Nov 302019
 

Fire, Fog and Water (Sgt. Windflower Mysteries)
by Mike Martin


It is my pleasure to shine the spotlight on Mike Martin’s
Fire, Fog and Water today!

About Fire, Fog and Water


Fire, Fog and Water (Sgt. Windflower Mysteries)
Mystery
8th in Series
Ottawa Press and Publishing (October 8, 2019)
Print Length: 280 pages
Digital ASIN: B07YWHZ675

Sergeant Winston Windflower and his trusty crew at the Grand Bank detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have more than a few mysteries on their hands. Windflower suspects that the three cases—a homicide, a near-homicide and a fire on Coronation Street—are somehow connected, but how is proving difficult to determine, especially now that he must battle his unusually cranky mood, the never-ending winter that has gripped the coastal region of Newfoundland and his new, power-hungry boss.

In Fire, Fog and Water, award-winning author Mike Martin is true to form, retaining the light crime genre for which he is known while delving into the most perplexing social issues of our time, including mental health, addictions and workplace harassment. Windflower must not only solve the drug-and-death crimes that threaten the otherwise tranquil lives of Grand Bank’s residents, he must resolve his own internal conflicts before they consume him as surely as the blaze that engulfed the house on Coronation Street

About Mike Martin

Mike Martin was born in Newfoundland, Canada. He is the author of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series. Fire, Fog and Water is the 8th book in the series. A Long Ways from Home, was shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award as the best light mystery of the year and Darkest Before the Dawn won for the 2018 Bony Blithe Award. Mike is currently Chair of the Board of Crime Writers of Canada, a national organization promoting Canadian crime and mystery writers.

 

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Nov 292019
 

My Drunk Kitchen Holidays
My Drunk Kitchen Holidays!: How to Savor and Celebrate the Year: A Cookbook
Publisher: Plume (October 22, 2019)
Hardcover: 224 pages
ISBN-10: 0525541438
ISBN-13: 978-0525541431
Kindle ASIN: B07N5N2VTC

New York Times bestselling author and Food Network star Hannah Hart is back with her biggest book ever: a humorous holiday cookbook celebrating year-round festivities with food, drink, and friends.

In a world where everyone is looking for some good news and something to celebrate, Hannah Hart is there with almost fifty ideas, arranged into twelve months of themes and recipes for how to celebrate with family and friends.

A collection of recipes, activities, and suggestions about hilarious and joyous ways to celebrate with family, friends, pets, and your entire community, My Drunk Kitchen Holidays! will commemorate holidays from Valentine’s Day to Graduation, Pride Month and International Left-Handers’ Day (really!). The book will culminate with the fall holidays that get much deserved attention: recipes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and a celebration of Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Christmas that is festive, inclusive, and incredibly hilarious.

Dollycas’ and LizzieCas’ Thoughts

Since my accident, my daughter Lizzie has become the cookbook collector of the family and she loves to bake and cook so I thought it would be fun if we reviewed this book together. 

Hannah Hart puts an awesome take on our year-long festivities with fun stories and recipes. As well she gives a great look into other days just as “Mental Health Day” and “Love Our Children Day”.

Some may think this book is more of a storybook instead of a cookbook we feel it’s a happy medium of both.  We really enjoyed the author’s messages to introduce the book, each month, and each holiday. They are fun and informative and gave the book a more personal feeling. The pictures are colorful, some are pretty amusing showing readers Hannah Hart’s great sense of humor.

This will be a book we pull out all year through and we can’t wait to try the recipes for this holiday season. The green bean casserole graced our table for Thanksgiving (a new twist on an old staple). With cookie baking right around the corner, we will take Hannah’s advice to have a cocktail. She also includes some excellent advice about kids and explaining Santa and the magic of Christmas.

This book would make a great Christmas present to share with loved ones. We already have started out lists!

 

DRUNK HOLIDAY

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Drunk Kitchen

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About the Author

Hannah Hart is an entertainer, food enthusiast, and two-time New York Times bestselling author (Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded and My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking and Going with Your Gut). Since creating the YouTube series My Drunk Kitchen, Hart has co-produced and starred in multiple films and hosted her own show on the Food Network, I Hart Food. In 2018, Hart launched Hannahlyze This, the self-help podcast that just can’t help itself. She currently produces and hosts Tasty’s Edible History on Facebook. Hart’s consistent authenticity in her content has established her as one of the most influential voices in the LGBTQ community and gained her recognition as one of Hollywood Reporter’s New Digital Disruptors and one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30. Born and raised in Northern California, Hannah currently resides in Los Angeles with her fiancée and two cats.

