servs and Facebook pages. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Become part of a critique group that is supportive and helpful. Write regularly.

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

Spend time with friends; talk to my grandkids on FaceTime; read and listen to novels; eat out occasionally; do crossword puzzles and Sudoku.

Did the COVID pandemic affect you and your writing?

It really didn’t affect my writing since I spend so much time at home in front of my computer anyway. Though it has affected me in that I haven’t been traveling and it’s created a pall over my everyday life.

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

I’d like to go back to England. My husband and I used to go there often and I miss driving through the countryside and stopping at various towns and villages. I’d also like to go to Australia and China.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I’ll write the eighth and last book of the Haunted Library series and then I’ll start a new mystery series. I have a four-book contract for a children’s book series. The first book, RUFUS AND MAGIC RUN AMOK, was published some years ago and was a Children’s Choice. After it comes out in its new edition next year, a new Rufus book will be published the following three years.

About Dewey Decimated


Dewey Decimated (A Haunted Library Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Connecticut
Crooked Lane Books (September 6, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1639100903
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1639100903
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09N6M1SNP

Librarian Carrie Singleton is back on the case, alongside library ghost Evelyn, in the sixth installment of Agatha Award nominee Allison Brook’s Haunted Library mysteries.

 

Carrie Singleton is just off a hot string of murder cases centered around the spooky local library in Clover Ridge, Connecticut. She could really use a break—but no such luck, as she; Smoky Joe, the resident cat; and Evelyn, the library’s ghost, are drawn into another tantalizing whodunit.

 

First, a dead body is found in the basement of the building attached to the library, and it turns out to be Carrie’s fiancé’s Uncle Alec, who Dylan hasn’t seen in years. But Alec has no intention of truly checking out, and his ghost makes itself at home in the library, greatly upsetting the patrons. Carrie and Evelyn work hard to keep Alec out of sight, but what was he doing in Clover Ridge to begin with? And why was he killed?

 

Meanwhile, the town council, of which Carrie is also a member, is embroiled in a hot-headed debate over the fate of the Seabrook Preserve, a lovely and valuable piece of property that runs along Long Island Sound. Turn it into an upscale park? Sell it to a condo developer? Or keep it as protected land?

 

As the dispute rages, there’s another murder, this time involving a council member. Could the two murders be connected? And could Carrie be next on the hit list?

More About Allison Brook

 

A former Spanish teacher, Marilyn Levinson writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and novels for kids. Her books have received many accolades. As Allison Brook, she writes the Haunted Library series. DEATH OVERDUE, the first in the series, was an Agatha nominee for Best Contemporary Novel in 2018. Other mysteries include the Golden Age of Mystery Book Club series and the Twin Lakes series.

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Twitter:  @MarilynLevinson@AllisonBrookML

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Great Escapes Praise for Dewey Decimated (A Haunted Library Mystery)
by Allison Brook

I am giving Dewey Decimated by Allison Brook five stars, recommending it to anyone who wants an excellent September read. You might want to enjoy a nice mug of apple cider while you are at it!
~Baroness’ Book Trove

I highly recommend Dewey Decimated and the Haunted Library series to fans of cozy mysteries, and especially for anyone who enjoys small-town settings, a gentle paranormal element, and cats
~View From The Birdhouse

DEWEY DECIMATED combines greed and family dynamics in a captivating ghostly mystery.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

Dewey Decimated is a fun and calming read from Allison Brook. Over all rating for Dewey Decimated by Allison Brook: 4 stars
~Nadenness In Motion

Cozy mystery lovers will enjoy Dewey Decimated for its realistic characters and well-plotted mystery. They’ll appreciate the little details that make this delightful cozy mystery book come to life. I highly recommend it!
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

Makes for a fabulously fun read that is sure to delight cozy fans. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
~Books A Plenty Book Reviews

Bottom Line: I’ve come to expect smart plots, charming characters, and intriguing twists from this series, and Dewey Decimated fits right in.
~Reading is my Superpower

Dewey Decimated is a fun and calming read from Allison Brook.
~Nadaness In Motion

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Special Guest – Michelle Bennington – Author of Devil’s Kiss: A Small Batch Mystery – #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Devil’s Kiss: A Small Batch Mystery
by Michelle Bennington

It is my pleasure to welcome Michelle Bennington
to Escape With Dollycas today.

Hi Michelle, 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born and raised in the beautiful Commonwealth of Kentucky. I’m a book hoarder who loves touring distilleries, which is, in part, why I wrote Devil’s Kiss. And I love touring historic sites—even more so if they’re purportedly haunted. I enjoy a wide array of arts and crafts and always take on more projects than I can reasonably manage, but somehow eventually get them done. And in my downtime, I love to watch reruns of The Great British Baking Show while snuggling with my Cockapoo, Maple. As a writer, I have more ideas than I’ll be able to write in my lifetime. Though I start each book with a plot, once I start writing, the plot quickly veers off course into uncharted, but more exciting territory. So, I guess I’m a Plantser, a plotter-pantser hybrid.

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

I don’t do much research before writing. I just dive in and start writing. If I hit a spot where I don’t know something, I leave a note to myself in the manuscript to go back and research it. Depending on the topic, it can take me a few hours to a few weeks. Most of my research comes from online articles. But I also use topic-focused Facebook groups, books, documentaries, and in-person research. The amount of research I do depends on if I’m writing historical or contemporary. Historical work requires a ton of research down to the minutiae of daily life, so I can spend weeks, even months, in research through all stages of the manuscript development. By comparison, contemporary pieces are much easier and lighter in the research area, so I can usually get my questions answered quickly.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

Rarely. I work on more than one manuscript at a time, so when I hit a wall with one book, I jump over to another one. I also enjoy a wide variety of arts and crafts which keeps the creative well full. So, when I’m struggling with a scene or a plot point, I do some other artsy thing; this focuses my mind on something unrelated to writing so my subconscious can work out my writing issue behind the scenes. By the time I return to my work, I find the problem is usually resolved. I also use another trick: I stop writing at a point when the writing is flowing rapidly. I make a few notes in the manuscript about where I want the story to go next, then I quit for the day. That way, when I come back to the writing, it doesn’t take as long to warm up and I can resume the flow. However, in the moments when I do have a block I find it’s one of two reasons: I either haven’t plotted enough or I simply need a break. Giving myself permission to stop writing isn’t easy, but it’s important.

