Sunday, June 25, 2017

Everybody Loves A Fair

by Monica Whitman, from Sheila Connolly's A Late Frost (Orchard Mystery #11), coming November 2017


Hi! I’m Monica Whitman, and I just moved to Granford with my husband Douglas. It’s such a pleasure to meet you! Douglas is retired now, and we’d always wanted to live in New England and had somehow missed it until now. But we’ve got a nice old farmhouse—not that we’re farmers or anything—and I’m having a wonderful time getting to know all the nice people of Granford! You know, it kind of keeps you young, starting over in a new place. But everybody’s been very kind to me—to both of us, really.



That’s why I wanted to give something back to the town. Oh, all right, it was also a great way to introduce myself to a lot of people all at once. Anyway, I suggested that the town host a WinterFare. I guess I have to explain. There’s still a lot of farming going on in Granford, and they have a lovely Harvest Festival, or so I’m told, but then there’s that kind of dull period after the harvest and before all the pruning and planting and whatever starts up. That’s usually in January and February. 


So I went to the town council, or more precisely, Seth Chapin, who’s a great guy, and said, why not have an indoor festival then, to get people out of their houses? I know enough about farming to know that there isn’t much in the way of fresh vegetables and fruits at that time of year, but some apples keep well over the winter, or so Seth told me, and they make a nice colorful theme. And of course there are all those crafts, like knitting and crocheting and art, and people can show those off and maybe sell some. And that nice young couple with the restaurant on the green could provide the food.

The council liked my idea, especially after I said I’d do all the planning, which I was happy to do. As I hoped, I got to meet lots of people, and it wasn’t hard to put things together. I’ve planned events like this in other places, so I knew what needed to be done. And it all came together so well! It was a great success, and I hope the town will do it again next year.

But maybe I’ll let someone else manage it the next time. It really was a lot of work, and I’ll admit I’m tired now. But happy.


June is bustin’ out all over, and we at Killer Characters are celebrating with a month-long giveaway (so that all of us can be part of it). I’m kind of between books, although you’ll meet Monica in A Late Frost in November. But right now I’m trying to clear out some of my office and bookshelves and the floor, and . . . You get the idea. So I’d like to offer one lucky winner one book from each of my series (Orchard Mysteries, Museum Mysteries and County Cork Mysteries). If you need to fill in your collection here’s your chance! First book, last book, or anything between! You don’t even have to pick a favorite series! Just leave a comment by June 28th (and include your email address) and I’ll pick one winner for the three books of your choice. Good Luck!
















58 comments:

  1. I've read books from each of these series. They're all great and would love to win. Happy Summer to Every one! dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  2. I would love to read the 1st book of each series. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. I just double checked my home library data base and actually found a few holes in my collection of your books. So yes please I'd love to be included in the giveaway.

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  4. Looks like a great series of books. Thanks for the chance to win! Cathi_7(at)yahoo(dot) com

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  5. Thanks for a chance to win. I've read a few of Sheila's books and they are great. Lhoberg721(at) Comcast (dot)net

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  6. This giveaway is so wonderful! I would love to win a book from each of your series! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  7. Thanks for this delightful giveaway which I would enjoy. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Would love to read the first in each series! jreitmeyer1811(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. This is so special. The books are captivating and I would love to read them. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. Would love the something from the Orchard series. Actually a print copy of any would be great! Thanks for the chance.
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  11. I've read a several of the books at the beginning of the series and enjoyed them very much. It would be wonderful to have the opportunity to read some of the others. Thank you for hosting Sheila Connolly's books. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. Thank you so much for the chance to win this amazing giveaway!!
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  13. I love your books and would love to own some. Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win.Candykennedy45@gmail.com

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  14. LOVE your books and have some catching up to do so would love to win!!! Thanks for the chance!!!! Wendalee50@aol.com

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  15. Can't wait for the latest installment.
    The orchards series is wonderful.
    thanks
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  16. Thank you for the chance to win! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  17. All three series look wonderful. Thanks for the contest! monstercreed1@yahoo.com

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  18. What a treat!
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  19. Thank you...what a chance!! I have been wanting to read these. I love all of this subject matter.
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  20. love all these..missed last book in each series so would love to win..thanks..
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  21. Thanks for the chance to win some books.
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  22. Oh I love this!! Thank you for the chance. Sharon catwoman-1(at)comcast(dot)net

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  23. I like the idea of an inside festival. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. thanks for the chance to win!
    Paula
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  27. Have not read any of these. Would love too.
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  28. Sounds like a wonderful series. djeanq(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. I love your orchard series and I'm sure I'd enjoy the others. Would love to have any of the books in the series. mcastor07 (at) Gmail (dot) com.

