Oct 242019
 


Versions of Her
Women’s Fiction (Fantasy)
Setting – Wisconsin
Red Adept Publishing (July 1, 2019)
Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1948051346
ISBN-13: 978-1948051347
Kindle ASIN: B07TF4YBBH

On the surface, Melanie Kingstad-Keyes’s life is the picture of success. She’s a tenure track professor at a prestigious university and has a perfect husband. But a recent miscarriage has left her reeling and her marriage tenuous. Selling her family’s Lake Indigo summer home, which she hasn’t visited in fifteen years, feels like the perfect distraction from her problems. Now, she only needs to persuade her younger sister, Kelsey, to go along with her plan.

Stuck in a dead-end job, Kelsey Kingstad bounces from one doomed relationship to the next as she struggles to jumpstart her adult life. Carrying the guilt of her mother’s untimely death, Kelsey is reluctant to let go of the Victorian house filled with memories of her mom and their childhood.

When the sisters find a mysterious hidden door, Melanie and Kelsey discover that they can directly view their mother’s younger years and learn all the secrets she never shared with them. Delving into her memories is fun at first, but Melanie and Kelsey quickly uncover difficult truths, throwing their own life choices into question and making them wonder if they ever truly knew their mother. Visiting the past may help them find closure, but the cost could be steeper than they realize.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Sisters can be as different as night and day and that is the case with Melanie Kingstad-Keyes and Kelsey Kingstad. Melanie has always been driven and Kelsey is more laid back. But Melanie has recently suffered a miscarriage and the life she has planned so carefully may not come to fruition. Kelsey is having trouble dealing with her mother’s death and it is affecting her life. Their father has remarried and left the area. They try to get together for the holidays.

Melanie has decided it is time to sell the family’s summer home on Indigo Lake. She has the blessing of her father but Kelsey isn’t so sure she is ready to let go. But Melanie goes ahead and sets up a meeting with a realtor and tells Kelsey to meet with her. They find the home in worse shape than expected, but Melanie is sure they can get everything ship-shape and ready to sell quickly. She decides that after her miscarriage some time away from her husband at Indigo Lake is just what she needs.  It will give her a chance to think while overseeing the repairs the house needs.

Soon after she arrives Melanie makes a surprising discovery and can’t wait to share it with Kelsey. She has found a hidden door that opens into a hidden room. That room enables some amazing things to happen. Things that give the girls pause. Things that shock them and things that make them rethink their lives.

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I just skimmed the synopsis provided by the publisher before I started reading and I think it gives too much away. That being said, I hesitate to say too much because I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone. But I really enjoyed discovering the treasure of the story and what it encompassed right along with the Kingstad sisters instead of expecting it and knowing what it entailed. I really got caught up in the mystery room and wish so much for one of my own.

This story was incredibility well-written. The characters were all introduced well and depth was built over the course of the book. I feel the sister dynamic was realistically portrayed. Being the younger sister in my family I did identify with Kelsey and could see some of Melanie’s traits in my sister. It is clear the sisters have a strained relationship and they needed this time together. Kelsey’s dog, Sprocket was a great unifier and brought some humor into the story. The other characters we meet all have a purpose and are fleshed out as time passes.

I love that the story is set in my home state of Wisconsin. There are a lot of lakes throughout the state with plenty of homes surrounding them. The author did a great job of describing the area and bringing it to life. I could easily imagine all the activities that happened there over the years.

Versions of Her is a heartwarming story filled with memories. It also a clear message. I found the story to be filled with emotions and growth. Melanie and Kelsey took a journey within these pages and I was happy to go along for the ride.

This is not the type of story I would typically read but I found it to be entertaining and memorable and a Perfect Escape!

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About Andrea Lochen

Though Andrea Lochen had dreamed of being an author since the third grade, she didn’t realize creative writing was “an actual thing” until she stumbled upon the program at the University of Wisconsin as a college freshman.  After graduating from college, she earned her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Michigan and later achieved her dream of becoming a published author.

 

Andrea is now the author of three novels: The Repeat YearImaginary Things, and Versions of Her.  She teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Waukesha, encouraging young writers to learn the craft and pursue their own writing dreams.  She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two small children, and their adorably fluffy dog, Maddy.  In her free time, she likes to bake cupcakes and cakes, see musicals and plays, and read as much as humanly possible.

