Friday, May 3, 2019

A Role Model for Senior Citizens @LucyBurdette #bookgiveaway


by Miss Gloria 
from Lucy Burdette’s Key West mystery series 


A strange thing happens when you turn 80—people start treating you as if you were fragile, as if you were on the way to losing your marbles or shedding your mortal coil. That’s not how I feel, not one bit. Hey, I was even featured in a book review in the Florida Weekly. Here’s what Phil Jason had to say about me in DEATH ON THE MENU:  Miss Gloria is also a comic character, an older woman who doesn’t take her limitations seriously and becomes a kind of role model for senior citizens.

I love that—a role model for senior citizens. And I love the look of astonishment on people’s faces when they see me accomplish something they never imagined I could manage. My roommate Hayley Snow has been surprised many times, but by now I think she realizes that I refuse to be left out of anything—from wedding planning to Friends of the Key West Library book sales to murder investigations. I might not be as strong as a young person and I do need a cat nap here and there, but I have perspective, which can be worth a lot.

We older people have secrets too. In fact we have a lot of secrets, because we’ve had more years for them to accumulate. The question is when and whether we should tell them. In my opinion, it’s a need-to-know basis only. And in this case, Hayley needed to know because she was making assumptions about people that weren’t right. I know she’s distracted by her upcoming wedding and busy with her job writing restaurant reviews for Key Zest and all of her family coming to the island for Thanksgiving, but still…I thought she’d be better off learning this lesson from me.

My writer, Lucy, and I are giving away one copy of the new hardcover, A DEADLY FEAST, which comes out next Tuesday from Crooked Lane Books. I can hardly wait for you to read it! To enter the drawing, tell us something that people might be surprised to hear about you. And leave your email address so Lucy can find you if you’re the winner.

About A DEADLY FEAST:


Before Key Zest food critic Hayley Snow's family descends on the island for Thanksgiving and her wedding to heart throb Detective Nathan Bransford, she has one last assignment--a review of a seafood tasting tour conducted by her friend Analise Smith. But when one of the tourists collapses on the last stop, Analise begs her to investigate before the police destroy her business and shut down the local Key West eateries on her tour. Pressure mounts when Analise calls a second time to request that Hayley meet with Chef Martha Hubbard, who prepared key lime pies for the tasting tour and is terrified that someone poisoned her pies to ruin her reputation. Chefs all around town are preparing their versions of a Thanksgiving feast, but with a murderer on the loose, will Hayley and her friends have anything left to be thankful for?


Clinical psychologist Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) has published 17 mysteries, including the latest in the Key West food critic series, A Deadly Feast (Crooked Lane Books, May 2019.) Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime. She blogs at JungleRedWriters.com and shares her love for food with the culinary writers at MysteryLoversKitchen.com. She lives in Madison CT and Key West FL. Read more at http://www.lucyburdette.com. You can also find Lucy on Facebook and Instagram.

50 comments:

  1. Really looking forward to the new book!
    For ages I have been hoping someone would ask me to tell them something surprising about myself. I had no idea what I would tell them but maybe now it would surprise anyone to know that 55 years ago I was voted Class Flirt in our yearbook senior superlatives! jmpurcel at hotmail dot com

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  3. Congratulations on the upcoming release of Deadly Feast! I am going on 53 years old. When I was a girl, I wanted to play ice hockey but there was no such thing as a girls hockey team. I played on a boys team for 2 years until some of their fathers complained and thus, my hockey career was short-lived. I cried when I saw the American women's Olympic team take the ice and winning the Gold was icing on the cake! salvatoresmom71(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. Can't wait for the opportunity to read A DEADLY FEAST which is definitely on my TBR list. Love Lucy Burdette's books. She breathes new life in the senior community with Miss Gloria. Love that she's spunky and vibrant. As a fellow senior, it's nice to see one that is so full of life and not with one foot in the grave.

    People that we know now (moved here two years ago) would probably be really surprised to know that hubby and I were real life, big shoe wearing clowns. We were even personal friends with Emmett Kelly Jr and clowned with him in several places across this great nation. I had a little clown truck it was corvette yellow while hubby had an 18 inch fully functioning motorcycle quite the feet since his feet were 18 inches long in his clown shoes. My name was Cook E. Lady (love to bake) and hubby's name was Pepp R. Mint Pal (favorite candy).

