"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



Tuesday, October 18, 2011

To All Google Friend Connect and Email Followers

Dollycas's Thoughts has moved to Escape With Dollycas Into A New Book.
I tried to transfer my followers from this blog to the new one but it did NOT work.
The previous feeds you were receiving through these two options were not transferred correctly due to misinformation from Google/Feedburner. It transferred all your nice pictures here and listed you as followers but you were not receiving information from the new blog only the old one.
For this reason I am asking you to please join Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book again, just like you would have had to if Google had not let me back in.
If you follow using Networked Blogs, that application has been having issues since Facebook made it’s major changes last month. If may just be easier to like the Escape With Dollycas Fan Page by clicking the Facebook Button in the upper left column or using this link.
I am so sorry for the inconvenience.
I know I have asked a lot of you the past 2 weeks and I hope everything from now on runs smoothly with no more glitches.
As always feel free to contact me at dollycas@hotmail.com or leave comments.
Thank you!!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dollycas Is Moving

Last Sunday I woke up to find that this blog, Dollycas's Thoughts had been disabled by Google, along with all my other Google Accounts. Not knowing if or when I would have access again,  I started over at Wordpress.  First the free version and then the updated version.  It is still a Work In Progress but I invite you all to come check it out.

You will find a cleaner, clearer, cleaner blog.
It will load much faster and all the bugs 
and errors of this site will be gone.

  • If you were following using Google Friend Connect those connections have been transferred.
  • If you were following by email, you will have to re-enroll for that.  I tried to transfer the Feedburner info but it shows I have 0 followers at me new site.
  • I also added a Facebook Fan Page to try to help people find me. If you want to check it out it is at Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book, or just click the Facebook Button on my new blog.
  • There are also Twitter, Linked In, and Google Reader Buttons as well.
  • If you had entered a giveaway here prior to October 8th, I now have access to those forms again but the contests were started over on the new site.  You do not need to enter again.  I will combine both lists.
  • There was a new Cozy Wednesday post with Jennie Bentley with a giveaway that includes an entire set of her Do-It-Yourself Series.
  • The history of this blog will not be transferred but most of my reviews are up on several sites and there is a link to the ones on Amazon on the new blog.
  • This blog will remain open as long as Google allows, but all new posts will be on the new site.
I hope you love the new site as much as I do.  There will be some growing pains and little fixes that need to be made.  Leave a comment any time if you have problems or questions.  I love to hear from you!!!

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Loose Diamonds....and other things I've lost (and found) along the way by Amy Ephron

William Morrow Publishers
Available Now

Amy Ephron has put together a collection of essays about her memories for us to enjoy including friendships, romances, marriages and even her love for her Filofax.  The story that really caught my attention was the afternoon she spent with Squeaky Fromme.  

This is a well written quick read of some of the ups and downs in this author's life.  Entertaining, some funny, some a little scary, but all really good.  It is not a deep "get to know Amy Ephron" type book, just little snippets of certain events. Wonderful for a little escape.

About This Author from Wikipedia
Ephron is the author of six novels – her latest, the best seller One Sunday Morning: A Novel, is out in paperback. Her national bestseller, A Cup of Tea: A Novel of 1917 , spent 37 weeks on the LA Times bestsellers list and has been bought by film producer Jerry BruckheimerA Cup of Tea:  won Ephron the 2005 Southern California Booksellers Association award for fiction, received the Booklist Best Fiction of the Year 2005 award and was a Barnes and Noble Book Club selection.
Ephron is a frequent contributor to Harper's BazaarVogueELLELA TimesSaveurNational LampoonThe RealistLA WeeklyLA Style, and The Huffington Post. As a film executive she worked on A Little PrincessBorn on the Fourth of July and Out of Africa. She also runs her own food website called One for the Table, which publishes articles and recipes about food, love, and politics.

I need to Recognize Sharon of Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews for drawing this book to my attention. I saw it on her list for the Monday Meme, It's Monday, What Are You Reading?  It looked like something I would like to read and it also had a title that qualified for the What's In A Name Challenge. So with this book I complete that challenge and my being a book recommended by Sharon, it also gives me another entry for my 3 R'S Challenge as well, which is one I am really behind on.  Thank you Sharon!!!

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Death by the Dozen by Jenn McKinlay

3rd in the Series
A Berkley Prime Mystery
Published by The Penguin Group

The Food Channel comes to Scottsdale, Arizona, by way of the Scottsdale Food Festival.  Mel Cooper and Angie DeLaura are determined to win top prize for the Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery or may die trying.  They have to "beat" their arch rival Olivia Puckett first just to get entered into the competition and beating her with their delicious desserts will just be icing on their cupcakes.

Even with Mel's mentor, Vic Mazzotta, Food Channel celebrity chef, sitting in one of the judge's chairs, Mel knows she will need to use all her culinary skills to create the best dish using the daily mystery ingredients if they are going to take home the grand prize.

Shocked when Vic doesn't show up to judge the girls know something is amiss. They are just planning to search for him when a dead body is found in a freezer truck on the festival grounds. Someone had put Vic on ice, permanently.  Now they not only have to ice their competition with their fabulous cupcakes they also need to find a cold blood killer.  

My Thoughts
This is a scrumptious series and the latest installment is absolutely delicious!!

Two strong women, some hunky men and frosting how can you go wrong, lol!!!!

Truthfully the characters are lovable and becoming more defined in each story. I love Oz, the newest face at  Fairy Tale Cupcakes. The plot is timely and clever. The mystery ingredients competition reminded me of the mystery box challenges of Master Chef on Fox.  There were assorted "red herrings" to divert us and lead us astray.  Plus cupcakes, lots and lots of cupcakes!!! (recipes included)

WARNING: You will be craving cupcakes while reading this so be sure to have some handy!!

Jenn even gives us a taste of the next temptation, Red Velvet Revenge, and I can't wait to get my sticky hands on it.  For now just be sure to get your copy of Death by the Dozen today and enjoy!!!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Berkley Prime Crime. 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.” 


Welcome to
Feel Good Friday!!!

What made me FEEL GOOthis week?

To see the students actually singing Buttercup

Aaron Rodgers is the “NFC Offensive Player of the Week” for the first week of October, following his six-touchdown performance in last Sunday’s 49-23 win over the Denver Broncos. 
Rodgers was “NFC Offensive Player of the Month” for September and also won player-of-the-week honors for Week 1. This marks the fourth time in his career he has been named player of the week.

The Brewers need a win today to keep the dream alive!!

Plus my favorite NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth is the in race reporter this week at Kansas!!

Now tell me
What made you Feel Good this week?
I hope you will take a moment to share!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Quickstep to Murder Giveaway Winners!!!

I love this picture!!

Rachelle L. (Pennsylvania)
Debbie P. (Michigan)
have each won a copy of

Who is your favorite professional dancer?
According to the answers on your entry forms
Maks received the most votes.

followed by


Were you surprised by 
Kristin and Mark were sent home?
Really shows how much the fan votes count!

Stay tuned for more
Book Reviews, Recommendations,
Random Thoughts & Giveaways!!!

Just a little reminder be really careful when entering your email addresses.
Two winners today had invalid email addresses and new winners were chosen.

Laurel Dewey Virtual Blog Stop With Giveaway

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?

My Thoughts
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!!

Check out her Web Page for more information on this author and her stories.

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I am offering my gently read copies for giveaway!!
Just fill out the form below!
U.S. & Canadian Residents 
Followers will receive 2 Bonus Entries!!
Contest Ends October 20th at 11:59 p.m. CST
Winner will be chosen using Random.org