Monday, November 20, 2017

T'is the Season for a Giveaway

by Sully Sullivan from the Theater Cop series by J.A. Hennrikus

When you are a theater company who does A Christmas Carol every year, you start thinking about Christmas in August--meeting with designers, getting the marketing plan in place, starting to build the show. By October you've already had a first rehearsal. And depending on when you are opening, Thanksgiving is a bit of a blur. For the Cliffside Theater Company this year, Thanksgiving is tech week. Not the most festive of times.

Tech week is when lights are focused, wardrobe changes are rehearsed, press interviews are done on set,  and if you're lucky you get a full run of the show done before the first audience comes in. Since Thanksgiving is early this year, our final dress rehearsal is actually scheduled for Thanksgiving night. I know, I know. How is that possible? Well, if things were going well, we could have had the final dress on Wednesday and taken the day off. But things aren't going well. At all. (Read A Christmas Peril for more details on that!) So we have to have Thanksgiving dinner at the theater.

We're doing a pot luck for the feast, and the signups are interesting to say the least. Connie, our intrepid stage manager, has ordered a cooked ham and turkey and several pies to be delivered. Someone else is bringing roasted vegetables. The Beef and Ale is providing potatoes and green bean casserole. We have some Chinese food being delivered. Tofu is the prime ingredient in a couple of side dishes. Our rolls are going to be gluten free--don't ask.

I'm even going to make my bourbon sweet potato casserole. I've already started to roast the potatoes, and will caramelize the brown sugar, butter, and bourbon on Wednesday night to let them all marinate together before I bake them on Thursday. Yum!

Dinner is planned for two o'clock, in the lobby of the theater. The entire company will sit together, and share a meal. Maybe that will be the secret ingredient to make this our best A Christmas Carol ever.

Let's hope so--t'is the season!
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I'm thrilled to kick off Killer Characters' Seasons Readings with a giveaway! Every day for the next month we will be giving away books. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on the blog, with your email address.

I am happy to give one randomly chosen winner a copy of A Christmas Peril.

I will choose a reader Friday at noon east coast time, and will contact them for their address.

We are so grateful to our readers, and happy to celebrate with them for the next month!
Happy Thanksgiving friends!

79 comments:

  1. Your potluck feast sounds tasty and lots of fun. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of A Christmas Peril. kittygirl15401(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. Your books sound great! A Christmas Peril will be on my list, but, i would still like a chance to win! I am going through 15 years of Hodgkins Lymphoma, and I take my books to the Infusion Center with me, and when I am done with the book, there is a table to leave books and other goodies one has for other patients who love to read! Have a great Thanksgiving Day! Patty pc1977@zoominternet.net

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  3. sounds great, hope to get a chance to read it :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  4. Sounds wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win.
    debby326 at gmail dot com

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  5. I enjoy Christmas themed mysteries and A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite Christmas stories. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  6. Tech week! Sounds like a great setting for a holiday mystery! Thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Been looking for a good Christmas read. Thanks for the chance. Northmanor@midco.net

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  8. This sounds like a great read. Thank you for the chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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  9. That sounds a bit like our Thanksgiving this year. I have a grand-nephew's Bar Mitzvah in the morning. We've assigned which of our guests is bringing what and included the extended family in the potluck part. So besides the turkey and sweet and sour meatballs that we make, we also have a meat lasagna coming. One of our son's friends who we "assimilated" into the family is a C.I.A. trained baker and is in charge of the deesserts (He works for B&H Photo no less).

    Hopefully we will all gather at 5pm and everything will be as it should be. Like I should be winning a score of nice books from all the holiday contests I've entered. LOL LOL

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  10. Sounds like a good book! Always looking for new and different series. mcastor07(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  11. The potluck sounds better than our plans this year. There is A lot going on with every branch of our family right now so BIL decided to have a sandwich bar and side salads. Yep, picnic food for Thanksgiving. I keep reminding myself that it's about getting together more than the food, but,come on, Thanksgiving really is all about the food. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. Sounds great--I'd love to read it! Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  13. love Christmas mysteries :D em.milka(at)hotmail.com

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  14. I love Christmas themed books. Thanks for a chance to win! kristilewis dot lrc at gmail dot com

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  15. Just saw CT Christmas carol based on people who lived in CT at the turn of century. It was great and I would love to read your Christmas carol mystery. It would make this holiday season festival. Thanks. pammc008@gmail.com

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  16. Can I come to this Thanksgiving potluck? Tofu and vegetable dishes sound right up my alley! mbradeen@yahoo.com

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  17. This sounds great! Love the theatre aspect!
    sarahheleneiverson@msn.com

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  18. Thank you for the chance to win. lkleback at hotmail.com

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  19. Season's readings and season's greetings to you all.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  20. Thanks for the chance to win!!
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  21. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Nicole :-)
    nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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  22. The potluck sounds great & I would love a chance to win this book. Thanks as always for your generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  23. Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for the giveaway acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  24. Thanks for the chance!☘️
    smcmahon19@icloud.com

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  25. This would be a new series for me. Thanks for the opportunity.
    browninggloria(at) hotmail(dot) com