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

At the time, I’m only traditionally published so I would say for anyone wanting to be traditionally published, it’s important to understand writing is a business and that’s how the publishers and agents are looking at it, too. When you query a book to an agent or publisher, it’s like going on an interview and it’s always a good idea to present yourself in the most professional manner possible. This means following the submission guidelines, researching how to write a compelling query, conducting yourself with professionalism, understanding who your audience is, what a hook is, and all the other details that go into this career. If possible, connect with a mentor who has experience in the field who can help guide you through the business and finding a critique partner who will tell you the truth about your writing is essential.

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

I work full-time in a non-writing career, so between the two, and my personal obligations, that doesn’t leave much free time. But when I do get free time, I love to read—of course. I read widely across almost all genres. I’m not too picky as long as the story or subject seems compelling. And I love a wide array of arts and crafts: dance, crochet, painting, puzzles—the list goes on—so I’ve always got some project going. And, of course, spending time with friends and family is always high on my list.

Did the COVID pandemic affect you and your writing?

Sometimes it affected my motivation. But I continued to work outside the home, which was probably my saving grace because it kept me pretty close to my normal routine. The thing that bothered me most was that I had planned on attending lots of writers’ conferences and workshops to grow my writing and to meet other writers, but that all fell through. I could’ve done some of them virtually, but I find I don’t get as much out of the virtual programs. I really prefer the in-person events, even though I’m really introverted because there’s just so much more to glean—the little bits of overheard conversations, the energy, the interactions, the vending / shopping experiences—all the things that virtual events can’t really match.

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

I want to be on a beach in the Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, the Maldives—anywhere quiet and secluded—just me and the ocean. There’s something about being near the ocean that completely recharges my energy, clears out the mental clutter, and helps me forget, if briefly, about the never – completed To Do list.

What is next on the horizon for you?

Lots of work! The second book for the Small Batch Series will be coming out next May, so I’ll be working on those revisions with my publisher soon. I’m also knee-deep in a self-publishing project that I hope to release later this year. Next October, the first book in the Widows & Shadows series—a historical mystery called Widow’s Blush—will be released. In the meantime, I’m working on revising a historical fiction manuscript based on a true crime. I’m also hoping to get out and about to as many conferences and workshops that I can. Of course, I’ll put all this information in my newsletters and on my website / social media as the release dates get closer. More than anything, I really want to meet other writers and readers and talk about what we love most—books!

You are one busy woman! 

Thank you for taking the time to visit with us today.


Now keep reading to learn about Devil’s Kiss!

About Devil’s Kiss

Devil’s Kiss: A Small Batch Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Kentucky
Level Best Books (May 31, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 278 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1685121128
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1685121129
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09Z3G9VZ9

Rook Campbell is broke, divorced, jobless, and in desperate need of steady employment, which is hard to come by in the small town of Rothdale, Kentucky. With the help of her friend and neighbor Bryan, she lands a good job at the Four Wild Horses Distillery and meets an attractive co-worker with lots of dating potential. Her life is finally headed in the right direction until a co-worker dies under suspicious circumstances and a shipment of rare small-batch bourbon goes missing. Worse, her personal life begins to unravel as her beloved grandmother falls ill. Normally she can depend on her ex, Cam, for help, but his new fiancée’s jealousy is getting in the way. As the body count rises, Rook becomes ensnared in discovering who’s committing the crimes—or she might be the next to die.

More About Michelle Bennington

Born and raised in the beautiful Bluegrass state of Kentucky, Michelle Bennington developed a passion for books early on that has progressed into a mild hoarding situation and an ever-growing to-read pile.

When she’s not creating contemporary or historical fictional worlds full of mysteries, she obsesses over all things British and historical. In rare moments of spare time, she can be found engaging in a wide array of arts and crafts, dance, and attending ghost tours.

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Bottom Line: For thirty years, I lived in the area where this story takes place, or at least the area it’s modeled after, and I loved revisiting it on the pages of Devil’s Kiss by Michelle Bennington.
~Reading is my Superpower

Devil’s Kiss by Michelle Bennington is a great first book in a new series. Ms. Bennington does an excellent job of writing this book. Just realize that with any good Southern mystery book, you should be excepting to have lots of snacks by you.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

Devil’s Kiss is an entertaining and lighthearted read that kept my interest from the first page to the last with all those elements of small-town communities I absolutely adore. I highly recommend this book to readers who love small-town communities as I do!
~Novels Alive

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Special Guest Kris Bock – Author of Something Deadly on Desert Drive (The Accidental Detective) #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Something Deadly on Desert Drive (The Accidental Detective)
by Kris Bock

It is my pleasure to welcome Kris Bock to Escape With Dollycas today

Hi Kris,

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I live with my husband and our two ferrets in a small town in New Mexico. I’ve been here for twenty years, three times longer than I’ve lived anywhere else.

I originally wrote for children, using the name Chris Eboch. I have eight middle-grade novels (for ages 9 to 12) published under that name, plus over 100 books as a ghostwriter or in educational publishing.

Around 2008, I started writing adult romantic suspense under the name Kris Bock. Six of those books are out, such as  Desert Gold, which follows the hunt for a long-lost treasure in the New Mexico desert. More recently, I wrote six books in a sweet romance series starring the workers and customers at a cat café (and the cats, of course!).

My Accidental Detective series launched this year, with two books out so far. The main character has spent thirty years traveling the world as a war correspondent. Now a recent injury has sent her back to Arizona and her childhood home to recover. She finds dealing with her family and the challenges of turning fifty almost more difficult than the mysteries she solves.

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

The amount of research varies dramatically depending on the book. I wrote my first novel pre-Internet. Since it was a middle-grade historical adventure set in Mayan times, I spent hours at the library and museums. I’d also spent two months traveling through Latin America. (That’s The Well of Sacrifice, written as Chris Eboch.)

Now if I have a question, I can often look it up in a few minutes. I haven’t been writing historical fiction, which makes things easier too. A mystery might require more research than a romance, because the plot is more complicated.

Real life experiences also give me ideas. I’ve drawn on experiences interviewing a falconer, visiting archaeological sites, hiking in the mountains, and most recently going up in a friend’s two-seater plane. I blogged about my Southwest travel and inspiration here.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

Not really. If I’m struggling to write, it’s typically either exhaustion or I don’t know what happens next. In both cases, I either take a break or maybe go for a walk to think about what needs to happen next. I do a lot of dictation during walks, because the rhythm distracts my body so my mind can work.

