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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

SUNDAY POST The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

A Week in the Life of Dollycas

The week kicked off with the 4th of July in our hometown. Rain was in the forecast but that wouldn’t deter this group one bit. We were near the beginning of the parade route and the downpour started near the end of the parade for us. The parade participants continued on and those watching pulled out their umbrellas and got under canopies to enjoy every float, band, and car.

After the parade, we headed back to my mother-in-laws for food, fun, and talk. There was plenty of all. The rain continued most of the day but we had canopies up that kept everyone mostly dry. Of course, the children were playing in the rain. Son #2 and our nephew manned the grills and everyone brought at least 1 dish to pass. We were in no danger of not getting enough to eat. Near the end of the day, we were able to get this picture. Natalie and her mom were there earlier too. I wish we had taken this picture before they had to leave.

Now fast-forward to Friday. My daughters and I had been waiting for this day for months. About mid-afternoon, we headed to Milwaukee for Summerfest and the Backstreet Boys concert. There are several stages, all kinds of food and drink, and vendors selling all kinds of stuff. We did plenty of people watching too until we headed into the amphitheater. None of us had been there before so we were excited by how good our seats were, guess I did a good job of picking them out. Sadly, when I ordered the tickets I was told there was no handicapped seating available so the girls had to spot me on the steps to and from our seats. We had taken the girls to see the Backstreet Boys back in 1999 when they came to Madison and seeing them again has been on my bucket list so few stairs were not going to keep me from seeing this show. And it was an amazing show!!

We had such a good time and the girls said I can feel free to buy tickets for more concerts any time I want. LOL


Weekly Rewind – July 4 – 9, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #27 – 2022

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

Plus – Book Blast – An Eyre of Mystery by G. Leeson

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Donut Disturb: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander #Review / #Giveaway – @StMartinsPress @BakeshopMystery

Thursday – A Case of Cat and Mouse (Magical Cats) by Sofie Kelly #Review @BerkleyPub

Friday – Death Crashes the Party (A Liv and Di in Dixie Mystery) by Vickie Fee #Review / #Giveaway @vickiefeeauthor @KensingtonBooks

Saturday – A Bride’s Guide to Marriage and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery) by Dianne Freeman #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

I hope you have an awesome week!! 

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Lies, Spies, and the Baker’s Surprise by Terry Ambrose #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @terryawriterguy


Lies, Spies, and the Baker’s Surprise
by Terry Ambrose

About Lies, Spies, and the Baker’s Surprise


Lies, Spies, and the Baker’s Surprise
(A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – California
Satori (May 23, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 315 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09X12RR5Y

Rick Atwood is happy to welcome Henry and Tara Nicholas to his Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast. Henry owns a bakery and Tara, a bookstore. They seem like a nice couple—until Rick’s daughter Alex overhears Henry talking on his cellphone to his real wife. The situation blows up the following morning when Tara discovers Henry has been lying to her—thanks in part to Alex’s interference. Tara disrupts the entire breakfast service. She then demands Rick evict Henry.

After finding Henry a room at the town’s motel, Rick hopes the drama is over. But when Henry is found dead the following morning, Rick feels partially responsible. He and Chief of Police Adam Cunningham launch an official murder investigation. They quickly find multiple witnesses who saw Tara in Henry’s room at the time of the murder.

Alex, convinced Tara is innocent, launches her own undercover investigation. Her discovery puts her in a deadly showdown with a sociopath on a bluff near the Seaside Cove Lighthouse. What happens on the bluff could make or break the official murder investigation.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

New guests have checked into the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast and drama ensues when Alex knows one of the guests has a major secret. A secret that is quickly revealed and leads to one of the guests checking out and relocating to a local motel. Shortly after the move, the guest is found dead. Again, Chief Adam Cunningham asks Rick to assist him with the investigation. With his wedding to Marquetta right around the corner he knows he should refuse but he does feel a little bit responsible for the guest’s death. Maybe they would still be alive if they had stayed at his B&B. He knows his daughter Alex cannot resist trying to help catch the killer so maybe with his help, the case will be wrapped up quickly he and Marquetta can keep her occupied with tasks for the wedding. But Alex is headstrong and this time Rick may be too late to save her.