Author Links – Author Website – Facebook – Twitter  –  Goodreads –  BookBub  –  Publisher: Red Adept Publishing

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.”

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Oct 142019
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Massachusetts and Mackinac Island!

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

Escapes Completed


Read and Buried: A Lighthouse Library Mystery
by Eva Gates
Release Date – October 15, 2019
Setting – North Carolina
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Molded 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
by J.C. Eaton
Release Date – August 27, 2019
Setting – Arizona
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Telephone Line (The Country Club Murders)
by Julie Mulhern
Release Date – June 18, 2019
Setting – Missouri
My Review will be up on Thursday! 


Malice in Maggody (The Arly Hanks Mysteries)
by Joan Hess
Release Date – February 5, 1991 – Reprint February 14, 2017
Setting – Arkansas
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking (A Family Skeleton Mystery)
by Leigh Perry
Release Date – September 24, 2019
Setting – Massachusetts


Fudge Bites (A Candy-Coated Mystery)
by Nancy Coco
Release Date – September 24, 2018
Setting – Mackinac Island
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Versions of Her
by Andrea Lochen
Release Date – July 23, 2019
Wisconsin Author
For Review

Future Escapes

Releasing October 14 – 20, 2019


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Jun 152019
 

The Corpse Wore Stilettos
by MJ O’Neill

I am so happy to shine the Spotlight on this book today! 

I hope to read it soon!

 

About the Book


The Corpse Wore Stilettos
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Red Adept Publishing, LLC (April 30, 2019)
Print Length: 246 pages
ASIN: B07Q6VZ4V9

SHE WORE A DONNA KARAN MARKED FOR REPOSSESSION

Since Kat Waters’s father took a trip to the slammer on what she’s sure are trumped-up racketeering charges, life’s been tough. All their assets are frozen, and she’s down to the last few pairs of Jimmy Choos she can swap for rent. To keep her family out of the homeless shelter, the former socialite took a job at the local morgue—a job she’s about to lose when the body of a murder victim goes missing on her watch.

HE WORE A CAPTIVATING SMILE

While Kat’s processing the latest victim in the prostitute serial killings, ex-Special Forces soldier Burns McPhee strolls in with an air of confidence, expecting access to the Jane Doe. While Burns tries to flirt his way into examining the latest victim, whom he thinks is connected to the death of his best friend, someone else steals the body right out from under them.

THE CORPSE WORE STILETTOS

Dodging questions from the cops and kidnapping attempts from a body-snatching psycho, Kat and Burns forge a deal. He’ll clear her name and keep her safe if she gets him information on her peculiar coworkers, one of whom he’s certain is involved with the body heist. But digging up secrets can lead to a lower life expectancy. The unlikely team will need all their talents not to end up as the morgue’s next clients while they hunt for a murderer, the missing corpse, and a pair of diamond-studded stilettos.

Praise for The Corpse Wore Stilettos
by MJ O’Neill

I was busting a gut with this book. It’s hard to make death humorous, but MJ O’Neill has done a terrific job with this book.
~Literary Gold

This is well-written, and the characters you’re supposed to like are multi-dimensional and likable.
~Christa Reads and Writes

This new cozy series kept me guessing and laughing until the end. The characters are quirky, hunky, and a bit frightening, but all of these just add to the story and will keep you riveted to your seat.
~Storeybook Reviews

 

About the Author

As the owner of a boutique chocolate factory in Atlanta, MJ O’Neill loves to write lighthearted, romantic mysteries with a sweet twist. She has a degree in business communications from North Carolina State University. When she’s not spinning a sweet yarn or creating delicious confections, she spends time with her husband, their kids, a hyperactive cocker spaniel named Devo (after the band), a princess tabby cat named Twilight (before the book stole her name) and a collection of stray fish. The whole gang can be found tooling around the back roads of the South in their RV where MJ uses the downtime to hatch her next sweet plot.

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Purchase Link – Amazon

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June 12 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
June 12 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT
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June 13 – Cozy Up With Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
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June 14 – I’m All About Books – GUEST POST
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Jun 232018
 

Poison by Punctuation (Chalkboard Outlines)
by Kelley Kaye

About the Book


Poison by Punctuation (Chalkboard Outlines)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Red Adept Publishing, LLC (April 24, 2018)
Print Length: 243 pages
Digital ASIN: B07BTYJXCG

High school teacher Emma Lovett is finally recovering from her first year of teaching when she discovers another dead body. As if that wasn’t bad enough, this time, someone has killed a student, Kisten Hollis.

