Friday, April 17, 2015

Blog Tour and Giveaway- Wicked Stitch by Amanda Lee

Happy Friday! I'm so thrilled to be part of this blog tour, I love this series and this book was great. Wicked Stitch by Amanda Lee is out and if you haven't read this series , you won't be disappointed. It is a fantastic read.

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Wicked Stitch
by Amanda Lee

A great cozy mystery…
~Bab’s Book Bistro
It really doesn’t get much better than this. This was a totally fun cozy…
~A Chick Who Reads
…fun mystery to read while sitting outside taking in the fresh air or lounging by the pool. I’m looking forward to visiting Tallulah Falls again.
This was a fun cozy and I love the setting of Tallulah Falls. I felt like I was visiting old friends.
~Brooke Blogs
Wicked StitchWicked Stitch:
An Embroidery Mystery

Series: Embroidery Mystery (Book 8)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Signet (April 7, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0451467409


When murder strikes the small town of Tallulah Falls, embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer isn’t afraid of getting into the knitty-gritty to clear her own name…
For most small-business owners in Tallulah Falls, the upcoming Renaissance Faire is a wonderful way to promote their specialty shops. For Marcy’s nemesis, Nellie, and her sister Clara, it’s an opportunity to finally put Marcy and her shop, the Seven-Year Stitch, out of business. Apparently the sisters like to keep their grudges all in the family and have set up a competing booth right next to Marcy’s at the Faire.
When Clara is discovered dead in her own booth—strangled by the scarf she had almost finished knitting—Marcy becomes the prime suspect. Now she has to do whatever it takes to keep her reputation from unraveling and get to the bottom of a most deadly yarn…

My review:

This newest book by Amanda Lee will keep you reading and wanting more. Marcy and her friends are back in Tallulah Falls getting ready for the Ren Faire. They are busy with getting the town ready  for the weekends events when one of the vendors is murdered. The story line with the twists and turns along the way, the cast of characters that bring the town to life will make your visit one that you will want to return. I love love this book. 
Guest Post:

Why Does Marcy Converse with Her Mannequin?
Amanda Lee

If you have a job where you spend hours at a time alone each day, then the question of why Marcy talks to Jill, her Marilyn-Monroe-lookalike mannequin, is a no-brainer. When she talks to the mannequin, she’s feeling lonely, bored, or playful. She also has a vivid imagination thanks in part to her mother being a Hollywood costume designer. And, of course, Marcy is a dreamer. If she weren’t, she’d have never have had the courage to leave her stable life in San Francisco to open her embroidery specialty shop on the central coast of Oregon.
At times throughout the life of the Seven-Year Stitch, Marcy has talked with Jill, played cards with her, and imagined scenarios wherein the mannequin comes to life. Of course, she knows the mannequin isn’t real, but it doesn’t stop her from engaging in some daydreaming every once in a while when there aren’t any customers present.
Marcy also talks to her Irish wolfhound, Angus. But she isn’t the only Tallulah Falls resident who converses with the dog. Ted, Reggie, Vera, Sadie, Blake, and Todd also talk with him; and when he barks, they take it as a response.
Like Marcy, I’m playful and enjoy a rich imagination. I, too, talk to my pets. In particular, I have conversations with my dog Cooper. My son used to make such fun of me for speaking with and singing to Cooper. And then he was home alone during the day for three days. (He was seventeen at the time, and my husband was at home with him during the evenings.) When my daughter and I returned from our trip, my son said, “I see now why you talk to Cooper as much as you do. I was all right the first day, but by the second day I was talking and singing to him all the time.”
I was thrilled that he finally got it. Do I realize that the dog probably doesn’t understand what I’m talking about unless I say his name or a handful of words, such as, treat, out, and pee? Of course, I do. Although, sometimes I wonder.

If I’m particularly stressed over something, Cooper will often come and sit by me or even put his head under the arm of my chair to nudge my side with his nose. I’ll laugh and hug him and feel better. He’s an excellent therapist. That’s why I’m glad Marcy has Angus as well as Jill. Jill might be an all right conversationalist, but she can’t come over and put her head on Marcy’s shoulder to offer comfort when it’s needed. That would be an entirely different and creepy book.
About This Author
Gayle Trent (writing as Amanda Lee) writes the embroidery mystery series. The series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop. Marcy Singer left her home in San Francisco, along with the humiliation of being left at the altar, in order to move to Tallulah Falls and realize her dream of owning her own shop. She takes along her faithful companion, a one-year-old Irish wolfhound named Angus O’Ruff. She makes many new friends in Tallulah Falls, but she also makes a few enemies. Thankfully, her best friend Sadie MacKenzie and her husband Blake run the coffeehouse right down the street from Marcy’s shop, the Seven-Year Stitch; and Detective Ted Nash always has her back. Gayle/Amanda lives in Virginia when she’s not inhabiting the fictional world of Tallulah Falls.
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  1. I live with my cat. She is a good listener when she wants to be. I also talk at the t.v. lol.

  2. I talk to my dog who acts like she is listening (though I am sure she is just picking out words she likes.... "treats", "bark", "outside").
    Wicked Stitch sounds like a great book. Thank you for the giveaway.

  3. I talk to my cat Licorice and she acts like she's listening! Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. Thanks, Shelley! I talk to my dogs and cats...the cats talk back! :)

    I enjoyed Thread End and look forward to reading Wicked Stitch. Plus, I love Angus!

  5. I talk to my cats and they "talk" to me. I know the "treat time" meow or more accurately nag.

  6. I talk to Bear and she talks to me (I think she talks to me more than I do her). She's always asking for treats. Love this series and can't wait to read the next installment.

  7. I don't have any pets to talk to so I talk to myself. Maybe I need a mannequin...

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  9. I talk to my cat and she talks back all the time! I don't know what she's saying at first, but she eventually gets her point across and gets what she wants!

  10. Wicked Stitch sounds like a remarkable book, interesting and entertaining. Doesn't everyone talk to their dog or cat? I am looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for your giveaway.

  11. Hubby says if the computer ever talks back to me, he's outta here! And my cats are the best listeners in the world. It will be b interesting to hear Marcy and Jill. Sounds like a great book! jeaniedannheim ( at ) ymail ( dot ) com


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