EDITED: This giveaway is now ended!!! I know at least ONE of you won a bag!!! Tell us if you won in the comments!!!
Bag giveaway begins now!!! Head on over to the GreenBagLady for the rules and to enter. Remember to leave your email and country name for this giveaway. The grand prize winner will win a copy of Executive Dirt AND a book bag. If you are in the US, you will have your choice of a print copy of Executive Dirt OR an ebook. (International grand prize winner will win an ebook copy). There are also 11 other gorgeous book bags to be given away–anyone can win, international or US! Thank you, Teresa, for sewing the bags and thank you, HarmonyArt, for the organic cotton, fabulous fabric!
Here’s a little bit about Sedona and her sewing for those of you new to the series:
Like any author, I engage in intense research for every single book I write. No task is too big or too small. Learn to shoot a gun? Not a problem. Hike the wilderness in search of just the right setting? Boots on, let’s go!
Learn to sew? Well, erm. When Sedona needed to learn to sew for the plot of Executive Dirt, I knew I was in trouble. That one didn’t go so well.
You know how MacGyver could fix anything with duct tape and a paperclip? Well, I’d like to see him fix my attempt at sewing a new pair of shorts. I’ll even give him organic cotton thread, and he can use my sewing machine. Yes, I decided to tackle finishing those shorts I started making six months ago. Oh, we all knew there wasn’t much hope. I can buy nice fabric with the best of them. I’m high class–in what I’d like to own, if not in actual results. The good news is that these shorts turned out to be in my actual size. They are long enough, unlike the last pair which became a pair of short underwear with pockets. And when was the last time anyone needed underwear with pockets???
These shorts fit around the waist…er, well…no, no, they fit. I do kind of have to tuck this extra bit of material up under the waistband on one side so that it doesn’t poof out as if I got caught with a cheese roll and stuffed it in there to hide it. No idea how that air pocket ended up there. And it is true that the waistband doesn’t exactly cover up the seam where the shorts and the waistband meet. I take it that in real shorts, that seam is up under the waistband so that it doesn’t appear here and there like secret sanskrit writings. So I’ll wear a long shirt.
One pocket sags. The other pocket…well, I had to fold over the seam to make the back fit to the front. See above where I said I’ll wear a long shirt.
The fabric is really soft. It’s stretchy too, so I can sit and stand without bunching. Then again, that could be because some of these seams have rather more give than not. That happens when instead of sewing all the way around or up and down complete seams, you stop after a short section and then remeasure and start again a quarter inch over. After the third or fourth try you give up and just fold the damn fabric to get it to fit. I call it a “gather.” Then I wear a long shirt.
I haven’t hemmed them yet. But I know how to stand if the legs aren’t exactly the same length. Oh yes, I will too. This is really nice, soft material and I am not going to waste it. And maybe someone in the grocery store will give me a referral for an inexpensive seamstress. Even if the seamstress wanted to charge me a lot, after she sees these shorts, she might just make me a pair for free. It’s that or call the cops because she thinks I robbed a homeless lady. But I didn’t. I swear. I made these myself.
I wonder??? Will Sedona have any better luck with her sewing projects in Executive Dirt? Does it matter so long as Sedona solves the murder mystery or are these dangerous tasks somehow entwined???
Executive Lunch is the first in the series.
Executive Dirt, with sewing instructions included, is the fourth.
There is a boxed set available that includes the first three in the series.
Maria Schneider also writes the Moon Shadow series (paranormal mysteries–a dash of magic, humor and romance) and the Dragons of Wendal series (fantasy that includes dragons because dragons are nearly as much fun as cats).