Saturday, July 21, 2018

First Summer Married; First Summer Mom #bookgiveaway


By: Jaymie Leighton
From: No Grater Danger
Series: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries #7
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Publisher: Beyond the Page
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries

Summertime... isn't it supposed to be relaxing, what with the kids out of school, and all? Instead, I feel like I'm going six ways and getting nothing done! Maybe it's just culture shock because I've never had a child before. Jakob seems to be taking it all in stride and just says "we'll get there!" whenever I panic.

Here is what we have to fit in this summer: work (of course), trip to Delaware to meet with the geneticist that Jocie (my little person step-daughter) has been seeing every year her whole life, a trip to Boca Raton to spend some time with my folks, and... then it's back to Queensville and back-to-school time and a round of medical, dental and eye appointments, school shopping, clothes shopping, getting the clothes altered (Jocie usually needs pants and skirts shortened), etcetera.

Jakob swears we'll get it all done and not to freak out. He says I'm only so stressed because it's my first summer being a mom, and that I need to just chill and we will get to every item on the list. Okay, I buy that, but how do we get so much done and still find time for fun?

Usually, in summer, I find time to go camping with some university friends in Canada for at least a week or two, and visit my grandmother in London, Ontario for a week. I work, of course, but also spend time in the garden, and read - lots and lots of books! - and hang out at the cottage with my parents for a week or so, too.

I'm not complaining. I love my new life as Jakob's wife and Jocie's mom! (Do you think she'll ever call me Mom?) But it's a change, and change is hard.

How do you handle change in your life? Do you find change stressful, or fun?

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Cozy Up To Summer Giveaway!




Hello, dear readers! I'm so happy to see you all here, at Killer Characters' annual Cozy Up To Summer! month of giveaways.

I will be giving away one signed copy of No Grater Danger, as well as a bookmark and Vintage Kitchen Mysteries recipe card!

Open to Canadian and US readers! Comment here with your email address (yourname (at) yourserver (dot) com) and a first name by Midnight, July 22nd. If you comment after midnight, July 21st your comment will NOT show up right away, but will go into moderation; I'll approve them all before choosing a winner!

Good seeing you all, and stay tuned for MORE Vintage Kitchen Mysteries coming this year, AND Merry Muffin Mysteries, coming in 2019!







 A Christmas Vintage Kitchen Mysteries, coming Fall of 2018!











A NEW Merry Muffin Mysteries coming Spring 2019!

76 comments:

  1. I only like change if it's good and not stressful.
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  2. Change is inevitable in everyone's life. I don't always like change and it is some times very stressful but you have to deal with it. I guess I deal with it by just taking it one step at a time. dbahn(at)iw.net

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  3. I don't like change and don't do well with it, although I will say I have gotten better with it the past few years.
    Wendy
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  4. Change can be hard and stressful but at times is needed.
    Susan
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  5. Change is inevitable. Best have fun with it. Makes it better. I just moved after living inthe same place for 40 years.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  6. Unfortunately, change just comes with life. You just need to find the fun in it!
    Deb
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  7. Lately change comes with stress..now when I was a child I really enjoyed it. Thank you so much for the contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  8. Change for most of us is stressful whether good or bad. I try and take one day at a time. It is not always easy but for me that how I deal with it.

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  9. Change happens. We may think we’ll never get used to it, but ultimately we adapt and conform. That’s the only way to survive.
    Jodi
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  10. I feel like everyday something else is changing...so I lean into it and breathe. And wine helps! 🍷

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  11. Change happens not always the way we dreamt of it but it works out anyway. jane werthmann jcook22@yahoo.com

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  12. Change is a little hard for me. However change is always going to happen. kristlewis dot lrc at gmail dot com

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  13. Change is sometimes hard for me. Fear of the unknown I guess.
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  14. Change is never fun or easy, but as a military spouse, you get used to it! We’ve had so many changes - one of the hardest being last deployment when, after we said all our goodbyes, they ended up with some equipment issues and sent everyone home only to come back the next morning super early. I couldn’t even take him back to the airport because the roads were icy and I would have had my then 2 year old with me. We don’t get enough snow/ice in TN to get good atdriving in it, so he had to catch another ride back that morning. Many, many other hardships over the years, but that last minute change comes to mind. I’d also like to see I love both your Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mysteries! Keep those fun stories coming please! Michelle.l.mabry (at) gmail.com

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  15. Things change every day and you just have to go with it.

    Janet
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  16. I find change is stressful most of the time. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com Carolyn

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  17. I have gone thru alot of change over the last 20 months, I lost my husband of 20 years to Kidney Cancer after a 2-1/2 year fight. I then put our house up for sale because it would be to hard to live there without him & I also lived in Indiana in a small town & I don't drive & I had to depend on people too much to take me anywhere I had to go. I was lucky enough to get things ready by packing things up & getting rid of things & I sold it in 3 months time. I am now living back in my hometown of Chicago & I only live 1-1/2 miles away from my Son & 2 Grandson's. I love living back here & I can get around by buses, trains & the subway system. Thanks for the chance at your great book. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  18. That's a lot of change all at once. I find it easier in small doses! Thanks!
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  19. It all depends on WHO is making the changes. lol minibuttercookie(at)yahoo(dot)com ~ Rhonda Sowers

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  20. I have had to deal with many changes, life threatening illnesses, chronic problems and many others and realize that adjusting and adapting to them is the only way to manage and thrive. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. There is good stress and bad stress. I don't mind the good kind that comes with happy changes.