I also find deadlines and needing to pay bills to be very good for getting past writer’s block.

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

Start writing! Don’t rush to publication. Take time to learn the craft. I’ve written two books of writing advice, Advanced Plotting and You Can Write for Children: How to Write Great Stories, Articles, and Books for Kids and Teenagers. You can find many more books, articles, and classes. Critique partners can help you stay on track. But nothing will help unless you actually sit down and write.

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

I enjoy walking, hiking, archery – and of course reading.

Did the COVID pandemic affect you and your writing?

It didn’t really affect my writing. I’ve been working from home for years, so things mostly continued as they had been. We don’t have kids, fortunately, as I can’t imagine having to supervise their schooling while working. My husband only worked from home for about a month. Then he was the only one in his office.

Living in a small town means we can take a walk and hardly pass other people. We don’t do a whole lot of inside activities except in our own house.

However, it was hard to not see friends and family as much. Online chats helped, and in some cases let me connect with new people or long-distance friends I wouldn’t have seen anyway. I think we are all getting a little tired of Zoom though.

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

If I had a year off and unlimited money, I’d travel around the world! More realistically, I’m very much looking forward to a trip to New York City in the fall, for a retreat with writing friends. I’d also like to get to Seattle every couple of years, as I have several good friends there.

What is next on the horizon for you?

Two more Accidental Detective mystery novels are written and scheduled: Someone Cruel in Coyote Creek and Someone Missing from Malapais Mountain. I have a billionaire cowboy series launching in the fall with The Billionaire Cowboy’s Christmas. I’m writing a series with my brother, scriptwriter Douglas J. Eboch, who wrote the original screenplay for the movie Sweet Home Alabama. This comedy series features “Felony Melanie,” Jake, and their friends a decade before the events of the movie. Two books are out and one is written. (Find the first two books at Amazon US or other e-book retailers. You can check out the series with a free sample if you sign up for our Rom-Com newsletter.)

I’m keeping busy!

Thank you Kris so much for visiting today! 

Keep reading to find out about Kris’s new book!

About Something Deadly on Desert Drive


Something Deadly on Desert Drive (The Accidental Detective)
Cozy Mystery – Humorous Amateur Detective Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Arizona
Tule Publishing (June 21, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 209 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QRYQDBY

Starting over at fifty might be hard, but it shouldn’t be deadly…

Still recovering from an injury that might have permanently derailed her career as an international war correspondent, Kate Tessler is living in her childhood bedroom and pondering her second act when another case lands in her lap. Kate’s father and his coffee group are worried. Their friend Larry married a younger woman who now insists he has dementia and won’t let any of his friends visit. They’re convinced that Larry’s wife and her two adult, dead-beat kids are out to steal his money. Can Kate help?

Soon Kate and her unusual gang of sidekicks are unofficially, officially investigating. But before they can dig out the truth, a murder raises the stakes. Now they need to prove Larry is both mentally competent and not a killer. They’ll have to find the real murderer—without risking their own lives in the process.

More About Kris Bock

Kris Bock writes novels of mystery, suspense, and romance, many with outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. Get a free Accidental Detective short story and bonus material when you sign up for her newsletter. You’ll also get a free 30-page sweet romance set in the world of the Furrever Friends cat café and a printable copy of the recipes mentioned in the cat café novels

Kris is also writing a series with her brother, scriptwriter Douglas J Eboch, who wrote the original screenplay for the movie Sweet Home Alabama. Follow the crazy antics of Melanie, Jake, and their friends a decade before the events of the movie. Sign up for our romantic comedy newsletter and get Felony Melanie Destroys the Moonshiner’s Cabin. Or find the books on Amazon US or All E-book retailers

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Special Guest – Nupur Tustin – Author of Murder Backstage: A Joseph Haydn Mystery #Interview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Murder Backstage: A Joseph Haydn Mystery
by Nupur Tustin


It is my pleasure to welcome Nupur to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Nupur, 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

It’s funny how one’s identity changes over the years. I’m a former journalist with a Ph.D. in Communication and an M.A. in English. Shortly after my daughter was born, I decided to write mysteries. I had no idea whether I would succeed in writing one book, let alone several. But I had the research skills and an intense desire to write books and a passion for mysteries and music. And so were born the Joseph Haydn Mysteries.

I was reading Susan Wittig Albert’s delightful Beatrix Potter Mysteries and Stephanie Barron’s wonderful Jane Austen Mysteries when I decided I’d work on a biographical mystery as well.

As I researched and wrote my first book, I began composing! Then a chance visit to the Getty Museum and Canaletto’s gorgeous paintings reignited a passion for painting. I heard about the unsolved Gardner Museum theft, and decided I needed to solve this mystery! And so the Celine Skye Psychic Mysteries were born.

After all, who better than a psychic to solve a cold case?

Then came COVID and school closures. My three kids hated online school and Zoom meetings, and so I started homeschooling. And that led to the best thing of all—Jesus Christ!

So, I’m a homeschooling mom, a mystery writer, an amateur painter and composer, and a Christian! And, of course, an avid mystery fan!

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

When I first decided to write a mystery, I deliberately chose to write a historical mystery mainly because I—erroneously as it turned out—thought I wouldn’t have to bother with the grisly details of actual murder, the forensic aspects of it, blood spatter, blunt force trauma, so and so forth. Then I came to the first dead body scene in Minor Deception, and I realized I’d have to re-think my aversion to true crime and forensic investigation. I’ve taken courses on FutureLearn, through the Guppy chapter of Sisters in Crime, and read numerous books on the subject of criminal investigation and criminal behavior. All that is necessary to create a plausible murderer.

For the Haydn Mysteries, I’ve also needed to research Haydn’s life and times. That has meant reading about Mozart—a near-contemporary. Leopold Mozart, Wolfgang’s father, was a consummate letter writer and a keen observer of social mores. He writes about the culture of the places they travel to, the food they ate. He talks about music and politics, about hiring maid servants, educating children, and medicine.

Leopold’s informative letters have come in handy on more than one occasion in the Haydn series. And for the latest release, Murder Backstage, Leopold’s letters provided the plot!

