Friday, November 27, 2015

Don't Tell Her I Said So -- GUILTY AS CINNAMON -- #bookgiveaway


SEASON'S READINGS! To celebrate the holidays and the launch of GUILTY AS CINNAMON, the second Spice Shop Mysteries, next week, I'm offering TWO signed copies! Leave a comment below for a chance to win. 

By Sandra Piniella, from the Spice Shop Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz

Lordy, what a year it’s been! I tell you. First, we get a new boss—Pepper’s a doll but don’t tell her I said so; I’ve got a reputation to protect. Then she sets about “rebranding” the Spice Shop, a fancy word for getting new stationery and business cards. Well, that logo—an old-fashioned glass salt shaker sprinkling salt onto the waves—is just about the cutest thing ever. And Pepper herself came up with it, not that annoying graphic designer who’s all about “hip!” and “modern!” and “new!” As if a big part of the Pike Place Market’s appeal isn’t its history and traditions. Pepper, bless her, manages to balance them both.

But don’t tell her I said so.

And then, a body on our doorstep. I like to died; I almost did, when they took our girl away in handcuffs. Handcuffs, for that sweet thing. Okay, I could smack her for shutting us out and keeping too many secrets, but I understand why. And Pepper. Well, she rose to that occasion like bread in a hot oven. I never would have thought she would find the killer before the police did and bring our girl home in time to---well, I won't spill that secret, if you don't already know. But sure enough. Pepper was loyalty and brilliance personified.

But don’t tell her I said so.

There is one tiny thing I fault her for. I know, hiring is a—well, it rhymes with witch, but don’t tell her.... I suppose she didn’t have much choice, and some women are good at fooling people. That one sure did. If you press me, I’d have to admit, she fooled me, too—for about five minutes.

But she’s gone now, thank goodness. All that happened afterwards—well, you’ll just have to read GUILTY AS CINNAMON for the whole story. Pepper handled it all beautifully.

And you can tell her I said so.

Readers, as the Spice Shop readies for Christmas, I’m celebrating the launch of a new book, GUILTY AS CINNAMON, by offering TWO signed copies. Leave a comment to be entered -- PLEASE include your email address! Ruff the Cat will count your entry twice if you tell us something you’re looking forward to this holiday season! Contest open till midnight Saturday, November 28.


GUILTY AS CINNAMON (Spice Shop Mystery #2, out December 1, from Berkley Prime Crime)

Pepper Reece knows that fiery flavors are the spice of life. But when a customer dies of a chili overdose, she finds herself in hot pursuit of a murderer…

From the cover ...

Murder heats up Seattle’s Pike Place Market in the next Spice Shop mystery from the national bestselling author of Assault and Pepper.

Springtime in Seattle’s Pike Place Market means tasty foods and wide-eyed tourists, and Pepper’s Seattle Spice Shop is ready for the crowds. With flavorful combinations and a fresh approach, she’s sure to win over the public. Even better, she’s working with several local restaurants as their chief herb and spice supplier. Business is cooking, until one of Pepper’s potential clients, a young chef named Tamara Langston, is found dead, her life extinguished by the dangerously hot ghost chili—a spice Pepper carries in her shop.

Now stuck in the middle of a heated police investigation, Pepper must use all her senses to find out who wanted to keep Tamara’s new café from opening—before someone else gets burned…


Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. She fell in love with the Pike Place Market as a college student in Seattle, and still makes regular pilgrimages. The president of Sisters in Crime, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher. 

Connect with her on her website or on Facebook







99 comments:

  1. sounds like a good story. I'm looking forward to seeing relatives from out of town.
    wskwared at yahoo dot com

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  2. Thank you for the giveaway. I am looking forward to seeing the Christmas decorations.
    myrifraf (at) gmail (dot) com

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

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  4. Thanks for teh chance! I am looking forward to sharing presents. I got some amazing things this year.

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  5. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!
    rebecca(at)losey-farms(dot)com

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  6. Have not had the pleasure of reading this author. Have read the blurbs for this book and two others and they all look like fun reads. So Jan at the book store has added some more books to the tbr list. This year I am looking forward to re-connecting with some friends I have not seen in ages. Thank goodness they are the forgiving sort. Because I am terrible about keeping in touch.
    Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

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    1. That's the magic of the season, Della! Enjoy!

