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


Silence Says the Most: An Olivia Penn Mystery
by Kathleen Bail


Hi Kathleen.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I was in the first grade. The practicalities of life along with a few plot twists along the way, though, had me travel the long and winding road to realize that dream. Before becoming an author, I worked for over twenty years as a pediatric physical therapist treating children with special needs. I live in Virginia with my husband and recently adopted, adorable kitten.

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

First, outside the book world, very few people know that I’m a writer. Despite that and second, I’m a cozy mystery amateur sleuth waiting to happen. I’m a writer living in my childhood home, and I like to garden, bake pies, and I have an adorable feline fur baby … oh, and I try not to swear. Third, and as a completely random fact, I’ve eaten an apple almost every day for over thirty years. That’s in the ballpark of 11,000 apples!

What books/authors have most inspired you?

Louise Penny has inspired me. I started reading her Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Series when I was in my thirties and working as a physical therapist. Though I was very far away from being a published author, I learned she didn’t begin writing novels until she was in her forties, and her first book was published when she was forty-six. I knew back then it was not the right season in my life for me to switch careers, but her story inspired me to never let that inner voice go silent. As life goes, I started writing in my mid-forties, and a few years later, I’m a full-time author.

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

Loads of research goes into writing, but most of it is not detailed in the book. For instance, in Silence Says the Most, there is a mysterious algae bloom that occurs at a lake. I did a lot of research to ensure that the scenario was plausible, but the reader doesn’t have to know about specifics that aren’t germane to the mystery itself. In my first book, Where the Light Shines Through, I included an epilogue of sorts that spoke to two specific plot points that were key to the mystery because both issues aren’t well known or understood, and I thought some readers may be interested in learning the factual basis for them. The research is ongoing throughout the writing. Much of the research related to the crime gets done during the plotting phase, but there are always things I’m looking up as I’m drafting and editing to ensure accuracy.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

I think of writer’s block as a time with the creative soil goes fallow. For me, writer’s block is not about the difficulties in coming up with the next line or plot point while staring at my screen. Those are normal challenges in the creative process. Rather, for me, writer’s block is a time when something happens, typically out of your control, that impacts your creativity and ability to write: an illness, a loss of a loved one, economic hardship, etc. Such was the case after my father suddenly passed away while I was writing my first book. I needed to let the writing rest for a time while I tended to my heart.

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

Read in the genre you want to write. Know the genre expectations and have a sense of story structure. Have your writing edited by a professional editor. Keep at it and know that writing is a process. It’s like learning to walk. Your first drafts may look and feel a bit wobbly, but with repetition, you’ll build strength, and soon your writing legs will steady and keep you moving forward, step by step.

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

Between everyday life responsibilities and writing, I don’t have a lot of free time. But I always make time to play with my kitten, and then while she naps, I search about the house and under all the couches to find her toys that she likes to hide.

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

I would travel to New Zealand to bask in the spectacular scenery.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I’m working on book three in The Olivia Penn Mystery Series.

Thank you Kathleen for visiting today!

Keep reading for information about Kathleen’s new book.

About Silence Says the Most 


Silence Says the Most: An Olivia Penn Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Apple Station, Virginia (in the Shenandoah Valley)
Rhino Publishing LLC (October 25, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 195627006X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1956270068
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BGFRZDGK

A heartwarming cozy mystery that celebrates the connections of friends and family with a Gilmore Girls vibe.

Five days before Halloween, fall turns frightful in Apple Station when a child’s drawing entangles Olivia in a murder at a park lake.

Olivia’s hometown is gearing up for its annual Halloween festival, and pumpkins, corn mazes, and autumn vibes are everywhere. All is cozy in the crisp fall air as excitement builds for the costume parade on Friday. A casual Monday lakeside picnic lunch with her forever friend, though, sets off a chain of events that catches Olivia in the wrong place at the wrong time.

When a body is discovered amid an algae bloom under mysterious circumstances, everyone points fingers, but one among them is not telling the truth. The only apparent witness to the crime is a child who doesn’t speak. Motives abound, suspects are plenty, and it’s up to Olivia to discover why the child has implicated her as the key to solving the murder.

Can Olivia unmask the killer before the endangered evidence vanishes, and she becomes the next victim?

