Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Dog's Life, at Seattle Spice -- #bookgiveaway

A Dog's Life

by Arf the Dog, from the Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz

The Killer Characters' Summer Reading fun continues! Leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy of ASSAULT & PEPPER or GUILTY AS CINNAMON -- winner's choice!

And see the details below on a summer price cut!

Good morning, gentle readers. Many of you have asked, so I will get the introductions out of the way first. I am an Airedale, the King of Terriers. (There may be a touch of the smaller Welsh Terrier in me as well - they, too, are a most excellent breed.) The humans seem to think I'm about five years old, in their terms; age does not matter to me. I came to live with Pepper last fall, when Sam---the street name of the man known officially as Winfield Robinson III---decided to leave Seattle and return to Memphis, where his humans are. I am not familiar with Memphis, but I believe I would have enjoyed the opportunity to explore its streets and smells---I hear they serve very fine barbecue. But Sam thought the long bus ride would be too much for me. I am not sure why---I have always gotten along well with greyhounds. Sam knew Pepper to be a generous and loyal friend, and she does indeed have those admirable qualities. She is a delightful companion who values my presence in her life, and rubs my ears. She is also well-acquainted with the butchers in the Pike Place Market, where we spend much of our time. 

On a typical day, I rise early and take Pepper for a walk. She is occasionally a little grouchy in the mornings, so I make sure she has her coffee, and that improves her mood tremendously. Most days, we go straight to the Market, a few blocks from our loft in a downtown Seattle warehouse. We greet the farmers, vendors, craftspeople, and merchants as they set up their stalls and stores for the day. Pepper owns the Seattle Spice Shop, and we prepare to open it. Then I keep an eye on things while she works. Occasionally, trouble arises and she is called upon to investigate. I often assist in her inquiries---she often refers to me as Mr. Ambassador. On occasion, she leaves me in the shop to assist her employees, which I do from my bed behind the front counter. (I have heard rumors that dogs are not officially allowed in the Market, but the Golden Retriever who supervises the Market managers' office tells me not to worry.) 

The Pike Place Market is a glorious place, full of crooks and crannies, sights and smells, and many friendly people. And a few bad apples, but we know what to do with them, don't we? 

As I say, I came to live with Miss Pepper in ASSAULT AND PEPPER. In GUILTY AS CINNAMON (Book Two), I get to use my investigative talents to help Pepper identify and catch a very bad man. In KILLING THYME (Book Three, coming October 4, 2016), Pepper and I don capes and fly through the city---no, wait, that was last night's dream. We investigate a suspicious death linked to Pepper's childhood home, uncovering decades-old secrets that put her family and dearest friends in danger. Pepper once again proves herself smart, loyal, and courageous---and I her most faithful companion.

Gentle readers, a favorite animal companion? 

Leave a comment by midnight, Friday, July 29, with your email address (e.g., leslie AT lesliebudewitz DOT com), for a chance to win a copy of ASSAULT & PEPPER or GUILTY AS CINNAMON -- winner's choice! US and Canada addresses only. 

And the SUMMER SPICE SALE continues! The e-book of ASSAULT AND PEPPER is now 1.99, through BookBub and all online retailers, while the paperback of GUILTY AS CINNAMON is reduced to 7.19 through the online retailers. But hurry -- sale prices end this Sunday!



Leslie Budewitz is the national best-selling author of the Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries and the Food Lovers Village Mysteries, set in northwest Montana. She is the only author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction—the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, for DEATH AL DENTE—and nonfiction—the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction for BOOKS, CROOKS & 
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120 comments:

  1. I do not have an animal companion right now, but love birds. Thanks for the chance :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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    1. Another bird lover! It's Hummer Summer at our house. We're serving up vats of nectar!

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  2. I had an amazing cat and lost her to a tumor about 6 weeks ago. I still have my daughter's cats though. She is in Moldova in the Peace Corps.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh, Debby, so sorry. Our little friends leave such big holes when they go. Nice that you still have a little feline energy in the house, though. Moldova -- wow!

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  3. What a cute post by Art, he's so intelligent. We have a dog, a beagle. I'm sure her sniffing skills could come in handy if I had the occasion to investigate anything. Thanks!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Arf. I thought someone told me there's a way to turn autocorrect off?!

