Sunday, August 21, 2016

Advice From Doc - Giveaway Alert!


By: Doc English
From: Much Ado About Muffin
Release Date: August 2nd, 2016
Series: Merry Muffin Mysteries
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries
FB Page: Merry Muffin Mysteries

Hey there... don't just skim to the end ta see what's being given away! I got something to say, and you'll want to hear it.

Ha! You think I'm gonna say something boring, right? 'Cause I'm old? Well, listen up!

I just told Merry Wynter she was a human catalyst. You know what a catalyst is, right? I looked it up in the dictionary to be sure I got the definition right - it's been a long long time since I been in school. A catalyst is defined as "a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change." But right below that is another definition. The dictionary says, "a person or thing that precipitates an event."

Well, since Merry got to Autumn Vale a year ago or so, she's been precipitatin' all kind of events! Yeah, some crap happened that wasn't good, but in those cases things were gonna go south anyway. Just ask poor old Rusty Turner who was hidin' out in the woods scared o' Russian mobsters that weren't never gonna come and get him how he feels about Merry. Bah-hah-ha! He'll tell ya. You'll hafta read a book called Bran New Death (Merry Muffin Mysteries Book 1) to find out about that one.

Anyways, I read on the Internet (Yeah, I'm old, but I can still think, and Gogi Grace gave me a tutorial on using the internet; I like it 'cause she showed me how to make the print real big 'cause my eyesight's crap) about human catalysts, and it was fascinatin'!

Read this: Human Catalyst 

I had been thinking a lot about my town, Autumn Vale, and what was wrong with it, but then Merry Wynter came long. She asks questions, digs deep, really tries to figure things out. Things ain't perfect now, but it's gettin' better. Yeah, it is, despite the murders lately. Those ain't Merry's fault.

Anyway, do you know anyone like that? Someone who changes things just by bein' themselves? If you do, I'd say, if they got a good heart, work with them, 'cause in truth, we humans are so stuck in our ways and we want things to stay the same, but they ain't gonna. So, work with the human catalysts in your life to make things better, to move forward, or a catalyst will come along to try an' make things worse. I'll bet you can all think of a human catalyst tryin' to make things worse.

So... we all gotta move forward. As they say, lead, follow, or get the heck out of the way! Gotta go... I'm readin' a real good book right now, and don't wanna lose my place.

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About Much Ado About Muffin


In this fresh mystery from the national bestselling author of Death of an English Muffin, baker Merry Wynter comes to the aid of an innocent woman accused of murder.
 
When muffin baker Merry Wynter sees an innocent woman accused of murder, it’s dough or die...

Opera singer Roma Toscano may have a crippling case of stage fright, but she certainly is stirring up drama in Autumn Vale, New York, as she prepares for an upcoming performance at Merry’s Wynter Castle. With her flamboyant style and flirtatious personality, Roma attracts fans as well as critics, including the town’s postmistress—and Merry’s bitter foe—Minnie Urquhart.

But Roma and Minnie’s heated rivalry goes cold after Merry discovers Minnie dead at the post office. While every clue seems to be another ingredient in the investigation of Roma, Merry thinks the case is half-baked, and she’s eager to get her mitts on the real killer...

GIVEAWAY!!

Comment to enter to win...

One copy each of Death of an English Muffin and Much Ado About Muffin, as well as a bookmark and cool skull tea steeper and teaspoon!

1 - Enter by Midnight, August 23rd.
2 - US and Canadian addresses welcome!
3 - Please leave a first name and email address; put the email address like this - yourname (at) yourserver (dot) com - to fool the spambots!

**Don't worry if your comment doesn't show up immediately... after Midnight of the 21st the comments await moderation, and I promise I'll approve them all before drawing a winner! Victoria

95 comments:

  1. I'm looking foward to reading this. I've enjoyed the earlier books in the series.
    Sandy. sgiden at verizin(dot)net

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  2. Merry's bitter foe sounds promising as a character. I would love to read this. Thank you so much for the contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  3. Thank you!!!! Erin. nelson_ee at yahoo dot com

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  4. I am old as well but not really. Loved the post. Thanks for the chance.
    debby debby236 at gmail dot com

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  5. I love this series, have them all on my shelf and am eager to read the new one. Thanks for the contest. dr(dot)oldsmobileaticloud(dot)com

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  6. How exciting, this a fantastic giveaway. I would love to read this book. I am loving the storyline.

