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Is Kindle Unlimited Right For You?

I have received some messages lately asking about Kindle Unlimited. I personally don’t have a Kindle Unlimited Subscription because my To-Be-Read shelf and Kindle have tons of books waiting to be read and authors and publishers send me books for review all the time. If I wasn’t a blogger and just a fiction-loving reader I would definitely have a subscription. I think it is a good program for $9.95 a month and right now you can get 2 months for FREE. 
The information below is provided by Amazon. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Kindle Unlimited?

A: Kindle Unlimited is a service that allows you to read as much as you want, choosing from over 2 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and up to three select magazine subscriptions. Explore new authors, books, and genres from mysteries and romance to sci-fi and more. You can read on any device. It’s available for $9.99 a month and you can cancel anytime. Try it free for 30 days.


Q: How can I access Kindle Unlimited books?

A: You can find Kindle Unlimited books everywhere you shop for Kindle books today. Look for the Kindle Unlimited icon throughout the Kindle Store and click on the “Read for Free” button on Kindle book pages to start reading.

You can find popular titles and recommendations from our editors on the Kindle Unlimited page or browse our entire catalog and refine it by your favorite genre.


Q: Do I need a Kindle device to enjoy Kindle Unlimited?

A: No. You can read Kindle Unlimited books on your Kindle device or your phone, tablet, or computer with our free Kindle Reading apps.


Q: How can I access Kindle Unlimited audiobooks?

A: You can enjoy Kindle Unlimited audiobooks on Kindle Fire HDX tablets, iOS or Android phones, and tablets with free Kindle Reading apps and Audible’s free listening apps.
Look for the Kindle Unlimited ‘With Narration’ icon on Kindle book pages or browse our catalog of titles with free audiobook companions.


Q: How can I access the current issue of one of the magazines?

A: You can find Kindle Unlimited magazine subscriptions within the Kindle Unlimited store. Click on the “Read for Free” button on Kindle magazine pages on the iOS and Android reader apps, Amazon shopping app for Android, Fire tablets, and/or your browser on desktop, Android, or iOS device to download your chosen magazine and start reading. At this time, you cannot borrow directly from the Amazon mobile shopping app for iOS or on your eReader but you can read any downloaded magazines on all devices.


Q: Do I need to pay separately for magazine subscriptions in Kindle Unlimited?

A: No. A select range of magazine subscriptions is included with your Kindle Unlimited membership. You can choose up to three of these magazine subscriptions as part of your membership at no additional cost.


Q: Is a magazine subscription in Kindle Unlimited the same as a magazine subscription that I can buy on the Kindle Newsstand?

A: The content of the magazines is the same, certain magazine subscription features, including automatic delivery of new issues to a selected device and access to past issues published from the time your subscription started after subscription cancellation, are only available with individual magazine subscriptions purchased from the Amazon Kindle Newsstand. You can access the current issue of each of the three magazine subscription titles you are subscribed to in Kindle Unlimited by clicking on the “Read for Free” button on the specific magazine page. You will have access to borrowed issues until you return them or until you cancel your Kindle Unlimited membership, or the title is removed from Kindle Unlimited.


Q: Are Public Domain titles included in Kindle Unlimited? If so, why?

A: Around 500 public domain titles are included in Kindle Unlimited, all of which we’ve synched with their free audiobook companions as a benefit to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.


Q: How can I sign-up for Kindle Unlimited on my iOS device?

A: To sign-up for Kindle Unlimited on your iPhone or iPad, visit www.amazon.com/kindleunlimited in your browser. You can find and download Kindle Unlimited books from your browser the same way you shop for books in the Kindle Store and read them with our free Kindle Reading app .


Q: Is Kindle Unlimited available to customers living outside the US?

A: Kindle Unlimited is currently available only to US customers on Amazon.com. Customers in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, India, China, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and Australia can sign-up for Kindle Unlimited in their local Amazon marketplace. We also plan to expand this service to other countries. Please stay tuned.

For more information about Kindle Unlimited, visit our help page and terms and conditions.

Follow this link to see the Popular Books on Kindle Unlimited right now.

Check it out for yourself. Amazon offers a Try it free for 30 days and 2 months for FREE depending on which link you click.