I have been looking forward to this story since the series began. Rick and Marquetta tying the knot and Alex getting the mom she has long wanted. But before that, they have a killer to catch because if they don’t their big day is not going to happen.

Terry Ambrose has created such lovable characters in Rick, Marquetta, and Alex. It is so easy to become invested in their lives. We really know what Alex is thinking because the narration switches between her and her dad. She is one smart 11-year-old. She catches things adults miss, plus she’s a kid and people open up to her or talk freely when she is in the room never thinking how tuned in she is to what is going on around her. Together these characters bring a strong genuine family unit. It is a delight to get a bird’s eye view of their lives.

The mystery starts off with a questionable diving accident that gets complicated by a murder. Are the tragedies connected? The author twists things up so well. Adam and Rick are tracking suspects and clues, but Alex isn’t sitting this one out. She has her investigation going. I thought all of the suspects were guilty at one time or another throughout the story. Still unsure I found myself scooted right up to my seat at the big suspenseful reveal. The author plotted this one out fantastically.

Lies, Spies, and the Baker’s Surprise was a wonderful read. The mystery was entertaining and fun to try to solve. The way it blended with all the characters had going on in their daily lives was a real treat. A clean read, this book is perfect for adults old and young to enjoy. Alex is a charming young lady with a dangerous knack for solving mysteries and the ability to draw readers in without any trouble at all.

A Perfect Escape! 

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About Terry Ambrose

Once upon a time, in a life he’d rather forget, Terry Ambrose, tracked down deadbeats for a living. He also hired big guys with tow trucks to steal cars—but only when negotiations failed. Those years of chasing deadbeats taught him many valuable life lessons such as—always keep your car in the garage.

Terry has written eighteen books, several of which have been award finalists. In 2014, his thriller, “Con Game,” won the San Diego Book Awards for Best Action-Thriller. His series include the Trouble in Paradise McKenna Mysteries, the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mysteries, and the License to Lie thriller series.

You can learn more about Terry and his writing at terryambrose.com.

Author links:
Website    Facebook      Twitter     Instagram     BookBub     Goodreads    Amazon

Purchase – Amazon 


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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

SUNDAY POST The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!


Happy Mother’s Day!

A Week in the Life of Dollycas

Nationally it was one heck of a week starting with the death of Naomi Judd, followed by the death of Kailia Posey, and the deaths of 3 young woman athletes the week before.  They all follow the many deaths each year due to mental health issues and ending with suicide. We need to get a handle on mental health in this country. Losing my own son in 2015 brought this plight into my own home and each day more lives are lost. After my son died someone said, “suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem” and that is so true. Over the years I have learned suicide also doesn’t care how famous you are, how much money you have, where you live, or how much your family loves you. It can work its way into anyone’s life.

Please – If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741. And keep this information handy because you may not need it now but there may come a time you do.

The nation was also stunned by the document leaked from the Supreme Court and that draft weighs heavy on my heart and mind. But I am not going to get on my soapbox today but I may in the future when I can wrap my head around it fully enough to put coherent sentences together.

Now for the good news! After days and days of rain, sunshine and warmer weather have arrived here in Wisconsin and that makes me so happy. The forecast shows we are going to be in the 70s and 80s this week. I can’t wait to throw the windows open and let the fresh air in. I have asked Mr. Dollycas to get chairs out on the porch so I can sit out there to read if I wish. Daisy is excited too because that means trips to the dog park are in her future.

Other than that I read some good books and am still bingeing on Chicago Fire and working on my blog and book tours.

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – May 2 – 7, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #18 – 2022

Tuesday – No Farm No Fowl (Thelma & Louisa Mysteries) by Julie Anne Lindsey #Review @JulieALindsey

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery) by Sarah Graves #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – The Marlow Murder Club: A Novel by Robert Thorogood #Review / #Giveaway @robthor @PPPress

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Deserts, Driving, and Derelicts (A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery Series) by Tonya Kappes #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – Saturday Giveaway – Spells & Caramels Magical Mysteries: The Complete Series- Kindle Edition by Erin Johnson

I hope you get to Escape into a Good Book this week! 