Emma and her best friend, Leslie, are desperate to solve this murder. But suspects abound. The perpetrator could be a teacher, an administrator, a member of Kisten’s zealous church community, or even another student.

Emma must juggle her teaching responsibilities, her new romance with handsome Hunter Wells, and interest from a hunky second suitor, all while searching for evidence to bring a killer to justice before someone else dies.

About the Author

“Kelley Kaye” taught High School English and Drama since 1992 in California, then Colorado and now Cali again, but her love for storytelling dates back to creating captions in her high school yearbook. Maybe back to the tales she created for her Barbie and Ken—whatever the case, the love’s been around a long time. She’s married to an amazing man who cooks for her, and they have two funny and wonderful sons.

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Praise for Poison by Punctuation (Chalkboard Outlines)
by Kelley Kaye

Poison by Punctuation by Kelley Kaye is a witty and often humorous cozy mystery with great characters!
~Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews

If you have, had, or will have children in school, or if you ever attended school at some point, there is something in this book (and by extension, the series) for you. (Oh, and bonus points for all the quotes from Shakespeare, my favorite playwright EVER!)
~Back Porchervations

 

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June 14 – Babs Book Bistro – GUEST POST
June 15 – Ruff Drafts – GUEST POST
June 15 – Jane Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST
June 16 – Laura’s Interests – SPOTLIGHT
June 17 –  Varietats – GUEST POST
June 18 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
June 19 – Cozy Up With Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
June 20 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
June 20 – My Reading Journeys – SPOTLIGHT
June 21 – StoreyBook Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST
June 22 – Readeropolis – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
June 23 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST
June 23 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
June 24 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
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Apr 052017
 


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am excited to welcome Morgan C. Talbot to Escape With Dollycas today.
Her book Smugglers & Scones is available until April 8 for just 99¢ on
Amazon, kobo and B&N.

 

The Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast might not seem like an intuitive choice for a getaway—whether romantic, adventurous, or what-have-you. But you’d be surprised what lies shrouded in its often-foggy vistas.

On a geological level (which isn’t actually level very often, thanks to the Juan de Fuca Plate diving under North America), the Oregon Coast has a lot of basalt, which makes for excellent craggy headlands and all those mysterious rocks you see rising majestically out of the surf—such as Haystack Rock. All the coolest lighthouses—and we have a lot of those—sit on basalt outcrops, high above the foaming sea. And under the right conditions, boy can it foam! In between our dark and brooding cliffs, the shore spreads wide and smooth with long stretches of golden-gray sand. In some places, the sands are strewn with shells. Other beaches bear antique glass remnants, roughly polished to a smooth gleam, and long kelp strands that would make Indiana Jones jealous on behalf of his whip. And yes, you can absolutely ride horses through the foamy surf at sunset!

Historically, the coast has only been occupied by settlers from back East for a short while—less than two hundred years. Native tribes would trade with trappers, settlers, and sailors hunting for the Northwest Passage. Even the odd Spanish Galleon got blown off course to the Oregon Coast during the heyday of trade between the Philippines and Mexico. Many of the place names along the coast reflect a myriad of local tribes, and museums dot the coastal highway, preserving vital information about those who lived along the coast before us. We even have a few buried treasure mysteries just lying around, all unsolved and everything. What are you waiting for?

The left edge of the North American Continent is a uniquely beautiful spot, especially on the Oregon Coast. You can watch sea lions from shore and whale migrations from viewpoints and boats. Sprawling aquariums showcase creatures from the Giant Pacific Octopus to seals, otters, seabirds, and fish. Hiking, kayaking, boating, camping, fishing, nature photography—it’s all here where the land meets the sea. Oregon’s outdoors is truly great.

A quirk of the Pacific Ocean brings cooler currents in summer and warmer ones in winter, so the average temperature has even less variance than many coastal locations. Weather is delightfully unpredictable, though. I once drove through a rare and honestly scary thunderstorm on my way out for a research trip. Twenty minutes later I reached the coastline, where I basked in sunny, 65-degree temperatures—in November. That was a glorious weekend!

