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Spotlight/ #Giveaway – Molly’s Misadventures by D.E. Haggerty – Great Escapes Book Tour

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Molly’s Misadventures
by D.E. Haggerty

This is my third experience with D. E. Haggerty books, having previously read Love in the Time of Murder and Murder, Mystery and Dating Mayhem. Three different books, three different heroines, three great stories.
~Back Porchervations

If you are looking for a book that will make you LOL, then look no further than this book!
~Storeybook Reviews

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Molly’s Misadventures
Romantic Comedy
Self Published
Release Date: January 11, 2016
Print Length: 225 pages
ASIN: B018BKJOLQ
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Synopsis

I’m having the suckiest day ever. First, my father, aka Mr. Grumpy Pants, calls to say his nurse just walked out on him. Likely story. I rush home to pack only to walk in on my husband getting it on with his younger, skanky secretary. Unfortunately, my quick weekend trip home to fix Dad’s problems turns into a stay of a few weeks. Luckily, I’ve got Danny, the neighbor boy I had a crush on when I was a dorky, braces-wearing, nose-buried-in-a-book teenager, and a brand-spanking new blog to keep my mind off things. Before I know it, I’m writing product reviews of vibrators and getting questioned by a store rent-a-cop at the world’s worst date ever. All while trying to figure out how to take things with Danny to the next level. Not to complicate things or anything but my boss decides to give me an ultimatum – come back in four weeks or don’t come back at all. How in the world did my life get so complicated?

D.E. HAGGERTYAbout The Author

I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on from my mom’s Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew to Little Woman. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although I did manage every once in a while to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. Another job change, this time from lawyer to B&B owner and I was again fed up and ready to scream I quit, which is incredibly difficult when you own the business. Thus, I shut the B&B during the week and in the off-season and started writing. Several books later I find myself in Istanbul writing full-time.

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Tour Participants

January 18 – Back Porchervations – Review
January 19 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
January 20 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review
January 21 – Christa Reads and Writes – Guest Post
January 22 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – Guest Post
January 23 – Escapes With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Spotlight
January 24 – Babs Book Bistro – Spotlight
January 25 – A Chick Who Reads – Review
January 26 – Musings and Ramblings – Guest Post
January 27 – I Read What You Write – Review
January 28 – Thoughts in Progress – Spotlight
January 29 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review
January 30 – Brooke Blogs – Guest Post
January 31 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review

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Spotlight / #Giveaway – Murder at the Grill by Christa Nardi Great Escapes Book Tour

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Murder at the Grill
by Christa Nardi

It’s a warmhearted and gentle story, set in a comfortable small community.
~Mallory Heart Reviews

Another fun and twisty cozy mystery from author Christa Nardi.
~Laura’s Interests

It is well written and has a very good plot.
~Melina’s Book Blog

Those who like a romance with their mystery will enjoy…
~The Ninja Librarian

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Murder at the Grill
(Cold Creek Book 3)

Cozy Mystery
Self Published
Print Length: 204 pages
ASIN: B016X7FZWQ
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Synopsis

An amateur sleuth, Sheridan Hendley jumps at the chance to work with the defense when a favorite waitress is arrested for the murder of her ex-husband. Determined to prove Zoe’s innocence Sheridan probes into the victim’s past and why he chose to return to Cold Creek 15 years after the divorce. Personalities clash and Zoe’s family closes ranks as Sheridan attempts to unlock the carefully kept secrets of the family that owns and operates the Grill. The closer she gets to finding the truth, the more her own life might be in danger – a situation that strains her increasingly serious relationship with Detective Brett McMann.

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About The Author

Christa Nardi is and always has been an avid reader. Her favorite authors have shifted from Carolyn Keene and Earl Stanley Gardner to more contemporary mystery/crime authors over time, but mystery/crime along with romance and scifi/fantasy are her preferred choices for leisure reading. Christa also has been a long time writer from poetry and short stories to the Cold Creek series, Christa has joined many other reader/writers in writing one genre she enjoys reading – the cozy mystery. The series started with Murder at Cold Creek College; Murder in the Arboretum is the second in the series. Murder at the Grill is the third. Christa Nardi is a pen name for a real life professor/psychologist from the Northeast who is well published in nonfiction and technical venues.

