Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Buzz on a Book Deal...with a giveaway!!


Character: Hank McCall
Series: Vintage Toyshop
Author: Barbara Early 


Hank McCall here…

Well, with all the women-folk at the toy shop buzzing around like bees, someone had to man the blog. And although I’m a man of few words, except for the occasional bad pun, I’ve stepped up to the occasion.

Why is everybody so bee-sy, you ask?

Well, it has to do with the books. See, some local author type wrote a honey of a book about our little shop—well, actually about a murder that occurred in our shop. And then she wrote two more! So the town is a-buzz with commotion and people are stopping in to ask questions. Which hasn’t hurt business at all, but still…

Normally it’s one or two people stopping in, but I guess there’s a limited-time $1.99 special on for the first book, Death of a Toy Soldier, for those fancy new ebook thingies. And everybody wants a gander of the toy soldier that inspired the title.



And the paperback of the second book, Murder on the Toy Town Express, in which the author detailed the occurrences at last year’s train and toy show, comes out really soon and is available for preorder

(It's already available as an ebook and there's currently a good price on the hardcover, if you don't want to wait!)



To top it all off, the brand new THIRD book in the series, Death of a Russian Doll, releases in early October, and folks are rushing to order their copies. 

(Bee-utiful cover, by the way!)

Not wanting to lose out on a bump in business, we’ve cajoled the author to let us do a little giveaway of our own. Assuming you’ve taken the opportunity to get the first book on sale, we’re giving away one of the spanking new paperback copies of Murder on the Toy Town Express to someone who comments below, telling us something about one of your favorite childhood toys! Please leave a valid email address in a spam-safe format, (ie., Name at provider dot com), so we can contact you if you win!

I was hoping we could get the author to respond to comments, but I guess she picked today of all days to move, and she didn’t think she could get here. (Slacker!!) But she said she’d stop back and pick a winner by noon on Saturday, September 1st.

28 comments:

  1. I played a lot with my dolls and stuffed animals. I could play house or school with them. As an only child I had to use my imagination and create my own fun. Dbahn at iw dot net

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  2. I had a doll named Emily (sometimes I called her Sophie) and I loved her so much. She had a little pink dress and she made a crying noise when you turned her over. I took the care of her very seriously. :)
    Wendy
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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  3. My aunt gave me a toy monkey when I was born. His name was Zip. He went everywhere with me and was my confidant. He looks his age, nowadays, which is almost 59!
    I really love the covers of the three books!
    debprice60@gmail.com

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  4. I love nesting dolls. They are so much fun still today.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  5. I used to have an Etch a Sketch. My pictures usually didn't turn out very well, but it was fun to use! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  6. One of my favorite childhood toys was a Emmett Kelly clown doll. I played with it a LOT and it was always front and center on my bed with my other stuffed toys.

    However, as I became a young teenager and thinking I had outgrown toys, I lost my sweet Emmett to an unscrupulous art teacher in junior high school. Having no artistic ability and not realizing the value of my Emmett, he was traded for an A in art class. Later as an adult and while reaching through antique stores with hubby, my desire to find an Emmett doll like mine took hold. I was able to find one similar to mine, but have never been able to find one just like mine. I had my folks old movie camera films to look at for fine details since he was always around.

    The one good thing that came out of my search for the Emmett dolls was that I actually got to meet Emmett Kelly Jr (also a clown) and through the years with what became as a celebrity/fan because two very good friends. At Emmett's coaxing, Hubby and I even did clowning and traveled several places to clown with Emmett at some of his appearances. Guess it was all for a reason and although I don't have my original doll, I do have tons of wonderful memories of our adventures to find another one.

