Friday, July 15, 2016

I try not to worry . . .



Hello everyone ~ I’m Kuan Lee.  I’m an old friend of Julia’s grandmother Gloria and I live in the first floor apartment of her house in North Beach.  I’m a practitioner of Chinese medicine and acupuncture and Gloria is kind enough to let me see clients in my home.  Actually Gloria and Julia Bonatti are really like family and I’m proud to say they consider me in the same way. 


Julia confides in me often and I try to give her my best advice but it seems she’s always biting off a lot more than she should in her efforts to help others.  I try to keep my opinions to myself and not say a word to her grandmother because neither one of us wants Gloria to worry.  After all, Julia is her only granddaughter, her only family in fact. 
This time I’m quite worried.  She said she had to leave town for a while and head north.  I volunteered to take care of Wizard her cat.  Wizard and I get along fine, but wherever Julia’s off to, it can’t be a good place.  If she doesn’t think her cat is safe, then she’s probably not safe.

Like I said, I try not to worry.  It doesn't do any good for my chi, believe me!  That young woman is capable of making my hair stand on end!  But I do my best not to let her know.  I can't believe some of the scrapes she gets herself into!  I fear for her!  

Occasionally she'll hint at a few things.  She likes to use me as a sounding board, but I know she doesn't tell me the half of it.  I have to guess at the rest and do my best to give her some good advice.  For example, why is she staying upstairs at her grandmother's apartment?  Why isn't she home?  What's going on?  I do wonder if it has something to do with her Ask Zodia astrological advice column.  Perhaps she's opened her big mouth (yes, sometimes she can be quite opinionated) and stepped on the wrong toes. 

She talks to me because she knows I won't betray a confidence. I won't say anything to her grandmother, who would worry a whole lot more than I do.  For example, the other day she knocked on my door and asked for an acupuncture treatment.  She had wrenched a few muscles and I noticed some cuts and scrapes.  Now why would a young woman in good health, leading a wholesome life, have those injuries?  You tell me! 

(Sigh)  Well, I did my best to extract the truth, but to no avail.  I do wish she'd settle down and live a quieter life and not get herself involved in murders! 
 
But here’s the good news!  Killer Characters is having a giveaway this month, starting today, July 15th!  And this post is kicking off the summer event.  My author, Connie di Marco (aka Connie Archer) is giving away a copy of her latest, exciting book -- The Madness of Mercury -- the first book in the Zodiac Mysteries!  Just leave a comment to enter and you can learn  more about me and Julia and everyone else in this series. 

And you can visit Connie at her website, Facebook and Twitter @askzodia too!

160 comments:

  1. Great posts. Love the name for the cat.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Debby - Wizard is a gorgeous 20 pound black cat! He's very special to Julia!

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  2. What a great introduction to your book and I cannot wait to read it. Love Zodiac already! j dot marshall730 at yahoo dot com. Thanks

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    1. Hi Janet - Thanks for visiting today! This should be a great month with all our giveaways. I hope you get to meet Julia soon!

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  3. Nice introduction to this new series. I love San Francisco, and look forward to reading the Zodiac Series! Thanks for the chance to win! grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Grace - I love San Francisco too. It's such a magical city and now, with the Zodiac mysteries I can visit it often, even if only in my mind. Best of luck!

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  4. Oh my, I love cozies and love to win stuff, but summer is wafting away or going away at the speed of light! Today we are halfway through July and we have lost almost ten minutes of daylight since the first day of summer. Fairs are in full swing and time marches on!!!

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    1. Hi Stephanie - You're so right. I've been noticing the shift of light too. But if you love cozy mysteries, you're in the right place. Good luck!

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    2. Hi Stephanie ~ if you see this, please leave a comment with your email. Thank you!

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  5. I can't wait to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win!dnrocker@yahoo.com

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  6. I can't wait to read this! Thanks for the chance!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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    1. Hi Karen - I hope you get to enjoy Julia's adventures in San Francisco soon! Best of luck!

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  7. Wow...this sounds really interesting and Ms. Lee is a great add to a story from the excerpt. Thank you for the contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Marilyn - Thanks for stopping by today. I'm excited my post is kicking off the giveaways! Wishing you lots of luck!

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  8. Sounds awesome! lynneandco@ comcast.net

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    1. Hi Lynne - Julia does get herself into lots of trouble! No wonder Kuan worries about her. Glad you could visit Killer Characters today and best of luck!

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    Her Chi gets figured out! Wonderful post ! Thank you for the chance. bree.the.bibliophile.reviews@gmail.com

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    1. Hi BreAnna - Great to see you here! And good luck in the giveaways!