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Tour Participants

January 13 – Mallory Heart Reviews – Review

January 14 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,  &, Sissy, Too ! – Spotlight

January 15 – Laura’s Interests – Review

January 16 – StoreyBook Reviews – Spotlight

January 17 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review

January 18 – The Ninja Librarian – Review

January 19 – A Blue Million Books – Interview

January 20 – View from the Birdhouse – Spotlight

January 21 – Tour Page Promotion

January 22 –Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Spotlight

January 23 – deal sharing aunt – Interview

January 24 – Lori’s Reading Corner – Spotlight 

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Review – Death of a Brooklyn Landlord by Susan Russo Anderson – Great Escapes Book Tour

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Death of a Brooklyn Landlord
by Susan Russo Anderson

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Death of a Brooklyn Landlord:
A Lorraine McDuffy Mystery

Suspense – Woman Sleuths
Setting – New York
Self Published
Publication Date: December 23, 2015
Print Length: 319 pages
ASIN: B017KORLJG

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A Mystery, A Kidnapping, A Missing Mom … The First Book in a NEW Spinoff Series!

Synopsis

When newly widowed Lorraine McDuffy gets a call in the middle of the night, it’s not the ghost of her dead husband on the line, but the trembling voice of an old flame, Frank Rizzo, a local butcher. He’s found the battered body of rent-gouging Brooklyn landlord Viktor Charnov. Felled by blunt trauma to the back of his head, the victim lies in the fetal position in the back of Frank’s shop, a pork chop clenched between his teeth. The distraught butcher asks Lorraine to investigate.

As the story moves through the entangled web left behind by the landlord’s evil dealings, Lorraine searches for Viktor’s estranged wife as well as a missing teen with ties to the landlord, believed to have jumped in despair from the Brooklyn Bridge two months earlier. Along the way, Lorraine spars with Detective First Grade Jane Templeton and cares for the victim’s ten-year-old son, baseball-loving Joey Charnov, while she searches for his mother. And despite her guilt, Lorraine and Frank deepen their relationship in fits and starts.

If you’re a fan of Fina Fitzgibbons and her crew, you’ll recognize the main characters in this new series—Lorraine McDuffy, Fina’s mother-in-law and protagonist in charge of the Fina Fitzgibbons Detective Agency while Fina and Denny are on their honeymoon; detectives Jane Templeton and Willoughby, her partner Minnie, admin assistant at Lucy’s and now taking on a greater role in the agency; Cookie and her husband, Clancy; and a newcomer, Fina’s estranged father, Paddy Fitzgibbons, who creates his own boozy havoc as he tangles with Lorraine and Cookie.

Dollycas’s Thouughts

Fina and Denny are on their honeymoon so Lorraine takes over the business until they get back. Her first case hits close to home when she gets a call Frank Rizzo, a local butcher and an old flame. He has a dead body in his shop and it happens to be his landlord who just doubled his rent. Lorraine rushes to his side to check things out for herself, and then she calls him a lawyer, and then she calls detective Jane Templeton. Fina’s detective agency begins to work side by side with the police due to a shortage of man hours. They find this case may also tie in to a case of a missing teenager.

I am just amazed at how many stories contain a thread about suicide. Since my son took his life last March it seems to pop up in so many of the stories I read. Maybe it was there before but I am hypersensitive to it now. In this story it was minor enough not to make me put the book down and walk away but it still gave me pause.

I like Lorraine, she is moving on with her life after her husband’s passing and throws herself into this investigation. She stands up to the power that be and is able to care for the victims 10 year old son while she tries to find his mother. The case takes her in many directions but she is able to stay focused. Fina’s father plays a major role in the story and for me the jury is still out on him. I am not sure if his intentions are true and he still has a lot to work out to get his life on track. Like in the main series the police detectives drive me crazy.  The relationship between Lorraine and Frank surprised me as things heat up pretty quickly.

I am not sure if a story like this could take place in real life. The police are basically led around by the nose by the private investigators, but it sure does make for some entertaining reading. I am also concerned about the overlap in characters from the main series and this spin off. It will be interesting to see how this set of stories moves forward.

