While the cats are away…

EDITED TO ADD: The winners of the two advance reader copies are ASHLEY CATE and TOMEKA. Please contact me through my website, http://www.sadiehartwell.com and let me know where to send your books. Thanks, everyone, for playing along!

Jane/Sadie/Susannah here, holding down the fort while the other Wickeds and Accomplices are at Malice Domestic…

This will be my second year in a row missing the cozy-fest known as Malice Domestic. Last year, I was in St. Louis at a robotics competition with my son. And this year, because I started a new job, my vacation time was limited. But you can bet I’ll be cheering on all the Wickeds in the quest for the elusive Agatha Award!

So while everyone else is gone, why don’t we have some fun? I just got a box of advance reader copies of A KNIT BEFORE DYING, book 2 of the Tangled Web Mysteries that will be releasing officially on August 29. And I think today would be a pretty good day to give a couple away, don’t you?

Here’s the blurb:

A new business might add some much-needed charm to downtown Dorset Falls—and draw tourists to Josie’s yarn shop. But when someone gets murdered, a close-knit community could come undone . . .

Shop owner Josie Blair is finally settling into the pace of living in Dorset Falls, Connecticut. Between running Miss Marple Knits, jumpstarting a blog, and handcrafting items with the help of her knitting pals, Josie’s too preoccupied to worry about her past in New York. And thanks to Lyndon and Harry, the owners of the brand-new antique shop next door, she has another project in her midst—repurposing a box of vintage crocheted doilies adorned with the most curious needlework . . .

But before Josie can formally welcome her neighbors, she discovers Lyndon on the floor of his shop stabbed to death by a rusty old pair of sheep shears. Police have pinned Harry as the killer, but Josie isn’t so sure. Now, she’s lacing up for another homicide investigation—and no eyelet or stitch can go unexamined, lest she herself becomes ensnared in the criminal’s deadly design . . .

Leave a comment below, telling me what your favorite thing to do is when you have a free morning or afternoon all to yourself, and I’ll choose two winners randomly. Good luck!

Edited to add: You must comment by 11:59 p.m. today, April 27, to be eligible to win. Winners will be posted tomorrow, so check back.

123 thoughts on “While the cats are away…

  1. I love to nap with my dog Tyler. Yep I am a lazy girl, lol. If I am not napping I love to take Tyler to the church field for a nice walk. Cant wait for this release!

  2. I am working on strengthening my ankle after surgeries from last year so when I have time off I like to get out and walk a little bit farther every day. I also love my books and playing with my yarn. I recently mastered illusion knitting next up is double knitting.

    • Oh, I hope your recovery is going well. I love to walk around my neighborhood–I even go in the winter if it’s not bitterly cold. I’ve not tried illusion or double knitting–but my friend (romance author Megan Ryder) is a pro at it and says it’s fun. I will have to try both techniques.

  3. I am working on strengthening my ankle after surgeries from last year so when I have time off I like to get out and walk a little bit farther every day. I also love my books and playing with my yarn. I recently mastered illusion knitting next up is double knitting.

  4. I really loved the first book in this series, and I’m looking forward to the next one. I’m a creature of habit. On days off I love to read, or listen to books on tape and do cross stitch. I should be cleaning house, but…

  5. My favorite thing to do won’t surprise anyone~I love to curl up with a book and read the day away. Life gets so busy that my reading time is limited, but it’s my favorite hobby and way to relax. 😃

  6. My favorite thing to do is take my doggy for a walk, to the small lake, across the street, from my house, then sit on the bench, and read. My dog just sits right there with me.

    • I wish my cat was a snuggler–at least with me. She allows me to occasionally pet her, let her in and out a couple dozen times a day, feed her and clean the litter box–but she is attached to my husband and must sit in his lap while he watches the evening news every night. She’s like clockwork.

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