Saturday, November 1, 2014

Ellery's Mystery Cozy Contest


Hosted By Ellery Adams


It's the first of the month! Instead of my usual contest, I wanted to do a contest related to a theme in my upcoming Books By the Bay Mystery, Lethal Letters, which hits the shelves on November 4th. 

In Lethal Letters, two of the characters are young women who've been friends since they were little girls. They've exchanged letters for all the years of their friendship and Olivia, who has reason to read one side of the correspondence, is deeply moved by what she discovers.

We so rarely receive letters in the mail these days, so I thought it would be fun to think about this old-fashioned and very personal form of communication. 


So here's the contest: Tell me who recently wrote you a memorable letter. Why did it resonate with you? 

I'll pick a random name from the comments and inform the winner here and on FB. You'll receive this wonderful "secret scroll" necklace. The letter actually opens and this wonderful quote is hidden inside. Keep it or give it to a friend! 





44 comments:

vickie shaw said...

My brother Alton. He so rarely writes any more. He is 22 years older than me. and he told me some things about our parents, I never knew. It was wonderful learning new things about them, so many years after their passing.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I can't remember the last time I got a letter. I get thank you notes but that is not the same as a letter. They don't even teach cursive writing in some schools anymore. I had Nuns and learned the Palmer Method. Had to put a coin on the wrist to keep the hand held right. Did anyone else learn that? If it isn't printed, my young grandson has trouble reading what is written. I guess printing is the easy way out now.

Anonymous said...

I still write letters! I used to write my mother a letter, each week. After my Mom died, my aunt (her sister) became the recipient of my missives. She says she looks forward to them. She used to write me back...but, after a stroke, does not write, anymore. I miss her letters.
I have found letters my mother wrote, stashed away in a drawer. They are, now, TREASURES. My sister, when going through some of my mother's things, after she died, found letters from me to Mom, years ago. My sister read them and said she loved them!


patucker54 at aol dot com

Kuzlin said...

My daughter when she went away to college in her freshman year. She wrote me a wonderful letter on how much I have helped her through the years and what I mean to her. Of course, I was in tears. kuzlin at aol.com

Sue F said...

My latest letter was a thank you note from my great niece.

Linda Rima said...

My aunt writes wonderful letters so full of character and comments that they feel like an in person conversation. She's in her 80s.
Tennisace50@yahoo.com

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

My sweet friend Leni and I write letters to each other all the time. We'll sometimes spend weeks writing them, telling each other each day what we have done. Almost like a journal. But what always touched me is when Leni tells me how much she loves me and is blessed to have me for a friend. She has even told me that I was her special angel. Her letters always make me laugh and cry. I don't think I can ever fully communicate to her that I feel the same way she does. She's so much more than a friend. She's a sister that God has sent to me. Oh, and we have never met face to face. We became friends through Facebook.

Grandma Cootie said...

My sister was in the upper part of my state a few weeks ago to spend a long weekend with her husband. They currently have a long-term relationship because of his job and he was on a business trip. We communicated via IM and knew that neither one of us would be able to make the trip to see the other. A couple days after she got back home she sent me a card and letter describing exactly what I felt: because of time and distance neither of us could make the trip, but we both thought about it long and hard, felt bad about it for a while, and then realized it was okay and we'll do what we can to see each other soon. It was unexpected and sweet.

Harbinger said...

I haven't received (or, I admit, sent) a letter in years. However, my husband and I frequently leave surprise hand written notes for each other. I find his usually ones from him on my keyboard or in my bag and I leave ones for him in his cooler that he takes to work. It's a nice little boost to the day to find one.

Patty Ward said...

Sadly the last letter written to me was the letter I received from my sister in law. My brother just passed away a year ago and she wrote about his last days and expressed his wishes for his family. It was unexpected and heart lifting to know my brother was thinking of us and wanted us to go on with happy and positive memories and to celebrate his and our lives.
b5sycop@nefcom.net

Anonymous said...

