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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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Special Guest – Shelly Frome – Author of Shadow of the Gypsy #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @shellyFrome


Shadow of the Gypsy
by Shelly Frome

Hi Shelly,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up in Miami, Florida when it was just a sleepy little town as a member of what was known as the silent generation—always going along, making no waves, more or less accepting the status quo. That is, until my sophomore year at the University of Miami when I was introduced to the theater and began to realize my whimsical sensibility needed a much more creative outlet. This eventually led to a stint as a starving actor in New York, a career as a college professor at the University of Connecticut, playwriting and, more recently, novel writing.

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

I find I have to learn a lot more about the world of the novel I’m delving in. So, for instance in “the Gypsy,” I read all the books I could get ahold of on Gypsies, Romany life, and the Red Mafia’s tactics in organized crime.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

Just the opposite. I sometimes wish I could get writer’s block so that I could enjoy some restful sleep.

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

Read as many books as you can by your favorite authors until you’ve narrowed down the field, try your hand at it, and pass your effort on to a reputable editor for hire who will apprise you of your strong points as well as your shortcomings. Keep at it until you’ve steeled yourself against the inevitable rejections and take it from there even if you have to eventually resort to self-publishing. As long as you feel you have to write no matter what, the process instead of the results will see you through.

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

Take Baxter, my golden doodle for a walk or a ride, and mingle with my friends and acquaintances to keep from becoming a recluse after my wife suddenly passed away.

How has the COVID pandemic affected you and you’re writing?

It’s severely limited my interplay with the real world and thrown off my sense of balance and interplay.

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

I’d go to Europe and Spain and many non-tourist locales to expand my horizons and perspective on life.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I’m deep in a novel with the working title Fast Times / Big City to return to my sojourn in a Manhattan that no longer exists, where you could almost afford to be a starving actor and everything fills you with a sense of wonder and possibility.

Thank you Shelly so much for stopping by!

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

 

About Shadow of the Gypsy

Shadow of the Gypsy
A Novel
Crime – Thriller – Love Story
Setting – The Blue Ridge, The Litchfield Hills, and Waterbury, CT
BQB Publishing (May 3, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 340 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1952782570
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1952782572
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09HST8WP5
Print length ‏ : ‎ 280 pages

Josh Bartlett had figured all the angles, changed his name, holed up as a small-town features writer in the seclusion of the Blue Ridge. Only a few weeks more and he’d begin anew, return to the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut and Molly (if she’d have him) and, at long last, live a normal life.

 

After all, it was a matter of record that Zharko had been deported well over a year ago. The shadowy form John had glimpsed yesterday at the lake was only that — a hazy shadow under the eaves of the activities building. It stood to reason his old nemesis was still ensconced overseas in Bucharest or thereabouts well out of the way.

 

And no matter where he was, he wouldn’t travel south over eight hundred miles to track Josh down. Surely that couldn’t be, not now, not after all this.

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by Shelly Frome

If you like mysteries with good versus evil, this may be a story you’d like. Shadow of the Gypsy is fast-paced and filled with characters you love to hate. There was intrigue and suspense throughout, and I’m ready for the next book!
~Novels Alive

Frome tosses the reader into the deep end almost immediately and you’ll be turning pages well past your bedtime to find out how it all turns out.
~Nellie’s Book Nook

More About Shelly Frome

Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at UConn, a former professional actor, and a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He also is a features writer for Gannett Publications. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, Tinseltown Riff, Murder Run, Moon Games and The Secluded Village Murders. Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio: A History and a guide to playwriting and one on screenwriting, Miranda and the D-Day Caper is his latest foray into the world of crime and the amateur sleuth. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

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Ghost Agents: Revelations (The Ghost Agents Trilogy) by Nita DeBorde #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @DebordeNita 


Ghost Agents: Revelations
(The Ghost Agents Trilogy)
by Nita DeBorde


It is my pleasure to welcome Nita DeBorde back to Escape With Dollycas today.

Hi Nita, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a writer and French teacher from Houston, Texas. Though right now I teach full time and write as a hobby, I would love to be able to transition into a full-time writing career eventually.

