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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

This great meme is hosted by Sheila at
Book Journey”.
It’s a great way to start the week and
find out what other bloggers are reading.
My To-Be-Read pile has grown to an
unbelievable number thanks to this meme.

It finally snowed a significant amount here in Wisconsin so as I look out my window the grass is now covered in white. Oreo, our black and white border collie/blue heeler loves the snow and would spend all day outside. Her sister, Nera Belle, is much too ladylike to play in the snow. She hates cold paws, so she goes out to do her business and wants back in asap.

The Packers also lost yesterday so our hopes of a Super Bowl repeat are over. My husband was quite upset and I admit I was a little sad as well. So now I look forward to NASCAR which starts mid-February. 🙂

Now to recap my week of reading!

FINISHED

The Aloha Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel (Elm Creek Quilts Novels)
My Just For Fun Read For January!
Review will be up tomorrow!

Plan Bee (A Queen Bee Mystery)
Hannah will be here this week for Cozy Wednesday.

Murder Grins and Bears It (The Yooper Mysteries)
This book has been screaming at me from my TBR shelf so I am going
to read it this week for my Off The Shelf Challenge.
Review will be posted Thursday!

Mortal Deception
My E-book for this week!
Review Coming Soon!! 5 starfish!

The Union Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel


Paperback Edition comes out February 7.

This was so good! Review will be up next Tuesday!

I forgot to list one so I am editing my post!

Hair of the Dog (Algonquin Round Table Mysteries)


This was a fun short story featuring Dorothy Parker.
J.J. Murphy writes the Algonquin Round Table Mysteries.

CURRENTLY READING

Shear Murder (Five Star Mystery Series)
Nancy Will Be Here For Cozy Wednesday on January 25, 2012. (Next Week)

ON DECK

Voices of the Dead
Virtual Blog Tour Stop Here on
Thursday, January 26.

Oath of Office


For Review
Release Date: February 14, 2012

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Monday’s Music Moves Me!!

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This is a fun meme conducted by Xmas Dolly, co-conductors Stacy from Stacy Uncorked, Lorie from The Shewbridges of Celebration, and Callie at Jamerican Spice. This meme is so much fun and so easy!!! Just go to one of the links above for the details and enjoy the music.

THIS WEEK’S THEME’: Songs from your wedding or the year you were married

I used on of the songs from my wedding a couple of weeks ago for the Duet Theme. Just You & I by Eddie Rabbit and Crystal Gayle. Back in November I used the other one Looking Through The Eyes of Love by Melissa Manchester. So I am going with some songs from 1983!!!

You knew there would be a Styx song!!!!

HAPPY MONDAY!!

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Blogoversary Day 5 Winner!!


Today’s Giveaway Was Sponsored By


James Patterson’s 10th Anniversary (The Women’s Murder Club)
was released in Paperback on January 10, 2012.

The answer to Blogoversary Question #5

What year did my hubby/mailing assistant marry me?
is
1983!!


Maureen E. (Pennsylvania)

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Blogoversary Day 4 Winner

This Giveaway was sponsored by
my furry feline assistants!!


Each of them has picked a book out for this giveaway, so this is a 3 book package!

I have picked

Love those big kitties!

 

I have chosen

The cats on the cover look like lots of fun.

 

 

 

 

My choice is

That one in the middle looks just like me!

 

 

The lady in charge (Mom/Grandma) will add some bookie things including a really cool bookmark!

The answer to Blogoversary Question #4

Name the 3 cats that are sponsoring this challenge?


Lethea B. (Alabama)

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Blogoversary Day 3 Winners!!

Today’s Giveaway was sponsored by Penguin Books.
This book is the debut novel of Deborah Harkness and
the first book in the All Souls Trilogy and was
released in paperback on December 27.

They have given me 2 paperback copies to give away!!!

The answer to Blogoversary Question #3

What is my all-time favorite movie?

is

Carol M. (Pennsylvania)
and
Denise Z. (Oregon)

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I have 2 Dreamy Escape Packages for this giveaway!