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    2. Ah, wish I knew how to do that, but I don't! Love Beagles -- my first dog was a bagel, half Beagle and half Bassett!

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  4. We have three rescue dogs. They are a lot of company. Thanks for the chance jmhinton@psci.net

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    1. Rescues -- bless you -- important work.

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  5. Sounds like a great series. Can't wait to add it to my TBR list.
    susierobertsmom at Hotmail dot com

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  6. Best book titles ever! mlarkin at rmrgroup dot com

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  7. Would love a chance to win Assault & Pepper. Thanks for the giveaway.
    bah195@yahoo.com

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  8. I can hardly wait to read this series and learn more about Arf. Thanks for the giveaway.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  9. Well, all of a sudden Blogger won't let me reply to individual comments, but I'm reading them all and am thrilled to see so many of you here -- and to hear about your favorite pets!

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  10. I love this series! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  11. What a great looking series. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  12. Great review thank you, I like to win ASSAULT AND PEPPER thanks for the chance.
    Penney
    penneyw at sbcglobal.net

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  13. Would love to read this series. brichardson0056@yahoo.com

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  14. Our family has a cat, our little Kessie. We've had her for 10 years and the only people she actually seems to like are those in our immediate family (which is only made up of two people). Anybody else comes around, she runs and hides. But we love her dearly. Thank you for the chance to win.

    robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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  15. Enjoyed the review. I have a Cairn Terrier as my companion.
    He stays with me all day & night. He follows me room to room.
    Carol Smith
    penelope223(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. Art sounds like a charmer. I live with 2 rescued Boxers...elderly and spoiled. I like the sound of this book. Thanks for the giveaway. annettena (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  17. We have a cat named Sami who is 13 years old. We recently lost our 12 year old beagle mix who passed from complications of an enlarged heart. Sami sure misses her buddy.

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    1. Oh, Sharon, so sorry about your dog. Wishing you and Sami the comfort of each other.

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  18. I now have eight Schipperkes. I had to send my sweet Bayer over the Rainbow Bridge last Thursday as he got down and could not get up. He had three compressed cervical discs. I miss him so. The rest of the Gang comforts me and will help the hurt heal. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Marlene, so sorry about Bayer. A hole in the pack. So interesting how, when one animal dies, the others understand, and make an effort to comfort us.

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  19. Pep the Pug is our beloved companion, but alas, he is a bit old and stiff to don the cape and fly! Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  20. Can't wait to read this book. Love the title. I have three very small service dogs thst help me with PTSD. They know when I am starting to get anxious and go into action . They are my constant companions and stay very close to me at all times. It is amazing how they can sense things.
    Jhdwayne@peoplepc.com
    Deana

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    1. Deanna, good to know you are so well taken care of!

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  21. such a nice doggie - he makes sure his human gets her
    coffee before he takes her for a walk. Love it.
    thanks
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. No pets at this time but I do enjoy watching the antics of the bunnies and squirrels out my kitchen windows!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  23. I just bought the Audible file of Assault and Pepper. Would love to have the book to go with it!

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    1. Oh, thank you! I love Dara Rosenberg's narration, and hope you do, too!

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  24. Art, I think you would like my animal companions, though they may not be quite as refined as you. I have Mr. Cuddles, a Yorkshire Terrier (and maybe distant cousin of yours), Sophie, a miniature Australian Shepherd, and Jake, a Boxer/Border Collie mix, who is the sweetest dog ever, and is partial to cinnamon (it's non-toxic to dogs, and he is determined to get into my coconut yogurt that I add cinnamon to). bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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    1. You know, I bet you're right about the breeds being related -- Yorkshires and Airedales do come from the same region and share many characteristics. Love Aussies and Border collies -- we had two for years, and they were so smart, loyal, and energetic. (A little TOO energetic at times!)

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  25. I love the series and already own the two titles you're offering as a prize. But I did enjoy hearing how Arf is getting along.

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    1. Thanks, Nora Adrienne. Rest assured, Arf will be back in KILLING THYME!