The story can read as a stand alone but reading the original stories will help you keep track of the vast number of characters.

enjoyable 2016

Dollycas
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About The Author

Susan Russo Anderson is a writer, a mother, a member of Sisters in Crime, a graduate of Marquette University. She’s taught language arts and creative writing, worked for a publisher, an airline, an opera company. Like Faulkner’s Dilsey, she’s seen the best and the worst, the first and the last. Through it all, and to understand it somewhat, she writes. Too Quiet in Brooklyn, the first book in the Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mystery series, published December 2013. The second book in the series, Missing Brandy, about a missing teen, published September 2014, and Whiskey’s Gone, about the abduction of a single mom, completes a trilogy.  Fina’s fourth book, THE BROOKLYN DROP, published August 2015.

 

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Tour Participants

January 18 – StoreyBook Reviews– Spotlight
January 19 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – Review
January 20 – Back Porchervations – Review
January 21 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review
January 22 – Island Confidential – Interview
January 23 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,  &, Sissy, Too ! – Spotlight
January 24 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review
January 25 – Lori’s Reading Corner – Guest Post
January 26 – Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes – Spotlight
January 27 – Babs Book Bistro – Spotlight

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #2

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

Happy Monday Everyone!! 

I spent most of yesterday with an internet that kept going down. It look me until almost 3 p.m. to get all my book tours promoted. So aggravating, it has been doing this for weeks. Every time I see a CHARTER commercial on television I just want to scream. Sadly that is about our only option here. Well time to start complaining and get this post done before it goes down again.

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

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Death Goes to the County Fair (An Ogallala Mystery)

Release Date – October 15, 2015
My Review
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Karma’s a Killer (A Downward Dog Mystery)

Release Date – January 8, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tommorrow!
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Foreign Éclairs: A White House Chef Mystery

Release Date – January 5, 2016
Julie Hyzy is my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!
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Kingdom Come: An Elizabeth Harris Mystery

Release Date – January 5, 2016
Jane Jensen will be my Special Guest this Thursday!
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Killer Run (Tourist Trap Mysteries)

Release Date – August 18, 2015
My Flashback Friday book for this week.
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ON DECK THIS WEEK

Gunfight at Grace Gulch (Christian Cozy Mystery) (A Dressed For Death Mystery Book 1)

Release Date – February 28, 2015
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!
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Daisies For Innocence: An Enchanted Garden Mystery

Release Date – January 5, 2016
Bailey Cattrell will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week.
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Death of a Brooklyn Landlord: A Lorraine McDuffy Mystery

Release Date – December 23, 2015
The Great Escapes Tour stops here January 25.
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Review/ #Giveaway – Death Goes To The County Fair by Annette Drake – Great Escapes Book Tour

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Death Goes To The County Fair
by Annette Drake

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Death Goes to the County Fair
(An Ogallala Mystery)

New Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Missouri

Print Length: 100 pages
Publisher: Baskethound Books (October 15, 2015)
ASIN: B014I7MH56
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Synopsis

Joni Harte knew her first job out of college would be tough, but she didn’t expect it to be murder.

With the ink mostly dry on her journalism degree, Joni accepts the position of news reporter and photographer for The Ogallala Gazette. She’s tasked with chronicling all of the goings-on of the quirky characters who inhabit this small Missouri town.

While investigating the identity of the first murder victim, Joni makes an enemy of the local sheriff. Worse, she catches the attention of a violent stalker who promises to cure Joni of her curiosity.

As the Ogallala County Fair comes to an end, Joni must uncover the truth before she comes to hers.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

A new amateur sleuth hits the cozy scene. Joni Harte, fresh out of college, moves to Ogallala to start her journalism career.  Her stories this week will resolve around the county fair. Parades, carnival rides, kids with their sheep and cows, fried foods, a beauty contest, just general fair stuff. That is until murder is added to the fair’s fare. Joni finds herself asking the right questions to the wrong people and may end up paying more than her fair share.

Annette Drake squeezes one heck of mystery into 100 pages. The synopsis call the inhabitants of this Missouri town “quirky”, well they are that and then some. A few are totally off their rocker. The dialogue is was fantastic and fun.

