Sunday, July 21, 2019

Summer Muffin, Happened So Fast... #bookgiveaway


By: Merry Grace Wynter
From: Muffin But Trouble
Series: Merry Muffin Mysteries #6
Publisher: Beyond the Page
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries

So... it's been hot. Plenty hot here in western New York... so hot I can't even think sometimes.

It got me thinking about all the ways life changes in summer, the adjustments we make, especially in this northern climate, for the season. It starts with putting the snowblower and shovels away in May (or later) and bringing out the lawn mower, but for me the real sign of the seasons is changing wardrobes. Away go the boots, coats, hats, jeans, sweaters and scarves, and out come the shorts, tank tops, sandals, flip flops, bathing suits and sunhats. Sunblock replaces foundation, a spritz of body spray replaces the heavy perfumes.

Hey, it's all an opportunity to shop, right?

But living here and talking to my friends in the city I realize there is one change I don't do anymore. When I lived in NYC summer in my tiny apartment with no air conditioning meant no summer BAKING! It was too hot for most of the season, so... no muffins for summer.

In fact, that's the one thing I did before moving here three plus years ago; I baked batches of muffins, sweltering in the heat, and left them for all my friends and neighbors, keeping enough for myself for the trip.

But here... of course I've made a commitment to bake muffins for the coffee shops in Autumn Vale and Ridley Ridge, for Golden Acres, the retirement home my mother-in-law owns and runs, and various functions. So... I bake muffins all summer, and bars and cookies when I need to.

How about you... do you bake in summer? Peach cobbler? Strawberry pie? Or... is dessert fruit and ice cream?

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Book Giveaway!


Comment below and be entered to win a paperback copy of Muffin But Trouble and a VERY cool skull teaspoon!!


Simply follow these brief rules:
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2 - by Midnight July 22nd
3 - Open to US and Canadian readers.
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68 comments:

  1. Sounds like a wonderful story. I hope to read it.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  2. I try to only use my oven in the morning on these hot days. Even in the summer, the show (Baking) must go on! Thanks for the contest. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  3. I don't bake in the summer. I serve cool and refreshing mousse and fruit. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. During the heat wave which goes on for most of the summer I avoid baking. Instead I create desserts such as lemon tarts and treats with fresh fruit. Anne. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  5. We use our oven year round. I just crank up the living room A/C when it's on during a heat wave. My daughters' do the baking so I don't have to. I am am an unapologetic meat eater who makes ribs, roasts and veggies in the oven to the delight of my kids and grandkids. I own 3 of the books in the Muffin series and would be thrilled to add this one to my collection.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  6. Sounds good. Definitely want to read this
    jwhaley4(at)aol(dot)com

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  7. I do a lot of "icebox" cakes in the summer. :0 ~~ minibuttercookie(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  9. I do some baking in the summer, but not as much as I usually do. Can't wait to read your new book! Kelly ioncookbooks(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. I bake year 'round...but I prefer hot over cold and sometimes think my husband and son are trying to freeze me out with the a.c! ~Rachel~ rdonner(at)ymail(dot)com

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  11. Thanks for having this great giveaway . Love to make fruit tarts using summer fruits.
    xzjh04(at) gmail(dot) com

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  12. Since my husband recently had heart surgery, I've been making angel food cakes for him. I usually don't do a lot of baking during the summer as both of my volunteer baking groups are on break until September. Thank you for the chance to win!
    salvatoresmom71(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. I would love to read your book! Sounds fun! Thanks for the chance! Alma almaj80(at)suddenlink(dot)net

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  14. I can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win! Heidi prockish2013 @ gmail.com

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  15. Thanks for the chance to win. Doward doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. I dont use the oven in summer very often I don't like the heat. Thanks for the chance.Candykennedt45@gmail.com

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  17. I dont bake as often in the summer, but sometimes I just have to.

    kaye.killgore(at)comcast(dot)net

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  18. I do bake in summer, but usually at night. I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies last night and we ate every last one. ❤ Thank you for the chance!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  19. Looking forward to seeing what all th people in the are up to
    Lori
    Jrshooligans@gmail.com

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    1. I am going to try cook banana bread in the instant pot this week that will be my summer baking

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  20. Too hot this month to use the oven but I’m sure if I placed
    Something outside it would definitely bake cause the temp is almost 100 degrees. Love muffins and mysteries so really want this book. vernamgass@gmail.com

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  21. Because it's so hot where I live, I don't generally bake in the summer.
    kvmatlock (at) Gmail (dot) com.

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  22. I bake and also do no bake desserts as well. Thank you for this chance. Carolyn , 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. I don't usually do much baking in the summer, or actually use the oven much in the summer. Book sounds like a great addition to the series. Looking forward to reading.
    Dianne diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Even though we don't have the snowy winters here in the San Francisco Bay area, we've been having some heat. But yes, we do have air conditioning so I do bake all summer. I try to remind myself not to bake something that takes hours but desserts do just fine. Looking forward to reading the latest book. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Sally sallycootie@gmail.com

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  25. I baked cupcakes for my husbands birthday then I frosted them and lined them up to make a tractor. Cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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  26. I bake year round! Would love to win this book. Martha marthajane758@gmail.com

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  27. I love your Merry Muffin books.