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  26. I would love to win of your books. At this time I don't have any pets, though I have owned an assortment of loving cats and dogs thru the years. If I could find the right small dog, I would love to make him or her part of my life.

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  27. I would love to win of your books. At this time I don't have any pets, though I have owned an assortment of loving cats and dogs thru the years. If I could find the right small dog, I would love to make him or her part of my life.

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  28. Earlier this week I just downloaded Assault and Pepper to my nook. Hard to beat $1.99 pricing! Always prefer a good solid book though so will have to grab book 2 while it's on sale. I've got a different book to finish reading first before diving in. Of course, I snuck a peek at the recipes at the end already. I love a good book with fun recipes! And I love the idea of a spice shop series! Looking forward to keeping up with Pepper et al!

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    1. JBelle, thanks for the download -- so glad you enjoyed ASSAULT & PEPPER. I can promise you, all the recipes are yummy, much-tested, and do-able!

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  29. I have always labeled myself as an animal person, I can't pick favorites. We have 4 dogs, 9 (?) cats (how did that happen), 4 rabbits, and a bunch of chickens. I love them all but I have to say the chickens cause the least amout of trouble and are always happy to see me. 💗

    llcejka at gmail dot com

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    1. Plus the chickens do contribute to the breakfast table, not to mention enjoying the scraps! But how do they fare with the cats?

      You'll enjoy my new chicken joke: Why did the chicken cross the road? Because she left her book on the other side!

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  30. I have always labeled myself as an animal person, I can't pick favorites. We have 4 dogs, 9 (?) cats (how did that happen), 4 rabbits, and a bunch of chickens. I love them all but I have to say the chickens cause the least amout of trouble and are always happy to see me. 💗

    llcejka at gmail dot com

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  31. I love animals. I have a granddog and two grandcats. I also have 10 ferral cats that "hang out" at my house. I guess they like the food....
    jawdance@yahoo.com

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  32. I would enjoy your book. I have an adorable mix from Lap Dog rescue. smart, sensitive, and lovable. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. I have a Maltese, Guido, who is adorable. Your books are so unique and special. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  34. My beloved cat, Rodney Oliver, may he RIP. I would love a copy of ASSAULT AND PEPPER! It took me right back to Seattle, just as if I was there! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  35. My favorite books are those with animal companions as actual characters (as opposed to "window dressing"). Our home is presided over by a Dalmatian ( a definite character!) whose main job is to patrol the Neighborhood with us twice a day and make people smile! mecrean(at)crean(dot)com

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    1. Love hearing about all your animal companions! Judy, those kitties know who's got the soft touch!
      Petite, Guido! LOL -- what a great name for a little guy!
      Traveler, your mix sounds like just the right combination -- and I bet he knows how lucky he is to have you.
      Kathleen, so sorry about Rodney Oliver. Our little friends leave such big holes when they go. I'm glad the book took you back to a place you love!
      And Unknown, I agree -- it's not always easy to give the story animals a role in every book, esp the stay-at-home pets, but those are the very best kind. And it does sound like you've got a great one!

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  36. I've been wanting to read this series since it started since I'm a Northwest girl. Oregon, not Washington, but we love Seattle! Thanks for the chance to win! awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  37. What a cute read from Arf's point of view! I love Assault & Pepper, and am waiting to read Guilty as Cinnamon, so I'd love to win a copy! We don't have any pets right now, as my kids and husband are more than enough for me to clean up after right now, but I've always been a cat person. When the kids get a bit older, we'll probably get a dog and a cat. Thanks for the fun giveaway! aleonardi AT my.com

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  38. Just can't get enough cozy mystery reads.
    judytucker1947@gmail.com

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  39. Well said, Arf. Thank yo for the information.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  40. I love reading stories with pets in them. Love the cover
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, a pair of of Amandas, Judy, Libby, and Joye. I must say, I adore my covers, esp ASSAULT & PEPPER -- it's almost impossible to not want to reach out and pet the dog, isn't it?

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  41. A cute little dog! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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    1. Arf says: Ah, a woman after my own heart!

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  42. I lost my kitty, Max, in December to kidney failure. He was only eight but had been sick for a long time. He was my buddy and I still miss him. I'm lucky to still have his sister who also misses him.

