Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Peeking into the Past


By: Jaymie Leighton
From: Leave it to Cleaver
Series: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
Publisher: Beyond the Page
Publication Date: June 23rd, 2017
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries

Are you a youngest child? I am. My sister, Becca, is 15 years older than I am. As much as we've built a relationship now that borders on that of equals, I'll probably always have the feeling that she's trying to boss me around, and that she thinks she knows what's best for me.

But I also know for sure that she loves me, and always will.

Lately I've had a disturbing and enlightening look into her past, though, something I've never known about. Two of her friends went missing the autumn Becca turned 16; she and her friends were entangled in it, though they didn't even really know what was going on.

But on a personal level and from a distance of over 30 years, I'm reading diaries and looking at photos, and getting this whole different view of how Becca, Valetta, Dee and others related and it's really weird. It was a life before I was even conscious of life. I was just six months old or so, and wouldn't be conscious of my big sister's love for me for another four or five years. However, thanks to looking into the disappearance of Delores Paget and Rhonda Welch I'm catching glimpses of how much Becca cared for me, and how she and Valetta, in particular, helped my mom, who was not having an easy time of it with a newborn, cope.

It's humbling to see how tough it was for Becca, with all the usual 16 year old drama and trauma, and a baby to care for, too.

We're going to figure out what happened to poor Delores and Rhonda, though; it's important to Becca, so it's important to me.

Have you ever had something happen that made you look at a sibling or old friend in an entirely new way?

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First an announcement... June 23rd, in two days, Leave It to Cleaver, Book #6 of the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries will be released, and I'm so happy to announce that I have signed to write at least three more, #7 - 9. The book following Leave It to Cleaver will be No Grater Danger and will come out in spring 2018!!

And now, to the giveaway news!!

Cozy Up To Summer Giveaway!

Comment between now and Midnight, June 23rd, 2017 for a chance to win a "Cozy up to a great mystery!"pen, fridge magnet and bookmark AND a copy of Leave It to Cleaver, hot off the press!!

Canadian and US addresses welcome. Please leave a first name and email address (yourname at yourserver dot com) in your comments!

For more info on my Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and more, check out my webpage and social media:
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries
Facebook: Victoria Hamilton, Author
Twitter: @MysteryVictoria
Goodreads: Author Victoria Hamilton

59 comments:

  1. I am the youngest in my family. When I went to college, our relationship changed. Prior to that I was always the brat, too young for my older siblings.
    Debby
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  2. I am an only child but my Father was the youngest of 4, with about 15 yrs difference between him and the next older sibling. I could see a lot of differences in the relationships with him and his sister and older brothers. Love the title and looking forward to reading this. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net.

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  3. My sister and I used to fight all the time growing up. Now that we're older she is my best friend and I absolutely love every minute that I get to spend with her. acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  4. My brother and I have nothing to do with each other. It is his wish not mine. We were never close but this is sad. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I have a sister and brother but see neither. I was always protective and close to my sister but she has made it evident that she prefers it this way. I miss her but accept her wishes. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. I was the youngest, my brother was 4 years older. We always got along most of the time except for the usual childhood squabbles. I would love to win the giveaway, thank you for having it. lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  7. My younger brother used to be rather chubby. When he was a junior in college, he decided to make a change and became physically fit. To this day he has stayed that way and run several half marathons, biking marathons, etc. His determination has made me admire him instead of always being jealous of how much smarter he always seemed than me. mcastor07 (at) Gmail (dot) com.

