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Happy Thanksgiving

I have so many things to be thankful for this year but it really comes down to people.

The wonderful new people that entered my life this year, the people I met last year that stuck around to see me through ongoing issues, the people I have met online like you, the people I met unexpectedly, the friends I have had forever, and those I recently reconnected with, and my family, the champions, that have stuck with me through thick and thin.

It was another year of medical drama, some of which got very serious, but I was surrounded by people virtually and physically who picked me up and saw me through the pain and the fear. There was a young man who I will probably never see again whose presence let me know there are angels everywhere.

It was a year filled with fun as I had the joy of watching my grandkids excel at sports and school. It included seeing a “bucket list” concert with my daughters. It included family getting together for holidays and birthdays. It included family and friends just coming to visit, and grandchildren staying overnight, for the weekend, or for a week or more.

It is the people in my life that give my life meaning. Hearing how serious the infection was in my arm and that I could have lost my arm or the fact that if it had not been found when we did it could have killed me really made me take stock of everything about my life. I am still dealing with some side effects/conditions that affect the choices I make in my life or that can abruptly change my plans but I hope that changes soon. Most days I feel as good as I did before cancer struck and on those days I was to be present in the people’s lives who have seen me through the good times and bad. The people that I am thankful for today.

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
— Marcel Proust

Happy Thanksgiving! May you be surrouded by people that make you happy today and every day!

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Cozy Wednesday featuring On Spine of Death (By the Book Mysteries) by Tamara Berry #Review / #Giveaway @PPPress @Tamara_Morgan

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

Today I am delighted to share my thoughts about
On Spine of Death by Tamara Berry!


On Spine of Death (By the Book Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Washinton State
Poisoned Pen Press (November 29, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 408 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1728248639
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1728248639
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09RTH1T7Q

Bestselling author Tess Harrow and her teenage daughter Gertrude have decided to make Winthrop their home. Their cabin is fixed up and now they’re turning to the family hardware store that Tess inherited from her late grandfather into the town’s first independent bookstore.

But when renovations unearth bones from a cold case and send them toppling—literally—onto Tess’s head, the work comes to a grinding halt. With the whole town convinced that her grandfather was a serial killer, Tess has to call in a fellow horror author for reinforcements. Together, they’ll come up with a perfect story to make all the clues fit…and solve a mystery more than thirty years in the making.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this second By the Book Mystery Tess and Gertrude Harrow have made themselves at home in their cabin so Tess is ready to start renovations to turn her grandfather’s hardware store into the bookstore of her dreams. That is until the demolition sends some bones literally falling down on her head. The bones are linked to a 30-year-old cold case. Tess is beside herself with worry when most of the town is sure her grandfather was a serial killer.  Tess needs help proving them wrong so she asks an author friend to come for a visit hoping together they can gather the intel and sort through the clues to explain what really happened and clear her grandfather’s name in the process.


Just like in the first book, Buried in a Good Book, Tess spends most of her time thinking about murder and turning her present-day situation into her next book. The story starts out with her testing a theory she wants to use in a book. Still, when bones start falling means, motive, and opportunity become her focus, not only for the actual bones that surround her but tasking her with the way to fictionalize it for her bestselling series successfully. Tess is an interesting protagonist because of this. Readers are treated to her writing process and where she gets her ideas, even though they are hitting very close to home.

Her teenage daughter Gertrude is very mature and understands what is happening around her. She is even willing to help her mom in any way she can. This character has grown a lot since the start of the previous book.

I really enjoyed that part of the mystery dug into Sheriff Boyd’s past and that the cold case affected him in a personal way. He really touched me in the last book and I am so appreciative that we got to know him better. With the subject matter, he understandably was a little more somber throughout the story but that made him even more real. Sheriff Boyd is joined by several other characters we met in the first book too. They all have continued to develop nicely. Tess does get an assistant to help with her renovations with a surprising background. He quickly becomes entangled in everything happening as does Tess’s author friend Peter. All the characters are well-defined and believable.

The mystery was pretty twisted up. Tess had her job cut out for her and she had to find people who remembered what happened all those years ago. I was surprised by a key piece of evidence that was driving her quest. It really drew me in and kept the pages flipping at a rapid pace. Even with that, I was taken aback when everything was revealed.

The thing I really love about Ms. Berry’s writing style is the way she uses humor. She gives us readers plenty to laugh about, sometimes out loud. The way the characters interact and some of the situations they find themselves in are just so darn funny. It starts from page one. Tess is doing something at first that is suspenseful until the author draws back the scene curtain. At first, I was just shaking my head but that led to a downright giggle. And of course, then there was a twist and things get serious.