    Thank you for the giveaway! I'm looking forward to starting this series!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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    1. Carol, so sorry about Max. Our little friends leave such big holes when they go. I've also witnessed the other animals in the house grieving over a loss -- you and Miss Kitty are a comfort to each other.

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  43. Great post, Arf! I know it seems Pepper is a bit grumpy in the mornings, but she just needs her caffeine and breakfast treats. She loves having you in her life. Looking forward to reading more about your adventures in book #3, Killing Thyme! My favourite animal companion was my childhood dog, named Lassie. She was not a collie like her famous namesake but was very loving and loyal. grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

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    1. Arf says: Thank you, Miss Grace. You are most kind, and aptly named. Lassie and Lad are role models for us all.

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  44. I don't have any pets right now, when I was growing up we had 3 different dogs at different times & I loved them all. I love your mystery books & I would love to win one of these. Thanks so much for your generous giveaway. Linda May lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  45. We love our canine companion!! He's our second rescue and is a little Jack in the box!!! Keeps us on our toes!!!
    Brenda @ bdlogan@live.com

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  46. I love love love this series.
    agavigan@cox.net

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    1. Thank you, Linda, Anon, and Annette! I heart READERS!

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  47. Cute Dogie on your cover...We had a scottie and he was very special. His secret hiding place for his snack bones was the video collection. Thank you for the contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  48. I have a rescue, Jax. He's my soul mutt. I love reading books with dogs in them. Kkcochran(at)hotmail (dot)com

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  49. I have a rescue, Jax. He's my soul mutt. I love reading books with dogs in them. Kkcochran(at)hotmail (dot)com

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  50. Oh, Marilyn, love that hiding spot! A major character in my Food Lovers' Village Mysteries has a Scottie named Pepe, Italian for Pepper -- not sure whether I should tell Pepe your dog's secret spot or not!

    Kristin, "Soul Mutt" -- Love it!

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  51. Right now, my favorite animal companion is my 18 year old cat, Ms. Mouser. She is a great companion and I treasure every day I have with her. Arf sounds like an awesome dog. It was great getting to know him. Looking forward to reading this series.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  52. Right now, my favorite animal companion is my 18 year old cat, Ms. Mouser. She is a great companion and I treasure every day I have with her. Arf sounds like an awesome dog. It was great getting to know him. Looking forward to reading this series.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Diane -- 18 years of love and affection -- so wonderful! Long live Ms. Mouser!

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  53. My 2 cats are my favorite animal companions. Love this series. Melissa. mcastor07@gmail.com

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  54. I would love to win one of these books. I have not read this series. I will have to check it out! Thank you for the giveaway! crossxjo @hotmail. com

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  55. My dogs have since crossed the Rainbow Bridge, my horse (Harley) doesn't live with me, but I currently have 5 rats (Eccleston, Eros, TARDIS, Alfie, and Strax) and 3 cats at home (Calumet, Licorice, and Mariusz) ...plus the foster kitten (Annabella) who will probably become cat #4.

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  56. My best animal companion was my tiny black cat, Mischief. She was my best friend for 18 years until she developed kitty lung cancer. I hope to get a cat for my kids in a few years. thanks for the chance to win utaker555@gmail.com

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    1. Melissa, Kat, and Brittany, so lovely to hear from you and to hear about your animal pals. Brittany, my husband has an old friend from college whose wife is named Mischief! So sorry about the loss of your little guy.

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  57. I've yet to read anything written by you Leslie, so, I'm hoping to win Assault & Pepper! Thank you for a chance at the give-a-way. We have the best Catahula/Blue Heeler mix in the world! Trouble is on his last leg with cancer & we will dearly miss him when he passes. sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  58. Sandy and Anon, thanks for joining in the fun here -- I'm delighted to introduce you to one of my favorite characters. I kinda forget sometimes that he's fictional!

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  59. I had a airdale and scottie when I was young from a animal shelter. I visited Seattle years ago on vacation and later on business. Enjoyed the city and looking forward to reading this series. Would love to win copy. Debbie. Wroblewski em is jsister98@gmail.com

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    1. Two smart, loving, loyal breeds -- you've chosen well. Or, rather, they choose you well! Thanks for joining in the Killer Characters fun.