By signing up, you agree to the Kindle Unlimited Terms and authorize us to charge your default payment method or another payment method on file after any applicable free trial. Your Kindle Unlimited membership continues until canceled. If you do not wish to continue for $9.99/month + any taxes, you may cancel anytime at www.amazon.com/kucentral.

Here are a few Cozy Mysteries available on Kindle Unlimited. There are many more.

Find more here.

I hope this helps to answer your questions.

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent 

 

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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

This was a week spent packing and purging. We will be adding painting to the mix too. We are getting excited about our move and just anxious to get in and get settled. I personally have not seen the inside of the place yet, just pictures and videos so that may be why I am a little stressed out but am just so thankful we found a place.

This week also included my first post-surgery mammogram. I really needed to see a clear scan and that didn’t happen. The radiologist just said we would do another one in 6 months. I met with my oncologist the next day and he stated the mammogram showed some areas to watch but I shouldn’t worry anything there is likely to be benign and the Verzenio I am taking is to stop reoccurrence. Since then the radiologist’s report has gone up on My Chart. Reading it myself helped a lot. While there are some mildly suspicious areas they were unable to get all the magnification images they wanted because I was shaking while standing due to my paralysis and loss of strength due to the cancer treatments so hopefully that will improve six months down the road. So I am going to take my wise friends and family advice and “keep positive thoughts” and let it go until my next scan.

This weekend also starts my worse time of the year. I really hate March and would skip the month if I could. March 13, 2020, I received my breast cancer diagnosis. March 14, 2001, was the accident that left my right side paralyzed. March 15, 2015, we lost our son Kristopher to suicide. Then smooth sailing until Kris’ birthday on March 29. I will be so happy when April Fools Day rolls around.


Weekly Rewind – March 7 – 13, 2021

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #10 – 2021

Tuesday – Fatal Fried Rice: A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien #Review

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Long Island Iced Tina (A Catering Hall Mystery) by Maria DiRico #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – A Game of Cones (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery) by Abby Collette #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @abbyvandiver

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – In the Drink (Mack’s Bar Mysteries) by Allyson K. Abbott #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – Where There’s Smoke, There’s Arson and Hold the Coffee (The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives) by D.E. Haggerty #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Have a Super Week!! 

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Cozies On Sale – Grab Your Copies Today!

I was traveling around Amazon this and found a bunch of cozy mysteries on sale. 

Check them out and buy them before the prices go back up. 



Oh Say Can You Fudge (A Candy-Coated Mystery Book 3) Kindle Edition
by Nancy Coco
$1.99


All You Need Is Fudge (A Candy-Coated Mystery Book 4) Kindle Edition
by Nancy Coco
$1.99


Have Yourself a Fudgy Little Christmas (A Candy-Coated Mystery Book 8) Kindle Edition
by Nancy Coco
$1.99


Murder on the Rocks (Mack’s Bar Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
by Allyson K. Abbott
$1.99


Murder with a Twist (Mack’s Bar Mysteries Book 2) Kindle Edition
by Allyson K. Abbott
$2.99


In the Drink (Mack’s Bar Mysteries Book 3) Kindle Edition
by Allyson K. Abbott
$2.99


A Toast to Murder (Mack’s Bar Mysteries Book 5) Kindle Edition
by Allyson K. Abbott
$1.99

Last Call (Mack’s Bar Mysteries Book 6) Kindle Edition
by Allyson K. Abbott
$1.99

Working Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
by Annelise Ryan
$2.99


Scared Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries Book 2) Kindle Edition
by Annelise Ryan
$2.99


Frozen Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries Book 3) Kindle Edition
by Annelise Ryan
$2.99

Lucky Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries Book 4) Kindle Edition
by Annelise Ryan
$1.99


Board Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries Book 5) Kindle Edition
by Annelise Ryan
$1.99


Stiff Competition (Mattie Winston Mysteries Book 7) Kindle Edition
by Annelise Ryan


Dead in the Water (A Mattie Winston Mystery Book 8) Kindle Edition
by Annelise Ryan
$1.99


Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
by Sarah Graves
$2.99


The Plot Is Murder (Mystery Bookshop Book 1) Kindle Edition
by V.M. Burns
$1.99

Read Herring Hunt (Mystery Bookshop Book 2) Kindle Edition
by V.M. Burns
$2.99


The Novel Art of Murder (Mystery Bookshop Book 3) Kindle Edition
by V.M. Burns
$2.99


Boiled Over (A Maine Clambake Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition
by Barbara Ross
$1.99


Iced Under (A Maine Clambake Mystery Book 5) Kindle Edition
by Barbara Ross
$1.99


Sealed Off (A Maine Clambake Mystery Book 8) Kindle Edition
by Barbara Ross
99 CENTS


Death Over Easy (A Country Store Mystery Book 5) Kindle Edition
by Maddie Day
$1.99


Candy Slain Murder: A Jolly & Delightful Cozy Mystery (A Country Store Mystery Book 8) Kindle Edition
by Maddie Day
$1.99


Proof of Murder (A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery Book 4) Kindle Edition
by Lauren Elliott
$1.99


Murder in Waiting (A Tourist Trap Mystery Book 11) Kindle Edition
by Lynn Cahoon
99 CENTS


Murder’s No Votive Confidence (Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
by Christin Brecher
99 CENTS


Murder, She Knit (A Knit & Nibble Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
by Peggy Ehrhart
$1.99


Died in the Wool (A Knit & Nibble Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition
by Peggy Ehrhart
$1.99


Knit One, Die Two (A Knit & Nibble Mystery Book 3) Kindle Edition
by Peggy Ehrhart
$1.99


A Fatal Yarn (A Knit & Nibble Mystery Book 5) Kindle Edition
by Peggy Ehrhart
99 CENTS


Needled to Death (A Helping Hands Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
by Annelise Ryan
99 CENTS


Here Comes the Body (A Catering Hall Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
by Maria DiRico
99 CENTS

HAPPY SHOPPING!! 
Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

*Updated 2/6/2021 10:30 A.M. CST 

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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – Happiness Is A Warm Puppy – 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!

Happiness Is A Warm Puppy

Daisy Mae has been with us a week and she is learning our routines and fitting in quite nicely. Because it is frigid cold here we have been using puppy pads with just a few trips outdoors on her leash. She has caught on quickly and had almost no accidents. She is quite smart finding a way to escape from her kennel within a minute of us closing the door. Since we are home all the time the kennel isn’t necessary right now but we want to get her used to it. Right now she plays hard and is getting lots of attention. When naptime comes round she curls up right at my feet when I am at the computer or reading in my chair. It is so great hearing those puppy paws running across the floor. Puppy love is a wonderful thing.


Weekly Rewind – January 18 – 23. 2021

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #3 – 2021

Plus – Cover Reveal – A Side of Murder (A Cape Cod Foodie Mystery) by Amy Pershing – Great Escapes Book Tours

Tuesday – Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork (A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery) by Rose Pressey #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @rosepressey

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring The Broken Spine (A Beloved Bookroom Mystery) by Dorothy St. James #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @BerkleyMystery @dorothywrites

Thursday – A Tourist’s Guide to Murder (Mystery Bookshop) by V.M. Burns #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @KensingtonBooks @vmburns

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – The Killer Outdoors (A Southwest Exposure Mystery) by Jodi Linton @JodiLinton1

Saturday – A Cold Brew Killing (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery) by Lena Gregory #Review / #Giveaway


Due to COVID-19, no print books have been sent by publishers.
Books are received through NetGalley.

Have a great week! 

Wear your masks!

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Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 12! – Blogoversary Giveaway – Day 6

Welcome to Day 6 of my Blogoversary Giveaways!

Today I have 5 Hardcovers to give away! 


A Crafter Knits a Clue (A Handcrafted Mystery)
by Holly Quinn
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series

Sammy Kane just moved back to her hometown to run a craft store. But when the owner of a nearby yarn shop is murdered, Sammy will needle little help finding the killer.

When a heartbroken Samantha “Sammy” Kane returns to her hometown of Heartsford, WI, for her best friend Kate’s funeral, she learns that Kate’s much-loved craft store is in danger of perishing with its owner. Confounding all her expectations of the life she would live, Sammy moves back home with her golden retriever and takes over Community Craft. A few doors down Main Street, fellow new arrival Ingrid Wilson has just opened the Yarn Barn, a real “purl” of a shop. But when Sammy strolls over to see if Ingrid could use a little help, she finds Ingrid’s dead body—with a green aluminum knitting needle lodged in her throat.