The story does include quite a bit of humor but their are suspenseful moments too. Pretzel like twists kept me guessing but I figured out a little bit before Jodie did.

I think this series is off to a great start. I look forward to more stories about Jodie and her family and the residents of Ogallala.

enjoyable 2016

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

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About The Author

Annette Drake is a multi-genre author whose work is character-driven and celebrates the law of unintended consequences.
Death Goes to the County Fair kicks off the premier of her cozy-mystery series set in Ogallala, Missouri. The book premiered on October 15th.

Her romance titles include A Beautiful Day in Alaska, A Year with Geno, and Celebration House.

Annette’s middle-grade novel, Bone Girl, was published in March of 2014 by Baskethound Books and is available in ebook, print and audiobook.

Annette makes her home in Washington State. A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, she loves ferry rides, basset hounds and bakeries. She does not camp. If she can help it.

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Tour Participants

January 4 – Jane Reads – Review, Guest Post
January 4 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
January 5 – Laura’s Interests – Review
January 5 – Mallory Heart Reviews – Review
January 6 – fuonlyknew – Review
January 7 – A Blue Million Books – Interview
January 8 – Book Babble – Review
January 8 – THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK – Spotlight
January 9 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Interview
January 9 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review
January 10 – Readsalot – Review
January 10 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,  &, Sissy, Too ! – Guest Post

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #1

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

Happy Monday Everyone!! 

I had taken 2 weeks off from the Great Escapes Book Tours. Two weeks without that little bit of stress of promoting was sure nice. Today I am back at with 7 tours and 2 more starting on Friday. I thought the extra time would give me a chance to get caught up on things and do a bit of blog housekeeping. I did get my Ratings graphics updated and a button made for my Literary Escapes Personal Challenge, formerly Where Are You Reading? that was hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. I still need to add all of this years books to the State Pages. I hope to get that done soon and stay on top of it better this year.

I did spend a lot of time with family and some late nights reading. With the holidays and Mr. Dollycas home on vacation my schedule was all messed up. How did you spend the holidays?

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

FINISHED

Cinnamon Toasted: A Spice Shop Mystery

Release Date – December 15, 2015
The Great Escapes Book Tour starts today and my review will be up soon!
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To Helvetica and Back: A Dangerous Type Mystery

Release Date – January 5, 2016
Paige will be my Cozy Wednesday guest this week!
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Murder Most Malicious (A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery)

Release Date – December 29, 2015
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here Thursday!
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Checked Out: A Dead-End Job Mystery

My Flashback Friday book for this week.
Release Date: May 5, 2015
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ON DECK THIS WEEK

Death Goes to the County Fair (An Ogallala Mystery)

Release Date – October 15, 2015
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here Saturday!
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Karma’s a Killer (A Downward Dog Mystery)

Release Date – January 8, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!
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Foreign Éclairs: A White House Chef Mystery

Release Date – January 5, 2016
Julie Hyzy is my guest next week for Cozy Wednesday!
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Kingdom Come: An Elizabeth Harris Mystery

Release Date – January 5, 2016
Jane Jensen will be my Special Guest next Thursday!
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Dollycas’s Best Reads 2015

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2015 was a great year for books. All the books below received my Paradise rating, meaning I wanted to give them more than 5 stars. Some were the first books in a new series, while others were from series I have loved for years. This year a short story even makes the list.

I read almost 200 books again this year. So many received 5 star reviews. The authors continue to impress me with their fantastic stories. 

2015 was also a year of shock and sadness. My son passed away in March and my friend, author Joyce Lavene, passed away in October. Both are hardly ever out of my thoughts. I have found some comfort escaping into good books like these. 

