Wednesday, January 16, 2019

How it all started...

Tandem Demise
Cycle Path Mysteries
Book 3
Duffy Brown

Hi, Evie Bloomfield here with a chance to win a bicycle key fob 
This is how me and Mackinac Island got started... 

You see, I was a graphic designer at a firm in Chicago. I came from a family of lawyers, really successful lawyers. My siblings, Trevor and Lindsey, are the perfect offspring. They made perfect grades and now work at the perfect law firms. Fact is Lindsey just made partner!
My boss didn’t know I was alive, I hadn’t had a promotion in two years and was still on the bottom rung of the office pecking order. My apartment was the size of a pool table but most pool tables are nicer.
I needed a raise! I needed something to brag about at Thanksgiving dinner, the next big family get-together. The way things were going I was headed to  eating turkey at the little kids table.
So, I had a plan. My boss’s father owned a bicycle shop on Mackinac Island and had broken his leg. He was really laid up and couldn’t  do much. I figured if I offer to go help him out, maybe spruce the place up because he couldn’t I just might get my boss’s attention. At least maybe she’d remember my name. That was the first step in getting a raise.
 So, I left Chicago and went to an eight mile chunk of land where Lake Michigan meets Lake Huron to try and wheedle a promotion out of my boss.
I’ve never been to Mackinac Island! Wow, was I in for a huge surprise of no cars and only big horses and bikes to get around. That my boss’s dad got accused of murder on my watch did not help my chances of that promotion one bit.
So my question to you today is, have you ever been to a place that was completely a big surprise? Someplace where you felt completely out of it? 
Hugs, Evie

Duffy Brown
Cycle Path mysteries
-Geared for the Grave  Dec, 2014 

29 comments:

  1. I once live in a small village at the base of the Alps. Picture the opening scenes of The Sound of Music and that was where I lived! While I did feel out of place, I loved everything about it!
    These keychains are adorable!
    I really enjoy this series! Mackinac Island is on my bucket list!
    debprice60@gmail.com

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    1. Hi, Deb!!! The Alps!! Fantastic! Lucky you!!! Thanks tons for the support. If you’d like a tote email DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com with your address and I’ll send one along. Hugs

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  2. My first Easter with my fiancee's family! Being the Jewish girl in the room was a bit disconcerting. Now we share all holidays together. cheers (at) Marjimmanor (dot) com

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    1. Hi, Margo! I can so see where you are coming from. Terrific that it all turned out well. Hugs, Duffy If you’d like a tote email DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com with your address and I’ll send one along. Hugs

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  4. Oops! Forgot to add my email. After spending eight years in a Catholic grade school, I went to a public school for ninth grade. Wow! No uniforms. Talking (and even yelling) in the halls. A test score that used to be an F was suddenly a C. Took some getting used to.

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    1. Hi, Riley! Not necessarily a good switch for sure. LOL If you’d like a tote email DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com with your address and I’ll send one along. Hugs

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    2. That is so nice of you to give everyone tote bags. I love mine and use it all the time. Such a pretty blue.

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  5. Well, now this embarrassing. I know I put it on there this time. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com
    This does not bode well for the rest of the day. :)

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  6. I usually feel uncomfortable in any size of a group people that I know only 1 person.
    Becky Prazak
    rjprazak6@gmail.com

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    1. Hi, Rebecca. I have to give myself a pep talk when entering a group too. If you’d like a tote email DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com with your address and I’ll send one along. Hugs

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  7. I was surprised, in a good way, by a trip to Alaska. It is incredibly beautiful there. I loved that i was able to see moose and other wild animals almost everywhere I looked. Cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Chirs. Alaska is amazing. Lucky you. If you’d like a tote email DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com with your address and I’ll send one along. Hugs

