Friday, December 18, 2015

Good Luck To You!


by Rory Chasen, superstition agnostic and pet store manager, whose adventures are memorialized in the Superstition Mysteries by Linda O. Johnston

 

Hello.  I'm Rory Chasen.  As you may know, my stories are featured in the Superstition Mysteries.  Not that I set out to solve mysteries, but they seem to appear around me, and I wind up having to help friends by finding the killer.  The first, Lost Under A Ladder, was published in October, and the second, Knock On Wood, came out in October of this year.  And yes, I've been told that Unlucky Charms, the third, will be published in October of 2016.  Do you see a pattern here?   


In any event, I've been advised that there is a daily giveaway here on Killer Characters during the holiday month of December.  That will include a copy of Knock On Wood to the lucky winner, one of those who leaves a comment on this post. 

Now, I've done a lot of research on superstitions since moving to Destiny, California.  Nearly anything you can think of has a superstition associated with it--and that includes winning!  Most of the superstitions I'm familiar with on that topic involve things like picking the right lottery numbers or trying to ensure a win if you're a baseball player. 

As a result, I can't really tell you how best to win this day's contest here, other than making sure you leave a comment.  You can always cross your fingers or knock on wood that you're the winner.  But this situation doesn't lend itself to your choosing whether you leave the first comment or exactly which comment slot you select, since they appear in the order sent to post.  If you're picking lottery numbers, for example, you might decide to use your favorite race horse's number, or your license plate number, or your birth date, for luck--but that won't work here. 

One thing you could do is to wear your birthstone while you're commenting and rub the gem for luck.    
 
In any event, you can be certain that I, and my lucky dog Pluckie, wish each of you the best of luck.  I hope you're the winner!
 
 

I've been informed that Linda O. Johnston will have her dogs choose the winner randomly from those who leave comments here.  Be sure to leave your email address so she can contact you if you're the winner.

49 comments:

  1. Together, we'll see if rubbing a diamond while typing this brings me good luck. I could sure use some. servedogmom@yahoo.com

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  2. Rubbing my garnet stone for good luck! Thank you for the giveaway.
    myrifraf (at) gmail (dot) com

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  3. I don't have a lucky charm, but my husband's birthday is in October, so let's hope that connection brings me good luck. Merry Christmas! dbahn@iw.net

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  4. I have a garnet to rub. I shall fetch it.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  5. My birthday's in October.... works for me! Thanks for the giveaway!

    edith.patchan@live.com

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  6. No birthstone ring here, hope using my diamond will work too! Thanks!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. I'm an August baby and never thought to rub my peridot for luck but I'll try anything once. Thanks for the hint.
    Tell Pluckie I'll send a mentally transmitted belly rub if my name is drawn. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  8. Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com Fascinating subject isn't it. Would love to read this book. Am unfamiliar with your work so I am hoping. Thanks for this opportunity

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  9. My father, husband and son's birthday is in October, hopefully that brings luck! Thanks for the chance!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  10. I'll just rub on my wedding band---it has a couple emeralds in it so we'll see if that works. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  11. I have an October birthday! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  12. I have had the worst luck this month. Maybe this will change it! Thank you for the chance.
    Moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  13. Thanks for this interesting feature and giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  14. Rubbing my birthstone gives me a bit of hope. Thank you for this giveaway. saubleb)at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. My birthstone is a pearl & it smells like yummy dog treats! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  17. I'll feel lucky if I win the book. Thanks for a chance.
    parklassie2000@yahoo.com Kathy Meik

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  18. I am superstitious at times. I guess depending on what outcome I'm hoping to obtain. I'd love to win this book, so...I'm rubbing a hand full of sapphire earrings, rings, and bracelets, chanting my best "I've been good! I've been good!," and...wearing my lucky shirt, hat... kat8762@aol.com

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  19. This series looks fun! I have always been interested in superstitions. Thanks for the chance to win!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  20. Funny how sometimes I am superstitious when I don't even realize. Think it was my grandmother's influence, she had it down to a fine art.
    thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  21. This is such a fun, quirky series. I love to learn about the superstitions.

