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Posted by on August 3, 2015 in Uncategorized


Scrapbook of the Dead by Mollie Cox Bryan – Interview and Review


It is my pleasure to welcome one of my favorite authors to the blog today. And I have to give a shout out to Lori at Escape With Dollycas because I might never have discovered Mollie’s books if it hadn’t been for her Great Escape Tours. Mollie agreed to answer a few questions for us today.

  1. When did you first decide you wanted to be an author?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be an author. Even when I had other aspirations, like dancing and acting, I always wrote.

  1. What is your writing schedule like? I get up around 4 in the morning and write before my family gets up.

  2. What do you like to do when you are not writing? I love to exercise—I run, do Yoga, and Zumba. And I love to read.

  3. What is your favorite children’s book? This is a tough one. I think “Mama, Do You Love Me.”

  4. What is your favorite adult book? Beloved by Toni Morrison.

  5. If you were not a writer, what would you be? A librarian or book store owner. 

  6. What is your favorite treat? Pumpkin pie, still warm from the oven.

  7. If you could have a meal with any author (living or dead) who would it be and what would you eat? Jane Austen and we’d have high tea, with plenty of finger sandwiches and fancy cookies.

  8. Scrapbook-of-the-Dead
  9. This series just keeps getting better and better with every book, and SCRAPBOOK OF THE DEAD is the cream of the *crop.
    ~Lisa K’s Book Reviews

    The Cumberland Creek Mysteries are one of my favorite cozy series. Scrapbook of the Dead by Mollie Cox Bryan is her best book yet!
    ~Jane Reads 

    …one of those books I read in one sitting–I just couldn’t put it down!
    ~Book Babble 

    I had such fun sleuthing with this gang again. The characters ages ranged from young to senior and they kept me laughing and flipping pages to find out who the surprise villain was.
    Laura’s Ramblins and Reviews

    Scrapbook of the DeadScrapbook of the Dead
    (A Cumberland Creek Mystery)
     (Book 5)

    Cozy Mystery
    Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
    Publisher: Kensington (September 29, 2015)
    ISBN-13: 978-0758293589
    ASIN: B00RRT30J0

    Halloween means spooky scrapbooks for the Cumberland Creek Scrapbook Crop, but what’s been happening around town is truly frightening. First a dead woman is found in the freezer at Pamela’s Pie Palace, and the next day a second woman is found murdered by the river. Reporter Annie Chamovitz learns the victims were sisters and is certain their deaths are linked. Most bizarre of all, both women were found clutching scrapbook pages.

    As their Saturday night crop quickly becomes an opportunity to puzzle out the murders, the ladies begin to wonder if Pamela is hiding more than her secret recipes for delicious pies–or if the crimes are related to the startling discovery that there are gangs in Cumberland Creek. As All Hallows Eve approaches, the crafty croppers must cut and paste the clues to unmask a deadly killer.

    Includes tips and a glossary of terms for the modern scrapbooker!

    MOLLIEAbout The Author – 

    In addition to the Cumberland Creek mystery series, Mollie Cox Bryan wrote the regional bestseller Mrs. Rowe’s Little Book of Southern Pies and Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant Cookbook: A Lifetime of Recipes from the Shenandoah Valley . An award-winning journalist and poet, she currently blogs, cooks, and scrapbooks in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband and two daughters. Scrapbook of Secrets was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel.

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My thoughts: FTC Disclosure: I received an Advance E- Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

In this latest installment in her wonderfully crafted scrapbooking mystery series, brings us to the mystery on page one. The story starts with the discovery of the body of a young woman in the freezer at Pamela’s Pie Palace. Ms. Bryan grabs the readers attention from page one and doesn’t let go until the end. Not only does she craft an engaging mystery, but she has created wonderful characters with great depth. I’ve read all the books (but not the novellas) in the series and each time I open a new book in the series it’s like visiting old friends. I love that with each book we learn more about the characters and get to see them grow. And the scrapbooking tips are big plus as well.

If you love a well crafted mystery and enjoy scrapbooking, then this series is for you.

Want to win a print copy of this book? Head over to the Escape With Dollycas Tour Page and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway.

Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour.