Detective Liam Nash is thrown for a loop as every single citizen of Heartsford seems to have a theory about Ingrid’s murder. And nearly everyone in town seems to be a suspect. But the last time Sammy did any sleuthing was as a little moppet. And this is not fun and games. Sammy is eager to help the handsome Liam—who seems to be endlessly inventive in finding reasons to talk with her—and when Liam arrests affable woodworker Miles Danbury, Sammy puts everything on the line to help clear Miles.

As the case comes dangerously close to unraveling, Sammy must stitch the clues together. But the killer has other plans—and if Sammy’s not careful, she may wind up in a perilous knot in A Crafter Knits a Clue, the first warm and woolly yarn of Holly Quinn’s new Handcrafted mysteries.


Murder, She Wrote: A Time for Murder
by Jessica Fletcher
Cozy Mystery
50th in Series

In the fiftieth entry in this USA Today bestselling series, two timelines converge as Jessica Fletcher returns to high school to investigate the murder of an old colleague, while we meet Jessica as a young teacher solving her very first murder…

Young Jessica Fletcher’s life couldn’t be more ordinary. She teaches at the local high school while she and her loving husband, Frank, are raising their nephew Grady together. But when the beloved principal dies under mysterious circumstances, Jessica knows something is off and, for the very first time, investigates a death.

Present-day Jessica returns to high school for a colleague’s retirement party and has fun seeing familiar faces. That is, until the colleague winds up dead–and his death has mysterious links to Jessica’s very first murder case.

With nothing but her own instincts to guide her, Jessica embarks on a quest to find out what really happened all those years ago and who’s behind these murders. Because time is running out to catch this killer….


Lavender Blue Murder (A Tea Shop Mystery)
by Laura Childs
Cozy Mystery
21st in Series

Tea-Maven Theodosia Browning brews up trouble in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

Tea maven Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier Drayton Conneley are guests at a bird hunt styled in the precise manner of an English shooting party. Which means elevenses (sloe gin fizzes), gun loaders, the drawing of pegs, fine looking bird dogs, and shooting costumes of tweed, herringbone, and suede.

But as gunshots explode like a riff of Black Cat firecrackers, another shot sounds too close for comfort to Theodosia and Drayton. Intrigued but worried, Theodosia wanders into the neighbor’s lavender field where she discovers their host, Reginald Doyle, bleeding to death.

His wife, Meredith, is beside herself with grief and begs Theodosia and Drayton to stay the night. But Theodosia awakens at 2:00A.M. to find smoke in her room and the house on fire. As the fire department screams in and the investigating sheriff returns, Meredith again pleads with Theodosia for help.

As Theodosia investigates, fingers are pointed, secrets are uncovered, Reginald’s daughter-in-law goes missing presumed drowned, and Meredith is determined to find answers via a séance. All the while Theodosia worries if she’s made a mistake in inviting a prime suspect to her upscale Lavender Lady Tea.

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!


Dead Cold Brew (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
by Cleo Coyle
16th in Series

The perfect proposal leads to a chilling cold case in this novel in the New York Times bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery series.

After everything Clare and her NYPD detective boyfriend have been through, they deserve a little bit of happily ever after. But while Mike’s marriage proposal to Clare is steeped in perfection, the celebration of their engagement is not long lived.

First, a grim-faced attorney interrupts their party with a mysterious letter bequeathing a hidden treasure to Clare’s daughter. Next, the world-famous jeweler who designed Clare’s ring is found poisoned in his shop. Both events appear to be connected to a cold case murder involving a sunken ship, an Italian curse, a charming jewel thief, and a shocking family secret. With deadly trouble brewing, Clare must track down clues in some of New York’s most secret places before an old vendetta produces fresh corpses.

With recipes to die for, including how to make cold-brew coffee at home!


