Posted in Reviews 2011

The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson & Richard DiLallo

The Christmas Wedding
Little Brown and Company
Hachette Book Group
Available Now

Gaby Summerhill’s husband died three years ago and her four children have slowly drifted apart dealing with their own life’s drama. They have not been together for Christmas since their father died but Gaby is determined to change that. She announces she is getting married on Christmas Day and everyone’s presence is required. She is also being very sneaky letting them know the groom will be “revealed” that day.


Dollycas’s Thoughts

When you think of James Patterson and his co-writers the first thing that comes to mind are his suspense thriller novels. It is stories like The Christmas Wedding, Sundays at Tiffany’s, and Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas, where we see his softer side but these books do have twists or surprises too. The are a true testament to his versatility as an author.

I once read that Patterson has co-writers because his just has too many ideas to get all the stories written by himself. With the co-writers he is able to publish an outstanding number of novels each year for all ages and for all his series’ and still get out a stand alone as impressive as this one. I was drawn into this one just like I am into his suspense stories.  

Christmas by itself gives the feeling of magic but this book adds its own touch of magic bringing this family after the death of their father and while they are all dealing with different forms of crisis in their own lives.

The premise of the grooms waiting until Gaby reached the altar didn’t set with me well at first, but Patterson pulled it off, by showing how much these men all loved Gaby and wanted her to be happy. The proposal scenario set this up wonderfully. Plus we are talking about people in their fifties who have been close their whole lives here, their at different places in their lives that the younger set who are thinking of having kids and building their lives together.

I enjoyed this holiday story. It was a fun, easy, light, Christmas story to put you in the right mood for the holidays right around the corner.

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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.”

Posted in Cozy Wednesday Giveaways Guest Posts Reviews 2011

Cozy Wednesday With Riley Adams (Giveaway too!)

When I “met” this author it was another one of those a-ha moments. I had read one of her books a few years ago, A Dyeing Shame: Death at the Beauty Boxand Pretty is as Pretty Dies (A Myrtle Clover Mystery)has been on my wish list for way too long.

I have really enjoyed all three books in her Memphis BBQ Mysteries. My review of the latest will follow her guest post. I am so happy she is her today!

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday Riley!! um Elizabeth!!!

Thanks Lori!!

Hi Everyone!!! I hope you enjoy my post.

Why it’s Dangerous to Unleash Writers on An Unsuspecting Public

It’s interesting to me that writers get so many invitations to speak at book clubs, libraries, and other events.
Clearly, people don’t realize the dangers of unleashing writers on the general public. Oh sure, writers seem harmless. To folks who don’t know us very well.

8 Ways Writers Cause Trouble…
1. We spy on people. We really do. We listen in on your conversations and pay closer attention to you than you think. Maybe you’re turning into a bit character in our story. Maybe there’s some mannerism of yours that fits one of our characters to a T. Maybe you even look exactly like a character we made up! That happened to me once and I had to surreptitiously take a picture of the person who was twins with the one in my imagination.

2. Sometimes we don’t listen to you very well. We get that dreamy look on our faces when we get an idea for our story. Once a lady was talking to me about soccer team snacks and giving me a date to bring them. All I could think about was how she looked like Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and how I could use a Camilla in my story…I ended up having to scramble later, when I found out it was my weekend to bring the snacks.

3. We could potentially wipe out the unsuspecting public of its entire supply of coffee, chocolate, wine, and office supplies. If given the opportunity. And maybe, some money.

4. We have really strong imaginations. I called the police to a local park one time because there was a gun case there. It ended up being a pool cue case (still not sure what it was doing at the park, though.) The other mother in the park at the time looked at me in amazement.

5. Sometimes we talk to ourselves. Most people aren’t sure quite what to make of that. It’s easily explained, though—we’re just trying out a few lines of dialogue. Really.

6. Mystery writers, in particular, are always on the lookout for reasons why people might want to kill each other. Best not to tell us about your fiery argument with your ex, boss, or next-door-neighbor.

7. We’re noisy typists in the library. Try not to sit near us if you value your quiet reading time.

8. We’re frequently wallflowers at parties. You’ll spend most of your hosting time trying to get us to talk to other people.

…And 2 Ways We Don’t

On the upside…we always have bookmarks if you need them! And, hopefully, some good stories for you to escape with.
Got any interesting writer stories or writer sightings (either of writers behaving or—even better—of writers misbehaving)?