If you like small town, cozy mysteries with heart and humor, a charming cast of characters, and a twisty plot that celebrates the connections of friends and family, you’ll love Silence Says the Most, the second book in The Olivia Penn Mystery Series.

Great Escapes Praise for Silence Says the Most: An Olivia Penn Mystery
by Kathleen Bailey

All the things that charmed me in this series’s first book also charmed me in Silence Says the Most. Another delightful visit to Apple Station, Virginia – already looking forward to the next!
~Reading is my Superpower

If you’re a fan of small-town cozy mystery books with a strong female protagonist, I think you’ll enjoy Silence Says the Most just like I did!
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

More About Kathleen Bailey 

Kathleen Bailey is the author of The Olivia Penn Mystery Series. She writes mysteries with heart and humor that keep to the traditional and cozy sides of crime. Kathleen has degrees in English, psychology, and physical therapy. She previously worked as a pediatric physical therapist for over twenty years with children who have special needs. She now spends her days obsessively plotting and sleuthing in Virginia where she lives with her husband and adorable feline fur baby. When she is not incognito, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and the James River Writers.

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November 11 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
November 12 – I’m Into Books – SPOTLIGHT
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November 13 – Lady Hawkeye – SPOTLIGHT
November 14 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT
November 15 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 16 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW
November 17 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
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November 19 – Just One More Paragraph – REVIEW
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The Case of the Amorous Assailant by Terry Ambrose #Review


The Case of the Amorous Assailant
Private Investigator Mystery
Setting – California
Satori (October 18, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 099689148X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0996891486
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B8TQVFZ5

New PI Jade Cavendish’s investigation into a cheating husband takes a bizarre turn when she uncovers a plot to commit murder.

The Amorous Assailant has frustrated police for months. His MO is always the same. He binds his victims with red silk, kisses them, and leaves them with a red rose. Women throughout the city are worried they’ll be his next victim.

Novice PI Jade Cavendish isn’t one of them, though. After inheriting the Beachtown Detective Agency, she’s worried about landing a paying client. Any client. She’d even settle for a dognapping.

Gina Rose, a wealthy young heiress, has a problem. Her new husband, a man she thought was her perfect match, is bleeding her dry. When Gina hires Jade to prove her husband is defrauding her, Jade quickly learns he’s a terrible businessman. His investment properties are oozing money like open wounds.

On the surface, it appears Gina simply has bad taste in men. But Jade refuses to give up on her client so easily. Her investigation pulls her into a world filled with greed, one where secrets are a way of life, events are not always what they seem, and lies conceal deadly realities—including the Amorous Assailant’s true motive.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

PI Jade Cavendish is a rookie. She has inherited the Beachtown Detective Agency from her father who is retiring. Now, she just needs her first case and she doesn’t care what kind of a case it is.

Rich young heiress, Gina Rose enters the Beachtown Detective Agency with a problem. She thought she had married the man of her dreams, but she now realizes he just married her for her money. Jade agrees to help her even when Gina doesn’t like the path the investigation takes.

All the while, the Amorous Assailant has the police stymied. He targets women, uses red silk to bind their hands, gives them a kiss and a red rose, and disappears. Would Jade have a better chance of catching him?


Mr. Ambrose has introduced readers to a spunky smart protagonist in Jade Cavendish. She just needs to get her first case behind her to grow her confidence.

Jade is joined by some entertaining secondary characters. Her dad and mom, Zoe, a blogger that becomes her sidekick, along with a group of women she meets teaching a self-defense class. Zoe brings a lot of humor to the story and gives Jade a few headaches with her unpredictable way of overstepping her bounds. I enjoyed meeting these characters and felt they were well-developed for the first book in the series.

The story started out in a way that I wasn’t expecting making me wonder where the author was going but soon it all became clear as he took his characters through a bunch of twists and turns to deliver a very solid mystery. Jade uncovered several secrets and lies that kept the story moving at a nice pace. I was able to piece the clues together before Jade’s discovery but that didn’t take away my desire to see how everything was going to play out.

This author gets the details right. He sets a scene so well, readers feel they are there, right on the spot. His characters are realistic and their dialogues ring true. The mystery is well-plotted and while the theme of this story is a little out there it could actually happen in real life.

I hope The Case of the Amorous Assailant is the first book in a long-running series. I really like these characters and can only imagine the storylines Mr. Ambrose could feature them in. The sky seems to be the limit.

