Sunday, June 22, 2014

Maple Mayhem- Cozy Days of Summer Giveaway

By: Emerald Greene
Book:Maple Mayhem
Author:Jessie Crockett
Series: The Sugar Grove Mysteries


I'm an old fashioned kind of a man and I make no bones about it. I believe the current mania for change is overrated. Why does everything need to be new and improved? What's so wrong with tried and true, I ask you?

I'm proud to say I live in the house I was born in, I prefer to chew teaberry gum and I'm still in love with my wife after more than fifty years. I don't see why the world gets itself all riled up chasing after newfangled things like five dollar cups of coffee and eighty dollar pairs of sneakers for growing feet.

There is one place where I can see changes being a good thing even if I act like I'm not convinced. Don't tell my granddaughter, Dani, but the types of modernizations she's put in place here at Greener Pastures are some slick. In just a couple of seasons she's taken the family's hobby of maple sugaring and turned it into a profitable business. At first I resisted the idea of using plastic tubing in the sugarbush to collect sap from the trees instead of the buckets and spiles of my youth.

But I've got to hand it to Dani, the amount of syrup we're now producing has increased and the labor needed has decreased. Dani's added a shop to the sugarhouse and is even selling Greener Pastures syrup and maple products all over the internet. It tickles me to the marrow to think about all the places around the country and around the world where folks are trying our syrup because of the world wide web.

I figure as long as the syrup still tastes as sweet as it always has I have no cause for complaint. But I'm still not buying any five dollar cups of coffee.

Readers, which things do you hope never change? Which changes in the world baffle you the most? Which are changes you are happy to see?

KILLER CHARACTERS COZY DAYS OF SUMMER GIVEAWAY

Every day in June and July the Killer Characters are giving away books for your summer reading pleasure. Leave a comment by midnight 6/22/14 for a chance to win a copy of Jessie's latest Sugar Grove Mystery, MAPLE MAYHEM. Be sure to leave your email address in the comment to be notified in case you are the winner.

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74 comments:

  1. I really don't want to lose physical books. I still prefer them to electronic ones.

    carstairs38 at gmail

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  2. So many new novels being discussed that I so want to read. My to be purchased list just keeps getting longer. My budget is so destroyed! I have to agree with Mark the loss of the physical book completely would be a crime.


    DelAnne

    InspirationalAngel@hotmail.com

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  3. I have to agree. I do not want physical books to go away. I loved the first book in this series, can't wait to read this one. Dnrocker@yahoo.com

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  4. I started to think of other things, but I agree - losing physical books would be very bad. Even if you can't read it in the dark or carry 500 of them in your bag, there is nothing like the feel of a real book in your hands. Was just reading one tonight.

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  5. I love holding a book. If I really like a book, I try to get the physical book.

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  6. Agree with the others who say losing physical books....that's still my preferred method of reading, although I am also enjoying audio books this summer.

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  7. I love physical books. It's so nice to hold them and easily bookmark.
    jslbrown2009(at)aol(dot)com

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  8. This is an extension of what others are saying, but I would miss libraries. I already miss all the wonderful independent book shops that have been lost. Losing the libraries would be heartbreaking. So much joy to be found in a library.
    mszcgar@aol.com

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  9. I have a kindle but find that I read more physical books.

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  10. I, too, prefer physical books to the electronic books. I do not have a Nook or a Kindle. A change I have liked is the change to pants in work place. I remember starting training, in the field of Radiologic Technology, and having to wear dress uniforms. Considering the lifting and other physical things we did, the dresses may have looked Professional but were neither practical nor flattering in many situations.

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  11. I don't want to see physical books relegated to the realm of antiques or collector's items. I don't mind e-books, but I still prefer a book I can touch and smell. However, I do like the way many libraries are evolving to include both the world of print books and the every changing world of technology.

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  12. I might be the odd one out,but I enjoy reading on my kindle, so much easier to read in bed. What I really hate to see change is, how we get our entertainment. Kids don't know how to play any more!

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  13. I read both, ebooks and physical books. I hope neither go away! This series sounds interesting. Can't wait to start reading!!
    Dspinlexo@aol.com

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  14. I like being able to read books on my IPad. I like that I can carry 100's of books with me when I travel. I like that the lighting is good on my IPad so I can read better at night. So many places just don't have good reading lights. But I do like my paper books a lot also. But since I have no room for book shelves, they have to stay boxed up. That is sad, because the covers of cozies are so fun to look at! Oh, well, maybe some day there will be change in my future where I will have the walls of book shelves that I always dreamed I would have.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  15. I like that the country is becoming a bit more tolerant of diversity—may the trend continue until there truly is equality for all!
    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  16. I love my Kindle, but that doesn't mean I'll ever give up books, even though my husband wishes I would.