My friend Elizabeth always keeps in better touch than I do. I owe her 3 letters! Judy

Sue Farrell said...

Sadly I haven't received many letters lately---writing a letter has become a dead art. In my teens I remember walking to the post office almost daily after we had moved far away from my friends and just waiting for a letter to come from one of my girlfriends. I'd be so excited and almost always wrote back within a day or two.
suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

Rebecca Prazak said...

From my cousin Jackie at Christmas time to tell me about family doings.
rjprazak6@gmail.com

Ferne Knauss said...

As often as she can, a very dear girlfriend that I met one summer at college will write me a letter and enclose it in my birthday greetings. I try to do the same for her birthday. My birthday is later this week so there is always anticipation for the arrival of her letter. My goal of taking courses during the summer was to graduate as a librarian in 3 years. Her goal was to become certified in library science so she could leave the classroom and become the librarian at her school for the remaining years of her career. We both met our goals as a life-long friendship was born. We may not talk often and it is always a few years or more between face-to-face visits, but her letters are as though she has come to visit and is sitting across the room from me catching me up on everything. I treasure each letter and always read each letter more than once. A treasured gift of friendship as it is a gift of her time shared with me in mind.

bookwomen said...

I still get letters from my parents. My sister also makes sure that my niece and nephew still write notes. Handwritten notes mean a lot more than email.

Lynn in Texas said...

We don't get letters like we used to, but last month received a nice one from a good friend's mother, who used to teach English & was a volleyball coach, now widowed and lives in assisted living, and she even included a photo! Best part is she's 95 years young! It was such a treat.

Ellery Adams said...

Last week, I received two and they really changed my attitude for the entire week. Just knowing someone took the time to write me by hand made me feel very special. Thanks for sharing your stories!

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lawlady said...

A friend I've known since kindergarden sent a letter the other day just to say hello. It was a delightful surprise.

Debbie Carney said...

It has been awhile since I've had a letter, Use to love writing and receiving letters. In todays world it seems not a lot of people want to be bothered. I find this very sad, letters with real words not short cut text speak lol

debbiec1313@yahoo.com

Teresa said...

My most recent letter came from my mother....it was encouragement just before my reconstruction surgery. It's one of those I'll keep forever!!

Marlene Ezell said...

I guess that the last letter I received was a condolence on the loss of my dog, Darcy. I miss the fact that people don't write letters anymore. I remember when I went to camp, many years ago, letter delivery was a big deal. My parents made sure that I got a letter every day. So many of my friends wrote me. We had quiet hour after lunch where we sat on our bunks and wrote letters.

Ann Mettert said...

My friend who moved to Kentucky sent me a note in a card. Memorable because I rarely get letters of any kind.

Lori Cimino said...

I think it was from Anthony's step mom. I have always enjoyed written correspondence and I know people loved my letters. I was just thinking a couple of days ago that I should pick up the habit again as it is such a lost art.

Anne MacEneaney said...

The last letter I got was actually a postcard through postcrossing.com.

kiki said...

I haven't gotten a letter in years. The last thing I got in the mail similar to a letter was a thank you note for a present I sent to someone getting married.

Linda Osborn said...

I got a short letter last week from a very dear lady who is unable to get out and about now and doesn't allow visitors in her home. I send along things with her quite elderly husband when I see him--things like fresh from the orchard apples, or a small loaf of pumpkin bread from a church harvest sale, or produce from the CSA I belong to. Anyway, she sent a lovely note about how much she appreciates these little things. It was so difficult for her to write as you could see from her writing; her effort and words touched my heart.

Anonymous said...

I received a lovely and pretty thank you from my 13 year old granddaughter, Hannah. Pretty pink toe shoes were given to her for her helping me organize my spice drawer. She lined everything up, alphabetically, and with the labels facing up! She is so funny....her own bedroom in a "sight" but when she comes to Nana's house, she's organized. I never say anything to her Mom, my daughter, because she might want to enforce that "quality" at home!! It's far better being a ballerina than an tidy organizer!!