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    2. Thank you Connie! This has sounded fantastic to read!

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  10. Review shows a good read. Will put on my to read list

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    1. Hi Rhonda - Thank you! I think you'd enjoy tagging along with Julia. Best of luck!

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    2. Hi Rhonda, I'm not sure I have your email. Please leave a new comment and I'll add it to my list. Thank you!

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  11. Looking forward to reading this one. dr(dot)oldsmobileaticloud(dot)com

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    1. Hi Jeannie - I hope you get to meet Julia and all the characters at The Mystic Eye occult shop soon! Good luck!

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  12. I can not wait to read this book! It is going on my to read list.

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    1. Oh thank you, Pamela and thanks for visiting today! Wishing you lots of luck!

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    2. Hi Pamela ~ if you see this reply, please post your email for me. Thank you!

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  13. Sounds like a good start to a new series/

    flash29@sympatico.ca

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    1. Hi Elaine - I'm thrilled the Zodiac Mysteries have finally been "born" so to speak! I've had a wonderful time writing this book and the next. Good luck in the giveaways!

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  14. I absolutely am intrigued by the opening lines. I am definitely reading this book. Can't wait. donnajsucher@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you, Donna! Julia has some very scary and exciting adventures in this series! I hope you get to meet her and her pals soon. Best of luck to you!

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  15. I sure would love to win this book!

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    1. Hi Barb - Wishing you lots of luck today! Our giveaways will go on all month, through August 14th, so please stop by every day!

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    2. Hi Barb ~ can you post your email on the site today, so I have it in case you're the winner? Thank you!

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  16. This looks like a great read. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for visiting today and best of luck in the giveaways!

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  17. This looks intriguing. Looking forward to reading this book.

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    1. Hi Kay - I hope you'll be enjoying Julia's adventures soon! Good luck!

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    2. Hi Kay ~ I didn't catch your email. Can you post it, in case you're the winner? Thank you!

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  19. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. Hi Amanda - Thanks for joining in on the first day of our summer giveaway! Best,of luck!

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    2. Hi Amanda ~ please post your email, so I'll have it in case you're the winner. Thank you!

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  20. This sounds interesting.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. Hi Sandy - Great to see you here today! Wishing you lots of luck!

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  21. I'd love to start reading this series with the first book. It sounds like one I will enjoy! Thank you for the giveaway!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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    1. Hi Carol - You're very welcome. It is more fun when you can start a series with the very first book, but even if you can't, each book will stand alone. Good luck to you!

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  22. This sounds like a great book, it is on my wish list.

    llcejka at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Lisa - Hopefully you'll get to meet Julia soon and enjoy the first Zodiac mystery! Best of luck!

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  23. Captivating book. Thanks for this feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Sharon - Great to see you here and very best of luck!

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  24. I would love a copy! Thanks, Connie!!

    rockergoddess2002 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Tracy - Thanks for joining in today! Wishing you lots of luck!

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  25. Wow, I would love to read this. Thank you
    Sjgolding@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Hi Sheila - I hope you get to meet Julia soon and all her friends at the Mystic Eye occult bookshop! Good luck to you!

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  26. This cozy sounds delightful and special. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for visiting Killer Characters today! I think you'd like Julia's stories and adventures! Good luck today and all month!

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  27. Good morning, Kuan. Please say hello to Connie. No need to enter me, I've already read all about Julia's first adventures. I agree, maybe her mouth is just a little too big at times ;-). Can't wait to see what she gets up to next.

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    1. Hi Sally - So nice to hear from you! And thank you again for being one of the first to read The Madness of Mercury!!! You're right, Julia does have a big mouth, but if she doesn't get into trouble, how can she solve crimes?

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  28. This sounds like a amazing new series mama2bulls@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Kory - Thanks for joining in today! I'm thrilled the Zodiac Mysteries have finally debuted. I hope you'll get to meet Julia and all her pals soon. Best of luck!

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  29. This book sounds so good; I really want to read it! Dianne
    jademoss17@gmail.com

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  30. This book sounds so good; I really want to read it! Dianne
    jademoss17@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Diann - Thanks for visiting today! Julia definitely has some exciting adventures in The Madness of Mercury. I hope you get to meet her soon! Good luck!

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  31. Hi. I was informed about Killer Characters Facebook page by author Cathy Ace and asked her if I would be able to enter the competitions as I am in the UK, she said it would be up to the authors as to whether they would pay to send the prizes. So please can I enter your competition to win The Madness of Mercury as I love cosy murder fiction?

