Thursday, July 30, 2015

Mother Knows Best

By Suzanne Wyatt Richardson from Booked for Trouble by Eva Gates

I am not normally a schemer. Strictly between you and me, just us girls, I’ve never had to be. If I saw something I wanted in this life, I grabbed it with both hands. Like all those years ago, when I first set eyes on Lucy’s father, back when I was still in high school. All I wanted was to get the heck out of the Outer Banks. He was handsome, rich, and head over heels in love with me. Easy pickings.

It won’t be so easy this time. My only daughter, Lucy, had some foolish idea of breaking off her engagement to the eminently suitable Richard Eric Lewiston III, to whom it has always been intended that she marry, and run away to the Outer Banks to work in a tiny little public library.  Yes, it’s a delightfully charming library, tucked away in a historic lighthouse , but really!



Lucy says she doesn’t love Ricky (as everyone calls him). What does she know about love? Ricky will be an excellent husband. He is, after all, the son of my husband’s law partner and doing very well at the firm. Of course there was that incident with the totally unsuitable Cooper girl (boys will be boys, you know). And then the time when he had too much to drink at the country club dance, and…

Never mind.

Here I am, back in my home town of Nags Head, determined to get Lucy to see reason and return to Boston where she belongs.  I am well aware there will be some resistance, so I am gathering allies, assessing the opposition, and scouting out the terrain, so to speak.  

That Louise Jane clearly will be happy to see Lucy heading out of town.  I’ll pretend I’m interested in her ridiculous ghost stories. Theodore, the single-minded book collector, can be put to good use, even though he won’t be aware of it.  I can see that Diane Uppiton, member of the library board, has something up her sleeve. I am sure I can manipulate her to my advantage.

Then there’s Bertie James, Lucy’s boss. She won’t be an easy woman to go against, and she seems to have taken to Lucy.

But, above all, I anticipate that my largest obstacle will be the two potential suitors Lucy seems to have found herself with. Connor, the mayor, who she knew when they were teenagers (And why didn’t I know about that!) and Butch the police officer. I don’t trust those big, handsome, macho types.  They make dreadful husbands, cops, too involved in the job. And the spouse of a politician! 

Heaven forbid.

I’m only doing what’s best for my daughter.  She’ll thank me. One day.

Suzanne Wyatt Richardson plots and schemes in Boston, and on the road as she drives toward a surprise visit to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

The first book in the Lighthouse Library series, By Book or By Crook is now available, and Booked for Trouble will be released on September 1.  Meet Eva at https://www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor and www.lighthouselibrarymysteries.com

CONTEST TIME!
Suzanne arrives at the Lighthouse Library in Booked for Trouble, due to be released on September 1st.  I’d love to give an ARC of the book to one lucky reader. Please leave a comment to be entered for the draw including your email address so I can contact the winner.

US and Canadian entries accepted. Contest closes August 3rd.


70 comments:

  1. Hi, Please enter me in the contest. I'd love to win.
    Babe O'Mara
    babemomara@att.net

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  2. Booked for Trouble sounds like an entertaining read. I would like to enter in the contest, please. Thank you.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Please include me as well. So fascinating. It will be a delightful read.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  4. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  5. Loved the first one and looking forward to reading Booked for Trouble.

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    1. Thanks, Susan. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  6. I loved the first book and am looking forward to the second!
    Meeshpsych@aol.com

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. And thanks for entering the contest

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  7. Thanks for the chance to win! Dnrocker@yahoo.com

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    1. You're welcome, Dawn.

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  8. Yes, please. I'd love to read it!

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  9. Enjoyed the first book and looking forward to the new one.

    flash29@sympatico.ca

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    1. Thanks, Elaine! And thanks for entering the contest.

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  10. I'd love to win! jamielarimore@gmail.com

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  11. I enjoyed your book so much that I went out and bought my own copy after reading my library's copy! I am looking forward to reading this one! Thanks! book__wyrm@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Wow! That is nice to hear. Thanks!

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  12. I'm looking forward to Booked for Trouble so much I've pre-ordered it on Amazon. I really enjoyed By Book or By Crook!

    harbingerdc(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much. Your support is appreciated!

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  13. This sounds like a marvelous series.
    Look out, mother. You are heading into dangerous territory!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  14. I think Mommy Dearest might be in for a little trouble! Would love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  15. I have By Book or by Crook on the TBR pile the bed for some time now. I think I need to move it up to the top of the stack (after I finish reading the stuff I need for the library lessons or maybe while I'm reading that stuff.) I think Mom needs to take a good look at her plans. Mom may want what is best, but that doesn't mean she knows what is best for Lucy. bevarcher AT me DOT com

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    1. Totally! And I quite understand about the TBR pile.

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  16. Loved reading By Book or By Crook. The story was great and I really enjoyed meeting the characters. Can't wait to read Booked for Trouble! bg9246@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks Bev. I'm glad you liked it.