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  17. I read books on Kindle and real books, love them both. I miss that everything is so fast now, nobody has any patience anymore because they can get what ever they want in seconds. That its a throw away society every way you can think about it, it can be replaced. Makes me sad

    debbiec1313@yahoo.com

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  18. I, too, want to be able to hold a book in my hand. I had a Nook...gave it to a grandchild. That five dollar cup of coffee is about to get more expensive! :) Give me my good old, regular brew any day! Give me a place, in the country, with a big porch, my pets, family and good friends!

    patucker54 at aol dot com

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  19. I love the convenience of an e-reader but love to have a real book in my hand especially reading right before going to bed at night. I can't believe the cost of some of the e versions of books now days - almost as much as buying the hardcover.

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  20. I love physical books. They are the best

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  21. I want people to continue writing real letters and cards to each other. Hand-written, and not in text speak. Jessie's first maple syrup cozy was wonderful, and I'd love the chance to win book 2 in the series!
    Linda
    lsusanreilly@gmail.com

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  22. I would love to have a copy of this book.

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  23. I am sorry to see some of the simplest courtesies slowly ebb away. Handwritten thank you notes, yes sir, no ma'am, and opening doors. I see kids with video games who don't play outside any more. The same kids don't talk, they text. I still prefer to pick up the phone and hear the inflection in a voice. I love that the same social media allows me to share thoughts with like minded people, like this group, but my book club groups have gotten smaller in size. Change is a constant so we adapt, but some changes hurt more than others.

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  24. Still love paperback books and would hate to lose them to e-readers; can't believe schools don't teach students cursive anymore; love computers and the internet.

    Lauigl [at] Carolina [dot] rr [dot] com

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  25. I own and use an e reader, I also have five bookshelves in my house filled top to bottom with actual books. I write letters and notes, and I also text and email, I guess my point is I feel it's ok to do all of those things :)
    kathambre@yahoo.com

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  26. I hope that human kindness and common courtesy never go away. Things are getting worse and I wish they would change for the better.

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  27. I enjoy all the technology, but hope printed matter and proper grammar never disappear.

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  28. I hope that physical books and hand written notes never disappear.
    emmasmom AT wi DOT rr DOT com

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  29. I love holding a precious book which I cherish, writing letters and talking. This is heartbreaking to see the changes that are detrimental to society. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. I don't think I would survive without physical books. I also agree that if I didn't have bookstores and libraries I would go crazy. My library is only a couple of blocks from my house and I love walking there to get books during the summer.
    Cmkeck311@aol.com

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  31. Civility, courtesy, kindness, manners and learning how to read and write are a necessity, not gazing at a screen all day long. Print books, libraries all are so meaningful and important. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  32. I love e-readers, in have 3 of them, but I do love actual books. Libraries and book stores should never go away! So happy to see a resurgence of indie book stores in my area.

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  33. I have to say I love my kindle, easier for my eyes and cramping hands, that being said I would hate to see physical books and libraries disappear. There is nothing like the feel and smell of a book. I also hate that face to face conversation has gone to the wayside. I work retail and so many things I see with people on phones, and so many things that I DON'T want to hear, in the breakroom, everyone jumps on a phone instead of socializing (although I have to admit, there are a few I don't want to mix with, LOL). People seem to have forgotten basics like "excuse me", "please" and "thank you". I loved the first book in this series, thanks for the chance to win.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  34. as a Native New Yorker, the biggest change was 09.11............tho I know, it didn't affect only New York, it affected many around the world.........

    all changes are good & bad, in the case of the internet....it's good for immediate information & contact, & it's bad, for immediate information & contact...........

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  35. There have been so many changes in my lifetime,, TV, Atomic Bomb and DNA to mention a few.

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  36. I hope we will always have paper books. E-readers are okay but I still prefer a real book. One thing I do not like is photos on the computer. I like photo albums, I can sit down and flip through them.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  37. I love physical books and looking at the covers to decide which to buy. But ebooks are wonderful because I always have a library with me so if I finish reading one book, there are plenty more to start. kuzlin(at)aol(dot)com

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  38. I also love holding a book in my hand and am reluctant in switching to an ebook format. This sounds like a nice cozy series!
    Emicat (at) comcast (dot) net

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  39. I'm happy to see changes that make my life easier (although they make me mad when they no longer work...or I can't get them to work). I don't like seeing changes in climate and species disappearing.

    cozyupwithkathy at gmail dot com

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  40. Cat's on my lap, book waiting at my side. I love the smell of paperbacks in the morning.
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  41. I still love the feel of a real book. Hope that never changes. What I feel we are losing is consideration for others. Children are growing up with the idea that they are the only ones who matter. Kindness and compassion, manners and civility are disappearing. So sad.

