Friday, November 22, 2019

A Very British Christmas GIVEAWAY from Cathy Ace's Cait Morgan Mysteries

Hello again - Cait Morgan here. Thanks for dropping by - I know it's a busy time of year for folks! You'd think I'd have enough on my hands with end of year grading for all the criminal psychology courses I teach at the University of Vancouver, but it seemed like a good idea to squeeze my wedding in between semesters by holding it in a fantastic clifftop castle in Wales between Christmas and the New Year. 

Imagine it...the decorations still on display, the weather crisp and bright, everyone in a good mood after the annual festivities, the bride (that would be me!) wafting down a sumptuous staircase looking glamorous, and ready to commit herself to a lifetime with a man she loves with all her heart.  

My "baby" sister flew in from Perth, Western Australia; my betrothed - Bud Anderson - and I flew in from Vancouver, Canada; the castle was one I had known since I was a child, and a place I had hardly dared hope would one day be the place where I would marry the man who - although we didn't even meet until I was in my late-forties - was the one I was meant to be with.

And I'm sure it would have all been wonderful - if only the weather hadn't closed in and cut the castle off from the mainland...or if there hadn't been a corpse on the stairs...or if the family who owned the castle weren't among the most creepy, bizarre people on the planet. But I won't moan about it, I'll just tell you the whole story and let you see how it all worked out.



WHAT'S YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE FOR A WEDDING DAY? 

ANSWER BELOW, AND LEAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS, BY MIDNIGHT (EASTERN) NOVEMBER 25TH AND A NAME WILL BE DRAWN OUT OF A METAPHORICAL HAT TO WIN A PRINT OR ELECTRONIC COPY OF THE CORPSE WITH THE SAPPHIRE EYES (YOUR CHOICE).  

(Please note: due to the massive amount of mail whizzing around the globe at this time of year, you might not receive the print book before Christmas...though it will be mailed as soon as possible!)

Want to find out more about the Cait Morgan Mysteries? Click through to Cathy Ace's website HERE.



85 comments:

  1. The worst nightmare to happen on a wedding day would be if you spilled coffee down the front of your dress. Or falling downstairs and breaking your leg
    Thank you for the chance Donakutska7@gmail.com

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    1. Oh dear - maybe you're a clumsy one - like me! Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  2. The worst nightmare on your wedding day would be to find out that the groom is currently married to two other women. One in Australia and one in the States. Both at the same time and you are the third.
    jcozart@paintrocksupplies.com

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    1. YIKES - yes, that would NOT be good! Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  3. The worst nightmare? Going to the church on the wrong day & seeing another bride, thinking your fiance is marrying her!

    Thank you for the chance
    Cheers-
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Oh Kelly - that does sound like a nightmare...but it would all work out, and you could wear the dress twice ;-) Thanks for commenting, Cathy

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  4. I would think it would be the groom not showing up! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. Oh yes, that would NOT be good, Marla! Thanks for commenting, Cathy

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  5. Creepy bizarre people...oh yes this sounds great.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. Glad you like the sound of it Anonymous, Cathy :-)

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  6. We were married in March and the night of the rehearsal, it started to sleet and snow. We were concerned we might have a blizzard the next day. Fortunately, our day was sunny but windy. That would have been the worst case scenario for us. If I am the lucky one, I would prefer a print copy. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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    1. Yikes - glad the bad weather held off for you, Dianne! Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  7. Worst nightmare: groom sleeps with maid of honour. roswita(dot)hildebrandt@gmail(dot)com

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    1. Yikes...just NO!!!! Thanks for sharing your nightmare! Cathy :-)

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  8. Worst nightmare - dresses are not ready for the bride and the bridemaids.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Ack....all wear matchy matchy ordinary clothes???? Not goo - thanks for sharing, Cathy :-)

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  9. Creepy people sounds intriguing. Jcook22@yahoo.com

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    1. I'm so pleased you like the sound of creepy people, templarlady...because there are a few in this book! :-)

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  10. The book sounds like a read that will keep me on the edge of my seat. Thanks for your great generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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    1. So pleased you like the sound of it Linda, Cathy :-)