For the Celine Skye Psychic Mysteries, I’ve had to investigate psychic investigation, the Gardner theft, the museum itself and the eccentric Isabella Stewart Gardner. And best of all, I’ve been able to read about artists like Vermeer and Rembrandt and the impressionists and indulge in my love of painting!

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

No. Writer’s block is just another name for having to stop and re-think plot or character issues. If you insist on your characters doing something not in keeping with their nature, they won’t allow you to continue the story until you fix the scene. I’ve noticed mine hate it when I have them do something that they never in a million years would do.

If the plot isn’t working or needs re-thinking, your mind is going to force you to stop and ponder the problem and fix it before you continue.

Sometimes you may think a scene needs to be written a certain way, but somewhere deep within your storyteller brain, you recognize it needs to be written in a different—and a better—way. You’re going to be forced to stop until you give in and write the scene the way it should be written.

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

Commit to your path. Don’t fear. Don’t get discouraged or disheartened. Don’t give in. Stand strong.

Claim the promises God gives His people in the Bible; those promises aren’t just for the specific people they were spoken to. They are for you and me today. Claim them for yourself. Trust in them.

In Genesis 12, God says to Abraham: “I will bless you . . . and you will be a blessing.” What does this mean for those of us called to be writers? It means that the Lord will bless you with stories and that those stories will bless your readers.

Have you noticed how rejuvenating and refreshing it is to read a good book? Have you noticed how it draws your mind away from your cares and your troubles? Have you noticed how a good book can inspire you and ignite your own creativity?

This is how you as a storyteller can be a blessing to those who read your books.

Moreover, in Joshua 1:9 and elsewhere God tells His people to be brave and not to fear. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

No matter what obstacle comes your way or how impossible it looks, know the Lord is with you, and He will not fail you.

For as he said to Jeremiah (1:5), so He speaks to us all:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born, I set you apart;
I appointed you. . .”

Before you were formed in the womb and long before you were born, God set you apart, gave you gifts, and appointed you in the role and tasks you are to fulfill during your earthly life. Having set those tasks aside for you, He will not let you fail.

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

There are any number of things I do when I’m not writing. I homeschool my three children. My daughter and I go on long walks together. We often visit the library—our favorite thing to do. I love painting and playing the piano. I haven’t had much time to compose recently, but there was a time when I composed fairly regularly. The kids and I enjoy baking as well. Surprisingly, the boys enjoy it as much or more than their sister—probably because they get to lick the bowl and sample their efforts fresh out of the oven!

I enjoy reading—both fiction and non-fiction. And these days, I especially enjoy listening to Dr. David Jeremiah expound the Bible on Turning Point.

Did the COVID pandemic affect you and your writing?

Paradoxically enough, it made me more productive. I found myself writing better and faster and painting several times a week! I’ve also enjoyed experimenting with healthy desserts and treats. That the kids love things like banana nice cream—no cream, just frozen bananas, peanut butter, and cocoa—and smoothie ice cream bowls are absolutely stunning and extremely gratifying to me. I’ve been experimenting with vegetables like cauliflower and eggplant as well.

All the while that libraries were closed, my mother-in-law and I exchanged books. I think I’ve turned her into a mystery fan, and while I’m not exactly a romance fan, I do enjoy a good romantic suspense novel!

What was meant as a curse turned out to be a blessing.

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
I’m torn between two choices. First, to travel to Haydn’s Austria and see him at work. How wonderful that would be! But second—because I write the Celine Skye Psychic Mystery Series based on the unsolved Gardner Museum theft—I’d love to travel back in time to the day of the theft and see who did it, for whom, and why. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to solve that mystery?

What is next on the horizon for you?

Again, I’m torn between two difficult choices: write another Joseph Haydn Mystery or start on the fourth—if you’re counting the prequel—Celine Skye Psychic Mystery. I have the research for both. I suppose I could stay in Haydn’s world for a little while longer. We’ll see.

 

Thank you, Nupur for visiting today!

Keep reading for details about Nupur’s new book Murder Backstage.

About Murder Backstage

Murder Backstage: A Joseph Haydn Mystery
Historical Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – In Vienna’s Burgtheater in the eighteenth century.
Foiled Plots Press (July 6, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 348 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B34548N5

When murder propels him backstage, Haydn is forced to confront a deadly killer. . .

When the Burgtheater’s impresario unexpectedly meets his maker, Joseph Haydn is relieved to learn no one expects him to look into the matter. The impresario was murdered—and the Salzburger believed to be the killer is already behind bars.

But the impresario’s untimely death is not without consequences. Haydn’s employer insists he take over the dead man’s duties. Handling the tedious technical details of putting on an opera is bad enough. Confronting the suspicious behavior backstage is even worse.

Is an innocent man being sent to the gallows? Haydn is plagued by the question when his brother Michael confirms his worst fears. The Salzburger arrested for the murder is none other than Leopold Mozart—father of the well-known child prodigy currently in Vienna.

Now, egged on by Michael—a close friend of the Mozarts—Haydn must prove Leopold innocent. Or risk his brother’s ire forever!

Praise for the Joseph Haydn Mysteries:
“Tustin orchestrates a concerto of intrigue and deception . . .”
– Anna Lee Huber, Lady Darby Mysteries

“A standout in the genre of historical mysteries . . .”
– Midwest Book Reviews

More About Nupur Tustin

A former journalist, Nupur Tustin misuses a Ph.D. in Communication and an M.A. in English to orchestrate mayhem in Joseph Haydn’s Austria and to paint intrigue in her Celine Skye Psychic Mysteries about a psychic who takes on the outrageous and still unsolved Gardner Museum theft! In addition to being a storyteller and avid mystery fan, Nupur is a wife and homeschooling Mom who’s recently become a Christian.

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Special Guest – Lena Gregory – Author of With a Spirit of Vengeance: A Bay Island Psychic Mystery #Author Interview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


WITH A SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery)
By Lena Gregory

It is my pleasure to welcome Lena Gregory
back to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Lena,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up in a small town on the south shore of Eastern Long Island, much like the ones I write about, but I recently traded in cold, damp, gray winters for the warmth and sunshine of Central Florida. I live with my husband, daughter, and son-in-law, two sons, and four dogs. In addition to the four cozy mystery series’ I’m currently writing, I also write inspirational romantic suspense, work as a freelance editor, and homeschool my eleven-year-old son. In my spare time, which is rare, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking (while taking pictures of scenery and wildlife), and reading.