    Thank you for the wonderful chance to win a copy of "Murder on the Toy Town Express". Love your books!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  7. One of my favorite toys was a long haired blond doll. My grandmother sewed a whole wardrobe for her. I loved it. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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  8. My ultimate favorite toy was a 1950's toy which I loved and enjoyed greatly. A tea set which was from Woolworth's. As I grew up in the 1950's I appreciated the uniqueness and variety of toys which were available from this special store. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Playing with my cut out dolls for hours was always a joy for me. Simple, portable and wonderful. Many pretty paper outfits which could be fitted on the different dolls. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. I loved all the standard toys but the Etch-a-Sketch was fascinating. Not so much that I loved it but that I could hard draw anything recognizable on it (foretelling of my non-crafty talents as an adult I guess) so I tried and tried and tried. Love the puns and love the covers. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I had this stuffed horse I called Brownie (bet you can guess what color he was). I rode him; I “groomed” him with my own comb; I hauled him around everywhere with me. I also learned that a string mane does not grow back when trimmed. :). Rbehling1916 at yahoo dot com

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  12. Someone else mentioned the Etch-a-Sketch and I have to second that. We played with ours until it finally gave out. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. My little black singer sewing machine I still have it. It still sews.From the sixties.

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  14. I used to play with Barbie dolls. In fact I had an original Barbie doll but we moved a lot and it got lost somewhere along the way unfortunately. Thanks for the chance to win
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    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  15. I spent a lot of time out of doors. Nature was my favorite toy.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  16. I still have my Cabbage Patch Kid. He's not in the best shape, but I can't part with him. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I loved "Death of a Toy Soldier". It's fun reading about all the toys from years ago. I really liked playing with my dollhouse and rearranging the rooms.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. I loved playing with paper dolls. Loved to change their outfits and imagined them traveling all over the world. Thanks for a chance to win your getaway.
    babemomara(at)att(dot)net

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  19. Sorry not getaway, giveaway. Had travel on my mind LOL

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  20. My grandmother had a set of nesting dolls that I loved to play with when we visited. My favorite toy was probably my Barbie, Midge, and Skipper dolls. I made up lots adventures for them, letting my imagination go wild. My other favorite things were books and the adventures they took me on. Thanks so much for the chance. I just one-clicked the first book. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  21. I had a train set as a child. A very cool gift for a little girl.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  22. My favorite toy was a stuffed snoopy like dog that had music box in its tummy and was dressed in pjs. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. My favorite toys were barbies. Loved bringing them over to friends houses to play with, esp those friends who had the huge barbie house! anajs95 at gmail dot com

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  24. My favorite toys when I was a child were two dolls. One was a Tiny Tears doll that had a little polka dot dress. The other was a simply baby doll that I named Mary. She was a Christmas gift from my maternal grandmother, who I never met since she died prior to my birth. I lost track of my Tiny Tears doll but still have Mary. Her head area where it joined her body has cracked and yest I did try to put some makeup (marker) on her, but she is still my favorite. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. My favorite toy was our Monopoly Game. Something we could all play with at the same time. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. As a child (and this show my age), I loved to play with paper dolls! I could always crawl under the dining table and play without my five brothers hassling me! It doesn’t rain much in California, but when it did, my daddy took me to the store (on weekends) and treated me to a set. Other than that, I loved to ride bikes, skate, play jacks, and play tether ball. I also had a favorite doll that my older
    brothers would break. After tears were dried up and the boys were reprimanded, “Susie” would disappear! Twice she came back at Christmas with a note from Santa to say she was all healed and he’d picked her up from the doll hospital!

    Thanks for the chance! My email is LaFonRC(AT)aol(COM)

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  27. I used to love Barbies and baby dolls. I still have part of my Barbies and a baby doll my grandmother bought me. Things from my child hood are very special to me. Scoobyspenny@gmail.com

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  28. I had no toys as i was in a foster home so we did chores even at a very young age. Although I do have to say i was with my grandma at her job visiting her for the day and she had to work well the people she worked with took me with them and they bought me a barbie. I was so happy I cried for a long time my grandmother was so happy we talked about the barbie all the way back to the foster home. Peggy clayton ptclayton2@aol.com

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