Thursday, July 28, 2016

Five things you should know about me! Plus a reader giveaway!



By: Cora Chevalier

From: Cora Crafts Mysteries
Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
            Book 1 Title: Death Among the Doilies

Hello readers! Cora Chevalier here. I'm a character in a new series—Cora Crafts Mysteries. I figured it's about time to introduce myself. I came up with five things about me you might like to know—but I'll be blogging here from now on, so we'll have plenty of time to get to know one another.

1.  I grew up in Pittsburgh, became a social worker there, where I counseled women in a shelter. My work became my life—until I developed a severe anxiety issue and I realized I need to make a change.

2.  One of the things that helped some of the women I worked with was crafting. Whether it was scrapbooking, knitting, pottery, or whatever. Somewhere along the line, I realized it helped me, too. But not enough. I started writing about my crafting on a blog called Cora Crafts a Life.

3.  Strangely enough, my blog took off and soon I was making more money as a blogger than as a counselor. My dreams began to shift to finding a a place for a craft retreat, where my online community could gather and maybe even expand.

4. My best friend Jane and I began to plot how to make this dream a reality. soon enough, we were searching for houses to fit our needs. You can read about that adventure here.

5. Now that we are settled in Indigo Gap, North Carolina, we are so busy planning for our first craft retreat that we've barely had time to enjoy our new home—Kildare House, a sprawling Victorian mansion. I live in the attic apartment with my cat Luna. Jane lives in the carriage house with her daughter London. Ruby O'Malley lives in the gardener's cottage on the property—she was grandfathered in with the sale. It's turned out very well—she's a gifted herbalist and fits right in with our craft retreat plans.

We've planned for every possibility of what might happen at our first retreat. I'm confident that we're covered and absolutely NOTHING will go wrong. (And if I keep telling myself that maybe it will be true!)

Please comment for a chance to win one of three advanced copies of DEATH AMONG THE DOILIES (A CORA CRAFTS MYSTERY) out on August 29!
Do you like to craft? What's your favorite?




91 comments:

  1. Can't wait until this book comes out! I divide my crafting time between cross stitching, quilting and knitting.

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  2. I love first in a series, looks great, thanks for the chance :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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    1. It's great to start with the first, isn't it?

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  3. I used to love rug making but it's much to expensive to have for a hobby nowadays, would love to learn to crotchet and although I can knit I must be the slowest knitter ever. Not sure if I can enter your giveaway as I live in the UK but if I can my email is carolsmoky@gmail.com

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  4. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of Death Among The Doilies. Sounds like a book I would enjoy.
    bah195@yahoo.com

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  5. Hi there, I have not read this series, but it looks really great. Yes I craft, knitting mostly and some embroidery.
    Thanks for the chance.
    cochrandcr@gmail.com

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    1. It's a brand new series. Starts in August!

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  6. I haven't done any crafting for years but used to crochet, embroider, sew etc. Your new series sounds terrific!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  7. Would love to read this! Yes I craft--I am a big scrapbooker. brichardson0056@yahoo.com

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  8. Sounds like a good book.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  9. I do scrapbooks and have since the 1950's. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I'm a rubber stamper and scrapbooker, and I'm really looking forward to this series. lkleback@hotmail.com

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  11. I do like to craft. I am scrapbooker and card maker. I also used to love doing latch hooks back in the day. Thank you for the chance to win.

    bookaunt at outlook dot com

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  12. Making a money as a blogger? Sign me up! :-) I love to cross stitch. It is very relaxing. frybbe (@) gmail dot com.

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    1. I know, right? But there are some bloggers who do very well. Sigh.

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  13. I haven't done any crafting since my four children were little. These days I have a special cabinet in my 2nd room library with all sorts of things for my 12 grandchildren to play with and do "projects". I do enjoy reading crafter based cozies and look forward to reading this one.

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    1. Oooops! NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  14. Not much of coming up with my own ideas but I like to think I'm some what crafty. Thanks for the chance. jmhinton@psci.net

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  15. My crafting comes and goes. I can knit, crochet, and embroider.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  16. Not much of a crafter myself, but this book sounds good.
    jademoss17@gmail.com

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  17. Knitting and spinning... thank you!

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  18. I use to craft a lot, but now I work in the garden. Love your mysteries & would love a chance to win one of these books. Thanks for this very generous giveaway. Linda May lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  19. Right--absolutely nothing can go wrong. Ha!

