Thursday, December 4, 2014

I Don't Want to Jinx Anything + Book #Giveaway!

Happy holidays!!

We are giving away a book a day in December!  Perfect for stalking stuffers...

Today, I'm giving away your choice of the first five CHEESE SHOP Mysteries or the first three COOKBOOK NOOK Mysteries.  Remember to leave a comment and your email. Press "comments" below. And now...




From AS GOUDA AS DEAD, nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mysteries
By Avery Aames aka Daryl Wood Gerber

Byline: Charlotte Bessette

It's February, the month of love, chocolate, and the Lovers Trail events in Providence. All sorts of people are coming to town to dine, cross-country ski, do wine and food tasting events, and yes, get hitched. There's magic in the air, so why do I feel a little sketchy about things?

I shouldn't. Life is good! The Cheese Shop is thriving. In fact, we're putting together all sorts of delicious baskets for the weeklong events. Rebecca is really into it. She's so in love right now...with Deputy Devon O'Shea, the nephew of one of Providence's most beloved individuals. She's always humming love songs, and did I mention her flair for decorating? Love birds and cupids galore! It's so sweet.

Did I mention I'm in love, as well? I'm planning to be one of the many who, um, ties the knot!! Yes, it's true! I'm going to be Mrs...

Whoa! Zipping my lips right now. I don't want to jinx anything.  I've been warned by my grandmother that a bride-to-be should never utter her future name until she's said, "I do." Have you ever heard that? I'm not usually one for superstition, but like I said, I am feeling a bit sketchy lately. Like something bad is going to happen. I hate that feeling. Dragonflies in the pit of my stomach. My jaw is tight. My hands always need something to do.

Have you ever felt that? Is there anything I can do to make this feeling go away? Thanks for any help you can provide!!

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PS from Avery/Daryl:

Do you know AS GOUDA AS DEAD, the sixth Cheese Shop Mystery, comes out in February? I'm doing some book giveaways via my mailing list/newsletter, my other blog Mystery Lovers Kitchen, Goodreads, & Facebook until the launch. Don't miss out!

And today...remember to leave a comment for our Killer Characters month of giveaways!!

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118 comments:

  1. I've never heard the superstition about a bride to be not saying her upcoming name-but I do know about not wanting to jinx things! As for that gnawing fear that something bad is going to happen. I've had it...lots of times I'm proved wrong. Sadly, I don't know of anything to do to get rid of that feeling, aside from keeping occupied. But when everything goes quiet...the foreboding returns.

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  2. I love this author's work—thanks for the opportunity to win a book!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  3. I agree, I've never heard of the superstition where the bride is not to say her upcoming name but I remember the ones about the groom not seeing the bride or her dress until she walks down the aisle. For the most part, that superstition has been set aside since most couples have pictures taken before the ceremony I have had those gnawing fears too and there isn't much you can do about them. dbahn@iw.net

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    1. So many superstitions...so little time. LOL

      Charlotte Bessette, being a worry wart.

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  4. I haven't heard that one about the bride but am familiar with the one of the groom not seeing the bride on her wedding day before the ceremony. I still have some old superstitions that nag at me, such as knocking on wood to prevent bad luck or prevent something bad from happening. Hard to shake those feelings. kuzlin at aol.com

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  5. I like to think that love trumps all superstitions. Thanks for the opportunity to win! rencw@verizon.net

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  6. I loved Final Sentence and am looking forward to reading this book as well. Thanks for the giveaway! raquel36m(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You bet. Thanks to all for chiming in today! What fun!

      Avery aka Daryl

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  7. Wow! The 6th book. That is wonderful. I'd have sworn that the 1st was just a year or so ago. Congratulations!

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  8. Yes, I do feel that way sometimes! I just try to take a deep breath and relax, and you should as well!!! :-)

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  9. Deep breaths. And possibly an infusion of chocolate. :-)
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. Chocolate. Good idea. Paired with some sharp cheddar cheese or a smoky gouda. Love it.

      Charlotte Bessette, feeling much better now.