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  11. Like Cait, I think finding a corpse at your wedding venue would be the ultimate nightmare. I went to a wedding where they checked invitations before letting people into the church, so there was a large line of people waiting to get into the curch and it was a very hot afternoon. Tragically, one of the waiting guests collapsed and later died (so did the marriage, about 10 years later) - not a good omen ~ bobandcelia (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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    1. Oh my goodness, Celia - that's awful! Poor people. Yes, a nightmare indeed! Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  12. I think it would be having a fire at the venue that morning.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  13. This book sounds unique and captivating. A wedding which has been cancelled at the last minute. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Yes, that would be a nightmare, traveler! Thanks for your comment, Cathy :-)

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  14. The groom getting cold feet and being stranded with an entire wedding party. Your novel is intriguing. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Yikes - not a good thing to happen, you're right petite! Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  15. The worse nightmare was that no one would show up including the groom. On the actual date of my husband and my wedding there was a major thunderstorm, the lights at the church blinked and my parents didn't get to the church until just before it was time to walk me down the aisle. It was a very eventful day. lol! robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Yikes, Robin - a close call indeed. Glad it all worked out n the end! Cathy :-)

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  16. Any kind of major weather event (hurricane, tornado, wildfire, etc) would be a nightmare.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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    1. Yes, Jana, sometimes the weather can be a problem (it was in this book!) Thanks for your comments, Cathy :-)

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  17. When my parents were married everything happened. My dad's uncle had a heart attack at the breakfast table. His favorite aunt was fighting cancer and at the last minute was not allowed to leave the hospital. Then they arrived at the church to find a casket up front. The funeral was the next day, didn't realize there would be a wedding going on. Luckily the guys from the funeral home were still there and moved him for the morning.
    At my friend's wedding, her brother the ring bearer forgot the rings in the house so seconds before the ceremony started I'm making a mad dash across the farm in my bridesmaid outfit.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh Alicia - you and your family have endured some very trying situations at weddings, it seems! Thanks for sharing, Cathy :-)

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  18. What a marvelous series.
    Wedding disasters? How about the groom (yes, the groom) fainting during the service?
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Ah Libby - a fainting groom would make a change - you're right! Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  19. Unfortunately my worst nightmare for my wedding day happened. My step-mother kept trying to start fights with my mom and step-dad. And my MIL wore a white pants suit and everyone could see her thong. I didn't even wear white to my wedding!! A mint green pant suit (something I would never wear but my mom picked it out... so I did!) When my husband and I tell the whole story we get lots of horrified looks and laughter from it... so that's good. :) And we've been married for 21 years, so that's even better!!!
    kimheniadis at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh Kim - I can only say I'm delighted for you that your marriage seems to be going better than your wedding (and that's what really matters, isn't it!?) Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  20. Possible taking my wedding which happened to all turn our fabulous and changing it to where it all went wrong. Hubby and I were determined that Grandma Hartsell would be at our wedding. To make this happen, we moved the whole wedding to another state meaning all decisions and arrangements were made via phone calls. That included an appointment with the county judge in yet another town the morning of our wedding to get a waiver to the time wait on weddings in the state. There were motel arrangements for several people to make including my parents, arranging for a place for the wedding to take place (got permission to use the church hubby grew up in but not their preacher because I wasn't of that faith), a preacher (who happened to be local but of a faith neither of us were) and even the time, place and food for the reception afterwards for family and friends.

    For us, it all feel in place like a fun puzzle with a zillion pieces, but I don't mind telling you I had many nights full of tossing and turning and more than one nightmare about what could go wrong. I believe with what all could have gone wrong and if you threw in a corpse or two that it would make for a very humorous cozy mystery.

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of "THE CORPSE WITH THE SAPPHIRE EYES". I can't wait for the opportunity to read it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Oh Kay - that sounds like a LOT of stress. Yes, poor Cait's been working on a "remote location' wedding in this book too...so I feel your pain. Glad it all went well, and thanks for sharing, Cathy :-)