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  30. This is such a great giveaway! I haven't read any of your series yet and would love this introduction. Thanks for the opportunity! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. A wonderful opportunity thank you.

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  32. Really enjoy your series. Thanks for the generous giveaway.
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  33. Really enjoy your series. Thanks for the generous giveaway.
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  34. Three wonderful series!

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  35. What an awesome giveaway. I'm familiar with one of these series, but haven't started on the others yet. Thanks for the chance! mbradeen@yahoo.com

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  36. I love the idea of a winter festival. I love fall ones too. Most of the fairs around here are in summer and oftentimes it's just too hot for me! Thanks for the chance!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  37. Sheila, I love your books. The orchard series was one of the first series I read when I started really getting into cozies. I'm looking forward to hopefully having the chance to read more great books from you. Thank you very much for this generous giveaway. robbfan141729(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. This must be kismet-I just picked up Buried In A Bog today at Half Price Books. I am of Irish descent and thought the book looked inviting. I'd be thrilled to win just one of your books, let alone 3! Thank you so much for the chance and your generosity. Did you know that Honeycrisp apples were developed here at the University of Minnesota?

    suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. I love the orchard series. Thanks for the great giveaway.
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  40. I love all your books, they are all such wonderful reads and cannot wait to read the next one. Ray rayscooby1@yahoo.com

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  41. Thanks for the opportunity. Started with the orchards series and just kept going. cheers at MarjimManor dot com

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  42. Oh, I love series that have "characters of a certain age." I always find it fun to read about people who are retired and head off on great adventures. Well, murder investigations don't seem to be what one would welcome, but I love to read from their perspective.
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  43. I adore all these series ! I would be thrilled to add to my very sparse shelf . Thank you for the chance. email abeachlifesc (at) yahoo dot come

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  44. This is a very generous giveaway and I'm glad to be in the running! konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. Hi Sheila, I have read all of your Museum Mystery series, enjoy when you refer to places in Philadelphia and the areas around the city as I live in a suburb there, King of Prussia. I know the town that Nell and James has bought their house. Thanks for writing, Maureen

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  46. Love the books cover. Sounds like a great cozy mystery .
    xzjh04@ gmail.com

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  47. Good day Sheila. Your books have always proven to hold my interest and wanting more so this is a wonderful giveaway. My budget has been stretched for buying books so I'm crossing my fingers and hoping I'm the lucky individual who is picked. Thanks so very much for your generosity. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. I read and love all Sheila's series. I look forward to what is to come next!!!
    yellowwyytch@yahoo.com

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  49. Wow! What a super giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win. I'd love to learn more about your series.
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  50. I love your museum mystery series! That's the only series that I have read. I would love to read some of your other books. Thanks! acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  51. I have read all of your series - love them!! I would love to win any of your books!! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  52. Three great series! Love to win.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  53. It do look good. Love the cover and the Blurb looks fantastic. If I am lucky enough to be drawn I would love to read: Fire Engine Dead (A Museum Mystery); A Gala Event (An Orchard Mystery); Buried In a Bog (County Cork series Book 1) Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  54. I haven't read any of your books yet, so it would be great to win one from each series,
    cecilialyoung(@)gmail.com

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  55. Thanks for your generosity. Someone us going to be very lucky!
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  56. I would love to win the first book in each series so I can read, review & then donate to my small town (900+) library which is just now adding cozies to the collection, thanks to a new, young librarian. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  57. What a great opportunity! bobwiesmann(at)gmail(dot)com

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  58. All your series look so good. I'm going to go and buy your first one of each series. Looking forward to reading your books.

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