October 1 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview

October 2 – Jane Reads – Review, Guest Post

October 3 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – Review

October 4 – Book Babble – Review

October 5 – Queen of All She Reads – Review

October 6 – A Fold in the spine – Review

October 7 – Brooke Blogs – Spotlight

October 8 – fuonlyknew – Review

October 9 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Interview

October 10 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review

October 10 – readalot – Review

October 11 – shelley’s book case – Review, Guest Post

October 12 – Back Porchervations – Review

October 13 – Laura’s Interests – Review

October 13 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review

October 14 – Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – Review

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Posted by on October 9, 2015 in Uncategorized


Floral Depravity by Beverly Allen – Interview, Review and Giveaway


It is my honor to welcome Beverly Allen to the blog today.It was a pleasure learning a little about Beverly, especially since it seems we have more in common than just our first names. Thank you so much for joining us today.  Thanks to the author/publisher I have one print copy to give away to a lucky reader. Just leave a comment for Beverly by midnight October 11th. And don’t forget to leave a way for me to contact you if you are the winner.

  1. When did you first decide you wanted to be an author? 

Somewhere in my 40s, much later than many of my author friends. I kind of came in the side door. I was writing puppet skits for kids in church, then some fiction, just for fun. It wasn’t until then, when I realized how much I enjoyed both the process and the challenge of writing, that I entertained the idea of trying to write something for publication.

  1. What is your writing schedule like?

I like to write in the morning, but not the early morning. I usually need the coffee to kick in, and then I’ll write. I like to write in segments of at least 500 words, sometimes 1000, depending on how easy the words are coming. Then I’ll take a mental break before adding another segment (or more, depending on how close deadlines are looming).

  1. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I enjoy reading. I love playing board games. I’m also fond of campy old television and classic movies. I cook, bake, and have tried my hand at any number of crafts.

  1. What is your favorite children’s book?

Would it be cheating if I’d never read it as a child? I fell in love with Doctor Seuss when my daughter was little. I think my favorite was one of the more obscure titles, Mr Brown Can Moo, Can You? Something about that book I just loved to read aloud. As a child I loved a lot of different books. I fondly remember Flat Stanley, Curious George, and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

  1. What is your favorite adult book?

It would be easier to ask me to pick my favorite child, since I only have one. I am a person of faith, so the Bible has been important to me. Lord of the Flies was not a pleasant read, but perhaps it had a big impact on me, and how I see people (and write mysteries). Also loved The Miracle Worker, the story of Anne Sullivan, which was a little more uplifting. Ugh, so many good books.

  1. If you were not a writer, what would you be?

My college degree is in engineering, but that wasn’t a good pick since it didn’t allow enough creative expression. I needed something that allowed for creativity. Maybe an interior designer or some kind of artist or musician. Or a cake decorator.

  1. What is your favorite treat?


  1. If you could have a meal with any author (living or dead) who would it be and what would you eat?

That would be hard, because I get all fan-girl around my favorite authors. I think it would be fun to sit down with Agatha Christie and get some mystery writing tips. Maybe a meal of something decidedly British, like fish and chips. Or tea and crumpets. (Not sure I’ve ever really had a crumpet, but who cares, when you’re eating with Agatha Christie.)

Floral Depravity
by Beverly Allen

A sweet romance, lots of chuckles and surprises, and a tangled mystery. One I recommend to cozy fans.
Laura’s Ramblins and Reviews

Author Beverly Allen has managed to once again pen a story of the highest caliber. She blends mystery, humor, and charmingly fun characters together to form the perfect bouquet for her readers to enjoy.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews

9780425264997Floral Depravity
(A Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Berkley (October 6, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425264997
E-Book ASIN: B00SI027LY


In the latest Bridal Bouquet Shop mystery, florist Audrey Bloom creates an arrangement for a one-of-a-kind wedding, but ends up pruning a one-of-a-kind criminal…

As the co-owner of the Rose in Bloom Flower Shop, Audrey knows how to put together unique wedding bouquets, but this one takes the cake. The daughter of a local historian is getting married in a medieval-themed, hand-fasting ceremony, and Audrey is responsible for providing period-accurate blooms.

But making sure she gets her roses right turns out to be the least of Audrey’s problems. Shortly after the vows are exchanged, the father of the groom suddenly drops dead. When Audrey discovers the man’s death stems from monkshood poisoning, it’s a clear-cut case of murder. Now, faced with a suspect list that rivals the guest list, Audrey needs to root out the toxic killer…

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About The Author –

 Beverly Allen writes cozy mysteries with a healthy dose of comedy and sometimes a splash of romance. When not reading or writing, she enjoys cooking, crafts, home-improvement projects, and spending time with her family and four naughty, but adorable cats. She grew up and still lives, in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY.