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  20. Crewel embroidery and regular embroidery - a craft retreat sounds lovely - annettena (at) yahoo (dot)com

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  21. I've been cross stitching for about 30 years. Thanks for the chance to win. Dmskrug3 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  22. I'm not much of a crafter---more of a reader. The title of this book brings back memories of my grandmother's house and all her doilies.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  23. Looking forward to this book!!
    Sjgolding@sbcglobal.net

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  24. I used to do latchhook. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  25. This is my type of book!!! I love knitting, painting, drawing, latch hookinging, and several diy prjects. Thanks for the chance to win!!!!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  26. I love to read crafting mysteries.
    Good to see another series starting with
    crafting as part of the story.
    thanks
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. I can't wait to read these books I hope there's plenty I crochet an scrapbook an try to make homemade cards debbiesherwood50@gmail.com

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  28. I can't wait to read these books I hope there's plenty I crochet an scrapbook an try to make homemade cards debbiesherwood50@gmail.com

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  29. My favorite hobby is crossstitching! I am teaching myself to crochet and enjoying it. I enjoy reading series that are about crafts too. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of your book. crossxjo @hotmail. com

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  30. Sounds great. I like to crochet and quill.
    Debby236 -at gmail dot com

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  31. Looking forward to reading this

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  32. Looking forward to reading this

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  33. I don't craft as I have tried and am
    Not really good at it. Tried scrap poking, painting, knitting, crocheting...

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  34. I love crafts and mysteries. This new series sounds like a great combination.

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  35. I like to knit, crochet and machine knit. Have a site where all my patterns are free. Nina
    Ninaatmyhouse ( at) yahoo ( dot) com

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  36. I can't wait to start this series! Love the covers!

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  37. I've always been a crafter even as a child. Your books with their wonderful covers bring
    back those memories to me. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  38. I really enjoyed getting to know Cora. I'm really looking forward to reading this new series. Love crafting mysteries.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. I really enjoyed getting to know Cora. I'm really looking forward to reading this new series. Love crafting mysteries.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. Cora sounds like a wonderful new protagonist and your Cora Crafts series sounds like a great one! Looking forward to it! Yes, I do love to craft. My favorite is memory keeping. I have several projects hoping for some attention in the coming weeks! My 7 year old daughter and I are going to try to learn to crochet together. We have access to an online class on Craftsy and are looking forward to seeing if we can figure it out. I was hopeless with the first Youtube video I originally tried. We'll see...
    Thanks for the chance to win! kristin409 at comcast dot net

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  41. Oh boy! I like meeting the folks in a new series almost as much as I love crafting! Can't say I have a favorite craft; I knit, crochet, make jewelry, do leatherwork, ceramics, tole painting, make miniatures/dollhouse furnishings, glass etching, candles, soapmaking, quilting ... does crafting headstones and other spooky decorations for my annual Halloween yard haunt count? :) Looking forward to reading about Cora. kellimahan@gmail.com

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  42. I can't wait to read it - and I love to scrapbook and make cards!

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  43. The only crafting I do is coloring with my grandson. :) I'd love to read this! It sounds like a book I would enjoy! Thank you!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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  44. I used to like to do beading but anymore I paint watercolors.

    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  45. Scrapbooking and counted cross stitch. Almost finished with my wedding album. Kkcochran(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  46. Scrapbooking and counted cross stitch. Almost finished with my wedding album. Kkcochran(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  47. A craft retreat sounds spectacular! I like stamping and scrapbooking!
    Thanks!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. I love to read stories with crafts in them, and I love to look at pictures of craft projects and I love to buy handcrafted things. Make them myself, not too crafty there! Thanks for the giveaway and introducing me to a new series.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  49. I like to cross stitch and I like photography
    tuckman(@)hotmail.com

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  50. How awesome to meet you Cora! I scrapbooked for years but am a perfectionist and got frustrated. My talents are more suited to repainting dolls; restoring and refreshing the older ones is my fav! Nothing like the smell of paint, new composition compound and sealer to get me working.

    Thanks for this amazing chance to win. Sheryhbooth (at) gmail (dot) com

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  51. I like your introduction and I look forward to getting to know your characters!

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  52. I love to do any type of crafts. I do a lot with my kids but my favorite is by far scrapbooking. I'm so excited to read this series. utaker555@gmail.com

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  53. I like coloring and cross stitch. This sounds like a good book. mcastor07@gmail.com

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  54. I used to cross stitch a lot, I do some crocheting. I haven't tried coloring again yet but will soon since my daughter-in-law gave me a book and some colored pencils. (That was so sweet of her!)

    ElaineE246(at)msn(dot)com

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  55. Knitting is my favorite, but I crochet & embroider too.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  56. Yes, I craft ... I love to knit and crochet.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  57. WOW, This sounds like a fun new series. I would love to win an advanced copy.
    agavigan@cox.net

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  58. I used to do a lot of crafting but not so much now. She should never have said, nothing will go wrong.