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  42. I hope respect and consideration of others never changes. (and ice cream) I am baffled by the rapidity of changes in technology and medicine and why didn't we have the ability to know these things before. And, I am happy to see these same changes.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  43. I love printed books. Love the book cover.

    xzjh04@ gmail.com

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  44. I hope that the choices we have today don't ever change. I like the freedom to choose.

    Kimberlee
    girllostinabook@hotmail.com
    www.girllostinabook.com

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  45. I'm not a huge fan of change. My mind is currently on food. Sonic for example use to be one of my favorite places to eat. But in their attempt to try to keep up with other restaurants, they changed their menu and recipes. I for one just don't think the changes were needed ir good.

    kvmatlock(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. I think some things in this world need change, usually big things like hunger, poverty, and societal norms - but other things should stay the same like the joy one feels when you hear a baby laughing or the feel of a summer breeze on your face. Some changes are good and some are bad - but either way, we all just have to muddle through and make the best of what we've got and strive to make things better - whenever, wherever, & however we can! (One cozy mystery at a time! *wink*)
    londonandlisa@gmail.com

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  47. I live in snow free south Florida, but I fondly remember pouring real maple syrup over a bowl of fresh snow. A simple delight.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  48. Thank you for this great give away.
    CABWNANA1@bellsouth.net

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  49. Love the change from land line to cell phone, but I definitely still prefer paper books to electronic ones. :)

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  50. like print and ebooks

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  51. Gosh, someone actually wrote a book about my father in law!! Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

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  52. I love a printed book and also hope that we never lose handwritten letters.

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  53. Enjoyed Drizzled to Death and looking forward to this one! Thanks for the giveaway.

    Tennisace50@yahoo.com

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  54. Just some things I don't want to see fade away----physical books (although I do have some electronic books as well), being able to write an actual check for a purchase, also carrying real cash not just plastic, mail delivery at least 5 days a week, lovely colorful magazines that I can hold, a car that has a steering wheel so I have some control over it, and wonderful places to gather together such as libraries and churches. I am surprisingly opinionated today.

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  55. I agree with others regarding physical books. I feel sorry for kids who have to read textbooks on a tablet or computer. Raquel36m (at) gmail (dot) com

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  56. I really don't want print books and newspapers to go away. I'm totally baffled at why texting is more popular than just talking to someone on the telephone. And I want to see continued changes for the better in health care and medicine.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  57. I don't like paying high prices for coffee, either & what about bottled water? I do enjoy a lot of the new technology, as we frequently Skype with my son in Japan.

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  58. I like change. Love to hold a book while reading, but also love my kindle. Change can be good.

    a.connolley@gmail.com

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  59. Newspapers on tablet-just isn't the same.

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  60. We need to change our attitude on Global Warming and think about the products we use. More people need to take their own bags to the grocery and other stores. Plastic bags should be banned. Most people do not take them back to the store for recycling. There are great uses for plastic, like my replacment knee. Surgical use, etc. Standing down from my soap box. Teaberry Gum did bring back memories of Marchig band and doing the Teaberry Shuffle on the football field. ;)

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  61. I love "real" books, newspapers delivered daily to my door, face-to-face conversations, water from the faucet, common courtesies, and the sound of neighborhood children playing outside - just to name a few!

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  63. One change that bothers me is schools not teaching cursive anymore. I'm a mom of young kids and this just plain bothers me, so I will be teaching them at home. My mom has beautiful cursive and I am hoping she will be a pen pal to them so they can practice. Thanks for the chance to win! (kristin409 at comcast dot net)

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  64. So many new books to choose from...not enough hours in a day!
    misstree1963@gmail.com

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  65. I do not want our constitution to change (unfortunately, our current government is trying to do just that). What a tragedy that would be. Changes in science and medicine are such wonderful changes...look how far they've come! The MRI machine is one thing that just marvels me. It is so large, but what is so critical in its usage are the little magnets that do what needs to be done to make it work. Thanks for the opportunity to win the second in this series. sxygrndma48(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  66. I don't want to see real physical books go away, e-books are great when I'm waiting somewhere without a physical book. I also don't want to see mail delivery decreased, the loss of real magazines and newspapers.

    kaye.killgore@comcast.net

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  67. i love real books and real food

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  68. Love real books and ebooks. Especially love ebooks when a book is over 400 pages.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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  69. I hope that libraries never go out of business the way bookstores are. What befuddles me is changes in what used to be human kindness and morality. I adore your books.

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  70. Too bad I missed the opportunity! My fault, I only go on line during the week. I have the first book and loved it. May you write and are allowed to keep writing this series!

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  71. I have a Kindle and a NOOK, but, I rarely use them. I really prefer physical books to digital. There's just something wonderful about opening a new book and getting into the story. I heard from a librarian from a local college that there is consideration of making the books in the college library all digital. What an awful thought!

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