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  21. The reception site declaring bankruptcy and immediately shutting down.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. Oh no, Taurus, that would not go down at all well! Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  22. Thankfully I am past this worry for myself but any kind of withdrawal by one of the couple would be awful.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  23. A family emergency in the immediate family resulting in having to make the decision whether or not to postpone the wedding.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're right...that would be dreadful...tough to make a choice! Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  24. A bride I know got married in our local Fairmont Hotel. She didn't know there was a bridal fair the day of her wedding, so she wasn't the only one walking through the lobby in a wedding dress that day.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh no! Gosh, I hope she managed to see the funny side...some time later! Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  25. My sister had the worst nightmare. Her professional photos were lost—she was heartbroken. Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh that's too bad! Hopefully she managed to gather a lot of non-professional ones that captured un-posed memories of the day. Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  27. Worst nightmare is the bridal party having stomach flu. Thanks Jess
    Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Oh no...not good...and not fun for anyone! Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  28. Worst? Being stood up at the aisle!! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Absolutely awful...and a lifelong piece of baggage to carry, too! Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  29. The minister never shows up, because they forgot.

    kaye.killgore(at)comcast(dot)

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  30. My wedding was outdoors, in the backyard of a friend's house. So my worse nightmare was rain. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. A wet wedding vs a white wedding? I hope rain didn't spoil things for you, and that you have good memories. Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  31. An outdoor wedding and a storm.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  32. Almost worst nightmares were a reality. Minister wouldn’t let me into church, making me late (man recording wedding forgot & and was home watching a game); caterer carrying cake off deck tripped & I saw cake fly through air, just like in the cartoons, inches away from his fingertips as he was horizontal in the air. Cake was caught only needing minor repairs & caterer was uninjured.

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    1. Oh my goodness me! Sounds as though you are managing to see the funny side...at last! Good for you, and thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  33. Being left at the altar. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Yes, that would be dreadful - and it would scar a person for life, I would think! Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  34. being stood up at the altar would have to be the worst nightmare every

    johnnabooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  35. The worst thing from my wedding was that we had a hurricane the night before. Woke up to no power for the day. We had the wedding with no power and half the guests could not attend due to home damage or down trees and power lines. Oh the joy of living in Louisiana. We are still together and laugh about it. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh my goodness, Carol T...so sorry the Big Day was spoiled, but delighted that the marriage is going better than the wedding did - and that's what really matters. Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  36. Worst nightmare would be learning that my almost-husband was wanted by Interpol.... teabird17 {at} yahoo dot com

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  37. Worst nightmare on wedding day would be if something happened to the wedding dress! tWarner419@aol.com

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    1. A soiled dress would certainly call for some quick remedy, you're right! Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  38. As I said "I do" if there were a couple of bees buzzing around that were in my bouquet.

    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Not good - especially if you have an allergic reaction to bee stings! Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  39. As I was about to say "I do" a couple of bees started buzzing around my head. They were in my bouquet. yikes
    Luckily they flew off and I did not end up with a fat lip from a bee sting.

    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. ...a good outcome! YAY! Thanks for coming back to finish that comment - Cathy :-)

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  40. Forgetting your written vows! Embarrassing to!

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    1. I hear they can take some folks a looooooong time to write, too! Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  41. My worst nightmare for a wedding day is the Officiant not showing up, so no wedding.

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  42. I'm unfamiliar with the Cait Morgan series, but couldn't help noticing the reference to Vancouver. Yay for us Canuks. A castle in Wales. Sounds like a great setting for a wedding, but equally suitable for a spooky murder mystery. Most things that can go wrong at a wedding are usually much less important than one thinks at the time. I think one of the worst things would be for the bride or groom to be quite ill. Not so ill as to be hospitalized, but ill enough that the day is more " endured" than "enjoyed".
    gnluciow(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Yes, Neena, Cait Morgan (like me) has migrated to Canada from Wales...but returns to her Homeland for her wedding. Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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  43. my niece was getting married in ND a lot of people thought it would be a great idea to take a train 550 miles from MN to ND! Well this horrendous blizzard started the night before all of us were to board the train. We had all gathered at different homes, to ride share etc. The train was cancelled, which is very rare so about 23 of us never made the wedding. We had to hang out a day before the roads were cleared so the people who had driven to meet, could get back home. That was 32 years ago they are still married. I would like paper copy as I do not have ereader, thank you queenvictoria50 (@) aol (dot) com

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    1. So sorry to here the wedding didn't go as planned - but delighted to hear that the marriage is turning out to be a winner! Thanks for commenting, Cathy :-)

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