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

I like to have a thorough plot outline before I start writing, and that usually takes about a month or so. I’m definitely up for changing things if I need to once I get started on a project, so I do a lot of research while I’m writing as well when things come up.

The actual amount of time I spend on research for a novel differs from project to project. For the Ghost Agents Trilogy, my research has involved a lot of ghost tours, which has been super fun!

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

I rarely suffer from writer’s block. I’ve found brainstorming really helps break right through that wall because you can just put any idea on the page no matter how stupid it seems and just keep going until something feels right. It really helps keep the creative juices flowing, and I actually find it invigorating!

During the brainstorming process, I like to play what I call “The What-If/Maybe Game” if I’m feeling a little stuck. I take whatever scene or plot point is plaguing me and I keep asking “What if…?” or considering “Maybe…”until something catches my attention. For example, What if her cat wasn’t actually a cat? What if he were a ninja? A Jedi? The reincarnation of her sister? Etc…)

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

I would encourage them to really get familiar with 2 things: 1) How to craft a really good story, and 2) the ins and outs of the publishing industry

They need to know how to write something people will want to read, and they need to decide if traditional or indie publishing would be the best fit for their goals. Each path requires a lot of work, so it’s good to have an idea of what to expect before you dive in.

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

I am a complete narrative junky, so I like reading as well as watching TV and movies – anywhere there is a good story!  I also like spending time with my friends and family, and of course, my dog, Mabel!

How has the COVID pandemic affected you and you’re writing?

The months we were on lockdown provided a lot of time to get Ghost Agents ready to publish last year, so that was one positive thing.

The mental and emotional toll of everything that has happened over the last two years does make it a little more challenging to find the energy to sit down at the computer once I get home from work, but I’ve been forcing myself to make time. Thank God for weekends & school breaks!

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

If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would want to visit the island of Martinique in the Caribbean. The beaches are beautiful and the pace of life there is so much more relaxed than what we tend to experience in America. I’ve taught about Martinique my whole teaching career, but I’ve never been there!

What is next on the horizon for you?

Next on the horizon is completing the final book of the Ghost Agents Trilogy, Ghost Agents: Retribution, which is scheduled for release at the end of October!

In the meantime, I am also working on a collection of short stories, Ghost Agents: Lone Star, with a new story scheduled for release periodically over the next few months. The completed collection is meant to be a companion to the Ghost Agents Trilogy, as well as introduce some new characters and a new mystery that will hopefully launch a new series once the trilogy is complete!

Thank you, Nita, so much for visiting today. 

Keep reading to learn about book 2 in the Ghost Agents Trilogy!

About Ghost Agents: Revelations

 

Ghost Agents: Revelations (The Ghost Agents Trilogy)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Mabelonia Press (March 18, 2022)
~300 Pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QJCVY4Z

A new mystery to pursue … a growing threat… Will she be able to stop them?

Claire Abelard has never been normal. She has always been able to see and communicate with energy projections, or the entities more commonly known as ghosts. As an agent of the Bureau for Historical Preservation, her abilities come in handy on the job, but they tend to complicate every other aspect of her life.

Now, four months after a series of world-shattering events in Galveston, Claire’s life is still in turmoil. No one at Bureau headquarters in Boston will even acknowledge the existence of the sinister secret organization known as The Syndicate, but Claire is convinced they are behind the disappearances of dozens of rogue energy projections.

When Claire hears that rogues in New Orleans are behaving strangely, she immediately joins the investigation. As she and her fellow agents unravel the new mystery, they discover The Syndicate has more ominous plans for the rogues than simply making them disappear… and it appears they have plans for Claire as well.

Ghost Agents: Revelations is a cozy, paranormal mystery that continues the story of Claire and her work with Bureau for Historical Preservation.

More About Nita DeBorde

 

Nita DeBorde is a published author and teacher from Houston, TX. Writing and teaching are her two major passions, though traveling and being dog-mom to a crazy Staffordshire-Boxer mix named Mabel are high on the list as well.

Nita has taught high school French for more than 20 years and absolutely loves her “day job” job (about 95% of the time). She loves to travel, and not surprisingly, France is her favorite destination, though her home state of Texas runs a close second.