My Top 13 Books of 2015

Dead to the Last Drop: A Coffeehouse Mystery

My Review
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Move Your Blooming Corpse: An Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery

My Review
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Looking for Mr. Good Witch (Retired Witches Mysteries)

My Review
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The Reckoning Stones: A Novel of Suspense

My Review
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A Fatal Chapter: A Booktown Mystery


My Review
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Death & the Redheaded Woman (An Auction Block Mystery)

My Review
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Suspendered Sentence (An Amish Mystery)

My Review
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One Garish Ghost & Blueberry Peach Jam (Dead by the Numbers Mysteries Book 1)

My Review
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The Glassblower’s Wife

Short Story
My Review
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The Paris Key

My Review
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Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything: A Mystery (Miss Ruffles Mysteries)

My Review
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Murder Fir Christmas (Christmas Tree Valley Mysteries) (Volume 1)

My Review
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Bridges Burned (Zoe Chambers Mystery Series Book 3)

My Review
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What were your favorite books this year? Please share them in the comment section below so we can all see them and add them to our wish lists!

Looking ahead to 2016 I see so many wonderful books in our future. New stories from our favorite authors and new authors bringing us their stories. Sadly some of my favorite series have ended or we will see the last books in 2016. The publishing world continues to evolve. I used to think I would only read print books, but this year I read more than 70 books on my Kindle and some of them made this list.

I hope you have enjoyed my reviews, recommendations, and giveaways. It has been a pleasure being your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent this year. I am excited for the new year as I start my 7th year blogging! I hope to book many more literary escapes for you all to enjoy!

Dollycas
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Need A Little Christmas – Part 1 – T’is the Season by Sharon Pape

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Holiday Short Stories
Self Published
Release Date – (November 26, 2015)
Print Length: 48 pages
ASIN: B018MV9HYI
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Four holiday short stories – quick reads for the busiest time of year, including a bit of Christmas magic.

Story 1 – The Rebels

Story 2 – The Perfect Gift

Story 3 – Seems Like Old Times

Story 4 – Luke’s Gift

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The Rebels is a bit of a futuristic tale as friends gather for Thanksgiving. I would love to know how the story continues with these characters.

The Perfect Gift is about changes in family dynamics during the holiday season. This was a beautiful story.

Seems Like Old Times shows what happens when an ex comes to the holiday dinner. I thought the story was going one way and it went another.

Luke’s Gift was my favorite of the bunch. A special visitor changes Christmas. This one brought a tear to my eye.

These were short quick reads for me as I am struggling to get into the Christmas spirit this year. Very enjoyable. Wonderfully written.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas
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Find out more about Sharon Pape on her webpage here.



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Review/Giveaway – Engaged in Danger by Barbara Venkataraman

engaged in dangerEngaged in Danger: A Jamie Quinn Mystery
4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Florida
Self Published September 11, 2015
Print Length: 242 pages
ASIN: B0159LGVHA
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Finally, life is good for reluctant family law attorney, Jamie Quinn–her father may get his visa soon, her boyfriend is the bomb, and her law practice is growing like crazy–but when she agrees to take on a high-profile divorce case, everything falls apart. What looked like an opportunity to work with her friend Grace and make some serious bucks has turned into a deadly game, one that could destroy their friendship and tear their town apart. Why couldn’t Jamie just leave well enough alone?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I reviewed the first 3 books in this series back in July.  Engaged in Danger picks up where we left off and packs another huge punch. The other three were basically novellas that could be read together for 3 mysteries in the length of a regular novel. While we did get to know the characters, this one comes in at 242 pages and gives the author more time to let the plot develop and for us readers to become more wrapped up in the drama.

Nan Glasser wants a divorce and every law office has turned her way stating conflict of interest. Marvin Glasser is a real S.O.B. who has his fingers in way to many pies and that may be deadly. Nan just wants out and begs Jamie to take her case. With Kip in Australia for 3 months, a big case may be just what Jamie needs but she is smart enough to know she can’t do it on her own. After trying to get her friend Grace and her partners to take the case, it is decided that Jamie and Grace with an assist private investigator Duke, with take the case.  Then the mayhem begins as truths are revealed, and clues lead somewhere unexpected, and Jamie finds herself in a bit of hot water.

Barbara Venkataraman has given us another smart story with a very tight plot that just flows so effortlessly.

These characters a interesting and fun. Jamie is the underdog and I wanted to see her win. I just hated Marvin Glasser. He is manipulative and petty. He may have met his match in Jamie Quinn. I was also pretty upset with Kip. The relationship with Jamie is new and was crazy that he took off for 3 months with saying good-bye. He made up for it a little but he is not back in my good graces yet. Both Duke and Grace suffered some pitfalls too. The dialogue between them all was fantastic. Even in stressful situations there was room for a little humor.

