Sunday, September 21, 2014

Living in the Present

By: Jaymie Leighton
Series: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
Book: No Mallets Intended
Publication Date: November 4th, 2014
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Website: http://www.victoriahamiltonmysteries.com

Maybe you can tell me your experience of this particular phenomenon.

I live in the future. I don't have a tardis (Dr. Who's time machine) or a DeLorean (Back to the Future), only the power of my own thoughts, but it seems to work all too well.

I'll explain: it starts with winter. Have you ever experienced a winter so long you felt like you were living in Narnia during the White Witch's icy reign? If you have then you know that by mid February you feel like you're going quite mad. There is always one January or February day when I crank the heat and put on shorts, just to pretend it is something other than bone chilling mid-winter. That lasts until I have to open the back door to let Hoppy out for a piddle and in the process freeze my feet solid.

At that point the longing for spring is so intense I immerse myself in seed catalogs and picnic planning sprees, imagining all I'll do in spring, if it ever arrives.

Of course it does arrive. And I love it. At first. But then the itch begins, and I imagine a beach in summer, boat rides on the river, days at the cottage on Heartbreak Island. I make all kinds of plans for outings and get togethers, and even my (usually) yearly camping trip with my friends from college.

But once summer actually does arrive, that's when I get the worst! By August first I am fretting for autumn so hard I start dreaming of baking, and long for those first frosty nights, the ones that are so cold they take your breath away. I begin looking at fall clothes in the magazines and planning what baking and cooking I'll do once it gets cool enough to actually turn on an oven again, something I generally don't do from June until September.

And I wonder... am I alone in this? I think the problem is that it means I'm always living in the future, when I need to just start enjoying the present! Of course right now, that's easy. We're coming up to my favorite time of year, autumn! I love everything about it: cool crisp weather, falling leaves, baking and cooking!

Oh, and Christmas is coming, and with it, winter, but... well, I won't go there. Not just yet. Let me enjoy, for a time... the present! Ah, yes... I'll just stay in the present, for now.


A Note from Victoria: 
Come on over and find me! I'm all over the place, so if you want to know more about the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries, and No Mallets Intended, in particular, meet me at:

Victoria Hamilton on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorVictoriaHamilton
Vintage Kitchen Mysteries on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VintageKitchenMysteries
Twitter: @MysteryVictoria

Book Giveaway!!!


I'm in the mood for a giveaway, so I would love it if you would comment, and in the comment tell me which of these following books you would like! I haven't decided how many I'll give away yet, but there will be more than one!!

Bowled Over: Book 2 of the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
Freezer I'll Shoot: Book 3 of the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
Bran New Death: Book 1 of the Merry Muffin Mysteries
Muffin but Murder: Book 2 of the Merry Muffin Mysteries
Tempest in a Teapot: Book 1 of the Teapot Collector Mysteries by Amanda Cooper (Victoria Hamilton)

52 comments:

  1. Even though we don't have real weather extremes here in California, I do find myself looking forward to the next season and its activities Except this time of year, when I've been looking forward to enjoying the end of summer, the beginning of fall, Halloween and a month of watching my old classic horror movies, Thanksgiving . . . and I walk into Costoc this week and everything has been rearranged to make room for the toys and Christmas decorations. I like to live in the future but a just a bit.

    Thanks for the giveaway. If I am a lucky one a copy of Bowled Over would be lovely.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  2. We had one of those winters here last year. I don't mind them too much since it gives me a reason to stay inside and read all of the books I've piled up all year.

    I'd have to ask for Bran New Death as I already purchased Muffin but Murder without realizing it was 2nd in a series (what can i say, sometimes I really do buy a book because of its cover.)
    meghallen@yahoo.com

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  3. I lovebthe fall. It is probably because of my favorite holiday, Halloween!

    I would like either Bran New Death or Bowled Over.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Dtk070305@yahoo.com

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  4. I love the fall...The crispness of the air and cold Nights. If I win, I would love books 2 and or 3 of the Vintage Kitchen series. Thanks! Kuzlin at aol.com

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  5. I love the fall, the colors on the leaves and the weather is just so comfortable.

    I would like Bowled Over or Bran New Death.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    a.connolley@gmail.com

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  6. I prefer Spring & Autumn.......I like it cool & sunny.............

