Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays from Claire


By Claire Hastings, from Sheila Connolly's romantic suspense, Once She Knew

 

I like the Christmas season.  I teach at Sophia College in western Massachusetts, and December always brings the mass exodus of students, which is great.  Not that I don't love them all—they're smart and they ask a lot of challenging questions, and they usually even do the work I ask for, more or less on time.  But that means it takes a lot of energy on my part to keep ahead of them, so when they leave for winter break, I can relax, just for a while.

 
Winter in this part of the world is post-card pretty—lots of snow.  The campus is lovely, with old buildings and softly rolling hills, and a river running through it, that sometimes freezes hard enough for skating.  Snow is a pain to drive in, but I can walk into town for just about anything I need:  interesting shops, great restaurants of all kinds, and terrific bookstores.  If I had to choose only one of the three, it would be bookstores!

 
I'm not going anywhere this year.  Normally I would go see my folks, but they're not exactly happy with me about what happened earlier this year when—sorry, I can't tell you, for reasons of national security.  Or that's what the FBI said, and I really want to stay under their radar for a while. But my folks are mad because I didn't tell them what was happening while I was in the middle of it, but waited until it was all over. They haven't forgiven me yet.

 
Jonathan Daulton said he might drop by.  I'm not holding my breath.  Ever since that thing I can't talk about, he's been very busy.  I don't even know whether he's in this country at the moment.  Overall I'm not sure how I feel about seeing him again.  I mean, things were kind of hot and heavy when That Thing was happening, but now that I'm back where I belong, I've regained my perspective. Still, I wouldn't mind getting together, if he happens to be around. And he did send me that package and told me not to open it until Christmas…

 
So it will be a peaceful holiday for me.  There's a faculty party or two, and I can catch up on my reading, and I've got a great idea for a new research paper, about the impact of younger women recently elected to governments in struggling countries.  If they're anything like my students here, I wouldn't be at all surprised if they changed the world.

 
Happy Holidays to you all!  May the coming year bring everything you wish for.

 

 
Leave a comment (by Friday—I hope you're not reading this on Christmas Day!) and I'll choose one person at random to receive your choice of (a) a copy of Once She Knew (ebook), or (b) a copy of my new Penguin e-special, An Open Book (to be released 12/31), or (c) if you don't have an e-reader, an Advanced Reader Copy of the first book in my new County Cork Mysteries, Buried in a Bog (to be released 2/5—but the ARC is available now!).

55 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas! Yes, I'm reading this post on Christmas Day. I just got home from work. It's snowing and truly beautiful outside-but the ride home was a bit slow. I adore your orchard series and can't wait for your County Cork one. I'm unfamiliar with your romantic suspense, so will have to check it out!

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  2. Merry Christmas to you all! Yes, it is Christmas day already here in Holland, and I am awake, while my boyfriend is still sleeping. I'll surprise him with a nice brunch if he gets awake in time. So I took the time to read some of my favourite blogposts first.
    The book sounds good Sheila, goodluck and congrats!

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  3. This is new to be,too. I'm sure this and the Cork County Mysteries will be favorites also.

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  4. Hi Sheila. I do not own an e-reader as I like holding a book in my hands, but I would love to read this book. Merry Christmas to all. It's early Christmas morning in New England with very light snow. Perfect.

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  5. Merry Christmas! What better way to spend those few early morning minutes than reading before all the craziness of Christmas begins. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and best wiahes for a safe and Happy New Year!

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  6. What a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday! In a comfy chair with a great book, have a healthy, happy safe Christmas! And Merry Christmas to you and all you love!
    Lynn/MI

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  7. Dianne-South DakotaDecember 25, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Merry Christmas! I, too, am reading and posting on Christmas Day. My daughter is going to work, for a couple hours (home health care) and I'm going to cook. Will do "face time" with our daughter who lives in WAshington State while she opens gifts. She's alone this Christmas. Her husband has been deployed to Kurdistan. We're in Nebraska. Wishing a wonderful and safe Christmas to every one!

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  8. Merry Christmas! There is never a time that I don't read at least for a little bit.

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  9. Merry Christmas. I'm another Christmas day reader

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  10. Happy Holidays! Thanks for having this contest. Would like the arc of Buried in a Bog! Merry Christmas!!!

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  11. Merry Christmas! I always find time to read no matter what the time of day! Reading is my paasion and my great escape to take me away for awhile. Have a great day.

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    1. Sorry, I meant passion (lol)!

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  12. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! I'm currently enjoying the apple orchard mysteries and looking forward to your new series. There's nothing better here in western Massachusetts in winter than curling up with a good book while the snow piles up outside - not that we've had more than a dusting so far, just enough for a white Christmas. Happy holidays!

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  13. Merry Christmas from MN - where it's COLD!

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  14. I enjoy the Orchard Mysteries and look forward to this new series. Happy Christmas

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  15. Another Merry Christmas for MN--and yes, it's really cold here.

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  16. We already finished our Christmas stuff Sunday & yesterday. Now I am waiting for texts from my far flung daughter and gson. It's not quite like being there, but I do 't have to wait months for news like in wagon train days. How did they stand it???
    Anyway, your book sounds like something I'd like!!! I'd love to win an arc.

    Pen

    pmettert @ yahoo dot com

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  17. My teenagers were ready at 5:30 this morning. I even had a little nap after the excitement of scratching lotter tickets. Pie is in the oven so I'm relaxing a bit now. Merry Christmas to all.
    Sandy 2012

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  18. Of course I'm reading this on Christmas day. I have time to use (NOT "waste") while things roast!