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  8. Oh, yes, have I ever felt completely out of place. On a trip to Jordan and Egypt a number of years ago, we landed in Cairo in the midst of a sandstorm. If that wasn't an unusual experience, the ride into the city was weird as well. We asked our driver about an unusual neighbourhood that appeared to be completely abandoned and unlit, to be told it was "the city of the dead". Once in the central part of Cairo we discovered that traffic lights, lane markings and the like are totally irrelevant to how people drive there (including our driver). Every driver is extremely aggressive, waving, shouting, and blowing his horn nonstop. By the time we reached our very luxurious hotel I felt like I wanted to crawl under the bed and hide! Luckily, by next day I felt a little less discombobulated, and enjoyed the rest of the trip.
    gnluciow (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Hi, Neena! What a amazing trip! Lucky you. A great experience for sure. If you’d like a tote email DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com with your address and I’ll send one along. Hugs

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  9. oh yes i won a trip to the BVI and these were with a bunch of boaters and they welcomed us with dinner in the room and then from that point on there were lizards in the shower and aligators in the pool. Then at dinner i felt so out of place as we live in Iowa and you would of thought we were from the end of the earth at the time i was teaching so i thought it would be neat to bring back small seashells for the kids to make a necklace but they didn't really understand why we weren't out in our boat. So out of place but so pretty.The people who sponsored the giveaway were there and were nice but they brought their daughter and hubby well from there on it was crazy also i was orginally from Ca and then they said they picked us as we lived in iowa and never got out I just didn't understand them. Peggy Clayton ptclayton2 at aol dot com

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    1. Hi, Peggy! What a great experience though a little unnerving! LOL Sure makes for a great conversation. If you’d like a tote email DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com with your address and I’ll send one along. Hugs

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  10. The last time my Sister and I went to the UP, we went to Fayette, a ghost town not far from St. Ignace. It's a state park and with some of the buildings left from it's days as a booming iron smelting town. I wasn't prepared for how beautiful Fayette is and it's unbelievable that the town was ever abandoned. It was so beautiful I didn't want to leave.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Dianne. A real ghost town!! That sounds amazing...and totally scary. What an experience.If you’d like a tote email DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com with your address and I’ll send one along. Hugs

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  11. I have been to a small town in Romania a couple of times and I love that area! I don't understand the language at all but the people are so nice and I feel like I am with long lost relatives there. I never really wanted to travel overseas but I was so glad I went there! This last spring we drove by Mackinac Island. If I had known how close we were going to be I would have insisted that we take the time to go there. But we had a graduation to get to so we couldn't take the time then. And this series is one of my very favorites.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  12. I grew up in a small town....less than 1000 people, the "big city" around was 8000 people. I don't do well with big groups especially when I don't know anyone. I then to stick to myself. Never been on the east coast at all. Been on the west coast a few times.
    cactuspare(at)cox(dot)net

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    1. HI, Bev. I hear you on the crowd thing. I have to psyche myself up for it too. If you’d like a tote email DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com with your address and I’ll send one along. Hugs

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  13. I moved from Chicago to a small-ish town nearby when I was 13. Everyone knew each other at school and I just didn't fit in. I was a very shy and quiet kid so it was really difficult for me to make the adjustment, let alone make friends. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. Hi, Eileen!! Small towns are so cliquish sometimes. Really have for a kid to break in.I f you’d like a tote email DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com with your address and I’ll send one along. Hugs

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  14. After living in the CA Bay Area for most of my life. We moved to a small town in Arizona. What a culture shock. In CA everyone moved rapidly. Always go, go, go! In AZ, the pace ×much slower. Took a bit to get used to. Meg85242 at gmail dot com

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  15. My husband and I had the bright idea of going to DragonCon a few years ago. Big mistake. We thought it would be fun, but instead it was boiling hot in Atlanta, and the crowds were more than we could handle. And just everything about it was confusing to us. JL_Minter (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Hi, Jaime. So sorry it wasn’t fun. It should have been a blast!If you’d like a tote email DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com with your address and I’ll send one along. Hugs

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  16. The winner of the key fob is Riley! If anyone who responded here would like a tote email DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com with your address and I’ll send one along. Hugs

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