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Tour Participants

October 6 – fuonlyknew – Review, Giveaway

October 7 – Lisa Ks Book Review – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

October 8 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Interview, Giveaway

October 9 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review, Giveaway

October 9 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview

October 10 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Giveaway

October 11 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

My thoughts:  Floral Depravity is book three in the series but it works easily as a stand alone read. Though, if you are like me, when you discover a mystery series with characters you really like, you will want to be sure to read all the books in the series. My only problem is I either need to win the lottery so I can quit my day job and read 24/7 or I’ve got to stop finding great new to me authors.  

There were many aspects of this book that drew me in. I’m a big fan of Ren Faires, even though that’s not really the same thing as the setting for this book. The medieval re-enactors Audrey finds herself involved with are way more serious, still it added an interesting flavor to the story. But the big pull for me is Audrey’s connection to her grandmother. While it’s not a big part of this story (Audrey has just purchased her grandmother’s cottage), the love Audrey felt for her is clear and is one of the things that will keep me reading so I can learn more.  

Floral Depravity is a solid good read that I did not want to put down. There are plenty of suspects to keep the reader guessing and on their toes until the end.

I love Aubrey’s way with flowers and her calm reaction to almost everything, including discovering the medieval friar is actually her long lost father. (Now, don’t get me wrong, Allen does a good job of portraying the turmoil Aubrey feels when he just pops up after all this time, but I loved how she dealt with it without totally freaking out. It was an interesting addition to the story that didn’t take away from the mystery – does that make sense?

 I have two main measures for deciding if a mystery makes the cut – do I want to read more and will I recommend it to others. Both are most certainly true about Floral Depravity. If you enjoy mysteries and flowers, then I highly recommend that you add this one to your TBR list.

Don’t forget to leave a comment for Beverly for a chance to win a copy of the book.  Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more opportunities to win.

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Posted by on October 8, 2015 in Uncategorized


CG Swaps Books N Bloggers Reveal


For the latest Books N Bloggers Swap hosted by Chaotic Goddess Swaps, I was paired with the wonderful Shayna from Bibliophilia: A Love Story.

She sent me some wonderful books: Fairest by Marissa Meyer – a book from my wish list; Raven Boys by Maggie Stievater – a book that she had read and thought was great; and LOST by Sarah Beth Durst – a book she thought looked interesting. What really worked out for me was that all of these books were actually on my wish list.

She also sent me some wonderful peppermint tea. The smell alone is wonderful and I know a cup of it will go great with the books.

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Posted by on September 22, 2015 in Uncategorized


Great Escapes Tour: Gone But Knot Forgotten by Mary Marks

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FTC Disclosure:  I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It is my pleasure to welcome Mary Marks, author of Gone But Knot Forgotten to the blog today. I love Mary’s books and I’m honored to have her visit with us.

  1. When did you first decide you wanted to be an author?

Thanks for inviting me to stop in for a chat.

I toyed with the idea when I was eight years old. I also wanted to be a ballerina and a motorcycle cop. When I reached my sixties I got an itch to write a memoir about my very colorful life and equally colorful quilts. So I began taking classes in the UCLA Writers Program. Along the way I enrolled in a mystery writing workshop and realized my true ambition was to write humorous cozy mysteries.

  1. What is your writing schedule like?

On October first every year, I begin to write my next book. I’m committed to at least ten pages, or a chapter a week. I write the first draft on the weekend, then spend the next four days polishing and editing. On Friday I attend a workshop with some very talented writers who critique my work and send me home with even more polishing to do. On Saturday the cycle begins again. My goal is to finish each book by the end of June the following year—approximately nine months from start to finish. Then I take the summer off and give the little gray cells an opportunity to work on another book.

  1. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I’d like to say I still make quilts, but that really doesn’t happen anymore. I’m more likely to be found playing hidden object computer games, reading, or watching good drama on TV.

  1. What is your favorite children’s book?

I grew up in a very disadvantaged home. We didn’t have books, and I was never read to. So I can’t say from personal experience that there was a favorite. But I did read to my children and kept a house full of books for them. My oldest daughter became a children’s book author, so I’d have to say that anything written by Lisa Rojany is my favorite!

  1. What is your favorite adult book?

Whatever I’m currently reading.