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  7. I'm looking forward to the magic of Christmas...the lights, the music, spending time with family and the memories. patucker54 (at aol dot com)

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  8. This book sounds like one I would truly enjoy. Pattie.tierney@gmail.com

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  9. I'm eagerly awaiting this book! My family is scattered so I'm looking forward to phone calls from across the country.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  10. Looking forward to the Christmas lights in my back yard. I can see them from the kitchen and dining room. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. Looking forward to the Christmas lights in my back yard. I can see them from the kitchen and dining room. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. Thank you for the chance to get a copy of this book. I am looking forward to watching my grandchildren open their presents. mmarcincin@aol.com

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  13. "Guilty as Cinnamon" sounds wonderful. I am looking forward to seeing the Christmas decorations and light displays. Thank you for this chance.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  14. I can't wait to read this. I loved the first book in the series and can't wait to read this one too. Thank you for the chance to win this.

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  15. Chili overdose? That sounds like an illness I could get. Thanks for the giveaway. suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  16. I am looking forward to baking gingerbread cookies with my daughter and to spending time enjoying the Christmas decorations

    ejbs3s@yahoo.com

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  17. I would love to win this book. Love reading books with recipes in them.

    angelbear19662000@yahoo.com

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  18. So many lovely comments -- I wish blogger had a "like" feature. I'll be traveling today and may not get a chance to check back in with you until this evening, so keep 'em coming!

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  19. Pike Place Market has always been on my bucket list but the nearest I'll get will be thru your soice shop series. Thanks for the Cance to win book #2. Ruth Nixon ruthenixon@sbcglobal.net

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  20. This looks like a fabulous series! I am thankful for so much. ..my grandchildren...the love of books and reading that my parents instilled in me and fostered for years and years....for the love of my husband and children...for hot tea and my dogs....for the love of baking and cooking...for food and friends and most of all for wonderful authors who are approachable and share their talent with the rest of us! Happy reading! My email is pucsbride13@gmail.com

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  21. This looks like a fabulous series! I am thankful for so much. ..my grandchildren...the love of books and reading that my parents instilled in me and fostered for years and years....for the love of my husband and children...for hot tea and my dogs....for the love of baking and cooking...for food and friends and most of all for wonderful authors who are approachable and share their talent with the rest of us! Happy reading! My email is pucsbride13@gmail.com

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  22. Sounds like a fun book! jillybeans41@gmail.com

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  23. I am looking forward to last year's poinsettia blooming. It has started. Bobbipad@gmail.com

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    1. Wow -- that's impressive! I feel lucky if my Christmas cactus blooms -- as it is about to do!

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  24. I'm looking forward to reading this. Thanks for the chance! I'm also looking forward to seeing family this Christmas!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  25. loved the blurb, sounds like a great story -- I am looking forward to spending time with family during the holiday season and just kicking back and relaxing jody.714@hotmail.com

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  26. Thanks for the chance to win! I have the first one and thoroughly enjoyed it so anxiously awaiting this one. I'm looking forward to seeing all the Christmas lights glowing in the dark as I drive through town.
    annelovell12@yahoo.com

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  27. Oh Leslie thank you for the chance to win one of your books, I just love them and can't wait to read this one. I am looking forward to going and buying our live tree that after christmas we will take out of the dirt and plant it as we have done for years! ptclayton2@aol.com

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  28. Thanks for the chance to win your new release! I love having extra time to spend with my granddaughters during the Christmas break! kimdavishb@gmail.com

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  29. I SOOOO love this series! bobwiesmann@gmail.com

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  30. Great series. Can't wait to read this one. I am looking forward to buying gifts for my niece actually. Oh and my cat. ;-) lady.janel@hotmail.com

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  31. Reading like this adds spice to our lives. (Sorry, couldn't resist)
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Oh, double points for a spice pun, Libby!