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About the Author

Terry Ambrose started out skip-tracing and collecting money from deadbeats and quickly learned that liars come from all walks of life. He never actually stole a car, but sometimes hired big guys with tow trucks and a penchant for working in the dark to “help” when negotiations failed.

A resident of Southern California, he loves spending time in Hawaii, especially on the Garden Island of Kauai, where he invents lies for others to read. His years of chasing deadbeats taught him many valuable life lessons such as—always keep your car in the garage.

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


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
It is my pleasure to feature Three Tainted Teas today!


Three Tainted Teas (Kitchen Witch Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Idaho
Kensington Cozies (April 26, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 149673033X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496730336
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09BKCDVWF

Aspiring witch and culinary entrepreneur, Mia Malone, must dispel a deadly plot to wreck her clients’ wedding in this charming continuation of New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon’s Kitchen Witch Mystery series.

Business is bubbling at Mia’s catering service and cooking school, Mia’s Morsels, but toil and trouble are not far behind. Mia just accepted her toughest gig yet: last-minute wedding planner for Magic Springs’ own Romeo and Juliet. Though the small town is fairly accepting of magic, two families have been locked in a vicious feud spanning generations. Unfortunately for both families, they’re about to become in-laws! Amethyst and Tok are excited to wed in a few weeks and somehow Mia must ensure the event is flawless.

But when she goes to pick up paperwork from the couple’s previous wedding planner, Mia discovers the woman murdered in an apparent attempt to stop the contentious union. Now, not only is Mia a prime suspect, as the new planner, but she may also be the killer’s next target. Backed by her squad, her charms—literal and figurative—and a protective amulet from her Grans, it’s up to Mia to save the star-crossed couple’s wedding, her professional reputation…and maybe even her life!

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Dollycas’s Thoughts

Mia Malone is about to take on a huge job. She has been hired as a wedding planner for the first time and is taking over for another planner that was fired. It’s a big wedding too. Amethyst and Tok are seen as Magic Springs’ Romeo and  Juliet. Their families have been involved in a feud for so many years some people don’t even remember what they were fighting about. Mia plans to give the young couple the wedding of their dreams and she knows it won’t be easy. The first order of business is meeting with the former wedding planner to find out how much work she has ahead of her. Then she needs to get the in-laws and their demands under control.

Turns out the first step wasn’t so easy as when Mia went to find the previous planner she was dead. It appears she was killed in order to kill the wedding. Since she found the body and benefitted from the woman’s death Mia finds herself at the top of the list of suspects. Who knows, she may meet the same fate since she is moving full speed ahead with the wedding plans.

Christine has been asked to step in for a bridesmaid who can’t attend. Trent and Levi become the girl’s bodyguards and Gran equips Mia with a protective amulet so that Mia can get the couple to the altar to say their I Do’s and fly away on their honeymoon and live to tell the tale.


I like my paranormal stories on the light side. I am not a fan of werewolves or vampires but witches like Mia and her Gran I could read about all day long. This time we meet some new “creatures”, the groom’s tribe. The groom’s brother was a little over the top but the rest of the family had pretty normal issues for being involved in a feud. I was very pleased by the way these families were portrayed, they were kept nicely in the cozy realm.

I love the core characters Ms. Cahoon has created for this series. Mia is still learning about her powers but she has a great teacher in her Gran. Both are strong independent women with huge hearts. Christina, the sister of Mia’s ex has moved in, works with Mia, and is attending culinary school. She and Mia have become best friends and work together so well. Trent and Mia’s relationship is really growing as is Christine’s relationship with his brother Levi. We were introduced to the guy’s mother when she pitches in to help and I hope we see a lot more of her.

Readers are treated to a great whodunit full of twists and turns, witches and wolves, murder and mayhem. My personal suspect list was pretty long but it did include the right guilty person and they moved up the line pretty rapidly the closer we got to the wedding. The ending played out realistically with a believable motive just with some very unusual participants.

I always admire this author’s writing style. She sets a scene with ease and delivers a unique story that is fun to read with engaging characters without falling into the trap of being overly wordy.

Three Tainted Teas was a charmingly delightful read. I can’t wait to visit Magic Springs again in late March when Four Charming Spells is released.

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ABOUT LYNN CAHOON

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus on the depth and experience of small-town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.