She is also a huge history buff, which comes through in her fiction writing, and particularly in her latest novel, Ghost Agents, a genre-defying, cozy paranormal mystery with a little sci-fi and romance thrown into the mix. Ghost Agents: Revelations, is the 2nd book in the Ghost Agents Trilogy.

Nita’s first novel, Project Lachesis, is currently available in both Kindle and hardcopy format from Amazon.com.

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Paws of Death (A Canine Confections Mystery) by Amy Hueston #AuthorInterview #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Paws of Death (A Canine Confections Mystery)
by Amy Hueston

I am thrilled to welcome Amy Hueston to Escape With Dollycas today! 

Hi Amy.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi there. I’m Amy Hueston. I just released the 3rd in my Canine Confections series and I also just released the first in a puzzle series that accompanies the Canine Confections books. This first puzzle book has mazes, wordsearches and crossword puzzles and has subjects related to Paws for Concern, book 1 in the series. I really like to read and solve puzzles and mysteries, and thought others might too.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? I visit Palm Beach for this series and I don’t have a set amount of time. There are so many fun things to do there, it’s hard to decipher what counts as “research.” 😊

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block? Yup. Whenever I think too much and don’t let the creative juices just FLOW…

What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer? It’s harder than it appears. It’s also a lot of fun.

When you are not writing what do you like to do? I’m a singer and I get hired for that a lot, and I like it, so that counts, right? I also like to spend as much time with my dogs as possible. They totally deserve it, dogs get bored if they just sit around all day, plus it makes me happy!

How has the COVID pandemic affected you and you’re writing? It hasn’t really.

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why? I’d like to go to the hotel where Stephen King stayed when he wrote The Shining. I love spooky fun.

What is next on the horizon for you? Ummmm….petting my dogs? And maybe a 4th installment of the Canine Confections series and a psychological thriller. Singing. Meeting new people and dogs. Traveling. Reading. Writing more stories for Woman’s World magazine. So many things, hard to finish the list now that I’ve started.

Thanks so much for having me here. I certainly appreciate it. Amy

You are so welcome!

Keep reading to find out about Amy’s new book.

 

About Paws of Death


Paws of Death (A Canine Confections Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Palm Beach, Florida
Happy Press (January 20, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 264 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985603002
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QW32232

Two murders on the same strip of Worth Avenue in Palm Beach means dog bakery owner Samantha Armstrong and her fellow shopkeepers have reached their quota of bad stuff. Right?

They should be so lucky…

Samantha is thrilled that life in her new hometown has finally settled into a fun, peaceful rhythm. Canine Confections’ business is on the upswing, and her days are filled with jogs on the beach with her pooch Sweet Pea, cozy time with Aunt Mary on her aunt’s estate, and yummy treats at her upscale dog bakery. But things are not peaceful for long when Donna from the local gossip magazine, Pulse on Palm Beach, winds up dead at Samantha’s first foray into catering a millionaire dog’s birthday party.

 

Once again, Samantha finds herself smack dab in the middle of the investigation. But this time, it’s another reporter from Pulse that’s making her center-stage. With the aid of her precious Sweet Pea, Samantha pads around the splashy Worth Avenue sniffing out clues. Unfortunately, the more she searches, the more suspects she finds. And it doesn’t help that Angelina from Mystic Dreams has hired a psychic who warns that trouble in Palm Beach isn’t about to end anytime soon.

 

Includes an original recipe from the world-famous Three Dog Bakery!

Excerpt 

Like a bad penny that never fails to show no matter how much you wish for a silver dollar, Dick appeared across the street

Two occasions of dipping my toes back into the dating pool after my old boyfriend broke my heart back in Sun Haven, and I was already wanting to go full-on up to my ankles with this guy.

“Snowball, you’re going to have to play nice if you want to live here,” I said, hearing the empty threat in my words and knowing there was zero chance we would ever give the cat away just because we had a learning curve on how to make this work.

Now that I didn’t have to worry as much about my income stream, I could think about other things…sweeter things…like Peanut Butter Clusters and PupCakes

The furry girl and I were whizzing along Ocean Avenue for another day of work in paradise.

“It’s not my fault you’re a magnet for murder.”

