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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Someday Quilts Mystery Giveaway!

Clare O'Donohue writes mystery books, and one of her series is the Someday Quilts Mystery series. I was given an advance copy of her new book THE DEVIL'S PUZZLE to give away! I'm sure many of you are familiar with her work. In fact, Clare was the supervising producer of HGTV's Simply Quilts. She's here with us today with a guest blog.

First, let me tell you a little bit about THE DEVIL'S PUZZLE.

Witchcraft in a small New England town typically harkens Salem, Massachusetts. However, amateur sleuth Nell Fitzgerald finds the upcoming anniversary of Archers Rest, New York drawing out the town’s own dark history of witchcraft, as well as that of its residents in THE DEVIL’S PUZZLE. Nell is thrilled when her grandmother Eleanor’s boyfriend plans a double surprise—restoring the rose garden of her old Victorian house, and a marriage proposal. However, Oliver’s plans are put on hold when a skeleton is unearthed in Eleanor’s backyard. Police Chief Jesse Dewalt launches an investigation, and for once, Nell vows to stay out of his way, instead focusing on organizing a historic quilt show as part of the town’s upcoming anniversary festivities. When clues lead to questions about Eleanor’s past, Nell is forced to uncover the truth. As the anniversary approaches, a chilling wave of vandalism strikes town hot spots, raising fears that witchcraft has returned, and revealing secrets that could change life in Archer’s Rest forever.

The Someday Quilts series includes The Lover’s Knot, A Drunkard’s Path, The Double Cross and The Devil’s Puzzle (Oct. 2011), and her Kate Conway series recently made its debut with Missing Persons. O’Donohue lives in Chicago, IL. Visit her website at clareodonohue.com and the Someday Quilts fan page on Facebook.

 

And now from Clare:

Recently I was working on a hand appliqué project with thin vines and small berries. I wanted each of the vines to be exactly the same, and the berries to be perfectly round, but that wasn’t happening. I’m not very experienced at hand appliqué. I usually piece my quilts and only sometimes do I add appliqué, and usually by machine. So I was struggling.

But I was also happy. It took me a moment to realize that. I was doing a bad job at this project, having to take it apart and do it again (several times on one vine), yet I was happy. I was learning something new and I was caught up in the joy of discovery, without any worry about whether it was good, or worthwhile. I just had fun.

How often, I wondered, do I allow myself – do any of us allow ourselves – to be bad at things, to be new at things? After childhood ends, not often. We expect to be masters at what we do. So, without even thinking about it, we only do the things we have already mastered.

Letting myself be bad at something, and knowing that awkward beginning is the first step toward a new skill, is something that quilting has taught me. And when I look at my slightly crooked vines, my not quite perfectly round berries, I remember that. And hopefully, try to use it as a reminder to be happy even when I’m struggling.

So true, Clare! Thank you so much for being with us today!
To win a copy of THE DEVIL'S PUZZLE, simply leave a comment by midnight CST on Friday, October 14. I will randomly draw a winner on Saturday. Good luck!

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Psalm 62:1

Love,
xoxo

26 comments :

deserae said...

Sounds like an interesting book!

Kathryn said...

I love a good mystery. I'm currently reading Hemingway for a class, and would like something a little less dark. Kathie L in Allentown

Lee said...

How fun - i love mysteries! thanks for the review and giveaway

Mary said...

I like that series and was just wondering if a new one was coming out soon!

Kathy said...

Sounds like a fun book!

Cathy said...

I'm always looking for new books and authors. Thanks for introducing me to this one. Time for a comfy curl up with a quilt, and a book.

Mom C said...

I really like good, mostly clean mysteries. And if they can add a historical aspect that's a reward. Thanks for the opportunity.

Patty said...

I don't think I've read any of Clare's books. I'm not sure how I missed them but would live to remedy that.

Sally said...

I love reading and this book definitely sounds interesting. I'll have to add Clare's books to my wish list.

Jennifer Gail said...

I would love to read this book.

Janet said...

This sounds like a great read! I haven't read any yet, so I would love to win. Thanks for the chance!

Carolyn said...

Havent read it yet. Hope I win. Thanks for the chance to win.

Anne said...

Ohhh I've been interested to try this series! I'd love to win a copy! Thank you for a lovely giveaway. :)

Janet said...

I'd love to read the book. Thanks for a chance to win.

Jodi said...

Besides quilting, reading is one of my loves. I have yet to read Clare's book but now I have her name on my list! Also, I'm a new follower and I found you from the Deploy That Fabric Blog Tour. I'm on my way to enter that as well. hehe.

Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Ivona said...

I love Clare's books, so I hope to win :-) Greetings from Slovakia!

Pat V. said...

I've read the first three, can't wait to get my hands on this one! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

Goosegirl said...

Uh oh! looks like I commented on the wrong post. Ok, here I am. Thank you for the chance to read this book Melissa.

Jen said...

I would love to read this book! I am always interested in quilty fiction!

mblittle5 said...

I'd love to win this book. It sounds interesting.

Rose M. said...

I would love to win this book - I read at least 2 books a week and haven't read any of the quilt book series yet.

Mangogirl said...

That book looks interesting! It would be great to have a new book to read.

June said...

Love a good mystery, especially if it involves another quilt lover!

nrnoodle said...

I have not read any of her books yet but they look very interesting. I enjoy the other quilt authors and I am sure she will be no different.

Vesuviusmama said...

I've enjoyed the other books in the series, and just haven't gotten around to buying this one yet. Thanks for the chance to win!

Jenny said...

This sounds like a great read! Sorry to have missed a chance at your giveaway!

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