  1. If you were not a writer, what would you be?

I suppose I’d still be making quilts by hand.

  1. What is your favorite treat?

I love charoset. That’s a special food for Passover, so I make it only once a year. It’s a delicious combination of chopped dried fruits and ground raw almonds, mixed with cinnamon, honey, sweet wine and a hint of cayenne pepper.

  1. If you could have a meal with any author (living or dead) who would it be and what would you eat?

A really fascinating choice would be Moses. I’d like to get his take on how Judaism has evolved since he last spoke with God and wrote about it. We’d probably eat Middle Eastern cuisine, my favorite.

Mary Marks

Thanks again Mary, for joining us today. It was wonderful to get to know a little about you.

My thoughts:  Gone But Knot Forgotten is the next installment in the Marks’ quilting mystery series. And even though it is not the first book in the series, it can easily be read without have read the other books. (However, you’ll want to read the previous books because the series is a really a good read. You’ll want to know more about Martha Rose. It’s a great mystery with good friends, a nice love interest (I keep trying to get a really good picture of Crusher in my mind and what I keep getting is something like a cross between Matthew McConaughey and red headed Trace Adkins, but I digress) and interesting information about some of America’s Founding Mothers. After reading this book I have an urge to go read some of the women from the American Revolution.  Overall, this is a quick read that will keep you hooked from beginning to end. I strongly recommend you add this book and the others in the series to your standing TBR list – you know – the list of books that move up to the top of the list as soon as they are published. You won’t regret it.


Gone But Knot Forgotten

by Mary Marks

…a wonderfully crafted mystery. Ms. Marks takes us through a sleuthing at a perfect pace. There were more twists and turns than a quilt has stitches.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

The author does a great job with her scenes and the story line you will be pulled into the story right away and feel like you are helping Martha in her search for results.
~Bab’s Book Review

This book is interesting on so many levels. As you read, keep the title in mind and see how many ways it relates.
~Laura’s Interests

This book grabbed my attention from the beginning and kept it the whole way through.
~Melina’s Book Blog

I love these characters! They feel like real people, not caricatures of a certain type of person. Everyone I’ve met has a group of characters they wish could step off the page, and hang out with them.
~Student Of Opinions

I love cozy mysteries and Gone but Knot Forgotten did not disappoint me. It was very good and I loved the characters.
~Kaisy Daisy’s Corner

…the mystery is excellent and there are so many bits and pieces that it was really fun to watch them all come together.
~I Wish I Lived In a Library

Martha was so likable, and a super strong character! I am excited for the next book in the series!
~A Year of Jubilee Reviews

I really enjoy Martha and the regular cast of characters in this series.

Marks creates realistic, likable characters readers can relate to. The characters’ interaction quickly draws readers in and the suspense holds them pinned to the pages until the very end.
~Thoughts In Progress

(Quilting Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Kensington (August 25, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0758292094


Sorting through the estate of a wealthy recluse may sound like a fascinating task, but when the skeletons in the closets turn out to be real, Martha and her quilting pals wish they’d stuck to basting and batting. . .

Martha Rose is stunned when she hears that her best friend from high school has passed away. Her shock doubles when she learns that Harriet Oliver made her the executor of her estate. But when investigators determine that Harriet was murdered, Martha recruits her fellow quilters to help find the culprit. She’s mastered the art of piecing together blocks to create intricate quilts, but piecing together her friend’s murder will prove far more challenging. . .

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About the Author

Born and raised in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Marks earned a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA and an M.A. in Public Administration from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. In 2004 she enrolled in the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Her first novel, Forget Me Knot, was a finalist in a national writing competition in 2011. She is currently a reviewer of cozy mysteries for The New York Journal of Books at

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Posted by on September 12, 2015 in Uncategorized


Great Escapes Tour: Girl Meets Class by Karin Gillespie – Guest Post, Review and Giveaway


FTC Disclosure: I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It is my pleasure to welcome Karin Gillespie to the blog today. 


Several years ago, I was a baby writer attending my very first conference. I ducked into a session called “What’s Hot; What’s Not” In the session, I learned that Southern lit was so hot New York editors were out on the streets, rattling their tin cups, begging for it. All you had to do was toss a few sweet iced tea and kudzu references into your novel, and you were practically guaranteed a six-figure deal. After that session I believe everybody and his mama went home to dash off a Southern novel, me included.