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

I research everything for my books and spend hours doing so before beginning a book and while I’m writing. I research methods of murder, motives for murder, climate-related to the areas my towns are located in, roadways if they are driving in a real place, local foods, and customs. I even research the names of my characters to be sure they are as original as possible.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

I do occasionally suffer from Writer’s Block, usually while I’m on a tight deadline, of course. When that happens, I try to just sit and write, at least get something on the page. I can always rework it or delete it later on when the words start flowing more easily again.

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

“Never give up!” It’s definitely not an easy road, and there is plenty of rejection along the way, but achieving your dream is so worth it.

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

I enjoy walking a lot, especially with my kids. We like to hike the local trails, and I love taking pictures while we walk. There are so many interesting things in Florida. In addition to the gorgeous scenery, I’ve gotten pictures of snakes, alligators, peacocks, and all different kinds of birds. I’ve been trying for three years to get a picture of the hummingbirds in my yard, but they are just too fast.

Did the COVID pandemic affect you and your writing?

It definitely did affect my writing, mostly because I began homeschooling my eleven-year-old son. We just made it through fifth grade (no easy task), and are moving on to sixth. Lol. My son is not a huge fan of school and was begging to be homeschooled even before the pandemic. Now that we’ve tried it, and both love it, I doubt he’ll ever go back to brick-and-mortar school, so I’ve had to adjust to writing around his school schedule.

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

This is such a difficult question! I’m not much of a traveler and prefer to be home, especially since I don’t like to fly, but in a perfect world, I think I’d love to see Italy. My daughter and son-in-law talk about going all the time, and they make it sound so appealing.

What is next on the horizon for you?

My current goal is to somehow get through writing the thirteen or so books I have contracted over the next two years. I enjoy writing cozies, and I’m hoping to continue with all four of my current series’ as well as adding one more which I’ve begun plotting. I also write an inspirational romantic suspense series under a pen name, which I’d like to continue. In addition to that, in another pen name, I have a YA fantasy trilogy reprint due to release next year and a MG fantasy due to release in July of 2023, and a picture book as well. So, all of my writing is pretty much planned out through 2024, and then I’ll have to reassess and decide what to do next.

Wow, Lady, you are going to be one busy woman and I am sure all your readers are excited about all the irons you have in the fire!

Thank you so much for visiting today!

Keep reading for info on Lena’s latest book!

 

About With A Spirit of Vengeance


With A Spirit of Vengeance (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – Bay Island (Just off Long Island, New York)
Beyond the Page Publishing (June 28, 2022)
Paperback Print Length ‏ : ‎ 249 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1958384046
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1958384046
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B3GG5P68

Psychic Cass Donovan must uncover the truth about long-buried secrets and recent murders to bring peace to a troubled spirit and bring justice to a flesh-and-blood killer . . .

When the spirit of Ophelia Wilson turned to clairvoyant Cass Donovan for help, Cass was able to prove Ophelia’s innocence in the century-old murders of her family members—and solve a contemporary murder in the process. But Ophelia’s spirit has returned, this time angrily demanding that Cass expose the identity of whoever did kill her family. And then eerily, two descendants from the Wilson family tree are murdered, suggesting that Ophelia has the power to meddle in modern-day events to satisfy her rage.

As Cass struggles to solve the two recent murders and unravel the sparse clues about murders from a hundred years ago, she and those around her begin to suffer Ophelia’s wrath—including an attempt on the life of one of Cass’s closest friends. Relying on all of her own psychic powers, Cass has to confront the spirit’s hunger for vengeance and track down a merciless killer before she becomes the next victim of both . . .

More About Lena Gregory

Her love for writing developed when her youngest son was born and didn’t sleep through the night. She works full-time as a writer and a freelance editor and is a member of Sisters in Crime.

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Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders: A Cozy Mystery Anthology – Loch Ness Murder by Michele Pariza Wacek – #Review #CharacterInterview #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders: A Cozy Mystery Anthology
by Hillary Avis, Benedict Brown, Catherine Coles, Paula Darnell, Connie B. Dowell, Ellen Jacobson, Joann Keder, Patti Larsen, Cate Lawley, Gayle Leeson, Daisy Linh, Rimmy London, R.B. Marshall, Megan Mayfair, Wendy Meadows, Phillipa Nefri Clark, Michele Pariza Wacek, Erin Scoggins, Cathy Tully, Victoria LK Williams and Carly Winter

About Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders


Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders: A Cozy Mystery Anthology
Aye Alba Publishing (June 21, 2022)
Number of Pages ~1600
Digital B09K9NN64X

Poisonous picnics, burgled barbeques, deadly deckchairs… and midsummer mayhem!

From a brilliant bunch of amazing authors, including multiple prizewinners and USA Today best sellers, comes this wonderful collection of 21 summer-themed cozy mysteries.

Featuring peril at the pool, blood on the beach, and felony at the festival, these fabulous stories—21 brand new and exclusive tales—will keep you entertained until long after the sun has set.

With stories from Hillary Avis, Benedict Brown, Catherine Coles, Paula Darnell, Connie B. Dowell, Ellen Jacobson, Joann Keder, Patti Larsen, Cate Lawley, Gayle Leeson, Daisy Linh, Rimmy London, R.B. Marshall, Megan Mayfair, Wendy Meadows, Phillipa Nefri Clark, Michele Pariza Wacek, Erin Scoggins, Cathy Tully, Victoria LK Williams and Carly Winter, you’ll surely find some of your favourite authors and discover some great new writers within the ~1600 pages of this set.

This collection will only be available for a limited time so don’t miss out – grab yourself a bargain today!

Today I am focusing on Loch Ness Murder by Michele Pariza Wacek.

It wouldn’t be Redemption without something weird going on in one of the lakes.

Part of The Charlie Kingsley Mysteries, a cozy mystery series set in the 1990s.

Redemption, Wisconsin, is a charming little town that has a haunted past. Back in 1888, all the adults disappeared. Only the children were left, and they all swore they had no idea what happened to the adults. 

Since then, Redemption had been a hotbed of strange and mysterious events. 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Two men arrive in Redemption to research Locky, a monster similar to the famed Loch Ness Monster, believed to be inhabiting Angel Lake. They believe the creature is more likely to be a naiad or water nymph but also admit there could be nothing in the cold deep lake where bodies are rarely recovered.

Will both men survive to publish their research or will Redemption and Angel Lake be more than they can handle?


