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QUICK POST – FREE BOOK – Fields’ Guide to Abduction (The Poppy Fields Adventures Book 1) by Julie Mulhern

This book was on my Best Reads of 2018 List! It is FREE right now on Amazon! (Kindle)!!!!!

 

Poppy Fields, Hollywood IT girl extraordinaire, agreed to a week at the newest, most luxurious resort in Cabo. After all, what’s better than the beach when a girl is feeling blue? When Poppy is abducted, she’ll need all her smarts, all her charm, and a killer Chihuahua, to save herself in this new series from the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Country Club Murders.

Dead body #1 found in bed, with me. That was a shock.
Dead body #2 found in bed, not with me. That was a relief.
Dead body #3 died telling me I’m a lousy actress. I already knew that.
Dead body #4 died trying to kill me.
Dead body #5 died kidnapping me.
Dead body #6 died guarding me.
Dead body #7 was a really bad man.
Dead body #8 was an even worse man.

That’s a lot of dead bodies for a girl looking for a week’s relaxation in Cabo. And, I’m probably leaving a few out—math isn’t my thing. Unless I can escape the cartel, I might be the next dead body.

(This is not a cozy mystery, it is a suspense mystery!)


Don’t wait!! Order your copy RIGHT NOW!!

I am not sure how long this price will last!

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Breaking News from Tracy Weber – Author of the Downward Dog Mysteries

Back on January 9th, Tracy Weber was my guest for Cozy Wednesday. She shared with us how the closing of her publisher Midnight Ink was affecting her and that the future of her Downward Dog Series was uncertain. Yesterday she shared exciting news in her newsletter and with her permission, I am sharing it with you today.

Ch-Ch-Ch Changes

Some of you already know this, but my publisher, Midnight Ink, is going to stop publishing new mysteries effective this summer.  This has left me in limbo-ville about what would happen with my Downward Dog Mystery Series.  This week, I got at least a partial answer.

Midnight Ink has agreed to give me back the rights for the first four books in the series.  Books five and six will remain with them, at least for now.  I’m optimistic that they will release those rights as well in a year or so.

What Does That Mean?

Basically, I can continue to write and self-publish the series.  I could also try to sell it to a new publisher, but that is unlikely until I own the entire backlist.  I’ve decided to start by self-publishing the first couple of books to gauge interest in the series.  I have also started a novella (book 6.5) and I will likely self-publish it.   This novella will tie together this series and a spinoff series I’m planning to write starring Rainbow, a new character in Murder Likes It Hot. 

This is all essentially good news, but there’s a downside.

What Downside?

Within the next couple of weeks, Midnight Ink will declare books 1 – 4 “out of print,” meaning that until I self-publish them, they will be unavailable.  There are still print copies at retailers, but the e-versions will disappear.  I do plan to republish them with new covers and some editorial changes, but doing so will take time.  

And the Good News?

The e-books are on sale, so you can get them mega cheap, if you buy soon.  I also plan to purchase some paper copies to have in stock personally.  You can purchase an autographed copy of any of my books from me directly at this link.  Don’t wait, though, because when these copies are gone, they’re gone!

E-book readers and Amazon lovers, follow these links to get books 1 – 4 while you can!

Murder Strikes a Pose:  $0.99 Kindle,
$13.89 paperback https://amzn.to/2D8mZCO

 


A Killer Retreat: $1.99 Kindle, $8.24 paperback  https://amzn.to/2D4v7UN

 


Karma’s a Killer: $2.99 Kindle, $14.74 paperback  https://amzn.to/2SjTibw

 

A Fatal Twist: $2.99 Kindle, $13.22 paperback  https://amzn.to/2t2IEr9

And of course, the most recent two books are still available.


Pre-Meditated Murder: $9.59 Kindle, $10.99 paperback  https://amzn.to/2D2atEP


Murder Likes it Hot: $9.59 Kindle, $12.84 paperback  https://amzn.to/2DPBvk6

That’s All for Today!

As always, Ana and I appreciate your support! THANK YOU!

Tracy Weber

I am so happy this series can continue and you can see that if you are new to this series this is the perfect time to jump in and join the fun with Kate and Bella. Don’t wait! Just click on the links or book covers to order your copies today! 

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Escape With Dollycas Is 10 Years Old – Blogoversary #Giveaway – Day #7 @dollycas

Escape With Dollycas Is 10 Years Old – Blogoversary #Giveaway – Day #7 @dollycas


For This Last Blogoversary Giveaway

Let me Clear My Shelf and Stock Yours! 

1 person will win all these paperbacks!

That’s 27 Books!

PLUS

The Home Alone 2019 Wall Calendar
To plot or keep track of all your Book Escapes!