I had a couple of things working against me. First, I wasn’t born and raised in the South therefore lacked a rich vein of authentic Southern experiences to draw from. No memories of Aunt Catfish getting tipsy on scuppernong wine and substituting salt for sugar in her chess pie. No fond childhood recollections of slapping no-see-ums as I pulled on a green glass bottle of Co-Cola. Until recently, I didn’t know a no-see-um from a mosquito and I’d never tasted chess pie. Being from Minnesota, most of my memories include snow drifts, Viking games and tater-tot hot dishes.

But my Yankee background was not my greatest disadvantage. My greatest disadvantage was I’d read very little classic Southern Lit. For instance, I didn’t know that all of Flannery O’Conner’s stories are about finding grace, or that Carson McCullers writes novels about loneliness and isolation, and I’d never even heard of Eudora Welty. (Bless my poor, frostbitten Midwestern heart).

With two grievous strikes against me, you’d think my Southern novel would end up moldering away in a streamer trunk, ink fading, pages yellowing and decaying to dust, a sham and an affront to Southern novelists everywhere.

You’d think that… but you’d be wrong.

Call it beginner’s luck or some freakish twist of fate, but my little Southern novel didn’t desiccate like a dead beetle in an anonymous trunk. Instead it’s bought by Simon and Schuster in a three-book deal and ended up on the shelves of every bookstore in America. During my book tours throughout the Southeast, I’d typically be asked, “Who are your literary influences?”

Stephen King was not the answer they were waiting to hear.

Looking back, I realize it took a lot of nerve to think I could write a Southern novel without ever having read the Southern authors who came before me. One reviewer remarked of my books, “Karin Gillespie is no Katherine Anne Porter.” I may have been more insulted if I’d known who she was.

When I went back to school for my MFA and was asked to read several Flannery O’Connor stories, I wasn’t looking forward to the assignment. All I knew about her was that she wrote a depressing story about a serial-killer.

You can guess what happened. Once I got a nibble of O’Connor, I wanted to gobble up her whole luscious literary pie. Who couldn’t blame me with prose this?

“The trees were full of silver-white sunlight and the meanest of them sparkled.”

After I’d exhausted her work, I slaked my thirst on McCullers. How could I stop myself when confronted with passages like this?

“Her head was big and loose. The beer made her legs feel peculiar too, almost as if she had four legs to manage instead of two.”

Next I gorged on Kaye Gibbons, lapped up Lee Smith and feasted on Faulkner (I ended up spitting some of Faulkner out).

Now I can’t imagine what my life would be like without Flannery, Carson and the rest. I’d love to sleep every night with “A Member of the Wedding” or “Bastard Our of Carolina” under my pillow and dream that I could write prose half as transformative. Classic Southern Lit may not have informed my previous work but it will definitely influence my future novels. As for me not being a true Southerner, you know what we non-natives say, “I wasn’t born in the South but I got here as fast as I could.”

My latest Southern novel is Girl Meets Class, and it’s about a spoiled Southern belle who takes a job teaching high school and finally figures out what she’s made of.

Thanks Karin! It was fun to get some insight on how you developed your “Southern identity.” I’m glad you got to the South as fast as you could. Thanks to the author I have an e-copy of Girl Meets Class to give away to one commenter. Just comment on what you think is the most challenging aspect of being a teacher. You have until midnight on September 21st.  A winner will be drawn on September 22nd.

My thoughts: I work in the world of education. I’m an elementary school librarian, so I see the other end of the spectrum from what Toni Lee sees in Girl Meets Class. The educational aspect was my motivation for signing up for this book tour. To be honest, once I started reading I thought I had made a mistake signing up for this tour. Horror of horrors! I didn’t like Toni Lee at all! I find it hard to read a book if I don’t like the main character. But as much as I wanted to grab Toni Lee by the shoulders and shake some sense into her, I found I couldn’t walk away from her story. And that is what makes Karin such an awesome writer. She has created a story that hooks the reader and doesn’t let go.  I really liked Carl. He is Toni Lee’s saving grace. He makes her want to rise above herself and be a good person. Everyone needs a Carl in their life. While I may not have been Toni Lee’s biggest fan when I started the book, I did find myself rooting for her. I couldn’t put the book down until I knew how her story ended. 

Despite the serious nature of the state of education for the underprivileged Girl Meets Class is a quick read that will keep the reader engaged until the end. This is the first book I’ve read by Karin Gillespie. I’m looking forward to reading other books by her.