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  22. Change is a part of life. Good or bad, there are stresses to it. I do think your attitude about it can either add to the stress or alleviate it. If you accept it and choose to find the positives in it, the stress will still be there, of course, but it will feel lighter and you will adapt to it faster. It is when we choose to fight it that change becomes its most difficult. cristinaalaska(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you!

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  23. Stress is always a large component in our lives with which we have to face and triumph over. Life has trials and tribulations which makes us stronger. Accepting these changes is necessary. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  24. I don't deal with change very well unless it's a good change. I have my husband and family to help me pull through so I manage. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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  25. Change is stressful. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. I actually like change. It shakes things up a bit and keeps things from getting stale. Kkcochran (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  27. I don't handle change well at all. The other day the hardware store had moved the furnace filters from where they always have been and I got upset. LOL!
    ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com Riley

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  28. Change is very hard to deal with at times, but it is part of life. Without change how would we grow.
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  29. No one likes change at first, but sometimes it is necessary. I've developed a go with the flow attitude to deal with any resulting stress.
    Mary
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  30. The older I get the more challenging change can be. Janngrogan@yahoo.com

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  31. I’m OK with planned changes
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  32. I enjoy change except in my personal life, which is good.
    browninggloria(at) hotmail (dot) com

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  33. We have to embrace change everyday in our lives to move forward. Sometimes its for the good sometimes it just takes getting use to it. jo.ann.y@shaw.ca

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  34. Looking forward to this and the new books coming up! I never thought change was that much fun, but have learned for sure since retiring that things continue to change and you just need to go with the flow.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. Change is a part of life and the better your attitude towards it, the easier it is to handle! Blessedfllady62@yahoo.com

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  36. I used to not take change very well but change is inevitable so you have to learn to breathe through it and adapt and not let it get to you. Meditate and know that you can get through it if it's a bad change and if it's a good change, then it was all meant to be.
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  38. Sometimes change can be good even tho it is stressful. You just have to power thru that stress.
    Jana - turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. I treat change as a challenge remembering
    to stay positive even if stressed a bit.
    Carol Smith
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  40. I feel kind of ambivalent about change. It is definitely challenging, and can be fun too. I keep reminding myself to breathe and also I remind myself that I would eventually get bored if things always stayed the same. Have a fun summer! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. I don't really like change, but I know that it is essential to life sometimes. mcastor07 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  42. I moved from western Nebraska to eastern Nebraska sometimes change is good. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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  43. Good changes can brighten and add a sense of fun to your life! rebarger(at)bellsouth(dot)com.

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  44. I find change to be very stressful. But it happens whether I want it to or not so I've learned to go with the flow. mom2six (at) gmail (dot) com.
    Elisa

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  45. Change is stressful - but often worth it in the end. Thanks for a chance to win. I love this series!! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  46. We moved a lot when I was growing up (military) that it took me a while to settle on a home place. We found it in north Florida and it's really home now. I'd love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway! karen.busen@gmail.com

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  47. Sounds like life before child was pretty sweet! Me, I do not like change...

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  48. Not very good with change. gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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  49. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway! Book looks really good. Would love to read it.

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  50. Change keeps me on my toes.
    The book sounds really good

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  51. I think most major changes come with some stress. I try to take it as it comes, I believe that everything will turn out the way it was meant to be.
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  52. Change--ugh. But I adapt begrudgingly. Thank you for the book giveaway. kim7corn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. I have to accept change because I had open heart surgery when I was a baby and most people cannot accept that I can do what they can do, perhaps even better at times. If you want things to get better, then you have to change.

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  54. Early like this series bedbug to live in that little town seems like some really fun people to know.
    Lori
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  55. Change is inevitable, but I like routine a lot. I've always been a planner, but I'm always flexible. Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

    Thanks, Kara

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  56. Some changes are fun, others stressful.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  57. I embrace change. It is what makes life interesting! deniseaustin59(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  58. That book sounds so interesting I really want to read grater danger! Change is hard for me. The recipe would be awesome. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  59. Change is tough but usually for the best. JLynn. Anajs95 at gmail dot com

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  60. Change can add some spice to life, but not if there's too much at once.


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  61. Change is great for babies with soiled didies - but I find it stressful and messy. Haven't learned yet to be flexible. Thank you for the chance to win! Jeanie
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  62. Today is my birthday. Some things never change mapyourmystery at gmail dot com Christine

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  63. Change can really be stressful. I have to remind myself that I will get through this along with taking some deep breaths. Thanks for the chance. ematov(at)comcast(dot)net

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  64. This summer especially seems extra busy and full of changes. I'm newly married, due with baby #3 in August, and we just closed on our first home. brookeb811 at gmail.com

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  65. I do not deal well with change!!
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  66. I don't handle any change well at all. I don't even re-arrange my furniture.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  67. Change is always good so that we don't stagnate. DOWARD
    doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  68. As they say variety is the spice of life. I live with a son who is Autistic so change can be disruptive. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  69. Change is part of life. You cannot move forward in life without there being some change. You are a new-to-me author and am very excited to start adding your books to my TBR list!
    Cheryl
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  70. I love change. It gives you a chance to experience something new, and new is good.
    Robin robsnest60 {at} yahoo {dot} com

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  71. Change is always going to happen. A few minutes of me time before bed helps. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  72. All if us will face change if we live long enough. Along with the stress there can be the satisfaction of knowing that we made it through and often the realization that life is actually better!
    Thanks for your giveaway!
    Blessings to you!
    Connie
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  73. Better get used to change at an early age because everything is one big change!!!!

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  74. Get used to change at an early age because it never goes away!!
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  75. Thanks, everyone, for entering. I think Jaymie appreciates the advice... LOL!! I have emailed the winner.

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