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


Death on a Deadline (A Homefront News Mystery)
by Joyce St. Anthony

About Death on a Deadline

 

Death on a Deadline (A Homefront News Mystery)
Historical Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Pennsylvania
Crooked Lane Books (November 8, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1639101152
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1639101153
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09S3GBPM4

Editor-in-chief Irene Ingram pencils in her newest mystery in Joyce St. Anthony’s second captivating Homefront News mystery, perfect for fans of Anne Perry and Rhys Bowen.

As World War II rages in Europe and the Pacific, the small town of Progress is doing its part for the soldiers in the field with a war bond drive at the annual county fair. Town gossip Ava Dempsey rumors that Clark Gable will be among the participating stars. Instead of Gable, the headliner is Freddie Harrison, a B-movie star. When Freddie turns up dead in the dunk tank, Irene Ingram, editor-in-chief of The Progress Herald, starts chasing the real headline.

There are plenty of suspects and little evidence. Ava’s sister Angel, who was married to the dead actor, is the most obvious. The couple had argued about his affair with the young starlet Belinda Fox, and Angel was the last person to see Freddie alive.

Irene discovers there’s more than one person who might have wanted Freddie dead. As Irene draws on her well-honed reporter’s instincts to find the killer—nothing is what it seems in Progress, and now her own deadline could be right around the corner.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

June 1942 – Many folks including Irene Ingram’s fiance, Bill, and father are doing their part in the war effort, her father as a news correspondent, and Bill is still in training and waiting to be deployed. On the homefront in Progress, Pennsylvania that means Irene has stepped into her father’s shoes as editor-in-chief of The Progress Herald and Rally Johnson 4F and ineligible to serve has been hired to take Bill’s place at the police station. Irene’s future father-in-law is the chief of police and is missing Bill as well but both are kept very busy by the happenings in Progress.

In tandem with the county fair this year, there is a war bond drive complete with a visit from some movie stars from the Hollywood Victory Committee. Ava Dempsey hears all the scuttlebutt and is only too happy to share that Clark Gable is going to be one of those stars. Apparently, her “source” was wrong because Freddie Harrison, a B-list actor is the headliner for the Progress event and his appearances are cut short when he is found dead in the dunk tank.

Turns out there are plenty of suspects. His wife Angel who just happens to be Ava Dempsey’s sister and an actress traveling with the war bonds group tops the list. Freddie was absolutely clueless when she left him after finding out he was having an affair with Belinda Fox, a young starlet also traveling with the group from Hollywood. Truthfully anyone in the group could have killed the man. Irene wants to get the scoop on the murder so using her reporter skills she digs in to find the truth. She just needs to meet the paper’s deadline before she reaches the killer’s . . .


Irene Ingram is an excellent protagonist. She is smart, thoughtful, and well-liked by almost everyone she meets. She takes her obligations seriously and excels at running the newspaper showing critics that she is a strong woman capable of doing the same job as a man.

The author has surrounded Irene with a great cast of secondary characters. She works with her best friend and sleuthing partner Peggy, who is dating one of the other reporters. Her cousin also works for the paper. He was upset that the top job went to Irene instead of him but is coming around to see she was the right choice. She lives with her mother and sister and they rent one bedroom out to a boarder. But the relationship I love is the one between Irene and Police Chief Walt Turner (Dad), her future father-in-law. They work together and exchange information and ideas to solve the case. They are so comfortable with each other. They try to have lunch together often but most times his work or hers pulls them away.

The Hollywood crowd was interesting in their own right. All were cleverly written and all of them had secrets to be revealed. Irene had trouble getting a true read on them because, let’s face it, they are actors. One person slipped into a different character every time they talked. One was very entitled and another tried to be helpful but Irene really didn’t know who to trust.

The mystery was a fun one to follow. Freddie Harrison was a conniving man who made a lot of enemies. A key piece of evidence firmed up the real suspects and their motives. Then it took more sleuthing to make the clues fall into place. I did enjoy the reveal! The part Irene played had me nervous but then I was cheering.

The author includes a newspaper headline at the start of each chapter. Those and the talk in the newsroom and the assignments of articles to each reporter keep readers grounded in the fact that while there may be excitement in Progress there is a war happening in the world. In this story, the war comes home to Progress when Western Union arrives with the dreaded news no one wants to hear. It is easy to see the author did her research because she captures the happenings and lifestyles of the time so well.

