Thursday, August 25, 2016

We Survived the Honeymoon

by Seth Chapin
from Sheila Connolly's Orchard Mysteries


Meg and I finally managed to get married in early December. It was the kind of wedding we both wanted: it was small, and we held it at Gran’s, the local restaurant that Meg helped found, run by two people who have become our friends, with our relatives and local friends around us. Meg’s mentor Christopher officiated (under a special license), the weather cooperated, and a good time was had by all. At least, nobody complained, and the food was great.

And then we woke up a few days later and realized we hadn’t even thought about a honeymoon. The time leading up to the wedding was crazy busy for both of us—Meg wrapping up the last of her apple harvest, me trying like mad to finish up my constructions projects before the snow started. And we got all that done, and a bit more, before the wedding.




But once we came up for air, we realized that there would never be a better time for a honeymoon, because there was nothing that had to be done in either of our jobs for a few months. So we sat down and started making a list of places we wanted to go, that were easy to get to and wouldn’t break the bank, and we decided to drive to Monticello, because of Thomas Jefferson’s love for his orchard and the amazing building he designed—something for each of us.


Okay, it's not December in this picture! But
it is Jefferson's orchard.
We made the first half of the trip with no problems, and with a few interesting stops along the way. We enjoyed the tour of Monticello, and paid homage to Jefferson, who’s buried on the property.




That night Meg got a phone call from her parents in New Jersey. If you’re guessing that meant trouble you’d be right: when the Coreys got back home after the wedding, they found a body in their back yard, and it turned out to be someone they knew: their handyman, who’d been keeping an eye on the house while they were away.

And then things got a lot more complicated.

The good news is, Meg and I are still married. If you can spend a week with the parents of your beloved spouse and solve a murder at the same time, you’ve got a pretty solid marriage. But it’s great to be back in Granford!


The “honeymoon” book, Seeds of Deception, will be released in October. I’ll be happy to hold a drawing for a copy whenever it appears, but if you can’t wait that long, you’re welcome to choose a copy of A Gala Event (that’s the “wedding” book) or any of the earlier books in the series. A lot has happened between Meg and Seth since Meg arrived in Granford!

If you'd like to preorder Seeds of Deception, you can find it at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

www.sheilaconnolly.com





28 comments:

  1. What fun....a honeymoon and mystery combined!

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    1. Not exactly the way they'd planned to spend their time!

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  2. A new to me series. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for the chance.
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  3. I can't wait to read Seeds of Deception. My book is on pre-order.

    Dru

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  4. I love this series. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  5. I love this series and have Seeds of Deception on pre-order. Thanks for the chance to win a copy! kimdavishb (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  6. this has been a great series.
    Glad the wedding went off without a hitch, finally.
    I'll be looking forward to the next installment
    coming in October. that's not that far away.
    thanks
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. I think spending a week with the parents might be harder than solving the murder! Looking forward to the release.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  8. Why have I not read this series? I can't wait to start utaker555@gmail.com

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  9. Life always interferes with plans. We have our fingers crossed right now that my FIL's health holds out for the next couple of weeks. I know that sounds awful but I'm the person who sits at home until noon every day in case he needs something. After 1 he has a home health aid on call. We are leaving on vacation TOMORROW and leaving him in the "tender care" of his younger daughter who is flying in from Florida for the week. Her plan does not necessarily include being at his beck and call all morning. LOL

    I love this series and if chosen will happily wait for Seeds of Deception to be released.

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  10. I think this sounds like a book I want. But I will wait to read it. Thanks for the post. annettena (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  11. I have not yet read any of the books in this series, but definitely would like to start. The books sound wonderful! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  12. What a fun post! I like the idea of their honeymoon incorporating orchards and history! Thanks!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Want to read the whole series.
    judytucker1947@gmail.com

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  14. Enjoyed the post. Sounds like a great read. Thanks.
    turtle6422 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  15. What's a great post,I really enjoyed it. This is a great series, really looking forward to reading "Seeds of Deception". Thanks for the chance.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. This is one of my favorite series.
    I love that Meg and Seth moved forward with their relationship and got married. Too many cozy authors drag the love interest way too long. It is the mark of a good writer/storyteller to move their characters along. No big surprise that Sheila Connolly did this. She is an excellent storyteller. I look forward to this next book. I would love a chance to win a copy for my daughter. I have mine on preorder.
    agavigan@cox.net

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    1. Thank you, Annette! It took Meg and Seth only two years (and ten books) to get to the altar, so they weren't rushing things. I hope they have changed and grown in that time.

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  18. So much fun thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  19. What a great series! I'm not sure I can wait for the new book...it sure will be worth the wait!
    kat8762(at)aol(dot)com

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  20. Sounds great...body in the backyard my cup of tea. Thanks for the contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  21. Your new book sounds intriguing, I can hardly wait! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  22. This is the series I have not had a chance to start as of yet. Set on an apple orchard? Sounds interesting. I used to spend my childhood roaming an apple orchard in Kentucky and it was a beautiful place. We still go there every year during Apple season for their big apple fest. Happy to meet Meg and hear her and Seth have started out semi-OK. Ha! Sherylhbooth(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Looking forward to this book...I enjoy this series. Kuzlin at AOL.com

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  24. I haven't read this series yet but have it on my list to start this year. I am currently reading your Museum Series & love it. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  25. Would love to read this when it comes out. parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  26. Looking forward to reading this one! dalubbert(AT)hotmail(DOT)

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