Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Late Again!

by Ruth Clagan from Just Killing Time and Clock and Dagger, from the Clock Shop Mystery series by Julianne Holmes

I was late, again. A terrible habit for anyone. But for a clock maker? Well, I wish I could say there was no excuse, but that’s not strictly true. There are dozens of excuses, all in my shop, waiting to be either fixed or wound. Clocks helped me lose track of, well, time. Since I not only worked with clocks, I lived with them, time was something that surrounded me, not something I was good at keeping.

The Cog & Sprocket has only been my shop for a short while. I inherited it from my grandfather, Thomas Clagan. I got the horology gene from him, and spending summers in Orchard with he and my grandmother helped it bloom. He didn’t want me to call him Grandpa in the shop, so I called him G.T., Grandpa Thom. We’d had a rift before he died, so I’m working hard to make it up to him now, by taking good care of the shop, his widow Caroline, and the shop cat Bezel.

All of which made being late all the worse. Pat Reed was waiting for me to wind the clocks in the shop. It was our Saturday ritual. Coffee from the Sleeping Latte, the shop his daughter Moira ran. Baked goods from his wife Nancy waiting for us once we were done. Coffee getting cold? Sweet buns waiting?  I needed to get a grip.

I ran down the stairs, excuses at the ready. The shop was empty, and I heard keys rattling at the door. I threw the door open, hoping to surprise Pat. Instead, I was surprised by my handsome neighbor, Ben Clover.

“We’re waiting for you, Ruth,” he said. At least I think that’s what he said. With his dreamy blue eyes, sandy hair that fell down over his brow just so, perfectly fit jeans it was tough to focus on words. Especially before I had coffee.

“Waiting?”

“We’re having a business owners meeting over at the barbershop, remember? We need to talk about your idea for the loyalty cards—”

“Right,  right. Let me grab my coat.”

“It’s only next door. Take mine.”

Swoon. I threw his coat over my shoulders, grabbed my notebook, and ran out the door. Not only was I late, I almost missed a meeting for a project that was my idea.

“By the way,” Ben said while he waited for me to lock up. “Guess what happens when you’re late?”

“What?” I asked.

“You get to chair the committee. Come on, there’s a room full of people who are waiting to hear what you need them to do.” Ben smiled, and rubbed his hands over his arms. I followed him off the porch, and down the side alley between our shops.

I really needed to start being on time.
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Are you always late? Do you get everywhere early? Are you a just-in-timer? Let me know in the comments!


As part of the Cozy Up To Summer with a Killer Character Giveaway, I am offering a commenter (include your name and email in the comment) a copy of Just Killing Time, the first in the series. The second book, Clock and Dagger, comes out August 2. Check back on August 20th, and I'll offer a copy of that as well.

Julianne Holmes is thrilled to be joining the Killer Characters blog the 20th of every month. She also blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors, and on Live to Write/Write to Live. Join on her Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook as well.

72 comments:

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  2. I'm always early! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  3. I never want to be late so I worry about it way too much.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  4. I am always early! Thanks for the chance to win.
    grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

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  5. I am usually early myself. I hate being late.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  6. As long as I get all green lights, I'm usually early. Welcome Julianne. Would love to read this series. I'm always looking for new authors. mlarkin at rmrgroup dot com.

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  7. I am usually early. I hate being late. This is a new to me series. I'd love to win and read. dbahn@iw.net Dianne Bahn

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  8. I'm all over the place. I like to be early, but sometimes, I have trouble getting out the door. I'm never just on time. I'm either way too early or running late. Bevarcher AT me DOT com

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  9. Thanks for the chance to win! Look forward to reading this.
    Becky Prazak
    rjprazak6@gmail.com

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  10. I am always early. This was a habit from way back. Thanks for the lovely giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. I hate being late. It is a gene I inherited from my father, lol.
    I loved the first book in this series. Would love to win this second book.
    agavigan@cox.net

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  12. I'm always worrying about being late----so I'm always early.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  13. Being early is important and I have been following this credo as it was instilled in me. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. While I love to be on time my husband doesn't. He family is famous for being late. Lol this series sounds great, hope I win the first so the second will the twice the fun to read. Thank you for the opportunity. Yvonne Gilbert mommomsworld(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  15. While I love to be on time my husband doesn't. He family is famous for being late. Lol this series sounds great, hope I win the first so the second will the twice the fun to read. Thank you for the opportunity. Yvonne Gilbert mommomsworld(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  16. I used to be early all the time, then I had kids and was late all the time...now that my kids are grown I'm usually on time! Congratulations on the new release! Nicole :-)

    nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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  17. I am always running late! This looks like a good series! beagl72@aol.com

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  18. I hate running late, I need to be early! This looks like it's going to be a great series, thank you for the opportunity to win! Katieanneturner@gmail.com

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  19. I'm always early or on time. I hate being late and actually tell my husband the wrong time to leave so we can be on time occasionally. Haha!
    Awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  20. I'm always late when I go places. Its to the point where my family tells me that something starts at 11 but it doesn't really start until 12. I can't wait to read this series. utaker555@gmail.com

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  21. I am compulsively early! Linda Kleback lkleback@hotmail.com

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  22. The book sounds great. I like to be early. I hate rushing. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  23. I like to be fair and share between the three early, just in time and late. Am I allowed to enter as I live in the UK? If I can my email is carolsmoky@gmail.com

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  24. I like to be early.....hate the idea of making someone else wait. I think that is called something technical, no idea what. I think this story sounds terrific. annettena(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. I am definitely an early person--I do not like being late. My husband has a great saying for people speeding through traffic to their destination: "Should have left sooner!" Thanks for the giveaway of Just Killing Time! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  26. I'm almost always early. Some of my family members are usually late and it drives me crazy! lol
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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  28. I'm a sucker for a cute cover and a whimsical title!