Dreamy Escape #1

This one may give you nightmares 🙂

Edited for Death


When Amy Hobbes takes on the editor job of a small town Northern California newspaper she expects a fairly easy job. She decides she wants to write a book about Senator Robert Calvert who had died recently. He was a WWII war hero and the famous son of a family from nearby Marshalltown. His family owned the Marshalltown Hotel since the Gold Rush, but as more people with connections to the hotel end up dead, secrets begin to emerge and the book takes a backseat to the daily news and solving the murders. Some of the secrets even lead to a Holocaust survivor who has been tracking stolen goods taken during the war. Quickly the past of the Calvert family puts not only Amy but her friends in danger, simple research could end up with dire consequences.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
An excellent debut!The author’s background in journalism shows in every word and every page. The story was well researched and a bit of a history lesson as well. The flashbacks to the war were amazingly insightful. The settings rich with history. The characters clearly defined. The story builds and unfolds at a rapid pace. There is bit a romance starting for Amy as well which adds another wonderful element. I hope the author has more adventures planned for Amy Hobbes, this is a wonderful start to what could be a very entertaining series.

Dreamy Escape #2

Carry Yourself Back to Me


This one was re-released this month with a new cover.
The author’s way of writing could be called dream like but
the story will keep you wide awake and the pages turning.

Song writer and performer Annie Walsh has plenty of material in her everyday life, the songs should just be pouring out of her. Her lover has left her for another woman, her family is a mess and her career is going nowhere fast, but the lyrics are not flowing. Annie escapes into her home on the edge of a lush Florida tangelo grove with her dog, Detour, trying to forget about the love she has lost to another. She spends her days picking fruit and sanding every piece of wood in her home down to the bare grain. But thoughts of Owen are forever on her mind.

All of the sudden her solitary life is completely disrupted when he brother because the prime suspect in a horrendous murder. Her life is turned upside down as she has to deal with issues from her past, trying to cope in the present and not even thinking about the future.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I enjoyed Carry Yourself Back to Me. This author is extremely talented, not only is the main character a song writer but Deborah Reed has written the story is such a way that it flows much the same way a song does. Whether she is describing a sunrise or her character’s turmoil it has a melodic feeling and rhythm. We travel back and forth in time with Annie revealing secrets, thoughts, fears and the writing seems effortless. The only thing I would have changed about this book was I would have completely cut the last chapter. After the wonderfully written story it would have been nice for a change to be left wondering a little.

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Blogoversary Day 2 Winner

This Celebration Giveaway Was Sponsored By
Author Paige Shelton!!!

 A complete set of her
Farmers’ Market Mysteries!!!


I will be adding some bookish swag!!

The answer to Blogoversary Question #2
There is a big Farmer’s Market Spring – Fall every Saturday morning around my state’s capital.
What state am I from and what city is the capital?

is

Wisconsin and it’s capital is Madison!!

Jessica M. (North Carolina)

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Thank you to Paige Shelton for the awesome prize!
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Almost Perfect by Patricia Rice

I have decided to add a little romance to my blog. Many romances contain an element of mystery and many mysteries have an element of romance so this seems like a natural progression. I won a chance to review this e-book from LibraryThing and it seems like a good way to kick off my return to the world of romance. Don’t worry I promise not to go romance crazy.

Almost Perfect (Carolina Series)

Cleo Alyssum has moved to a small seaside town in South Carolina to try to get her life in order. She has a bit of a checkered past. Cleo is on probation and her sister has custody of her son Matty. She has purchased the local hardware store and her past is a secret to her customers. Cleo has befriended a neighbor woman who has her own problems, if for no other reason to help out the woman’s teenage kids. She just has to keep her nose clean and she will get her son back in time for Christmas. The last thing she needs in her life is a man.

Along comes Jared McCloud wanting to rent the beach house on the property. He even offers to pay for repairs and upgrades to the house. Cleo is an extremely private person, she agrees to let him rent the place as long as he respects her privacy. Their lives quickly become intertwined with her holding back and him trying to push forward. Can they have a future in spite of her past?

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I really enjoyed this story. Cleo is a woman trying to turn her life around and it isn’t easy especially because she has shut everyone out. Jared is the man that just may be able to break through her barriers while knocking down a few of his own. Their interplay is entertaining and captivating.

Cleo is also very unconventional with her “zoo” and her wonderful inventions to keep trespassers off her property.

This is more than love story, it does have romance and a few sexy scenes, but there is also humor, drama and even a bit of mystery. This may be my first Patricia Rice novel but it definitely is not my last. I have added the entire Carolina Series to my wish list.

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Blogoversary Day 1 Winner!!

Today’s Prize

The answer to Blogoversary Question #1

What huge internet company is disabled my accounts in October spurring me to start Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book?

is GOOGLE!!!

Today’s Winner is:
Beverly A. (Colorado)

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Maria E. Schneider, author of this series will be here for Cozy Wednesday, March 28.
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Cozy Wednesday With Author Lucy Burdette (Giveaway too!)