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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

SUNDAY POST The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

A Week in the Life of Dollycas

Well, Mr. Dollycas survived his first week back at work in the office and so did Daisy and I. She was pretty quiet the first couple of days and stayed close to the window so she could watch the driveway.

Daughter #1 came up to take me to a follow-up with my oncologist on Friday and when we got home Daisy was so excited to see me. More lovable than she had been to me all week. Now she has been left alone before when Mr. Dollycas had taken me to appointments before but on Friday as soon as I sat down at my desk she planted herself right on top of my feet and stayed there making sure I didn’t leave again. Of course, when Mr. Dollycas got home she was his shadow the rest of the night.

The appointment with the oncologist went well, it was just a check-in to be sure I was still tolerating the drugs okay and was handling the side effects from them. Still have some stomach issues but that may be from a medication I take for being pre-diabetic. Will have to touch base with my primary if that doesn’t change. I go back in June for a more physical exam, bloodwork, and my Zometa infusion to slow bone loss caused by the cancer and the treatments.

Saturday was a fun-filled day. We started the day by attending granddaughter Natalie’s dance recital. She was only in the hip hop number this year and she rocked it! It was also nice to see some old friends and family too! Thank you Erin for the great pictures!

After the recital, we went out to lunch to celebrate Natalie’s 10th Birthday with her mom’s side of the family. We always have fun when we get together especially to celebrate our now favorite 10-year-old. It does seem like yesterday we were waiting down the hall from the delivery room for her to be born. We are so blessed to have her in our lives and I know her daddy is watching over her and proud of the wonderful young lady she is growing into.

 

We did enjoy the cutest cake too!

On our way home, we had an extra passenger.

Kaden is back but will be going home later today.

Also the weather yesterday was amazing!! We hit the high 70’s!! We won’t hit anywhere near that again for at least a week or more according to the forecast. I was thrilled to be able to get out and enjoy it!

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – April 18 – 23, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #16 – 2022

Tuesday – Family Money by Chad Zunker #Review @chadzunker

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Death on the Set (A Brenna Flynn Mystery) by Rose Kerr #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @rkerrwriter

Thursday – The Vanishing Type: A Charming Bookish Cozy Mystery (A Secret, Book and Scone Society Novel) by Ellery Adams #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @ElleryAdams

Friday – #FlashbackFriday featuring The Sleep Tight Motel (Dark Corners Collection) by Lisa Unger #Review / #PrimeFree

Saturday – A Tale of Two Kitties (Magical Cats) by Sofie Kelly #ReviewRewind / #Giveaway

No New Arrivals This Week 😕 

Happy Reading!

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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

SUNDAY POST The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

Happy Easter!

A Week in the Life of Dollycas

I had a really good week!

Not me, but this is similar to the system I use.

On Monday, I was released from the Wound Care Clinic as the wounds on my legs are healed. The skin is still new, red, and thin, so I need to continue to wear a pad over them with my compression stockings. I have also received a pump with leggings to help keep the fluid down in my legs. Right now, I use it for an hour before bedtime and it is very relaxing. If the swelling gets worse I can add another treatment during the day.

With my release from the clinic, I was released from the home care that was happening twice a week to change my leg bandages too. Our last visit was Friday and after all these months it was hard to say goodbye. I really looked forward to her visits. No matter how bad I was feeling or depressed because of the slow healing process she always made me feel better and I usually was smiling or laughing by the time she left. I was truly blessed by the care she gave me and the care I received at the clinic. Now my goal is to grow some good tough skin and be ready to hit the pool at the aquatic center with the kids and grandkids this summer! It has been too long.

Mr. Dollycas spent the week preparing to go back to the office tomorrow. He will be packing up his laptop, monitors, and phone today so he can get his desk at the office set up again. He was allowed a couple of extra weeks at home to get me to my final doctor appointments. It should be very interesting this week with just Daisy and me here at home.

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The weather last week was crazy. Some parts of Wisconsin had snow. We mostly had rain, wind, and sleet with one nice Spring type day. It looks like this week is still going to be chilly. I am ready for the warm temperatures to come and stay. Hopefully, Mother Nature is too!

