Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Goodies and Gifts: A Grandma's Prerogative

By Beatrice Matthews
From: Cumberland Creek Mystery Series
Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
Book 2: Scrapped
Publication Date: December 31, 2012


This will be the second Christmas we’ve have a baby in the family since my daughter Vera was a baby. The first was last year when Elizabeth was only a few months old and mostly slept through the whole Christmas celebration, while we opened gifts and gorged on Christmas goodies.
I’d long ago given up any hope of being a grandmother when suddenly I was I presented with my forty-one year-old daughter’s baby girl, Elizabeth. Which put me in kind of an awkward position with some of my friends. I had to listen to their sappy stories about grandchildren for years and had developed sort of a hard nose about it.  “If I have to hear one more sweet grandchild story, I think I’ll just barf,” I used to say. They did what they did best, then—ignore me. Turns out, I am the biggest sap of them all.
The first time I held Elizabeth felt like I split wide open with love. She looked at me as if she already knew me. Do you believe that? I do. I mean I think there is some deep down genetic knowing. It’s primal and universal. She and I? We are soul mates. I knew it the minute I held her and it was affirmed on her first birthday when she took a big piece of cake and smashed it on her father’s face, rubbed it in, and giggled. Uproariously. (Now, if you only knew how many times I had wanted to do that to Bill)
This year will be great fun. I imagine a purely hedonistic holiday with eating goodies and tearing open the gifts the Santa brought. Elizabeth and me? We’d do all right together—if we didn’t have my daughter bustling around trying to make sure everything is perfect and clean and “oh, not too much sugar,” and “oh, we don’t want to spoil her with too many things.” Honestly! That’s what grandmothers are for, don’t you think?

Today’s Cozy Christmas Countdown giveaway is an advanced copy of Scrapped (Cumberland Creek Mystery #2). A winner will be randomly drawn from the comments.  So please leave a comment. Come back to find our if you've won. The winners will be listed in the sidebar. Have a very cozy Holiday!

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44 comments:

  1. Oh, yes! That is exactly what grandmothers are for!

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  2. Grandmothers are definitely for spoiling. Maybe you should give mom and early Christmas present - a day/night out while you and Elizabeth get some quality bonding time.

    Beverly aka Booklady

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  3. Grandmothers are for spoiling the grandchild. Its a privilege we have earned after raising our children. Have a terrific holiday.

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  4. Sounds like the grandmother I would love to be one day !!! I'd love to win.

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  5. I would love to win this!!!! being a grandmother expecting another grandchild to spoil in about 3 weeks!

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  6. Please enter me. Sounds like a good read.

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  7. I remember sitting with my grandma and she trying to teach me cross stich. I miss her this time of yr

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  8. Looking forward to this new series, I enjoy "crafting" cozies so much. Have a wonderful holiday with your Granddaughter - have fun and do the unexpected.

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  9. My daughter had a baby girl in October and it's taking me a lot of restraint not to buy tons of stuff for her for Christmas. I have to keep telling myself she doesn't need it. Which is true. But still....

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  10. I heard the Beatrice might even take up scrapbooking about her Elizabeth. hehehee.

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  11. Babies are so awesome at Christmas. Actually all kids and grandkids are, too.

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  12. Keep having fun with her! Merry Christmas!

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  13. One regret of my childhood was that all of my grandparents passed away before I came along. Enjoy Elizabeth and I'd love to follow your stories.

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  14. Babies are such a gift. They can change the feeling of any occasion with just their smiles or a simple yawn. I miss those days when our children were babies since they are all grown up now. Enjoy Elizabeth because before you know it she'll be all grown up.

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  15. That is the truth. I remember my girls being babies as if it were yesterday. Now they are 13 and 11!

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  16. What a great story, Mollie! I really love your "Beatrice" character - she and I share some traits! I never appreciated small, wiggly people until my nieces were born - they hooked me! (though I still don't love all small ones like some do....) I also would only consider scrapbooking if it benefited my nieces - like my recent idea of doing a family recipes scrapbook for my nieces so they'll have access to the family recipes! I can't wait for the next installment of my Cumberland Creek friends! Thanks for introducing me to them! :)

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  17. This looks great, would love to win!

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  18. This author sounds like my kind of gal. Enter me. I'd love to read this.

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  19. I love scrapbooking mysteries since I like to scrapbook they just make the book that much more fun to read. Thank you for the chance to win this.

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  20. Mollie.. Santa.. I've been a good girl this year and can't wait to read "Scrapped"! TY, Mollie & Killer Characters for the giveaway~!

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  21. Those grandbabies make us all the same. Looks like a winner.

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  22. It's so much fun being a Grandma. Life becomes a new adventure when you have a child to be your playmate. I'm looking forward to reading Scrapped.

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  23. This looks like a great new book, would love to win. Now off to check out the whole series!

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  24. I enjoyed the first book in the series and am looking forward to Scrapped.

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  25. Oh, I'd love to win this book too. My grandchildren are all past the baby stage, but I was rather goofy too.

    rhuss at willow gables don com

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  26. This book sounds neat. I am putting it on my to be read list. My husband is a librarian and am going to have him order the series at our library.
    Patti S.

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  27. Sounds like you'll have a fun Christmas.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  28. i love mystery and i love to read your book :D

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  29. Sounds like a fun read! Count me in.

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  30. I'm going to have to suggest this to my library as well! I'm in a Mystery book club there called Mystery Loves Company and we are always looking for good reads :) I hope you enjoy spoiling that granddaughter this Christmas. Just take a page from my MIL and slip her some sweets when her mom's not looking ;)

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  31. of course, grandmothers and aunts are suppose to spoil the little ones.

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  32. Sounds good. Puttin' it on my To Read list!

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  33. I love the way you always throw something at us that we weren't expecting. These scrapbooking sleuths may seem like they live ordinary soccer mom lives, but there is always something rather scandalous going on in their sleepy southern town in the hills.

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  34. oh that is so sweet! That is exactly what Grandmother's are for to spoil them rotten.

    Mindaf@ Aol.com

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  35. Grandmothers get to have all the fun & then they hand them back.

    I would love to read SCRAPPED thank you.

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  36. Would love to read it! Sounds good!

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  37. I love getting to know authors of books you love to read. And this is the perfect grandma story! :)

    Caradube@bellsouth.net

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  38. I'm a new grandma myself, although our daughter is 25. Our granddaughter is a delight (aren't they all?) and of course we're doting on her and having a wonderful time enjoying the relaxed pace of grandparenting as opposed to parenting.

    Just about the time I figured out what I was doing with active parenting, which for us included twenty years of homeschooling, it was done! We now have two grown children, a great son-in-law, and a beautiful three month old granddaughter. Life is sweet.

    We are pretty sure we'll be much better grandparents than we were parents, but on the other hand, there's probably a learning curve for grandparenting, too!

    Great blog post!

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  39. I'm waiting for my first grandbaby to spoil! Author sounds like someone I'd enjoy reading. Going to go look for her first while I wait to win the second one! :)
    Please enter me in the drawing.

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