A superfast fun read from Michele Pariza Wacek.

A trip to the beach has Charlie rescuing one of the men in town to investigate the creature in the water. From there the short story quickly unfolds with lies and deception and some interesting teeth marks.

It was great to have a short visit with Charlie and Pat and whatever creature may or may not be in the lake.

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And now I am thrilled to welcome Michele Pariza Wacek and Charlie Kingsley to Escape With Dollycas!

Meet Charlie Kingsley: A Character Like No Other

Of all the characters I’ve written about, I can honestly say that Charlie Kingsley is in a league of her own.

When she first came to me, she didn’t even have a name—she was simply the dead aunt who left Becca her house in her will in the beginning of It Began With a Lie (Book 1 of the
Secrets of Redemption
series).

Eventually, I gave her a name, Lottie, which wasn’t right (she definitely gave me an earful about it). And even though I don’t write paranormal books, she still ended up becoming a force to be reckoned with, appearing in Becca’s dreams to guide her and give her advice.

As I wrote the first three books in the series, Charlie informed me I needed to write her story, about how she first came to Redemption, Wisconsin. So, that became Books 4-5.

Once I published those, I assumed I was done with Charlie.

That was not the case.

A few months later, I got the idea for a Christmas murder mystery starring Charlie. The Murder Before Christmas was published on November 9, 2021, and it launched a whole new cozy mystery series called The Charlie Kingsley Mysteries. (Of course!).

Currently, there are three books published in the series, with two more set to be released in 2022, along with a couple of novellas, including Loch Ness Murder, which is included in the Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murder cozy mystery anthology.

So, if you’d like to get to know this powerhouse character, keep reading for a little heart-to-heart.

MPW: Thanks for doing this with me.

CK: Of course. You and I are in this together, after all.

MPW: That is true. So, when did you first realize I was … ‘underutilizing’ you? I guess that would be the best way to describe it …

CK: (Chuckles.) So, first off, I think ALL characters feel underutilized. But what it comes down to is the lengths the characters are willing to go to get noticed. For me, it was about persistence. You kept wanting to stray, and I had to keep reigning you back. Remember that fairy tale retelling project that went nowhere for ten months?

MPW: Um …

CK: You spent ten months writing the first book, and you barely got halfway through the first draft!

MPW: That isn’t one of my prouder ‘moments.’

CK: That’s an understatement. And you were just so stubborn. It took you getting an eye infection during the pandemic before you would slow down long enough to realize the project you should be working on was my story in the Secrets of Redemption series.

MPW: Okay, but give me some credit. I pivoted last summer to start on The Murder Before Christmas pretty quickly.

CK: Yes, you’re improving. Not perfect yet, but definitely getting better.

MPW: Speaking of The Murder Before Christmas, when did you realize the spin-off series was going to be a cozy?

CK: I always knew it was going to be a cozy. I’m not sure why it took you so long to get on board.

MPW: Well, for one, the original series was a psychological suspense.

CK: Yeah, but there are cozy elements in it. Especially in Book 2, This Happened to Jessica. But they’re all mystery-driven—they take place in a small town with a repeating cast of characters, and they’re clean.

MPW: That’s true.

CK: So, with The Charlie Kingsley Mysteries, it just made sense to step fully into the cozy world.

MPW: When you put it that way, it does make sense. So, there are now three books in the series: The Murder Before Christmas, Ice Cold Murder and Murder Next Door

CK: Don’t forget about the prequel short story, A Grave Error.

MPW: Yes, that too. Also Loch Ness Murder. Do you have a favorite?

CK: Hmmm. I like them all, but for different reasons. I was excited we were finally writing a Christmas mystery … I know we both wanted to do that for a long time.

MPW: That’s true.

CK: But Ice Cold Murder was a lot of fun, as well. After all, what’s more intriguing than being trapped in a supposedly haunted house with a dead lawyer and a dysfunctional family in the middle of a snowstorm? At least when it comes to solving a mystery.

MPW: I can’t think of anything better.

CK: Although if you ask Claire, she might have a different answer.

MPW: Yeah, that’s why we’re not asking her.

CK: And, Loch Ness Monster was great because it takes place in the summer, and I very much prefer Wisconsin in the summer.

MPW: I think you’re in very good company there. And that leads me to my last question—do you ever get upset with me for all the bad things that happen to you?

CK: That question assumes you’re the one coming up with the bad things.

MPW: Wait … what?

CK: I mean, has it occurred to you that our stories are our stories and you’re just the one writing them down? Honestly, you’re kind of like a glorified secretary.

MPW: Um …

CK: Now, that isn’t to say I don’t get upset with you. But it’s mostly when you get stubborn and start working on other projects and listening to other characters when you should be paying attention to me.

MPW: Okay then. Good to know.

About Michele Pariza Wacek

When Michele was 3 years old, she taught herself to read because she wanted to write stories so badly. It took some time (and some detours) but now she does spend much of her time writing stories. Mystery stories, to be exact. They’re clean and twisty, and range from psychological thrillers to cozies, with a dash of romance and supernatural thrown into the mix. If that wasn’t enough, she posts lots of fun things on her blog, including short stories, puzzles, recipes and more, at MPWNovels.com. For a free prequel to her cozy mystery series, The Charlie Kingsley Mysteries, visit https://mpwnovels.com/freebies/

Michele holds a double major in English and Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she lives in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona with her husband Paul and southern squirrel hunter Cassie.

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Release Date – June 21, 2022
Also by Michele Pariza Wacek

Just click on covers for more book information or to order from Amazon.

Check out stories in the anthology from the rest of these authors!

About Ellen Jacobson

Ellen Jacobson is a writer, cat lover & obsessed with chocolate. She writes cozy mysteries and romantic comedies including the Mollie McGhie Mysteries and the Smitten with Travel Rom-Coms.

You can find out more on her website (ellenjacobsonauthor.com), sign up for her newsletter (https://www.subscribepage.com/m4g9m4).

About Patti Larsen

I’m a multiple award-winning writer with a passion for the voices in my head. With many (many!) titles across many (many!) genres, all in happy publication, there’s no end in sight…

That being said, I’m short (permanent), happy (I have the best life ever) and blonde (forever and ever). I love to talk one on one about the deepest topics and can’t seem to stop seeing the big picture. I happily live on Prince Edward Island, Canada, home to Anne of Green Gables and the most beautiful red beaches in the world, with my multiple cats, pug overlord and lady and Gypsy Vanner gelding, Fynn.