Today we are on the road traveling to make some Easter Bunny deliveries to some very special people.

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – April 11 – 16, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #15 – 2022

Plus – Maple Leaf Mystery Conference May 24 – 28, 2022

Tuesday – Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto #Review

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Pleading the Fish: A Beachfront Cozy Mystery (Seaside Café Mysteries) by Bree Baker #Review . #Giveaway @PPPress @BreeBakerBooks

Thursday – The Yarn That Binds (Clear Creek Mysteries) by Rebecca McKinnon #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Ruby Red Herring: An Avery Ayers Antique Mystery by Tracy Gardner #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – Mining for Murder (A Happy Camper Mystery) by Mary Angela #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @maryangelabooks

Have a great week!! 

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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

SUNDAY POST The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

A Week in the Life of Dollycas

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Back on November 3, 1999, Mr. Dollycas and I took our daughters to see the Backstreet Boys in concert. They had a blast and I became a huge fan. It has been on my bucket list to see them again and after over 20 years it is set to happen. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, my daughters and I will be in the audience singing and dancing our hearts out when the Backstreet Boys come to Summerfest in Milwaukee in July. Plans have been made and tickets were purchased this week and all 3 of us are beyond excited.

Other than that it was a pretty typical week around here. Blogging, book tours, reading, television, playing with the dog, and pretty yucky weather.

How was your week?

 


Weekly Rewind – April 4 – 9, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #14 – 2022

Tuesday – The Burning Pages: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton #Review @MinotaurBooks @AuthorPaige

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Three Shots to the Wind (A Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon Mystery) by Sherry Harris #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @SHarrisAuthor

Thursday – Cover Reveal – Murder Is No Picnic (A Cape Cod Foodie Mystery) by Amy Pershing

Plus- Gambling with Murder: A Southern California Mystery by Lida Sideris #Spotlight / #Giveaway @lidasideris – Great Escapes Book Tour

And – The Art of the Decoy (A Scandal Mountain Antiques Mystery) by Trish Esden #Guest Post / #Giveaway – @patesden Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – Fake Death (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery) by Victoria Tait #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Saturday – The Corpse’s Secret Life (A PIP Inc. Mystery) by Nancy Lynn Jarvis #GuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

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

Have a great week!

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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

SUNDAY POST The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

A Week in the Life of Dollycas

We has a little celebration for my Cancer Free diagnosis last Saturday night. Natalie was already here to visit for the weekend, Daughter #1 brought the boys up and Charlotte and her mom dropped by later in the evening. Her daddy stayed home still recovering from pneumonia. We played Apples to Apples and Left-Right-Center with Natalie and Remi the big winners.  Mr. Dollycas served up a wonderful lasagna dinner followed by cake for dessert. The strawberry pink cake was quickly named “booby cake” which lead to Natalie serenading me with “Happy Booby Day to You”. It was a late night and we had so much fun.

Monday we were back at wound care after missing two weeks due to the doctor being on vacation. The home nurse still came to change my bandages. Daughter #2 was off that day so she was my chauffeur. Everything is healing well, it is just taking much longer than I expected. We were both feeling a little blue especially after we explained to people at wound care why this is a bad week for us so we decided a little Dairy Queen therapy was in order. Medium Vanilla Cone for me and a Mint Shake for her.

Tuesday was the 7th Anniversary of Kris’ death and I decided I was just going to work through the day on the blog tours after my home nurse visit. I did pretty well but quit a little early because a headache was starting to brew. Funny, prior to my accident in 2001 I used to get some major migraines. After the accident, there were no migraines and I could count on one hand the number of headaches I had in almost 20 years. Since my cancer treatments, the headaches are back, not the severe migraines but enough that I know to medicate and relax so that is what I did. I still woke up the next day not feeling well. It was a very short day at the computer followed by a good long nap. I did feel much better by suppertime. I know this headache was brought on by grief and the stressors of the week but my son is worth any pain delivered on me. I miss him so very much. My days are filled with memories and longing not just this past week but every day of every week. Losing a child is the hardest thing a person can do. I do not wish this pain on anyone.

