Thursday, July 10, 2014

Giveaway: Pies and Peril (A Culinary Competition Mystery) By : Janel Gradowski

Leave a comment and your email on this post to enter to win an ebook of Pies and Peril (A Culinary Competition Mystery) By Janel Gradowski the #1 Bestselling Cozy Culinary Mystery, we will announce the winner on Saturday at 10:00 am EST here on the blog. A word from Janel, the author, good luck to all that enter.

Excerpt from Pies & Peril:

 Amy shifted her basket so that it was directly in front of her, both hands on the leather handles, in battle position. Ahead of her a knot of people clustered around the booth selling miniature pies and tarts. A couple teen girls, dressed in black nylon smocks that signified they were enrolled in the downtown beauty college, scowled as Amy wriggled through the throng. She should've picked the small gap between two older gentlemen to squeeze through. Coming between women and sugar fixes was always a bad idea. People had poured out of the downtown businesses to find a meal at one of the many prepared food stands or food trucks set up around the perimeter of the park. The farmer's market was one of her favorite parts of summer, but during peak hours the crowd was often so thick it felt like hand to hand combat as people jostled each other to select the perfect size of summer squash or the most beautiful wildflower bouquet. Being short didn't help, especially on hot days, since she was pretty much at the armpit level of most normal-sized people. It felt and smelled like she was a sardine being packed in a tin. Ugh.

The crowd thinned a bit once she got past the pie-hungry mob. Ahead, the last booth she wanted to visit was surrounded by customers. Amy channeled her inner miniature basketball player and made a break for it. Her petite stature, for once, worked to her advantage as she darted around a couple women standing in the aisle having a conversation about removing stains from cloth diapers, and slipped into a crack in the human barricade. The vendor's offerings were a sight to behold, like Mother Nature and the Easter Bunny had gotten together and made tomato babies. The table was filled with baskets full of heirloom tomatoes in a range of colors from acid green to chocolate brown. Some were as large as softballs while others truly looked like eggs. Amy had been making salads with the lovely tomatoes for over a month, but she'd had an idea while making the casseroles for Kevin earlier in the day. Tomato pie.

She chose a basket with a nice variety of medium-sized tomatoes and paid for them. Luckily she had brought a hard-sided wicker basket with her, to protect the delicate cargo from bony hips and giant zucchinis protruding from shopping bags like vegetal clubs. She tilted her head from side to side like a prize fighter before a match as she steeled herself for the last push through the mass of hungry humanity. There was only about 20 feet left in the vending area. Then she could break free and make a dash to her car. As she turned she caught a glimpse of Elliot Maxson's unmistakable helmet-like black hair.

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34 comments:

  1. Would love to win a copy. Looks like a great book

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  5. Looks like a fun book! Roseygirl16@yahoo.com

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  15. Would love to add this to my shelves!!
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  16. I love the steam from the pie. Cute! maedwards58@hotmail.com

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  23. This sounds like such a fun cozy mystery! Looking forward to reading.

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  24. Sounds like a series I would like to try. Thank you for a chance to win a copy of Pies and Peril.

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  25. Hmm - tomato pie, I've never heard of this before. I am going to have to google it to see a picture.

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  26. I have added this book to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  27. Looks like a book I would enjoy...thanks for the giveaway!!

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  28. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win it. Email is mbrown0813@wowway.com. Thanks again.

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  29. You got me with the line "Coming between women and sugar fixes was always a bad idea." This sounds like my kind of book!

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  31. Love the plot. Please enter me.
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  32. I love cozies about culinary and restaurants.
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