    I don't do much baking anymore period. Hubby took over the cooking 3 years ago, but I still did the baking. Nowadays, if there is baking to be done, he usually does it -- mostly coffee cake, or banana nut bread. We just don't eat a lot of desserts or homemade baked goods anymore, but he does like the Nabisco Fig Newtons.

    I doubt any season would keep me from baking -- if never did before :)

    Donna
    donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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    1. PS -- that was 30 years ago, not just 3 :)

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  28. I went to your fb page first. This is a great giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity! Keeping My fingers crossed.

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  29. Taylor R. WilliamsJuly 21, 2019 at 2:49 PM

    I will bake any time of year, but don't have time - thanks for the contest, the book sounds great. trwilliams69(at)msn(dot)com

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  30. I'm not much of a baker. I love this series and can't wait to read this book!! mcastor07 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  31. I generally bake for holidays and special occasions.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  32. No baking in the summer. I love frozen strawberry lemonades to stay cool. Following your new FB page.
    Jana - turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  33. I bake very little in the summer. I do have some good Crock Pot cake recipes. Bev bev_keffer@hotmail.com

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  34. I usually make strawberry shortcake and blueberry muffins with fresh blueberries.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Maryann

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  35. I make strawberry rhubarb pie during the summer. tena1998@live.com

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  36. I’m not baking at present since I’m on a very strict diet. Very sad! But recipe looks good. Thanks for the chance to win!
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  37. I've been wanting to read the Merry Muffin Mysteries. My name is Jamie. My email address is: norbert8bubba@yahoo.com

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  38. I have recently started reading cozies and I am having so much fun. You are a new to me author and I would love to read one of your books. Oh yes, I so agree with the change of clothes. I love summer clothes, especially dresses. And baking? Well I tend to bake all year long. I think my husband is a cousin to Cookie Monster LOL I love baking for him. And I love baking for family and friends. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  39. I don't bake much in the summer. Too hot most of the time.
    bearsgal dot sweet 1964 at yahoo dot com

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  40. This sounds great! Legallyblonde1961 at yahoo dot com

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  41. I love cozy mysteries.
    Theresa N
    weceno at yahoo dot com

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  42. Sounds wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win. Already liked your author page, don't know how, lol. Kay B (Betty Tyler on facebook) kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  43. I would love to win and read/review this!! Cozies are my favorite! Jamie bentleyboy22(at)comcast(dot)net

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  44. The books sounds great, I love baking, I call it my happy place, when I should be cleaning or working on our business accounting books, I would rather be baking.

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  45. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Carin

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  46. I make Strawberry Bread using freshly picked strawberries in June and freeze for the coming year. So delicious
    LINDA. lindalou64@live.com

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  47. Thanks for the chance to win this! JL_minter(at)hotmail(dot)com Jaime

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  48. My summer eats are watermelon and iced cream! Linda lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. Thank you for the chance to read your newest Merry Muffin! Watermelon and other summer fruits are blessings right now! Jeanie jeaniedannheim(at)ymail(dot)com

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  50. Well I don't have watermelon ice cream. But I did buy a bottlemof watermelon wine after tasting ...lol. I haventmopenedmit yet...probably tomorrow with dinner...if it's not to hot to consider cooking...we don't have central air....so no one wants to turn mlm on anything in the kitchen.! We just retreat to our rooms which have window air conditioners that work very well...but must say...one melts if they set out to the hallway to use the facilities...the last three weeks, we were at our daughters in Florida...and it was actually cooler than Pennsylvania has been this weekend...and of course MIT helped having the gulf very close and a pool.... email is LafonRC(at) AOL (dot) com. Thanks for this chance. Truly enjoy your books!

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  51. I bake year-round but bake lighter tasting things in the summer. Sounds like a great story. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  52. I bake year around just Not on the hottest days. I can't wait to great your book. Thank you for the chance Donakutska7@gmail.com

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  53. I don't bake as much in the summer, unless I am making cobbler or bread with things from the garden. Julia
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. I don't bake much anymore, when I do it tends to be in the cooler months.

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  55. Sounds like a really good book Lamonicaks(at)gmail(dot)com

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  56. I always bake, no matter what the season. I also always enjoy your books, and I can’t wait to read this one!
    Michelle Gross
    meeshpsych@aol.com

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  57. Our kitchen is tiny and holds the heat so I bake in the cooler months mostly. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your
    giveaway. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  58. Sounds like a great book. Will have to read.
    Sheilarbales(at)Gmail(dot)com

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  59. Sounds like a good read. Love the cover!
    Kathleen
    kckendler at gmail dot com

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  60. Yes. I bake in the summer. First thing in the morning around 5 AM, before it starts warming up. We are fond of anything with peach, strawberry, & blueberry. Peach cobbler if enough last to make anything with. If just one or two, I slice, sugar, and in the afternoon spoon on ice cream. Strawberry? If they last, I make strawberry shortcake or toss into the blender with ice cream for a strawberry shake. Blueberry Slump is a fave here. Della at deepotter at centurylink dot net

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  61. I like to bake blueberry muffins and peach cobbler in the summer! Thanks for a chance to win! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  62. Commenter #60! I feel lucky. Shared the FB post, liked the new page.
    I try not to turn the oven on during warm months but no-bake pies are still delicious.
    Laura LaurasReadingBlog AT gmail DOT com

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  63. Thank you all SO MUCH for entering! I appreciate it. The winner has been emailed.

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