Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Meddler or Matchmaker


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

My sister Dani thinks I'm a meddler. Maybe she's even right. But I can't just stand by and do nothing while she lets one good opportunity after anything for a marriage proposal slip through her fingers. I'm determined not to let another year go by without seeing her settled into marital bliss.

She may not like it now but I'm certain she'll grow to appreciate all I'm trying to do for her. After all, I take my role as older sister very seriously. If I didn't would I arrange for her to go winter camping with a handsome game warden? Would I send her off to one of Sugar Grove's most popular social events, Meat Bingo, with not one but two potential suitors? No, I would not. It's not like I run around town playing match-maker for anyone else.

Instead of thanking me, Dani just looks for reasons to get out of the dates I book for her. She complains that she isn't interested in settling down yet and that her life is her own business. Imagine that!

Readers, have you ever had your help and best efforts misunderstood? Leave a comment along with your email address by midnight tonight be eligible to win a copy of Dani's adventures in either Drizzled with Death or Maple Mayhem. One lucky reader will be picked even more randomly than I choose potential partners for Dani!

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48 comments:

  1. Meddling can be intriguing.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  2. I made the mistake of setting up my brother with his first wife. suefoster109@netzero.net

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  3. I just got Drizzled with Death out of the library and can't wait to read it. And as the oldest sister, what I construe as help, others *might* consider as meddling.
    Colleenmvotour at yahoo dot com

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  4. I'm an older sister too, but I keep my nose out of things and I expect the same.

    acm05atjuno.com

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  5. I'm sure I'd be terrible at matchmaking. And, my younger brother was married years before me. He did play matchmaker for me, though. I was engaged four days after he introduced me to his Navy buddy. Were were married 42 years this past March.

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  6. No, I don't want to meddle. Things usually work out better if I don't get in the way.

    ElaineE246(at)msn(dot)com

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  7. I'd rather let things work out (or not) on their own...wouldn't want to cause someone to make a big mistake.


    patucker54 at aol dot com

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  8. It's hard to see your sister alone. I want mine to have what I have, but I also do not want her to avoid me, so I try not to meddle. Too much!
    misstree1963@gmail.com

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  9. Love the cover on this book. When I was younger, I made the mistake of setting up a friend with a coworker. The coworker ended up stalking my friend for several months. I definitely won't play matchmaker again!
    Sandra M
    sa7mrt@aol.com

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  10. My music teacher matched me to my husband. They are from China where it is traditional!

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. I try to stay out of the kids lives. I made my mistakes and they can learn from their own. If it was a major catastrophe waiting to happen I would jump in but most things - bug out. I especially wouldn't try to interfere in their romantic lives. txmlhl@yahoo.com

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  12. I try not to interfere since no one appreciates someone telling them how to live their lives. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Loved the first book, look forward to the second.
    Becky Prazak
    rjprazak6@gmail.com

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  14. Great post today. I have learned not to meddle. thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  15. "One lucky reader will be picked even more randomly than I choose potential partners for Dani!"
    With that attitude. I really want to read this book.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  16. It happens all the time with my older sister.

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  17. I don't meddle, I have told my son and his wife I don't take sides when they ask my opinion.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  18. Thanks for having such a great giveaway.

    xzjh04@ gmail.com

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  19. Meddling is my thing--working with abused and neglected children and with Stephen's miner tries at church, so I'm sure there are numerous folks who would like to skip my ideas, but I've also learned to listen really long and well before I express my opinions. On the home front, the saying goes "What Grandma wants Grandma gets!" Actually, my second son has been happily married to our matchmaking efforts for him for some time now---and everyone seems very pleased with the match. Actually we have this other saying in our family--"give your opinion no matter what it is, then the other person gets to decide whether to abide by it or not." Works well for us. Then again, I am hoping for some interesting conflict in your book---let's say a few "sticky" situations might be fun at the maple grove!! Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

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  20. Don't meddle

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  21. Sometimes my attempts at helping have been considered meddling....but I figure it's part of being the oldest sister and all of that. For the most part I do try to mind my own business. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    maria63303 at gmail dot com

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  22. I have a younger sister as well and feel the need to offer my opinion probably waaaayyy too often. Oh well, just trying to help!

    jeosmond@gmail.com

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  23. I make it a point not to meddle. Raquel36m(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I'm an only child-so no sibling meddling going on here. As for other people, I may offer advice, but I generally just let nature take its course.

    cozyupwithkathy at gmail dot com

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  25. sadly, some of my good intentions has been misinterpreted as showing off or being nice for attention.....

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  26. I like maple syrup and I even have a cologne that smells like syrup! I think it's called Sunday Breakfast. I'm also an only child.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. sadly, some of my good intentions has been misinterpreted as showing off or being nice for attention.....

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  28. My sister is on a special diet due to a medical diagnosis. When I made a comment about what she was eating, I was accused of nagging. Now I don't say anything.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  29. I had no siblings, so no problem there. But I do get involved in others situations if I think it is necessary

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  30. I try not to meddle unless it is necessary. I stay neutral at times. elisanabby at gmail dot com

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  31. I try to keep my opinions to myself unless asked. I'm usually right but I don't like to flaunt it.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  32. I am sorry to say more often than I care to admit to.

    DelAnne
    InsprationalAngel@hotmail.com

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  33. I try to help when asked, but sometimes it causes more problems than solutions. areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  34. Yes, I've been misunderstood many times.

    spigootz9@hotmail.com

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  35. I sometimes do give advice even when I'm not asked.
    Kim
    Kjohnson952@yahoo.com

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  36. I just love Dani and her crazy family.
    I am the oldest of four siblings. I don't medley, but I know what is best for them, and I keep it to myself.
    agavigan@cox.net

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  37. I have been misunderstood way too many times. I am learning to keep quiet until someone asks and really wants my advice. :)
    carter@columbusacademy.org

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  38. I just spent 10 weeks helping my Brother move . Coordinating a clean out of his house., organizing the move and once everything was done, he misunderstood my help. It was very upsetting as I worked very hard. It was all misunderstood as meddling. never again! I adore this series. Thank you for the opportunity to win, seascapelife@gmail.com

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  39. Yes yes yes kphans08@gmail.com

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  40. Years ago, and I mean years ago, I tried setting up a girlfriend and a young man. He ended up asking ME to go out. My girlfriend wasn't too happy about that. He was a senior and I was only a sophomore, and we didn't end up dating too awfully long as I moved.
    donna dot durnell at sbcglobal dot net

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  41. I try to mind my own business since my idea of who is a good date is usually not anyone else's.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  42. I try not to meddle because if something goes wrong they get mad at you.
    Lisa
    hseaside5@aim.com

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  43. I'm the oldest of six kids. Of course we meddle. But just a bit, and just out of love. No major campaigns.
    sjones1592@aol.com

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  44. Cherish the relationship with your sister... if she says "back off' do it! Great series by the way, I enjoyed the first book very much.

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  45. I try not to give advice I can't take myself.
    patti.s@comcast.net

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  46. Another to add to the list.....

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