Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Thank Goodness for Social Media!

by Amanda Tucker of Perils and Lace by Gayle Leeson

Like everyone else in Virginia, Grandpa Dave and I (and Jazzy!) are staying home except when it's absolutely necessary to go out. We have been wearing our masks and going for walks together in the park when the weather cooperates. But our lifesaver has been social media!

As you know if you've read about our adventures at Shops on Main in Abingdon, Max--our ghostly fashionista--is tethered to that building. Fortunately, Grandpa Dave and I showed Max how to participate in live chats prior to all the social distancing stuff being put into place. The three of us have had several conversations, and we've had our one-on-one tete a tetes as well. Who knew we'd become so accustomed to talking with a ghost that we'd have to speak with her remotely?

We've also started our own little book club, since Max enjoys reading so much. If you haven't checked out any of our stories and aren't really sure they're you're cup of tea, you can read an extended preview of the book using this link: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/2alqwvanak. And Gayle Leeson is giving away one copy of Designs on Murder, book one in the Ghostly Fashionista series (US winner will receive a signed, paperback copy; international winner will receive an ebook copy). To enter the giveaway, please comment below (with your email address) telling us how you're keeping in touch with your loved ones who aren't sheltering in place with you.

Also, to celebrate the release of A Murderous Misconception, I'm partnering with Lorraine Bartlett for a release party on Facebook tomorrow. Please make plans to join us!

Stay safe, and good luck with the giveaway!


DESIGNS ON MURDER

What if you discovered your lively new friend wasn't really...alive?

When Amanda decides to lease a space in historic Abingdon, Virginia's Shops On Main, she's surprised to learn that she has a resident ghost. But soon Maxine "Max", a young woman who died in 1930, isn't the only dead person at the retail complex. Mark, a web designer who rented space at Shops On Main, is shot in his office.

Amanda is afraid that one of her new "friends" is a killer, and Max is encouraging her to solve Mark's murder a la Nancy Drew. Easy for Max to want to investigate--she can't end up the killer's next victim!

28 comments:

  1. We do Facetime with our daughters and families who live on the West coast. We live in the Midwest. I call friends and visit on the phone. I am an avid letter writer so some friends I still exchange snail mail with. Others I stay in touch with, via e-mail. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  2. Gayle, your excerpt sounds like this will be a page turner! Thanks for sharing, Amanda. 😉 Y'all stay safe.
    rw620 AT aol DOT com

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  3. I spend a lot of time on the phone with my daughter and mother. I work outside in my yard and garden and can talk to the neighbors when I'm out working.
    Theresa Norris
    weceno at yahoo dot com

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  4. We call or Zoom frequently and I post lots of pictures to facebook, since all my family is on FB. Everyone stay safe! kkcochran (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  5. Daily phone calls keep my sister and I close. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing. I hope to read this one.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  7. Hubby and I being seniors and with underlying medical conditions are most definitely staying at home. We venture our very little. Thankfully my Mom had taught me to keep a well-stocked pantry years ago. A local grocery has were you can call in what you need and they bring it out to car for you. With the weather turning more spring like, we have gone for a drive a few times to see the area flowers and trees as they bloomed out.

    As for staying in communication with loved ones, our list is very small. All my relatives have gone on to their heavenly home including our daughter. There are two sisters on hubby's side as well 90 year old Mom. Thankfully one sister lives with Mom so she isn't completely isolated. They all live in another state from us. We talk frequently to the sister that lives with Mom via Facebook messenger, phone and video chat. Having been a full-time caregiver for my Mom we know the need to talk to someone now that she is in that position. Mom is extremely hard of hearing and so phone or video chats aren't an option. She loves getting mail, so I keep the cards, letters and photos (from the stack we had made before all this hit) going to her in the mail. We do talk to local friends by phone and one in particular has been by a couple times to check on us. We got to visit outside while we showed them how the garden has been doing while maintaining a distance between us.

    All in all, doing ok with the stay at home probably because we are retired and use to being home to start with. Do miss the traveling that we usually do in the spring after a long winter.

    Thank you for the wonderful chance to win a copy of "Designs on Murder"! Can't wait for the opportunity to read this book on my TBR list. Shared and hoping to be the very fortunate one selected.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  8. Brittani SticklerMay 12, 2020 at 9:22 AM

    I'm keeping in touch with my loved ones by calling them daily. My parents aren't tech savvy, so I call instead :)
    sticklerba (at) gmail (dot) com

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  9. I send cards to everyone since I love real mail. Others I e-mail and catch up weekly. We stay in contact and are close. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I call my family everyday, e-mail others and send lengthy letters to many far away from us since they enjoy receiving snail mail. My snail mail have gushy, meaningful messages with beautiful thoughts as well as black and white photos I located in my albums. I enjoy sharing these treasures. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. I am keeping in touch by calls, email, Facebook, texts,whatever suits the other person best. We did visit a friend on her apartment complex's patio to celebrate her birthday with all appropriate distancing and masks, and that was nice.
    The book would be a terrific day brightener!
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. Facebook, texts, calls, whatever works.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. We call each other every other day and drive be each others houses and stop for a talk usually in the driveways on the weekends! tWarner419@aol.com

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  14. I am calling my mother once a week to check in. I call other friends as well, and I have had Zoom chats with a few friends. aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. I've been talking to my Sister every day and keeping in touch with my friends by phone. Also, talk to the neighbors in the yard from a distance.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Social media and phone calls for those not in the house.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  17. Thank goodness for all the ways we have to keep in touch with each other.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

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  18. We mostly call, text, & email each other.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  19. Sharon GuagliardoMay 12, 2020 at 5:18 PM

    I mostly keep in touch by phone. I know it's old-fashioned, but I just like to hear their voices! catwoman-1 at comcast dot net

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  20. We are doing facetime, calling, texting and even some "ride by's" and waving out the windows. LOL...we are making it, but it will be SO good to see my nieces and great nephew again in person!! I miss those hugs. bentleyboy22(at)comcast(dot)net

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  21. As everyone else has said, we do phone calls, facetime, and are going to try zoom. Keeping updated with family and in touch are so important. I also have two very good friends and we always check in with one another by text or phone.

    LaFonRC@aol.com

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  22. Like everyone else, we do phone calls, facetime, and group texting. I'll be glad when I can go out safely and visit with everyone. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  23. This book cover is lovely! I am lucky because I still get to see my mom during the shelter in! Calls to everyone else! lindherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. We have not done any but have called the grandkids in Ca and talked to them every week the little ones the parents give them a hug for me. I sure miss them being here in Iowa but we hope to get out there either late this year or for sure next year. Thank you for giving away a print copy for those of us battling diseases. ptclayton2 at aol.com peggy clayton

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  25. Thanks so much to everyone for your wonderful comments. Sending virtual hugs your way! Stay safe.

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  26. the cover of this book is so pretty. Social media is how I am keeping in touch with some people, other by mail. queenvictoria50 (@) aol (dot) com

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  27. Telephone and visits by the door for my mom she's 89. Facebook and messages for my kids and sisters. Thank you for the chance

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  28. I keep in touch by Facebook & by phone, I will be so glad when restrictions are lifted so I can spend time with my Son & his family. Love the cover of this book and I would love a chance to win it. Thanks for your great generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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