Also by Hannah Hart

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Nov 292019
 

Let’s get the holidays off to a fantastic start!

with a BLACK FRIDAY Kensington Holiday Giveaway!!

I am over the moon excited to bring you this giveaway
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One Person Will Win!

PRUNING THE DEAD by Julia Henry

THE HIDDEN CORPSE by Debra Sennefelder

MURDER IN THE FIRST EDITION by Lauren Elliott

JANE DARROWFIELD, PROFESSIONAL BUSYBODY by Barbara Ross

MURDER IN TRANQUILITY PARK by J.D. Griffo

APPLE CIDER SLAYING by Julie Anne Lindsey

DEATH BEE COMES HER by Nancy Coco (Jan 2020 release)

HERE COMES THE  BODY by Maria DiRico (March 2020 release)

POPPY HARMON AND THE HUNG JURY by Lee Hollis (Jan 2020 release)

AND DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Darcie Wilde (Jan 2020 release)

COCONUT LAYER CAKE MURDER by Joanne Fluke (March 2020 release)

THE BODY IN THE GRAVEL by Judi Lynn

HAVE  YOURSELF A BEARY LITTLE MURDER by Meg Macy

A CATERED NEW YEAR’S EVE by Isis Crawford

YULE LOG MURDER by Leslie Meier, Barbara Ross, Lee Hollis

MURDER AT CROSSWAYS by Alyssa Maxwell

CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke

GRAVE EXPECTATIONS by Heather Redmond

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Nov 282019
 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Mr. Dollycas is preparing our feast but like last year Daughter #1 is working, and Daughter #2 is working part of the day too. Son #2 has a well deserved day off and I have promised and have been looking forward to being away from the computer for the day. Dinner will be served later this afternoon and the rest of the day will be spent relaxing with maybe just a little bit of Christmas shopping. 

I hope you are enjoying a relaxing day with your family too! 

Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours!

Lori/Dollycas

 

 

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Nov 272019
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am excited to feature Potions are for Pushovers today!


Potions Are for Pushovers (An Eleanor Wilde Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – England
Publisher: Kensington (November 26, 2019)
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1496719638
ISBN-13: 978-1496719638
Kindle ASIN: B07PCHV2KP

It may have been a ghost that led Eleanor Wilde to set up shop in a quaint English village. But now that she’s established herself as the town witch, Ellie’s contentedly casting spells on anyone desperate enough—or gullible enough—to request her mysterious potions…

Selling mystical elixirs and tantalizing tonics is a pretty good way for a fake medium to earn a living. Or at least it’s Ellie’s main source of income—until a villager turns up dead. The cause? Murder by poisoning. And though Ellie’s concoctions don’t include anything worthy of a skull and crossbones, suddenly she’s the prime suspect. Her only recourse is to find the culprit who did do away with Sarah Blackthorne. No one liked the mean old battle-axe. But did anyone hate her enough to kill her?

It’s enough of a mystery to make Ellie hang up her witch’s hat and take millionaire beau Nicholas Hartford up on his offer to keep her afloat. Except Ellie is not the kind of woman to lean on a man—least of all a man she adores but whose place in her life is uncertain. Besides, Ellie’s taken on two young witches-in-training—apprentices if you will—and both of them are convinced a werewolf is the murderer.

Just as Ellie’s wondering if there really is something otherworldly going on, animals suddenly begin to disappear—including her beloved cat, Beast. Now Ellie’s on the warpath to uncover the wicked truth about the people and the place she’s only just begun to call home…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Werewolves aren’t my thing at all, in fact I have turned down books for review as soon as I saw them mentioned in the synopsis or stopped reading books where they have appeared unannounced but after reading the first book in this series Seances Are For Suckers and loving it I trusted author Tamara Berry to keep things cozy and intriguing without ruffling my feathers. I can report that while I did learn some werewolf lore I was right.