Each of these stories is better than the last. Venkataraman just keeps topping herself. I hope she is busy working on #5.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas
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About The Author

Award-winning author, Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and debt collection.

She is the author of “Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person”; “The Fight for Magicallus,” a children’s fantasy; a humorous short story entitled, “If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place”; and two books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course” and “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” which are part of the “Quirky Essays for Quirky People” series. Both books of humorous essays won the “Indie Book of the Day” award.

Her latest works are “Death by Didgeridoo,” first in the Jamie Quinn series, “The Case of the Killer Divorce,” the second Jamie Quinn mystery, and, just out, “Peril in the Park,” the latest in the popular Jamie Quinn series. Engaged in Dangerwas released in September.

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Review – Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer by Joanne DeMaio

snow deerSnow Deer and Cocoa Cheer
Woman’s Fiction
Setting – Connecticut
Self Published
Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1515120773
ASIN: B012DFPNYW
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New York Times bestselling author Joanne DeMaio delivers a delightful novel about following your heart on the snow-dusted journey home.

Jane March’s greeting cards have lost their jingle. While worried about her job at New England’s Cobblestone Cards, she stumbles upon a forgotten box of her mother’s nostalgic paintings. They depict small-town Addison’s covered bridge and red barns and picket-fenced colonials. If only Jane’s designs could capture the same heart. When her mother shows her how with a Christmas to-do list of memories in the making, Jane gets checking.

Wes Davis has come home again, jilted and a little bitter. His autumn wedding’s off, and so is his holiday spirit. Even seeing the rustic wooden deer his father whittles by lantern light doesn’t help as he settles back into the shabby Victorian home of his childhood. It is only when Wes encounters the sparkling Jane March on his winding mail route that his cold winter heart begins to thaw.

As the fall months turn wintry, and the season merry, a funny thing happens in this charming Connecticut town: Jane and Wes check off items on that Christmas itinerary, together. But falling in love wasn’t included on the list. Or was it?

Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer is a treasured keepsake, reminding us that like winter’s first snow, life brings a beautiful flurry of its own unexpected moments.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Another extraordinary story from Joanne DeMaio. If this story doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit nothing will.

Jane March and Wes Davis are both at crossroads in their lives when the reconnect in Addison Cove. She is recouping after an physical injury and he is recouping from an emotional one. Their journey over the next few weeks is almost magical.

Jane is an artist but it is the author that breathes life into her watercolors and the beautiful places around Addison Cove. Oh my, I was able to envision them so clearly in my mind. The extra little touches Jane added to her card covers positively sparkled in the author’s words. Just joyful to read.

This is going to be a hard holiday season for me, the first since my son’s death. It is stories like this one that are going to help me endure the days. I was able to escape to Connecticut for an afternoon. I did shed a few tears because Kris is never out of my thoughts but Wes and Jane’s story made me smile. All the characters were wonderful and the way the town rallies together just made me feel warm all over.

I am posting this on Thanksgiving because it was the only day I had open when I was offered this book for review and there was no way I was going to miss it. I have loved everything this author writes and her books always seem to arrive when my life needs a bit of a lift and I thank Joanne DeMaio so much for that. So my recommendation is this,  click on the book cover and buy it and download it now, then  go enjoy the day with your family. Then on Saturday evening when you have had enough of all the Black Friday and the Saturday sales, make yourself a nice cup of cocoa and head to your favorite reading spot and enjoy Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer. Come back when you finish and tell me all what you thought! I hope you think it was a perfect escape too!

a perfect escape

5 STARFISH

Dollycas
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About This Author

Joanne DeMaio is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She enjoys writing about friendship, family, love and choices, while setting her stories in New England towns or by the sea. Her novels include the New York Times bestseller Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans; Whole Latte Life, a Kirkus Reviews Critics’ Pick; Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes, a USA Today bestseller; True Blend; and The Denim Blue Sea. Her sixth novel, Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer, has just been published. Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut and is currently at work on her next book.

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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.”