Aunt Mary in spandex was one thing. Trumble in spandex was a good reason to wash my eyes out with battery acid.

A few months ago, when I lived in Sun Haven, I didn’t run into a murderer once, far as I know. This town was rife with them

About Amy Hueston

Amy Hueston’s Canine Confections mystery series has an abundance of dogs and pastries, two of her favorite things. When she isn’t writing her latest mystery or suspense, she can often be found either singing professionally or petting the nearest dog.

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House Edge: A Spotted Pony Casino Mystery by Paty Jager – #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


House Edge: A Spotted Pony Casino Mystery
by Paty Jager

I am pleased to welcome Paty Jager to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Paty,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Howdy. I’m Paty Jager. I’ve lived my whole life in rural areas. My husband and I currently live on 280 acres in SE Oregon. Our closest neighbor is half a mile away and the closest town to purchase groceries is 40 miles away. I enjoy living rural, raising cattle and hay. Being rural gives me time to write in between all the other chores. Currently, I’ve published 53 novels, 8 novellas, and I’ve had stories in numerous anthologies. I started out writing historical western romance, added contemporary western romance, and now am writing the genre I have enjoyed reading the most, murder mystery.

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

The research all depends on how many things I plan to put in a book that I don’t know. Like an occupation, a unique murder method, or an area I’m unfamiliar with. The way I work, I’m writing one book, while mulling over a book or two that will be the next to be written. So, while I do look up things for coming books and as I write I add something and then think, “Do I know enough about this?” and take off to research it before I write any more, there is no set time limit for how much time I spend researching before beginning a book. I’m constantly reading and checking on things. Maybe for a book that won’t be written until next year.  For this book, House Edge, I read the stories in the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla newspaper, articles online from power companies and other newspapers, and saw a documentary about breaching the dams. Yet all the information I gleaned is barely touched on in the book because it is about the murder. But I hope what I didn’t write will make people who haven’t heard about it, stop and do their own research to see how it impacts everyone.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

Writer’s Block? No. I have a list of books to be written in the two mystery series I’m writing. I have never been unable to write due to a block. I might write myself into a corner and it takes some time away from the computer and doing something completely unrelated for my brain to figure out how to fix what I did, but I always have two or three ideas cavorting around in my head ready to be brought forth and written.

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

The first thing you need to do is sit down and write every day. Don’t expect to have the first thing you write be the first thing that gets published. I had written 7 books before #8 was picked up by a publisher. It took me that long to hone my writing skills and perfect my storytelling. You never write a perfect book. You write the best book you can and make sure it is edited to the best of your ability. If you are self-publishing, you get other people to read your work and pay for an editor.

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

When I’m not writing I like to ride my horse, go for walks, and sew quilt tops.

How has the COVID pandemic affected you and you’re writing.

Honestly, because we live so rural, we haven’t been affected as much as people who live in populated areas. Sure, we put on masks when we go to the stores in town or when we visit friends in Central Oregon. I do dislike having to wear a mask while visiting with my dad in a senior living facility because he can’t hear what I’m saying half the time. As for my writing, it’s still perking along. I won’t write the pandemic into my stories because readers read to get away from the real world and by putting the pandemic in my books might be the facts of what is happening now, I feel the readers would prefer a few hours each day to forget it.

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

I went to Iceland a few years ago and would love to go back and see more of it. I also would love to go to England, Scotland, and Ireland. I’ve read so many books and watched so many shows set in those countries that I would like to see things for myself.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I am currently writing book 9, Owl’s Silent Strike, in the Gabriel Hawke Novels and will be working on a Spotted Pony Casino short story for an anthology I’m participating in, then book 3, Double Down, in the Spotted Pony Casino Mysteries. As I said, I am never at a loss for something to write!

Thank you for having me on your blog!

Thank you Paty for visiting today. 

Keep reading to learn about Paty’s new book.

 

About House Edge

House Edge: A Spotted Pony Casino Mystery
Murder Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Oregon
Windtree Press (February 18, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 294 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 195763801X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1957638010
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QXZF12Z

Zealous Environmentalists
Greedy Power Companies
…and a body

 

A bitter dispute over the breaching of dams in Idaho sparks emotions at a summit held at the Spotted Pony Casino. When the keynote speaker is murdered, Dela Alvaro, head of security, teams up again with FBI Special Agent Quinn Pierce.