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  10. Hadn't heard that one, either.



    patucker54 at aol dot com

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  11. Hi Daryl. I do love your books as much as I love cheese (we always have at least 4 kinds in the fridge) so the one I'd like if I do get lucky is Clobbered by Camembert. It's the only one that I'm missing from that series. I own all three of the Cookbook Nook books.

    You've supplied my partner and myself with many many hours of enjoyable reading and I thank you so much for that.

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    1. Nora, there are now 5 and going on 6 in the series. If you don't win today, don't miss out on the chances on Facebook, my newsletter, and Goodreads! Hugs from cyberspace.

      Daryl

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  12. I am so looking forward to the new book!

    lkleback@hotmail.com

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  13. I love both of your series' Cant wait for Gouda
    kim
    kjohnson952@yahoo.com

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  14. Love the books! Thanks for a chance to win!
    misstree1963@gmail.com

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  15. Love the titles and book covers on your books :) jchizmar01@windstream.net

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    1. Thanks to all who love the covers and titles. Aren't they fun! My publishers and I have so much fun designing them! Yes, I get input. Whee.

      Daryl / Avery

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  16. Looking forward to catching up with Charlotte and her family!

    susierobertsmom at hotmail (dot) com

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  17. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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  18. No advice except for the usual- knock on wood. Both series are fantastic.

    lynettek51(at) yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Lynette, and all who have said how much they enjoy the series (both of them). Make my heart smile.

      Daryl/ Avery

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  19. My grandmother had those kinds of superstitions - which I always stop to think about before I do something! And what does it ever hurt to knock on wood or throw salt over your shoulder??

    I love both series - food, cookbooks, more food (cheese) - yum.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  20. I never heard that before about not uttering your name before you say, "I do". I wonder if I did... But it has been 41 years since I said, "I do" so I think I am okay. Also, I like the idea of having a large dose of chocolate to settle the worrisome butterflies.

    ElaineE246(at)msn(dot)com

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  21. So many superstitions---I could never remember all of them!
    Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  22. Hadn't seen this series so I'd love to give it a try. thanks for the chance.

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  23. This series sounds great, would love to read. pp92596 at outlook dot com

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  24. Never heard of that superstition. Thanks for the contest. sclickner@juno.com

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  25. I've been enjoying this series.
    sgiden at verizon(dot)net

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  26. I have not read either series yet-too many books, not enough hours with my two part-time jobs. But I love cozies with puny names, and will get to them eventually! Thanks for the chance to win!

    mgb1965 (at) gmail(dot)com

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  27. More good reading and good eating!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  28. Maybe it's a sign you shouldn't be marrying him?!? :)
    anajs95 at gmail com

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  29. Give your concerns to God and move on!
    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

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  30. Gosh, I love both series. Clever titles, lovely cover art, and of course the characters and their story/plot lines are brilliant! I have to learn to pace myself when reading as I have a tendency to absorb them in a 1-2 days. Happy Holidays!

    loveday235(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Sue, I know. I do the same thing. Read them fast when I open the first page. Must pace myself. :) But there are so many books to enjoy. Especially from the Killer Character authors. :)

      Daryl / Avery

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  31. Love the title! katdunn@cox.net

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  32. Congratulations! The series are delightful and special. thanks for this lovely post. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  33. Love your Cookbook Nook series. Looking for to reading the Cheese Shop series. Thanks for the opportunity to win books.
    robertscm01@comcast.net

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  34. It was a tough decision, but I finally decided on The Cookbook Nook

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  35. Would love any of these books in my Christmas stocking! Love all the books!

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  36. Cookbook Nook, please. (I've got the first 5 Cheese Shops.)

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  37. I haven't heard that superstition before, but maybe that's because I've never been married. I do knock on wood to keep something bad from happening when I mention it. I love all of your books!!

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    1. Maybe it's because I made up the superstition??

      Wink-wink
      Charlotte from Providence

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  38. The artwork is exceptional as are the books and recipes. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. Wow! Number 6 is coming out soon? I have the first three in the Cheese Shop series. Love a good cozy mystery!

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  40. I also enjoy the wine and cheese pairing tips!

