Tuesday, February 12, 2019

You Might Say I'm Living-Impaired

by Maxine "Max" Englebright from Designs on Murder - Gayle Leeson

You know that old adage, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"? Well, there's a flip side to that coin, darlings, and guess what? Falling down the stairs and breaking my neck sure didn't make me stronger.

Adding insult to injury, you should've seen that monstrosity of a dress Mother buried me in. On second thought, no, you shouldn't have. No one should have. The words, "I wouldn't want to be caught dead in that outfit" had never been truer.

But, as with life, death is what you make of it. And my death is looking up these days. Imagine my surprise when Amanda came right into Shops on Main and started talking with me as if she didn't have a clue I'm a ghost. Of course, she didn't...but even after she found out, she wasn't put off by me. I'm delighted she and her grandfather--a silver fox named Dave--aren't prejudiced. After all, I can't help my condition.

As you might in a similar situation, Amanda had a lot of questions for me...some of which I could answer and some I could not. Then she decided to help me. For instance, I told her I love to read but that I hadn't been able to finish a book in decades. Do you know how hard it is to read everything over someone else's shoulder? Especially when that someone doesn't know you exist?

Anyway, Amanda showed me how to work an electronic library device. You choose a book, the book pops up on the screen, and you swipe the pages back and forth to read them. And I can do it on my own! Isn't that marvelous? I'm now most likely the best read ghost in Abingdon.

How about you--how has technology improved your life?




Giveaway: Comment below (don't forget to include your email address!) to be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card on Valentine's Day! Winner will be chosen at or around 5 p.m. I'm not going to tell you what to do with the gift card if you win, but I'd get a new book or two for my electronic library device! 


60 comments:

  1. Your book sounds wonderful. Maybe that could be the book or two.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  2. Sounds like a really fun read. Jl_minter@hotmail.com

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  3. Love being able to pop my kindle in my purse and take it everywhere with me! Your books would be a great distraction from my husband's driving! mrskoller@yahoo.com

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  4. I read paper books when I am home, but being able to read on the kindle app where ever I am is fantastic. dterrill@kent.edu

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  5. Sounds like a fun book! I'll put it on my list. Thanks for the contest!
    mlduffer(at)att(dot)net

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  6. This sounds like a great book. I'm looking forward to reading it.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  7. Lots of changes in my life with technology. I am retired now but was a Radiologic Technologist (official name for the x-ray tech). We used to have to manually set the techniques but now we have pre set techniques which you can choose the body part and it will be appropriate for that part and patient. Also no longer have to develop films with stinky messy chemicals....its all digital! dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  8. Love your books. Can't wait to read this one! sapphyrias dot books at gmail dot com.

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  9. Lived long enough to see a lot of changes and let's just say I don't do change well at all. I'm one of few remaining dinosaurs that has a flip phone. I do love the computer though and have been able to keep up with it relatively well - maybe - as long as it's all working properly. Then it's me yelling - DALE (my husband). Do love the way it's improved being able to stay in contact with loved ones more often. Although I still like to receive and get letters, it's nice on the important times not to have to wait a week for the mail to arrive to find things out.

    Since I love to be in the kitchen, love all the technology advancements in kitchen items that make both fixing food and cleaning up from has afforded me. I can bake more because of the use of things like wonderful mixers that not only beat but do things like knead dough, ovens with convection so that there is no need to turn items in the oven and brown bread so wonderfully, microwaves (I remember my first that was almost the size of a bus compared to those of today) which can do things almost instantly leaving you time to do other things (like read) and let us not forget the much loved dishwasher and it's saving us time, no dishes standing n the drain board and the old dreaded dishwasher rough hands (yes, I've lived many years where I was both the dishwasher and the dish dryer).

    Max from "from Designs on Murder" sounds like a hoot. She could come live in my house any time. :) I would love the opportunity to read all about her adventures. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  10. I like the term Living Impaired
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  11. Technology has made life easier and I appreciate being in contact with people with my computer although I loved writing letters. I still use a flip phone and feel it is adequate for my purpose. I am a technophobe but realize the advancements in our life that have been made which most cannot live without. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I recently discovered google translate. OMG! It's phenomenal. Translates whole paragraphs in seconds. If only I had access to it when I was in school!
    acm05atjuno.com

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  13. I love print books, enjoy old school devices but know the value of technology and how it has helped in many ways. I depend on the computer daily which I value for its immediate response and answers to queries I may have. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  14. This sounds like a great book. I'm really looking forward to reading it.That gc will help make it happen sooner. Thanks for the chance! deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  15. Love being able to read on so many of my devices. I always have a book with me now. It's now also easier to keep up with my family since we are in so many different states. jawdance@yahoo.com

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  16. Sounds like a great book.
    kkat(dot)edwards(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I love my DVR. When I was a kid, if you weren't home to watch a show or got outvoted on which show to watch, you were out of luck unless they showed the rerun over the summer. Now there are so many ways to keep up with your favorite shows. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  18. I love my iPad and especially my Kindle app -- I'm carrying a library with me wherever I go. I also love watching movies on it. I'm so glad that Amanda found a way for Max to read! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  19. Living in a household with techies galore, of course I must keep up with all of the devices or I'll be left in the dust. Between my laptop, Kindle and iPod, I have many to keep me occupied. However saying all that I still love a hardback or paperback book to read. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. I love Gayle Leeson!Compared to.My kids,I am a complete helpless amateur when it comes to computers!I will admit I am technologically -challenged but I know all my kindle and how to read and get books!Thanks for a chance to win a great giveaway!

