Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Conflict on Cape Cod plus #GIVEAWAY

By Mac Almeida from Maddie Day's Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. Read down for a giveaway.

Hoo, boy, am I in a jam. I have the best boyfriend in the universe (smart, handsome, caring, self-supporting, healthy). I'm on the far side of thirty. And I'm kind of obsessed with neatness and order in my life. 

Murder at the Taffy Shop (which releases on the 31st!) isn't about any of that, per se, but hey, life goes on. So here's a glimpse into a not-so-happy scene from about a third of the way into the book. They'd just been talking about someone who had found his birth son.

Tim caressed my shoulder. He took a deep breath before speaking. “Mac, honey, when am I going to be able to convince you to have a birth son—or daughter—of our own? I love you.” He smiled tenderly. “I want to get married and start a family with you. We’re good together. We can make it work. I’ll be an equal partner.”

I closed my eyes for a moment. Here we go again. “I’m going to be honest with you.” I turned half sideways so I could see his face. “I love you, too. I love being with you. My family adores you. But I’m . . .” I shut my mouth. How could I say I was scared? Scared of being pregnant. Scared of all the mess babies bring. Scared things would change between us.

He stood, blowing out a breath. “You always have a ‘but.’ I don’t think you’re ever going to change your mind.”

I looked up at him in anguish. “Don’t be mad, Tim.” That was all I could say. I couldn’t promise him something I didn’t know if I’d ever be ready for. “Sit down? Let’s talk. Please?”

“Talk? We’ve been talking for months, Mac.”

And we had. He’d been infinitely patient with me.

“I don’t think you’re ever going to be ready.” He gazed at me with watery eyes. “You like your tidy world, your tidy life. But there’s no room for me in it. I want to live with you, wake up every morning with you. I want to be a father. I want children to love and play with and teach stuff to, with you as their mother. I want a family. And I wanted to make one with you.” His voice broke. He took two strides to the door, then turned slowly. “I’m not going through life without having kids, Mac. I can’t. It kills me to say this. But if I have to find someone else to create a family with, or if I have to adopt as a single parent, I will.”

The door clicked shut behind him. I sank my head into my hands. What had I done?

Uh-oh! You're going to have to read Murder at the Taffy Shop to see how that shakes out. And I hope you do. This second Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery - my twentieth novel -releases on March 31st in a one-year paperback exclusive with Barnes & Noble.

Readers: How do you feel about personal conflict in the mysteries you read? Good? Bad? Necessary? Please share, and my author will pick one of you to receive a signed copy of the new book when the box comes in!

Maddie Day creates the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. As Edith Maxwell, this Macavity- and Agatha-nominated author writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction

Maxwell/Day lives north of Boston with her beau, where she cooks, gardens, and wastes time on Facebook. She blogs here, with the other Wicked Authors, and at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and at her web site, edithmaxwell.com.

37 comments:

  1. For books to be true to live, they have to have it all. In life things aren't always black and white and it's the little bits that add to whole picture - touches of color if you will. Reading a book should be the same way. It's when an author is great in adding the small bits making the story read smoothly that it's so enjoyable.

    Can't wait to read "Murder at the Taffy Shop"!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  2. The stories definitely need to have more than just the mystery as part of the story. While the mystery is the main focus, it's the personal details and conflicts that help develop the characters and the series. As I learn more about the characters while trying to solve the mystery, I get more and more invested in the series and want to find out what will happen next.