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  41. I have never heard that about the bride-to-be!! I've been married 26 years, and I'm sure I said, and wrote, my name and my husband's last name before the nuptials!!! Thanks for the chance to win this great book!! chatcozy1 at gmail dot com

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  42. Would love to have a stalking stuffer. Thsnks

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  43. I am just starting you chees shop books. I love them. Would love the Days of Wine and Roquefort

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  44. In the car ride to the ceremony Superstition by Stevie Wonder was playing. Bad omen? Turns out it was. Anywho dcgirl919@hotmail.com A Cookbook Nook sounds interesting.

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  45. Hope you are having a happy holiday season. I would love to win a book, my book buying budget is a bit tight right now, and I could use a new book.

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    1. Cindy, I understand. Always remember to ask your librarian if she/he can order it for you. They love to have a reason to get cozies. :)

      Daryl / Avery

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  46. Looks like a great book. Happy Hoilday!!
    xzjh04@ gmail.com

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  47. I would love to win the first book of this series, thanks so much.

    cenya2@hotmail.com

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  48. Don't think I've ever heard the superstition about not uttering the new married name. Nowadays many brides don't actually take the husband's name, but continue with their own. And I even know one couple who hyphenated the two names and both use the hyphenated name.
    As far as being able to put that foreboding of something bad happening -- well, those worse-case things don't usually really happen, but getting rid of the feeling isn't easy.
    donna {dot} durnell {at} sbcglobal {dot} net

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  49. I love the Cookbook Nook series and have just started the Cheese Shop series and enjoying it so far. Thanks for the chance to win.

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      momzillasteel@gmail.com

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  50. This is a great series. It's so fun to read a good mystery on a cool Winter's night.
    grandmabkr at yahoo dot com

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  51. I love cheese and I live in Ohio. I know the series is set there. Never heard that superstition before.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Aha, Michelle. That's because I, Charlotte, made it up. I'm full of them sometimes. Depends on how edgy I'm feeling. :) Better safe than... Know what I mean?

      I love Ohio!!

      Charlotte from Providence (yes, it's a fictional town, but it's sure real to me!)

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  52. I'd love to win one of the Cheese Shop books!

    rebarger@bellsouth.net

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  53. I would love to win the cook book series. I have read most of the chees shop ones already! stclairck@gmail.com

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  54. Love how many people have chimed in today! Wishing you all luck. I'll pick a name near midnight and POST it on the side bar where other winners names are. Look for it. And I'll do my best detecting to let you know, too.

    Daryl / Avery

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  55. Dwelling on your bad feelings isn't going to help any. Put on a big smile and enjoy the season of love. You can deal with the trouble when it arrives! Thanks for the chance to win!
    kristin409 at comcast dot net

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  56. Haven't heard that before...Thanks for the contest..
    Put me down for the first of the cheeseshop mysteries.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  57. Never heard that superstition before. Glad it's not always true because I used to write my future married name on everything before the big day, which was 47 happy years ago. Though, would love to read how that might jinx the characters in the cheese shop. Sticky business there!! Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. 47 years! Yipes! Wonderful! Congrats!

      Charlotte - hoping for that many years with my beloved.

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  58. I have heard the superstition about a bride not referring to herself by her married name before the wedding and am quite familiar with having the feeling that something is going to happen. Not a fun feeling to have. But I'm not aware of anything you can do about it except try to stay aware of things going on around you.

    I love both of your fabulous series and am eagerly awaiting Cheese Shop #6.

    robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Meg! So sweet of you to write! :)

      Daryl / Avery

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  60. Just recently discovered cozies. Would love the first book in either series. Thanks for a chance. Lady.Janel @ hotmail . Com

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  61. Thank you for the contest. I would like the first in either the cheese or cooking cozies as I haven't encountered your books before. I like to start at the beginning. FelitaDaniels @ Lilac Reviews.com

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    1. Felita, I like to start at the beginning too. Nice thing is that all of these are stand-alines, as far as the mystery goes. For those who like to know how the character blossoms, then yes, always at the beginning. :)

      Best,
      Daryl / Avery

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  62. Would love either book! Zeta@iwon.com

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  63. I cannot wait for As Gouda as Dead to come out. Love the Cheese Shop mysteries and the Cookbook Nook. Both are great series. Thank you for a chance to win! Doodlesink@hotmail.com

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  64. Argh. Comment black hole...