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  59. I'd love to win this book, sounds fun. I make cards alot right now. Love it.
    babemomara@att.net

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  60. i like to do needlepoint and crochet baby things,thanks for the chance to win. amandasmother at aol dot com

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  61. Can't wait to read this book. I have enjoyed latch hooking in the past and want to take it up again. Thanks for the chance to win. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  62. Oh this sounds like a fun read. I am a crafter from way back .... I taught myself how to do counted cross stitch. I have designed a few patterns,won 1st and 2nd place ribbons for some of my work. I was totally addicted to it. I did it before work while sitting in my car,at lunch and after I settled in after work. I did this for many years but ,,,,I got hurt at work and had to have shoulder surgery. After I was fully healed, I lost all interest in it!!! After some research,I realized it was from the surgery and going under the anesthesia ! Now I do painting ceramics and make plastic canvas doll furniture. I am making 2 sets of table and chairs and Barbie beds with bedding for 2 children's hospitals... and I love to read..thanks for the chance.

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  63. Oh this sounds like a fun read. I am a crafter from way back .... I taught myself how to do counted cross stitch. I have designed a few patterns,won 1st and 2nd place ribbons for some of my work. I was totally addicted to it. I did it before work while sitting in my car,at lunch and after I settled in after work. I did this for many years but ,,,,I got hurt at work and had to have shoulder surgery. After I was fully healed, I lost all interest in it!!! After some research,I realized it was from the surgery and going under the anesthesia ! Now I do painting ceramics and make plastic canvas doll furniture. I am making 2 sets of table and chairs and Barbie beds with bedding for 2 children's hospitals... and I love to read..thanks for the chance.

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  64. This sounds like a great read...and I would love to read it. Thank you so much for the contest and for the review...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  65. I would love a copy as I love to craft, quilt, cross stitch, etc. and I love, love reading. Thank you so very much for this chance! j.marshall730 AT yahoo DOT com

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  66. Crafting was always a cathartic activity helping to push aside the worries of work and life outside for just a while. It was also a wonderful, personal way to celebrate holidays. I loved making unique picture frames, memory quilts, needlepoint pillows, and stash boxes. I also brought crafting into my classroom. Students made macrame key chains, candles, candlesticks, pencil boxes, clay bowls, and we even tried a jewelry project. I always found even the "wiggles" would find a moment of peace...or maybe I'm the one that found the peace!
    kat8762@aol.com

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  67. I love any kind of needlework. Most often I crochet or do counted cross stitch. cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  68. My favorite crafts to make with my children are greeting cards and decorations. We bring joy to others and we have a bond tighter than tacky glue could ever have. Your book sounds great! Thank you for having a great contest! Good luck with your retreats.

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  69. Sounds like a good read.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  70. I enjoy doing hook rugs. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom.

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  71. Wow we had the same careers! seascapelife at gmail dot com

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  72. My favorite is making baby blankets for preg teens that are in a shelter. I crochet and that is about it as I am disabled and so I make hot pads and dish rags also. ptclayton2@aol.com

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  73. A new series with crafts being a part! YAY! I used to latch hook but not so much any more. I do a lot of reading and crocheting since I am retired and have the time. I average reading one cozy mystery every 3 to 4 days and since I have 5 1/2 young grandchildren ages 2-9 and one due in March I crochet a lot. And of course my children love everything I make so they ask for crocheted gifts all the time. Northstarvance@gmail.com

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  74. A craft mystery series-awesome. I do quilting and doll making.
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    A craft mystery series - awesome. I do quilting and doll making.
    6186pep(at)msn(dot)com








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  75. This series is awesome! I too, used to do latch hook crafts back in the late 70's...I still have a design that hung in our first house that I can't make myself throw away. I also enjoy cross stitch, and making things with plastic canvas. Crafting is my way of recharging myself at the end of a busy week. Thank you for the chance to win a book!
    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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  76. Scrapbook ing But, I love reading. How awesome to have a book with crafts in the story. It would inspire me! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  77. I love painting ceramics and wood items. thank you for the chance.
    johnnabooks AT hotmail DOT com

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  78. Excited for a crafting series! I love to try and make things I've seen on Pinterest. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. :)

    Bookishnotions@gmail(dot)com

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  79. Crocheting and knitting

    cpncpr@gmail.com

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  80. Hi, thank you for the giveaway, I sure hope I win this book looks so good, I knit, crochet, have made rugs, tried a lot of things just finished a big embroidery project and now working on a quit. Georgia
    queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) com do not know where this line comes form

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  81. Crocheting, acrylic/oil paintings. I would love to read this series! Thank you for the chance! stkate00@aol.com

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  82. I used to knit and crochet. Haven't done that is while. I like needlepoint and scrapbooking.

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  83. Good morning, I love to cross stitch. And I do it as often as my cat will let. He loves to play with the thread going in and out and that does not work well for me. Thanks this looks like a great series!! annelovell12@yahoo.com

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