I thoroughly enjoyed On Spine of Death and I am excited to see that the series continues with Murder Off the Books coming out on May 30, 2023. I am excited to see what happens next in the crazy town where there never seems to be a dull moment.

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About the Author

Tamara Berry is a part-time author and part-time freelance copywriter/editor. She has a B.A. degree in English Literature from Eastern Washington University. In addition to books, she has mad love for all things TV, movies, and pop culture. Find out more and her website and sign up to be on her mailing list here.


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Special Guest – Author Laura Ford – Author of Sounds Like Love #Interview – Great Escapes Book Tour #Giveaway


Sounds Like Love
by Laura Ford

It is my pleasure to welcome Laura Ford to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Laura,

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

I’m an animal lover with a passion for the natural world. I love to travel and explore new countries. The experiences I have had in my life, like anyone, have been good and bad and I draw on these experiences and my feelings and emotions when I write.

In my family I have two siblings — none of us have partners from our own country, which is the UK. We all really enjoy learning about the cultures of our spouses and in the case of both of my brothers — becoming fluent in their wives’ native language.

Some things most people don’t know about me are that I learned to ride a motorcycle before I could drive a car, and would travel in all weather conditions in a big rain suit. I also founded a non-profit for pollinators with a focus on the Western Monarch Butterfly. I really enjoy taking macro photos of insects — they are so fascinating! I think there’s a special wonder in the intricacy of the world around us.

What books/authors have most inspired you?

Thinking of books that stood out to me — as a child I really enjoyed reading ‘The Midnight Fox’ by Betsy Byars. I also enjoyed ‘The Wind in The Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame. I enjoyed Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights as a teenager and cried at the end of the book. I remember the poignant finishing paragraphs.

I always enjoyed Roald Dahl’s stories for both children and adults and was swept away by his autobiography ‘Going Solo’, reading it as a child / young teenager.

Edward St Aubyn’s satirical ‘Lost For Words’ is a highly entertaining read. I also enjoy the writing of William Boyd with ‘Ordinary Thunderstorms’ being a favorite.

As a child and a young teenager I wasn’t restricted entirely to children’s reads. At 13 I read Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar.’ A mobile bookstore would often visit our school library and I always looked forward to finding something new to purchase and read.

I was a bit obsessed with ghosts and UFOs at one stage in my childhood and would delve into anything related to the otherworldly. I really enjoyed Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories and adaptations. I still am fascinated by the metaphysical.

I find Shakespeare’s sonnets very moving — especially sonnet number 17.

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

When I research a subject or a topic, I like to meet with people in person — or, as a result of the pandemic, via internet calls — to learn from people whose lived experience relates to what I am writing.

When writing Sounds Like Love, I met with a very kind and thoughtful woman called Roxanne who works for a hearing charity in BC, Canada. Roxanne lives with progressive hearing loss and helps many other people through the organization that she works for.

My research tends to be ongoing while writing. I will research throughout writing a book — as I meet each new chapter and as each new scene comes into my mind. If there is something for which I need more factual information about or historical information, I will visit the library and look in books, on the internet and watch documentaries. I will often reach out to speak with people who may specialize in an area that I’m writing about or who have lived the experience I’m writing about.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

I tend to mull things over and take myself into a very visual realm. Sometimes it can take a week or so for a chapter or scene to form and finalize in my subconscious as things quietly come together.

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

Write from your heart. Keep going and make space and time for your imagination and emotions. Be true to yourself and your story.

Remember that there is more than one way to publish a book and there is no set path or ‘way’. Everyone has a different path.

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

I like to spend time with my three cats and my husband. I love travelling — it’s quite an obsession — and I also love going for walks.

I enjoy creating monarch butterfly gardens as part of the work I do for my non-profit charity the Pollinator Protection Fund.

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

Right now I am on a plane to Italy! The plane is flying over some rather magnificent mountains on a trajectory towards Calgary in Canada, and then we’ll continue on to Rome.

I’m happy in the company of good friends and I love the Mediterranean. I’m going to see some friends in Rome and I’m excited.