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    1. Hi Carol - Of course! I'm happy you wanted to join in! Whenever I do a Goodreads giveaway, I always include the UK, Canada and Australia. How could I not? The British produce the best crime dramas ever. Of course the Scandinavians do quite well too! I love the thought that my little book could be traveling around the world! Even if I'm stuck at home in front of my computer. Very best of luck to you!

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    2. Hi Carol ~ I just realized I don't have your email. Can you post it again? Thank you!

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    3. Of course it's carolsmoky@gmail.com

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  32. This sounds like a great new series! Looking forward to it. lkleback@hotmail.com

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    1. Oh thank you, and thanks for joining in! Best of luck to you!

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  33. Love the premise of this new series! Plus, cute cat on the cover...WIN! bookishnotions@gmail.com

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    1. Julia's cat is actually a gorgeous black cat, not really like the tuxedo cat on the cover, but he is really cute! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  34. Love your books & can't wait to read this new series. Thanks for the chance to win. doward1952@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Doward ~ thank you! I hope you like Julia's adventures just as much! Best of luck!

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  35. This has peaked my curiosity!! Can't wait to read it! mccarthy491@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for joining in today, Sam! I hope you get to meet Julia very soon! Good luck!

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  36. I am intrigued. Adding this to my TBR list. kckendler(@)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Kathleen ~ Best of luck to you! I hope you enjoy Julia's adventures in San Francisco!

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  37. This sounds like a great book and I'm looking forward to reading it.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  38. Sounds like Julia lives an amazing life! Can't wait to read more about Julia, Kuan, Gloria and Wizard! Mbnickell631@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Mary ~ Yes, Julia's life is anything but boring! (Certainly a lot more exciting than a writer's life) but we can imagine, can't we? Best of luck to you!

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  39. Really want to read this book. My local store sold out within hours of it being put it out. So I know its got to be good. :P lady(dot)janel(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, wow! That's amazing, Janel, and so good to hear! Where is your local store, if you don't mind my asking? I'll have to send them a 'thank you' for stocking The Madness of Mercury! Best of luck to you!

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  40. This is a great way to get introduced to some new series or authors, and it makes me want to read Madness of Mercury! Sounds like a delightful series, with cats, Chinese "auntie" and fun.

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    1. Thanks for visiting today! Yes, there's a wealth of characters in the Zodiac Mysteries plus a wonderful cat! Good luck in the giveaway!

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    2. If you catch this reply, can you please send me your email, or post it on this site? Thank you!

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  41. Sounds so fun! I have added it to my TBR list. brichardson0056@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Becky ~ Great to see you here! Thanks for stopping by and best of luck!

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    1. Hi Kelly ~ I hope you get to visit San Francisco and meet Julia soon! Good luck to you! If you see this response, can you please post your email, in case you win? Thank you!

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  43. I am a Gemini-can't wait to read that one in this series
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi Joye ~ thanks for joining in! A Gemini figures heavily in this story, but please don't take anything personally, okay? Geminis are great! Good luck to you!

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  44. I have always been interested in astrology: checking my daily horoscope, having my astrological chart completed, reviewing zodiac characteristics for friends, and having my palm, tea leaves, and tarot read. Do I believe? Skeptical...but fascinated.
    kat8762@aol.com

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    1. It is fascinating, isn't it, Kathleen? I've had the same experience and astrology is wonderful for timing -- a good time to start a new project, or knowing when a difficult period will be over. Best of luck to you!

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  45. I can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win!
    Lisa
    hseaside5@aim.com

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    1. Hi Lisa ~ Glad you could stop by! And very best of luck in the giveaways too!

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  46. can't wait to get my hands on this new series!

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    1. forgot the email... woofmew@aol.com

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    2. Oh thank you, Malka ~ good luck to you and thanks for sending your email!

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  47. I really want to read this book. It sounds like a great series. Thank you for the giveaway.daw655@hotmail.com

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    1. Oh, you're very welcome! And best of luck in all the giveaways too!

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    1. Email is kkcochran@hotmail.com

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  51. So looking forward to reading this book at some point. It sounds like a very interesting beginning. Thank you for the chance to win.

    robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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  52. I want to read this intriguing book! Thanks!!!

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  53. The book sounds wonderful. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  54. Sounds like something I can sink myself into. My email is a98n03@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Angelina ~ Julia certainly has some great adventures in this book! Happy reading and good luck!

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  55. Sounds so exciting, I want to read it! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Donamae ~ thanks for joining in today! I really hope you'll get to meet Julia and her friends soon! Good luck!