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  8. An interesting concept.
    I look forward to reading it.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  9. The only thing I remember way back was when one of my older brothers came home and told my Mom he was joining the Army, I was still in school at the time and missed him very much, I cried every time he went back but he was fine he is retired now. This sounds very good thanks for the chance
    Penney

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  10. I'm the oldest child, and the oldest grandchild on both sides of the family. I have one sister, nearly 3 years younger. She tells me I was bossy; I don't remember that - ha ha. I believe we have a good relationship, altho we havent lived near to each other since I went to college. And we are probably closer since our parents died [3 to 4 hour phone calls anyone?].
    But I can think of nothing to see her, or anyone else, in a new light.
    Congrats on the new contract.


    donna dot durnell at sbcglobal dot net

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  11. Yay - 3 more books in this series! What a fun giveaway.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  12. Congrats on the new release and the contract for future books! This looks like a fun series. Marla: mbradeen@yahoo.com

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  13. That is so AWESOME!!! A release soon. And 3 more coming. That is wonderful news. This is truly a great series. Am so looking forward to it. I have a dear older friend. When I was relating to her an incident with my younger sister and her unwillingness to acknowledge a "weakness" in someone she idolizes. Or, rather, thinks highly of. I noted she had the same tendency. In my book. Real love. Real caring about others is accepting the good with the bad. Not refusing to accept the good and the bad. That IS idolatry. And has no place in reality. We all have our good points, our bad points, our strengths and our weaknesses. We work together they all balance out. You can't do that, you can't have a really good relationship unless you do. But. To each his own. But eventually they are going to end up hurting when they finally have to face reality. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  14. It's so great when a series continues! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  15. I am 13 months older than my brother and we had the normal sister/brother relationship. We sometimes barely tolerated each other but let somebody else bother us! One time a casual comment made me understand that he actually did feel that I had been favored. I love him very much and now that both of our parents are dead, he is the only link to the family that we once were!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. it sounds so great i have no siblings and i grew up in a foster home but would love to read and review! peggy ptclayton2@aol.com

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  17. I am the youngest of three, my sister being 13 years older. We lost our parents early in life, I turned 4 the day we lost our mom and a year later our dad. We were all split up among relatives. Fast forward 15 years, we lost our brother. We've had an up and down relationship but after my battle with cancer this past year we are very close.

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  18. I'm the oldest of my siblings but I have a younger sis who has a daughter with autism. The older I get and the more I see how absolutely amazing she is with her, the more I respect and admire her. Sometimes being the oldest doesn't mean you're the wisest...

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  19. Yes, I have. I am so glad there will be at least three more books in the series! Thank you so much for the chance to win!!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  20. I am the oldest of two. My brother was the spoiled one ;-)
    Thank you for the chance at an awesome giveaway. lady(dot)janel(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. I am (soft of) a middle child. I have an older brother, a twin brother, and a younger brother.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  22. I'm the middle child. So glad there are going to be more books! turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Good to know that the series will continue into
    the future. thanks for the offer of a great
    gift.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. I am so happy this series is back! I collect vintage dishes. I have my grandmother's "pink dishes" as she called them and my Great Aunt's American Fostoria. I've added Pyrex to my collection. Thank you for the chance to win! k.lowebreiner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. I can't wait to read this next book.
    agavigan@cox.net

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  26. Love the cover and the description of the book. This is a great series and I can't wait to read "Leave It To Cleaver".
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I am the youngest,sibs10 and11 years older. I was never close to either their choise. I always wanted a relationship but no interest on their side. Lucky me have some sister friends. Love your books hope to win. Candykennedy45@gmail.com

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  28. love this series can't wait to read..thanks for chance
    greeneyes2755(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. Thank you for such a fun sounding series. You are new to me and I look forward to reading your books. Thank you. Sharon catwoman-1(at)Comcast(dot)net.

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  30. I'm also the baby of the family. So excited for the latest vintage kitchen mystery!
    gingermom25@gmail.com

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  31. I'm so glad to hear that you'll be writing more vintage kitchen mysteries.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  32. So glad to hear the series is continuing! bobwiesmann(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. i am the oldest of 2 and the oldest of all the cousins only 1 other girl, born on my birthday 10 years later
    glad the series is continuing! (i love it!)
    Dkmouser@aol.com

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  34. I am the eldest of three. My brother and I have always been close but became even closer when we worked together for our father's business. Thanks for the chance to win!!

    salvatoresmom71(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  35. After we lost both our parents my sister and I got even closer. It's a bond that will never be broken.