    Another interesting fact about me is that my nickname was Mom in junior high. I'm a proud Army brat. My Dad proudly served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, but for a spell when I was in junior high he was on stabilized assignment meaning we didn't move around. Since I had been around that particular fort for several years, I knew the ins and outs of how things worked which was beneficial to the the kid that just moved on base. So someone would send them to "Mom" to tell the how things worked and how to stay out of trouble (or at least not get caught) while at that base.

    Thank you for the wonderful chance to win a copy of A DEADLY FEAST!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  5. I am so excited Hayley's adventures continue alongside our beloved Miss Gloria ~ These books always bring a smile to my face reminding me of the bond I have with my mom and and the bond she had with her adopted Grandmother. I love how these stories intertwine the lives of our dear friends in Key West too :) Congrats !!!!
    Bryna Mpls, MN

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  6. I am anxiously awaiting the release of A Deadly Feast. I adore Miss Gloria! People might be surprised to learn that while I'm an avid reader now, I used to avoid reading at all costs when I was a young girl. Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  7. Miss Gloria is awesome! Looking forward to this book. I've always been quiet and I guess most people who know me in person wouldn't believe I got in trouble in kindergarten for hiding in the toy corner when it was nap time, yeah my cousin who was in my class made me do it LOL! I honestly can't think of anything. I've never done or liked sports, so I haven't surprised anyone by suddenly liking them. Thanks for the giveaway! Tari H, barbie17(at)gmail(d0t)com

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  8. People who don't know me well are always surprised that I watch professional wrestling. I have since my childhood, and my husband and I enjoy it together.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot) com

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  9. Miss Gloria, you are the best and such a great friend to Hayley. Not many people know that I was once interviewed by Cosmopolitan magazine and featured in one of their articles ~ bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  10. People are surprised when they find out I'm a Star Trek fan. I still remember when the first show was on TV. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  11. People would be surprised to know I am a Supernatural fan (my fave is Sam!), have read all the Twilight Novels, and own all the Harry Potter novels and movies. The surprise is because I am over 60. But I am still young at heart! kuzlin(at)aol(dot)com

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  12. being small everyone is surprised when they learn that I have strength of character and have combated several life threatening diseases and a serious chronic condition. I never speak of it and hide the problems. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Most are unaware of the assistance I give to many who are having troubles and need cheering up. I give of myself to many with meals, food, parcels sent as a surprise and gifts. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  14. I can definitely relate to what Miss Gloria wrote. At age 75, I feel like I can still do lots of things other people think I can’t do. So I prove them wrong and live an active fun life.

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  15. I do a lot of crocheting but hardly ever clothing.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  16. I am so happy to see this wonderful series continue. Like Miss Gloria, people would be surprised that I write reviews on books and Hallmark movies for an on line magazine out of California. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. Hello, Miss Gloria! I'm not sure anyone would be surprised by anything now, but they all look a little skeptical when I tell them how shy I was when I was young.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. So excited to see this series continue! I think something that people would be surprised about is how big of a sports fan I am. Most people think that younger women don't know (or care) much about sports but I've always been a big baseball, basketball, and football fan. I also (think) I'm fairly well informed about each sport.

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  19. Many people would be surprised to know that I love fishing.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Maryann

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  20. Ah, Miss Gloria does sometimes make me feel tame and lazy in comparison, but we do need to follow our own drummers. ;-)
    I also keep some secrets "need to know." I have learned that no one is surprised when I mention my student activist days, "well, of course you protested." However, few suspect that at age five I tried to join up the the chimp show at the St. Louis Zoo, gleefully holding hands with the last chimp in line until my mother, counting only four of us children, spotted me and brought me back. So much for show biz.

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  21. Congratulations on the new release. I love Miss Gloria and how spunky she is. I hope I'm half as amazing as she is when I get to be her age.
    I'd say that one thing no one knows about me is that sometimes I find it hard to let go of anger and forgive. I'm working on it and I'm sure I'll get there but now it's a work in progress.
    scarletbegonia5858(at)gmail(dot)com
    Margaret

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  22. Great series! Really looking forward to reading "A Deadly Feast". People are surprised at how giving I can be. If somebody likes a bracelet or scarf that I've made, I will give it to them. It feels good to be nice to people you don't know and maybe make their day better.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. I really enjoy this series, although I have to read it with a Key West map next to me so I can follow her. Miss Gloria is one of my favorite characters.