Robyn K said...

My friend and I still send each other letters in the mail. We live in different states and it's wonderful to hear what's going on with her and her family. I love receiving letters in the mail. Thank you for this giveaway :)

Anonymous said...

A thank you note from a grateful client for all the entertaining status texts that I sent to her everyday she was away from her pet family that kept her connected and worry free..Georgette Thaler

Jeanne said...

A sweet note form my aunt in a get well card.

Rose Tracy said...

The last real letter I got in the mail was a condolence letter after my Mom died in March of 2012. It was from my cousin Carol. I hadn't heard from Carol in 30 years. Since then we have reconnected via Facebook and phone calls. Sad to think that it took a death to bring us together. And even more sad to think how long it has been since I got a letter from someone.

traveler said...

I write letters to a cousin who calls a few times a year. I still send her letters which are meaningful, emotional and precious. After my mother died I felt a very deep void and this cousin who is close to my heart continues to understand.

petite said...

I received a heartwarming wonderful letter from my friend with whom I lost contact. Our close friendship was something which endured and was very special. We will continue to correspond since we both grew up appreciating handwritten letters.That was the way we communicated and I learned about from my mother. It has not been forgotten.

Renee W said...

My college roommate sent me an unexpected card and note a month or so ago. It was so nice to hear from her that way. We used to write voluminous letters to each other when we were in college, during summers and Christmas breaks. Receiving a letter is a special thing today, and I always appreciate it so much.

Jean said...

I received a letter one year ago from an author and she gave me words of encouragement and an autographed picture. It means a lot to me as a struggling writer to keep on writing. :)

Rachelle21 said...

I went to a dinner at a church with a friend and she sent be a lovely Thank You note. It was appreciated.

Jeanine Elizalde said...

My two cousins and I wrote back and forth for over 40 years. These days are letter writing is via email.

Loretta Sullivan said...

Over the years I've sent and received many letters, but I can't remember any recent letters. However, I save everything and a few weeks ago I found a post card from one grandson and a letter from another grandson what was obviously a school assignment to teach proper letter writing form. Both (post card and letter) are still very special to me.

Cynthia Hogue said...

The last letter I received was from a dear friend after the death of my brother. It contained such heartfelt words of comfort and compassion and was a great encouragement to me. I have several boxes of stationary from many years ago and often think that I should start writing letters however it is all to easy to send a quick email or leave a voice mail instead. I think I will make an effort to write a letter to someone special very soon.

Dana McIntyre said...

Actually, it's who I write...My 95-year-old grandmother. She lives by herself in the tiny little house my grandfather built for her in 1938 in Mississippi. She can't hear, so calling her is pretty much out of the question because you can say something and she will answer, "Well, isn't that wonderful?" no matter what you're telling her. So, every Sunday night, I sit down and hand write her a letter. Most of the time it's about absolutely nothing, but my mother says that she loves going to the mailbox and finding a pretty envelope with hummingbirds or flowers adorning the front, knowing it's from me. And since she only gets three (yes, three) channels on her TV - two of which are usually playing Lawrence Welk reruns - she will sit and read my letter over and over all week until the next one comes in the mail. Makes me very happy that she loves them so much.

Linda Kish said...

I get letters from my father's significant other. He passed away 14 years ago and we still stay in touch. She is a wonderful lady. I just spoke with her today. Lately it's more calls than letters as she is getting up there in age and it's harder for her to write.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Robin Coxon said...

The most recent letter I received was enclosed inside a get well card. It was from a woman who I met through our former church and who's husband became a minister at a later stage in his life. When my mother and father passed on, she and her husband became like grandparents for my children and she became a mother to me. The now live about four hours away from us and we seldom get to spend much time with each other. She always shares their current comings and goings as well as providing me with uplifting words to help me through the rough times I was facing at that time. God does provide when there is no one left to call on.

Ellery Adams said...

Congrats to Sue Farrell - you're my winner!