Eleanor Wilde has set up her business in a mistress cottage on the Hartford family estate and become quite close with Nicholas Hartford III after using her “powers” to clear “ghosts” out of the Hartford castle. He knows she is a fake and is fine with that. She has clients who believe in her and buy her potions and elixirs, but when Sarah Blackthorne is poisoned she loses what clientele she did have and also becomes the number one suspect.

New in town she didn’t know that basically everyone hated the woman that was killed which eases her mind as far as the authorities but overwhelms her as her suspect list includes almost everyone she knows. She also finds herself with two young apprentices who due to another death and some missing animals including Ellie’s cat, Beast, believe a werewolf is responsible for the deaths. Ellie even starts to buy into their theory.

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I really like Ellie and the way she finds her way in this community of characters as the story continues. She has her issues like a leaky roof and the responsibility for her apprentices all while she tries to investigate a murder. I really appreciated that Ellie’s sister Winnie is still a very important part of her life. I also enjoyed the way her relationship with Nichols is progressing. We have learned quite a bit about our protagonist but Nicholas is still mostly a mystery himself.

The plot of this mystery is complex and filled with twists and turns and a very hairy individual. The death of a neighbor’s animal was a little gory but was critical to the progression of the story. I enjoyed that the young girls played key roles in solving part of the mystery and that she got a little help from an unusual source.  I was caught off guard when the actual killer was revealed. A person completely off my radar. I should have realized after reading the first book to expect the unexpected. Ms. Berry has proven to be excellent at keeping this reader captivated by the story and totally surprising me at the end.

Potions Are for Pushovers is a great addition to what I hope is a long-running series. It is very well-written and the cast of characters continues to grow and evolve. The drama is balanced by humor in all the right places and the romance is still a minor point at this point. I am really excited to see what the author has in store next. Please, no vampires 🙂

This story can be read on its own but recommend reading both books in order for maximum enjoyment.

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About the Author
Tamara Berry is a part-time author and part-time freelance writer/editor. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Eastern Washington University. In addition to books, she has mad love for all things TV, movies, and pop culture. Visit her at www.tamaraberry.comFacebook – Twitter

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Nov 262019
 

The Wipeout Affair (Red Frog Beach Mystery)
by Rachel Neuburger Reynolds

Character Guest Post 

June 2

TO:                  Lexie Milano

FROM:            Lloyd Wilson, Ananke Laboratory

Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro

RE:                   I’ve heard about your relocation

PRIORITY:        High

VIA EMAIL

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I was surprised and shockingly pleased to hear that you are relocating from New York to this Panamanian archipelago. Bold, as I thought, maybe you would be one day. After almost dying and solving an almost perfect crime, I can’t tell if your decision is madness or genius. Only time will tell.

I appreciate calculated spontaneity.

Which brings me to why I am getting in touch with you, not just laying out a welcome wagon. As you can see from the above paragraph, I have what one might call a filter missing when talking or corresponding with people.

Since the death of our mutual contact in April, I find the main source of investment in Lloyd Wilson Enterprises shriveled up like a past-its-prime carved pumpkin. I’m currently seeking venture capital for my newest endeavor, Ananke. I’m obviously not looking for investment from you, as I can with probability guess your financial state of affairs.

See? Filter missing. I can now identify it, but I can’t stop my train of thought. It has left the station.

The ladies love me. Lord knows why.

Though initial interest in the company was high, it seems that I am offending the people with the money. I’ve been called condescending, offensive, and often a downright [expletive] [expletive].

With your limited funds and from what I understand of nature of the part-time work you’ve lined up on the island, I’d surmise you’d needing some cash. Working at a surf camp on Bluff Beach won’t exactly keep you in mink bikinis.

I’d like to offer you part-time work at Ananke, working with me on correspondence with the potential investors. First, in written material to take what I’ve written and make it sound. Less. Like. Me. We’ll cross the in-person meeting bridge when we come to it.

One thing I recall is that you had was a way with words. I observed that people found you charming. Too humble for your own good, but likable.

My company is a medical research facility. Bocas del Toro being an almost unknown island chain, there is the potential for amazing exploration of plants and species that don’t exist in the rest of the world. We’ve also come across new and strange poisons in our quest to advance the world of medicine. Up your alley, I’d say.