Whether you enjoy wildlife, untamed nature, the endless stretch of the Pacific’s horizon, a good dip into history, or just tooling along to see what catches your eye next, you can’t go wrong visiting the Oregon Coast. Just remember to bring both an umbrella and the sunscreen.

Smugglers & Scones
(Moorehaven Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery
New Series
Setting – Oregon
Red Adept Publishing (January 17, 2017)
Paperback: 222 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1940215877
Kindle ASIN: B01N32N46H

 

 

Pippa Winterbourne runs Moorehaven, the Oregon Coast’s quirkiest bed-and-breakfast and former home of world-famous mystery writer A. Raymond Moore. Guests come there to write their own crime novels. When a real-life murder takes a local’s life and washes a handsome boat pilot into her arms, Pippa is yanked into a deadly plot of her own. A tangle of secrets crashes past into present, and Pippa must uncover clues dating back to Seacrest’s Prohibition days, including a secret Moore himself hid from the world.

Juggling her book-writing guests, small-town intrigues, secret club agendas, and a possibly fatal attraction, Pippa must sort fact from fiction to know who to trust before a desperate killer claims a final revenge nearly a century in the making.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Welcome to Moorehaven. Former home of mystery author A. Raymond Moore. It is now a B&B run by Pippa Winterbourne that caters only to authors who need to get away to write or complete a their books. Pippa needs to bend the rules when a boat capsizes off her shore and she rescues a man. Lake Ivens needs a place to stay while he recovers. Pippa is surprised to learn there was another man aboard who didn’t survive. The police are calling his death a homicide and Pippa’s new guest is their prime suspect. She has found herself quite drawn to Lake and knows he is innocent. With the help of the other authors staying at the B&B, she sets a course to catch the real killer.

This story has an interesting element in that the home’s original owner, who has been dead for years, becomes a very important part of the story. There is a library at the B & B that is much like a museum, containing his books, his notes and other papers. It is through these things several clues are answered and help move Pippa’s investigation along. We learn a lot about the area especially in the time of prohibition, hence the smugglers part of the title. I was really taken by A. Raymond Moore’s presence throughout the story.

The author introduces us to Pippa and how she came to be running her establishment and its unique rules. We also get to know her uncle and Lake very well. The remaining cast was not as fully developed but I hope this means we will see them again and get to know them better in future installments. There is a lot of room for all of them to grow. I can’t forget to mention the furry feline residents at the B&B too, Svetlana and Rex who won my heart easily.

The plot is full of twists and starts with Pippa’s amazing feat of rescuing Lake. Reading that part was chilling for me. That Pippa is one brave woman. After that the pace stays steady until clues start to come together and again becomes chilling.

This series is off to a wonderful start. I want to see where the author takes these characters and what other secrets Moorehaven may hold.  I am excited about this series’ future.

Dollycas

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About the Author

Morgan is an outdoorsy girl with a deep and abiding love for the natural sciences. Her degrees involve English and jujitsu. She enjoys hiking, camping, and wandering in the woods looking for the trail to the car, but there isn’t enough chocolate on the planet to bribe her into rock climbing. When she’s not writing, she can be found making puzzles, getting lost on the way to geocaches, reading stories to her children, or taking far too many pictures of the same tree or rock. She lives in Eastern Washington with her family.
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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.”

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Mar 272017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

I had an excellent reading week!
Where are your books taking you this week?

I am headed to Maine, Oregon and Scotland this week!

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

Books Completed


Off the Beadin’ Path (Glass Bead Mystery Series)
Release Date – March 11, 2017
Setting – Oregon
My Review

Kale to the Queen: A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery
Release Date – April 11, 2017
Setting – England
Review will be up tomorrow! 


Gone with the Twins (League of Literary Ladies)
Release Date – March 7, 2017
Setting – Ohio
Kylie will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!



Long Upon the Land (A Deborah Knott Mystery)
Release Date – August 11, 2015
Setting – North Carolina
My Flashback Friday Read

Currently Reading


Tightening the Threads (A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)
Release Date – March 28, 2017
Setting – Main
For Review

Books Scheduled


Smugglers & Scones (Moorehaven Mysteries Book 1)
Release Date – January 31, 2017
Setting – Oregon
Morgan Talbot will be my guest next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery
Release Date – March 21, 2017
Setting – Scottish Highlands

I need to choose my Flashback Friday Read 🙂

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