Tuesday, June 6, 2017

#Giveaway! Five Years of Style and Error by Samantha Kidd


Hi! I'm Samantha Kidd. You might know me from some of the crimes I've helped solve around Ribbon, Pennsylvania. That's me on the cover of that book to the left. Don't you just love that fuchsia fedora? Me too. (I'm assuming you said yes, because, hello. Fuchsia fedora, people! What's not to love?)

I almost can't believe it, but I just helped solve my seventh investigation. You probably haven't heard much about the most recent one because I've been told I can't talk about it until June 13*. But because this is something of an anniversary for me (I first showed up in that book over there five years ago!) I thought maybe you were curious about how a former fashion buyer got mixed up in homicide investigations. Trust me, it's not because I'm attracted to our town's homicide detective. You should see the kinds of shoes he wears! Um, no. Besides, he's married and has a daughter my age (or so he says, though I sometimes wonder if she's merely using a fictitious daughter to illustrate how someone my age should act.) It started when I gave up my career as a buyer for a luxury retailer in New York City and moved to Ribbon to buy the house I grew up in. Yep, I gave up job security and a fat paycheck so I could rewind and try to figure out what would make me happy. I had a job lined up. I had a house lined up. I had a plan. And then, BOOM. My about-to-be boss turned up dead. At the store where I wasn't technically hired yet.

Plan? Out. The. Window.

A lot has happened since them. The crime rate in my town is on the rise. One of my friends had a baby. I've actually gotten a job--with benefits and paid vacation!--and the local homicide detective seems to have promoted me from "tolerates her" to "occasionally listens to what she has to say." I've busted up a handbag knockoff ring at a hip new department store, helped save an exhibit of vintage hats at the local museum, caught an arsonist, uncovered an old crime, helped catch my friend's husband's murderer, and gotten mixed with the mafia. (shhhhh--I'm not supposed to talk about that one until June 13!*)

Oh, and I got engaged. Wow, life really has changed since I first showed up! But sometimes I still think about something I said way back in that first adventure: "My life was like fabric in the clearance bin. Sure, some of my yardage had already been used, but there was enough on the bolt that with a little planning, and if I cut corners, I could still make something really fabulous out of it."

That's how I feel most of the time. Like a work in progress, still trying to make something really fabulous out of what I have. Know what I mean?

*CEMENT STILETTOS, my 7th adventure, comes out June 13!
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GIVEAWAY TIME! Leave a comment about how your life has changed in the past five years enter to win a special, commemorative hardcover edition of DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRY, Samantha Kidd's first adventure!




85 comments:

  1. This character sounds hilarious...I would love to read this. I have traveled, wrote five unpublished books,started a blog and review for NG. And a whole bunch more things in the last five years. Thanks for the chance.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. Marilyn, you've been busy! Good luck!

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  2. In the past five years, my husband has retired, we became grandparents twice in 5 weeks time, my Mother passed away and we've gone to Hawaii and Alaska. I hope this publishes as I have written this 3 prior times and it has not posted. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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    1. Dianne, That's a lot of life changes in five years! Good luck.

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  3. Would love to read more about Samantha! I haven't started this series yet. Over the past five years we have become almost empty nesters, as the kids have launched successfully to college! Thank you so much!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Full house to empty nest. That probably feels very different! Good luck.

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  4. In the past five years, all my kids graduated from college and one is married and one is in the PEace Corps and the other is engaged.

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    1. debby236 at gmail dot com

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    2. Debby, big changes for your kids--and you! Good luck.

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  5. In the past five years I've taken up competitive ballroom dancing plus running 5Ks. I love your sister series and would love the chance to read Samantha's adventures. mlarkin at rmrgroup dot com.

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    1. Thank you, Mary Louse. Competitive ballroom dancing sounds like tons of fun! Good luck.

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  6. In the past 5 years, I have added 2 more grandchildren and a daughter-in-law to my family. Most recently, I lost my 84 year old dad who I miss terribly, and I just retired after 30 years of teaching.

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    2. Oh, Sharon, you've had big ups and big downs. Good luck!

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  7. In the past five years I have become engaged and became a grandma to three beautiful grand children and an aunt to a niece and two little nephews! I have gained a daughter to my two daughters and also two sons plus a daughter in law and two future son in laws. Loving my life right now and enjoying being able to read in my free time when I am not busy with family! <3

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    1. Wow, Paula, you've been busy! Good luck.