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  56. Hopefully its not Libra cause that's the balance of lady justice

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  57. I love that title, San Francisco, had acupuncture treatments. I think it is great to start off with the first book of a series. I was into astrology when I wad younger. Deb Wroblewski email is jsister98@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Deb ~ Julia tries to find clues in the stars in this book! I hope you enjoy the astrology and the mystery! Best of luck!

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  58. Always looking for good books to read! Thanks for offering this chance!! lindaherold999@gmail.com

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  59. "Madness in Mercury" sounds like a fascinating read. Astrology and the Zodic seem to be a natural fit for San Francisco. I really can't wait to read this book, it really sounds amazing.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  60. "Madness in Mercury" sounds like a fascinating read. Astrology and the Zodic seem to be a natural fit for San Francisco. I really can't wait to read this book, it really sounds amazing.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Dianne - I'm so glad Julia and her city intrigues you! I hope you get to meet her soon. Good,luck!

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  61. Thank you for offering this sweepstakes! I really enjoyed your "Soup" series. This new book sounds like a winner! kim7corn(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Kimberley - You're very welcome! I'm so glad to hear you've enjoyed the Soup Lover's mysteries! I hope you get to enjoy Julia's world too! Very best of luck!

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  62. Sounds fantastic thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  63. My favorite books are set in the city of SF! This sounds delightfully fun. seascapelife at gmail dot com

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  64. The title alone sounds intriguing and the cover is really cute. This one goes on my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway. Kuzlin at AOL.com

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  65. Thank you for this giveaway. It sounds like a good read. pgenest57@aol.com

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  66. Thanks for the opportunity! Can't wait to read this. cheers@Marjimmanor.com

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  67. i love 1st books in a new series!!!
    good luck to Connie & continued success!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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    1. Thanks so much! I agree, it's wonderful to be able to start a series at the very beginning. I hope you get to meet Julia and all her friends very soon!

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  68. My Granddaughter Trinity and I can't wait to read your series. We love the name Wizard for your cat. Thank you for this opportunity to win. mommomsworld@yahoo dot com

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    1. Oh that's wonderful! Wizard is a very special black cat, maybe because he's so big, he's more like an ocelot, but he's not mean, he's a sweetheart! Good luck in the giveaways!

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  69. Can't wait to try this book! I already have lots of questions that need answered just from that introduction!

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    1. Ah! Astrology questions? Mystery questions? I hope Julia can answer them. Good luck in the giveaways this month!

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  70. wow this book looks so good, I want to read it , I love these cozy mysteries with cats. Thanks for the giveaway. Georgia
    queenvictoria50@aol.com

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    1. Julia has some pretty hairy adventures in this book, but no fear, she makes sure Wizard is always safe! Best of luck!

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  71. This series is now on my TBR list. I hope I live long enough to read all the books I want to read.

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    1. Hi Marlene - I know exactly what you mean! But isn't reading such a great escape? Best of luck to you!

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  72. The book is on my TBR, I am looking forward to reading it. I enjoy books with pets in it and have many books that feature cats. Good luck with the new series Connie. I already read the Soup Lover's series.
    suzieqsb(at)aol(dot)com.

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    1. Thank you, Suzie! I'm really happy to hear you've enjoyed the adventures in Snowflake, Vermont. I hope you enjoy Julia's world just as much! Best of,luck to you!

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  73. Well, it looks like I have a new author to put on my must read list! This series sounds really intriguing! Thanks for the giveaway and I have put the series to date on my must read next list! Merry

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    1. Oh thank you, Merry! I don't know if you're familiar with my other series, the Soup Lover's mysteries (written as Connie Archer), but you might enjoy those as well. Best of luck to you!

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  74. This sounds awesome! Can't wait to read It! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity and the chance to win! Pucsbride13@gmail.com

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  75. That looks like a wonderful read. utaker555@gmail.com

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  76. Hi Brittany - I hope you get to meet Julia and her pals soon! Best of luck!

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  77. Hi Connie! I hope I'm not too late to throw my hat in the ring for a chance at the give-a-way. I've heard many good things about your cozy mysteries. sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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    1. Hi Sandy, I'm so sorry to disappoint you. My day on the giveaway was the 15th, and Killer Characters has already announced the winner. I hope you'll keep checking in all month for everyone else's giveaway day. You can see our schedule on the bar on the left side by number. I'm sure we'll be doing this again, so please stay tuned. Thanks so,much for your interest in our mysteries!!! Happy reading!

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  78. I'd like to get to know this gang (and Wizard) better. And, I could use Kuan Lee's acupuncture skills, too. This sounds interesting. Thanks for the chance. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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