Thursday, July 17, 2014

Scary Weekend

 by Willow Vanderling from the Threadville Mysteries by Janet Bolin

Haylee shoved another application toward me. "Another jewelry-maker wants a table at our Get Ready for Halloween Craft Fair. And she's sent a picture of some of her pieces. Isn't this agate skull darling?"

I studied the photo. "Yes! Let's send her an acceptance."

"And the sewing machine historian who's going to demonstrate sewing Halloween costumes with antique sewing machines?"

"Sure."

"Let's hope she doesn't convert our customers to treadle machines." 

Haylee and I both sold sewing machines in our Threadville shops. We represented different sewing machine companies. At In Stitches, my embroidery boutique, I sold machines that either embroidered by themselves or accommodated embroidery attachments. "Treadle machines are useful when the electricity goes out," I said.

"Not very."

She had a point. 

I shuffled through the applications. "Here's a woman who wants to sell copies of a book she wrote called THE NEW BOOK OF THE DEAD She says it involves mummies and ties in with Halloween."

Haylee tapped another application. "And this applicant says she can tell spooky fortunes. When we called it the Get Ready For Halloween Craft Fair, we meant creating costumes and decorations, but I guess these folks can help us get in the mood."

"The more the merrier," I agreed. "We can set up lots of tables." I read another application, and laughed. "These guys should be very helpful with making costumes. They're attending a zombie retreat in Threadville that weekend, and they want to sell zombie accessories, whatever those are."

Haylee grinned happily. "This craft show weekend is shaping up to be really interesting."

The story of the craft show weekend, which also includes ancient Egyptian curses, a trail of lifelike thread, a haunted graveyard, and a killer wedding gown, is told in THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING THREAD. Read the first chapter here.
  
And don't forget to enter our Cozy Days of Summer giveaway. Janet is giving away your choice of any book from the Threadville Mystery Series--DIRE THREADS, THREADED FOR TROUBLE, THREAD AND BURIED, or NIGHT OF THE LIVING THREAD. Leave a comment below before midnight tonight for a chance to win. At the stroke of 12:00 the next drawing begins!

53 comments:

  1. Would love to read this series!
    Dspinlexo@aol.com

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  2. I love the idea of an Egyptian curse! I wish I could attend that vendor show!

    cozyupwithkathy at gmail dot com

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  3. Egyptian curses are incredible. They add so much to a plot.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  4. The book sounds like a great read and the series sounds awesome :) areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  5. A Halloween mystery! I'm looking forward to reading this next installment of the Threadville Mysteries. dbahn@iw.net

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  6. Excited to start this series!
    Dnrocker@yahoo.com

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  7. New author to me ... would love to read about a craft show weekend ... sounds exciting to me!
    seytype at Hotmail dot com

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  8. Sounds like a good read—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  9. Finished this two days ago. Very good and fun. Wish they could get more time with their sweeties.

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  10. A series that would be new to me, sounds great!!! thank you for the opportunity! Colleenmvotour@yahoo.com

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  11. Sounds good. Can't wait to start this series! :)

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  12. Looks really good. I sew, so I always love a sewing related mystery!

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  13. Halloween! I have added this book to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Raquel36m@gmail.com

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  14. A lot happening...


    patucker54 at aol dot com

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  15. My mother taught me to embroider pillowcases when I was young. Maybe I should take it up again now that I'm retired - except I am still waiting for all that free time I thought I would have! Another book on my TBR list.
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  16. This series is delightful. I used to embroider when I was young since my mother showed me and I was very interested. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. New books to add to the reading list.
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  18. A very intriguing series. I sew simple projects so this is unique. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I like to hand embrioder a lot and I also love a cozy that has a Halloween theme.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  20. I've read this series and thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading this book

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  21. Interesting craft show

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  22. Sounds like a great series.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  23. Would love to read a new series!
    jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  24. Halloween is always a fun time of the year.

    Karen94066 at aol.com

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  25. "Shaping up to be really interesting" is an understatement I suspect!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  26. Looks like fun! Win or lose, it's going on my list!
    misstree1963@gmail.com

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  27. I love craft shows so I think I'll like this cozy.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  28. I would like to continue the series.

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  29. I love Halloween cozies and have the first two books in the series. I only sew by hand.
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  30. I do love the series and would love to add this title to my collection...

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  31. I'm looking forward to reading this next installment of the Threadville Mysteries. choirlady27@hotmail.com

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  32. Halloween is such a fun time of year. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  33. I'm reading Thread and Buried right now. I'm just a wee tad behind. Drooling over what Willow and Clay have unearthed in her backyard.
    Thanks for the chance to win. kristin409 at comcast dot net

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  34. I would love to win this contest. I used to embroider a lot of items, however, I had to stop it when life got the in way. I also love Halloween storyline. karenlocke66 at gmail dot com

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  35. Love attending craft shows!

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  36. That sounds like one fun craft show, I would love to go to that one. Thanks for the chance to win.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  37. Love a good craft show! Thanks.
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  38. Sounds good, even though I don't care much for Halloween or vampires and such. Cozy mysteries are good anyway.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  39. I would love to win this! Thanks
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  40. I love this series.

    kaye.killgore@comcast.net

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  41. Would love to read this series! Thanks for the giveaway! Rose madamepurl(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. Haven't read this series, but it sounds quite exciting!

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  43. A killer wedding gown - yikes! Great series!

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  44. Halloween isn't my favorite holiday, but I do enjoy seeing all the children dressed in costumes. And when my kids were little, they'd dress up too -- sometimes purchases, sometimes 'thrown together', sometimes I'd make them. Nowadays, I would like to dress a bit in costume -- not scary costumes, but fun ones -- but never can think of one.

    Would like to read about a craft fair with halloween theme -- so here's my hat in the ring to win. BESIDES, I used to cross-stitch and hope to get back into it soon.
    donna{dot}durnell{at}sbcglobal{dot}net

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  45. This would be a great way to unwind with this book ! My kids are driving me crazy !!!! Love all these great stories from such great authors !
    Lisa D.

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  46. This book sounds like it would be greait. I would definitely visit that craft exhibition.

    DelAnne

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  47. Halloween in Threadville sounds awesome, I love this series!

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  48. I would love to read this series, the books look great!
    weluvdopey@sc.rr.com

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  49. Interested in adding thus series to my collection. Love the crafting mysteries!

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