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  60. I love this series...spices! Yes, I enjoy learning along with my cozy read. Thanks.
    kat8762@aol.com

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    1. Thanks, Kathleen! I have enjoyed learning and sharing spice info with readers -- my cupboards overfloweth! Thanks for being a cozy mystery fan.

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  61. My favorite animal companion would be my Teddy bear. He is so soft and gentle! And never a harsh word. Always so appreciative of anything I do!

    I have both books so I don't need to win. Great series!

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    1. Elaine, thanks for a smile -- yes, our soft, cushy friends hold a special place in our hearts, and our arms!

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  62. I like cozy mysteries and cats! I would love to win one of your books!!
    lindaherold999@gmail.com

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  63. We have two dog and seven cats all who follow us around at different times and can be great companions. Thank you for the chance to win one of your books. I love the titles and they sound like fun reads.

    bookaunt at outlook dot com

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  64. I don't have an animal companion right now, but I love the wild birds. Thanks for the chance.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  65. Right now we only have 2 rescued cats.They certainly have their own personallities.
    jluebke@frontier.com

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    1. Linda, Angela, Peggy, and Nancy -- thanks for dropping by. Arf and I love meeting readers!

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  66. We had a schnoodle for 18 1/2 years and we never could replace her with another. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your books. frankiej47 at Yahoo dot com

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    1. Frank, that's a long life for a dog -- what a blessing. I often see a schnoodle on my morning walks -- such personality!

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  67. Well, after my last samoyed passed I have not lived anyplace that allowed or was big enough for a dog. Same on my last cat who was really old and an abused rescue from my evil neighbor. I miss KooSabaka and Chumley :(
    However I did just use your link and buy the 1st Spice Shop Mystery, so I look forward to "having" Arf for just a bit!
    lavendersbluegreen AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Lavender, thank you -- I hope you enjoy Assault & Pepper and the virtual trip to Seattle. I sympathize with the loss of your pup -- we had a Retriever-Samoyed mix, and loved that spirit!

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  68. I love cuddly animals. Cats or dogs i love them all. My kids cat jinxy goonie is a sweet cat who thinks it is a dog. she is the best. drwgsmom At yahoo Dot com

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  69. Arf you are such a cute pup and are so stylin' on the cover of the Spice Shop Mysteries. Thank you for doing a review on Leslie Budewitz's great series and for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  70. We have the most wonderful animal companion, Cibbl (pronounced Kibble...not to be confused with the food) who keeps our home running efficiently by eating food, Kleenex and other items off the floor. He's such a good house keeper! He can often be found on the couch in the library while I am folding laundry or reading while the kids are keeping their toys off the ground (he trained them well).

    How do you work in a spice shop without getting overwhelmed by all the smells Airedale? Do you prefer spices in your dog food? Thanks for giving away a book. Good pup!

    If I win, you can reach Cibbl at sherylhbooth (at) gmail (dot) com and he'll let me know I won. Thanks!

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  71. Sounds like a great series.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  72. Posted for Georgia --
    Thank you for the giveaway
    I am writing to enter your contest
    I love the covers of your books, would love to win one and read them both. The Guilty as Cinnamon books looks so good.

    Georgia
    queenvictoria50@aol.com

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  73. I currently have 4 cats. Three are litter mates. They take turns visiting and cuddling. The older cat thinks she's a queen and wants to rule the roost. But when she wants attention, she wants it NOW. They all keep me laughing. Looking forward to reading Guilty as Cinnamon. cheers@MarjimManor.com.

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    1. You know what they say, Margo -- Cats were royalty in Egypt, and they've never let us forget it!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  74. We started with two cockatiels, Squeaky passed away last year at the age of age and we still have Speckles who is 20 and he amazes us every day with his intelligence! He loves to watch the conventions except for the booing, then he starts shreiking! This year, he figure out how to go down a ladder, something that a lot of birds don't know.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. So you CAN teach an old bird new tricks! Sorry to hear about Squeaky. I kinda don't blame Speckles for shrieking!