 

The suspects are many since it appears the victim was playing both sides of the controversial environmental issue. Did someone take advantage of a marital dispute… witnessed by a crowd of casino spectators? Or did an angry wife murder her husband?

 

Book 2 in the Spotted Pony Casino Mysteries has Dela Alvaro not only trying to keep her job by discovering the killer before word spreads about the murder, but she also has to deal with FBI Special Agent Quinn Peirce butting heads with her high school sweetheart who has returned to the reservation as a tribal policeman.

About Paty Jager

Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 53 novels, 8 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

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Special Guest – Kate Parker – Author of Deadly Broadcast: A World War II Mystery (Deadly Series) #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway @Author.Kate.Parker


Deadly Broadcast: A World War II Mystery
(Deadly Series)
by Kate Parker

It is my pleasure to welcome Kate Parker to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Kate, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m Kate Parker and I have the best job in the world. I love writing mysteries and entertaining readers. I’m a mother, a grandmother, and a dog owner (although I think the dog owns me). I’ve lived most of my life in Virginia and the Carolinas, and while it’s lovely here, I love to travel. I get the best story ideas when I travel.

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

To research, I like to go to the “scene” to visit museums and city streets. I like to read books written in and about that time period, and I have a subscription to the British Newspaper Archives which is great source material. I do more research while I’m writing than before I start a book, because I never know what I’ll need to know when I start writing.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

No Writer’s Block, but I do have to stop and rethink when I realize I’ve put things in the wrong order in a story.

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

If you want to become a published writer, you need to love to read in your chosen genre and you have to love the solitude of actually writing the story.

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

When I’m not writing, I like to read, eat (someone else’s cooking. Trust me, never eat my cooking), and travel.

How has the COVID pandemic affected you and you’re writing.

Covid has affected my travel, but it hasn’t affected my writing. I’m naturally solitary when I write, so a lockdown is the perfect condition for my writing.

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

It’s more a question of where do I want to travel next. I have two trips planned, one to the Netherlands and Belgium, and the other across the route of the Shetland Bus from WWII and then around the British Isles. I plan to get good research from both of these trips. I’d like to go to Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Israel, Jordan, Turkey…the list goes on and on. I’m naturally curious.

What is next on the horizon for you?

Next is the ninth book in the Deadly Series, Deadly Rescue. I have a Regency mystery in a magical realism village for an anthology that should come out soon. I hope to write some stories for my Victorian/Edwardian mystery series. I hope to get a lot done between here and the horizon.

Deadly Broadcast is the eighth book in The Deadly Series of World War II mysteries by Kate Parker.

Thank you Kate for visiting today!

Now, keep reading to learn about Kate’s latest, Deadly Broadcast!

About Deadly Broadcast

Deadly Broadcast: A World War II Mystery (Deadly Series)
Historical Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – London, from just after Christmas, 1939 until mid-January, 1940
JDP Press (March 8, 2022)
Number of Pages ~320
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09PWNXQW7

The phony war has dragged out past Christmas into a dark and dreary New Year, 1940.

In the blackout, someone murdered BBC engineer Frank Kennedy, making him more popular dead than alive. A blackmailer and bully, he sold out his friends, assaulted his Broadcasting House colleagues, and sabotaged his employer.

Kennedy was also a government informant against the IRA. Despite arrests of members, the IRA is still planning more attacks against British civilians. Attacks Frank Kennedy might have been involved in.

Britain’s counterintelligence spymaster orders newspaper reporter Olivia Redmond to find Kennedy’s killer and learn which of the many motives led to his murder. Olivia quickly learns how vicious Frank Kennedy was and halfway hopes his killer escapes hanging.

Until his killer strikes again…

A clean read. No blatant sex, violence, or bad language.

More About Kate Parker

 

Since she was unable to build a time machine in her backyard, Kate Parker immerses herself in research and then creates the world that lives inside each book that she writes. Her favorite place is London and her time travel destination is anywhere from the late Victorian era through World War II. Since she lives in the Carolinas with her daughter and a 95-pound puppy, the practical side of her is thankful for air conditioning and all the modern comforts of life. Comforts she will take with her if she ever figures out how to build her time machine.