Strong, realistic characters, a very intriguing mystery, and a true picture of small-town life all make Death on Deadline is a fantastic addition to this series. It kept me fully entertained from the beginning to the end. While this book can be read as a stand-alone I do recommend reading Front Page Murder first to get to know these characters from the start.

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About Joyce St. Anthony

Joyce St. Anthony was a police secretary for ten years and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but settled on writing as a way to keep herself out of jail. In addition to the Homefront News Mysteries, she is the author of the Brewing Trouble Mysteries and the upcoming Cider House Mysteries written under her own name, Joyce Tremel. She lives in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania with her husband.

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Great Escapes Praise for Death on a Deadline (A Homefront News Mystery)
by Joyce St. Anthony

If you’re a fan of historical cozy mystery books, you will really enjoy this captivating new title in the Homefront News Mystery series.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

Death on a Deadline is historical fiction with depth, mystery, and a little romance that left me on the edge of my seat more than once. But I still want more! I look forward to reading more books in this series.
~Novels Alive

From the chapter-opening news headlines to the everyday details that make the time period – and the characters – come alive…Can’t wait to tag along with the intrepid Irene on more of her investigative adventures!
~Reading is my Superpower

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #46 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to North Carolina, Washington, and Wisconsin!!

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

Escapes Completed


Death on a Deadline (A Homefront News Mystery)
by Joyce St. Anthony
Release Date – November 8, 2022
Setting – Pennsylvania
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Three Tainted Teas (Kitchen Witch Mysteries)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – April 26, 2022
Setting – Idaho
I will feature this week for Cozy Wednesday.


The Case of the Amorous Assailant
by Terry Ambrose
Release Date – October 18, 2022
Setting – California
My Review will be up Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


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.


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


Dead Ringer (A Mattie Winston Mystery)
by Annelise Ryan

Release Date – February 25, 2020
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read!

Future Escapes

November 13 – 19, 2022


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

It’s that time of year!
Time to start planning your Reading Challenges for 2023!
The 2nd Challenge I will be hosting is the Alphabet Soup – Author Edition Reading Challenge.

Author Edition Reading Challenge!

Just for Fun!

It’s An Alphabet Challenge!

Start keeping track of your authors and by December 31, 2023
your bowls must be filled by one author for each letter of the Alphabet.
Be sure to include the book title too.

 

Details

This challenge will run from January 1st, 2023 until December 31st, 2023.

You can join anytime. You do not have to post a review of the book. Books can come from any genre.

You do not need to link up each spoonful.

Make a page or a post or a GoodReads shelf where you will keep track of your spoonfuls. I keep track of mine on my Challenge Page.

Crossovers to other challenges are allowed and encouraged!

It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book that has an author whose first name, middle, or last name starts with every letter of the alphabet.

So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z Reading Challenge.

A – How I plan to do it: Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the authors with the book you read to the list. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find authors/books to fit.

OR

B – Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet.

For example:

A – Jennifer S. Alderson – Death by Puffins

B – Laurien Berenson – Killer Cupid

C – Cleo Coyle – The Ghost and the Stolen Tears

X – Diana Xarissa – Anxious in Nevada (A Midlife Crisis Mystery)

Y- Kate Young – Crime for the Books

Z- Chad Zunker – The Tracker (Sam Callahan Book 1) 

Books can be read in any order and all formats – print – e-book – audio – are acceptable for this challenge!

Ready to join??

Bloggers grab the image below and make a post about the challenge to encourage others to join!

Non-bloggers you can join too! Just 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 Alphabet Soup Author Edition Challenge and you are all set. 

Follow Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book as there may be special announcements made about the challenge.

If you post about your books on Social Media please you the hashtag #AlphabetSoupAuthorChallenge

There is a very group on Facebook for this challenge where you can share your books read and converse with others taking part in the challenge. Alphabet Soup – Author Edition – Challenge –  You can share your accomplishments throughout the year there. 

IMPORTANT – You must fill out a form to join the challenge before joining the Facebook Group and be sure to answer the group membership questions completely or your request for membership to the group will be declined.

I am asking everyone to sign up using Google Forms. Sign Up Here. This way I have your emails in case I need to contact you about any changes to the challenge or about special events. 

GOOD LUCK!