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  36. I am an only child, so have never had that happen with a sibling. I have had an old friend tell me something from her past that made me look at her in a different light...a kinder light, fortunately! Thanks for the chance to win! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. Congratulations on the new release! Thanks for this opportunity!
    Dm _ Richards (at) yahoo(dot) com

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  38. With so many series ending, I'm glad to hear this one will continue!!!!!
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  39. Seeing someone in a different light? Many of my teaching colleagues can be so 'business' like, and one seemed to be 'all business, all the time,' until several of us to decided to make TGIF plans. After a lovely selection of hors d'overs and a few pitchers of margaritas, she was primed for 'karaoke.' Not a Grammy award-winning singer, but she was fair and animated. She shared her talent and humor and even when it was 'back to work,' she had a little 'sparkle' in her eye.
    Congrats on the new book!
    kat8762(at)aol(dot)com

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  40. So excited the adventures continue. I love these mysteries! stylewisebydebra at gmail dot com

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  41. Hello Victoria, I have read your Merry Muffin series but not yet your Vintage Kitchen series. The cover alone of Leave it to Cleaver is inviting, especially the cute doggie and delicious looking cake. Thanks for the great writing! Maureen

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  42. Looking forward to reading this series. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  43. Little did I know when I met my husband the wonderful mother-in-law I would be blessed with. Her story has made me appreciate her more and applaud her for all she has faced. Her life began just like anyone else's life with a mother and father. At an early age she lost her mother and was bounced around to relative to relative since her father remarried. Her father and step-mother liked to drink and she had to work cleaning other people's houses in order to have money to buy her clothes and other necessities. Through all this she completed high school and went to work in a factory. At the age of 19 she met the man who would become her husband. Once they married they had two sons. She was the best mom, supporting her sons in all their endeavors. Her husband passed on early after a short fight with leukemia. She continued to provide for her sons and even helped them graduate high school and attend college while continuing to work. Her father came to live with her after his second wife passed. Our children have been blessed to have a grandma that is so generous in many ways, especially with the love she shows them. I am sad to say at the age of 89, she fell and broke her hip and has had to leave her home and is now a resident in a care center since the fall has increased the onset of her dementia. We are sadly seeing her slip away from us and her struggle to understand what is happening to her. I know I am stronger because of having her in my life. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  44. Would love to win this. Thank you for the chance. I have 2 older brother's.
    angelbear19662000@yahoo.com
    Mary

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  45. I am beyond thrilled that this series will continue! I am an only child and it is always fascinating for me to read cozy mysteries that feature siblings. Would love to win and thanks for offering the contest! kim7corn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. So glad the series is continuing. cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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  47. I haven't read any of this series. I would like to opportunity to win it. Thanks! Judy

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  48. I enjoy this series! Would love to win. I am the youngest of 8, with 19 years between myself and the oldest and 9 years between me and my next sibling! Glad this series continues!!
    ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  49. I am the second child of four, with two brothers and one sister. She is four years younger than I am so we weren't very close. Thanks for the giveaway.
    cecilialyoung at gmail.com

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  50. I enjoy reading your books Shirley

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  51. Thanks for a chance to win a copy. I'm the youngest of 3 girls.
    elainehroberson@gmail.com

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  52. Love the title! parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  53. #3 OF 4 kids. I wish we were all closer. I try to keep the lines open, but end up being the nag in the family. Thank you for the fun giveaway.

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  54. There are so many different aspects to a person, it's hard to imagine knowing someone deeply enough that you are never surprised by them. I know that my mother (who is also my best friend) continues to surprise me often (the most recent time was two days ago). Congratulations on the release of Leave It to Cleaver and the continuation of the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries. I was thrilled to find out they would continue and look forward to reading whatever may come. Thank you for taking part in this month of giveaways. robbfan141729(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  55. I am the oldest of 4. The other brother has passed & the 2 sisters assume that they know what is best for me. I just go with the flow & enjoy them being around. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  56. I would love to win. I am the youngest of 3
    kkat.edwards(at)gmail(dot)com

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  57. I never realized how wonderful my brother was until he became a father.

    suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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