    Looking forward to book #2!!
    Mary
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  3. I think some personal conflict is necessary in a story. Nothing malicious, but not everyone agrees with each other all the time. Looking forward to reading "Murder at the Taffy Shop".
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Personal conflict can add to the story's complexity, as long as it is not "tacked on" merely for the effect.
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  5. I really enjoyed the first book. Can't wait to read the second. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  6. I really think that the interactions between characters is part of what makes a book enjoyable.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  7. The conflict between characters makes them seem like real people, in real situations. Thanks for a chance to win this book!! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  8. I like personal conflict in books as long as it's not overdone. I think it gives more depth and relatability to a character.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Merry

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  9. Personal conflict adds to a good story. lkleback (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  10. Personal conflict is good. It helps to make the characters more real.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  11. I think conflict makes for good stories and keeps you more interested in the read! tWarner419@aol.com

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  12. A little bit is okay because it makes the characters more real but too much and the book is a downer and I read to be happy. ckmbeg (at)gmail (dot)com

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  13. As in real life, there is personal conflict, so why not have that in mystery series too? To keep it real I think having things not going perfectly fine gives readers some comfort to know others experience this too and that they are not alone.

    Thank you so much for this opportunity
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  14. Personal conflict definitely has a place, and balanced well, brings a new level of empathy with the characters and appreciation for what their roles are. I do want to read this, especially now! Thanks for the chance! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot)com

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  15. I think that most mysteries need some personal conflict. legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  16. I do like this kind of conflict in a story. It's still a cozy but makes it more than fluff and fun (which is all fine in a cozy) and brings some real life in and adds depth to the characters. I can't wait to read this.
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  17. I think there needs to be some personal details and conflict to make realistic, relatable characters. I don't like if it overshadows everything else or seems out of place, but more often than not it serves a good purpose in the plot.
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  18. Life isn't without conflict. If it's necessary for the story, so be it.

    kckendler at gmail dot com

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  19. Personal conflict adds to the realiam of the story. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  20. Conflict is life. When did personal conflict need to be justified? It’s true, I sometimes use reading to escape....my own conflicts....lol. So if there were no conflict, there would be no reason to tell the story....and I’m rooting for the guy who wants to be a father...and sweet cakes, you’re going to be wishing you had someone to share that taffy with....time flies too fast. Our little ones are grown, the house is neat and tidy, but we’re alone all too soon....maybe it’s the blessing of marrying young, having children young, and now I have great grandchildren aged 8.5 and 10. It goes so fast.....

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  21. Personal conflict is needed in a book for realism. I just do not want it to dominate a cozy mystery. I want the mystery to be the main focus. Looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for a chance to win. Doodlesink(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  22. Every book should have a little personal conflict. lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. I like well rounded characters and all that encompasses.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  24. I think personal conflict is good in the storyline. Thanks for the chance
    Jess
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  25. Oh yes some personal conflict is necessary. I loved Murder on Cape Cod! Can't wait to read Murder At The Taffy shop! Thanks for the chance! almaj80(at)suddenlink(dot)net

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  26. I loved Murder on Cape Cod! Can't wait to read Murder At The Taffy shop! Thanks for the chance! almajean61(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Real life has it, so books need to as well. Personal conflict goes on with everyone at some point. Thanks for the opportunity. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  28. A good book has to have some type of personal conflict as a way to get to know the characters and make them more real. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. I think personal conflict in novels is a good thing. It adds to the story. Thanks for the chance! bookworm814(at)comcast(dot)net

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  30. In reality we are all facing some kind of personal conflict so it would only be natural to include it also in a book. Personal conflicts such as gambling, anorexia, alcohol among others are a few. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. Everyone has conflict - it is interesting to watch how some deal with it cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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  32. Personal conflict makes the story more interesting... since it's real life. ;)
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  33. Personal conflict helps to round out the mystery, so you need it in your books too. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. Sounds really good! She is a new to me author which I love finding! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  35. I feel like personal conflict is as necessary to stories told in books as it is in real life. A story isn't compelling if the main character feels incomplete. Personal conflict in the story tells us a lot about a character and what makes them tick. longbarb11 (at) aol (dot) come

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  36. Martha Lawson is our winner! (Sorry for the delay, I'm on vacation in a delightfully warm spot - Puerto Ric - with both my sons.) Martha, please check your email. Congratulations, and I wish I had a book for everyone.

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