If you are in crisis,
please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
or contact the Crisis Text Line
by texting TALK to 741-741.

This weekend is off to a great start. Daughter #1 is working so Kaden and Remi are in the house for the next 2 days. They are on Spring Break but have some dentist appointments on Monday. I wouldn’t be surprised if they return after that but they may decide to go have some fun with their other grandparents too. I just hope Mother Nature gives them some nice weather. She has been pretty fickle the past few days.

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – March 14 – 19, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #11 – 2022

Tuesday – The Match by Harlan Coben #Review

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

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Front Page Murder (A Homefront News Mystery) by Joyce St. Anthony #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @JoyceTremel

Thursday – Casino Queen (Night Hawk Casino Series) by Cara Bertoia #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @CaraBertoia

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Flour in the Attic (A Bread Shop Mystery) by Winnie Archer #Review / #Giveaway

Plus – Book Blast – Ghost Agents: Revelations (The Ghost Agents Trilogy) by Nita DeBorde

Saturday – Potluck and Poison (Spy Kitty in the City) by Bailey Booth #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café by Richard Dee #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


I hope you have a super week!

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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

SUNDAY POST The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

A Week in the Life of Dollycas

Tuesday I received a message from Son #2 that he was at the hospital with a fever of 102, massive back pain, and feeling like someone was stepping on his chest. Of course, I wanted to go right there but the hospital is still under COVID protocols so I waited by my phone. He was soon admitted with a diagnosis of pneumonia and hooked up to oxygen, given IV fluids and antibiotics. Hard to keep this young man down, he was released late the next day and rested at his apartment on Thursday and returned to work on Friday. I am always amazed by the way he pushes through illnesses that would knock me on my butt for a week or more.

On Wednesday we did go to the hospital. Me for a mammogram and Mr. Dollycas to visit Son #2. My mammogram went well and then I visited with my Breast Cancer Advocate. She was so happy that I seemed more like myself now that I have been taken off the Verzenio. It was great to catch up with her and wonderful that didn’t include me breaking down in tears. The radiologist said as expected to have another scan in 6 months as expected.

Later that day I received a message that I had a new health report to read on the hospital’s patient system. I signed in expecting to see the same message as the previous scans and what totally taken by surprise to see “No suspicious findings” and the word I have been waiting to see “BENIGN“. The next day I received a letter which states –

Dear Ms. Caswell,

We are pleased to inform you that your recent study MAMMO BILAT DIAGNOSTIC performed on 3/9/22 shows no evidence of cancer.

I was over the moon happy. Something good in the month of March! I can now say I am a breast cancer survivor! Almost exactly two years to the day that was informed I had breast cancer. I still am at a high rate for reoccurrence so will continue to have mammograms as ordered and continue to take the Anastrozole. Knowing the next few days are going to be hard for my family I decided my news was something to celebrate with a family dinner and game night. (Since I am typing this on Saturday before the celebration I will share more next week about our celebration.) Please keep my family in your thoughts as Tuesday marks 7 years since we lost Son #1 to suicide.

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – March 7 – March 12, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #10 – 2022

Tuesday – Deadly Director’s Cut (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery) by Vicki Delany #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery @vickidelany

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Hippie Wagon Homicide (Twister Sisters Mysteries) by Mildred Abbott #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

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Ghost Agents (The Ghost Agents Trilogy) by Nita DeBorde #Guest Post / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour – @DebordeNita

Ghost Agents
by Nita DeBorde


Author Nita Deborde is putting together a short story collection.
The collection will be called Ghost Agents: Lone Star
She is hoping to have it spin off of the Ghost Agents series when the trilogy is complete.

Here is an except from the collection.

San Jacinto (excerpt)

According to the Bureau records Craig had reviewed, the energy projections tethered to the San Jacinto battleground site consisted of two soldiers from the Texian army and close to a dozen Mexican soldiers. He wasn’t sure exactly where on the grounds to look for the projections, if he would even be able to find them at all, but he had the rest of the night to search if he had to.

While the floodlights shining on the 565-foot-tall monument provided a degree of illumination, he still proceeded slowly and carefully across the darkened grounds, not wanting to use a flashlight in the open field and potentially draw attention to his location.

