Thursday, May 7, 2020

Where's your happy place? Spring Fling #Giveaway

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.

It's now here -- DEATH ON THE PAGE
book #2 in the Castle Bookshop Mysteries
available in hardcover, e-book and audio! 

And, TROUBLE ON THE BOOKS is now available in trade paperback!

Trouble on the Books is also available in hardcover, e-book, and audio book.


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The Dinner Club Mysteries by Linda Wiken are available at your favorite bookseller or online!


Writing as Erika Chase:

Look for A KILLER READ,  (#2 on the Barnes and Noble Mystery Bestseller List and an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Mystery),  READ AND BURIED, COVER STORY, BOOK FAIR AND FOUL, and LAW AND AUTHOR on-line or at your favorite bookstore.

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  1. My happy place is wherever my family is! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. My happy place is my sunroom where I read. Thanks for the chance!
    maceoindo at yahoo dot com

  3. My happy place has always been the mountains.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  4. My happy place in our front porch. Three years ago when we decided to downsize and move to our dream destination in the Ozark Mountains, hubby and I took our time drawing up our floor plans for our new home. We found a small acreage just outside the city limits (after living in the country, I couldn't see us ever living back inside a town). It had two large stone fireplaces from teh original 1853 home still standing. So we went back to the drawing board to make sure we could incorporate those fireplaces into our home. Now one stands in the one and only spacious bedroom and one is in the living room/dining room combination. Knowing how we love the outdoors, we knew we wanted a covered front porch across the whole front of the house and wanted it deep enough that we could sit out in a rain and not get wet. Love our whole home and won't change a thing, but that porch is most definitely my happy place. Once the weather turns even slightly springlike and you can sit outside without ten layers of clothing, that is where you will find us most times. It might be lounging reading a book, have a wonderful chat with the love of my life or just admiring the view while sipping on nice something to drink (glass or mug). We both love photography and are blessed with many type of critter visitors daily. That means a lot of the time we are with our cameras getting some extraordinary photos of God's beautiful critters. Being retired, we are use to being home (although I do miss the occasional trips - especially the year long trip he had planned to Utah that we had to cancel) and be both prefer home cooking over eating out (although not doing dishes occasionally is nice) which means the stay at home hasn't been quite as rough on us as for some. I'm sure glad we didn't scrimp on our front porch while figuring expenses for our new home. I'd had to have missed out on my happy place.

    Thank you for the fabulous opportunity to win a copy of "DEATH ON THE PAGE" which is most definitely on my TBR list! Shared and hoping to be that fortunate one selected.

    Be safe, stay healthy and have a little bit of adventure along the way.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  5. My happy place is my reading chair.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

  6. My happy place is the beach. I haven't been in a while though. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

  7. Thanks for Death on the Page. My happy place would be at a lakeside cottage. A tranquil, peaceful and beautiful setting conducive to relaxing, walking, reading and enjoying the beauty of nature. When I was young our family would drive from Mtl. to Ontario and stay at this lake. A simple place where we swam, fished and enjoyed the surroundings. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. My happy place is at the ocean. The ocean locale gives me hope, and provides me with the perfect place to walk along the shore and realize that what matters in life is our health, enjoying each day in the sunshine and appreciating this. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  9. My happy place is Vintage Books, a bookstore in Vancouver, WA, about five miles from my house. They have a wonderful staff, a large selection of gently used cozy mysteries, and that wonderful smell of used books. Plus, there are two bookstore cats. Maisie and Dickens. Everything you could want in one spot. aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. My happy place is wherever my grandchildren are.


  12. My happy place is in the sunroom with a good book and my cats, Hamilton and Jefferson.

  13. My happy place is wherever my cat is cuddled up next to me, usually in bed while I read. On a larger scale, my quiet little town in the evening is wonderful.

  14. My happy place is sitting in my big comfy chair with a book, my cat, & a mug of hot tea (or cocoa).
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

  15. We have a hammock on our wrap around front porch and that is where I love to do my reading. Just wish the weather would get a little warmer!

  16. One would be my library.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  17. Right now, Maine would be delightful.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  18. My happy place is wherever my family is—I’ve learned I can be happy anywhere.

  19. Sharon GuagliardoMay 7, 2020 at 10:12 PM

    My happy place is when I'm on my porch, outside, breeze slightly blowing, reading. catwoman-1 at comcast dot net

  20. My happy place is curled up in my chair reading a book. It can be inside or out. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

  21. My happy place is my home. It's my haven and sanctuary.


  22. Jamie GillespieMay 8, 2020 at 3:41 AM

    My happy place is in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. I can just feel the stress and tension of life melting away as soon as I see those mountains! Thank you for the chance to win. bentleyboy22(at)comcast(dot)net

  23. My happy place is anywhere I can curl up with a book. As a kid, when we would go on a family roadtrip, we would pack the car full and I never wanted to sit in the middle, cramped in next to my bratty sisters... So I would opt to be in with the luggage. I would have my little nook where I could curl up and read. Yes, it was sometimes a minute to find a way to fit comfortably but usually my book would do most of the work!
    Thank-you for the giveaway.

  24. My happy place is my home, where my husband and two cats keep me company. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  25. Our last vacation was a cruise. I loved just sitting on the balcony. cheers (at) marjimmanor (dot) com

  26. I have two happy places really. In my mind when I go to the Lord. And now that our son moved out and got married 4 years ago, that room became our hobby room. It is where I go to sew/quilt and/or make greeting cards.
    quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

  27. My happy place is on the deck overlooking the Roaring Fork river at the house we lived in in Colorado. It is so beautiful and peaceful and just a wonderful place to be still and enjoy all of God's beautiful creation all around us. Take care and thanks for your giveaway ~ bobandcelia(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  28. Taylor R WilliamsMay 8, 2020 at 6:28 PM

    I have a few happy places - sailing in the summer, hiking with a friend, and part of the facility where I work that has a ton of plants. Thanks for the chance to own this book. trwilliams69(at)msn(dot)com