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  32. Thanks for this awesome opportunity azelgert@gmail.com

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  33. I'm looking foward to driving around and looking at all of the Christmas lights.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  34. I am looking forward to seeing all the beautiful lights, thanks for the giveaway!
    Lisa
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  35. I'm looking forward to surprising my daughter with a scrapbook I'm making her. lkleback@hotmail.com

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  36. Thanks for the opportunity to win a signed copy! My e-mail address is rainstar76 at yahoo.com. :) :) I'm looking forward to many things about the holiday. Watching all our Christmas movies, including Santa Claus: The Movie and the Muppet Christmas Carol; the lights; the music; making presents for family and friends. :)

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  37. Would really like to read this book. I'm looking forward to spending time with family and friends this holiday season.

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  38. I haven't read a book in the Spice Shop series, but I would like to. Thanks for an opportunity to win. jr_dj_gantt@juno.com

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  39. Thanks for a chance to win this book. I haven't read this series yet, but hope to soon. I love to see all the Christmas decorations in my neighborhood. And I like to make homemade Christmas presents for my family and friends.
    babemomara@att.net

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  40. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway. Sounds so appealing. I am looking forward to enjoying this special celebration and holiday with family. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. What a wonderful series and giveaway which I would love to read. I love giving unique gifts to family and friends. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  42. I loved the first book in this new series. I can't wait to read this latest book in the series.
    agavigan@cox.net

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  43. Looking forward to this one. Thanks for the chance to win. Dnrocker@yahoo.com

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  44. I love series books. It gives me time to really get acquainted with the characters. I am looking forward to having my grandchildren around this holiday season. They recently moved in beside me so it should be lots of fun.

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    1. I forgot my email address :). madonnal@gmail.com

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  45. Well Ruff, I am looking forward to hanging out with my kids and stuffing my face with food. Hahahaha! Thanks forthe giveaway and for hanging out. Sherylhbooth@gmail.com <3

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  46. I love seasonal books and especially when they are cozy mysteries. Thanks for the review/interview.
    robeader53@yahoo.com

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  48. I'm looking forward to a few days off to catch up with my "cozy" reads. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway, really excited for this one to be released. bhandy1661@hotmail.com

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  49. Thank you for the opportunity.

    davisel1830@hotmail.com

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  50. Looking forward to spending time with family and friends. Happy Holidays to you and yours! Thanks for the chance!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  51. I enjoyed the first book and am looking forward to the second book. Not that I know much about spices...

    I am looking forward to my BFF coming into town around Christmas, as well as one of my nieces!

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  52. They both sound great!
    jenne.turner@unt.edu

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  53. Would love to win!
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  54. Thank you ALL for the wonderful comments! Checking in briefly, then headed back for another visit with my mother!

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  55. my nephew and his wife are visiting and we will get finally get to meet my great niece for the first time. she 16 months old. i get to buy childrens gift for the first time ever since all my nieces and nephews grew up. i love little kids toys and clothes. mardox(at)consolidated(dot)net

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    1. Gosh, yes -- there are some darling outfits for the little ones, girls and boys. Happy shopping!

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  56. I am looking forward to snow! Snow, snow, snow! We have had only a dusting so far. And I am looking forward to listening to Christmas music!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  57. I read the first book and enjoyed it. Can't wait to read the next one. Christik311@gmail.com

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  58. I'm looking forward to spending quality time with family and friends. Thank you for this giveaway! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  59. I am looking forward to right after Christmas when I give myself permission to ignore the chores for a full week and spend all my non-work waking hours reading books and drinking tea --- heaven!!! lynneandco@comcast.net

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  60. I am looking forward to this book being under my tree. It's on the top of my list. :) in all seriousness, I am looking forward to being reminded of the good and generosity that is always more evident during the holidays

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  61. I am looking forward to this book being under my tree. It's on the top of my list. :) in all seriousness, I am looking forward to being reminded of the good and generosity that is always more evident during the holidays

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    1. A lovely way to put it, Heather. This world is much in need of that reminder these days.

