Sunday, August 30, 2015

Is That My Mom Coming Through the Door?

By Lucy Richardson, from Booked for Trouble by Eva Gates

Quick! Hide me. Where’s the back door?  Oh, right, this lighthouse doesn’t have a back door.  A closet. Looks like we’re short on human-sized closet space as well.

Drat, too late, she’s seen me. Smile, Lucy, smile. Look happy.

“Hi, Mom. What are you doing here?”



As if I need to ask. I know exactly why Mom is here in the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library and why she didn’t tell me she was coming. She didn’t tell me she was coming, because she was afraid I’d find a sudden reason to be heading out of town.

As for why she’s here. That’s obvious also. She wants to take me back to Boston with her. You see, I left my long, long, long time boyfriend down on one blended knee (small blue box in hand) and fled town.  I came down here, to my favourite place in all the world, the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to think over what I was going to do with my life. I didn’t have to think for long, as I found myself with a job in the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library.

I love it here. I love the library, I love my coworkers, I love my Lighthouse Aerie on the fourth floor. I love the library cat, Charles.  I love living and working in the Outer Banks.

I am NOT going back to Boston. So there Mom!

I’ll be firm, yet nice. I’ll welcome Mom’s visit and let her know I am not leaving.  I’ll even go with her to the Ocean Side Hotel in Nags Head and help her check in.  Surely she can’t get into any trouble there… can she?

Booked for Trouble will be released on Tuesday! Here’s a small excerpt:
I love my mother. Truly, I do.  She’s never shown me anything but love, although she’s tempered it by criticism perhaps once too often.  She believes in me, I think, although she’s not exactly averse to pointing out that I’d be better off if I did things her way.  She’s a kind, generous person. At least, that is, to those she doesn’t consider to be in competition with her for some vaguely defined goal, if not -- watch out, she'll carry a grudge to the grave. She may be stiff and formal and sometimes overly concerned with observance of proper behavior, but she’s also adventurous and well-travelled. And above all her love of her children knows no bounds.
I do love my mother.
I just wish she wasn’t bearing down on me at this moment, face beaming, arms outstretched.
                                                            Booked for Trouble by Eva Gates

To celebrate the book’s release, let’s have a contest!  To win a copy, please leave a comment with your email address so I can contact the winner.  US addresses only, please.  Contest closes evening of Monday August 31. (Although comments are always welcome!)

Eva Gates will be visiting the Outer Banks next week on book tour.  If you are in the area, we’d love to see you!  The full schedule of appearances is here: www.vickidelany.blogspot.com


65 comments:

  1. ann791@hotmail.comAugust 30, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    love reading your books.

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  2. I'm really looking forward to this book! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  3. Love this series. Love lighthouses. Thanks for the chance. drdotoldsmobile(at)iclouddotcom

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  4. I think I could be the mother in this book. I am a perfectionist and no matter how much I try, I feel my daughter always feel that I am too judgemental.

    Bettyjo.english@gmail.com

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  5. I think I could be the mother in this book. I am a perfectionist and no matter how much I try, I feel my daughter always feel that I am too judgemental.

    Bettyjo.english@gmail.com

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    1. But loving, I am sure. Just like Lucy's mother.

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  6. Love this series and look forward to reading this one.
    Becky Prazak
    rjprazak6@gmail.com

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  7. My birthday is the 31st so I hope my name is the one chosen. I love your ideas for this series and would love to have a lighthouse to do this with someday. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy of the book. robeader53@yahoo.com

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    1. Happy birthday, Robin

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  8. I love the kitty on the covers. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Isn't the cover gorgeous!

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  9. Loved the first book, and thought her mom was a piece of work. She and her husband need to let Lucy live her life as SHE chooses. I own the first book and would love to add this new one to my collection.
    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  10. I enjoy reading your books. This one sounds really good.
    jwisley8(at)me(dot)com

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  11. I'm really looking forward to this second installment. I can't imagine what will happen once Lucy's mom arrives on the scene. It's great fun to read about a library in a lighthouse, particularly because I'm a librarian myself. Thanks for the fun chance to win! rencw@verizon.net

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  12. I must check on the first in this series. grammyd01@comcast.net

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  13. The Outer Banks is on my bucket list. This sounds like a great series and love the covers. Thanks for the chance to win.
    MarshaMysteryreader@yahoo.com

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    1. If you go there, you won't be disappointed.