This offer expires at the end of the month. You’ll find the salary more than generous. There will be a non-disclosure agreement to sign before you start, of course.

Benefits include one of the only places on the island with air conditioning. You don’t know how attractive that will be as summer carries on.

I look forward to working with you.

And as I always say to you, Lexie, you can run, but you can’t hide.

Warm personal regards,

Lloyd Wilson, Ph.D., MD, MBA

About The Wipeout Affair 


The Wipeout Affair (Red Frog Beach Mystery)
Cozy Mystery/ Chick-Lit
2nd in Series
Setting – Bocas del Toro
Jeepers Way Press (October 17, 2019)
Number of Pages: ~300
ASIN: B07TBGQFN4

There’s trouble in paradise, in the hilarious second book of the Red Frog Beach Mystery Series.

Ready to go back to the beach?

Lexie Milano left her heart in Bocas del Toro, and the new and improved New Yorker makes the big choice to move to the laid-back Caribbean island permanently. Piña coladas, white sand beaches, and a little cabin of her own on the edge of the rainforest complete her picture of the perfect tropical future awaiting her. But if it looks too good to be true, it usually is. . . .

When the body of a beautiful wealthy local is found at an isolated surf camp, the owner calls on Lexie to help him figure out who did it in this delicious whodunit. Reluctant sleuth Lexie first turns to the police, but her sudden access to a treasure-trove of island secrets convinces her it’s time to solve another murder on her own.

Favorite characters from Drowning Lessons return to grace the pages of this comedic mystery, including Migs, the handsome photographer; Lloyd, the genius with the cryptic past; and Lexie’s new best friend, Detective LaGuardia. Between old friends, new associates, and the added potential of shark attacks, The Wipeout Affair will leave you laughing and guessing until the very end.

This is the second in the series but can be read as a stand alone novel.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Alexandra ‘Lexie’ Martone’s first visit to Bocas del Toro was as maid of honor for her friend Olivia and let’s just say that wedding didn’t go as planned. She returned to New York but it isn’t long and she is back on the island and this time she is planning to stay. She rents a little cabin and gets not one but two jobs and makes herself at home.

But just like the last time, a murder mucks up her plans. She is shocked to learn her friend Jazz, was found dead at a local surf camp where Lexie works one of her jobs. The owner is pegged as the prime suspect and he begs Lexie to help him find the real killer. She agrees and she tries to keep the local police abreast of everything she learns but they aren’t very receptive until they find they need her to solve the case.

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I was so excited to get ahold of this book and I was not disappointed. Rachel Neuburger Reynolds takes her readers right to Bocas del Toro. We proceed on a journey with Lexie that at one time or another takes us from one side of the island to the other and almost everywhere in between. Lexie does have a vehicle but there are very few roads and the ones that are marked are rough. There is a bus that Lexie takes occasionally but that ride sounds like a bucking bronco so for the most part, Lexie walks and the author describes everything so well we are able to walk right along with her.

Lexie has become very independent but she is still trying to conquer her fear of water. Jazz was working with her before her death to get past her fear. She was trying to get Lexie in and under the water telling her about all the undersea beauty, she would see if she would just “slide” into the Carribean. While I can swim I still can identify with Lexie. Several years ago I was on vacation in Mexico and we decided to go snorkeling. My husband and our friends all had a great time. I just couldn’t get the hang of it. It was so bad, the guide told me to get back in the boat because I was ruining it for everybody else. 🙂 I would love to try again someday maybe with a patient guide like Jazz.

Lexie’s fear of water doesn’t hold her back from her sleuthing. In fact, she puts herself in some crazy and sometimes dangerous predicaments. Like most amateur sleuths sometimes she leaps before she thinks things through. She has a few suspects on her list and follows the clues wherever they lead. In book one, I said Lexie had the patience of a saint and that helps this time because everyone seems to have a secret or two and things aren’t as they first appear and she doesn’t give up. What makes it hard is that some of the suspects are people she cares about and she realizes she doesn’t know who she can truly trust.

What I really enjoy is the humor the author weaves generously throughout the entire story. As with book one Drowning Lessons, the story is a dramedy, full of drama and comedy. Well-written, well-plotted, and well-developed characters. The Wipeout Affair is A Perfect Escape. Let Rachel Neuburger Reynolds’ story take you to the beach while the snow flies outside.