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Welcome to Piney Falls: A Cozy Historical Murder Mystery (Piney Falls Mysteries) by Joann Keder #CharacterInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Welcome to Piney Falls: A Cozy Historical Murder Mystery
(Piney Falls Mysteries) by Joann Keder

I am so happy to welcome November Bean and Lanie Anders to Escape With Dollycas today!

Please tell us a little about yourself.

November Bean here, year of the N. I’ve never been one to brag, but I can yodel in four octaves. You might ask why one would do that, but the real question is, why not?

I’ve lived most of my life in the Piney Falls area. I don’t like talking about the early years. It was too restrictive and we were all supposed to be the same. If you’ve ever met me, you know I’m nothing like your average Piney Fallian. Is that right? It sounds right to me.

I married the Toilet Paper King. When people ask about our marriage, I like to say, “I’ve never been more satisfied than when he was flushed.”

Luckily, he was loaded, so guess what? Now I don’t have to worry about money. I teach meditation and yoga and like to howl.

Are you done, Vem?

Okay, hi. I’m Lanie Anders. I thought I was doing this alone, but November informed me that you wanted both of us here. Let’s see…I am the marketing manager for the multi-national company, Work Ahead Office Supplies–The Most Profitable Office Supply Chain in the World. I won the Up and Comer Award three years in a row at the Markies.

My office is located in Chicago, but I spend most of my time traveling. I love the businesswoman life.

I used to be very self-absorbed. That played out in numerous ways–what’s that, Vem?

She wants me to tell you about my experiences at marketing conferences. You’ll just have to read about them in the book. People might be offended if I go into detail.

November: She sewed her wild oats, as the kids say. Lanie has stories that curl my toes, and not in a good way.

Do you have any concerns about the loss of life in Piney Falls?

November: Why are you asking me, specifically? Do you think I had something to do with it? I don’t even kill the bugs that wander into my house. You should have seen the spider floating in my Oat Boats last week. Did you know they can backstroke across a bowl in three seconds flat? I timed it.

What? Oh yeah. The mysterious deaths. I like to think I’m connected to nature, but not so much to humans. It’s a safe community. I leave my doors unlocked at night and sunbathe in the nude.

LANIE: I’d like to interject here. Vem does in fact, lock her doors.

NOVEMBER: No, I don’t.

LANIE: We are most concerned about the deaths and the fact that the police don’t take them seriously. There is a link to the past, I believe, specifically the Scheddy Cannery from the turn of the century.

Tell us more about your research, Lanie.

I came here to discover out why the town of Flanagan, Oregon changed it’s name to Piney Falls. There isn’t much online that I could find. I just get the sense that people are hiding things from me. So far, everyone is either disinterested or mysteriously tight-lipped.

NOVEMBER: That’s because we’re all concentrating, Lanie. You use big words like, “disinterested.” We’re “cut-to-the-chase” kind of people. We don’t like lots of syllables.

November, can you explain why everyone wears name tags? What’s the significance of the one you’re wearing?

We are a coastal town and that in and of itself should have brought people. We did a survey in other Oregon Coast towns, and we learned that our town has a reputation for being odd. I scratch my head over that one.

A year or two ago, we hired a marketing agency to come here and help us attract more tourists. They suggested wearing these name tags, so people could identify us by name and feel a connection.

Underneath our names, we were given a specific tourist activity to promote. Each person had three paragraphs to memorize about that specific activity so they could explain to a tourist why they should see that attraction.

It seemed like a good idea in the beginning, then it just got creepy. People would cover the bottom half of their name tags in protest and others made up silly things to promote. The other problem was that we don’t have as many tourist spots as we thought.

Larry from the bowling alley has a nametag that says, “Hi, I’m Larry. Ask me about our trash pickup.”

What? Oh yeah, you wanted to know about mine. My name tag says, “Hi, I’m November Bean. Ask me about our gas.” I left it on the counter at the grocery store while I meditated over the celery. When I came back, I noticed someone had scratched out, “class,” as in my meditation classes and wrote gas.

