Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Ringing in Summer with a Giveaway!

by Ruth Clagan of the Clock Shop Mystery series by Julianne Holmes

There is much to love in the Berkshires in the summer. Lots of great theater, music at Tanglewood, art at MASS MoCA, festivals. Though there is a river running behind the Cog & Sprocket, I don't go swimming there. Instead, I go out to Caroline's house, and swim at the pond near her house. I spent summers there as a kid, and that watering hole is my happy place.
There are a couple of things I don't love, though. One of them is winding clock towers on hot summer days. I'll bet folks never really think about the fact that once a week someone has to wind clocks in towers all over the world, no matter what the season. You'd think winter would be the worst, but it really isn't. First of all, if the tower has a clock that is being tended to, that means the heat is on somewhere. Secondly, once you start winding (350 revolutions usually), you work up some heat.
But in the summer? Clock towers aren't generally air conditioned. It gets hot and stuffy, but the work needs to be done. Thankfully, Pat Reed has started experimenting with some tasty summer drinks--shrubs. Fresh fruit marinated in vinegar, then boiled with sugar into a syrup you mix with seltzer water. (Here's a recipe,) Both sweet and tangy. He's working on a strawberry rhubarb shrub. But my favorite so far is his blueberry shrub, with a twist of lemon. Delish, and refreshing!
Of course, there's one clock tower I won't minding every week--the clock tower in the old Town Hall. The adventures of getting that built will be detailed in Chime and Punishment this August. Until then, here's a picture of our friend, Julianne Holmes, winding a clock to learn what it is like.
In honor of summer reading we’re offering a copy of Clock and Dagger to one lucky commenter. Let me know what your favorite summer drink is. Please include your email in this format: your name (at) your server (dot) com--so the spambots can't pick it up. Giveaway closes at midnight Friday June 23rd.
And remember to keep coming back to the Killer Characters blog as there is a new book giveaway every day for the month of June. Talk about refreshing!

67 comments:

  1. I love peach tea in the summer. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. I've become a fan of the flavored lemonades and iced teas. These are my new favorite summer drinks! dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  3. I like lemonade or perhaps a Sea Breeze.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  4. I love to drink peach ice tea. That is my favorite drink.
    angelbear19662000@yahoo.com
    Mary Fidler

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  5. Iced tea has always been my favorite!
    mommomsworld(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. Iced tea has always been my favorite!
    mommomsworld(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. Iced tea or fresh lemonade. I also love iced coffee inn the summer. moonbay7399(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Sweet iced tea is my favorite but I also enjoy Lemonade. Thanks for your giveaway.
    Connie
    cps1950 at gmail dot com

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  9. Lemon lime sparkling water is refreshing and my favorite. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Lemonade. I love it mostly in summer, but any time of year, I'll have it from time to time. mcastor07 (at) Gmail (dot) com.

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  11. Chai tea is what I enjoy. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. Well for more adult beverages I like frozen watermelon margaritas. Mon adult any fruity type ice read.
    Thank you for the giveaway
    lady(dot)janel(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. My favorite summer drink is lemonade. This series looks excellent! Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  14. I enjoy raspberry ice tea or better yet, sangria! bskts4unme(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  15. I love ice cold diet coke or water with pina colada flavoring. Once a week or so I Have a big frozen margarita. Houston is very warm. Lol

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  16. Pepsi is my drink of choice - anytime of the year.
    I'm a creature of habit - as you've probably noticed
    from the last couple blog entries.
    Never thought about who winds the clocks - guess
    I figured they were perpetual clocks.
    thanks for the chance to get the book.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. Dr Pepper anytime of the year but I love strawberry lemonade in the summer!! jreitmeyer1811(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Actually I enjoy beer during the summer. Usually it's whatever the summer run is from Blue Moon Beer. Last year it was a beer with orange in it.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  19. My sister just introduced me to her "mocktail." She's down in Tucson AZ and while I was there we would have a Tucson Sunset. OJ, 7up, prickly pear juice, and grenadine. We don't have prickly pear where I live but ours is still good and refreshing!
    Meg85242 @ gmail dot com

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  20. Unfamiliar with this series and author. And definitely want to learn more. Thanks for the heads up. And the chance do get one sooner. Rather than later. My drink of choice is ice cold Dr. Pepper. And if were having pizza? An ice cold beer. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  21. My favorite is either organic skim milk with an ice cube--or a cup of hot green tea. Odd, I know--but it is what I like. lol. Steelers4Sandi (at) yahoo (dot) com.