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Praise for Drowning Lessons, Book One in the Red Frog Beach Mystery Series:

This series is one that I will be watching.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

This story is much more than a cozy mystery. It is a dramedy where literally everything that can go wrong does. Twists, turns, craziness, and good old mayhem fill these pages all on an idyllic chain of islands . . . This was a fun book to read and a great start for this series.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

Drowning Lessons is filled with humor from beginning to end, not to mention several twists along the way. It’s the perfect beach read.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews

Great debut for this new series: a compelling plot, a spectacular setting, and bizarre characters, nothing is missing.
~LibriAmoriMiei

Praise for The Wipeout Affair, Book Two in the Red Frog Beach Mysteries Series: 

I have to comment that a cozy set in the Carribean is awesome. The islands in this setting are almost a character in themselves with such wonderful detail about the daily life of the locals strewn throughout the story.
~I Read What You Write

The author has a flair for mixing humor with mystery to create a story that kept me intrigued until the very last page. Not to mention that she did a wonderful job of transporting me to this beautiful island.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…

About Rachel Neuburger Reynolds

Rachel Neuburger Reynolds is the author of the Red Frog Beach Mystery Series. Book 1, Drowning Lessons, was released on May 21, 2019, and the second in the series, The Wipeout Affair, was released on October 17, 2019. She’s also working on a separate series, The Evelyn Bay Murder Mystery series, and has written book one The Death Of A Classic. If all goes as planned you’ll be reading this in 2020. This is the first of book of seven in the series. Two of her plays have been produced in recent years. The Silencer, a cautionary tale about the perils of online dating, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival, followed by a run in New York. Nepenthe, a one-woman show about the 1960’s Hollywood-fication of the Holocaust had its premiere in London, and she is currently in talks about a film adaptation in 2021. Previous to her life of putting pen to paper, she produced theatre in New York City for fifteen years. Though she bounces back and forth between London in New York my headquarters is in Crowhurst on the South Coast of the UK. Please check out more at RachelNeuburger.com

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Nov 252019
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

Some of my travel stops this week are a mystery until I delve into the stories!

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

Escapes Completed


The Wipeout Affair (Red Frog Beach Mystery Series)
by Rachel Neuburger Reynolds
Release Date – October 17, 2019
Setting – Bocas del Toro
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Potions Are for Pushovers (An Eleanor Wilde Mystery)
by Tamara Berry
Release Date – November 26, 2019
Setting – England
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Fields’ Guide to Fog (The Poppy Fields Adventures)
by Julie Mulhern
Release Date – September 30, 2019
Setting – England
My Review will be up later this week! 

Scheduled Escapes


Keeping Secrets (Glen Falls Mystery)
by Zanna Mackenzie
Release Date January 30, 2017
Setting – ???
Amazon Purchase for Author Edition of Alphabet Soup Challenge.


Brewed Awakening (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
by Cleo Coyle
Release Date – December 3, 2019
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Book Tour stop here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


A Fatal Fondness (Mary MacDougall Mysteries)
by Richard Audry
Release Date – November 6, 2019
Setting – ???
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

November 25 – December 1, 2019


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Nov 242019
 


2020 Craving For Cozies Reading Challenge

JUST FOR FUN!

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Cozy mysteries, also referred to simply as “cozies”, are a sub-genre of crime fiction mysteries in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community. The crime-solver is an amateur sleuth, usually but not always a woman, who is thrust into the aftermath of the murder. The protagonist frequently has an occupation or hobby that brings appealing information to the reader.

The challenge runs from January 1, 2020, and ends December 31, 2020.

Rules

1. Choose the level of which you would like to participate:

Levels

  • Peckish – 1 – 25 Cozy Mysteries
  • Famished – 26 – 51 Cozy Mysteries
  • Yearning – 51 – 75 Cozy Mysteries
  • Starving  – 76 – 100 Cozy Mysteries
  • Ravenous – 101 – 125 Cozy Mysteries
  • Voracious – 126 – 150 Cozy Mysteries 
  • Overindulged – 151 – 200 Cozy Mysteries
  • Pigged Out – 201 or more Cozy Mysteries

You can always go up a level but you can’t go down. 