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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

It was a back-to-normal week around here. No doctor’s appointments, no lab work. My visiting nurse just stopped by on Monday for a few minutes to have me sign the papers to release me from their service. We didn’t have to leave the house to vote as we voted absentee weeks ago. Then it was blogging and reading and watching television at least until Friday.

Photo by Jim Kelsh

Friday we were supposed to travel just a few miles up the road to watch the Columbus Cardinals play the Freedom Irish but before we could get there I started feeling sick and we had to turn the car around. The only good thing was that we could watch the game via live stream on television and WOW what a game it was. Columbus always gets off to a fast start but at the end of the 1st quarter, the score was 3-2 after the Cardinals got a safety but still we were the team behind. We went into halftime still down by 1 at 16 – 15. Then after the half, the boys seemed to get their mojo back. The defense stopped the Irish from scoring again and caught some key interceptions. The whole team played their hearts out and won 16 – 32 and are now Division Champs and are headed for the State Championship this Thursday night and I intend to bundle up and be there to watch in person and get the Kaden hug I missed on Friday.

Speaking of Kaden, yesterday was his 15th birthday. No big plans with this side of the family yet, you know how teenagers are and we all seem to have football on our minds. I am hoping we can get together soon to celebrate.

Sadly because I was still feeling off yesterday I missed Natalie’s basketball tournament. Daughter #2 went by herself to cheer her on. Natalie did great. Her team won all 4 games!

Daughter #2 was surprised to find this very special woman on the bleachers. Her grandma!!

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – November 7 – 12, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #45 – 2022

Tuesday – Cold Drip (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery) by Heather Day Gilbert #Review

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Gavels, Tinsel and Murder (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery) by Victoria Tait #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – A Trip with Trouble: The Mountain Lodge Mysteries by Diane Kelly #Review

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – #ReviewRewind – Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder (A Teddy Bear Mystery) by Meg Macy #Giveaway

Saturday – 2023 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge – SIGN UP

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2023 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge – SIGN UP

It’s that time of year!

Time to start planning your Reading Challenges for 2023!

The 1st Challenge I will be hosting is the Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge.

JUST FOR FUN!

This is my favorite Challenge!

The Alphabet Soup Challenge means that by December 31, 2023
your bowls must be filled with one book for each letter of the Alphabet.

Each Letter Counts As 1 Spoonful

Details

This challenge will run from January 1st, 2023 until December 31st, 2023.

You can join anytime. You do not have to post a review of the book. Books can come from any genre.

Children’s Books and Novellas are acceptable but they need to be over 50 Pages. 

You do not need to link up each spoonful.

Grab a notebook or make a page or a post or a GoodReads shelf where you will keep track of your spoonfuls. I keep track of mine on my Challenge Page.

Crossovers to other challenges are allowed and encouraged!

It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet.

You can drop the A’s and The’s from the book titles as shown below.

 

The First Main Word Needs To Be
The Letter You Are Counting 


Except For that pesky Q, X, AND Z titles then the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.

So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z Reading Challenge.

A – How I plan to do it: Make a list from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.

OR

B – Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet, and check them off as you read them.

For example:

A – Annie’s Rainbow by Fern Michaels

B – A Bride’s Guide to Marriage and Murder by Dianne Freeman

C – A Courage Undimmed by Stephanie Graves

D- Danger on the Atlantic (A Jane Wunderly Mystery) by Erica Ruth Neubauer

Books can be read in any order and all formats – print – e-book – audio – are acceptable for this challenge!

Bloggers grab the image below and make a post about the challenge to encourage others to join!

 

Non-bloggers you can join too! Just 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 Alphabet Soup Challenge and you are all set. 

If you post about your books on Social Media please use this hashtag #AlphabetSoupChallenge

Follow Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book as there may be special announcements made about the challenge.

There is also a very active group on Facebook where you can share your books read and converse with others taking part in the challenge. Alphabet Soup Challenge 

You can share your accomplishments throughout the year there. Right now they are finishing this year’s challenge but it will switch over to the new year on January 1. 

I am asking everyone to sign up using Google Forms. Sign Up Here. This way I have your emails in case I need to contact you about any changes to the challenge or about special events. 

In 2021 we added Monthly Mini-Challenges that have been a lot of fun!

If you would like to take part in these mini-challenges be sure to join the Facebook Group!

