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Great Escapes Tour/Review/Giveaway – Lost then Found by Christina Freeburn

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Lost and Found
by Christina Freeburn

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(New Beginnings)

First in Series
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc (April 13, 2014)
Paperback: 180 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1612527505
E-Book File Size: 479 KB
ASIN: B0061XJJKC
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Synopsis

The hope of a future for the broken begins in Mourning.

Skip-tracer Renee Stratford-Knight’s life plan changed upon her sister’s murder. Instead of using her skills to find people, Renee opened New Beginnings a firm specializing in “vanishing” abused women. Now her ex-husband -and former business partner – Jonas Knight reenters her life asking about her most vulnerable client.

Jonas knows his ex-wife helped embezzler Gina Howard elude the authorities and intends to bring the young woman to justice. When Renee is threatened, Jonas grows suspicious of his client’s reason for finding his niece.

In order to uncover the secret a teenager girl disappeared to keep, and a killer wants silenced, Jonas and Renee must struggle through distrust and the pain of their pasts to work together to save the life of teenage girl – and their own.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is an exceptional start for this series. Freeburn draws you right in as the reader strives to understand what broke up Renee and Jonas Knight. Both are skip-tracers but Renee is taking her skills in a different direction. They soon find their cases are intertwined so it is hard for them to avoid each other.  Plus there is a huge secret that is revealed and changes everything.

These characters are so fully developed from the start. You know Renee’s faith is a huge part of her life and she leans on it heavily in her work. She helps to relocate battered women, a cause that touched her family personally. Jonas was abandoned as a child and really doesn’t have much faith at all. He has serious trust issues and takes on a burden that is not really his.

This is an inspirational story in that Renee prays for God’s help throughout the book. She wants to do the right things, trust the right people and follow God’s path for her life but she has a really hard time with forgiveness.

There are several supporting characters that also shine in this story. Renee’s brother Alex and her friend Danita work with Renee at New Beginnings. She is confident is Danita’s abilities but is afraid to let Alex get too involved. She wants to keep her little brother safe. Renee’s parents also help battered women and are working to set up a shelter.

The author has given us a suspenseful plot while blending in the spiritual and romantic elements flawlessly.

This is a cause near and dear to my heart and I am thrilled with the way Christina Freeburn highlights this type of violence in this series. Although I have learned from family experience domestic violence cuts both ways. It is not always the woman or children that are the abused parties.

I can’t wait to read, Led Astray (New Beginnings Book 2)!!

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About This Author

Christina Freeburn is a full-time writers and focuses on stories with characters, especially heroines, overcoming their pasts and striving to help the down-trodden turn around their lives. The stories are sometimes told with humor, other times serious, but always with heart.

The New Beginning Series includes the books: LOST THEN FOUND, LED ASTRAY, SAFE AND SOUND, LONG GONE, and FAR AWAY.

She lives in West Virginia with her husband, children, dog, and rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid or allergic to felines.

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Webpage: www.christinafreeburn.com
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5315723.Christina_Freebur

 

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Tour Participants

June 30 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Guest Post
July 1 – Kelly P’s Blog – Interview
July 1 – i blog 4 books – Review, Giveaway
July 2 – readalot – Review
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Cozy Wednesday with Author Virginia Lowell (Giveaway too!)

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am so happy to welcome back Virginia Lowell to Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book!

Promo shots 015There’s something about decorated cookies, cookie cutters… and murder.

Decorated cutout cookies are lovely and delicious and, I must admit, challenging to create. For me, anyway. Mine never taste as good as I imagine my characters’ cookies do. But I keep trying. Which is probably why my dentist recently informed me that I need a filling. And let’s not discuss the effect those delicious confections can have on one’s weight. My characters never actually gain weight, of course. They might worry about it now and then, but that’s all. I think it’s because they expend so many calories hunting murderers.

9780425260692_large_One_Dead_CookieSo lately I’ve been pondering why cookies—and cookie cutters, especially—seem to lead my sleuths, Olivia (Livie) Greyson and Maddie Briggs, right straight into a mystery. Once they are embroiled in a mystery, making decorated cookies seems to help them solve it, as well. There’s definitely a connection between cookies and sleuthing. As the narrator of Livie and Maddie’s adventures, I feel that same connection, and it makes me curious.

When I’m writing, I love to clutter my desk with sparkling sugar containers and little bottles of gel food coloring in exotic colors like fuchsia and electric purple. They fire up my imagination. For inspiration, I’ll take a whiff of orange bakery emulsion and find myself wondering… might a character be so enchanted by the flavor that she wouldn’t notice that faint taste of lethal poison.