Girl Meets Class
by Karin Gillespie

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Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Henery Press (September 8, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1941962855

The unspooling of Toni Lee Wells’ Tiffany and Wild Turkey lifestyle begins with a trip to the Luckett County Jail drunk tank. An earlier wrist injury sidelined her pro tennis career, and now she’s trading her tennis whites for wild nights roaming the streets of Rose Hill, Georgia.

Her wealthy family finally gets fed up with her shenanigans. They cut off her monthly allowance but also make her a sweetheart deal: Get a job, keep it for a year, and you’ll receive an early inheritance. Act the fool or get fired, and you’ll lose it for good.

Toni Lee signs up for a fast-track Teacher Corps program. She hopes for an easy teaching gig, but what she gets is an assignment to Harriet Hall, a high school that churns out more thugs than scholars.

What’s a spoiled Southern belle to do when confronted with a bunch of street smart students who are determined to make her life as difficult as possible? Luckily, Carl, a handsome colleague, is willing to help her negotiate the rough teaching waters and keep her bed warm at night. But when Toni Lee gets involved with some dark dealings in the school system, she fears she might lose her new beau as well as her inheritance.

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About The Author – 

Karin Gillespie is national bestselling author of five novels and a humor columnist for Augusta Magazine. Her nonfiction writing had been in the New York Times, The Writer Magazine and Romantic Times. She maintains a website and blog at Sign up for her newsletter on her website, follow her on Twitter or connect with her on Facebook.

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Tour Participants

September 7 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

September 8 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review, Giveaway

September 9 – Musings and Ramblings – Review, Giveaway

September 10 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,  &, Sissy, Too ! – Spotlight, Giveaway

September 11 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review

September 12- A Chick Who Reads – Review

September 13 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – Guest Post, Giveaway

September 14 – View from the Birdhouse – Review, Giveaway

September 15 – Kelly P’s Blog – Spotlight

September 16 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

September 16 – Book Babble – Review

September 17 – Girl with Book Lungs – Review

September 18 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post

September 19 – Laura’s Interests – Review, Giveaway

September 20 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review, Giveaway

September 21 – A Blue Million Books – Interview


Posted by on September 7, 2015 in Uncategorized


Spotlight: Cancans, Croissants and Caskets by Mary McHugh


The Happy Hoofers series about five lovely women who solve murders while dancing at resorts, on trains and cruise lines. Check out the latest installment (book #3) in the series.

Cancans, Croissants and Caskets
by Mary McHugh

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(A Happy Hoofers Mystery)

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (August 25, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617733635


You can’t tiptoe when murder’s afoot…

It’s Bastille Day in Paris. The Happy Hoofers—Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini—are all set to kick off the fete by dancing the cancan on a beautiful sightseeing cruise down the Seine. As the leggy ladies soak in the magic of the city of lights, everything is magnifique…until a very important patron goes belly-up on the top deck.

On the heels of their French debut, murder takes center stage. The five daring dancers will need to step lively to stop the crafty killer fast…or their grand finale will turn out far more explosive than the fireworks over the Eiffel Tower…

Includes Fashion Tips And Tasty Recipes

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About This Author

  • Mary McHugh graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, with a B.A. in English literature and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. She is the author of the first two books in the Happy Hoofers series, Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses and Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities; 19 nonfiction books; and two other novels. She was a contributing editor for Cosmopolitan, an articles editor at Woman’s World, Travel Holiday, and Bridal Guide, and has written articles for The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and Family Circle.  She loves to tap dance and to travel—two passions that inspired her to write the Happy Hoofers series. She lives in the New York area.

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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Uncategorized


Great Escapes Tour: Killer Run by Lynn Cahoon – Guest Post and Review

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It is my pleasure to welcome Lynn to the blog today. I LOVE her books and it’s always a pleasure to talk with her.

Run? Walk? Read?

Hi there! Thanks for having me over to Book lady’s Book notes today. I thought we’d do a top ten list on reasons to visit South Cove, California, the fictional town in my Tourist Trap series. Killer Run, book #5 of the series released August 18th with new town folk and new stores added to the mix.

I put myself into all three categories. And mostly in the last one lately. Oh, I have my excuses, but that’s what they are, excuses. It’s too hot, too rainy, too late, too early (take your choice) to walk. And I only run if someone’s chasing me. Which hasn’t happened recently, (or since grade school.)

