I’m happy to tell you that THREAD ON ARRIVAL, the fifth book in my embroidery mystery series, was released in December. To celebrate the event, I’m offering one lucky Fresh Fiction reader a copy of the book in either paperback, Kindle, or Nook format. It’s easy to enter the giveaway—simply leave a comment below with your email address and the format you’d prefer if you’re the winner.
In THREAD ON ARRIVAL, Marcy Singer gets hung up on a tapestry that may lead to sunken treasure and be the motive for murder…. When Marcy’s friend Reggie, Tallulah Falls’ local librarian, asks her to teach an embroidery class as therapy for domestic abuse victims, she gladly agrees. One of the women wants to flee from her abusive husband but is afraid to leave her elderly father-in-law behind. And she thinks Marcy can help.
The elderly gentleman shows Marcy a tapestry his grandmother made, which he believes reveals the location of pirate treasure off the Oregon coast. He’ll move to a shelter—provided Marcy takes the tapestry to keep it safe. But when the police arrive the next day to escort him out, they find the old man murdered and the house ransacked. Does someone want that treasured tapestry desperately enough to kill for it?
Here’s an excerpt from THREAD ON ARRIVAL to get you started:
I went home to get Angus before opening the shop. We’d just been at the Seven-Year Stitch for a moment—I hadn’t even had time to hang my jacket in my office—when Sadie rushed in.
“What’s this I hear about a treasure map?” she asked.
I groaned. “Oh, no. That ignorant, spiteful Keira! What did she say?”
“She said you were talking about someone giving you a treasure map for safekeeping.” Sadie sat down on the sofa facing the street. “She said it’s rumored to be a treasure worth millions.”
I let out a growl of frustration as I stormed into my office, hung my jacket on the coatrack, and put my purse and tote bag under the desk. Angus retreated to his bed under the counter in the shop.
“Does that reaction mean it’s true?” Sadie called.
“No!” I came out of the office and stooped by Angus’s bed. “I’m sorry, baby.” I stroked his head. “I’m not angry with you.”
He wagged his tail but stayed where he was.
I straightened and went to sit beside Sadie. “You know what this is, don’t you?” I asked. “This is Keira’s attempt to have me inundated with treasure hunters. I told her there wasn’t a treasure.”
“I seriously doubt it.” I explained about my visit with Mr. Cantor, his showing me the tapestry, and his hope that it would prove to be a map that would lead him to a treasure that would help solve all his family’s woes. “It’s an old tapestry. His mother probably used to entertain him with stories of pirates and treasure when he was a little boy. And now that he’s…well…in his second childhood, he’s returned to those dreams because he sees no other alternative to his family’s money problems. I guess he figures it makes about as much sense—maybe more so—as the lottery.”
“Well, gee…that’s sad,” Sadie said.
“It is. You’d love this little old guy, Sadie. I wanted to adopt him and bring him home with me.” Tears pricked the backs of my eyes. “He says he deserves for his son to mistreat him. But he doesn’t. He’s a dear, sweet man.” I blinked back the tears and sniffled. “I’m going to take another look at that tapestry, too. If there’s any way it is a treasure map, I’ll help him find that treasure.”
Sadie sighed. “You started that class—what—last night?”
“I knew you’d get in over your head with this group before everything was said and done, but this has to be a record even for you.”
Thanks so much to everyone who has made the embroidery series successful! I hope you enjoy THREAD ON ARRIVAL. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway by leaving a comment. Also, please visit me at http://www.gayletrent.com, on https://twitter.com/#!/GayleTrenton Twitter, or at Facebook.
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