    I would love to read Tempest in a Teapot.

    thank you for the opportunity!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  7. I'm always looking forward to fall as it's my favorite season and I don't like the heat! I've read all of your wonderful books, but some I only have on Kindle, I'd love a "real" copy of Bowled Over or Freezer I'll Shoot. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  8. I am eager for summer heat to be over. Love winter in Southern California. I would like Muffin but Murder. Thank you for the opportunity to win. I think I have read most of the books. bobbipad at gmail dot com

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  9. I've read all these. How about Nothing But Mallets. suefoster109@netzero.net

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  10. I would love Tempest in a Teapot...but, would GLADLY take any! :)

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  11. I hope I'm not posting twice since my comment didn't seem to take. I'm right there with you when it comes to looking to the future instead of savoring the present. I do that with the seasons too. But typically I always look forward to Fall since it's my favorite.
    I'd love a copy of Bran New Death, or anything else if you run out of that one, except Tempest in a Teapot, since I already have that one. Thx for the opportunity!!

    Lauigl [at] carolina [dot] rr [dot] com

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  12. I would enjoy Tempest in a Teapot. Lovely and special. Fall is the best season here. Moderate temps, sunshine and warm days. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. Summer is my favorite season of all. Fall is delightful where we live so I enjoy it greatly. Perfect for walks since it is not hot. Bran New Death would be interesting. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I would love Freezer I'll Shoot.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  16. Hi It's a beautiful fall day here today. We're off to take our dog for a walk. I want to thank you for this and all the giveaways you do. I'd love to win any of these books but would really like Bowled Over since I have Freezer I'll Shoot and Deadly Grind and would like to read the one in between. (Of course happy to start a different series too) Thank you again for being so kind. kphans08@gmail.com

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  17. I love fall in MN but wish it were much longer, winter much shorter, and that spring would stick around for longer than a week.
    I'd love to win a copy of any of the books. They're all on my wishlist!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  18. I am not a fan of heat so summer is not my favorite season. Spring and Fall are my favorite. I think they are also the prettiest.

    I'm all caught up on the vintage kitchen series so any of the others would be perfect.

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  19. Love the fall season. Brand new Death Book 1 or Bowled Over Book 2. So many great books hard to choose.

    xzjh04@ gmail.com

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  20. I'm missing Muffin But Murder. I like spring because winter is finally over and I can look forward to summer.

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    1. Hi Sandy,

      I've chosen you to receive Muffin But Murder... could you send your snail address to me at victoria at victoriahamiltonmysteries dot com? I'll then send it out as soon as possible. Thank you so much!

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  21. Tempest in a Teapot would be lovely.
    Autumn is my favorite season. Well, it was when I lived "up north." Now I'm in south Florida and mid-winter is the best.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  22. All the seasons are lovely but gotta admit that winter's my favorite season. There is just something about it, not sure if it's how beautiful and bright everything is if covered with snow and or ice, the coziness in bundling up with a quilt, a cat, and a good book (typically a cozy mystery, of course), or how crisp and clean the cold air feels when breathing it in. But even with winter being my favorite, even I still end up looking forward to other seasons for other reasons as well. Guess each one really does have something to offer. :)


    Love the Vintage Kitchen series and at least one of the Merry Muffin series is waiting in my TBR pile, but haven't managed to track down Tempest in a Teapot yet, so If I'm chosen, could you please send that my way? Thank you so much for the chance to win.

    robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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  23. Tempest in a Teapot: Book 1 of the Teapot Collector Mysteries by Amanda Cooper (Victoria Hamilton) - I am a tea junky and would love to add this to my collection of tea mysteries!!
    misstree1963@gmail.com

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  24. Fall is also my favorite time of year. I love your books and I would love a copy of Freezer I'll Shoot to cozy up with!!!
    Lisa
    hseaside5@aim.com

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  25. I love these books and especially enjoy listening to them on Audible. Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

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  26. I love spring. I do look forward to the other seasons. I would love a copy of Bowled Over.

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  27. I have just finished reading your first three awesome books dearest Victoria.....I loved, loved, loved them all. So I would love to have a copy of this your newest book, "No Mallets Intended." I know after reading the other three that this book will be just as awesome....love reading about all the awesome adventures of Jaymie Leighton. Keep up the great writing as I am a huge lover of your books......God bless!!!! Beverly Guy....meow_mom20@yahoo.com

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  28. I love fall, the cooler weather and baking! Would love to win Bran New Death or Tempest in a Teapot. Thanks.

