Google decided to turn my accounts back on tonight so I am adding entry forms here. No matter how you enter all entries will be counted with the exception of all the bonus entries. If you entered at Dollycas’s Thoughts or at the original WordPress Blog through the form in the sidebar you do not need to enter again. I will manually be sure all entries are compiled and use Random.org to choose winners.
You all have been amazing through this entire upheaval in my blog life. You know if I would have done nothing, my accounts never would have been turned back on. This has been a roller coaster ride I would not wish on anyone. The good thing that came out of this is that I have this new site without the problems of Dollycas’s Thoughts that were causing many of you headaches. The old WordPress was up just 5 days and you found it but here we can use Google Friend Connect and for now Google Forms for giveaways, so good definitely came out of bad.
We should be good to go now. You can check, one, two or all 3 giveaways. I am really sorry about that.
Thanks to my Google fiasco we will have to start over the giveaways that were in progress when Dollycas’s Thoughts disappeared from the blogosphere.
Below you will find parts of the posts I was able to rescue and then these will be an easy, no frills, bare bones, giveaway entries. There will be an entry form in the sidebar for each giveaway. Simple, FULL NAME, EMAIL, MAILING ADDRESS. Each entry will be assigned a number chronologically as received and Random.org will be used to chose the winners. All 3 contests will end October 28 at 11:59 p.m. CST Winners will be emailed and the results will be posted here.
Josie Giancola is known as a button expert for all kinds of buttons and has even worked in Hollywood. Today she is opening her new button shop, The Button Box, set up in a Chicago brownstone. She also has an appointment with a well known Hollywood starlet who wants to find the perfect buttons for her perfect wedding dress. Josie arrives extra early on her opening day to make sure everything is ready for her appointment only to find that her store has been broken into and ransacked. There are buttons everywhere. Buttons she had spent many days sorting and categorizing and displaying with flawless precision.
Things don’t get any better when the next day the starlet is found dead right in the middle of The Button Box. The homicide detective seems to be looking for clues in all the wrong places and the murderer has now set his sights on Josie. She has no choice but to follow the clues she has and get this murderer all buttoned up before she finds herself “Button Holed”!
This story could not have been more perfect. Wonderful characters, a delightful complex plot, and thoroughly engaging humor.
I fell for Josie on the very first page. I come from a family of seamstresses and they all had button bowls and boxes. As a child I spent hours sorting, stacking and separating my favorites. I have my own button box around here somewhere from my sewing days and I know there are some buttons in there from my ancestors as well. Button Holed (Button Box Mystery) and The Button Box brought back some wonderful memories. Thankfully none of my memories include a dead starlet.
There is also a very interesting thread throughout the story about some very special buttons that I really enjoyed.
I was truly entertained from the first page to the last! I am patiently waiting for Kill Button, the next book inThe Button Box Mystery Series coming soon, but never soon enough!!
I have 2 copies to share!!
Detective Jane Perry is on the case. In Promissory Payback she is investigating the gruesome death of a woman with not many friends and a whole lot of enemies. “Karma is a bitch” is very true in this case.
Unrevealed contains 4 short Jane Perry stories.
ANONYMOUS: One of Jane’s first AA meetings leads her to an encounter with a woman in need of her detection skills…and a secret she never expected to uncover.
YOU CAN’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER: Forced by her boss to speak at a high school career day, Jane meets a troubled boy and finds that his story is only the beginning of a much more revealing tale.
YOU’RE ONLY AS SICK AS YOUR SECRETS: An early-morning homicide call introduces Jane to a mystery as layered as it is unsuspected.
THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM: Jane finds herself sharing a 2:00 am conversation at a downtown bar with an old acquaintance. Will the bloody night that proceeded this moment complicate Jane’s intentions?
I really enjoyed these stories. Don’t let the small number of pages fool you. These are well written short mysteries that still pack a punch with sharp dialogue, a gritty leading lady and plots that play out a break neck speed. They are the perfect quick reads to get your mystery fix. There are even more Jane Dewey novels/novelettes to enjoy and the author will be starting a new series next year with a whole new star. Keep your eye on this author!!
I have one set of these books to giveaway!
India Black and the Widow of Windsor
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
A Madam of Espionage Mystery
Second book in the series.
India Black is back and on a new mission with her friend French in Scotland.
Queen Victoria attended a séance where she is contacted by her dearly departed husband, Prince Albert, where he insists she break tradition and spend the Christmas holiday at Balmoral, their Scottish castle. The Prime Minister believes that Scottish nationalists are planing to assassinate the Queen and calls on his friend and British spy, French, who invitesIndia to join him undercover at the castle. French poses as one of the guests, while India’s assignment is to be the maid to the eccentric Dowanger Marchioness of Tullibardine.
It doesn’t take long for India to realize the Prime Minister was exactly right in his assessment of the situation. For the next few days Indiaand French will be running themselves ragged to find the Queen’s enemies and assure her safety.
Like the first book in this series, India Black, I loved this story. I adore where the author took this character on this adventure. Balmoral is a fascinating setting and I don’t know how true the author’s descriptions are of the castle, but I felt like I was right there sneaking through the hallways with India.
The story also contains a wonderful mystery with plenty of twists but what really captured by heart in this story was the humor. India has a quick wit and keen intelligence and while not at all happy with her job in this adventure she continues to entertain us with her observations and quips. The Lady India serves sets up several instances that had me laughing out loud.
Carol K. Carr is an amazing storyteller. I love her writing style. In her case, her words are worth a thousand beautiful pictures. I have absolutely no problem “escaping” far into her books and don’t want to leave after the last words are read. I want to follow India on her next adventure. Please Carol don’t make me want too long for my next trip abroad.
I have 2 copies to share!!!
I thought I should let you all know why Escape With Dollycas or Dollycas’s Thoughts Part II is now on WordPress with a new name but the same Dollycas.
It seems I posted something on a forum for Google’s Blogger (my old host site) that angered the Google gods so much that they completely shutdown all the Google products I was using including not only my blog, but my email, my calendar, my forms and spreadsheets and even the Google Map I was using for my 50 State Challenge.
This means that no one can see my history of posts that I had created since I started blogging on December 31, 2009. My husband and I spent yesterday begging Google to reactivate my accounts and me basically turning into a lump of Jello. My husband reached out to the person I credit for getting me engrossed in this bloggy world to begin with and she made a really good point, it was the blogging I loved and the friends I made and that they would find me again.
So today, I picked myself up, brushed myself off, and left my comfort zone and have started over here. There are a lot of things I need to work out yet so please bear with me. Any giveaways in progress will have to be restarted and hope to have that figured out soon.
Most important is Jennie Bentley’s Guest Post and my first Cozy Wednesday this week on this new site. It will have a very special giveaway. I may need to go back to the email/comment way until I set something new up, but just like the old Dollycas’s Thoughts, your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent is still on the job. There will be Book Reviews, Recommendations, Random Thoughts and Giveaways, lots of Giveaways.
Please pass the word of the new name Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book and the new address http://escapewithdollycas.wordpress.com/ and let them know I am still here!!!!