Thursday, April 12, 2018

We Love Our Libraries!

by Amy Flowers of Honey-Baked Homicide by Gayle Leeson

We here at Down South Cafe absolutely love our libraries! We have our own teeny-tiny branch library here in Winter Garden, and there are other libraries across our region. They aren't very big, but they're homey.

When I was growing up, I loved visiting libraries. They were filled with wonderful adventures just waiting for me to find them. It was in libraries that I discovered Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Amelia Bedelia, Nancy Drew, The Secret Seven, and Victoria Holt. As I grew, I was introduced to Harper Lee, Margaret Mitchell, Daphne DuMaurier, Jane Austin, Thomas Hardy, the Bronte sisters, Poe, Conan Doyle, and Charles Dickens. I later found Mary Higgins Clark, Dean Koontz, Harlan Coben, Jeffrey Deaver, Jude Devereaux, and all those wonderful authors who contribute to that blog...what's it called? Oh, yes, Killer Characters! ;) 

You know how Homer Pickens has a new hero every morning when he comes to the Down South Cafe to get his sausage biscuit? Where do you think he finds all those biographies and poems and quotations? The library, of course!

Aunt Bess learned all about the Internet at the library...but we won't hold that against them.

There's a little library in Saltville, Virginia where the librarian--Ms. Kris--focuses much of her time and energy on instilling a love of books in "tiny humans." So, Happy Library Week to Ms. Kris and to all of our wonderful library workers. Everyone in Winter Garden loves you and appreciates everything you do.

G I V E A W A Y 

In honor of Library Week, I'm giving one winner a signed paperback copy of HONEY-BAKED HOMICIDE along with one CD-Audiobook copy of HONEY-BAKED HOMICIDE and an assortment of bookmarks to be given to your local library. To enter, please comment below with a shout-out to your local library. Please include your email address so I can contact you if you're the winner. This giveaway will run from today, April 12, until Saturday, April 14. Good luck!


  1. Thank you friend!!! The Saltville Library loves and appreciates you!!
    ~Miss Kris

  2. Don’t enter me -I’ve read this already so I’ll let someone else get a copy. I enjoyed it.

  3. Really like your cover! Lexington Public Library.

  4. Hello! You mentioned my local library! The Saltville Library!

    1. Maybe you'll get lucky and meet Gayle next time she comes and visits us. :)

  5. This book sounds perfect and enjoyable. My library is the Juan Tabo library.saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln, California. I volunteer there several days a week. Zibbby at gmail dot com.

  7. Peter White Public Library of Marquette, Michigan, in the beautiful (but snowy) Upper Peninsula. bobwiesmann (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. I was in the sixth grade when I found the library. I'd go there every Friday after school and wander around looking for something new to keep me entertained over the weekend (the family business was a real estate office, kind of boring for a kid).

    As I grew up and we moved I'd always look for the nearest library to hang my hat and coat in. These days it's the Howard Beach Branch of the Queens County Library here in NYC. After Sandy the mystery and romance sections were devastated. I put out a call on FB to all the authors I'd made friends with and asked for help restocking them after the clean up. I gave out the librarian's name and address of the branch and waited. I wasn't let down at all. Michelle told me later that thru my efforts BOTH the Cozy/Mystery and Romance/Paranormal sections were totally restocked.

    This branch is also the only one that I know of that will accept new/once read books and put them immediately into circulation. All the others turn donations over to the "Friends of the Library" to be sold. The money then goes to Central where they buy many of the SAME BOOKS thru their buying service (what a waste of money).

    With the help of another blogger friend we give this branch up to a hundred books a year (giving their spending budget a big boost).

    YES, I'm a library lover and proud of it!

    NoraAdriennne (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. Love the cover, so cute! Book looks really good!

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  10. I've always loved the libraries. and your books My city library, St. Paul Public Library, alread carries one copy of your book. I'm sure they could use another. ematov(at)comcast(dot)net

  11. Cute cover! Thanks..Virgil & Josephine Gordon Memorial Library

  12. The Toowoomba Regional Library is a book lover's paradise.


  13. Ashtabula County District Library, Ashtabula, OH 44004 is our main library although we do have another library too, Harbor Topky Library. It is a wonderful privilege to be able to visit both. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  14. Thanks for the chance to win this for the Gladbrook Public Library in Gladbrook, Iowa. We are expanding our collection to include cozies & would love to have this book & series represented. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  15. I have always loved libraries. We moved frequently and the local library had my old friends while I slowly made new ones. The smell of books always brings me a sense well-being.
    Horsham Township Public Library

  16. Love this cover!! Sumner Library is a great place in WA!

  17. Shout out to Barrington Area Library! anajs95 at gmail dot com

  18. Thank you all for your warm comments and wonderful stories. Congratulations to Robin C., the winner of the signed paperback copy of Honey-Baked Homicide for herself and the audio version of the book for her library. I appreciate everyone taking the time to enter. The fact that you're so supportive of me and of the Killer Characters family is terrific. Robin, I'm sending you an email.