"All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape."
--Author Christopher Benson



Monday, January 31, 2011

It's Monday!! What Are You Reading?

This great meme is hosted by Sheila at
"Book Journey".
It's a great way to start the week and
find out what other bloggers are reading.
My To-Be-Read pile has grown to an
unbelievable number thanks to this meme.

I hope you all had a great week!!


Drip Dead
by Christy Evans
3rd book in  the Georgiana Neverall Mysteries

Stitch Me Deadly: An Embroidery Mystery
Stitch Me Deadly
by Amanda Lee
Release Date:  February 1, 2011
Trailer is at the top of left sidebar and 
Amanda will be guest posting here on 
Wednesday, February 2nd.

Town In a Blueberry Jam (CANDY HOLLIDAY MYSTERY)
Town in a Blueberry Jam
by B.B. Haywood
Review Coming Soon

Inhuman Condition

Inhuman Condition
by Kate Thornton
This is a book of short stories and I have been reading a story or two as time permits.
I should have this one done by next week.


Town in a Lobster Stew
by B.B. Haywood
Release Date:  February 1, 2011


Curiosity Thrilled the Cat: A Magical Cats Mystery
Curiosity Thrilled the Cat
by Sofie Kelly
A Brand New Series
Release Date:  February 1, 2011

A Sportscaster's Guide to Watching Football: Decoding America's Favorite Game
A Sportscaster's Guide to Watching Football
by Mark Oristano
A Perfect Book To Read Right Before The Super Bowl

The Secret Lives of Dresses
The Secret Lives Of Dresses
by Erin McKean
Release Date: February 10, 2011

How's that for a variety?

Today is the last day to sign up to be a part of the 
Sign up to participate by 11:59 p.m. CST January 31
The form for January is due no later than February 3, 2011. 
It takes 13 forms to be entered for the year end prizes.
The Entry Form PLUS 12 Monthly Forms. 

I hope you will stop by for my first 
featuring Amanda Lee!!!
I have 2 copies of her new book to giveaway!!!
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Saturday, January 29, 2011

drip dead by Christy Evans

Cover Illustration by Brandon Dorman
Cover Design by Rita Frangie
Georgiana Neverall Mystery Series
3rd Book In The Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
A Division of Penguin Publishing
Release Date:  February 1, 2011

  • ISBN-10: 0425239896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425239896

Georgiana works as a plumber's apprentice as she studies to take the test to earn her plumber's license. Her mother is marrying real estate mogul Gregory Whitlock and he is building a brand new house for he and his bride.  Georgiana's mother has offered to sell her house to her daughter but before that can happen it needs to pass inspection.  Georgie knows she can handle the plumbing part of the inspection herself which involves crawling under the house to check the pipes. Imagine her surprise when she is discovers she is not the only body underneath the house.  Big problem, the other body is dead and it is her mother's fiancĂ©e Gregory Whitlock. Of course the first person suspected of the killing is Georgie's mom and Georgie will be crawling in to more deep dark spaces to try to save her mother from drowning in a bunch of circumstantial evidence to bring the real killer to justice.  She also has to keep herself out of hot water so she doesn't end up as another dead body.

Is this the end of the Georgiana Neverall Series?  It seemed like it.  I loved the first two books in this series so maybe my expectations were set too high. This story just seemed to predictable to me.  It was like a cozy mystery light, light on the mystery, light on humor and romance, light on the plot.  I hope this is not the end of the series because I know this author can write a good mystery.  I love cozy mysteries so it is really hard to write a review for a book that just didn't excite me.  I look forward to more offerings by Christy Evans and hope this one was just a fluke that didn't rise to the high bar she set for herself in the first two books in this series.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Berkley Prime Crime,  a Division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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.”

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Friday, January 28, 2011


Welcome to

Feel GooFriday!!!

Erika had found that a lot of her bloggy friends reading posts about being positive, so she thought she might try her very own meme. She just wanted everyone to feel good and have some happy thoughts as you begin the weekend.  Go over to her blog for the details.

What made me Feel Goothis week.


The Packers are the only non-profit, community-owned franchise in American professional sports major leagues. While I do not own one smidgen of the franchise I have been a life long Packer Fan.  Through the good years and the bad.  The edge of your seat, heart attack making games, week in and week out.

I can remember as a child setting on the couch watching the games with my dad.  Then when I got older watching the games with my husband's family.  Every Sunday of the football season was spent as their house, and they were a lot more vocal about games than my dad.  We still went there for many years into our married life, with all the kids, it was a great Sunday, better of course if the Packers won.  