Cookie cutters, too, have a way of turning my mind to murder. Don’t get me wrong, cookie cutters are delightful, and I’ve collected them for years. But for me, those cutters, especially the antique ones, can evoke sinister thoughts. Maybe it’s those mysterious dents, the strange scratches, those sharp edges… I wonder what that jolly Santa Claus cutter has seen during his decades of use. Did someone hurl him at an attacker as a weapon of last resort? Are those scratches the initials of a killer? Was Santa ever used to shape a tasty yet deadly poisonous instrument of murder?

The task of creating cutout cookies is challenging, but it can also be meditative. Believe me, there’s plenty of time to think. The process can take all day, sometimes two, especially if you want to decorate the cookies with royal icing. If you happen to be trying to solve a mystery, you’ll have lots of opportunities to percolate the puzzle while you mix, chill, roll, cut, roll and cut some more, chill again, bake, cool… Olivia and Maddie find that the repetitive process of preparing and baking cookies, which is second nature to them, helps them sort through suspects and clues. (Between you and me, I don’t know how they do it. I’d space out and forget to set the timer.)

Livie is the logical thinker… well, most of the time. When murder visits Chatterley Heights, Livie isn’t satisfied until she has put together all the pieces and solved the puzzle. Maddie, on the other hand, is the artistic genius, especially when it comes to decorating cookies. Her creativity and enthusiasm provide ideas, and she possesses that risk-taking impulse necessary for both baking and sleuthing.

Now that I think about it, even writing about crime makes me hungry for cookies. I wonder why… I’ll just go get a cookie and think about it.

Virginia Lowell

p.s. And by the way, The town of Chatterley Heights wishes to convey a warning to anyone out there with murderous intent: Don’t mess with Maddie’s wedding.

About Virginia Lowell
Virginia lives in the temporarily unfrozen northland with her husband and two bossy cats. One Dead Cookie, which was just released on July 2, is the fourth book in her Nationally Bestselling Cookie Cutter Shop mystery series.

You can visit her website and at killercharacters.com

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One Dead Cookie
(A Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery)

4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (July 2, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by George Long
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425260692
E-Book File Size: 572 KB
ASIN: B009NY2RB4

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Olivia Greyson is the proud owner of The Gingerbread House—a quaint shop that specializes in all things cookie—and her best friend, Maddie, is her sidekick, baking up scrumptious treats for their cookie-themed parties. But a dead body on their front porch might put their bake shop in a truly sticky situation…

Maddie’s engagement party is just a few days away and finding the dead body of a soap star on the front porch has put quite a crimp into the plans. It seems Trevor Lane grew up just up the road in Twiterton and he left a few enemies behind and time has only let their anger fester. Even Livie and Maddie’s friend Stacy has become a suspect. They have no choice but to use their baking and sleuthing know how to mix up the perfect recipe to catch the real killer.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I absolutely love this series. Livie is trying so hard to make her friend Maddie’s party super special but soon realizes she is in over her head and that’s even before the branded victim is found on the front porch.

These characters are so wonderfully written. Their dialogue always rings true. The friendship is the foundation each and every story is built on. People with friendships like Livie’s and Maddie’s are truly blessed.

The mystery sure doesn’t crumble, it is plotted perfectly. There are plenty of suspects and I found myself thinking I knew the killer more than once and was wrong every time.

Another fantastic story from Virginia Lowell. Can’t wait to see what this smart cookie has up her sleeve for readers next!
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“One of the best novelists around, period.”
Washington Post

“Lippman has enriched literature as a whole.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“Lippman is a writing powerhouse. ”
USA Today

“What an amazing writer!!”
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And When She Was Good: A Novel
William Morrow (August 14, 2012)
An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0061706875
Mystery

In the burbs she is a single soccer mom with a forgettable job. In Washington she is a redheaded lobbyist with a pretty mediocre record. But in fact if you can afford her hourly fee she will be the woman of your dreams.

She has gone from what he father called a girl with a “nothing face” to a woman with a very secret life. She has no real friends, keeps her life highly compartmentalized, trusts very few, all while trying to shelter her son from what really pays for their upper class lifestyle.

Then her accountant starts asking questions. Her longtime protector is hinting at new mysterious dangers. Her employees can’t be trusted. Her son’s father may be getting out of jail. Oh and another suburban madam has been found dead.

