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Special Guest – Barbara Pronin – Author of The Miner’s Canary #Interview / #Giveaway


The Miner’s Canary
by Barbara Pronin

It is my pleasure to welcome Barbara Pronin to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Barbara.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a proud grandma, Brooklyn-born but a Southern Californian since graduating from CSULA. I’ve been an actor, a probation officer, a newsroom editor, and a substitute teacher, which led to my first book, “Substitute Teaching: A Handbook for Hassle-free Subbing,” and subsequently to my seven novels.

What are three things most people dont know about you?

  1. Heavy winds scare me stupid.
  2. I wish I had a sister.
  3. In my next life, I want to be a pianist.

What books/authors have most inspired you?

Sophie’s Choice/William Styron

House on Endless Waters/Emuna Elon

Leaving Time/Jodi Picoult

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

For my mysteries, unless they are grounded in science or industry (as Syndrome was) I tend to research as I am writing because I mostly need answers to specific questions. For my just completed historical novel, I researched for many weeks before beginning to write, then continued researching as new issues needed probing and because I wanted to be certain the historical aspects and timeline – and even the autos and uniforms – were correct. I would have loved to revisit Amsterdam and Haarlem, but as I was writing during the pandemic, I had to rely on my memories and my research.

 Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

Rarely – but when I do, it is usually a sign that I’m taking the story in a questionable direction or I’m not being true to my characters’ motivations. I go back, then, and read everything that’s come before, and that usually gets me back on track.

What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?

Write what you love. Join a read and critique group to give and get valuable and unbiased feedback – and when you have a polished manuscript, persevere with your queries. Rejections come for all sorts of reasons, some of which have nothing to do with your writing, so keep submitting and submitting and submitting.

 When you are not writing what do you like to do?

Read. I never seem to have enough time for it. I also enjoy cooking for friends and family. I find it relaxing. And I struggle at the piano for my ears only and only when no one else is around.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

To Africa. I adore elephants. They are such sentient beings. I would like to see them in their natural habitat – and I want to see Botswana, which Alexander McCall Smith made so real for me with his engaging First Ladies Detective Agency series!

What is next on the horizon for you?

I’m so glad you asked! I have just completed, Winter’s End, a World War II historical novel set in the Netherlands, researched and written with passion, and narrated by three young Dutch women who moved into my head and refused to leave until I told their story. It is under contract for publication in the fall of 2023.

Thank you Barbara for visiting today!


Keep reading to learn about Barbara’s latest mystery!


The Miner’s Canary
Cozy Mystery/Suspense
Setting – South Dakota
Touchpoint Press (October 25, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 326 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1956851410
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1956851410
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BBS7M1MD

“A smart heroine with a haunted past . . . a who-done-it full of twists and turns.”

 

Haunted by a death she might have prevented, single mom Julie Goldman returns to the brooding Black Hills of South Dakota to turn the old Victorian she inherits from her aunt into a bed-and-breakfast inn. But mysterious deaths are piling up, and a series of vaguely escalating threats convince her that someone wants her gone. When daughter Lu is run off the road while riding her bike, Julie knows she must find and stop whoever has them squarely in their sights.

More About Barbara Pronin

A former actress, probation officer, substitute teacher and news editor, Barbara Pronin has authored two non-fiction books in addition to six previous mysteries including three as Barbara Nickolae. A contributing editor to RISMedia with a passion for music, dark chocolate, and the L.A. Dodgers, she lives in Orange County, California, where she is currently completing a historical novel set in World War II the Netherlands.

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The Double Exposure Murder (A Robyn Cavanagh Mystery) by Jeanne Quigley #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

The Double Exposure Murder (A Robyn Cavanagh Mystery)
by Jeanne Quigley

It is my pleasure to shine my spotlights on
The Double Exposure Murder today!

About The Double Exposure Murder

The Double Exposure Murder (A Robyn Cavanagh Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Garland, a fictional town in Orange County, NY
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 278 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1956851216
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1956851212
Kindle Paperback ‏ : ‎ 278 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1956851216
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1956851212

Robyn Cavanagh enjoys a thriving second career as a portrait photographer in her beloved suburban hometown of Garland, New York. Having built a large portfolio of high school senior photos and family portraits, Robyn is thrilled when math teacher Brooke Gibson hires her to take photos of a different subject: 16 Clover Lane, the house Brooke has recently inherited from her late great-aunt. Brooke will soon put the home on the market and wants Robyn to take the photos for the real estate listing. Robyn thinks the cozy house will attract prospective buyers—until she finds bride-to-be Brooke’s battered body in the garden shed.

When Brooke’s mother asks her help in canceling the wedding plans, Robyn plays amateur sleuth and gathers clues while also collecting refunds from Brooke’s wedding vendors. With help from her friend Will Vonderlin, Robyn assembles evidence of a possible love triangle, financial indiscretions, and neighborhood feuds and builds a suspect list that includes Brooke’s fiancé, a jealous relative, a longtime rival, and a shady bartender. The clues lead Robyn to the killer and a spectacular July Fourth finale complete with a marching band and a parade of howling dogs.