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  8. The past five years have been very eventful in many ways. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, had treatment, then two wrist surgeries in the past 3 years, and the past year diagnosed with RA. We were blessed with 4 grandchildren in the past 5 years all born within 7 weeks of each other. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. That is a lot to juggle over five years! Good luck.

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  9. I moved into my first home and bought my first car(always leased cars before). I also became secretary of my home owners association this year. Look forward to reading this series. mcastor07@gmail.com

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    1. Congratulations on the car purchase, Melissa! Good luck.

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  10. Becoming a grandmother to 4 little ones has been wonderful and so special. Being able to help, babysit and see them growing up is amazing. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Sounds like you are really enjoying the expansion to your family. Good luck!

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  11. I retired and things became a lot slower paced for me. Thank you for the chance. Sharon catwoman1a1119(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Enjoy your slower pace, Sharon! Good luck.

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  12. Mu husband passed away 13 years ago. Two years later I got Bear (a little yorkie). She ruled the roost
    until last summer, when she succumbed to many allergies. My life went from being a wife to being
    a slave and now it's gone to being free. I can do what I want, whenever I want. At my age - that's
    wonderful. I loved Bob and Bear but it is nice to be my own person.
    thanks.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Mary, enjoy this time that is all about you. Very important to cherish that. Good luck!

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  13. I retired and am loving life! lkleback@hotmail.com

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    1. Retirement sounds like fun! Good luck.

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  14. 5 years...new house, new niece and nephew, husband's job change, illness. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Lots of new things. Here's hoping your new things steer into the "good" category! Good luck.

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  15. In the past five years, I've moved, attended my niece's wedding and currently am a caregiver for a relative recovering from a transplant.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. Your relative is lucky to have you. Good luck!

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  16. In the last five years, I retired----and I finally have time to read and read and read.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Sue, isn't that wonderful, to have time to read and read and read? Good luck!

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  17. last year at this time I was off work as I had to have emergency surgery for #1 a hernia...while trying to figure out what was wrong with me they also found something else and I ended up having a 2nd surgery to get both ovaries removed.

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    1. Oh boy, you had a busy year. Good luck!

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  18. I moved across country & then had another long distance move. (Luckily, not quite as far as the first move.)
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Cross Country moves are great for shaking up our routines. Good luck!

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  19. We moved to Colorado, something we always thought was just a dream. We're loving it! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  20. Happy five year anniversary! In the last five years, I have discovered my love of cozies! Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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    1. Cozies are so much fun, right? Glad you discovered them! Good luck.

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  21. I had 2 babies in the last five years! acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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    1. And you still have time to read? :) Good luck!

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  22. In the last 5 years I've had open heart surgery to replace my pulmonary valve and I've had both knees totally replaced. I've also started losing weight and walking more, something I always enjoyed but got to where I couldn't do it.

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    1. Sounds like your changes led to positive results. Good luck!

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  23. I've retired. BIg life change.

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    1. Connie, I hope it's a *good* big life change! Good luck.

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  24. I think that as I change and move into semi-retirement my life has changed too. More peaceful.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  25. Book looks like a fantastic read. I lost the love of my life four years ago. My cat of 15 yrs to cancer 2 yrs ago. One son was transferred overseas. Another moved nearby. For the past 3 yrs been doing a friend a favor as caregiver for her mom, until her job overseas is finished. Which will be soon and I can get back to reading. Which I have missed. A lot. Seriously injured my knee. So don't move around much. And am teaching classes on Saturday's And I am resisting the urge (for 2 yrs now) to not cream my dog. She misses our cat terribly and after I hurt my knee she feels she has to "dog my steps" to distraction. Marion's Mom has really taken to Freckles. Freckles is so-so about her. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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    1. Oh, Della, you've had a lot come at you in five years. Tides turn and you never know what is around the corner of the next five years. Good luck.

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  26. I love the title Cement Stilettos.
    agavigan@cox.net

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  27. My kids have grown in the past 5 years and every year that changes everything. I love to watch how they change each year. We have also moved a few times in the past 5 years.

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    1. Congratulations, Candace! You're the winner of a commemorative hardcover edition of DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRY!

