Friday, June 30, 2017

The Joys and Otherwise of Owning a Bookshop #Giveaway

By Gemma Doyle from the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series by Vicki Delany

I love owning my own bookshop. I get first dibs at great new books. I talk about books all day and enjoy mingling with fellow-booklovers.  I have the chance to meet many great authors, the famous and the should-be-famous.

But there is always a downside. On Saturday we’re hosting a mega-famous writer, and I have to admit to a bit of uneasiness.  Renalta Van Markoff is the author of the hugely successful Hudson and Holmes series.  She has a reputation for being a bit of a….shall we say, flake? Highly demanding, imperious, bossy. Her staff seem to live in fear of her. But she can turn on the charm when she wants to and her fans absolutely adore her.

As for her books, I don’t care for them (overwrought and overwritten is my opinion). Critics are sneeringly dismissive, but her legions of fans (including Jayne Wilson from Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room) can’t get enough.  Serious Sherlockians, on the other hand, HATE them with a passion.

Donald Morris, esteemed member of the latter group, was in the shop earlier today. He actually demanded (demanded!) that I uninvite Renalta.  

I can only hope that when she’s here on Saturday for what is looking to be a standing-room-only book signing, Donald doesn’t make a fuss.

Body on Baker Street, the second in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series, will be released by Crooked Lane Books on September 12.  Elementary She Read is now available.

Would you like to read an ADVANCE REVIEW COPY of Body on Baker Street, the second in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series, and find out if Donald does make a fuss? I have one copy to give away as part of the Killer Characters Summer reading promotion. Please leave a comment to enter, and remember to leave your email address so I can contact the winner.  (Do you recognize the book in the window?) Contest closes evening of Monday July 3. US and Canada entries.


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89 comments:

  1. Yes, I recognize the book in the window :) Thanks for the chance to win.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  2. Recognize it! Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. Yes, it is the first book in the series. I, too, would love to own or at least work in a bookstore. It would be wonderful to be able to read all those books. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net.

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  4. I noticed that it's the first book in the series in the window. I am really looking forward to reading the second book and would love to win a copy. mcastor07 (at)gmail(dot)com.

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  5. Clever cover! Love to read the next one! Thanks for the chance!

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  6. Yes the book in the window is the first one in this fun series.
    grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

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  7. Yes, Elementary, She Read holds a prominent place in the window display. Clever. I love the premise of this series, and it's on my wish list. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dit)com

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  8. Thanks for the chance to win. Yes, I recognize the book in the window. I am looking forward to reading the second book--love the series. I'll read anything you write! cking78503(at)aol)dot)com

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  9. Yes I recognize it. Thanks for the great giveaway. Janngrogan@yahoo.com

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  10. Yes, I recognize the book. I love it! Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. What fun! Great use of a visual. Cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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  12. Yes I recognize the book in the window! It was a great read. Thanks for the chance to win. Frauenb(at)aol(dot)com.

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  13. Please enter me! clakrsrfun at gmail dot com
    Wendy Clark

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  14. Yes, I think it's awesome they did the cover that way. Looks like a fantastic read. So I am hoping.
    Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  15. Such a cute cover. I have read the first one yet, but I keep seeing pop up on my FB friends post. I will have to check it out. Musiqmom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. What a great way to tie everything together with the first book in the window. Love your attention to detail!
    vernagass@gmail.com

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    1. The cover design wasn't done by me. But I love it.

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  17. Would love it!!! Love cozies set in bookstores!!!
    yellowwyytch@yahoo.com

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  18. Nice way to show both of your books in Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series. Thanks for part in this special month of giveaways.
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I sure do recognize the book in the window! Hope I win the chance for Body on Baker Street! Thanks for the chance, Vicki! I love all your books!!!
    CocoIhle(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Yes I certainly do! Thanks for a chance to win. I love reading mystery books!

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  21. I would love to own a bookshop so I substitute
    reading about book shops for that urge.
    These sound like fun.
    thanks for the chance to try one of them.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. I'd love to read and review! bobwiesmann(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Yes, of course I recognize the book in the window! I still bet the upside to owning the bookshop beats the other! Thanks so much for your generous giveaway, I would love to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Love the cover! Great new series--I am always looking for something new and exciting. Steelers4Sandi (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  25. Elementary, She Read is in the window -- as it should be! I bet Donald is planning on making a fuss. Love the name Renalta Van Markoff! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  26. Yes I recognize the book in the window how cool is that! I would love to read a print copy and review on a few sites. ptclayton2@aol.com peggy clayton

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  27. Would love to read! parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  28. Love this!!! The cover "hidden" easter egg is a great touch! Thanks for the chance to win too!
    awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  29. My dream come true would to be just like Gemma and own my own mystery bookshop! I used to work in a big chain (Borders) for 5 years and for the past 10 years I have worked in a public library. So, like Gemma, I am surrounded by books and get to talk books, but there is just something (maybe it's all the bibliomysteries I have read over the years) about being the proprietor of a bookshop! Dreams can come true! And I'd love to review book 2! ~Missy Schwebach

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    1. I suspect being the owner of a bookshop isn't as wonderful as we think it would be. But we can pretend, can't we?