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  24. I love this series! I think people would be surprised to know that I am an ordained minister in the Lutheran Church. ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  25. Congrats on your new release! People would be surprised to know that I lived in England. Thanks for the giveaway!
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  26. This is one of my favorite series. Looking forward to the new book! People might be surprised to know thatI am addicted to court shows like Hot Bench, Judge Judy and People's Court. lkleback at hotmail.com

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  27. Miss Gloria says to tell you all that she is so proud of each of you for those interesting facts! Can you see her blowing kisses from the deck of the houseboat?

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  28. There’s nothing really surprising about me, although as an obstetric nurse, I had to deliver several babies if the dr didn’t make it in time. This cover is gorgeous and the book sounds great! Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  29. They'd be surprised that I rode horses in 4h horse shows. Donakutska7@gmail.com

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  30. People would be surprised that I do not follow any of the professional sports teams in my sports crazy city.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  31. I would love to win!! I ADORE your books! An interesting fact about me is that I lived in NW Louisiana for 15+ year, until I moved to SW Florida in 2014, and I loved Louisiana! I actually miss some things about it, but I LOVE living in SW Florida!!! Thanks so much for the chance!!

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  32. An interesting fact about me is back when I started teaching I also coached girls' volleyball and basketball, despite not even being 5'2". I love it when seasoned adults lead active and interesting lives. Thanks so much for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  33. I have lived in Northern CA my whole life--that's a fact! Thanks for the chance to win this book!! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. Some would be surprised to learn that my morbid fear of flying when I was young was overcome after becoming a travel agent in my 40's. I've been to 52 countries, all over the world. Don't have to get drunk anymore to get on a plane!!! LOL Thanks so much for a chance to win your giveaway!
    babemomara@att.net

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  35. Most people are surprised by the fact that I am the sports nut in my family. My husband doesn't even watch sports. I have been a football and baseball fanatic since I was 4 years old and started watching with my Dad. I can't wait to read the book! Thanks for the chance to win! bentleyboy22@comcast.net

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  36. People might be surprised that I am rather shy.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  37. Something people might be surprised by is that I went back to school after 40. I just earned my AAS in Digital Forensics and am going for my Cyber Security and Forensics BAS. I am excited for your newest mystery. Thank-you for the giveaway. My email is lavendersbluegreen at yahoo dot com

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  38. Pepople would be surprised that I used to play violin. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. I wanted to be a fashion designer. lol. I still like playing with and designing paper doll clothes. Can't wait for the new book to come out. Read all the others in this series. Vicki nvictoria77(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  40. People would be surprised to learn that I am a rock hound. I love digging for gems and other amazing minerals. It started when I was a child and my family vacationed in Arizona. We had a friend who took us to abandoned mines and that was all that was necessary. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. People might be surprised that I used to be painfully shy. Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  42. LOVE Miss Gloria! She's the bee's knees in my book.

    Surprises? How about I'm an ordained minister and have a large tattoo on the back of one shoulder.

    libbydodd at comast dot net

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  43. Some people might be surprised to know that I'm a Thyroid Cancer Survivor.
    Adrienne Asher petitepoet47@gmail.com

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  44. People seem surprised that I really do not like people, lol. Also I have one eye that is two different colors, I am part gypsy and I speed read. Thank you for the chance to win this book. I cannot wait to read it. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  45. People tend to be surprised when they find out I'm related to Studs Terkel, the author. cheers@MarjimManor.com

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  46. You are a new to me author! Love finding them and their books. Miss Gloria sounds like a hoot! I don't have any big secrets to tell, but I'd love to win this book, it sounds really good.

    marthalawson8 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  47. People would find it hard to believe I have seriously bad social phobia. That is, until they tried to talk to me very much or get personal. I can speak first and say hello but, past that, I will pretty much back away fast. Just thinking about it bothers me. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  48. People might be surprised that I take every vacation I can to Devon, England and that I am addicted to Medieval Cathedrals and could wander there forever. Or they might be surprised that I used to work Plays and have met some very famous people... thanks for the chance...
    ewatvess@yahoo.com

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