 

The contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US or Canadian mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

If you SHARE the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive
5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

Contest Will End January 12, 2019, at 11:59 PM CST
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

Click Here For Entry Form

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Dollycas’s Best Reads of 2018

Dollycas’s Best Reads of 2018

There were so many great books this year and many were classified as “Perfect Escapes” by me, but this list contains the books those 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!

 


Poppy Harmon Investigates (A Desert Flowers Mystery)
by Lee Hollis
My Review


Read and Gone: A Haunted Library Mystery
by Allison Brook
My Review


The Face on the Other Side (Thomas O’Shea Mysteries)
by John Carenen
My Review


Deadly Payload (Rim Country Mysteries)
by Karen Randau
My Review


Seances Are for Suckers (An Eleanor Wilde Mystery)
by Tamara Berry
My Review


The Skeleton Makes a Friend (A Family Skeleton Mystery)
by Leigh Perry
My Review


‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas: A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery
by Jacqueline Frost
My Review


Fields’ Guide to Abduction (The Poppy Fields Adventures Book 1)
by Julie Mulhern
My Review

Fields’ Guide to Assassins (The Poppy Fields Adventures Book 2)
by Julie Mulhern
My Review


Hitting the Books (A Library Lover’s Mystery)
by Jenn McKinlay
My Review


The Lacemaker’s Secret (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)
by Kathleen Ernst
My Review


Portrait of a Sister
by Laura Bradford
My Review


Lethal in Old Lace: A Consignment Shop Mystery
by Duffy Brown


A Brush with Shadows (A Lady Darby Mystery)
by Anna Lee Huber
My Review


Flowers and Foul Play: A Magic Garden Mystery
by Amanda Flower
My Review


Color Me Murder (Pen & Ink)
by Krista Davis
My Review


Class Reunions Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery Book 1)
by Libby Klein
My Review


Midnight Snacks are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery Book 2)
by Libby Klein
My Review


Murder in the Locked Library (A Book Retreat Mystery)
by Ellery Adams
My Review

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!

Looking ahead to 2019, there are so making fantastic books being released. I have started by Book Recommendations List here. For 2019, I am trying to break them down by the week of release. I only have through February listed right now but will add more as time permits and Amazon links are available. 

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 this year. I will start my 10th year of blogging about books on Monday. Be sure to come back for an amazing week of giveaways! 

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Merry Christmas!

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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – Surgery Just In Time For Christmas – Weekly Rewind – Mail Call

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now 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.

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!

 

Surgery Just In Time For Christmas

It was a pretty normal week, reading, blogging, Christmas shopping, the last book tours of 2018 wrapped up.

But on Thursday I was up at the buttcrack of dawn to go with Mr. Dollycas to the hospital. After months of pain and agony, it was finally time for his back surgery. It was scheduled earlier in the month but was postponed at the last minute to Thursday. We were a little discouraged that it was probably going to change our Christmas plans but so happy that the end of the back and leg pain was near.

The surgery lasted a little over 7 hours. Work was done from T10 to S1. The doctor said as expected it was a big job and he scraped through a lot of arthritis to place rods and 7 pins on each side to fuse and stabilize the spine. After being under anesthesia for so long he spent extra time in recovery to wake up and address his very low blood pressure. He arrived in his room about 6:30 that evening, 14 hours after our day began. Still very groggy, but he could see me and that was what I needed because 1 of the rare complications from this type of surgery is the loss of vision. 

Day 2 brought much progress, physical therapy, getting him up and moving around, eating, and still addressing his low blood pressure. I am writing this before we go to see him on Day 3, (Saturday) and hope his progress continues so that we can get him home in time for Christmas. 

Traveling to his family’s Christmas on the 25th probably won’t happen but we will see, he can be very determined. Our immediate family Christmas at our house will not happen until after the new year so that gives him a little more recovery time. 

The dogs miss him terribly, probably as much as I do. I just can’t wait to have him home and hopefully the constant pain is gone. Prayers are always appreciated. 

Merry Christmas! 

Lori 


Weekly Rewind – December 17 – 22, 2018

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #51 2018

Tuesday – #Review – ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas (Christmas Tree Farm Mysteries) by Jacqueline Frost @crookedlanebks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Featuring Steamed Open (A Maine Clambake Mystery) by Barbara Ross #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – The Whispered Word (Secret, Book & Scone Society) by Ellery Adams

Friday – #Review / #Giveaway – Fear No Truth (Faith McClellan) by LynDee Walker @LynDeeWalker

Saturday – More 2019 Reading Challenges

I hope you have a magical week! 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Another quiet Thanksgiving for us. There will definitely be turkey, sides, and pumpkin pie. Daughter #1 will be working and then she and her family will be with the other set of grandparents. Daughter #2 is working for part of the day. She and Son #2 will be here for dinner. The major thing is that I am spending today totally away from the computer. Reading, relaxing and a little parade watching may be all I do today and that is just fine with me.