What do you ladies think will be the outcome of Lanie’s research? Let’s start with you, November.

I think she’s going to discover we’re very boring people. There’s really nothing going on here, with the exception of the few people who’ve jumped over the falls and those weird mounds in my backyard. Oh, and she’s going to find the man of her dreams and get married and live happily ever after.

LANIE: Getting married isn’t part of my research, Vem.

NOVEMBER: When I looked at your search history on your computer last night, I saw “Ruggedly handsome men on the Oregon Coast.” Re-search, Lanie.

LANIE: (sighs) I’m not going to argue with you in front of these nice people. This story intrigues me. It’s why I came all the way from Chicago. While the people here are different, something is drawing me in. If I were to guess, I’d say the name change, the Scheddy Cannery, and the mysterious deaths are just the tip of the iceberg.

Thank you, Lanie and Vem for visiting today!

Keep reading to find out more about these 2 characters featured in the Piney Falls Mysteries.

About Welcome to Piney Falls


Welcome to Piney Falls: A Cozy Historical Murder Mystery (Piney Falls Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Fictional town of Piney Falls, Oregon
Purpleflower Press (March 14, 2021)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 270 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1953270999
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1953270993
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 318 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1733663940
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1733663946
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B083FF56FZ

Winner of the Literary Titan Silver Award

Lanie has no idea what awaits her in Piney Falls…

Lanie Anders has a perfectly-ordered life. From her half-foam morning latte to her high-powered executive job – she controls every outcome. But when her house burns to the ground in mysterious circumstances, her life is thrown into confusion.

Searching for some kind of purpose, she stumbles across a century-old mystery and flees to Piney Falls, Oregon, an oceanside hamlet with a curious past. But something isn’t quite right in the picturesque town. Her neighbor speaks in riddles, the death rate is alarmingly high and the impossibly handsome town baker is hiding something.

With each clue she unearths in the present and the past, she becomes more convinced that the townspeople are in imminent danger.

Will Lanie be able to solve both mysteries without putting her own life in jeopardy?

Find out why readers are calling Welcome to Piney Falls “immensely immersive and totally gripping.” Don’t miss the first in this exciting new mystery series!

About Joann Keder

Joann Keder spent most of her years in the Midwest, growing up and raising a family on the Great Plains of Nebraska. She worked for sixteen years as a piano teacher before returning to school to receive a master’s degree in creative writing. A mid-life move to the Pacific Northwest lead her to re-examine her priorities. She now creates stories about life and relationships in small towns while her ever-patient husband encourages her on.

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Special Guest Elle Wren Burke – Author of Tea & Talismans: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Prickly Pear Psychic Mysteries) #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Tea & Talismans: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery
(Prickly Pear Psychic Mysteries)
by Elle Wren Burke

I am so happy to welcome Elle Wren Burke to
Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Elle.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Thanks for having me! I’m a paranormal cozy mystery author who writes witty, fun books with strong females as protagonists. I’m also a huge reader. I love everything about books—the smell, the way they feel in my hands, and all the places they can take me. I live in Arizona and love the Southwest. I based the town Prickly Pear in my first cozy mystery series on the cities of Tucson and Taos. I love cozy activities including puzzles, board games, baking, and bubble baths.

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

  • I have two Masters degreesone in Geography and another in Business.
  • Im disabled. I have a rare condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome which affects all of my joints, causing chronic pain and mobility challenges.
  • I once lost my wallet in two feet of snow. I couldnt find it for the life of me, but when I let my dog out to pee, he peed right on top of it, melting the snow around it. Yes, I kept using the walletI just cleaned it first!

What is the first book you remember reading?

The Berenstain Bears! I remember reading all the picture books as well as chapter books. They really inspired me to read. Though, I would have sworn on my life that they were called the Berenstein bears, but I recently learned they’re the Berenstain bears (stain instead of stein!). I’ve been wrong for over 30 years.

What are you reading now?

I read lots of genres other than mysteries, including fantasy and romance! Currently, Im reading The Last Graduate, a fantasy by Naomi Novak, A Touch of Ruin, a romance by Scarlett St. Clair, and A Collection of Secrets, a cozy mystery by Brook Peterson.

