by Shelby Cox
from the Castle Bookshop Mysteries, by Essie Lang
I've been thinking a lot about happy places these days. And, I guess there are two kinds -- the physical places you try to spend as much time at as possible, and the places in your mind where you can retreat on a moment's notice.
Of course, they can be one and the same. With all the beautiful spots on Blye Island, and a bookstore filled with more reading than I'll ever get to, you'd think it would be hard to choose just one spot. But I have. It pops up in my mind whenever I need a place to hide away in, even if it's just my thoughts I'm hiding from.
It's in my hometown of Alexandria Bay, not too long a walk from where I live on a houseboat, overlooking the river. There's a bench that's been placed there in someone's memory, not anyone I knew. And, it's low enough on the hillside so that the houses above can't see it, while high enough to allow a spectacular view of the river and all its traffic.
And by that I don't mean just the boats of various sizes and shapes but also the ducks, the geese, the fish that leap in merriment. And, I'm sure I've seen a large turtle wandering close to the shore, though no one else mentions a turtle in the Bay. Of course, I don't often talk about my happy place because one of the best things about it is, I've never seen anyone else there.
Tell me about your happy place and you'll be entered in a draw for a copy of DEATH ON THE PAGE, book #2 in the Castle Bookshop Mysteries. Be sure to leave your email before 6 PM EDT Friday. It's part of the Cozy Mystery Spring Fling. I'm sorry, there will be a delay in sending it out though, until all settles down.
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