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  22. My fav summer drink is ice cold water i have to drink a lot of water as i am disabled and the more water i drink the better as with all the meds I am always hot. Would love to read and review on a few sites thank you for the chance ptclayton2@aol.com

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  23. To be honest-it's a nice cold beer but only in the evening. During the day I drink a lot of water and I love V8
    djeanq(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I like sweetened tea and raspberry is my favorite. Thanks for chance hope I win.Candykennedy45@gmail.com

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  25. cold ginger beer

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  26. I love lemonade in the summer! acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  27. As a summer treat I love the Pepsi made with real sugar, it just tastes like being a kid again in the summer at my Grandma's. barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I enjoy strawberry lemonade in the summer. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. I like a homemade lemonade---none of the stuff from a can or bottle for me.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  30. Ice water or lemonade
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  31. My favorite summer drink is any kind of smoothie! I don't like cold drinks usually but when it's hot out I love fruit smoothies. Thanks for the chance to win too!
    awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  32. I like fresh homemade lemonade with fruit added to it. Nice and icy. Sharon catwoman-1(at)comcast(dot)net

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  33. Iced tea. but without ice. I call it tepid tea.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  34. I do love ice cold pineapple juice.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  35. Lately, I've been a fan of the Grapefruit Shandy from Leinenkeugel beer. It's amazing and refreshing! Thanks so much for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. I love lemonade in the summer! I also enjoy many types of unsweetened iced tea (which I drink year round) and limeade!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  37. When it's hot I drink diet coke or iced tap water. Love this series!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  38. Sweet tea is definitely my drink of choice. Or, if I'm treating myself, a double chocolate fudge milkshake from Steak and Shake. Thanks for taking part in the month of giveaways. robbfan141729(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. Love iced coffee with no sweeteners. valeriamh(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  40. Limeade is my favorite!
    harbingerdc(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. Iced mocha latte donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  42. My favorite summer drink is a chilled glass of pinot grigio! Thanks for the chance to win. I'm excited to check out a new series! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. My favorite summer drink is half ice tea and half lemonade.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. My favorite summer drink is half ice tea and half lemonade.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. Sweet tea is my favorite summer & year around drink. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)come

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  46. I think that would be lemonade.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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  47. My daughter is pretty obsessed with timepieces. I lost count at 50 - mostly wall or mantel clocks. I think this series just made her Christmas list. ;)

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  48. I love iced coffee on a hot day.
    Thanks so much for the chance!

    jackielizn (at) gmail (dot) com

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  49. My favorite summertime drink is ice cold lemonade. It is so refreshing on a hot day.
    suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  50. Iced Tea with two packs of sugar for the summer and hot tea for the winter. I prefer English tea too as it is so much better...if I want something more exciting I can make a sweet tea vodka cocktail. Thank you for the entry. Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  51. I love slushies: made with juice, or punch or wine. cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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  52. This series is new to me. Sounds interesting. The clock winding is something I've never thought about. Also something that sounds interesting to learn about. Ruthann at memaw5545@gmail.com

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  53. Thank you for hosting Julianne Holmes on your blog. I am not familiar with her books so it was very informative to learn some insight into her writing. My favorite summer drink is any ice cold drink. Water, tea, juice, soda (limited) even coffee are all I enjoy. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  54. My favorite summer drink is peach ice tea. Thank you for giving us a chance in this giveaway. My email is spike5271943@aol.com. Good luck to all.

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  55. My favorite summer drink is peach ice tea. Thank you for this great giveaway. Good luck to all.
    spike5271943@aol.com

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  56. unsweetened iced black, peach or lemon tea.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

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  57. I love lemonade.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  58. I guess my favorite drink all year 'round is coffee -- just plain ole hot coffee, no sugar, no cream, nothing. Occasionally I do drink iced tea at mealtime. And I enjoy an occasional glass of white wine before bed.

    I am fascinated by clock towers. I'd like to see the inside, the workings of the clock, but I'd never be able to make the climb.

    donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  59. Iced sweet tea is the only way for me in the summer!!

    johnnabooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  60. My favorite summer drink is sweet iced tea. lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  61. I'm a tea drinker. Love my iced teas in summer.
    6186pep(at)msn(dot)com

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  62. I love iced sweet tea! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book, it sounds interesting.
    cecilialyoung at gmail.com

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  63. Tea during the day, but I discovered this evening that if you freeze watermelon juice and a little vodka then drop the cube in some orange juice, it makes a great and refreshing drink. konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  64. Love hot and cold tea. Looks like a great cozy mystery.
    xzjh04@gmail.com

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  65. I can't wait to read this one, and I would love, love, love to win it! My fav summer drink is a cold, refreshing gin & tonic with lime! Thanks! connectwithjenking@gmail.com

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  66. Comments are closed. Winner has been notified. Remember, giveaways every day!

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