What books have most inspired you?

One book that really inspired me is The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. The premise is so unique and the mystery so well woven that it knocked my socks off. I was so impressed. It really got me thinking about writing. Other inspirations include the paranormal cozy mystery series Teas and Temptations by Cindy Stark and Accidental Alchemist Mysteries by Gigi Pandian.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

I love mysteries myself, so that sparked my interest. I also love sitting down to plot a mystery, thinking about all the details and relationships. I enjoy trying to think from the reader’s perspective—who might they think is a suspect? And I absolutely love the reader feedback on that as well! I’m always surprised at the theories readers come up with as to whodunnit!

Do you have a special place where you like to write?

The couch! I live with chronic pain and find sitting in chairs to be very challenging, so I mostly write on my couch, where I can recline and use fourteen pillows to get comfortable.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Everywhere! Things jump out at me from news articles, online forums, conversations with friends and family, and a whole host of other places! Sometimes they randomly pop into my head and I have no idea why. Other times, I sit down and think about things I’m well versed in that other people might find interesting, such as the desert landscape—I think, how might I use this setting in a unique way to inform my character development or even make for a unique crime?

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Honestly, the marketing! As an independent author, I’m in charge of all my own marketing. It can be very challenging. There are days when all I want to do is write, but I have to focus on marketing. I’ve gotten the hang of certain aspects, but there’s always more to learn. It gets to be quite fun at times, though!

What do you think makes a good story?

This is a big question, so I’ll just go with the most important aspect to me. A good story needs to have heart. I want to feel the soul of the story and the souls of the characters as I’m reading. I want to really connect with the story. A story could have an amazing plot, but if I can’t feel its heart, I’ll have a hard time enjoying it!

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

My main character, Alara. She’s kind and loves to help people. I cherish both of these qualities in my own life, always striving to help people more and radiate positivity and kindness. She’s also a fierce friend to her small friend group, which I aim for myself.

One main difference, Alara doesn’t curse. She has a fun tradition with her mom where they make up phrases to use instead of cursing. I, on the other hand, curse like a sailor.

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

There aren’t too many cozy mysteries set in the American Southwest, where I live, so the setting is pretty different. I try to focus on the unique aspects of the desert to really bring it alive for people who aren’t familiar with the landscape. It’s so beautiful here and I love sharing that beauty with others.

I also think Alara and her detection techniques make her different. Not only does Alara have some unique psychic abilities compared to other psychics, but she uses modern sleuthing approaches, such as social media and other online/technological resources.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

Book 3 in the Prickly Pear Psychic Mysteries series is on the way! The title is Canines & Cacti, so as you can guess, it might focus even more on dogs than the first two books. I’m anticipating a spring release. I’m really excited for this book, as I think the mystery is really fun and different.

Thank you Elle for visiting today. It was fun getting to know you!

Now keep reading to find out about Tea & Talismans.

About Tea & Talismans

Tea & Talismans: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Prickly Pear Psychic Mysteries)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Arizona
Independently published (November 29, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 262 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8768020941
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09L5D235F

Alara Beatty never thought her life would change so fast.

 

She’s only just begun to use her psychic abilities, and she’s already being met with a slew of truths and challenges. In a short span of time, she’s met her biological aunt, solved a murder, and discovered that she was given up for adoption due to a mysterious prophecy.

 

But that’s certainly not all that’s in store for Alara. Suddenly, her biological family members are flocking to her small town of Prickly Pear, Arizona to meet her…and evaluate her psychic strength.

 

As Alara begins to get used to her new situation, her cousin Todd receives a mysterious death threat…one that she knows to take seriously. Together, she and Todd must investigate the threats and try to determine who they’re coming from—before it’s far too late.

 

Not only must Alara learn to use her psychic abilities, she also needs to determine who she can trust. Her newfound family? And what about Rudi Rivera, her charming, handsome police officer friend who has no idea that Alara is psychic?

 

More About Elle Wren Burke

 

Elle Wren Burke is a paranormal cozy mystery author who writes witty, fun books with strong females as protagonists. She lives in Arizona with her husband and fur baby. She enjoys puzzles, baking, and board games.

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