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  28. I have to take care of my dad more since he's 91 years old.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Michelle, I'm sure he's happy that you're there for him. Good luck.

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  29. HI! Oh do your books sound great! Well, I have had Hodgkins Lymphoma for 15 years, but, in the last five, I guess I can say that my life has changed because of the new chemotherapy drugs that were invented! My Doctor tried a few on me, but, we "think" that the last one I was on has worked! I just found out that I am now in remission for ALMOST one full year! Thanks for the giveaway! Patty pc1977@zoominternet.net

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    1. Patty, Fingers crossed for your new treatment. Good luck!

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  30. my kids are now driving...I now have free time since I am not a full time taxi anymore...still having trouble getting used to it! parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  31. A lot has happened in the past five years. Both of my daughters married, younger daughter became a nurse at a trauma one hospital and older daughter a social worker in the NICU at the Children's Hospital. Youngest son finished his college classes but still has some incompletes to finish. Older son has finally been published in the local newspapers covering college hockey and has a girlfriend. I retired after 37 years of teaching Math to high school and middle school. Three years ago we loss hubby's brother and my sister a few months later. My mom left us 19 months ago. Hubby hasn't changed much.

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  32. How has my life changed? Two children got married, my business grew, and my husband agreed to go on an annual week long vacation. We've been married almost 40 years, and he never wanted to leave his farm for more than a night or two! cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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    1. Margo, that is a victory! Good luck.

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  33. Hmmm...only five years? Well let's see. I have had both my children graduate from high school, my husband graduated with 2 Associates degrees and a Bachelor's degree, I've had 5 major surgeries and am now on disability, both of my parents have passed and my mother-in-law is now in a nursing facility, and we've moved to be a one car family. Eventhough it may sound like we've had a mixture of things happen, the main thing is each time we have been made stronger and our faith has grown. These are all steps that God has planned for us in our journey. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. In the past five years, we moved back to where I grew up. I've grown as a writer. Got a short story published. Finalist for the Daphne this year. Now if I could just win the lottery, I could retire and write full time!

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    1. H.S.: you wouldn't the journey to be handed to you. It wouldn't be as sweet when you accomplish your dreams!

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  35. I retired...I was a teacher for 35 years, and decided enough is enough retiring to spend 24/7 with my husband. I then picked up the call at Kings River Life online magazine to be a copy editor (brushing off the cobwebs on my red pen) and a regular contributor of reviews on cozy books, movies, and UK television shows. Retirement is wonderful!
    kat8762(at)aol(dot)com

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  36. I really can't wait for the new book to come out...soon, I know. In the past 5 years I have become the caregiver for my feisty 90 year old mother, she still can crack you up! We also are proud gandparents of 4 grandchildren in the past five years added to our 2 older grandchildren who we are also so proud of. And my husband and I continue to laugh together, finish each other's sentences and love each other to distraction (of others, lol) You see we found each other after being separated for 32 years and he was my HS sweetheart who I was supposed to marry. Now we are for 15 years! Merry Northstarvance@gmail.com

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  37. In the last five years, I have retired, my mother-in-law passed away and I helped my mother on her trip home to Europe. I now have time to read and volunteer in our community.

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  38. So much has happened to me in the last 5 years. I got a divorce, moved from Baltimore back to Pittsburgh (Go Steelers!) & in with my parents (Not the best situation at 50😜), & rediscovered myself. I'm a lot like your characters. Love vintage & antiques. And discovered I have a flair for decorating!! 😃 I am also a work in progress. Oh, and best of all, I do I found your wonderful books💖💖💖

    Debra

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  39. My youngest son started college and I'm hoping to go from adjunct math professor to full time math professor (in the immortal words from A Chorus Line: I hope I get it)

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    1. Good luck, Pam! I hope you get it too!

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  40. In the last 5 years, I inherited my Grandmother's homeplace. My children and God have blessed me with several grandchildren. And, I have expanded my friends and activities so that I actually and doing a lot more now

    johnnabooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  41. Five years ago I changed jobs as my old employer did away with my department. Then 4 years ago in July my husband of 26 years passed away. My son got engaged last year and is getting married this September. I have thumb surgery coming up in August cause of arthritis after being a physical therapist for 32 years. My thumbs,are worn out. That would be the highlights of the past 5 years. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    1. Change is usually good -- thought sometimes it takes a while to really see that!

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