About R.B. Marshall

Like my amateur sleuth, Izzy, I’m a dressage-riding computer geek who loves coffee – but there the similarity ends. She is far smarter than me, and a lot younger! I hope you’ll join me in discovering where her curiosity leads to next…

Pretty much all my books are set in my native Scotland, and my mystery stories are no exception. You’ll meet colourful characters solving perplexing puzzles in the most glorious landscape imaginable. Throw in a castle or two, the occasional royal, and maybe even a delicious cake shop, and you’ll have the recipe for my new series.

I also write fantasy and clean romance/women’s fiction, as Roz Marshall: http://viewAuthor.at/RozMarshall

and Historical Romance telling the story of Mary Queen of Scots, as Belle McInnes: http://viewauthor.at/BelleMcInnes

About Hillary Avis

Hillary Avis writes cozy mysteries about smart women who persist until they uncover the truth—about themselves, about their communities, and of course about any unsolved murders.

She grew up in a small town on the west coast, went to college in a small town on the east coast, and now lives in beautiful Eugene, Oregon. She has two charming children, three fluffy dogs, and two practically perfect felines named Mystery and Intrigue. She also has too many chickens and one very patient husband.

When Hillary’s not reading, writing, or editing, she bakes bread, makes pottery, drinks coffee, and streams The Great British Bake-Off, but not all at the same time.

About Cate Lawley

Cate Lawley writes humorous, action-filled mysteries that frequently contain a paranormal twist.

When Cate’s not tapping away at her keyboard or in deep contemplation of her next fanciful writing project, she’s sweeping up hairy dust bunnies and watching British mysteries.

Cate is from Austin, Texas (where many of her stories take place) but has recently migrated north to Boise, Idaho, where soup season (her favorite time of year) lasts more than two weeks.

She’s worked as an attorney, a dog trainer, and in various other positions, but writer is the hands-down winner. She’s thankful readers keep reading, so she can keep writing!

Paranormal cozy mystery series:

Vegan Vamp Mysteries

Night Shift Witch Mysteries

Death Retired Mysteries

Cursed Candy Mysteries

Cozy mystery series:

Fairmont Finds Canine Cozy Mysteries

Cate’s sweet romance series:

Love Ever After

Lucky Magic

For bonus materials and updates, visit her website to join her mailing list: www.CateLawley.com

About Rimmy London

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Special Guest – Anne Louise Bannon – Author of Death of an Heiress #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Death of an Heiress
by Anne Louise Bannon


It is my pleasure to welcome Anne Louise Bannon
to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Anne Louise. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve always been a writer. I’d make up stories in my head and eventually, the characters would start “talking” to me. Finally, I needed an excuse to do all the daydreaming I was doing, so at age fifteen, I wrote my first novel. It pretty much stank, but I got it down on paper. I’ve been practicing my art ever since.

I’m also insanely curious about everything – one of the reasons I eventually became a journalist. I remember when I was first working as an office assistant at a major urban daily and got a chance to write a few stories. All my life I’d been chided for asking too many questions, and there I was being told that I needed to ask more. I was in Heaven!

It’s always been about the stories. I love telling/writing them, whether based in fact or only real to me. I’m eclectic as all get out, so you’ll never see me doing just one or even two things. It’s all grist for the story mill, and I love asking all the questions my brain comes up with and seeing where my imagination goes.

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

It all depends. When I first began the Old Los Angeles series, I did several months (possibly a year) of research because the Nineteenth Century was a little on the new side to me. I mean, I was more familiar with the 1920s, as I’d done a lot of research on that for my Freddie and Kathy series.

I, of course, read a lot. But I’ve always preferred looking at what are called primary documents – the docs that someone wrote up originally, such as city council minutes and tax records. The stories and conclusions people draw from them are called secondary documents. Technically, newspaper accounts are secondary docs, but I cheat if I’m looking at the papers from the time I’m researching and call those primary docs.

I’ve often found that tourist literature from a period is extremely helpful, especially because it describes the ordinary things in a locale that the locals didn’t write down. We had a terrible time finding out how the sluice gates worked on the zanjas, or irrigation ditches, in Los Angeles until a Los Angeles Public Library history librarian found an account of the system in an article written for tourists coming to the area.

While I don’t have to do a lot of research on Nineteenth-Century L.A. anymore, research is unending. I seldom know what all I’m going to need to know until I write the story, itself, and believe me, there is often that last second look up in Wikipedia for a date or factoid. Even after the story is written, I’m still checking things out.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

Even as prolific as I am, I do get Writer’s Block sometimes. One good thing about being trained as a journalist, though, is that I get over it quickly. You don’t get blank spots in newspapers – you have to come up with something.

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

Develop the art of tenacity. You’ll need it to get your project written. You’ll need it to get through the editing process. You’ll need it to get it out there, whether you with traditional publishing or do it yourself. Then, you’ll need it to publicize the project.

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

I sew. I read. I sometimes make soap or bread. In fact, the running gag in the household is that my husband and I make the things most sane people buy.

Did the COVID pandemic affect you and your writing?

Oh, dear. I’m the only person I know who got more writing done during the Lockdown. That was probably because I was hiding in my fictional world rather than dealing with what was out there.

I was also able to work masks and other COVID elements into a couple of short stories, one of which will be appearing in the Jacked anthology this summer – but it’s not a cozy, so…

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

There are so many places. I’m curious about everywhere. Okay, maybe I don’t need to actually go to Antarctica, but that’s about the only place I could skip. It’s like I mentioned above, I’m insanely curious and while I love visiting my old faves, there is so much of the world that I haven’t seen yet, and I want to see all of it.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I’m continuing to work on the Operation Quickline series, which I put out as a fiction serial on my blog, https://annelouisebannon.com/blogs. I’ve got book eight in the series, A Little Family Business, running now.

Operation Quickline is basically a cozy spy series or a romance with espionage intrusions, and currently, my characters Lisa Wycherly and Sid Hackbirn are trying to work out how to be a family while searching for the person hiding a cache of stolen weapons.

I’m also starting to plan book five in the Old Los Angeles series, which won’t be out until December 2023. And in June 2023, my contemporary techno-(I hope)thriller, Running Away to Boston, should be out.

