Wednesday, June 5, 2013

This is the First Day of the Rest of my Life?

By Bea Cartwright from Kylie Logan’s “Mayhem at the Orient Express”
 
Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
Remember that old chestnut?  It’s one of those saying that’s supposed to comfort us and remind us that each morning brings a new dawn and with it, new possibilities.
Well, I’m here to tell you that while all this “today is the first day . . .” stuff sounds really rosy, the first day of the rest of your life isn’t always exactly what you expect.
I’m living proof.  I left Manhattan to follow my bliss, and bought a huge monstrosity of a Victorian house on South Bass Island in Lake Erie to open a B and B.  I planned on playing hostess and on days of reading, relaxing.  What I got instead was crazy neighbors.  There’s the one across the street who thinks my house renovations have resulted in too much traffic. And the out-there-in-woo-woo-land lady next door who burns incense and plays sitar music at all hours. And have I mentioned that she’s the owner of Jerry Garcia, the cat who insists on using the potted plants on my front porch as his personal bathroom facility?
I never dreamed that the rest of my life would be spent in court with these two whackos, or that the magistrate would come up with a solution to our problem that was stunning and pretty darned creative–we were neighbors, he told us, and we needed to learn to talk to each other. Consequently, he sentenced us to one full year of being a book discussion group.
The good news?  We actually found a book we all agreed we’d like to read, the classic Agatha Christie mystery, “Murder on the Orient Express.” Little did we know that soon, we’d be using Christie as our inspiration for solving our own mystery at the Orient Express, the island’s newest Chinese restaurant.
I certainly didn’t plan on that, or on learning to depend on the other members of the League of Literary Ladies to help me solve a murder.
That’s something else I never planned on!
To celebrate the return of Killer Characters, I'm giving away a copy of "Mayhem at the Orient Express."  Just leave a comment and you'll have a chance to win!


49 comments:

  1. Welcome back. This story sounds very interesting, different than any other I have read about. Look forward to reading it.

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  2. Welcome back! I missed checkig in! Kylie--I think Bea sounds like a fun character and can't wait to read the new series! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  3. Wow this story line sounds interesting. I can't wait to read it! Love the cover, too!

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  4. MAYHEM AT THE ORIENT EXPRESS is going to be such a fantastic read. Totally loving the cover. I love beginning new series.

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  5. Hi Kylie. This new series sounds great. But, honestly, when do you find the time! Love your books (especially Pepper). Best of luck.

    Mary Louise

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  6. Wow this sounds like its going to be a good book. Can't wait to read it.

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  7. Welcome Back, KillerCharacters!!!!

    congrats to Kylie on the new series!!!!!

    cannot wait to read this one!!

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  8. I love this cover - it reminds me of my cats, thank you for the chance to win.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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  9. So glad you are back. I always start my morning with a bowl of cereal while reading Killer Characters. My cereal just hasn't been the same. :)
    Can't wait to read Mayhem at the Orient Express. Starting a new series is so much fun. Its like meeing new friends.

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  10. Sounds great, I can't wait to read it. Love the cover.

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  11. I forgot to add a PS to my post . . . I'll choose a winner tonight, probably somewhere around 11 (Eastern). Then I can post the winner's name before tomorrow's blog goes up. Winner, please email me at:
    casey@caseydaniels.com
    with your info so I can get you your book!

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  12. Hooray! So happy to see Killer Characters back! It helps me discover new favorites to read.

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  13. Can't wait to read this one. I'd love to win!

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  14. Nice title for the book

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  15. The idea of this book sounds so good.

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  16. I'm adding this to my TBR list

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  17. Welcome back, you always have the cutest interviews.. and the giveaways ain't bad either. LOL

    My family owned a real estate business for almost 100 years. I grew up working in it to earn spending money. I can't believe Bea (appears to)have bought this place sight unseen, and that the broker didn't talk to her about the neighbors. In NY you must reveal all the nasty things, like single guy next door who blasts his game machine all night, or the family upstairs who baby sit their grandchildren and their dog, but don't have carpet to dull the noise.

    I hope I'm the lucky winner because I just know my library is too cheap to buy it for circulation.

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  18. Glad to know you have decided to keep posting. Clever title with interesting sounding plot.

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  19. Love the title - can't wait to read it.

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  20. Glad Killer is open again since I learn a lot about books I want to read. Especially this one. I really like reading Agatha Christie's books and this one sounds like a good one too.
    JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

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  21. Welcome back!! I have this book on my wish list.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  22. Great title. Great cover. I am sure it will be a great series. I am eager to read it.

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  23. Will have to get to the library and check this out, sounds really good! Thanks for opportunity to win a copy also!
    Lynn/MI

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  24. Sounds like a winner to me! Looking forward to it!

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  25. Can't wait to read it...

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  26. This looks like a great series, can't wait to try it out.

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  27. Oh no---I don't know what I'd do if I received a sentence like that. My neighbors are just as goofy as yours and I'm not so tolerant.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  28. Whew! I'm so glad Killer Characters is back - I was heading into withdrawl territory! I don't think I realized just how much I enjoyed the daily little emails until they were suddenly gone. I am very happy now that one of the few blogs I know I can rely on to give me great new authors and new series to try out is back in action. *Dancin' the Snoopy Dance*

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  29. Glad you are back. Sounds like a good book.
    Sandy/VA

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  30. Pretty interesting premise. Cant wait to read it and would love to win a copy for sure. Thank goodness I dont have to talk to or get along with our neighbors. Enjoy my quiet time with my dog and reading. Kay

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  31. I am so glad the blog is back. I sure missed you all. It does sound horrible though, to be in a bookclub with people you don't like at all. I hope you grow to be good friends through out the book, I am looking forward to reading your story.

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

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  32. Sherry in Carrollton, TX.June 5, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Sounds like a book I'd like! Glad the blog is back and hope I win!

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  33. This sounds like a great new series.

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  34. so glad you're back!!!!! Missed the Killer Characters.

    Linda

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  35. What a fun sounding book! I'll be looking for it.

    Nisi

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  36. This sounds delightful! And since Murder on the Orient Express is the book that turned me on to mysteries when I was a teen, I can't wait to read this.

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  37. After cancer every day is the first day of a new life!

    Cheli
    http://chelisshelves.blogspot.com

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  38. i would love to win this book.it sounds like a fun book

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  39. Nice twist! Would really enjoy reading.

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  40. So glad you're back. I love your blog. Like Ellie Murder on the Orient Express was one of my first mysteries so I'd love to read mayhem!

    Jodi
    Words by Webb
    http://jodiwebb.com

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  41. I can see my daughters cat in this book, lol.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  42. So glad you are all back! I love these books that you all talk about! Thank you so much for telling us about them!

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  43. It's nearly 11 o'clock here in Ohio and I figure it's time to announce today's winner. That way, tomorrow's blogger can have the field to herself.
    The winner of a copy of "Mayhem" is DarkandStormyNight.

    Contact me at:
    casey@caseydaniels.com and give me your mailing address and I'll get the book out to you.
    Thank you all for your comments. Good night!

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  44. A cat and crazy neighbors...who could ask for anything more in a mystery book. Looking forward to reading it.

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