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I saw the cover of Lucy’s An Appetite For Murder: A Key West Food Critic Mystery and knew I was going to love it. The idea of escaping to Key West during a cold Wisconsin winter sounded like a grand idea. Plus the cat on the cover resembles my Sherlock 🙂

I was so excited that Lucy agreed to be a guest here. I had read her other series and enjoyed them so much. I am so happy she is back with a new series and here today to tell us a little bit about it.

Hi Lucy!

Many thanks to Lori for inviting me to talk about my brand new Key West food critic mystery, An Appetite For Murder, written by Lucy Burdette (formerly known as Roberta Isleib.) I’m truly thrilled to be joining the ranks of other culinary mystery writers, including the renowned Diane Mott Davidson. (I have to brag a little–her blurb is on the front cover of my new book!) So I thought it would be fun to talk a little about food, glorious food, as they sang in Oliver!


This is the launch of my third mystery series, but the first one focused on food. (Although any readers of the advice column mysteries will remember that the main character, Dr. Rebecca Butterman, was an excellent cook.) It’s such a pleasure to write about things I love–and food is certainly one of them. I love to eat, to read about new recipes, to cook, to eat out in restaurants, to read about food in both memoirs and fiction. This series has given me license to do all that with a vengeance! My husband likes to tease that “Isleib” means “is stomach” in German. His other fictionalized translation for my family name is “large lunch followed by a restful nap.” No telling what he’ll make up for Burdette…

Anyway, I don’t think I’d like to be a food critic in real life–when I go out to eat, I like to choose what I feel like eating, not what I think other folks want to hear about. And there are places where I’d draw lines that my character Hayley Snow, cannot. For instance, tentacles. Raw fish and meat. Slimy things. Like that:). That said, all the restaurants in the book really exist in Key West and I’ve had wonderful meals in each of them. The only fictionalized establishment is the one Hayley visits in Miami Beach. I suppose if she’s going to start writing bad reviews or if someone is actually poisoned in a future book in a restaurant, I’ll have to do more inventing.

One of the first readers of An Appetite For Murder commented on the way I have chosen to lead off each of the chapters with a quote about food, chefs, or eating. Finding the quotes was so, so much fun. I started with more standard citations that would be familiar to many people, for example Miss Piggy’s famous “don’t eat more than you can lift.” But then the more I read, the more possibilities I found so I could tailor the quote to fit the action and the characters in each chapter–foreshadow what’s to come in many cases. And I came across gems like this one from Dwight Garner: “It is possible to imagine him having a small meal of minor critics for breakfast, as if they were kippers…

I so hope you all enjoy An Appetite For Murder –would love to hear your feedback!

You can read more about the book and the series on my website: http://www.lucyburdette.com, or Facebook http://www.facebook.com/lucyburdette. And I’m always happy to see my writing and reading friends on twitter! http://www.twitter.com/lucyburdette

~Lucy

Thank you so much for being here today. Don’t you just love Miss Piggy!!!

An Appetite For Murder: A Key West Food Critic Mystery
Obsidian
Published by New American Library
A Division of The Penguin Group
A Brand New Series
A Key West Food Critic Mystery

Available Now

Haley Snow leaves New Jersey to follow the man of her dreams to Key West, Florida. Things don’t go as planned when Hayley learns she’s not the only woman in his life. She is determined to stay in Key West and since her entire life has revolved around food, cooking it, eating it, and writing about it, she decides to apply to be the food critic for a brand new magazine. Sounds good until Hayley learns her new boss would be the other woman in her ex-boyfriend’s life. Things get crazy when the police show up at her door to question her about a murder. The other woman is dead and Haley’s career as a food critic could be over before it has even begun.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
Key West – Paradise – The perfect setting!! for mystery and mayhem!!!

Lucy Burdette weaves us through the streets of this small island, a popular tourist spot, and a place loved by both Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams. Key West’s culinary influences and offerings are as diverse as its population. Hayley has a variety of eateries to critique.

I have absolutely fallen for this character. I want to be this character. Even with the suspicion of being a murderer. She lives in a beautiful place, has wonderful friends and even lives on a boat. Her days are filled with eating yummy food, visits with chefs, a cat herder, a tarot card reader and did I mention she lives on a boat!

The mystery is divine, it is perfectly paced and the ending is a surprise. I have an appetite for much more from Lucy Burnette and the awesome life of Hayley Snow. This is very delicious debut of what will definitely be a delectable series.


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2 copies of this wonderful book to giveaway
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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.”