IMPORTANT – You must fill out a form to join the challenge before joining the Facebook Group and be sure to answer the group membership questions completely or your request for membership to the group will be declined.

GOOD LUCK!!

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#FlashbackFriday – #ReviewRewind – Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder (A Teddy Bear Mystery) by Meg Macy #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.

My reading time didn’t allow for a true #FlashbackFriday Read for this week so I am pulling from the way back machine to give you
a Review Rewind and Giveaway!

About Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder


Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder (A Teddy Bear Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Michigan
Kensington (September 24, 2019)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1496722655
ISBN-13: 978-1496722652
Digital ASIN: B07MRC5KZG

This holiday season, teddy bear shop manager Sasha Silverman must solve the slaying of Santa Bear . . .

Sasha and her sister Maddie are thrilled that the Silver Bear Shop and Factory has won the Teddy Bear Keepsake Contest, which means they get to produce a holiday specialty toy, a wizard bear named “Beary Potter.” Promising to be just as magical is Silver Hollow’s annual tree-lighting ceremony and village parade. Only one hitch: the parade’s mascot, Santa Bear—played by Mayor Cal Bloom—is missing.

After a frantic search among the floats, Bloom is found dead. When the outfit is removed, it’s clear the mayor’s been electrocuted. Who zapped hizzoner and then stuffed him into his Santa Bear suit? While the police investigate the grisly crime, Sasha attempts to track down the murderer herself, with some help from the Guilty Pleasures Gossip Club. Can they wrap up this case in time for Christmas—or will Sasha meet her own shocking end?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We arrive in Silver Hollow just in time for the holiday tree-lighting and parade. The folks at the Silver Bear Shop and Factory have been feeling very “beary” because they won a huge contest which means they are producing a special holiday bear that is being sent everywhere. The wizard bear named “Beary Potter” is also popular in Silver Hollow with tons of orders. It’s all hands on deck to be sure every order is fulfilled before Christmas.

Judith Silverman has been roped into organizing this year’s parade. She is a very organized woman but her Santa Bear, aka Mayor Cal Bloom, left to get into his costume but hasn’t returned. Sasha and her mom start a search for the man and find him nearby but he won’t be participating in this year’s parade. It appears he was electrocuted but is found nowhere close to the source.  Sasha bearly had time to turn around and now she is right in the middle of another murder investigation. With a little help from her friends/Guilty Pleasures Gossip Club, they may be able to wrap up the case in time for a Beary Merry Christmas.

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Finally, in book three, Judith has won me over a little bit. She is still a meddling mom but she had plenty of other things going on that she wasn’t quite so overbearing. Then again Sasha’s romance was cooler this time because Jay was out of town for most of the book and Flynn appears to have moved on. Who knows what the future stories will bring? 🙂 I do love the rest of the family. They continue to evolve, have great senses of humor and their dialogues are so realistic. I really enjoy the way they all work together to create bears that brings joy to so many people.

The mystery this time was unique in that Sasha’s mom actually wanted Sasha to investigate the murder, in fact, she demands it. The evidence is clearly pointing in one direction but Sasha’s digging presents more suspects. Not everyone loved the good mayor. Twists on top of twists, I was totally up in the air until the earth-shattering reveal.

Ms. Macy’s storytelling skills are top-notch. She does introduce several new characters this time and at times it was a little confusing but not so much that it took away from the mystery. The author details the scenes with her words and makes them easy to envision. I was delighted by the story from the first page to the last. All the events sounded like so much fun, sans the killer running around town, of course.

This is a series that I do recommend be read in order. Getting to know the Silverman family, their friends, and the residents of Silver Hollow from the start will ensure maximum bear-filled entertainment.

Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder is a perfect read for mystery lovers this holiday season!

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About Meg Macy

Meg Macy is an award-winning author and artist, and lives in Southeastern Michigan, the setting of her Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear cozy mysteries for Kensington. Her first published book, Double Crossing, won the 2012 Spur Award for Best First Novel from Western Writers of America. Meg is also one-half of the writing team of D.E. Ireland, authors of the Eliza and Henry Higgins Mystery series—of which two titles have been Agatha Award finalists. Meg love gardening, watercolor painting, and reading books of various genres.