Nothing is what it seems and the stakes are higher than ever.

With no formal education, no real family, and no friends, it is time to remake her life yet again. The disappearing is the easy part. The hard part is staying alive long enough to get to the easy part.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
What an amazing writer! And When She Was Good is oh so good!!

The character of Helen/Heloise just jumps off the page. We see the why and the how her life made this journey. Terrible circumstances and poor choices made to escape those circumstances put her on this path. A believable path, easy to understand, leads her to this dangerous situation.

I was afraid at first that this was going to be a pretty stereotypical story, abused child grows up to become a prostitute, etc. But Lippman took the story in another direction. She brought out the mother’s love for her son. A son with a life so very different from her own. She had two parents in a harmful environment with a mother who put her husband’s needs and her safety ahead of the needs and safety of her daughter. Heloise is doing everything for her son to protect him and give him the life she never had. She is making her decisions putting him first. Most of the people around her don’t even know she has a son. She lives to keep him safe. Aside from the danger she now faces she knew there would come a time that her life would need to take a new direction. As her son matured it would be much more difficult to hide or explain the truth about how she makes a living. The present situation just moved up her timetable and she needs to make the right choices this time.

The story travels back and forth through time and that kept the pages turning at a very rapid pace. It is a story of survival. A small reminder of nature versus nurture. With different parents Helen would have traveled down a very different path. There would have been no Heloise. This is one of those books that will make you want to hug your kids tight after reading it.

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About This Author
Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar ®, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association.

Ms. Lippman grew up in Baltimore and attended city schools through ninth grade. After graduating from Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md., Ms. Lippman attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Her other newspaper jobs included the Waco Tribune-Herald and the San Antonio Light.

Ms. Lippman returned to Baltimore in 1989 and has lived there since. She is the daughter of Theo Lippman Jr., a Sun editorial writer who retired in 1995 but continues to freelance for several newspapers, and Madeline Mabry Lippman, a former Baltimore City school librarian.

Check out her website at http://lauralippman.net/
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From Press Release:
With more than 3,000,000 copies of her books in circulation, best-selling author Loree Lough’s titles earn 4- and 5-star reviews and industry/reader’s choice awards. She has received nearly 10,000 letters from fans who write to say she’s “a gifted writer whose stories touch hearts and change lives.” Her 9/11 series, First Responders (From Ashes to Honor, Honor Redeemed, A Man of Honor) is no exception, and it’s raising awareness and funds for organizations that assist soldiers and first responders, and their families. (For more information about these worthy groups, visit http://www.loreelough.com)


Honor Redeemed: First Responders Book #2
Abingdon Press
First Responders Series
2nd Book in the Series

I feel the book synopsis on the back of the book and web sites tells you the whole story. I like a synopsis to tempt me and make me anxious to read the book, so here is the synopsis I would have written.

Honor Mackenzie trains search and rescue dogs and participates in several Search and Rescue missions. Honor meets Matt, a journalist at the site of a plane crash. After that their lives change, making them face their pasts and think about their futures. Can they have a life together?

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I was so excited when I received this book. I grew up around firemen, the first group of search and rescue teams before the specialized teams of today. My dad was the fire chief, my husband was a volunteer fireman as were most of his friends. It was kind of the family business, and they took part in many search and rescues and I even took part in one. Maybe my hopes were just too high. At first I thought it was because I had not read book one of the series. I am usually quite rigid about reading books in order but then decided the problem wasn’t that I missed something brought to light in the first book, other reviewers that had read both books had the same issues I had.

I thought the theme of this series was Search and Rescue so most of the book would be about searching and finding people using the wonderfully trained dogs. That was not the case. The searches really took a backseat. Instead it was a story about the relationship between Matt and Honor or the non-relationship.  Within the last few pages there is a major development that gave me hope about the whole story,  then the story abruptly ends and a page and a half epilogue tries to bind up the loose ends. I wish the author would have left off the epilogue and left the ending to the reader’s imagination because I hated the ending.

I understand from press releases that Loree Lough has several bestsellers and this is my first experience with her books. The subject matter, Search and Rescue, is a wonderful theme and I have read the press release material that says her books are raising awareness, but I just didn’t get it from this book.  I do commend her for trying to honor the first responders and giving us a glimpse into their lives but at the end I felt cheated. Too many things glossed over and left unresolved. Maybe they will be addressed in Book 3 of the series. I hope so. Maybe this is her writing style and her idea of a cliffhanger. I just didn’t like it.



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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.”