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  29. I am a sucker for a great convert and a whimsical title!

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  30. I usually try to get places a few minutes early in case of traffic.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  31. Usually a little early.
    Love the clock series.

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  32. To me being on time means being 15 minutes early. I greatly dislike people who are late!
    This sounds like a great series-I'd love to both start and catch up!

    cozyupwithkathy @ Gmail dot com

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  33. I try to be early or at least on time.i have my clocks set 10 to 15 min. ahead to be on time. I always told my kids all I had was my word so I had to be on time because I said I would. Lol daw655@hotmail.com

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  34. Welcome to Killer Characters, Julianne. I'm usually arrive early, I don't like being late and try my best to be on time.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. Welcome to Killer Characters, Julianne. I'm usually arrive early, I don't like being late and try my best to be on time.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. I am very punctual and like to wear a watch. Welcome!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. I've been wanting to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway. norbert8bubba@yahoo.com

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  38. I don't like to be late. I like to be a bit early. Usually it works out for me.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  39. I am usually always early. I hate being late. This sounds like a fun series. Cmkeck311@aol.com

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  40. When I was young and in high school I was an "on timer". Then I discovered the excuse of fashionably late in college. When I had my son he hated that we were late a lot. Then I met my husband who is former military whose mind set is: if you are 15 minutes early then you are "on time" and if you show up "on time" by the start time then you are already late. We are usually 30 minutes early to everything!
    I would love to win This! Thank you for a great giveaway! Pucsbride13@gmail.com

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  41. When I was young and in high school I was an "on timer". Then I discovered the excuse of fashionably late in college. When I had my son he hated that we were late a lot. Then I met my husband who is former military whose mind set is: if you are 15 minutes early then you are "on time" and if you show up "on time" by the start time then you are already late. We are usually 30 minutes early to everything!
    I would love to win This! Thank you for a great giveaway! Pucsbride13@gmail.com

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  42. I try to be early where ever I have to be. Sometimes really early but then I just grab a book and wait and read. There have been times I've been late, usually because of traffic.
    scarletbegonia5858@gmail.com

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  43. I always try to be early but it doesn't always work out that way. lil_munchiekin at yahoo dot com

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  44. I am usually early all the time. I do not like being late. Thank you for the chance to win. bookaunt at outlook dot com

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  45. I am not sure why but I have been always early for work appointments, lunch etc. I would rather wait than have anyone wait for me. Thank you for the giveaway. Georgia queenvictoria50@aol.com

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  46. I am never late. It irkes me when people are.I wear a watch and plan ahead. seascapelife at gmail dot com

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  47. I always tend to be early or on time.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  48. I hate to be late! Awesome giveaway! Thanks for sharing! vboudreau57@gmail.com

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  49. I hate to be late. vboudreau57@gmail.com

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  50. My Dad always said Be ten minutes early...I have tried to always do that. People drive me crazy that run late but I have been known to go out of the house still putting on makeup... thank you for the Contest. I have been wanting to read this series.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  51. I was always early but now that I don't drive, I am still ready early but don't always get to where I am going early. LOL Such is life. I am excited at getting a chance to win your book. It is on my Wish List but I haven't gotten it yet. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  52. I'm a hurry up and wait - always early. My husband is an on time or late person. So, I tell him we need to be somewhere a little early and it works out. cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  53. I'm usually on time,but it depends on the event. Kkcochran (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  54. My mother taught me that being on time or early is a sign of respect. My father was on time two days in his life: his wedding and his funeral.

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  55. Oh, oops als (at) foxgull(dot) com

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  56. I'm usually early. kckendler(@)gmail(dot)com

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  57. I get real nervous if I'm running late.

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  58. I am always early! don't think I have ever been late, always been too early. thanks for the chance to win!

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  59. My father was a clock collector and also made grandfather clocks for each of his children. His attraction to clocks was carried over to me. I have several of his anniversary clocks and cuckoo clocks. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway for the first book in this series. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  60. Sounds intriguing. I am usually early.
    Carol Smith
    penelope223(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  61. This series looks great!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  62. The book sounds so good and I have not read any books by this author! ptclayton2@aol.com

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  63. I am totally intrigued by this series. I set my clocks ahead to keep my husband on time. I always end up early because I hate being late and having people stare at you when you enter. But if my husband comes with me, then the it seems I can never set the clocks ahead enough, lol. Merry northstarvance@gmail.com

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  64. I love the description of Clock and Dagger. I am looking forward to reading it. Thank you for a chance to win the first book in the series. I hope you have a good week and a great release! Doodlesink@hotmail.com

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  65. I like the title Clock and Dagger. Sounds like an interesting setting. I enjoy the punny titles of cozies.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  66. Sounds amazing! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  67. I try to be on time, doesn't usually happen! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  68. Wow, thank you all for you comments! What a fun start to my Killer Characters adventures!

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  69. Congratulations to Veronique Boudreau! I hope you enjoy JUST KILLING TIME. A reminder that I will be giving away a copy of CLOCK AND DAGGER in August!

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  70. Thank you! I appreciate the opportunity, and am looking forward to reading!
    Cindy
    Cbalevre@ptd.net
    Cbalevre(at)ptd(dot)net

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  71. Thank you! I appreciate the opportunity, and am looking forward to reading!
    Cindy
    Cbalevre@ptd.net
    Cbalevre(at)ptd(dot)net

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