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  62. Ohhh, this sounds like such an interesting mystery. How wonderful it would be to have it to read during the slower time between Christmas & New Year's. I always look forward to that quiet time by the tree with all the business of the holidays slowing down.

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  63. I love Leslie Budewitz's books! Every single one of them, I would be very, very pleased to win this one. Thank you so much for the chance!

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  64. Fantastic thank you.

    I am looking forward to catching up with all of my family.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  65. Look forward to reading more spice shop mysteries.

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  66. This series sounds wonderful.This Christmas I'm looking forward to spending time with family & celebrating Jesus' birth. Thank you for the chance to win! rencw@verizon.net

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  67. I loved the first book, and I'm looking forward to eggnog and hopefully snow

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

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  68. I always look forword to the chance to just relax and enjoy the Holidays with friends and family.

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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  69. I always look forword to the chance to just relax and enjoy the Holidays with friends and family.

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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  70. Gosh I love Christmas and the cool weather, all the lights and smells that go on...I am looking forward to a an old College Roommate coming down and the usual family fun. The Book sounds wonderful and I have it on my list for a later thyme...pun...thanks for the contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  71. Ooh this looks good! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book. I love discovering a new series. I am an avid baker. Yum

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  72. I'm looking forward to my grandson opening his gifts and getting together with family. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  73. Thanks so much for the review of this book/author. I love to use different spices to enhance the flavors in my food but not real fond of heat. I love this cover and it would definitely make me stop to pick it up. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  74. We are cutting waaay back on the sheer number and dollars spent on gifts this year. I am hoping we will appreciate each other more.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  75. Thank you for the giveaway. I am looking forward to all the special food that is only made during the holiday. Love going to listen to the church choir sing Christmas songs. The smell of the Christmas tree and the mulled spiced cider, love it all, looking forward to it. Would be a plus to win this book.
    Georgia
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  76. Sounds like a great read. Thank you for the chance to win.

    I'm looking forward to spending time with my three grandkids.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  77. I'm looking forward to having the grandkids here for Christmas. Don't get to see them as much as I would like. The book sounds good. I always say you can't have too many books but don't tell my DH I said so. He thinks I have enough books.
    jluebke@frontier.com

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  78. Thanks for the chance to win this book. It sounds great. I am looking forward to Christmas to be spending time with my kids and grandkids. I just love being with them all.
    dhazelton(a)myfairpoint(dot)net

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  79. Love the Holiday Season, Looking forward to spending time with the family. Happy Holidays Everyone!!!

    xzjh04 @gmail.com

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  80. Love the Holiday season the best part is spending time with the family . Happy Holidays .

    xzjh04(at)gmail(dot)com

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  81. Baking and decorating gingerbread houses with my grandchildren! It's a tradition we started 3 years ago and we all have a wonderful time. Thank you!

    dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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  82. This sounds like such a fun read! I am looking forward to seeing Christmas through the eyes of my 20 month old granddaughter. Thanks for this giveaway.
    Connie
    cps1950 (at)gmail(dot)com

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  83. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I'm looking forward to seeing "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".

    flash29@sympatico.ca

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  84. Thanks for this opportunity! Love your books,& giveaways

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  85. Loving your books! Getting my copy of "Guilty as Cinnamon" on Wednesday ('cause even *if* I win, I don't wanna wait! 😀)

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  86. Sounds yummy ;) I know I've missed it but I wanted to share... I most look forward to having all 8 of my children home in our teeny-tiny house! All the noise, all the craziness, all the FUN!! Merry Christmas!

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  87. Fun giveaway! Looking forward to Christmas because my great nephew is two and old enough to be excited about it. He was so darned cute while helping my sister decorate the tree. Of course, he hung everything in the same place, which added to the adult enjoyment.
    stitchkat@austin.rr.com

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  88. Sharon Baker. slpetera@yahoo.comNovember 30, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    I am anxious to read "Guilty as Find". Did you know that it is a good spice for helping to be healthy. My favorite part of Christmas is going home to spend time with my family.

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  89. Congratulations to Lynne Wesenberg and Marcy Maddox, winners of GUILTY AS CINNAMON! Thank you all for sharing your memories-in-the-making!

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