After Jeff's dad passed away and the kids grew older we stayed home and watched the games here, yelling at the screen like they could hear us wherever they were playing.  Now with all 4 kids grown up and working it's usually just Jeff and I.  Kaden sometimes watches with us too.  

Why am I telling you about this on Feel Good Friday?  

Yes, I am thrilled the Packers are going back to the Super Bowl, but it is more than that.  Back in 1996, The Packers went to the Super Bowl and WON!  They have only done this 3 times 1967, 1968, and 1996.  I can remember watching the games in the 60's as a child with my Dad, but in 1996 I was old enough to really enjoy it and I did, but I was also able to make something to commemorate the win.

 It was made using a pattern someone else created.
But my wonderful husband had just given me a wonderful gift.  A fancy Pfaff sewing machine that could do embroidery so to make it special on the top and sides, the names of the players from the 1996 team are embroidered into the border.  My favorite player was Edgar Bennett, boy that guy could run and he always had a big smile on his face. Today he is the Packers Running Backs coach. Jeff's favorites were Leroy Butler and Reggie White, as you can see from the pictures he took for me.

Along the bottom are the names of Packer Greats like Bart Starr, Don Hutson and Ray Nitschke.

This quilt not only makes me Feel Good because the Packers are back in the Super Bowl.  It puts a SMILE on my face every time I walk in the front door of my house because it hangs in our front entryway year round. I remember that I made it myself with my own two hands. I remember the outgoing, bubbly, independent Lori from before March 15, 2001. I still get the "itch to stitch" every time I look at it.  

This family has always loved it's GREEN BAY PACKERS!!!! and it always will!!

You know where I will be on February 6.  At my mother-in-law's house cheering them on with as many of our family members who can join us that day.  I will be remembering both my dads.  The one I was born with and the one I was blessed with the day I married Jeff.  I loved them both more than words can say and miss them both every day.  I know they will be watching the game from heaven and cheering the Packers on to a win right along with us. 


That's what makes me Feel Good, 
I can't wait to read about what made you
Feel Good this week!! 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Miss Hildreth Wore Brown by Olivia deBelle Byrd Giveaway Winners!!!







No, I am not a new Tabloid Reporter, but it is a feature so 
that we can all get to know each other better.  

This feature will be open from Thursday at 12:01 A.M. and close on Monday at 11:59 P.M. to allow those that want to participate over the weekend the opportunity to do so when they have more time.  So you may want to check back on Tuesday or check the previous week's link on Thursday to view everyone's answers.

Links to all previous can be found by clicking the Enquiring Minds Want To Know page in the right sidebar for those who missed a week or two and want to catch up on everyone's answers.  To do that please link up using the actual post link  instead of the link to your entire blog so people can find your "Enquiring" posts easier. 

If you are just joining this feature 
We all become friends/followers but most of us will never meet in person, this feature is to help us all get to know each other better.

Each Thursday I will post 3 questions for you to answer 
that you can copy and post on your blog with your answers. 
You don’t have to be a blogger to participate either. I will be using a Linky List for the blogs to use to participate and follow each other around to get to know each other, but if you are not a blogger just answer the questions in the comment section following the post on your favorite blog. Please feel free to click on the links and visit other blogs too.  

This way we not only get to know other bloggers, 
we get to know our followers too.
I am really excited about this meme 
and hope many more people will join the fun!!!!!

Are you interested?

Last week's questions were pretty heavy
 but this week to some easier questions.


1. What time do you usually wake up each morning?

2. What time do you usually go to sleep each night?

3. Standing at the foot of your bed, do you sleep on the right side of the bed, left side of the bed, or do you have the whole bed to yourself?

Now be sure to copy and paste the information and your answers into your blog, then come back to link up, so we can come to your blog and read your answers.

I hope you will come back to this meme every week and tell your friends so we can all get to know each other better and get the answers to all the questions 
Enquiring Minds Want To Know!!  


1. What time do you usually wake up each morning?  
I usually wake up about 8 and try to be on the computer by 9.
2. What time do you usually go to sleep each night?
I usually go to sleep between midnight and 1 a.m. unless I am entrenched in a really good book and then I stay up to finish it.
3. Standing at the foot of your bed, do you sleep on the right side of the bed, left side of the bed, or do you have the whole bed to yourself?
I sleep on the right side, Jeff on the left, Sherlock, our cat, between our pillows, Nera Belle, the blonde dog, at my feet and Oreo stretches out in the window seat.  Some times I wake up to find the cat gone and our grandson between us, but as he gets older that is happening less often.

Now it's your turn! 
Let's get to know YOU!!
This Enquiring Mind Wants To Know!

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