I’ve just been leaving WhatsApp video messages with one of my best friends in the UK and we’re talking about when we’re next meeting up in London. I love seeing my family and being able to talk about anything with friends back home — which is why I often travel to London.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I have just finished a YA historical fantasy novel with a heroine who is an introvert/extrovert with a deep and restless soul. The story is set in London in 1864. I’m currently in the process of final edits. I’m looking forward to sharing this next story and connecting with readers.

Thank you Laura so much for visiting today. 

Keep reading to get details about Laura’s book, Sounds Like Love.

About Sounds Like Love


Sounds Like Love
Young Adult Fiction / Coming of Age
Setting – United Kingdom
FriesenPress (July 29, 2021)
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 12 – 17 years
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 150 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1525592998
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1525592997
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 150 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 152559298X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1525592980
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09BTLYBWT

Wendy is a bright spark who wants to find love and travel the world, but she questions how her dreams can become a reality as her world changes around her.

 

When Wendy arrives at her beloved grandmother’s house to collect a box of keepsakes, she picks up more than she bargained for – a green-eyed tabby cat with amazing qualities. This is just the start of a high-speed adventure, leading Wendy towards bright new horizons… if only she’ll give the cat a chance…

About Laura Ford

Laura Ford writes novels, short stories, and poems across a wide range of human and animal experiences. As Laura is an avid cat lover, a number of special felines tend to find their way into Laura’s stories as well.

Laura graduated with an honours degree in British law while also writing fiction in parallel. Now based in California with her husband and two beguiling Siamese cats, Laura most enjoys using her imagination and memories to paint vivid stories. An avid traveler and seeker, Laura is always exploring new concepts for more stories to come.

Author Link –  https://www.soundslikelovebook.com/

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Great Escapes Praise for Sounds Like Love
by Laura Ford

This a really sweet read, and is full of emotions. A young woman who is losing her hearing, and a deceased grandmother still being there for her. There are lessons to be learned here, and a smart reminder for all ages!
~Maureen’s Musings

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Special Guest – Emma Dakin – Author of Danger in Edinburgh (The British Book Tour Mysteries) #GuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Danger in Edinburgh (The British Book Tour Mysteries)
by Emma Dakin

It is my pleasure to welcome Emma Dakin to Escape With Dollycas today.
Please enjoy her guest post.

Danger in Edinburgh: The British Book Tour Mysteries

By Emma Dakin

Why did I write Danger in Edinburgh?

I wrote Danger in Edinburgh because I love Edinburgh and wanted to spend time there—if only in my imagination. Claire Barclay the owner of The British Mystery Book tours has taken tourists to other parts of Britain but this is her first tour to Scotland. She has collected Isobel, a psychologist from Texas, Joseph, a businessman and true crime reader from Los Angeles, Dale and Ben from Seattle and Georgina from northern Alberta Canada. These disparate travelers soon form a congenial group and establish friendly relations with the staff and patrons of The Magpie Café where they all meet for breakfast. Into this holiday atmosphere comes the tragic news of the murder of a university student. She was not the first in the past few months to be murdered and Police Scotland under Detective Inspector Derrick Hamilton are investigating. Claire’s significant other Detective Inspector Mark Evans has no jurisdiction in Scotland so can’t help Claire except to advise her to stay out of the way of the killer. Claire plans to do just that and tries to keep herself and her tourists distant from trouble.

Hamilton is suspicious of Joseph who seems inordinately interested in the murders. Claire tries to explain that Joseph is a true crime mystery reader and is interested in all murders. Isla the waitress and daughter of the owners is taking psychology at university and is academically interested in crime. She is sure the killer is a psychopath and importunes Dr. Isobel Ferguson, the psychologist from Texas, to help her create a profile. Isla is convinced she can help the police. It is an academic exercise until Isla’s friend is murdered and Isla barely escapes a murder attempt. Then, it becomes far too real and Claire finds herself face-to-face with the killer.

Thank you Emma for visiting today. 

Keep reading to find out more about Emma and her book,
Danger in Edinburgh.

About Danger in Edinburgh


Danger in Edinburgh (The British Book Tour Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Scotland
Camel Press; 1st edition (September 14, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 264 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1684920248
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1684920242
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09YMWP92G

Claire Barclay, owner and tour guide of The British Mysteries Book Tours, leaves her house in Hampshire and her significant other, Mark Evans, puts her dog Gulliver into her van and heads off to Scotland for the start of a fortnight tour.

She expects to lead her guests to various literary sites where authors set their stories. She had just settled everyone into their luxurious Edinburgh hotel when, on a quick outing with Gulliver, she discovers a body. A young woman has been the victim of the serial killer who targets university students.