2. You can Feed Your Need To Read with print, digital or audiobooks.

3. You do not have to post a review but the authors would appreciate it if you did. If you need help just let me know. 

 

4.  You do not need to have a blog to participate. If you do have a blog, take the button above, put it on your blog and post about the challenge. 

5.  Join the Craving for Cozies Facebook Group here and share your progress with everyone. 

6. Follow Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book for cozy giveaways and reviews.  

7. You can keep track any way you wish. You can even set up a special shelf on Goodreads.com to help you keep track!  It is super easy, Just click the MY BOOKS tab at the top of the page. When that page opens just click – ADD A SHELF in the left-hand sidebar. Title it Craving for Cozies Challenge and you are all set. 

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Nov 242019
 

2020 LITERARY ESCAPES CHALLENGE

I will actually complete the challenge this year. It has been a couple of years since I did that.

My Map

Challenge – Try to read 1 book set in each of the 50 states + the District of Columbia. (51 Points). If you complete the challenge you earn 50 Bonus Points. You also can earn Bonus Points for books set in Counties around the world. 1 Bonus Point for each country. (No repeats – only 1 point can be earned for each country.)

Your books can be fiction or non-fiction and can be in any format, print, digital, audio. 

So how do you decide what state a book is categorized under?

1.  In a fiction read it would be the State or Country that the book spends the most time in.  (Ie. If your main character is from Wisconsin but the book is all about his/her time in college in California – the books should categorize under California….)

2.  Non fiction reads categorize  in whatever State or Country it is about (Ie…. a book about fly fishing in Colorado is a Colorado point, and a book about women in Afghanistan is an Afghanistan point.

3.  If the book goes from one state to another… go with the state that most of the time is spent.

The way you keep track is up to you. I like making the map to visualize where I have been and where I need to go but I also keep a list on Reading Challenges Page. Here are directions on how to create a map. – http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Google-Map. You do not have to just use Google Maps, you can use a map program you choose.

or just use this list

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

On my list, I link to the review posted on my blog, but this is not a requirement. In fact, you do not need to be a blogger to participate. You can keep your list anywhere. 

Bloggers please grab the graphic above and post about this challenge on your blog.

To sign up just fill out this form.

I have found people like to share and communicate about the challenge and their progress, so I have set up a Facebook Group for that purpose.

Literary Escapes Facebook Group

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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.

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!

Warmer temps returned for a couple of days last week which I loved but there is snow in the forecast this week right before the holiday. Thankfully we won’t be traveling far. I hope you have a delightful Thanksgiving.

Challenge Time

It’s that time of year! Time to wrap of the 2019 Reading Challenges and sign up for the 2020 Reading Challenges. I will be hosting 4 again this year. The Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge, The Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge- Author Edition, The Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge, and The Literary Escapes Reading Challenge.  Sign-ups for the Alphabet Challenges were posted yesterday and I hope to get the remaining two posted later today. To find challenges hosted by others I recommend the Sleep Less, Read More Facebook Group and the A Novel Challenge Website.

As for my 2019 Challenges, I have done pretty well. I will post a wrap at the end of the year. You can see my progress here.

~Lori


Weekly Rewind – November 18 – 23, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #47 2019

Plus – Cozy Food: 128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes by Nancy Lynn Jarvis #Spotlight / #Giveaway

Tuesday – Turkey Basted to Death (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series) by Jodi Rath #Review / #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway @jodirath

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Featuring – A Murderous Tangle (Seaside Knitters Society) by Sally Goldenbaum #Review / #Giveaway @sallygoldenbaum @KensingtonBooks

Thursday – BOOK BLAST – The Fever Cabinet (Professor Molly Mysteries) by Frankie Bow

Plus – Ghosts of Painting Past (An Aurora Anderson Mystery) by Sybil Johnson #Review / #Giveaway @HeneryPress – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Nuts and Buried (Nut House Mystery Series) by Elizabeth Lee #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – Hazards in Hampshire (A British Book Tour Mystery) by Emma Dakin #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – 2020 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

And – 2020 Alphabet Soup – Author Edition Reading Challenge

Have a wonderful week!

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