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  17. By Book or By Crook was terrific! I grew up in Duluth MN listening to the Splitrock Lighthouse fog horn. Ah, memories. Looking forward to Booked for Trouble - and a long running series.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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    1. Thanks, Karen. So glad you liked it.

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  18. Thanks for this interesting feature and great giveaway. This book would be greatly enjoyed. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  19. Your books are captivating, intriguing and memorable. This series sounds very special. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. I love this series...fun! kat8762@aol.com

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  21. Love your books & anything involving a Lighthouse I'm in. One Summer we took a Lighthouse Circle Tour in our car, we started in Wisconsin then went to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan & back down to Illinois. I loved seeing the inside of the Lighthouses & hearing about the Lighthouse Keepers, it was so much fun. Thanks for this amazing Giveaway, it's so appreciated. Linda May

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    1. That sounds like a great trip. I might look into doing it myself one day. Next month I'm heading back to the Outer Banks for book signings.

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  22. I loved these books! Especially since I'm a librarian myself carlybudzynski@gmail.com

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    1. Glad to hear it, Carly. We all love librarians.

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  23. I love these books! Growing up, I always thought being a librarian would be the best job in the world!! cking78503@aol.com

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  24. I really enjoyed "By Hook or By Crook". I'm looking forward to "Booked for Trouble". With good writing, a few hunky guys in a beach setting with books, you can't go wrong!

    Marilyn Healy

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    1. Glad you got in, Marilyn! And thanks so much for the comment.

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  25. I love it! How often do we get the schemer's point of view? We usually get the schemee's point of view.
    cjreynolds52@comcast.net

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    1. Nice way to put it!

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  26. Can't wait!!! Loved By Book or By Crook!!!

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  27. I am extremely tempted to volunteer as a lighthouse caretaker and tour guide for a few weeks....

    I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series!
    ejbs3s@yahoo.com

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    1. That would be wonderful, wouldn't it?

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  28. Cannot wait to read this book. Enjoyed the first one and am looking forward to the release of this one.

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  29. Thanks for this opportunity to win. Good luck on the release! dm_richards (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  30. Love to read your ARC...such a lovely cover! Kuzlin at AOL.com

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  31. I loved the first book in the series and would love to win this one!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  32. These look really good.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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  33. I would like to be included in the book giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.
    6186pep(at)msn(dot)com

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  34. The first book was fantastic and can't wait to read this one. With a mother like that I see why she moved far away.
    doward1952@yahoo.com Thanks for the chance to win.

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    1. Thanks, Doward. I'm glad you liked it.

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  35. I love when mother knows best. Not! sounds interesting.
    thanks for the chance to win.
    txmlhl@yahoo.com

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  36. I'd love to read this! My email Addy is abookishlass74 @aol. com

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  37. Looking forward to reading Booked for Trouble. Cozy mysteries are such great books. I discovered them in my local library about 14 years ago and have never looked back. Thank you for the opportunity to win! Have a great week and congrats on your new book! Doodlesink@hotmail.com

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  38. I loved by Book or by Crook, and I'm looking forward to the next one.

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

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    1. Thanks, Kaye. Much appreciated.

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  39. Entry please ! itsacatslife17 (at) Yahoo dot com

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  40. Would love to give this book a happy home! Thank you for the opportunity!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  41. Looking forward to reading this! chees@marjimmanor.com

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  42. I'm reading the first book in the series now and really enjoying it. What a wonderful combination...a lighthouse and a library. Thank you for the opportunity to win book two. rencw@verizon.net

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    1. Sharon Baker. slpetera@yahoo.comJuly 31, 2015 at 11:10 AM

      These books are so much fun to read. They are great.
      slpetera@yahoo.com

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  43. This series has been on my wish list for a while , thanks for the chance to win a copy and get started on it ! kathambre@yahoo.com

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  44. Sounds like a good read. Love lighthouses.
    Carol Smith
    penelope223( at) yahoo(dot) com

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  45. Sounds like a good read. Love visiting lighthouses.
    Carol Smith
    penelope223(at) yahoo(dot) com

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    1. Aren't lighthouses fabulous! I'm so glad writing this series has gotten me interested in them.

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  46. A library in a lighthouse is such a unique idea. I would love to be the librarian there. Thanks for the chance to enter
    a giveaway for an ARC of it. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  47. Sharon Baker. slpetera@yahoo.comJuly 31, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    These books are so much fun to read. Thank you so much.
    slpetera@yahoo.com

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  48. I had a scheming, planning mother---I wonder how Lucy's mom will compare. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. My sympathies Sue. My mom is visiting me right now and she is the nicest, most charming person you'll ever meet.

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  49. Thanks for commenting, everyone and for entering my contest. A winner will be contacted momentarily. Tune in again on August 30th, when I'll have another character for you to meet, and maybe some prizes too.

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