About This Author
Elizabeth writes the Memphis Barbeque series for Penguin/Berkley (as Riley Adams), the Southern Quilting mysteries (2012) for Penguin/NAL, and the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink. She blogs daily at Mystery Writing is Murder, which was named by Writer’s Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers for 2010 and 2011. Hickory Smoked Homicide, book three in the Memphis Barbeque series, was released November 1.

Thanks Elizabeth, I can’t wait for the Southern Quilting series!!!!

Hickory Smoked Homicide (A Memphis BBQ Mystery)

A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Published by The Penguin Group
3rd in the Series
Cover Illustration by Hugh Syme
Cover Design by Annette Fiore Defex

Welcome to Memphis Tennessee, home of Aunt Pat’s Barbeque Restaurant and the best BBQ around.

Lulu Taylor is the owner of this fine establishment, named in honor of her great-aunt. Lulu knows just about everyone in Memphis and if she doesn’t know someone, one of her friends does, which usually lands her smack dab in the middle of much more than a bit of BBQ sauce.

Beauty pageants are a pretty big thing right now for tots and teens. Memphis hosts more than a few and one pageant coach, Tristan Pembroke, thinks pretty highly of herself even though most people don’t think much of her at all. When the coach’s body is found dead in a closet at a party and the police start pointing fingers at Lulu and her family she knows she has to help the police again find the real killer. As she studies the whole picture the real culprits become clearer and clearer, she has to prove it before anyone else gets hurt.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
With a large dose of humor and some very colorful characters this whodunit is stick to your ribs awesome. I loved it!

The characters in this series are so bountiful and quirky you just have to love them. The police jumping to the wrong conclusion is standard in mysteries, and several suspects are quickly revealed but this author adds an unexpected twist that I never saw coming.

Fans of this series will love it. If you haven’t started this series there is no better time than the present.

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Thanks to the great people at Penguin I have
2 copies of this wonderful book to giveaway!
U.S. & Canadian Residents
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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.”

Posted in Giveaways

November Giveaway Hop

Click here to visit over 200 blogs participating in this hop!!!
I really like these hops!!!
But broke the rules a little bit on the last hop trying to
build my followers on this new blog.

This time the rules say “KEEP IT SIMPLE” and that’s what I plan to do!

You do not need to be a follower to enter but you will receive
1 Bonus Point For Following Escape With Dollycas
1 Bonus Point For “like”ing The Escape With Dollycas Fan Page
This meets the Hop Rules for a total of 3 entries maximum.

With Halloween in the rear view mirror for 2011 I have a couple of Devilishly good books still on my giveaway shelf so I decided to offer them to you for this hop.

The Devil’s Puzzle: A Someday Quilts Mystery (Someday Quilts Mysteries)

Nell and the crafty Someday Quilters undertake their first cold case in the latest addition to this bewitching series.

After their quilting retreat upstate, the Someday Quilts ladies return to Archers Rest to prepare for the town’s big anniversary celebration. But their plans are unexpectedly derailed by the discovery of a human skeleton in Nell’s grandmother’s backyard-making Eleanor the prime suspect in a murder. But a skeleton isn’t the only thing that’s long been buried. When a wave of vandalism raises fears that the town’s bygone history of witchcraft has been reawakened, secrets are unearthed that could change life in Archers Rest forever. In addition to a thrilling mystery and the warm camaraderie of the ladies, The Devil’s Puzzle is full of the quilting lore and techniques that Clare O’Donohue’s readers adore.


Sup with the Devil (An Abigail Adams Mystery)

Divided loyalties can lead to deadly obsessions…The new mystery starring American icon Abigail Adams!

After an attempt on the life of her young nephew Horace, Abigail Adams, wife of attorney John Adams, travels to Harvard to investigate. A mysterious woman hired Horace to translate some Arabic, then left him at the mercy of her henchmen. He survived-with a tale of pirate treasure…

Meanwhile one of Horace’s fellow students-loyal to the King-is murdered. The Sons of Liberty are desperate to find the rumored gold, but Abigail wants the truth. For the Devil’s treasure comes with a curse that could bring down anyone, regardless of where their allegiance lies.

Both books will come with some bookish swag!!

You can enter for both books by filling out 2 separate forms.

Winners will be chosen using

Winners will be notified by email and be posted here.