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  29. Fall is the time for tea and scones, so I will choose Tempest in a Teapot if I'm chosen. Love your books, thanks for the contest!.....Lorraine at monstercreed@yahoo.com

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  30. I love fall and pumpkins and cool weather. Tempest in a Teapot. Thanks foe the giveaway chance. Elisanabby at gmail dot com

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  31. I would love any one of these books. The readmaster(at)me(dot)com

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  32. Bran New Death or Tempest in a Teapot would be best (because they're the first in their series') but any of them would be great.

    lauraalbert@hotmail.com

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  33. I do believe I pretty much live in the present -- Although I do look forward to spring and autumn.
    I would like BOWLED OVER or TEMPEST ON A TEAPOT. - I have the other three already, and thoroughly enjoyed them.

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  34. Not sure if my comment published, so i will try again. I would love to win bowled over. I really like that series. Thank you

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  35. I could use a cup of tea right now, so TEMPEST IN A TEAPOT would be great thank you. Very happy to read any.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  36. I actually enjoy summer the most. No school, no work, just long leisurely days spent reading and relaxing. I also enjoy the Fall colors and fresh harvested food that comes at that time of year. I am not a winter person. I do not like the cold. So by March, I am definitely ready for the beautiful new growth that comes in the Spring.
    I have read all of your books, so I would love an autograph copy of any one. Actually the first book in each series is my favorite.
    agavigan@cox.net

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  37. I have read most of your books! I would like to read No Mallets Intended. Living in the Midwest I can relate to the seasonal changes and baking in Fall and Winter. Even helps heat the house. servedogmom@yahoo.com

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  38. Absolutely Muffin but Murder ,I haven't read it yet , I loved Bran New Death ! All your series are awesome though :) kathambre@yahoo.com

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  39. I love all the seasons for different reasons and although I always miss my garden... I just LOVE Fall. Love it.
    As to the giveaway, thanks for the opportunity... I believe I would be most interested in Tempest in a Teapot with Bran New Death as a 2nd choice and Bowled Over as a 3rd.

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  40. I love characters that are so alive they shiver at the cool chill of winter!

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  41. I love characters that are so alive they shiver at the chill of winter.

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  42. I love characters that are so alive they talk (outside the pages of their novels) and shiver at the chill of winter.

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  43. I love characters that are so alive they talk (outside the pages of their novels) and shiver at the chill of winter.

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  44. I love all the seasons, I have to say that fall is my favorite, because I love the weather, and all the leaves changing. I would LOVE to win Tempest in a Teapot, it has been on my wish list. :) weluvdopey@sc.rr.com

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  45. Thank you for the giveaway.

    I'm a winter girl. Not only is my makeup winter, but I just love the season. I'm talking red velvet hot chocolate and being able to wear sweats and eat cock pot comfort food like soups. And of course, you get to have a nice warm comfortable blanket wrapped around yourself as you read.

    I would love to read Bowled Over.

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  46. Hello, all...

    Thank you all so much for commenting! I have emailed or replied to five different people for five different titles, so watch your email box! I do appreciate each and every person who responded!

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  47. I love the winter. I just miss having a real one. In Tennessee it seems we have a month of winter, spring and fall and the rest is all summer, which I cant stand. Too hot.
    I have read all the other books so I would love to win, Tempest in a Teapot

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  48. I live in South Florida so I'm always longing for winter, or at least the South Florida version of it in which I can turn off the AC and open all the windows!

    Thanks for the generous giveaway—I would love to have Tempest in a Teapot!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  49. I love Fall ... Fall foliage, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Friday night high school football games (yes, I live in Texas). If I choose only 1 book, it would be Tempest in a Teapot: Book 1 of the Teapot Collector Mysteries by Amanda Cooper

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  50. Bran New Death! I love the fall i love the crisp air and the smells of warm fresh baked apple pie and pumpkin pie

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  51. It's only fall, but I'm already dreaming of next summer----that's all I can do for a few months since I live in cold Minnesota. I'd love to win Bran New Death to read in this cold Minnesota winter.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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