Frankly, I’ve always got a lot going on, and all of the above is subject to change. The best way to keep on top of it is to sign up for my newsletter, which you can do by going to my website, https://annelouisebannon.com.

Thank you Anne Louise for visiting today!

Now keep reading to find out about Anne Louise’s new book!

About Death of an Heiress


Death of an Heiress
Historical Mystery
4th in Series (Old Los Angeles)
Setting – California
Healcroft House, Publishers (June 14, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 306 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1948616211
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1948616218
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09W5NLMT8

When the unmentionable stalks the pueblo

It starts when the inheritance that Lavina Gaines was to receive is stolen by her brother Timothy. Then an old Indian healing woman is murdered. Winemaker and physician Maddie Wilcox wants to find the person responsible for Mama Jane’s death, but is also occupied with another killer – the measles.

When Lavina’s friend Julia Carson dies trying to rid herself of a pregnancy, Lavina asks Maddie’s help finding the man responsible for Julia’s child. Soon after, Lavina is killed and her murder bears an uncanny resemblance to that of Mama Jane’s. The only motive Maddie can find involves Julia’s death, which is not the sort of thing one talks about. Not only that, Lavina’s nether garments are missing.

It’s a difficult challenge, but Maddie rises to it, searching among the many men of the pueblo, including some of her dearest friends.

How does a proper lady in 1872 get the answers she needs to stop a killer determined to stop her first?

 

More About Anne Louise Bannon

 

Anne Louise Bannon is an author and journalist who wrote her first novel at age 15. Her journalistic work has appeared in Ladies’ Home Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Wines and Vines, and in newspapers across the country. She was a TV critic for over 10 years, founded the YourFamilyViewer blog, and created the OddBallGrape.com wine education blog with her husband, Michael Holland. She is the co-author of Howdunit: Book of Poisons, with Serita Stevens, as well as author of the Freddie and Kathy mystery series, set in the 1920s,  the Operation Quickline series and the Old Los Angeles series, set in the 1870s. Her most recent title is the current stand-alone, Rage Issues. She and her husband live in Southern California with an assortment of critters. Visit her website at AnneLouiseBannon.com.

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June 20 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW
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Special Guest – Terrie Farley Moran – Author of Murder, She Wrote: Killer on the Court with Jessica Fletcher #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Murder, She Wrote: Killer on the Court
by Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran


I am excited to welcome Terrie Farley Moran
to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Terrie, 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi Lori, it is great to be here. I am a lifelong New Yorker and very happy to be a grandmother. Writing is my third career and so far it is the most fun of the three.

What is the best thing about taking over writing such a long-running popular series?

Well, I have been a fan of Murder, She Wrote since the first episode of the show appeared on television in September 1984. I also began to read the books when the first one was published in, I think, 1989. So the absolute best thing for me is that I am hanging out with my long time friend Jessica Fletcher and many of her friends as well.

What is the worst thing about taking over the writing of such a long-running popular series?

The television series filmed more than two hundred fifty episodes between 1984 and 1996. And as I mentioned the books began sometime around 1989 and have been written by two previous authors. They were never considered to be a continuation of the television series since, for many years, they were released while the show was still on the air. Naturally, over this length of time there have been character changes. I thought Mayor Sam Booth and his dog Winston were wonderfully entertaining characters in the television show, but by the time I began writing the books, the Mayor is now a man named Jim Shevlin. And somewhere along the line Sheriff Mort Metzger and Adele got divorced and he has remarried a vivacious redhead named Maureen. Keeping up with the changes that came along over nearly forty years remains a challenge.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

I write at a computer in a small home office but I edit in the living room, relaxing in my recliner. Having said that, I also write in doctor’s waiting rooms, airports, hotels, and even in my car. I always have work with me and will write pretty much anywhere if I am required to sit for more than a few minutes.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing or on a deadline?

I generally do some writing related work every day: research, writing, editing, publicity, cleaning my workspace, etc. But as long as a deadline doesn’t loom, I like to spend time with any or all of my grandchildren. As you know, that is the best fun ever!!

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

The Island of Ireland! All of my ancestors came to America from various counties in Ireland. They met and married other Irish immigrants here in New York which led to my grandparents, my parents, and ultimately me. The first time I visited Ireland it felt exactly like coming home so in 2017 I fulfilled my most cherished dream and traveled to Ireland with my children and grandchildren.

What is next on the horizon for you?

Your last question is a great lead-in to my answer to this question.  I am finishing up a book in which Jessica Fletcher travels to Northern Ireland. Jessica spends some time in Belfast City and in the village of Bushmills. In her travels she visits the Titanic Museum, Ballycastle, Fairhead, Giant’s Causeway and other lovely places but, of course, there is a murder!! I am delighted that Murder, She Wrote, Death on the Emerald Isle will be released on January 3, 2023.

Thank you for visiting today and taking the time to answer my questions.

It was totally my pleasure. Dollycas tours are always such fun.

Now everyone, keep reading below to learn about MSW: Killer on the Court!

About MSW: Killer on the Court


Murder, She Wrote: Killer on the Court
Cozy Mystery
55th in Series
Berkley (May 17, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593333659
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593333655
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09CYHPQ54

Jessica Fletcher’s sunny beach vacation with her nephew’s family takes a dark turn in this new installment in the USA Today bestselling series.

Jessica is delighted when her nephew Grady invites her to spend a few days with his family in an oceanside New York bungalow. She packs her bags and heads down to the city, ready to spend some quality time with Grady, his wife, Donna, and their young son, Frank.

But the morning after Jessica’s arrival, Donna finds her boss dead on a tennis court, and Jessica’s dreams of a relaxing visit are quashed. Everyone in the small beachside community is a suspect, and the local authorities—headed by an old colleague of Cabot Cove sheriff Mort Metzger—have asked that no one leave town. Will Jessica be able to find a killer and salvage the rest of her trip?

More About the Authors

Along with Jessica Fletcher, Terrie Farley Moran co-writes the Murder She Wrote mystery series including  Murder, She Wrote: Killer on the Court. She is the author of the Read ‘Em and Eat cozy mystery series and also co-writes the Scrapbooking Mysteries with Laura Childs. Recipient of both the Agatha and the Derringer Awards, Moran has published numerous mystery short stories. The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is hanging out with any or all of her seven grandchildren.

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Also by Terrie Farley Moran

Written with Laura Childs

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