Excerpt

Yogi and I arrived at 16 Clover Lane a couple of minutes before 10:30. Brooke’s Ford Focus was parked in the carport.

Brooke didn’t respond to the first ring of the doorbell. I pressed the button again and waited a few seconds. The front door was open several inches, so I called to Brooke through the screen door. When she still didn’t answer, I assumed she was either in the bathroom or the backyard. I opened the screen door and entered the house, Yogi at my heels. The door to the powder room was open, and Brooke wasn’t in any of the first-floor rooms.

“Brooke! It’s Robyn.” I yelled up the staircase opposite the front door. I listened for a few seconds then headed into the kitchen. “Let’s go out back.”

The mystery deepened when I didn’t find Brooke on the patio. More possibilities ran through my mind. Brooke could be on a stroll around the block or in a neighbor’s house for a quick visit.

I called Brooke’s cell; when it went to voice mail, I ended the call without leaving a message. I’d text her, but before I started the message, a breeze blew open the shed door. The creaky door closed with a soft thud; then, another puff of wind urged it open again.

I spotted a can of paint on the ground outside the shed. “I should’ve known Brooke would fix the shed.”

Curious about the paint color Brooke had selected, I crossed the yard and bent over the paint can. I thought Brooke might have selected sunny yellow to match the house, but she had purchased a dark green shade. New paintbrushes and a drip pan lay on the grass next to the can. Did she plan to enlist me to help with the shed’s facelift?

The shed’s door creaked open and closed a third time. I moved to secure the door shut, but first I peeked inside and experienced an adrenaline rush like I’d never had. Fighting a growing sense of panic, I wrapped a length of the leash around my hand and pulled Yogi away from the supine form on the shed’s floor.

I took a second look at the still figure, clad in cut-off jeans and a white tank top. “Brooke!” Brooke’s mouth was open, and her eyes stared at the roof. Her nose was bloodied, and scratch marks stretched from her shoulders to her wrists. Her collarbone jutted out at a sickening angle.

I pushed back the door and told Yogi to lie down, making him a makeshift doorstop. He obeyed and watched me check Brooke for a pulse and breath.

It was a futile attempt, I knew, but a necessary one.

I stepped into the doorway and called 9-1-1, my glance fixed on the steel-blade shovel on the ground next to Brooke’s body.

Great Escapes Praise for The Double Exposure Murder (A Robyn Cavanagh Mystery)
by Jeanne Quigley

For the first book in a new series, The Double Exposure Murder is a solid read. There’s a lot of world-building, but the mystery did not get lost in the mix and continued to remain front and center.
~Novels Alive

I look forward to the next book in this series and what escapades Robyn might find herself in or what trouble she might get into.
We give this book 4 paws up.
~Storeybook Reviews

About Jeanne Quigley

Jeanne Quigley is the author of the Veronica Walsh Mysteries and the Robyn Cavanagh mystery series. Unlike her fictional sleuths, she has never been a soap opera star or an accountant (though she was an accounting major for a few minutes in the spring of 1985), but she has worked for an educational publisher and in the music industry. A lifelong New Yorker, Jeanne lives in her native Rockland County.

Author Links

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Cozy Wednesday featuring Death on the Set (A Brenna Flynn Mystery) by Rose Kerr #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @rkerrwriter



Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am happy to share my thoughts about Death on the Set
by Rose Kerr today!

About Death on the Set 


Death on the Set (A Brenna Flynn Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Michigan
TouchPoint Press (March 29, 2022)
Number of Pages: 274
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09VKB8HH9

Former high school guidance counselor turns amateur sleuth to save herself from murder charge on reality show.

Brenna Flynn, returns home to Bayview City after the sudden death of her husband. Unable to find work in her field, she signs up with a temp agency to find employment. Sent on an interview for a cooking reality show, she aces it and gets the job of a production assistant.

On her second day at work, Brenna discovers a body in the studio. She soon learns she’s the police’s primary suspect. Determined to clear her name, she uses some skills she’s honed as a guidance counselor to learn more about the victim. Drawing people out comes naturally to Brenna, and she becomes a confidante to cast and crew on the show.

The stakes are raised with threatening notes, poisonings, and blackmail. Can Brenna uncover who the killer is before someone else dies?

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

After working as a high school guidance counselor Brenna Flynn knows she can probably handle any job thrown at her until a job opens up at a local school. She quickly accepts a 6-week temp job working as a production assistant for a new cooking reality show featuring three local chefs. But finding one of them dead on just the second day of her assignment would give anyone pause. Finding out she is the police’s prime suspect bolts her into action to clear her name. Using her best counselor skills she tunes in to the entire cast and crew to find out who killed the chef. When more strange things keep happening on the set she knows she doesn’t have much time to find the killer before the recipe for the next death includes her.


