Sunday, April 12, 2015

One Bad Apple

by Sadie MacKenzie from WICKED STITCH
Amanda Lee

One bad apple...that's all it takes to spoil the whole bunch. And, around here, that bad apple is Nellie Davis. Unfortunately, she's brought a worm right into our midst with her. It's her sister Clara.

Here all of us were gearing up for the Renaissance Faire coming to Tallulah Falls when Nellie's sister Clara not only moves into the space next door to Marcy's shop, she opens a competing embroidery shop. It made me so mad I could spit.

Now, I'm not someone who's afraid of competition, and I know good and well that Marcy isn't either. It's the malice behind that competition that bothers me. Marcy and Nellie have never gotten along, mainly because Nellie wanted her sister to have the shop where the Seven-Year Stitch is currently located. But I'm really the one to blame for that. As soon as I saw the For Lease sign go into the window, I called Marcy and talked her into embarking upon her dream of opening an embroidery specialty shop. The rest, as they say, is history. Or, as far as Nellie Davis is concerned, it was the start of the Davis-Singer feud.

Nellie and Clara both act as if Marcy is some sort of monster, and it makes my blood boil. And Angus.... You couldn't ask for a sweeter dog! But Clara thinks Angus is a vicious killer and that he's going to eat her bunny.

Let me explain. Clover, the bunny, got out of Clara's store one day. Marcy spotted the rabbit on the sidewalk outside the Seven-Year Stitch and brought it inside so it wouldn't dart out into the street and get hit by a car. After seeing that Angus and the bunny were all right together, Marcy put the rabbit down and allowed the two of them to play. Then Clara came to "rescue" the bunny from the clutches of Marcy and her evil dog. The funny thing was the rabbit tried to hide between Angus's paws rather than go back to Clara!

I know that into every RenFaire a little rain must fall, but I just hope it doesn't end up being a downpour. How do you deal with the toxic people in your world?

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36 comments:

  1. I tried to avoid toxic people. If that's not possible, I smile and do small talk (while keeping the conversation to the minimal). I hope I will be able to escape as soon as possible. Most people think I am very shy (which I am somewhat) but I am just trying to avoid unpleasant situations/conversations.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. I will go out of my way to avoid toxic people. Because sometimes that toxicity is contagious. Fortunately, everyone knows I carry at least one book with me and most (even the toxic ones) will leave me alone if I've got my nose stuck in a book.

    bevarcher AT me DOT com

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  3. I try to avoid them.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  4. This looks like such a cute book. I'd love to be your lucky winner of a dead tree version.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  5. It seems like in every group, there is always one bad apple. I try to ignore them as much as possible. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  6. I'd love to win a paperback copy of this. It sounds great! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  7. Avoid them! They carry an energy that is easy to identify. As soon as I feel it I head out the door. Jill_dillner@yahoo.com

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  8. I try to avoid them. Thanks for the giveaway!
    dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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  9. At this point in my life, since I am now retired, it is easier to just try and avoid them than it was when I was working and had to deal with them whether I liked it or not. I also try not to drop to their level and become toxic myself, since I am probably the one more upset by that. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  10. I also avoid them as much as possible. Luckily I haven't run into many. Thanks for the chance to win a book!

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  11. Ignore and/or avoid! So much easier since I've retired.

    Love this series!

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  12. I do my best to avoid toxic people. I agree with Grandma Cootie...after you reach a certain age, it gets easier.

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  13. A sadly believable storyline
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  14. Wicked Stitch was just wonderful! An enjoyable book with great characters. I look forward to the next book in this series!

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  15. I do my best to avoid toxic people. Being home on disability it is far easier then it was while in a large work environment.This book is on my TBR wish list. servedogmom@yahoo.com

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  16. I avoid and ignore toxic people. Looking foreword to reading this new one.
    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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  17. I try to avoid them at any cost! When that isn't possible, I try to make contact brief or speak so carefully, weighing every phrase, that they go talk to someone else. I would love to read this, even though I have not read others in the series yet. Can always go back and catch up. jeaniedannheim ( at ) ymail ( dot ) com

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  18. Love your books and I can't wait to read this one! Keep 'em coming!!

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  19. I try to avoid them! I hate dealing with unpleasant things or people. I would hide from toxic people. I would have to move...

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  20. I try to avoid them if possible. If not, I will be polite but will walk away if they get too bad.

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  21. Kill 'em with kindness - well, not literally of course...heh. I once had a friend who turned into an enemy of sorts. Every time she saw me (after she decided to betray me) I would just smile and wave. She once tried to get me in trouble by reporting my suspicious waving and smiling to a security guard. The guard and I had a good laugh about it as she stomped furiously away. Just remember, karma has a way of catching up with a person so toxic people will eventually need a helmet. LOL!
    The new book looks like a wicked good story - I can't wait to read it!

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  22. I tend to tune the 'toxics' out and try to avoid if I can. Sounds like a fun book!
    afarage(at)earthlink.net

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  23. I do my best to avoid toxic people, if unavoidable I keep my time with them as short as possible. Thanks for the chance!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  24. Love to win a copy.
    Thereadmaster(at)me(dot)com

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  25. I cut toxic people out of my life. I'd love to win, thanks for the giveaway. kphans08@gmail.com

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  26. I try my best to avoid toxic people as much as I can. I'm an introvert so I internalize way too much and I do my best to keep the peace. I love this series & I LOVE Angus. Would love to win!
    Scouts579 (at) aol (dot) com

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  27. If I can't avoid them I try to kill them with kindness.
    Lauigl [at] carolina [dot] rr [dot] com

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    1. Hi, Laurie:

      The random number generator chose you as the giveaway winner! I'll email you to ask your preference, etc. Thank you for participating! I hope you'll enjoy WICKED STITCH!

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  28. Sometimes you can't cut toxic people out of your life. So I think about what issues they constantly bring to the table - then practice responses to them. Toastmasters has helped me think on my feet. Love to win a copy. cheers@MarjimManor.com

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  29. This looks like a great book. I avoid toxic people in my life. In my opinion life is way to short to deal with toxic people to bring you down. weluvdopey@sc.rr.com

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  30. I avoid toxic people whenever possible. If I must come in contact with them I say as little as possible, smile and move on as quickly as I can.

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  31. I try my best to let other people's bad attitudes roll off me, and if I can I avoid them altogether! Thanks for the chance to win a digital copy, I love ebooks ! kathambre@yahoo.com

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  32. I avoid toxic people.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  33. My anxiety disorder adds to my need to stay present and avoid toxicity when/ where possible. I really would love to read this book

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  34. I try to avoid, but it is harder when they are family members. Since my DH and I never lived in my hometown, it makes it easier. But there are always some of that type everywhere. Avoid when possible.

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  35. Thank you all so much for your comments. Laurie Iglesias was chosen the giveaway winner. Look for other opportunities to win via Facebook and my blog tour! Take care, Gayle

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