His concerns about not being able to find any projections were quickly squelched when he heard an enthusiastic cry of “Remember the Alamo! And Remember Goliad!” from some distance away to his right. He turned and began making his way in that direction, using the noise of the commotion as his guide.

It didn’t take long before he spotted several translucent forms gathered near a grove of trees on the edge of the battleground site. A half dozen of the projections were standing in a cluster while two others ran around them, shouting the famous battle cry of the Texas War for Independence.

Craig stood to the side, studying the bizarre scene, uncertain how best to engage the projections. He cleared his throat, drawing the attention of a couple of the Mexican soldiers. He held up his Bureau agent’s badge. The incandescent glow shown through the darkness, and the projections nodded.

“They will be finished in a few minutes,” one of the soldiers called out to him in a thick Spanish accent. The insignia on his uniform indicated he had been a lieutenant in the Mexican army. He motioned with his head toward the two Texian projections, still running in circles around them. “They just need to get it out of their system each night.”

Craig nodded and waited. The real-life battle had only lasted eighteen minutes. He hoped the projections’ “re-enactment” wouldn’t take any longer than that.

As if on cue, the two Texian soldiers began cheering and congratulating each other. The Mexican solider who had originally spoken nodded in Craig’s direction, as if to say, “See, I told you.” Craig stifled a chuckle and made his way toward the crowd of projections.

As he approached, the lieutenant shrugged his shoulders. “They really aren’t half bad once they realize the battle is over.”

Craig nodded. Having been born and raised in the Houston area, he was no stranger to the intense Texan pride that had always characterized the state’s inhabitants, even from its very inception.

 “What brings a Bureau agent out to the battleground this evening?” one of the Texian soldiers asked as he and his compatriot joined the group.

Craig appreciated the chance to get straight to business. “Agent Connelly has expressed some concerns about your last assessment interview. He said none of you could remember how you’ve been spending your nights lately, beyond this nightly re-enactment that is.”

The projections exchanged hesitant looks.

“And this gives the Bureau cause for concern?” the Mexican lieutenant finally asked.

“A little, yes,” Craig admitted. He was careful to keep his own emotions even so as not to betray just how much concern the situation caused him.

“Are we in trouble?” one of the Texian soldiers asked, casting a wary eye at his fellow projections.

Craig smiled at them all. “Of course not. Part of my job is to make sure everything is okay with you and assist you in whatever way I can. This matter simply struck me as something I might want to check on”

The projections seemed to relax a little.

“That’s good to know,” the other Texian said with a smile to his fellow soldier. “We have to admit we were a little worried about it, too. We just didn’t know if we should…”

The soldier froze as if someone had pushed an unseen pause button. Craig waited for him to finish his sentence, but he just continued to stare straight ahead with a blank expression on his face.

Craig looked at the other projections. They all had the same distant look in their eyes, as if they were listening to a song Craig couldn’t hear.

Craig approached the projection nearest to him and waved a hand in front of his face without receiving a response. He pulled out his cell phone to call in some Bureau reinforcements but stopped when the entire group of projections began moving in unison toward the tree line.

Craig watched in open-mouthed confusion for a few seconds, then snapped himself back to the task at hand. He pushed record on his phone’s video camera, though he had little hope of getting a clear video in the dim lighting.

The group of projections didn’t make a sound as they continued slowly toward the trees.

Craig followed them, intent on capturing the strange behavior as thoroughly as his technology would allow. Since he wasn’t watching where he was going, he stepped into a small indention in the ground and stumbled slightly. A small twig snapped as he took a step to balance himself.

Almost instantly, the group of projections froze once again. Their attention remained focused straight in front of them, fixed on something in the trees. Craig held his breath, waiting to see what they would do next.

Several agonizing seconds passed, then just as quickly as their attention had been captured, the spell seemed to break. The group of projections began looking around, confused and disoriented.

One of the Texian soldiers spotted Craig and a flash of recognition lit his face. “I have to say,” he began with a chuckle, “we’re mighty relieved we aren’t in any trouble because of our memory lapses.”