    cenya2@hotmail.com

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  7. I have yet to read anything from this series but would love to. Have read the Vintage Kitchen series and loved it. So I know this series will be good, too. But have to tell you Victoria. The Della at deepotter at peoplepc dot com will not really fool a spambot. They can be made to identify that form as well. There was an article about what spambots are and how to defeat them and the writer said some other forms designed to defeat them have failed as well. It did mention one that had not yet been defeated. But don't remember what it was. It's like what my Dad said way back when. There is always a way out of the box. You just have to find it. That is a cryptanalysist for you. There is no such thing as secure. But one can keep trying. His thing was randomizing.

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  8. What a beautiful giveaway! And it in the post office? How horrible! Sherylhbooth(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Thank you for this chance. areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  10. I haven't read any of these yet, thank you for the chance to win, Love the skull teaspoon and steaper. that's cute
    Penney penneyw(AT)sbcglobal.net

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  11. What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  12. What a fun post and giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  13. I haven't read either one of the books. Thanks for the giveaway.
    bah195@yahoo.com

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  14. Love this series. Thanks for the giveaway.
    jademoss17@gmail.com

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  15. Can't wait to read this series!
    Dtk070305@gmail.com

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  16. Love this speaker's voice.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  17. Love your books & I would be so excited to be able to win & read this. Thanks for your very generous giveaway. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  18. What a great giveaway! These books sound great, I'm so looking forward to reading them.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  19. would love to win pwtish171@gmail.com

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  20. I've read all three books so far and would "kill" to win this giveaway. I own four books in the author's other series and everyone who has borrowed one has enjoyed them also. Yes I know a catalyst. My mother! Every where she went she was able to foment trouble just by walking into a room. Especially family gatherings.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  21. I love a good mystery. It would be nice to win.
    silverladybug14atgmaildotcom

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  22. Your books are terrific! Thanks for the great giveaway. Karen.

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  23. I haven't read this series yet but would love to.. Thanks for the chance to win.. salvatoresmom71@yahoo.com

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  24. I haven't started this series yet, I would love to win.
    Sjgolding@sbcglobal.net

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  25. I'm an old lady that would enjoy reading this book, too. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  26. This series sounds great, and I'm ready to start a new one! Thanks for the opportunity! This is a WONDERFUL giveaway!!!

    Soniya_Patidar(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. At one time I could be a catalyst, no longer. annettena (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  28. Great series, love the intricacy of the covers as well, and as usual a terrific giveaway! Thanks.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. Oh this is a series I want to read. Lady(dot)Janel(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  30. Thanks for the chance at a great give-away.really love cozy mysteries.
    Judy
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  31. I'm really looking forward to reading this series. I have the first one waiting on my shelf.
    Awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  32. I am really looking forward to reading This! And the teaspoon and steeper are to die for (pun intended!)! Love it!!! Thank you for the opportunity! Pucsbride13 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  33. What a fantastic giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity. Pattie.tierney@gmail.com

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  34. this one really looks good..
    Cheryl. greeneyes2755@yahoo.com

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  35. I'd love to have the opportunity to read your books, and what a lovely giveaway. Doc certainly speaks his mind and sounds like a fun character. bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  36. have yet to read this series. it sounds like fun!

    anne

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  37. What a wonderful giveaway plus the book that I would love to read and review. peggy clayton ptclayton2@aol.com

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  38. Sounds like a really fun read. :)

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  39. I'm so excited to read these books!! My name is Robin & here's my email robin8690 at gmail dot com

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  40. This is a great giveaway. Thank you for the chance, I would love to win this prize.!Victoria's books were my introduction to the cozy genre. I have love every one of her books I have read so far. musiqmom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. I loved the first book and can't wait to read the next. Love all of the characters!
    lynneandco@comcast.net

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  42. I really enjoy this series! Linda lkleback@hotmail.com

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  43. I would really like the chance to read this book. Thanks for the lovely giveaway. I haven't read any of your books so this would be a great opportunity to do so.
    Deana
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  44. Would love to win. Thanks for the chance.
    Carol Smith
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  45. I love this series. I am currently reading this one. So good.