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A Trip with Trouble: The Mountain Lodge Mysteries by Diane Kelly #Review


A Trip with Trouble: The Mountain Lodge Mysteries
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – North Carolina
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (October 25, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250815991
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250815996
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09NKB6M6L

The second in a charming and engrossing cozy series from Diane Kelly, A Trip with Trouble proves that in the Blue Ridge Mountains, life in the fast lane could end in a crash.

When the ladies of the Dangerous Curves Motorcycle Club take over the Mountaintop Lodge for their annual autumn ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Misty Murphy couldn’t be more thrilled. Every room is full and the adventurous women even invite Misty and her assistant Brynn to join them on a ride to admire the colorful fall foliage. Hotel handyman Rocky Crowder is happy to keep an eye on the lodge for the day, and the ladies set out for a fun ride on the scenic road.

The skies are clear, the air is crisp, and the leaves are gorgeous. But what starts as a perfect ride turns worrisome when the tail gunner – the last rider in their group – fails to show up at the Craggy Gardens overlook. Cell phone service is spotty in the remote, mountainous area, and the group is unable to connect with their friend. Might the missing woman have simply run out of gas? Or is something far more sinister afoot?

The ladies are determined to locate their ride or die, and Misty is equally determined to help them. But will they be able to solve the mystery when the scenic route seems intent on hiding its secrets?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s a full house at the Mountaintop Lodge in the Blue Ridge Mountains when the Dangerous Curves Motorcycle Club move in for the week. The women take an annual autumn ride and this year it brings them to Misty’s lodge. Handyman Rocky Crowder offers to take care of the lodge so that Misty and her assistant Brynn can ride along one day and enjoy the women’s company and fall colors.

It is a beautiful day, perfect for leaf peeping but there is trouble on this trip when the riders pull off to stop at the Craggy Gardens overlook. One rider arrives way behind the rest of the group and their leader who was bringing up the rear doesn’t show up at all. She is not answering her radio and the cell service sucks so they find a landline to call the authorities and start a search.

Misty takes the safety of her guests seriously so she and Brynn pitch in to find the missing biker. Rocky steps up to help in any way he can too. Sadly the club leader’s body is found way off the road and her death was no accident. Is there a killer staying at the lodge? or is there someone who has been lurking in the area waiting for the opportunity to take the woman out? Misty is not going to give up until she knows who did the deed and why.


I was excited to catch up with Misty, Brynn, Rocky, and Patty. They have gotten very close after knowing each other for such a short time. Brynn and Misty work together like a well-oiled machine. Patty and Misty have a working relationship but have also become good friends that have each other’s back. Rocky is such a sweet man and I love the way his relationship with Misty is growing. They all feel true-to-life and the excellent character development from the first book continues within the pages of this book. I absolutely love the chapters from Misty’s cat Yeti’s point-of-view.

Ms. Kelly introduces readers to an interesting group of women. The Dangerous Curves Motorcycle Club is made up of women of all ages. Some have ridden together for years, one is new to the group, and the others fall somewhere in between. They appear to mesh together very well until the leader’s death when they start to think one of them may be a killer. We also meet members of the deceased “family” that were making several demands prior to her death. What a bunch! The author did a wonderful job giving each of these characters a unique personality which made it easy to keep everyone straight especially when there were several suspects among them.

The mystery was precisely plotted and flowed well with the necessary subplots. I appreciated the way Misty worked with the police. It shows the maturity of the protagonist and the supporting cast. They took some risks but never ventured into the realm of making stupid moves alone without backup. I enjoyed the way the killer was revealed and was so satisfied that while I didn’t have all the clues firmly in place I still chose the right guilty party.

The Blue Ridge Mountains especially when the leaves are changing and revealing their beautiful colors is a delightful place to set a cozy mystery. Ms. Kelly painted some extraordinary pictures with her words.

My escape into A Trip with Trouble was perfect. The characters are exceptional, the mystery is very well-written, and traveling virtually to North Carolina is always a good time. I wish I could actually visit there at any time of year.

The first book was just as good and I do recommend you read it first to enjoy these characters from the start.

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Diane Kelly writes stories that feature feisty female lead characters and their furry, four-footed friends. Diane is the author of over 30 novels and novellas, including the Death & TaxesPaw Enforcement, and House Flipper mystery series. In 2021, she’ll launch two new series, the Southern Homebrew moonshine series and the Mountain Lodge Mysteries.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”