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  19. It is Christmas Day, the visitors are gone, and I have gotten the dishwasher loaded....it is peaceful. And May God Bless Us Everyone.

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  20. MerryMerry & a HappyHappy to all!!!

    thank you for the giveaway!!!

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  21. Merry Christmas! It is Christmas day and I just got back from spending time with and riding my horse. Now I get to relax and curl up with a book. Hope the next book I read will be yours!

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  22. Merry Christmas! It is Christmas day and I just got back from spending time with and riding my horse. Now I get to relax and curl up with a book. Hope the next book I read will be yours!

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  23. Yes, I am also reading this on Christmas Day! I almost forgot to check out the blog today. Looking forward to further reading.

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  24. I am spending most of the day reading until we have to go to my parent's for dinner. Merry Christmas to all.

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  25. Merry Christmas to all ~ I hope you all got just what you wished for. I know Santa treated me very well this year! Even though my family has had a very rough year, I still feel very blessed. I love your Orchard series and I can't wait to read your new County Cork series!

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  26. Merry Christmas!

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  27. Merry Christmas to you. IF i win i want buried in a bog cause i will stare at the cover and imagine myself living there.

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  28. Merry Christmas! :) As our Christmas day has wrapped up and we're basking in the after-glow of the day's treats and events, I decided to hop on here knowing today was your day to post! I absolutely LOVE your Orchard Series and can't wait for the County Cork Series! I hope that you and your loved ones had a wonderful holiday :)

    Marie
    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

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  29. I need a new Nook book!
    Cara Dube
    Caradube@bellsouth.net

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  30. I want to start the County Cork series.
    SharonC
    shroncrozier@yahoo.com

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  31. Merry Christmas! Yes I am reading this on Christmas Day, in a blanket with a fire and tea. I adore your orchard series and await the new series. I do not have a E Reader but to win a copy of this new book would be delightful.Mery Christmas

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  32. Merry Christmas!!

    I would love to read BURIED IN A BOG thank you.

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  33. Oh but I am reading this on Christmas Day...or Christmas late evening, LOL. Would love any of the prizes up for grabs.

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  34. I read this earlier but have just gotten around to posting. As it's not my holiday I went witht the tradition of going to the movies and saw "The Hobbit" (again). This time I saw it in IMAX so I could see 9 minutes of the upcoming Star Trek movie.

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  35. I am reading this Christmas evening. Hope your Christmas was nice.

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  36. OK, I tried to post earlier, it didn't work. Hope you had a great Christmas.

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  37. Merry Christmas and have a great 2013! Thank you for this opportunity.
    thesecretwriter1(at)gmail(dot)co(dot)uk

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  38. Thank you for this opportunity. Have a wonderful New Year!
    thesecretwriter1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. Merry Christmas! I read on Christmas Day too! Got started on 'Brain on Fire' By Susannah Cahalan and couldn't put it down. We got loads of snow too so not going anywhere. I love cozies!

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  40. Merry Christmas & a prosperous New Year. Great opportunity with thanks.

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  41. May your New Year bring prosperity and health. Thank you for opportunity.

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  42. Enjoyed reading the comments. The book sounds really interesting. If I win, I would like the book since I do not have an e-reader.
    JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

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  43. Had a wonderful Christmas and hope to be able to choose from your offerings as the winner.

    tbranco24 AT gmail DOT com

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  44. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and is looking forward to the New Year. Thank you for a chance to win.
    Katie J.
    johnsonk133[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  45. Happy Hoildays days to everyone.

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  46. Happy Hoildays everyone. Great giveaway.

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  47. Merry Christmas and a Happy Yule--would so love to read ARC pf Buried in a Bog!

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  48. Happy days to all--would so love to win ARC of Buried in a Bog!

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  49. keep trying to enter as I would so love to win-ARC of Buried in a BOg would really make me happy--happy winter days to all!

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  50. LOVE these giveaways!! It's a great thing cuddling up with a good book (ARC or Kindle copy) in this cold weather....well, as cold as it really gets in Florida :) Have a wonderful and blessed New Year!!

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  51. And a happy Third Day of Christmas to you all.
    How nice to include ebooks as give-aways. I'm so spoiled by my Kindle that I never never never try reading one of those paper monkeys with minds of their own and keep turning pages by themselves. But authors beware. Without all that paper stuff between you and me on a Kindle, I can read directly into your mind.

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  52. Happy Third Day of Christmas. Best present yet--a neighbor shoveled my sidewalks. Now I can leave for hot muggy Florida where it never rains, much less snows, knowing the dog-walkers and school children in my neighborhood won't crack their hip in front of My house while I'm gone.
    How cool to include ebooks as give-aways. I never Never NEVER read those silly paper monkeys with minds of their own, determined to turn pages however the wind blows. But writers beware--without all that paper stuff between you and me when I'm reading on a Kindle, I can see directly into your mind!

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  53. And I didn't read this on Christmas day. Son, daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters here for a few days, but they left yesterday - which is when we discovered our internet connection had also left. (Always happens over holidays, somehow.) Fortunately, it's now back with us, so I eagerly hopped on and read this. (And I read the raves previously.)

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  54. Happy Holidays! I am really looking forward to Sheila's new series. I love how she ties historical elements into her cozies. It satisfies my genealogy & mystery reading passions all in one. Thanks for the giveaway!

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