Craig forced a smile, despite the sickening knot in the pit of his stomach. “Of course. I’m just glad to see y’all seem to be doing fine.”

The projections began to talk amongst themselves as they floated across the ground, heading off to spend the rest of the night engaged in their usual activities, without any recollection of what had just happened.

Craig’s hand shook as he returned his phone to his pocket. How was he ever going to explain this to his superiors at the Bureau? He only hoped the video footage could be cleaned up enough for them to see it for themselves.

 He took a deep breath and one hesitant step toward where he had left his car parked on the side of the road but froze as an eerie sensation came over him.

Someone was watching him from the darkness of the grove of trees.

Now keep reading to learn about Ghost Agents, the first book in the trilogy.

About Ghost Agents

Ghost Agents
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Independently published (July 26, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 309 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8544028789
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B098PM3LDT

An organization that has operated in secret for centuries… a mystery that threatens to burn it all to the ground… and she’s the only agent who can stop it…

 

To the residents and tourists of Galveston Island, Claire Abelard is the friendly young woman who works at the local candy store by day and leads ghost tours of the island’s haunted locations by night. They don’t realize this persona is a cover for Claire’s real job as an agent of the Bureau for Historical Preservation, a clandestine organization that monitors and assists energy projections, or the entities more commonly known as “ghosts.”

 

When projections begin disappearing from around the island, Claire worries that history may be repeating itself. She launches a dangerous investigation and uncovers a sinister, arcane organization whose agenda threatens not only Galveston’s ghosts, but everything she has worked her whole life to protect.

 

The truth behind the disappearances rocks Claire’s world to its core and shows her that ghosts aren’t the only things that can come back to haunt you.

 

Ghost Agents is a genre-defying, cozy paranormal mystery, with a little sci-fi, romance, and Texas history thrown into the mix!

 

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, the 2nd book in the Ghost Agents Trilogy, is slated for release in March 2022.

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

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Twitter – @DebordeNita

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Purchase Link – Amazon 

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Frozen in Motion (Callie Cassidy Mysteries) by Lori Roberts Herbst #Spotlight – Great Escapes Book Tour


Frozen in Motion (Callie Cassidy Mysteries)
by Lori Roberts Herbst

About Frozen in Motion


Frozen in Motion (Callie Cassidy Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Colorado
Independently Published (January 25, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09NMYSPS4

A murder at the local hockey rink leaves photographer Callie Cassidy nursing a few injuries of her own, but that won’t stop her from trying to catch the killer—before someone else gets iced…

When hockey coach Renata Sanchez asks for Callie’s help exposing her ex-husband’s nefarious activities, Callie hesitates. After all, Renata’s brother, Detective Raul Sanchez, has been known to bristle at Callie’s interference. But with her own second-chance romance on rocky turf and her best friend’s engagement to a man Callie doesn’t entirely trust, she could use the distraction of an investigation.

Before she can even begin her research, a confrontation involving the ex, Renata, and Raul erupts right outside Sundance Studio. Then later in the day, the ex-husband literally drops dead and falls from the hockey arena catwalk—landing with a thud on top of Callie. Renata immediately takes the top spot on the suspect list, with Raul’s name not far behind. With time running out to save her friends, Callie enlists the help of her inquisitive cat and her loyal golden retriever to develop a picture of the true culprit.

About Lori Roberts Herbst

Lori Roberts Herbst is the author of the Callie Cassidy Mystery series. Her debut novel, Suitable for Framing, won first place in the Murder and Mayhem category at the 2020 Chanticleer International Book Awards. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and serves as secretary of the North Dallas chapter. She is also a member of the national Guppy chapter and Mystery Writers of America. A former educator, Lori spent much of her life writing, editing, and psychoanalyzing. Through thirty years of teaching journalism, advising newspaper and yearbook staffs, instructing budding photographers, and counseling teenagers, she still managed to hang on to a modicum of sanity. Then she retired and assumed her third career: author.

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by Lori Roberts Herbst

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. . . the enjoyable read as it keeps you guessing while you get more attached to Callie herself. Sure to delight cozy fans.
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Callie has her hands full following leads and being careful with a little thin ice. This is a fun series. I have enjoyed following Callie along on her adventures.
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