She calls Mark. But Mark, although a Detective Inspector of the Major Crimes Investigation Team, has no jurisdiction in Scotland. He can only sympathize and advise—and protest her involvement. Her guests meet for breakfast every morning at the Magpie Café where Claire finds characters who live or work nearby, including the local beat copper Sheila McKinnon and Detective Inspector Derrick Hamilton. Christopher, an accountant, brings his dog Suzy. Ryan, a neglected teen, slips in for free food and Bert Anderson, a middle-aged entrepreneur, cheerfully tries to interest everyone in investment schemes.

The waitress is Isla, a university student, who is researching a paper on psychopaths.

All the guests speculate on the murders and attract the attention of the inspector. Claire is frantic to protect her guests from police investigation. At the end of the tour, after she has put her charges safely on their respective planes and trains, Claire takes a last walk with Gulliver and meets one of the café regulars. She sees irrefutable evidence of murder and is so surprised that she betrays her knowledge and puts her own life in jeopardy.

About Emma Dakin 

Emma Dakin lives in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast of British. She has over twenty trade-published books, including a 2022 Award-winning memoir Always Pack a Candle: A Nurse in the Cariboo-Chilcotin, but continues to enjoy writing The British Book Tour Mysteries. Her love of the British countryside and villages and her addiction to cozy mysteries keep her immersed in discovering the different cultures of the country and the different dialects. She gives us characters who live and work in those villages, isles, and cities. She introduces readers to the problems that disturb the idyllic setting. Research is essential to give the reader an authentic setting. It was necessary for Emma to sit in The Whiski Bar on The Royal Mile, to tour Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood and to play her fiddle in the Tay Inn. A trip to the Highlands and the iconic isle of Iona were vital. When not writing or traveling, she paddles with her outrigger crew on the waters of the Pacific Coast and walks her dog who is much less obedient than Claire’s fictional Gulliver.

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November 25 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #47 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Georgia, New York and Vermont!!

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

Escapes Completed


The Peach Keeper: A Novel
by Sarah Addison Allen
Release Date – March 22, 2011
Setting – North Carolina
My Flashback Friday Read and
for the November Alphabet Soup Mini-Challenge.
My Review


On Spine of Death (By the Book Mysteries)
by Tamara Berry
Release Date – November 29, 2022
Setting – Washington State
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Dead Ringer (A Mattie Winston Mystery)
by Annelise Ryan

Release Date – February 25, 2020
Setting – Wisconsin
My Review will be up Friday!

Scheduled Escapes


Longing is Violet Dusk: A Hazel Dean Mystery
by Josalyn McAllister
Release Date – September 28, 2022
Setting – Georgia
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here Saturday!


Beauty and the Deceased (A Resale Boutique Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – December 14, 2021
Setting -New York
For Review


Through the Liquor Glass (A Literary Pub Mystery)
by Sarah Fox
Release Date – November 29, 2022
Setting – Vermont
I will be featuring this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!

Future Escapes

November 20 – 26, 2022


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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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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

It was just a usual week around here.

That is until Thursday night when it was time for FOOTBALL and I don’t mean the Packers because they are playing horribly this year. No, it was time for

COLUMBUS CARDINAL FOOTBALL

at Camp Randall in Madison!

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Against  the Catholic Memorial Crusaders from Waukesha 

Both Teams were 13-0

And What A Game It Was!

It was chilly but we were bundled up! 

PHOTO CREDITS – ROSS SELJE – JIM KELSH
PHOTO CREDIT – JIM KELSH

Halftime Score was 14 -14!

Then it started to SNOW!

In the 3rd quarter, the Cardinals get on the board on their first drive, scoring from 8 yards out.
The extra point was blocked and the score was 20-14.

The Crusaders answered back with a score of their own to make it 21-20 after three quarters.

In the 4th, Columbus hits a 30-yard field goal and the Cardinals go up 23-21 with 4:23 left in the game.

They held on! They worked that clock!
They slipped and slid and held on to that ball!
The defense held on strong too! 

They won what was a fantastic game!

