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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."

"Is there?"

"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 nodded.

"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.

Good luck!

Amanda Lee




49 comments posted.


Congrats on the latest release. I've been on a real cozy kick since the fall and I've really enjoyed this series so far...despite my complete lack of interest in sewing or embroidery. I have taken a couple of cake decorating classes so I have more in common with Daphne.

If I win, I'd like Nook (ePub).
(Anne Muller 2:32pm January 15, 2013)

I look forward to reading your latest.
(Marjorie Carmony 2:38pm January 15, 2013)

It's been a couple of months since I read a cozy. Love
embroidery and the idea of treasure and an old tapestry
potentially showing its location.
(G. Bisbjerg 2:42pm January 15, 2013)

I'm all for bringing respect to sewing!
(Lisa Elwood 2:44pm January 15, 2013)

I have been a sewer for years and have tried to pass it on to
children, grandchildren and many of their friends.
Looking forward to reading your latest book.
(Mary Hay 2:54pm January 15, 2013)

Trying to keep the embroidery and sewing alive in our family, this story sounds like a great read.
(Pamela McPherson 2:58pm January 15, 2013)

Thread on Arrival sounds really interesting! A tapestry, a
mystery, and maybe a treasure equals a good read.
(Marguerite Guinn 3:00pm January 15, 2013)

A tapestry that is also a treasure map---how much fun is that! I'd really like to read this mystery.
(Sue Farrell 3:27pm January 15, 2013)

What a great storyline.
(Carla Carlson 4:27pm January 15, 2013)

I got The Last Stitch Good Night for Christmas and finished it earlier this month. I've read all the earlier ones and your cake mysteries.

I'd take the print edition if I won because I don't own a computer or e-reader.
(Michelle Fidler 4:37pm January 15, 2013)

It looks like a great book. I'd love to win a paperback. My e-mail address is: sharonbabyme@yahoo.com
(Sharon Dixon 4:43pm January 15, 2013)

Love all cozies. Cant wait to read this one. Thanks!!!
(Lisa Fitzgibbons 5:32pm January 15, 2013)

I haven't started reading your series yet but it sounds like just the cozy read I enjoy. Congratulations on the latest release!
(Monica Vargo 6:18pm January 15, 2013)

This sounds like a great series I'd enjoy reading. Thread on Arrival captures my interest with the treasured tapestry which is a map which reveals pirate treasure! I'd love to win it in paperback.
(Linda Luinstra 6:35pm January 15, 2013)

Great... now, not only do I want to win a free paperback copy of this book, but I also want to read the rest of the storyline. Are the participants in the various book or the books themselves tied together by relationships or the same town or anything like that?
(Donna Holmberg 8:37pm January 15, 2013)

love to win..love the cover and story sounds great..hope you do well with your book...thanks
(Kimberly Hoefs 9:28pm January 15, 2013)

From the excerpt, it sounds like a story with a lot of twists and turns to it. Since I enjoy embroidery, I'll enjoy that part of the story as well!! I love the artwork on the cover, and that makes it even more of a keeper!! I can't wait to read it, and this is going to make it one on my TBR list for my Winter reading list!! Thank you for coming and sharing today, so that I could be sure to have you added to my list!! Have a very Happy and Healthy New Year!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:45pm January 15, 2013)

I love to embroider and do other forms of needlework. I love that this
combines mystery and my love of needlework.
(Ann Sheiring 11:23pm January 15, 2013)

Series sounds great. Would love to win. I love to cross-stitch.
(Linda Hall 11:31pm January 15, 2013)

Love your books. My mother made her living sewing. Your books offer that familiarity of simplicity.
(Kai Wong 11:48pm January 15, 2013)

I love stories that remind people that there is more to life
than sitting on "social" sites and "messaging". Also love a
(Phyllis Carlson 12:06pm January 16, 2013)

Sounds like a good read. If I win I'd like the paperback. Thank you.
(Rita Wray 12:09pm January 16, 2013)

Your books are wonderful! I'd love to win a copy in
paperback. Many thanks. nora_charles@att.net
(Nora Charles 1:36am January 16, 2013)

Hardcover or paperback is best for me as long as I get it HA I love stories like this...
(Bonnie Capuano 4:14am January 16, 2013)

I'd like the print edition if I won, please. There is something special about
the feel and smell of a new book.
(Liesl Lane 6:07am January 16, 2013)

Wow this book sounds really good! Thank you for giving us this
excerpt, now I can't wait to read the rest of it! Congrats on
the new release! :)
(Kelli Eisenhauer 8:06am January 16, 2013)

If I win I would love a Kindle version and my email is
kellieisenhauer@gmail.com :)
(Kelli Eisenhauer 8:07am January 16, 2013)

looks good
(Kent Cook 8:39am January 16, 2013)

I absolutely love embroidery. I haven't been able to do any
lately because I have been so busy. I would love to read
this. It sounds amazing. I have a feeling that it will make
me want to make time for embroidery again. Thanks for the
chance to win.
(Rebecca Hagan 9:24am January 16, 2013)

I'd like a print edition of this book if I win. Sounds like a fun bbok to read.

(Jane Komppa 9:26am January 16, 2013)

Congratulations on your new book! I also enjoy embroidery and cross stitch and would love to win a signed paperback copy of your book.
(Bonnie Hometchko 9:42am January 16, 2013)

Thread on Arrival sounds unique and special. I would like a
paperback edition. thanks. Best wishes.
(Sharon Berger 9:42am January 16, 2013)

I'd love read this book. If I win, please send it to my Kindle.
(Anna Speed 11:46am January 16, 2013)

added to my want to read list! thanks
(Debbi Shaw 1:57pm January 16, 2013)

(Shelly Caggiano 3:49pm January 16, 2013)

I would love to win a print copy, thanks so much! =)
(Melissa Bowyer 4:25pm January 16, 2013)

Sounds like a great book - and one that I would love to read. If I should be lucky enough to win, I'm old fashioned and would love a print copy. Thank you for the chance.
(Nancy Reynolds 5:00pm January 16, 2013)

Love this type of book. Another series to add to my wish list.
(Roseann Moss 5:12pm January 16, 2013)

I used to embroider everything.......sounds like a great book. What a clever title!
(Susan Coster 6:00pm January 16, 2013)

I've read the other books in this series and I can't wait to read this one.
(Bertha Hammond 6:08pm January 16, 2013)

I would love to win a print copy. I used to do a lot of sewing
now I would rather read about it. This book looks really
interesting thanks for giving me a sneak peek
(Shirley Kulesza 6:12pm January 16, 2013)

Really enjoyed reading your blog. It introduced me to a new series that I plan to start reading. Im still a paperback reader haven't gone electronic.
(Sheila True 6:15pm January 16, 2013)

Great cover
(Kathy Sullivan 6:39pm January 16, 2013)

i love this cover. my dog bandit, i lost a while ago looks like the dog on cover.can't wait to read.
(Jennifer Beck 7:36pm January 16, 2013)

the way that you did the cover is great i would love to read and blog on it for you
(Desiree Reilly 10:37pm January 16, 2013)

I think this is great!!! I'"m an embroiderer and I love mysteries.
This would be perfect for me. I would love a paperback copy if
I'm the winner. My email: carlavespe@gmail.com
(Carla Vespe 12:22pm January 17, 2013)

I must read all of the Embroidery Mystery series. THREAD ON
ARRIVAL looks fantastic.
(Mary Preston 6:23am January 17, 2013)

What a great premise!
(Carla Carlson 11:21am January 17, 2013)

thanks for the tease I look forward to reading your new release
(Danielle McDonald 9:52pm January 20, 2013)

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