Six Cats a Slayin’ (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
by Miranda James
1Oth in Series

Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, are busy decking the halls for the holidays when an unexpected delivery and a shocking murder conspire to shake up the season in this latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

December twenty-fifth is right around the corner, and Charlie is making his list and checking it twice. He is doing his best to show some peace and goodwill toward his nosy neighbor Gerry Arbitron, a real estate agent who seems to have designs on his house (and maybe on him, as well), while preparing for a very important role, indeed–his first Christmas as a grandfather.

The last thing Charlie expects is to gain several new additions to his family. Charlie finds a box on his doorstep with five kittens inside and a note begging him to keep them safe. With Diesel’s help, Charlie welcomes the tiny felines into the Harris household just as Gerry decides it is time to throw a lavish holiday party.

Determined to make her mark on Athena, Gerry instead winds up dead at her very own party. Though attempts to dig into her past come up empty, Charlie and his girlfriend, Helen Louise, witness two heated exchanges involving Gerry before her death: one with a leading citizen and another with the wife of a good friend. Will one of these ladies wind up on the sheriff’s naughty list? Charlie and Diesel have to wrap up the case before the special season is ruined by a sinister scrooge.

 

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Dollycas’s Best Reads of 2020

Dollycas’s Best Reads of 2020

There were so many great books this year and many were classified as “Perfect Escapes” by me, but this list contains the books that received a “Paradise Rating”, those that I enjoyed so much I thought they deserved more than 5 star-fish.

They are in no particular order. 

Congratulations to all the authors!

The Book of Candlelight (Secret, Book, & Scone Society)
3rd in Series
Setting – North Carolina
Publisher: Kensington (January 28, 2020)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496712439
ISBN-13: 978-1496712431
Kindle ASIN: B07R4K4DMR

You can read my review here.

The Boy from the Woods
Suspense Thriller
Setting – New Jersey
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (March 17, 2020)
Hardcover: 384 pages
ISBN-10: 1538748142
ISBN-13: 978-1538748145
Kindle ASIN: B07TYBQJBM

You can read my review here.

Lavender Blue Murder (A Tea Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
21th in Series
Setting – South Carolina
Publisher: Berkley (March 3, 2020)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 0451489667
ISBN-13: 978-0451489661
Digital ASIN: B07SSQ1X4R

You can read my review here.

A Small Town Can Be #Murder (Whistle Stop Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Skye Bridge Publishing (December 21, 2019)
Paperback: 196 pages
ISBN-10: 0578605481
ISBN-13: 978-0578605487
Digital ASIN: B082YLDW43

You can read my review here.

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Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse (A Marygene Brown Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Georgia Coast
Publisher: Kensington (May 26, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496721470
ISBN-13: 978-1496721471
Digital ASIN: B07W4MRDKR

You can read my review here.

A Deadly Inside Scoop (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Ohio
Publisher: Berkley (May 12, 2020)
Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN-10: 0593099664
ISBN-13: 978-0593099667
Digital ASIN: B07WJF48NC

You can read my review here.

The Key Lime Crime: A Key West Food Critic Mystery
Cozy Mystery
10th in Series
Setting – Florida
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (August 11, 2020)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1643853082
ISBN-13: 978-1643853086
ASIN: B07Z2TR2Z2

You can read my review here.

Cake Popped Off (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in the Series
Setting – California
Publisher: Cinnamon & Sugar Press (September 22, 2020)
Print Length: 295 pages
Digital ASIN: B08DZ7Z96H

You can read my review here.

Cold Wind: A Mystery (Alaska Wild Series)
Suspense/Mystery – Some Explicit Language
2nd in Series
Setting – Alaska
Publisher: Minotaur Books (December 8, 2020)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1250295319
ISBN-13: 978-1250295316
Kindle ASIN: B084M26ST6

You can read my review here.

Wine Tastings Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – New Jersey
Publisher: Kensington (December 1, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
ISBN-10: 1496723392
ISBN-13: 978-1496723390
Kindle ASIN: B085LTRQ3P

You can read my review here.

Fields’ Guide to Pharaohs (The Poppy Fields Adventures)
Mystery/Suspense
5th in Series
Setting – Egypt
Publisher: J & M Press (March 31, 2020)
Paperback: 238 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8632308649
Kindle ASIN: B082Z9FLFX

You can read my review here.