Posted in Reviews 2011

Kris Jenner … and All Things Kardashian

Kris Jenner . . . And All Things Kardashian
Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing
Available Now

Kris Jenner is the “Momager” to all her kids but is her husband Bruce’s manager as well. Most people today know her from their family show Keeping Up With The Kardashians but there is so much more to her story. How she got to the point she is in today. From where she started with the strong women who influenced her early in life, to her marriage to Robert Kardashian, to her friendships with Nicole and O.J. Simpson, to how she met and married Bruce Jenner. She tells all.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I was so excited to get this book for review. I do not watch a lot of reality television but I do watch all the Kardashian shows. I find them to be a nice “escape” for me and one of my “guilty pleasures”, even with all Kim’s drama happening now with her divorce, but that’s a topic for another day. It is just sad that it may have taken away from Kris’s big launch of this very entertaining and enlightening book.

This book is 98% about Kris Jenner’s life before the Kardashian family entered the television spotlight with their shows. I knew her first husband was part of O.J. Simpson’s “Dream Team” but never realized the friendship between Kris and Nicole Simpson. Kris gives us the inside view of that friendship and the trial and unique way it touched her whole family, including her now husband Bruce Jenner. 

A lot of people say the Kardashian’s are famous for being famous and that may be true. Kris Jenner is the force behind this family and she took what she had to work with and has basically turned it to “gold” for this entire family. You cannot argue her work ethic, she is a successful business woman and has passed her drive onto her children. Mistakes were made in her life but she kept going. The book is a testament to perseverance.   This book is written with the same mantra as the show, she tells us the good and the bad, the triumphs and the pitfalls. 

She did gloss over a few things in the book that I felt should have been addressed but then I realized they weren’t part of her story. Let Kim talk about her trials and tribulations in her own book someday. The same with the Scott Disick drama, that is for Kourtney to talk about in her own time.

I truly enjoyed this well written memoir. If you are a fan of the Kardashians you will like it too.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free 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.”

Posted in It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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.


The Puppy That Came for Christmas:
How a Dog Brought One Family the Gift of Joy

My Review

Kris Jenner . . . And All Things Kardashian

Review will be up tomorrow.

Hickory Smoked Homicide (A Memphis BBQ Mystery)

Riley Will Be Here For Cozy Wednesday This Week!!!

The Christmas Wedding

Review will be up on Thursday!


A Pinch of Love: A Novel


The Gingerbread Bump-Off: A Fresh-Baked Mystery

Livia will be here next week for Cozy Wednesday!

Tressed to Kill (Southern Beauty Shop)

My Just For Fun Book for October, playing catch up!!

Edited for Death

For Review

This Giveaway Hop Starts Tonight at Midnight

Be sure to check out the Current Giveaways Tab!!

Details For Next Year’s Challenge Will Be Coming Soon!!


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Monday’s Music Moves ME!

This is  a fun meme conducted by Xmas Dolly, co-conductors Stacy from Stacy Uncorked Lorie fromThe 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 80’s Music!!!

That should get your Monday off to a good start!!
Click one of the above links and add you own favorites!!

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Kathleen Ernst Giveaway Winner

Kathleen offered a very special giveaway when she was here last month to Guest Post.
She is giving away your choice of one of her books. The winner can choose any of her seventeen titles. The Heirloom Murders, one of her American Girl mysteries, a Civil War novel—the choice will be yours!

Today I get to announce the winner!!

Heather D. (California)

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Posted in Thoughts


Hosted by: Erika, the girl next door grows up

Welcome to
Feel Good Friday!!!

Erika had found that a lot of her bloggy friends reading posts about being positive, so she thought she might try her very own meme. She just wanted everyone to feel good and have some happy thoughts as you begin the weekend.

“The Girl” is busy constructing a new website so for the time being this feature is being hosted by lia sophia tomgirl. She has a great blog, be sure to check it out!

What made me FEEL GOOD this week?

First it is my Mother-In-Laws Birthday

My oldest daughter and grandson moved to their own apartment this week after living with us for about 3 years so it has been a really quiet week around here. Thankfully they have stopped by everyday so I could get my hugs and kisses.

He was still here for Halloween!!

My sister stopped by to visit and brought me some cool old photos she found recently. This one was my favorite.
This my grandma, my uncle and my mom.

As you can see in the sidebar the cats have been turning up in some unusual places.

All looking very innocent, 🙂

This image gave me a good chuckle this morning so I thought I would share

What made you Feel Good this week?
I hope you will take a moment to share!

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How To Party With A Killer Vampire Giveaway Winners

Kelly B. (Arizona)
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They have each won a copy of
How to Party with a Killer Vampire: A Party-Planning Mystery

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