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  30. I did. Great cover. I would love to win a print copy. elainehroberson@gmail.com

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    1. Congratulations, Elaine. You win the ARC of Body on Baker Street. Check your email for a message from me asking for your mailing address

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  31. That's totally cool having your first book in the window! I would love to win your book, thanks.
    cecilialyoung(@)gmail(dot)com

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  32. Yes I did. Love the cover. I would love to win this book. Thank you for the chance.
    angelbear19662000@yahoo.com

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  33. I love this cover. So creative. I do recognize the book. I check out book stores whenever I travel. Thank you for this opportunity! Meg85242 at gmail dot com

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  34. I have often dreamed of owning a bookshop!
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. I suspect the reality is quite different from the dream. But it's always fun to pretend, isn't it.

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  35. Would love to read this book. Thanks for the contest! monstercreed1@yahoo.com

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  36. What a great contest! Particularly since I loved the first book and can't wait until September to read the second! I would LOVE to win and would donate my copy after read to my public library for cataloging.

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  37. Oops email is melissak318@gmail.com

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  38. This is a great series! I love Sherlock Holmes and really enjoyed your first book in this series. acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  39. I do know the book in the window! Can't wait to read! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  40. I would be delighted!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  41. What a fun contest. Oh Yes..so cute the book in the window.

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  42. Love that your book is in the window. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. Great touch having your first book featured on the cover of "Body on Baker Street". Would really enjoy reading the book.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. Great touch having your first book featured on the cover of "Body on Baker Street". Would really enjoy reading the book.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. Yes, I recognize the book in the window. What a nice touch. Casmith79(at)aol(dot)com

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  46. I just finished the first and would love to not have to wait till September to read the 2nd one. amysue511 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  47. Got it! Cute!! Would love an ARC of it!
    davisel1830(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  48. Very clever to put the first book of the series in the window. Sherlock Holmes and bookstores just seem to go together. Thank you so much to you and all of the authors who have participated in this wonderful giveaway program.
    suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Sue, and everyone for being interested in our books.

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  49. I love Sherlock Holmes stories. I would love to read this one too. Thank you for the chance. Sharon catwoman-1(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. There is something about Sherlock, isn't there?

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  50. Thanks for the chance of entering the giveaway! I would love to read this book! lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  51. I do recognize the book. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. Fingers crossed. scoobyvicki57@gmail.com

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  52. I love the covers of this series! Thanks for the chance to win. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  53. Definitely want to win! Vickiela3@hotmail.com

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  54. Yes, I recognize the book. Thanks for the chance to win an ARC of the second book in the series.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  55. I so loved the first book and looking forward to reading the second thanks for the chance! patkuhn05(at)gmail(dot)com

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  56. I don't recognize the book in the window. It was too small. Guess I need to start reading this services. Cathi_7@yahoo.com

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  57. I would love to win an ARC of the new book! It is so cool that the first book in the series is one the cover of the second book! Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  58. Of course I recognise it! I would love an ARC of the second book; I even promise to review ir on Amazon and/or Good Reads. mad_madam_m@outlook.com

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  59. Thanks for the opportunity to read this second book...I loved the first one in this series. Kuzlin at aol.com

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  60. Oh yes I recognize Elementary, She Read. I still need to read it but would love a chance to win the 2nd (that would jump start me to read the first lol) Thanks for the giveaway! barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

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  61. Thank you for hosting Vicki Delaney on your blog. I love the idea of being an owner of a bookstore. The problem is I would be too busy reading to help customers. Thanks also for the opportunity to enter your giveaway for an ARC of the book. My fingers are crossed I might win. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  62. I think that would be my problem too, Robin.

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  63. Looking forward to reading this next book in the series
    Becky Prazak
    rjprazak6@gmail.com

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  64. Thank you for the giveaway. I recognize the first book in your new series in the window, how clever! Would be a unique way keeping your books out in the public eye, every cover has the previous book cover showing somewhere.
    Thank you again.
    daw655(at) hotmail(dot)com

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    1. It is clever, isn't it! (Wasn't my idea, I should add)

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  65. I'd spend way too much time reading if I owned a bookstore. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  66. I really enjoyed Elementary. The next book sounds like a fun read. I would give my eye-teeth to own a bookstore. What fun! I would like to enter :kim7corn(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Kimberley. I'm glad you liked it.

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  67. That is so cool putting 'Elementary, She Read" in the window!!

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  68. I can't wait for this book , I have it on my wish list ! kathambre@yahoo.com

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  69. I would love to read the book. Your books
    are always so fun and interesting.
    thanks.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo.(com)

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  70. Yes, the first book in the series. A nice touch to the book cover. I would love to read this book, thanks for the chance. Bobbi embam1969@comcast.net

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  71. Love the cover, the book was a nice touch. I would love to have an early copy of this book if I'm lucky enough. pgenest57 at aol dot com

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