Thursday, September 27, 2018

The most curious advice -- welcome our guest, @SuzanneMTrauth #bookgiveaway


The most curious advice...  

By Dodie O’Dell, from Just in Time, 4th in the Dodie O’Dell Mysteries by Suzanne Trauth (out September 25, from Kensington Books/Lyrical Press)

Leave a comment below for a chance to win a signed paperback of JUST IN TIME!

Yikes! Some days my life is really hectic. As manager of the Windjammer restaurant in Etonville, New Jersey I have my share of mayhem, soothing chef/owner Henry’s constantly ruffled feathers and riding herd on my staff. Not to mention promoting theme food nights with the Etonville Little Theatre tied to each of their productions.

But it’s summer and things in Etonville are a little more frenzied than usual. There’s new sous chef Wilson, the happy-go-lucky addition to the Windjammer staff who sings and dances around the kitchen, the  theater’s outdoor co-production of Bye, Bye, Birdie with neighboring Creston Players, and my theme food contest bringing out the competitive streak in our little town. Hard to keep up with everything these days…

Tonight I left the restaurant in the assistant manager’s hands and popped next door to see a dress rehearsal of Bye, Bye, Birdie before it moved to the town park. I ran into the accompanist, seventy-something Ruby, who was sneaking out of the theater for a smoke and a nip from her flask between acts. She is a crusty old gal, full of wisecracks. After she asked me if I was married and I told her “No,” she said, “Good. Stay single. You can’t trust anyone. You think you know somebody but then they do something and you realize you didn’t know them at all.”

Wow. Was there someone in my life I thought I knew but didn’t? Somebody who did something that changed how I thought about them? Hmmm…

Readers, what about you? Has someone surprised you in a way that changed what you thought -- for the better? Or given you curious advice, like Ruby's words to Dodie? Leave a comment for a chance to win a paperback copy of JUST IN TIME. (US addresses only; winner will be chosen Sunday, September 30.)

About JUST IN TIME, 4th in the Dodie O'Dell Mysteries: Business is humming at Dodie O'Dell's Windjammer Restaurant, where she offers theme menus connected to the Etonville Little Theatre’s amateur productions. This June, the theatre is collaborating with the neighboring Creston Players to stage Bye Bye Birdie under the stars—their first musical! There's a contest in the play to pick a fan to receive rock idol Conrad Birdie's last kiss before he ships off for the Army, so Dodie plans a contest to pick the food for a pre-show picnic.

But before the show opens, Ruby, the rehearsal accompanist, is found dead in her car. Why would anyone murder the crusty old gal who loved to sneak a smoke and a nip between wisecracks? Once again, the resourceful restaurant manager must play the part of amateur sleuth, accompanied by Police Chief Bill Thompson, who also happens to be her beau. Confronted with a chorus of suspects, she'll need to stay composed to catch the killer—or it'll be bye bye Dodie…

Suzanne Trauth’s novels include Show Time, Time Out, Running Out of Time, and Just in Time. Her plays include La Fonda, Fran├žoise, Midwives, Rehearsing Desire, iDream, Katrina: the K Word, and Three Sisters Under the Hood. Her screenplays Solitaire and Boomer Broads have won awards at the Austin Film Festival, among other contests, and she wrote and directed the short film Jigsaw. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. Visit Suzanne at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

54 comments:

  1. I wish someone had given me advice on several things in my life, but that did not happen!
    This series sounds like I will enjoy reading it. Thank you for the chance to win this book.
    debprice60@gmail.com

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    1. You are welcome! Glad to have you reading!
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  2. My maternal grandmother was full of good advice. The one I hated the most was " you need a vocation, not an avocation". I took 4 periods a day of music in high school. I play 4 instruments (not these days though). She felt that there was no future as a musician. I ended up working a full time job and doing an evening gig 2 or 3 nights a week at a club in Greenwich Village in NYC.

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    1. The Greenwich Village gig must have been interesting...
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  3. When I was dating my husband, I heard that his dad's advice was always to marry your best friend--so I did, I married his son, my hubby now for almost 40 years. Best advice ever! I've been wanting to start this series, it sounds amazing! barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Wow! Great story! That was good advice...thanks for reading.
      Suzanne

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  4. I was given advice from my parents which I have followed to this day and have been grateful for. My sister ignored their advice did her own thing and had a miserable life. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  5. When you have common sense and judgement your life can be easier and successful. I learned this from a ver important person. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Hmm, I can't think of any curious advice I've been given. But I was once told to do what you love, which I think is good advice for anyone. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. Yes! That's what I am doing now with my Dodie O'Dell mystery series.
      Thanks, Suzanne

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  7. My Dad gave some weird advice like "Don't take any wooden nickels" but he did give one I'm trying to live by to live life day by day as you never know when your number is up and spend your money, you can't take it with you. We are retired now so we are trying to take some of my Dad's advice and I hope he is looking down on me with approval. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Great advice! Hope you are enjoying your retirement.