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  21. I love Gayle Leeson!Compared to.My kids,I am a complete helpless amateur when it comes to computers!I will admit I am technologically -challenged but I know all my kindle and how to read and get books!Thanks for a chance to win a great giveaway!

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  22. I love being able to take my Kindle everywhere and have access to so many wonderful books at my fingertips.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  23. Compared to my kids I am a complete amateur when it comes to computers and my iphone.I will admit I am technologically -challenged ,but I know to get and read books on my kindle.I love Gayle Leeson!Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway!📚💓

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  24. I know enough tech stuff to stay out of trouble. I have my computer to read emails and play games on and I have my Kindle to read books on. I still use a flip phone because I only use it for phone calls and a few text messages. Thanks for the give away.

    rbauldree2001@yahoo.com

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  25. Sounds like a good book. Love my kindle, great being able to take it anywhere.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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  26. This sounds like good fun.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  27. DVR is definitely the best thing ever! I love being able to record something and then watch it whenever I have time. acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  28. My phone iPad dvr computer and wireless headphones are the best things ever they have changed my life for the better angelcake12@optonline.net

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  29. Technology has definitely changed my life. A smart phone is like having a computer with you whenever you need it. Loved the synopsis of "Designs on Murder", really looking forward to reading the book.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. Technology has allowed me to keep in touch easier with my friends and family.
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  31. That sounds like an interesting book, would love to read it. Technology has helped me in the usual ways. Pgtsmith@optonline.net

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  32. My ereader has made travel easier. I don't have to pack so many physical books. turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  33. Technology has made it easier for me to learn about new to me authors, and keep up with authors I already like. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. I take my E reader everywhere. This book sounds really interesting. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(com)

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  35. Thank you for the chance. :) minibuttercookie(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. Thanks so much for the chance to win! Wonderful giveaway!
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  37. Electronic library device! Love it! Technology has certainly made it easier to collect books and not use up more shelf space. Thanks for the chance to win. lauraalbert@hotmail.com

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  38. Technology has made it possible for me to be connected to old and new friends all over the globe.
    Farrell@crosslake.net

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  39. Technology allows me to Skype with overseas relatives.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  40. I would definitely get a book or two for my kondle
    jwhaley4@aol.com

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  41. Wow! Your book sounds like fun to read! I’d buy a book for sure. iPads make it easy to keep in touch, it’s my friend lol donakutska7@gmail.com

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  42. As silly as it sounds, my smartphone makes it easier for me to get subbing jobs in schools. It is almost impossible to get a job without one. Vickiela3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  43. I love all of your books! Cannot wait for the new release. I enjoy technology, but have to have a real book in my hands, Thanks for the chance to win. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  44. My favorite technology is my kindle. I am an avid reader and love getting new books that are just a click away. I can read in bed without leaving a light on. I can go on trips without taking a book bag. My house isn't filled overflowing with book shelves or I don't have to even visit the library. I can relate to the ghost in the post. This book sounds fascinating and humorous. The post written from the ghost point of view was genius. I definitly want to read this book now so I'll have to order it for March. oaktreehill@outlook.com

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  45. I strongly prefer paper copies because I read so much online. Nice break from it.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail (dot) com

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  46. I am thankful for my laptop! Wish I had it when I was in college!!! lindaherold999(at)gmail.com

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  47. You have a great outlook on death! And technology makes it easy for me to keep in touch with distant friends and family. Happy V Day! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  48. Technology has made my life even more interesting.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  49. I don't go anywhere without my Kindle. I enjoy having a book wherever I go. Yours sounds like one I would like to read.

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  50. I enjoy reading on my Kindle, but I still like to hold a book and dip thru the pages as well. Book sounds great.

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  51. This sounds like a fun book!
    Wendy
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  52. Thank you for this chance. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. I do love my technology especially my new Kindle Tablet! I have yet to read any of your books but as soon as I have funds (we are remodeling our home so no funds for buying anything other than to assistant) I will definitely start getting your books as I love Cozy Mystery!
    teddi1961(at)arcemont(dot)com

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  54. Technology is a blessing and a curse. Somethings go quicker and others never get done. Technology loves to play tricks and quit in the deepest part of a task.

    LaurasReadingBlog AT gmail DOT COM

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  55. Technology is good able to listen to audio in my tablet & take my nookbook everywhere I go & my library has something call Libby where I am able to get the ebooks on my tablet.
    Clemmie.Jackson@yahoo.com

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  56. Thanks and Happy Valentine's Day

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  57. Sounds like a great read. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  58. I love anything techie and it's just made life easier all around. I can't imagine not having my Kindle, iPhone or iPad or my trusty laptop. We love using a Pizza Hut app to order dinner (just one example lol) Tari H, barbie17(at)gmail(d0t)com

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  59. I can't wait to read this one, it sounds like one I'd really like! Love my kindle, makes books that I wouldn't have had access to easy to "one click" (probably way to much)!!

    marthalawson8 at gmail dot com

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  60. We have a winner!!! Congratulations to Dianne B. I hope you enjoy your gift card!

    Thank you all so very much for your comments about the new book! I really hope you'll love Max and Amanda as much as I've come to over the course of writing this book and thinking about the next in the series.

    As for how technology has helped me, I just ordered an Echo Show because my son is moving five hours away, and I have to see him every day! :D

    I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

    Hugs,
    Gayle

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