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  26. Thanks for the chance
    Pugpower63@gmail.com

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  27. Sounds like a wonderful potluck. Would love the recipe for bourbon sweet potatoes!!
    Thanks for the chance to win! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  28. Sounds like your potluck feast will have something for everyone attending.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  29. This sounds like a fun book! cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  30. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  31. Sounds great! Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  32. Fabulous... the Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole sounds like da bomb diggity!
    Cheers~
    Kelly Braun
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  33. Sounds like an awesome series! Can't wait to read! Kkcochran at hotmail dot com

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  34. what fun thank you for the opportunity abeachlifesc at yahoo dot com

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  35. Happy Thanksgiving! I'd like to attend that feast of yours, it sounds pretty delicious and lots of fun.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  36. Sounds delightful! Enjoy!
    jan_healthandhealing(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. I like the idea of theatre in the book! It sounds interesting, thank you for the chance!donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  39. Sounds like a great novel. Always love to curl up with a good book. Thanks for the opportunity to win. whogirl008@gmail.com

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  40. Christmas mysteries are so fun! Good luck to all entering, this is a great book!

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  41. "A Christmas Peril" sounds like a great read for this time of year. Would really enjoy reading.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. The book sounds awesome. Thanks for the chance to win. Lisamil46@gmail.com

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  43. This sounds interesting. Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for the opportunity! minishoes(at)msn(dot)com

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  44. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I always appreciate seeing the insight of other's into a book and this blog is wonderful for that. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  45. Your Thanksgiving plans at the theater sound wonderful, wish I could come with all my folks. "A Christmas Peril" sounds like a fun read for the holidays. Thanks for the chance to win. I'll buy a copy then I'm sure to win. LOL My address:gheruska44(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  46. This books sounds really good. Thank you for the giveaway.!
    patti (dot) s at comcast (dot) com
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  47. This book sound great - especially the sweet potatoes LOL. Thanks for the chance to win and read. bobntoni@aol.com

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  48. Sounds great. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance to win. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  49. I'm hungry now and looking forward to reading this. eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  50. 'Tis indeed the season and I love it.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  51. Thank you for the giveaway! Have a Merry Christmas. hcalhoun78@yahoo.com

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  52. Tis a jolly thing to win such great books. Thanks for this opportunity. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  53. Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for this awesome giveaway, and chance to win! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  54. I appreciate the giveaway. Since I have no family close I have long holiday weekends where I read, have coffee, read. I have been collecting Christmas cozies to read. I love the cover of this one. Georgia
    queenvictoria50 (@) aol (dot) com

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  55. I love Christmas themed mysteries. Thanks for a chance to win. Happy Thanksgiving!!
    babemomara@att.net

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  56. I would be thrilled to win. Thank you for hosting the giveaway. Happy Thanksgiving! kim7corn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  57. Potluck for Thanksgiving sounds great - if you skip the tofu!!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  58. WOW! Just reading about your potluck was making me hungry! I really hope I get a chance to read this! mlcreamer@hotmail.com

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  59. Thanks for the giveaway! Your book sounds like a perfect cozy read. I need to request it from my library.

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  60. Christmas books are my favorite...terrysaunders29@hotmail.com

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  61. Sounds great, love the cover.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  62. Thanks for the opportunity! bobwiesmann (at) gmail (dot) com

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  63. Hubby and I love A Christmas Carol. :)

    Thanks for your generosity and the chance to win a copy of A Christmas Carol.
    Kay at 2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  64. This book sounds like it is right up my alley. I had a community theater-semi equity for years and I really get if the dress rehearsal doesn't go well before the holiday..then we have to have another dress rehearsal! I love that the Thanksgivinv feast is at the theater! Merry Northstarvance(at)Gmail(dot) com

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  65. Thank you for the chance! anajs95 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  66. Sounds like a wonderful feast to me!
    clarksrfun at gmail com

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  67. I remember working all the holidays, in theatre, law enforcement, and mental health. I still work, but my new title allows me the main holidays off. So I'll spend Thanksgiving with my parents this year-but back to work on Black Friday!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  68. Thanks for the chance to win! kckendler at gmail dot com

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  69. A Christmas Peril sounds fun! Thanks so much for this chance...Happy Thanksgiving! nani_geplcs@yahoo.com

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  70. I loved your last book and I am thankful for a chance to read this one. Happy Thanksgiving.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  71. Can't wait to read your new series. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  72. I thought I entered this. Sounds like a wonderful book to read. Thank you,
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  73. Sounds like an amazing read...thanks for this great chance...Happy Thanksgiving everyone...

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  74. Great title and cover! This is the kind of book I like to read.
    LibraryLady80(at)gmail(dot)com

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  75. I love the clock shop series, so I know this will be great! Looking forward to reading this as it sounds like fun and intrigue. jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  76. Happy Thanksgiving, Sounds great! musiqmom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  77. So exciting!!! Happy Thanksgiving..and thank-you! nani_geplcs@yahoo.com

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  78. Looking forward to reading "A Christmas Peril".

    flash29@sympatico.ca

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