      Suzanne

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  8. Yes, I've had someone that I thought I knew inside and out, considered to my sister by choice, that I found out that I didn't know at all. This was someone that we shared everything with each other, the person that I went over and cooked a meal for because I knew she had company coming and a big event at work at the same time, and someone I looked to when flustered about something or something worried me. However, when our 17 year old daughter, our only child, was killed in a car accident, she just disappeared. Didn't see or hear from her for months only to be told later that she didn't know how to handle it. Well, hell's bells neither did I! Although we communicated later on, things were never the same. We both moved on. From this, I give advice that to be there for someone. Take their lead. Let them vent, cry. laugh - just be there for them.

    On the other hand, someone long ago who I thought wasn't headed anywhere finally listened to some wise advice from a teacher and became not only a well respected contributor to our community but also mentored kids with similar outlooks showing them that you can make a choice for the good. Very proud of this young man!

    Best advice I got was "Go with flow, but don't be afraid to swim upstream". I took it to mean don't let the little things bother you, but be adventurous, creative and not scared to stand out in a crowd. I still try to live this way.

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of "JUST IN TIME". Can't wait for the opportunity to read it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Thank you for your honest and insightful comment. You have offered such good advice! Wishing you all the best,
      Suzanne

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  9. My mom gave great advice. Since I haven't e a chronic illness (MS) I get lots of unsolicited advice from people!

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  10. Forgot legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  11. A co worker told me to look at both sides of the issue. It doesn't mean that I have to change my opinion on the subject, but to try and see the issue from the other side of the fence. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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    1. Generally good advice in life I think...
      Best,
      Suzanne

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  12. My friend who i go out with every wed she picks me up and we go out to dinner is always saying things like Don't put off tomorrow if you can do it today" or If you stand in one place too long grass will grow she has all of these that she says all the time. I call her and I will mention something and she will say well if the pain is bad put it off till tomorrow as the work will be done or if i have done a lot she says If you don;t do it no one will . She is 16 yrs older than me and I thought i knew all those sayings from my grandma who lived til 100 but my friend says a lot more. peggy clayton ptclayton2 at aol dot com

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    1. Your friend sounds like my character Aunt Maureen in Just in Time!
      Thanks,
      Suzanne

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  13. A coworker always kept to himself, never interacting with the rest of the staff. When we were allowed to donate vacation time to another coworker who needed it for a medical emergency in her family, he generously donated ten days.
    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. Selfless acts like that are always amazing...and sometimes surprising.
      Suzanne

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  14. Best advice I ever got came on the golf course when I was a teenager, but it applies to pretty much everything: Keep your eye on the ball, and follow through!

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    1. Yes!! Always good advice...thanks.
      Suzanne

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  15. Not that I can remember at this moment.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  16. I received plenty of advice from my parents, but I can't recall any curious advice that I was given. I really enjoyed the description of the book and I'm looking forward to reading the book
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Nothing that I can recall right now. This sounds like an interesting book. I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  18. Not that I can recall. Your book looks really good. Thanks for the chance to win!

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  19. My mom gives great advice. I wouldn't consider it curious tho. She's the one I go to when I need to talk out plans, thoughts, etc. I do wish that I started listening to her advice at an earlier age.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. I have never been given any curious advice.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  21. Does song advice count? Thanks to Kenny Rogers I know never to count my money when I'm sitting at the table :-D

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  22. A dear friend of mine once cautioned me to be careful about using the word "but", because, as he said, it negates everything that you said before it. Thanks for the chance to win! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Makes me think about every time I use "but" when writing...!

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  23. I received plenty of advice from my parents, but I can't recall any curious advice being given. This book sounds interesting and I'm looking forward to reading it.
    ematov (at) comcast (dor) net

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  24. Never received any particular advice. Thanks for the giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. I thought I was following good advice but that's all water under the bridge, you might say. Things change and not always for the better.

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  26. Forgot again. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  27. I grew up with my mother's old world advice (still getting it, but now I listen, lol). So I am an old hat at hearing odd advice. I have received advice from several odd places too. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. Amazing how much smarter our parents become as we grow older...

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  28. My parents raised me and my siblings in an old English manner. I was taught to respect my elders and to wait until spoken to. I've applied both to my life and I can't complain on how my life has turned out. Thank you for sharing Just In Time on your blog. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. My grumpy gramps always gave the best advice. Thanks for the blog

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  30. Congratulations to our winner, Deb Price! And thanks to all for joining in the fun.

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