I hope you are having a relaxing day too whether spending it with friends and family or just having a quiet day like me. Just be sure to leave room for pie, lots and lots of pie! 

Happy Thanksgiving
From The Caswell’s

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Gratitude Giveaway Hop 2018

Gratitude Giveaway Hop

Another year almost over. I love this giveaway because it gives me a chance to say THANK YOU and show my Gratitude in a small way! 

The year was full of great reads and fun times. I also had a pretty good bout of the flu and you were all so supportive. Thank you for following my blog, reading my reviews, entering the giveaways and generally supporting me in this internet world. I still haven’t won the lottery so unfortunately, I can’t give all you a prize, but please know it is because of you I get up each day and get on this computer to share my thoughts, mostly about books, with you. You are the reason I stay up late, sometimes into the early morning hours reading so I can tell you about so many good books, it will be well over 200 books this year. Last year my quest was to find something to make me smile each day. This year I realized I have to look no farther than this blog. Your comments, your prayers, your support, makes me smile each and every day, sometimes all day long. 

Thank you so much!! 

Lori/Dollycas

Please leave a comment below telling me one thing you are most thankful for this year
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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #42 2018

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

Leaving Arizona for California then on to Mississippi, New York, and Louisiana,
where I will check off another destination for my Literary Escapes Challenge.

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


In the Dead of Winter (An Ivy Towers Mystery)
Release Date – August 7, 2017
Setting – Kansas
My Review.


A Crafter Knits a Clue: A Handcrafted Mystery
Release Date – October 9, 2018
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Murder at Archly Manor (High Society Lady Detective)
Release Date – October 15, 2018
Setting – England
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Wednesday!


First Flurries
Release Date – September 18, 2018
Setting – Connecticut
My Review will be up Thursday! 


Deadly Payload (Rim Country Mysteries)
Release Date – July 17, 2018
Setting – Arizona
My Review will post on Friday!

Scheduled Escapes


Designed For Haunting (An Aurora Anderson Mystery)
Release Date – October 9, 2018
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Sunday!


Six Cats a Slayin’ (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
Release Date – October 23, 2018
Setting – Mississippi
For Review


Death of a Russian Doll: A Vintage Toy Shop Mystery
Release Date – October 9, 2018
Setting – New York
For Review


Mardi Gras Murder: A Cajun Country Mystery
Release Date – October 9, 2018
Setting – Louisiana
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

These books are being released this week!


Click Here to check out my Current Giveaways!

Please Share Your Reading Itinerary in the Comments below!
Happy Reading!!
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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – Playoffs, Party, Politics, and Puddles – Weekly Rewind – Mail Call

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now 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.

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!

My week started out great when the Milwaukee Brewers clinched the National League Central Division and are in the playoffs! Mr. Dollycas was so happy.

Then that evening we celebrated my BFF’S birthday with a surprise party here in Wisconsin. We had so much fun but the evening passed too quickly and they headed back to Kentucky early the next morning. I hope they can break away and head our way again soon. 

The week then kind of went downhill as I was caught up in all the political debauchery. I was ready to move on when Kaden arrived Friday evening so we could take him to his game yesterday. The rain passed over and the game was played but the field they played on was unreachable for me and my wheelchair. The ground was too wet and the gravel/dirt road was filled with huge puddles. Mr. Dollycas and Daughter #2 made the trek and witnessed Kaden have a great game, 3 Sacks! The game ended tied 13 – 13. While disappointed at missing the game, I did have my Kindle with me and finished one book and started another 🙂 Next week is the last game for the year and I know I can get to that field. I can hardly wait!

 

Weekly Rewind – October 1 – 6, 2018

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #40 2018

Tuesday – Premeditated Peppermint (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) by Amanda Flower #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Featuring Assault and Beadery (A Cora Crafts Mystery) by Mollie Cox Bryan – #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery) by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran – Great Escapes Book Tour @BerkleyMystery

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – The Walking Bread (A Bread Shop Mystery) by Winnie Archer @KensingtonBooks

Friday – #Review / #Giveaway – Trimmed to Death (Bad Hair Day Mysteries) by Nancy J Cohen – Great Escapes Book Tour @nancyjcohen

Plus – #FlashbackFriday – Zero Control by Lori Wilde #Review / #Giveaway

And – Check it out! I am visiting Chicks On The Case today!!

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – A Very Merry Murder (A Professor Prather Mystery) by Mary Angela – Great Escapes Book Tour @CamelPressBooks

Spread some smiles around this week and
make life more beautiful!

Dollycas
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