Fields’ Guide to Dirty Money (The Poppy Fields Adventures)
Mystery/Suspense
6th in Series
Setting – Cayman Islands
Publisher: Independently published (September 24, 2020)
Paperback: 218 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8690016531
Kindle ASIN: B0867JSW64

You can read my review here.

What were your favorite books this year? Please share them in the comment section below so we can all see them and add them to our wish lists!

I am so excited about the books being released in 2021.
There is no way I will be able to read them all.

I have started a list of 2021 Recommendations, they are mostly cozy mysteries. I will continue to add to the page all year through and announce future escapes on My Monday Reading Itinerary posts.

2021 Recommendations

I hope you have enjoyed my reviews, recommendations, and giveaways. It has been a pleasure to be your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent again this year.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I have so much to be thankful for this year.

Granted cancer and a pandemic are definitely not something anyone would be thankful for but because of a bunch of awesome essential people I am still here and I am thankful for that.

I am thankful for my husband. He was my primary caregiver through all the chemo side effects and took me to most of my appointments. Because of COVID, he has been working from home and his employer was very accommodating which enabled him to be here when I needed him.

I am thankful for my kids and grandkids, pitching in wherever they could. Helping with personal care, taking me to appointments, cleaning the house, picking me up off the floor (chemo had me fainting for a few days), and just calling or visiting to make me smile.

I am thankful for all my friends and extended family who kept me in their thoughts and prayers and sent messages on Facebook that gave me so much strength.

I am thankful for the fantastic Great Escapes bloggers that kept all the book tours going without missing a beat when I needed days off or was recovering.

I am thankful for the doctors, nurses, and others at the Waupun and Fond du Lac Hospitals who took care of me when I had my chemo port put in, the breast surgery, and when I was hospitalized due to the chemo side effects.

I am beyond thankful for all the angels at the Agnesian Cancer Center. They walked me through a terrifying time. From the minute I heard the words, “You have Breast Cancer” my life has been crazy with fear and worry. Everyone that took care of me was amazing. From the person who met us each day at the door, to the nurses, rad techs, doctors, counselors, nutritionists, and receptionists I was truly blessed. Facing this during a pandemic could have been really hard. I would have loved to have family right by my side but that wasn’t an option. The people at Agnesian made it so much easier.

I am also thankful for YOU! The readers of this blog who have stuck by me during my absence earlier this year and my erratic posting since my return. Hopefully, by the new year, I will be back on track. 

I know this year Thanksgiving is different for all of us due to COVID 19. I am hopeful that we will be able to gather with friends and families again soon. Until then, wear your masks, wash your hands often, socially distance, read some good books, and stay safe. We are all in this together and together we can get through it. 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

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Lori Update

Hi Everyone,

It has been a while since I posted an update.

I started my radiation treatment last Tuesday after a false start the previous week where my body and the lasers just wouldn’t line up. Now, I have four treatments in and just a little redness under my arm. I am moisturizing like crazy 🙂


Our family did have a couple of rough times over the past couple of weeks. We knew we would have a tough decision to make soon about our two Border Collie/Blue Heller mixes. They were just over 17 years old and one had lost her hearing and both had their eyesight failing. Plus they had the arthritis we all get when we get old. On September 27 Oreo, originally our son Kris’s dog, took a turn for the worse. She just couldn’t get up on her own, and one of the many fatty tumors common with this breed burst. The kids rushed her to the emergency clinic and sadly we had to let her go.

Then last Monday after a stressful weekend of Nerabelle started to show signs of failing we knew what was ahead. I know she missed her sister. She slept next to Oreo’s bed instead of in her own. She was also having trouble with her back legs so Daughter #1, Nera was originally her dog,  and Kaden arrived last Monday for another trip to the vet. Nerabelle didn’t even fuss going into the clinic.

For 17 years both these dogs brought so much joy to our lives. They were wonderful support animals while I was going through chemo too. The house is so quiet, no toenails clicking across the floor, no barking at the mailman or pizza delivery guy, and no one to eat my pizza crusts or begging for other treats. No dogs to greet us at the door when we come home from my treatments. Mr. Dollycas wrote on his Facebook Page, My heart is heavy and I will grieve for them both as they were the greatest friends I could have ever had the pleasure of living with. And he is so right. These animals quickly worked their way into our hearts and become true family members. It is hard to say goodbye but they both deserve a peaceful rest. We have now turned their care over to our son/brother/uncle in heaven.