So why did I bring a 5K charity walk/run to the most recent release for the residents of South Cove? I love the idea of running, just not the execution.

The boys (my dogs) and I tend to make our walks a little more private. Homer, the younger pom, doesn’t like people much. So he’s antsy when we get around a crowd. Demon, the older one, he’ll walk away with anyone who gives him a pat and a scratch behind the ears. So we go walking the levy by the Mississippi as our treat walk. Most days, it’s just a stroll around the neighborhood.

I’ve done big group walks before. As a breast cancer survivor, I schedule in the Komen Race as often as possible. It’s an emotional day, the mass of pink and people walking brings tears to my eyes as I’m keeping up with the crowd. They block off downtown St Louis streets for this one.

I’ve also completed an Alzheimer’s walk that took place on a greenbelt along the Boise River (kind of like South Cove’s Mission walk). Fewer people and the surroundings were lovely. And I had an old friend there to keep me company as I walked.

South Cove’s Mission walk is held on a greenbelt that runs the edge of the California coastline. The real El Camino is an 800-mile trek and runs from Mission Solano in Sonoma to Mission San Diego. Walking that route is on my someday list.

When the weather’s cool, I take a break in the morning at the day job and sneak in a short walk as well.

So the questions back to you, dear readers. Do you like to run? Or are you more like me, a walker?


Congratulations Lynn on being a breast cancer survivor. I’m getting ready for the Komen 5K at Garden of the Gods in September in celebration of my 5th year as a survivor. Sometime, I’d love to learn more about your Pomeranians. We have three dogs, one of which is a little black Pomeranian. His name is Max (after the boy in Where The Wild Things Are.)  He’s my best buddy.

And now about the new book:

Killer Run
by Lynn Cahoon

Author Lynn Cahoon has smooth and easy writing style that made me want to keep turning page after page. This story had plenty of twists, turns, ups and down to keep me guessing.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews

I love these characters the author does an excellent job where you just want to see where they go and what they do. You feel like they are your friends.
~Bab’s Book Bistro

The mystery contains twists and surprises…Even when you believe you have the mysteries solved, you’ll second guess your choice and reasons.
~Laura’s Interests

The author perfectly captures the feel of a small town, and the closeness of the residents. Every town should have a place like Coffee, Books, and More!
~Book Babble

I like this series. There are so many familiar characters that make this more than just a mystery story.

It ‘s an enjoyable, fun and fast-paced read, the mystery is riveting, the characters are realistic and engaging. As soon as I started reading this one, I could not put it down. The plot had me hooked from the first page.

I’m still enjoying this light, breezy, sometimes humorous cozy series…
~The Bookwyrm’s Hoard

Jill is a very likable character and so are the supporting cast, like her eccentric aunt. Jill just can’t seem to quit finding dead bodies.
~Melina’s Book Blog

The pace is steady and the characters well-developed. Not surprising, mixed in with the mystery is romance.
~Christa Reads and Writes

killer runKiller Run (A Tourist Trap Mystery Book 5)
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Lyrical Underground (August 18, 2015)


Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—has somehow been talked into sponsoring a 5k race along the beautiful California coast. The race is a fundraiser for the local preservation society—but not everyone is feeling so charitable…

The day of the race, everyone hits the ground running…until a local business owner stumbles over a very stationary body. The deceased is the vicious wife of the husband-and-wife team hired to promote the event—and the husband turns to Jill for help in clearing his name. But did he do it? Jill will have to be very careful, because this killer is ready to put her out of the running…forever!

CahoonAbout The Author

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.

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FTC Disclosure: I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My thoughts: Visiting South Cove is always a treat. I’ve been a fan of this series ever since I read the first book: Guidebook To Murder. While Killer Run is the 5th book in the series, it could easily be read as a stand alone. However, if you haven’t read the other books in the series, you should.

As with the other books in the series, Killer Run has a well developed plot that will keep the reader engaged. The characters are lovable, especially Jill. I’m not a big fan of South Cove’s mayor, but he stayed out of things this time. This is a great lazy Sunday afternoon read (well, actually it’s a great read any time) for anyone who loves a mystery and would like to take an arm chair trip to a charming coastal town.  I highly recommend you add it to your TBR pile.

If you’d like a chance to win an e-copy of the book visit the tour page at Escape With Dollycas.

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