PHOTO CREDIT – ROSS SELJE – JIM KELSH – TESSIE SHARROW

Yes! Body Slides were happening! Kaden #74 🙂     

 

KADEN IS UNDER THE ARROW

Driving home was not a lot of fun. The roads were slick and the snow was coming down so hard there were white-out conditions. Hard to see where the road even was. Then right outside of Columbus the snow just stopped. the roads were just wet. When we got to the exit we could see all the fire trucks and police cars lined up on the bridge and side of the highway waiting to welcome home the new Division 4 State Champs and escort them back to the school. Fans and the parent’s cars lined the route, with horns honking, cheers and applause. This team and their coaches worked so hard all year and it was a pure pleasure watching them play. As an alumnus of this school, I am thrilled to have my grandson attending there and being a member of this team. I am so excited about next year!

How was your Week?

Weekly Rewind – November 13 – 19, 2022

Sunday – 2023 Alphabet Soup – Author Edition Reading Challenge – SIGN UP TODAY!

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #46 – 2022

Tuesday – Death on a Deadline (A Homefront News Mystery) by Joyce St. Anthony #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @JoyceTremel

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Three Tainted Teas (Kitchen Witch Mysteries) by Lynn Cahoon #Review / #Giveaway @LynnCahoon @KensingtonBooks

Thursday – The Case of the Amorous Assailant by Terry Ambrose #Review

Plus – Special Guest – Kathleen Bailey – Author of Silence Says the Most: An Olivia Penn Mystery – Great Escapes Book Tour #Interview #Giveaway

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – The Peach Keeper: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen #Review / #Giveaway

Plus – Ghost Agents: Retribution (The Ghost Agents Trilogy) by Nita DeBorde #Spotlight / #Giveaway

Saturday – Film Crews and Rendezvous: A Jules Keene Glamping Mystery by Heather Weidner #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @HeatherWeidner1

Plus – 2023 LITERARY ESCAPES CHALLENGE – Sign Up Today!

Have a wonderful week!!
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2023 LITERARY ESCAPES CHALLENGE – Sign Up Today!

2023 LITERARY ESCAPES CHALLENGE

JUST FOR FUN!

Challenge Runs from January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023

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 Countries 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. Nonfiction 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.

If you post about your books on Social Media, please use the hashtag #LiteraryEscapes

To sign up just fill out this form.

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Please join the group to share your reads
and see what others are reading.

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Film Crews and Rendezvous: A Jules Keene Glamping Mystery by Heather Weidner #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @HeatherWeidner1


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Film Crews and Rendezvous: A Jules Keene Glamping Mystery

by Heather Weidner

About Film Crews and Rendezvous


Film Crews and Rendezvous: A Jules Keene Glamping Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Virginia
Level Best Books (October 25, 2022)
Number of Pages 240
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BHLSYBZ9

Hollywood has come to Fern Valley, and the one stoplight town may never be the same. Everyone wants to get in on the act.

The crew from the wildly popular, fan favorite, Fatal Impressions, takes over Jules Keene’s glamping resort, and they bring a lot of offscreen drama and baggage that doesn’t include the scads of costumes, props, and crowds that descend on the bucolic resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Added security, hundreds of calls from hopeful extras, and some demanding divas keep Jules’s team hopping.

When the show’s prickly head writer ends up dead under the L. Frank Baum tiny house in what looks like a staged murder scene with a kitschy homage to the Wizard of Oz, Jules has to figure out who would want the writer dead. Then while they are still reeling from the first murder, the popular publicist gets lost after a long night at the local honky-tonk and winds up strangled. Jules needs to solve both crimes before filming is canceled, and her business is ruined.

About Heather Weidner

Through the years, Heather Weidner has been a cop’s kid, technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager. Vintage Trailers and Blackmailers is the first in her cozy mystery series, the Jules Keene Glamping Mysteries. She also writes the Delanie Fitzgerald mystery series set in Virginia. Her Mermaid Bay Christmas Shoppe Mysteries debut in 2023.

Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Deadly Southern Charm, and Murder by the Glass, and her novellas appear in The Mutt Mysteries series.

Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers.

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Purchase Link – Amazon

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Ghost Agents: Retribution (The Ghost Agents Trilogy) by Nita DeBorde #Spotlight / #Giveaway


It is my pleasure to shine my spotlights on
Ghost Agents: Retribution (The Ghost Agents Trilogy)

by Nita DeBorde today!

If you enjoy paranormal cozies you are in for a treat. Nita DeBorde’s Ghost Agents series are a unique take on the genre.
~The Book’s the Thing

About Ghost Agents: Retribution


Ghost Agents: Retribution (The Ghost Agents Trilogy)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
3rd in Trilogy
Setting – Paris (primarily)
‎Mabelonia Press (October 22, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 235 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1958045063
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1958045060
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BDTT9S6D

The Bureau for Historical Preservation is under attack.