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On the blog front, you may have noticed I am posting a little more often. I am still catching up on reviews of the books I read at the start of my treatment when chemo brain wouldn’t let string a coherent sentence together. I am also trying to review books as soon as I finish them. I am still reading less than I did before because my body can’t take the late nights and early mornings like it used to.  Sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done and the writing of reviews gets pushed off. My radiation treatments are scheduled to end right before Thanksgiving and the oncologist has said fatigue is the biggest side effect and it is cumulative so allowing for some recovery time by the new year I hope I will start to get my life back on track. I am also hoping that in the new year COVID gets handled and we can gather with our family and friends and that publishers will be able to offer giveaways again.

Thank you for being so supportive of me during this time and being patient with me. Your prayers and best wishes are so appreciated and have been giving me so much strength.

I hope you have an awesome week!!

 

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Lori – Post Op Update

It has been two weeks since my lumpectomy. I met with both the surgeon and my oncologist this past week. The surgery turned out to be more extensive than originally planned.  Due to my ample supply of tissue, 🙂 the tumor/s in the breast were easily removed. The dye that was injected prior to surgery to outline the cancerous lymph nodes did not work properly so the surgeon removed all 14 lymph nodes from under my arm. Because of this, a drain needed to be put in and I had to spend the night in the hospital. I still have the drain. It will remain in until I expel less than 30 cc’s of fluid over a 24 hour period. I am getting close. It is a good thing she removed them all because 6 of the 14 had evidence of cancer. She is confident she got all cancer out and left good clear margins. I left her office feeling pretty good.

Then a couple of days later we went to followup with my oncologist. He said he usually waits until patients are midway through radiation before meeting with them to discuss the next steps but he had something important to discuss with me. He learned a lot from my pathology report. He went on to explain that while Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC), is the most common kind of breast cancer, my personal form of this cancer is very “aggressive” and did not respond well to the second type of chemo. The tumors shrank the most during the 1st regimen of chemo, the 1st 8 weeks, but that progress basically ground to a halt when we switched over to the different drug (Taxol) week 9. He said this also puts me at a high risk for recurrence. Because of that, he would like to try to get me into an upcoming clinical trial. He kept stating that I was “young” 😆 and with my other physical limitations, he thought I would be a great candidate. It would mean taking an additional pill when I start the maintenance pills after radiation for the first 2 years. It could be the actual medication or a placebo as it is a blind study. He needed my permission to proceed when he meets with a committee at the end of the month. I told him I was on board, how could I not be? I also kept a brave face throughout our meeting but later that evening I started to freak out a bit.

I have tried to stay positive throughout this process but I sure don’t want to go through this again. I started second-guessing myself, should I have had a total mastectomy of that breast? Why didn’t the scans show more? I know that had a heck of a time getting images of the lymph nodes. COVID 19 was a blessing and a curse. Because of it, my treatment was started quickly because so many other procedures were put on hold, but it also meant I was in most of the doctor meetings alone and maybe I missed something. The doctors I had were highly recommended and I trusted them and still do. I know they have my best interests at heart as do all the others on my team, from the patient advocates, the nurses, and everyone else involved in my care.

Now I wait to start radiation next month and wait to see if I am accepted into the clinical trial. I also put myself in God’s hands and hope I will be able to put cancer behind me once and for all.

~Lori/ Dollycas

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September is Suicide Awareness Month

We lost my son Kris on March 15, 2015, and he is never out of my thoughts. The pain he must have felt to make that choice is just heartbreaking.

 

We saw the signs, he was getting treatment, we thought he was doing better. I should have done more.

 

 

If you know of anyone having suicidal thoughts be there for them, don’t let them down, do things with them, stay in touch, and if you know they are having a bad day don’t leave them alone. Put them first!

 

 

On October 3 Kris’s Krusaders will walk in a nearby Out of Darkness Walk in his memory and raise funds for Suicide Prevention. His daughter Natalie, now 8 years old,  is our captain this year.

 

 

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.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

~Lori/Dollycas