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  22. I'm always wearing my favorite sapphire necklace. Rubbing it while I decide what to say. I didn't even know it was a superstition!
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  23. My dad had a crewcut and as kids we would rub his head for good luck. Thank you for the giveaway. lmmeidam@gmailcom

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  24. I can always hope
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  25. my birthstone, sapphire, stands for wisdom.I wear it as often as I can. cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  26. My birthstone is Emerald and green is one of my favorite colors. Hope it brings me luck. Merry Christmas.
    diannekc8@gmail.com

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  27. I have a black cat. He brings me luck. elainehroberson@gmail.com

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  28. My mom gave me a ring of my birth stone--golden topaz. I've rubbed it for luck!! I'm also saying nine, nine times, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9! Yes, 9 is my lucky number! Hope it brings me enough luck to win!! Happy holidays!! lindaherold999@gmail.com

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  29. I could certainly use some good luck! It is has been a rough couple of months (my father became very ill). Thank you for a chance to win! Happy Holidays! Doodlesink@hotmail.com

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  30. Rubbing my emerald for good luck!!! Thanks for the chance to win and Merry Christmas!!
    babemomara@att.net

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  31. Thank you for the chance!! Crossing my fingers!! rockergoddes2002@yahoo.com

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  32. Thanks for the chance zeta@iwon.com

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  33. Growing up with a German/Gypsy mother (and her family when we visited them in Germany) I was surrounded by good luck/superstitions. I know one came true for sure. My oma said to never be mean to a Gypsy that came to your door. My opa was and the next day oma's chickens were dead. The next day her pigs got sick. Not sure if it was bad luck or what. Thanks for the opportunity. kayt18 at comcast dot net

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  34. The first book was good, I am sure the second one will be.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  35. I am counting on the dogs to chose me! Although my Birthday is in Oct. Thank you for the giveaway. Georgia
    queenvictoria50@aol.com

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  36. I love reading about superstitions...I don't actually have my birthstone since I like a very different gem, but I will quite happily rub my sapphires if that helps, lol. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Holidays!
    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

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  37. I rubbed my peridot earrings and I'm using a stylus dipped in brown gravy hoping your dogs pick me! Merry Christmas!
    dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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  38. I cant wear jewelry it irritates my skin. but I can wish upon a star tho. thanks or the giveaway amhengst AT verizon DOT net

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  39. Love your series and can't wait to read the second one. Thanks for the chance to win. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! doward1952@yahoo.com

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  40. I haven't read you yet but I would like too...sounds really good.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  41. I haven't read this series yet but enjoy your other ones.
    flash29@sympatico.ca

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  42. My birthstone is garnet. I have never had a real one but hope to.
    I grew up with a Mom from New England so we have many superstitions in our lives that I go by today. Never put any shoe off the floor as it brings bad financial luck. Plant rosemary only by a gate for luck.
    Never think negative thoughts while you cook. And lots more! Spilled salt must be thrown over your left shoulder. Black eye peas must be eaten on New Years for luck. So many more! Adore your books.
    seascapelife (at) Gmail dot com

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  43. That's cute that Linda's dogs will pick the winner.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  44. Tell Pluckie hello and to come on down for a swim in the Colorado River.
    laughlincat2gmail

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  45. Oh, I don't think I even have a sapphire! Oh well, I'm not that superstitious, just a pet lover. While I am a cat lady - we have five! - I do like dogs as well. One of my clients has a dog that I log to walk and just sit and pet for a bit. Congrats on your upcoming release!! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  46. Thanks to all of you for commenting and entering. Fun to see your good luck stones and other superstitions.
    --Rory... and Linda

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  47. I'm on the wait list at the library for the book - thanks for the chance to win a copy. Happy Holidays!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  48. MY BIRTHDAY IS IN FEB. WOULD LOVE TO WIN. MERRY CHRISTMAS! SHELLEY calicolady60@hotmail.com

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