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  46. Thanks for the chance to win!
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  47. I admit I haven't read this series yet, but by reading the description, I can't wait. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. I love the prizes!
    Margaret
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  48. Have added this to my TBR list and can't wait to read it. brichardson0056(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. What a great series this turning out to be. I am putting this book on my TBR list right mow. Love the giveaways! mjhopper (at) cox (dot) net

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  50. That is still the cutest teaspoon! Anne -- critteranne at yahoo dot com

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  51. Doc sure hit the nail on the head! What a great series! Thanks for the chance to win!
    Julia
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  52. Doc is quite a character. Thanks for the chance. turtle6422 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  53. Great interview with Doc, he sounds like a real character! I haven't read this series yet and I'm definitely going to read now.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. Great interview with Doc, he sounds like a real character! I haven't read this series yet and I'm definitely going to read now.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. Thank you for the chance to win such a great prize! bubs(dot)girl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  56. Forgot to say email is maryh_happygirl@yahoo.com. Mary irvine

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  57. Forgot to say email is maryh_happygirl@yahoo.com. Mary irvine

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  58. The books sound good. I want to read them. Thanks for the giveaway. My email is norbert8bubba@yahoo.com

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  59. Would love to read! Parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  61. What a great giveaway! Really cool gifts but the best thing is the books!!!
    Bev - cactuspare(at)cox(dot)net

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  62. Love reading this and would love to win the prizes. Even though I have read the latest, I know my dear friend would love a copy. Thanks for the giveaway. kayt18(at)comcast(dot)net

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  64. I hope I hope I hope!
    sweetest1337 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  65. Great giveaway! grace (dot) koshida (at) gmail (dot) com

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  66. Thanks for a chance at a great giveaway. jmhinton@psci.net

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  67. What an exciting giveway! Looking forward to reading this new to me mystery. dbahn@iw.net

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  68. Love Doc's advice. I'm looking forward reading this series. Thanks so much for the giveaway. choirlady27(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  69. Would love to win! I really enjoy this series. kim7corn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  70. Well crap doc, I haven't read the first in this series yet! I'll need to play catch up. If anyone gives a crap, my human catalyst is my dear husband. In the six years that we've been together, he has made such a difference in my life (which was indeed crappy before I met him). He brings out the best in me in so many ways. So doc, thank you for the good advice & I hope we'll be hearing more from you real soon! sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  71. I am a big Victoria Hamilton fan! Wonderful opportunity...thank you!
    kat8762(at)aol(dot)com

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  72. Love. This series!!!
    Sandy. Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  73. I love this series and can't wait to read the newest one. Thanks for the chance to win. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  74. Thank you for the opportunity to win such an awesome giveaway! Can't wait to read this!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  75. Thank you for the opportunity to win such an awesome giveaway! Can't wait to read this!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  76. I am hopeful ! seascapelife at gmail dot com

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  77. Looking forward to reading this. cheers@MarjimManor.com

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  78. Much Ado About Muffin sounds great. Thank you for this chance.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  79. What a great giveaway! Thank you. Looks like I now have a new series to dig into and love! I am intrigued. Merry Northstarvance(at)bellsouth (dot)net

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  80. Sounds like a great read.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  81. these books look so good. Love the covers. I am always looking for a new series. Thank You
    Georgia
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  82. Keeping my fingers crossed...I love Muffins! :)

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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  83. I've really enjoyed the earlier books in this series (and the recipes, just mad about muffins, you know!),and have made sure my library has a copy on order. If I'm not the lucky soul to score in this giveaway, I'll be ordering a copy for me, too! kimmwrtr (at) yahoo (dot) com.

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  84. Some of us older folks are getting pretty good at the computers. At least for what we want to do. Thanks for the opportunity. jluebke (At)frontier (Dot) com.

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  85. You Killer Characters are the most generous authors! Thank you for the chance to win! I have yet to dive into this series and it's high time I get started. kristin409 at comcast dot net

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  86. I love the admonition to actually read the post :). Sounds like a fun group of characters which means I have another series to add to my TBR list. Thank you.

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  87. I did snort when I read about making the print big. One of my favorite things when reading on iPad. No glasses required! Bobbipad at gmail dot com

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  88. I enjoy the information you share! Especially the books! Thank you!!!

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  89. Two books to win! Doubly exciting. Plus all of the cute extras. This sounds like fun. Thanks for the chance to win. And, thanks for offering up such a terrific prize. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  90. We have a winner, and I ma emailing her this morning. Thank you all so much for reading and participating!

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  91. Thank you! Love a new series and author!

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