I love watching cooking reality shows so I just had to read this book.

Brenna Flynn is like the energizer bunny as she takes on everything thrown at her as the production assistant for a new cooking show and it seems as if her duties now include finding a killer. I loved her positive attitude even after finding a dead body so soon after losing her own husband. People thought she should quit and get away from the drama but she didn’t, she kept working while doing some snooping. Snooping that could have gotten her killed. Ms. Kerr has crafted a strong protagonist and I immediately liked everything about her.

The supporting cast includes her mom and dad, friends, Emily and Kate, her cousin Detective Bob McLean and his partner Detective Clare Morris, Jackie from the temp agency, and the cast and crew at the studio. All the characters were well written and had a purpose to the plot. The powers that be at the studio were more worried about their bottom line than a dead chef. “The show must go on.” Brenna’s family and friends were there for her and tried to keep her safe. I really liked Emily, a lawyer, because while not her regular field she was on the ball to help Brenna in any way she could, even if it was just moral support. All the interactions were believable and true to life.

The mystery was well-plotted. I enjoyed the way the clues spilled out over the course of the story. While the true culprit was high on my list I had no idea of the real motive until Brenna received key information which led up to a very exciting reveal. Again Brenna was amazing!

With Death on the Set, Ms. Kerr has set this series off to a fine start. I am excited to see where she takes her characters next. I am assuming the cast will change as Brenna takes on a new job. I am excited to see the core cast continue to evolve over the course of the series as new characters enter the fray.

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About Rose Kerr

Rose Kerr grew up in a small community in Nova Scotia. A graduate of Acadia University’s Bachelor of Arts Degree, Recreation and Physical Education, Rose worked for several organizations: Nova Scotia Figure Skating Association, Synchro Swim Nova Scotia, Northern Options for Women, and Contact North|Contact Nord. She traveled from Newfoundland to British Columbia and most provinces in between for work.

Rose and her husband settled in a small town, on the shores of Lake Superior in Northern Ontario to raise their family. A strong believer in lifelong learning, Rose took creative writing courses and began writing mysteries. More recently, Rose, her husband, and their dog Jake have moved to Southern Ontario. When she isn’t writing, Rose and her husband enjoy exploring the new region.

Rose is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Guppy Online Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and Crime Writers of Canada. For more info visit www.rosekerr.com

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #16 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling from Wisconsin to Oregon and back to Wisconsin!

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

Escapes Completed


Family Money
by Chad Zunker
Release Date – March 1, 2022
Setting – Mexico – Texas
I purchased this book for the Alphabet Soup Author Edition Challenge.
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Death on the Set (A Brenna Flynn Mystery)
by Rose Kerr
Release Date – March 29, 2022
Setting – Michigan
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Vanishing Type: A Charming Bookish Cozy Mystery
(A Secret, Book, and Scone Society Novel)

by Ellery Adams
Release Date – April 26, 2022
Setting – North Carolina
My Review will be up on Thursday!


The Sleep Tight Motel (Dark Corners Collection)
by Lisa Unger
Realease Date – September 27, 2018
Short Story
I borrowed this book from Amazon using my Prime Membership
to complete the “U” spot on my Alphabet Soup Author Edition Challenge.

Scheduled Escapes


Murder Next Door (Charlie Kingsley Mysteries)
by Michele PW (Pariza Wacek)
Release Date – April 19, 2022
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Double Shot Death (A Ground Rules Mystery)
by Emmeline Duncan
Release Date – April 26, 2022
Setting – Oregon
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Long Overdue at the Lakeside Library (A Lakeside Library Mystery)
by Holly Danvers
Release Date – February 8, 2022
Setting – Wisconsin
For Review


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #15 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Texas, Mexico, Michigan, and North Carolina!

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

Escapes Completed


Four Aunties and a Wedding
by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Release Date – March 29, 2022
Setting – California
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Pleading the Fish: A Beachfront Cozy Mystery (Seaside Café Mysteries)
by Bree Baker
Release Date – March 29, 2022
Setting – North Carolina
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Yarn That Binds (Clear Creek Mysteries)
by Rebecca McKinnon
Release Date – April 14, 2022
Setting – A Small Town in the Rockies
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!


Ruby Red Herring: An Avery Ayers Antique Mystery
by Tracy Gardner
Release Date – June 8, 2021
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read!
and my Alphabet Soup Mini Challenge book for April!

Scheduled Escapes


Family Money
by Chad Zunker
Release Date – March 1, 2022
Setting – Mexico – Texas
I purchased this book for the Alphabet Soup Author Edition Challenge.


Death on the Set (A Brenna Flynn Mystery)
by Rose Kerr
Release Date – March 29, 2022
Setting – Michigan
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Vanishing Type: A Charming Bookish Cozy Mystery
(A Secret, Book, and Scone Society Novel)

by Ellery Adams
Release Date – April 26, 2022
Setting – North Carolina
For Review

Future Escapes

April 10 – 16, 2022


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