Friday, June 14, 2019

SCRAPBOOKS, BUCKET LISTS, A BLACK CAT, AND A #GIVEAWAY


FROM:      Glenda Kessler
OF:          The Bad Luck Cat Mysteries
BY:          Kay Finch

There’s never a dull moment at Around-the-World cottages – and that is not due to  Hitchcock, the cat that too many folks call the Bad Luck Cat (by the way, he is a sweet cat and not bad luck at all). I'm not even talking about how Sabrina and her cat seem to run into murder investigations on too many occasions. 

I'm talking about my boss, Rowena Flowers – Aunt Rowe to Sabrina. No two ways about it –Rowe is a handful. It’d be easy if all I had to do was clean her house and her dozen rental cottages, plus grocery shop, and do the cooking.  But keeping an eye on Rowe is nine-tenths of the job – and that means keeping an eye on the people who rent the cottages, too. They aren’t always the most upstanding citizens.

Recently, a group of women that called themselves the Crop Shop Crew, a bunch of scrapbooking fanatics, came to stay at Around-the-World Cottages. If they wanted to make scrapbooks, I had no complaints (unless they went crazy with glitter – that stuff is a bugger to clean up). They looked like an innocent enough bunch, until I learned the intended theme for their scrapbooks. See, the women came to town armed with bucket lists. And not just some casual, let’s-go-see-the-Grand-Canyon type of lists. These women (who by the way were not youngsters) wanted to tour wineries, go on hot air balloon rides, jump out of airplanes, and try zip-lining. Of course, Rowe was determined to go along every step of the way. 

I must admit that I have help watching out for Rowe's well-being. If you know Sabrina, you’ll know right off the bat that she wouldn’t sit idly by and let her dear aunt run around with these scrapbook and bucket list fanatics and get into a bunch of trouble. But if you know Sabrina you’ll also know that she can get into enough trouble on her own – and it usually takes the help of Hitchcock, her cat, to save the day.


You can read more about the Crop Shop Crew in this week’s new release – THE BLACK CAT STEPS ON A CRACK –  


Sabrina Tate and her cat, Hitchcock, must sort through the clues when a librarian is killed and justice is overdue . . .

With construction on the town’s new library nearing completion, mystery writer Sabrina Tate is thrilled that local book lovers, and her own forthcoming novel, will soon have a fine new home. But tensions are rising at the site as the headstrong new librarian insists on telling the construction crew how to do their jobs, bringing work to a standstill. When Sabrina’s cat unearths the dead body of the librarian not long after—and a good friend’s husband is named as the main suspect—she finds herself being pulled into a murder investigation yet again.  She and Hitchcock will have to tread carefully, before the library killer decides to check them out for good. 



To celebrate this week's new release, I'm giving away this black cat journal. To enter, leave me a comment and tell me about either a scrapbook that you made or an item on your bucket list. I'll pick a random winner on Tuesday, June 18th at noon.

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Kay Finch is the National Best-Selling author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries, including the June 2019 release of The Black Cat Steps On A Crack. Though her character, Sabrina Tate, has left the paralegal profession behind to move to the Texas Hill Country, Kay still works as a paralegal at a Houston, Texas law firm. She resides in a Houston suburb with her husband and pets. Visit her at www.kayfinch.com.


23 comments:

  1. My mom helped me make a scrapbook about 8 years ago when I was on chemo. We tried to do arts and crafts every day but sometimes it didnt work out that way where the treatments kept me so tired.

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  2. I'll tell you three: Disney World, New York City, and the Eiffel Tower.

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  3. Working with the other mom, I made scrapbooks for each of my children when they married. The front section contained photos and memorabilia from their childhoods, the next section contained photos and memorabilia from their dating and engagement, and the final section contained all things related to the wedding preparation. The last page was set up for a photo from the wedding. The books were on display at each wedding and were extremely popular with the guests! Plus, I really got to know my child's new mother-in-law. Best of all, the couples feel that the books are now a treasured keepsake.

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  4. In my freshman English Comp class, I had to keep a scrapbook. I still have it - makes me laugh, makes me cry . . .

    pjcoldren[at]tm[dot]net

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  5. An item on my bucket list is to visit the British Isles.

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  6. I tried scrapbooking years ago and I wasn't any good at it. Now I just put my pictures in a photo ablum. On my bucket list is to go to Nepal to see Mount Everest. Not to climb it, just to see it.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. I'd like to visit Iceland some day. That journal is adorable.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  8. I kept a scrapbook of my time in college. Pics of all my friends, event ticket stubs, notes and letters. So many memories. JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. I don't really scrapbook but I have a couple of items on my bucket list: Ziplining and seeing the Northern Lights. The book sounds great!! Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  10. I scrapbooked a lot still have pictures to put in books.someday I hope. Donakutska7@gmail.com

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  11. An item on my bucket list is to visit Rome Italy someday. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. I have never done any scrapbooking. Travel tops my bucket list.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  13. My Bucket List includes seeing Egypt. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. I scrapbook everything. My husband is active in Farm bureau and is regularly in the paper. I clip them all. I keep the family tree and have the various wedding announcements and obituaries. cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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  15. One of the items on my bucket list entails two wishes at the same time: a cruise to Alaska. My father always told me "before you die, make sure you go to Alaska. Start with Juneau, then onward to Anchorage, and check out the Aleutian Islands. This is the most beautiful land on Earth that I have seen and I have been all over the world!" Thank you for the opportunity.
    teddi1961(at)arcemont(dot)com

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  16. I don't really scrapbook, but I do have a small bucket list. One of the items on my bucket list is to go to England where my
    paternal ancestors are from. I would like to research the lineage from when my grandmother came over to Ellis Island and
    further back. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. I am not good at scrapbooking but my daughter is amazing. I would love to visit New Zealand. My daughter's cat is brindle but we have a picture just like yours where ears and eyes are showing.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  18. My bucket list still has visit all 50 states on it!! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. My Aunt lost everything she owned in Hurricane Ike, including her home, all her photos, her son's baby items and babybook. With limited resources, I made her a scrapbook filled with all the photos I had of her, her son, her parents, visits to her house etc..she was in tears when I gave it to her for Christmas. nani_geplcs@yahoo.com

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  20. thank you for the chance to win that wonderful book, looks like my Fred.

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  21. I don't do scrap booking, but I love your books

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  22. I made several scrapbooks when I was young and I wish that I had kept them as they were very special and unique. I was careful and took time and effort into creating something worthwhile. One was about Queen Elizabeth's visit to Montreal in 1957. I won a prize for it and cherished this treasure. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. My scrapbooks were different from the ones nowadays. I bought a large scrapbook which was filled with newsprint pages and glued articles, photos, and events which took place in my era which were meaningful and memorable for me. This meant a great deal to me. I saved them but then they were lost which I regret. My favorite one was of the visit with my parents to Stratford, On. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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