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  14. I do love the idea of a library in a lighthouse and living quarters there as well.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  15. I love the idea of a library in a lighthouse!
    sharonbabyme@yahoo.com

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  16. I've not read books by this author, but I would like to. Thanks for the contest. jr_dj_gantt@juno.com

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  17. Looks great! robin.christofaro@yahoo.com

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  19. Left off my email.....davisel1830@hotmail.com

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  20. This is a new series for me! I've always been fascinated by lighthouses visiting several here in Northern California and Oregon. My father had a marvelous collection of all things lighthouses. kat8762@aol.com

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  21. I would love to read this book. Sounds so interesting. Thanks for the chance to win!
    scarletbegonia5858@gmail.com

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  22. Love the covers of these books and also love the books. Thanks so much for the chance to win. ptclayton2@aol.com

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    1. The covers are beautiful, aren't they?

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  23. Would love to read this book! Looks like a fun read! Thanks for the chance!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  24. Would love to read this book! Looks like a fun read! Thanks for the chance!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  25. Would love to read this book! Looks like a fun read! Thanks for the chance!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  26. Moms can always strike terror in your heart, can't they? Or I should say we, because I'm sure I do it, too! Looks like another good entry in this series. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. No matter how old we get, we want to please our moms!

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  27. I can hardly wait to read the second in the series! A library in a lighthouse! What an absolutely splendid idea!

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  28. Almost forgot! stlreadn@gmail.com

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  29. Almost forgot! stlreadn@gmail.com

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  30. I can hardly wait to read the second in the series! A library in a lighthouse! What an absolutely splendid idea!

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  31. I can hardly wait to read the second in the series! A library in a lighthouse! What an absolutely splendid idea!

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  32. Love lighthouses. Always have even living in Texas panhandle growing up. Now live on the coast. Loved reading the first book. Library in lighthouse might be my fantasy job! Often dreaded Mom's visits; but now miss them and her.

    Tennisace50(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. What complicated relationships we have with our mothers.

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  33. I'd love to read this suefoster109@ netzero.net

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  34. Libraries & lighthouses, how lovely! I have any Book or By Crook. I haven't gotten to read it yet. I'd love to add #2. Congrats on the latest book!
    bpwoodfield@gmail.com

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  35. Like Pamela Woodfield, Lighthouses and libraries my two favorite places. I am always amazed at how quickly new books come out as I am not talented in the writing department!
    Hope your visit to the outer banks is a pleasant one! pagers@frontier.com

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    1. Thanks, Patricia. I know I'll have a marvellous time.

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  36. Libraries and lighthouses...what can be better? I loved the first book in this series and can't wait to read this one! cking78503@aol.com

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  37. Can't wait to read this one. I just finished the first one and loved it. Thanks for the chance. Dnrocker@yahoo.com

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  38. I love cozies. Can't wait to read this one. nungwa@hotmail.com

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  39. I'm really looking forward to reading "Booked For Trouble". Thanks for a chance to win a copy. choirlady27@hotmail.com

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  40. Love the covers of both of these books. The story sounds great!!

    jawdance@yahoo.com

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  41. I love the covers. They sound like a wonderful read.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  42. I just love the covers of these books. I have 5 miniature lighthouses someone brought me from a trip to the Outer Banks. Love my Library. Best of Luck with your new book.

    Thanks, K Star
    scarlet_0330@yahoo.com

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  43. The first book was fantastic and I can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the chance to win.
    doward1952@yahoo.com

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  44. Love the covers of your books. Would love to win.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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  45. I can't wait to read this! I am a library worker. :)

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  46. Miss my mother. Bobbipad@gmail.com

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  47. Your covers are so darling.
    whistleinthewind74(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  48. Another new author for me and looking forward to reading this book. I like the idea of a library and living quarters in a lighthouse.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  49. Love the series! Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    vgeslak@yahoo.com

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  50. Ooooh. A lighthouse library, that would be so much fun to work there.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  51. Sounds like a great read.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  52. Thanks so much for your comments everyone. I'm on the road to Nags Head so don't have time right now to reply to everyone. By on the road, I mean stopping for lunch, not actually driving while typing

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  53. Can't wait to read your new book. Hope I win. annstanley1418@gmail.com

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  54. I can't wait ti read this. Thanks for a chance to win.
    babemomara@att.net

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  55. Looking forward to the second book in the series, Booked for Trouble. I think a library in a lighthouse is so unique. Thank you for a chance to win! Doodlesink@hotmail.com

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  56. The winner has been chosne and notified. Thanks everyone for entering, and happy reading.

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