    Charlotte, everyone gets those feelings especially brides. Plus most women starve themselves right around now... so eat! You have glorious cheese, right? Try breaking off a small piece of a good baguette like Killer Dave's Peace Bomb, slice in half. Top with slices of Cambezola and grind black peppercorns and coriander over the top before broiling. Finish with a generous amount of thin avocado slices... I guarantee you will feel better :) or at least your author will have a happy belly!

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  65. Just found this wonderful author! Can't wait to read all of her books! Thanks for the chance! angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  66. Would love to read these cozy mysteries. I haven't read any of these yet. Thanks for the chance at a Christmas gift early!

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    Xfinity001@Yahoo.com

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  68. These sound great and I love the titles. Thank you for the contest!

    woodrumbetty@gmail.com

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  69. Please pick me! I love your cozy mysteries.
    bromichaeladams at gmail dot com

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  70. I have not read any of these as yet. Hope to get one soon.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  71. I don't know any superstitions about brides.

    Love cozies.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  72. This is one series that I haven't read, but all of the reviews peak my curiosity. I enjoy reading cozy mysteries. I appreciate the authors who generously offer their books for drawing and the opportunity to potentially receive one. servedogmom@yahoo.com

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  73. Have not read any of them, but they sound delightful!

    karin56381 (at) gmail.com

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  74. I would love the first 5 cheese shop mysteries. Robin L. Coxon, robeader53@yahoo.com

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  75. I've read and "eaten up" all of the cheese shop books! Haven't gotten the Cook Book ones yet, so I know what my pick would be! Cozies are my salvation right now....just about the only thing I can really concentrate on for a length of time! Chemo has made it hard to stick with many other things, but cozies work all the time!

    humble.granny@gmail.com

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  76. Yay! Always love a chance to win one of your books! I haven't heard about the superstition of saying your 'future' name before marriage..... That's an interesting one!
    afarage(at)earthlink.net

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  77. They sound like wonderful books. I would love to read them.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  78. Met you at the Phoenix library a few years ago and started reading cheese series. Getting ready to start other. Thanks for giveaway!!!Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  79. I've read one of her books so far, and I definitely want to read more. Need to start with the first cheese shop book, so I can read them in order.

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  80. Glad I did not know of the superstition before I was married. Love the books

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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  81. I just love all these cozys. Started out about 50 years ago with Nancy Drew. Now I can't get enough of reading. Thanks for the opportunity for this.

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  82. I never heard of this superstition, I wonder if it's a regional superstition. Thanks for this great opportunity.

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  83. Love the titles!! Now I need to find out what's inside, lol. Count me in as a fan!

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  84. I just recently retired so I am spending more time reading and have enjoyed each book I have been able to read. Looking forward to another one especially from this author as I have enjoyed each of your books.

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  85. Wow, I can't believe how many readers came to this blog! You all must want a book. Drum roll, please... The winner is....will be posted in the side bar, upper left in minutes!

    Congrats and contact me!

    Thanks to all for participating. I, personally, will be having more giveaways. Check out my other blogs, Mystery Lovers Kitchen, as well as Facebook & Goodreads and don't forget my NEWSLETTER. A big launch prize for As Gouda As Dead, February 1.

    Savor the mystery!

    Daryl / Avery

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  86. My choice is the cookbook nook series. I have heard that superstition as well as this one. If Sun does not shine on wedding day the marriage is doomed. I love all your books but have to give up cheese so cookbook nook for me.

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  87. Love mysteries and cooking. thanks for the look at a series new to me!

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  88. Thank you for the opportunity to read a book from this series.
    Valerie B
    vabedel@aol.com

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  89. These books are new to me. I have some serious catching up to do. And that sounds like a good wintertime goal.

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  90. #6 yippee! Love the idea!!

    Tennisace50(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  91. I've heard many superstitions about the bride should be doing and wearing certain things and about the Wedding Day in general, but never heard this one.
    kjdugas(at)verizon(dot)net

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