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  75. Cat! For my entire life I am blessed to have always had a wonderfully loving cat companion. Cats are my spirit animal. My last cat lived to 19 and now I have a charming beautiful Himilayan rescue who I love and adore. We spend our days loving each other. My Mom and I believed that a "life without a pet is not living" and "a home without a pet is not a home. " Adore this series!! Guilty as Cinnamon would be my preference.

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  76. I love the 4 legged small girls that we have. I am disabled and home 24/7 and without the girls I would be climbing the walls and sometimes I feel like I do. Pups are the best for me as they are so loving and I enjoy loving them back. My husband and I love to take them for rides as they have so much fun . We live in a rural area so they love barking at the cows and also they sit by the front door and I lock the storm door they have a pillow and every rabbit and deer that comes by they really bark. The birds they are used to as we also have 13 bird feeders . Our small girls we got a the local shelter and so glad that we did! Thank you for the contest and so glad that the books that you are offering are in print!

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  77. We love animals! My granddaughter, age 8 watches all the vet shows and animal shows, she wants to be a vet! They have 2 rescue dogs, a rescue hamster and a rescue hermit crab. My other daughter and granddaughter have 2 rescue cats! My third daughter is looking to buy a house so she can rescue a dog too. Our son and daughter-in-law have a rescue dog. They are all in the family! This author is new to me, but I definitely have her in my want to read list!

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    1. Oh, Lexie, PT, and Crochetma, love hearing about your busy homes! Himalyans are so beautiful. PT, love the image of taking "the girls" for a ride and barking at cows -- we lived on an old farm with border collies, who knew instinctively how to take the neighbor's stray cattle home! Crochetma, a rescue hermit crab might be a first here at Killer Characters! Thanks to all of you for stopping by.

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  78. Love the series and can't wait for book #3 to come out. Of course is on my list to purchase
    Rhonda Lee
    leer618@yahoo.com

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  79. My favorite critter companion was a tiger-striped cat I called Matilda. She consented to the name, as food regularly followed when she responded to it. She was a bit of a tubby tabby, but friendly to one and all, even without snacks. My husband claimed we ended up buying our house because the cat came with it: her first action after we moved in and I was sitting in the back garden pulling weeds to to crawl into my lap and declare in her own feline fashion that I was the most wonderful person ever and I was truly gifted in giving ear-scritches. Sadly, she developed heart issues and died after only five short years. I've had other feline companions since, but she set a standard that has not been met since.

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    1. Oh, Kim! I was smiling along with you as you described Matilda. So sorry to hear about the heart issues, but so glad you had a love you can still hold in your heart. We had a "flabby tabby," too, a beautiful orange girl who I brought back to life in BUTTER OFF DEAD, my third Food Lovers' Village Mystery. She's even on the cover, along with the Burmese modeled after our beloved Ruff.

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  80. I'm a cat lover. My Youie, an orange tabby went to heaven last year. I had him for 17 years. I now have Stormy, a gray tabby he's 15, and Lily, a Snowshoe, a mere baby at 13 months. I will always have cats in my life. Thanks for a chance to win.
    babemomara@att.net

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    1. So sorry, Babe -- though 17 is a good run. I don't know Snowshoe cats -- oh, just looked them up -- descendants of Siamese, like the Burmese. Beautiful!

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  81. I love having my cat, Maggie around. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  82. OK we have three cats who adopted us, sorry about your heart issues, our calico cat doesn't like loud noise, the other ones are a little bit wild, but theft don't like a lot of people, I would love to read your books, I am new to this author the books lookj so amazing I would love to read these!

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  83. Thanks for popping in, Mary and CentralEast -- the Killer Characters authors and readers LOVE meeting new readers and their critters!

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  84. How did you come up with such cute titles for these books? Love them! Ninaatmyhouse(at) yahoo (dot)com

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  85. I so enjoy the small town and descriptions you use of the scenery and the town folk you incorporate in your books!. They always make me day dream of being there too! Thanks again and don't stop writing.
    biggoldie64 at the yahoo dot com.

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  86. Thanks to all of you for sharing stories of your beloved pets! I'm waiting to hear back from the winner before sharing the news here.

    Leslie

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