The sinister, secret organization known as The Syndicate has finally stepped out of the shadows and made their presence known with a dramatic demonstration. In the aftermath of these shocking events, Claire Abelard and her fellow agents travel to the Bureau’s international headquarters in Paris, France in hopes of launching a coordinated response to the attack.

But something isn’t right with Claire. The acumens she has relied on her whole life have gone haywire, endangering not only the mission but also everything she holds dear. As the scope of the Syndicate’s plan unfolds, Claire must use every resource at her disposal to try to stop them… but will it be enough?

Find out in this thrilling, final chapter of the award-winning Ghost Agents Trilogy.

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 Ghost Agents Trilogy, a collection of genre-defying, cozy paranormal mysteries with a little sci-fi and romance thrown into the mix. Ghost Agents: Retribution, the 3rd book in the Ghost Agents Trilogy, was released on October 22, 2022.

Author Links:

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#FlashbackFriday – The Peach Keeper: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen #Review / #Giveaway

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

This book has been waiting on my TBR bookshelf for way too long. I was happy that a mini-challenge in the Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge gave me the opportunity to finally read it.


The Peach Keeper: A Novel
Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Setting – North Carolina
Bantam (March 22, 2011)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0553807226
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0553807226
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0553385607
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0553385601
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004HFRJQC

The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon welcomes you to her newest locale: Walls of Water, North Carolina, where the secrets are thicker than the fog from the town’s famous waterfalls, and the stuff of superstition is just as real as you want it to be.

It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather during Walls of Water’s heyday, and once the town’s grandest home—has stood for years as a lonely monument to misfortune and scandal. And Willa herself has long strived to build a life beyond the brooding Jackson family shadow. No easy task in a town shaped by years of tradition and the well-marked boundaries of the haves and have-nots.

But Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite do-gooder Paxton Osgood—of the very prominent Osgood family, has restored the Blue Ridge Madam to her former glory, with plans to open a top-flight inn. Maybe, at last, the troubled past can be laid to rest while something new and wonderful rises from its ashes. But what rises instead is a skeleton, found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, and certain to drag up dire consequences along with it.

For the bones—those of charismatic traveling salesman Tucker Devlin, who worked his dark charms on Walls of Water seventy-five years ago—are not all that lay hidden out of sight and mind. Long-kept secrets surrounding the troubling remains have also come to light, seemingly heralded by a spate of sudden strange occurrences throughout the town.

Now, thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the dangerous passions and tragic betrayals that once bound their families—and uncover truths of the long-dead that have transcended time and defied the grave to touch the hearts and souls of the living.

Resonant with insight into the deep and lasting power of friendship, love, and tradition, The Peach Keeper is a portrait of the unshakable bonds that—in good times and bad, from one generation to the next—endure forever.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The Jacksons and the Osgoods of Walls of Water, North Carolina have a history filled with drama. Financial ruin left the Jackson’s family home in ruin and now the Osgood family is trying to renovate the home into an inn. But bones found when removing an old peach tree open up old wounds and reveal secrets long held by the older generations.


This is the first book I have read by this author. I picked it up several years ago when I saw all the great reviews, but it languished on my To-Be-Read bookshelf until now. While it didn’t blow me away it was still a very good read.

I found the characters to be interesting but wasn’t totally caught up in their lives until later in the story.  Grandmothers, Agatha and Georgie, and the true reason why the Women’s Society Club was formed did grab me along with the way a true friendship was revealed. I understand the reason why the author plotted out the story the way she did but maybe because of my age I was drawn to the older characters.

The younger generation of Paxton, Willa, Colin, and Sebastian had their own set of issues to deal with along with the gala planned to reopen the Blue Ridge Madam. It was the bones that brought Willa and Paxton together in a different way. The mystery that was brought to light made the relationship evolve. The more I read the more these characters grew on me.

In the end, this is a story about family and friendship and the way relationships endure. I am a little confused about the title because for me the book was about so much more.

All in all, The Peach Keeper was an enjoyable read and I am open to reading more by Sarah Addison Allen.

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  About the Author

SARAH ADDISON ALLEN is the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells, The Sugar Queen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, Lost Lake, First Frost and Other Birds. She’s sold millions of copies worldwide and her books have been translated into more than thirty languages. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.

You can follow Sarah on Facebook/Instagram.

And visit her website: www.sarahaddisonallen.com

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