We’re Here For You (Plus a Contest for Free Books)

We at misterio press hope and pray that all of our readers and their loved ones come out of this crisis healthy and unscathed.

In the meantime, we are trying to offer as much support as we can. Please see this post and this post for tips to help you stay calm and de-stress during these difficult times. Plus, if you’re looking for a new way to make money while working at home, check out this offer to learn how to become a freelance writer.

And to help out with the boredom of staying at home, we have a CONTEST for Free Books!

Grand prize is a Bag of Free Books — this fun tote plus SEVEN first-in-series, signed paperbacks from 6 of our authors.

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Four more winners will receive a free ecopy of one of our books!! (Winner’s choice but exceptions may apply.)

Two ways to enter!

Go to the contest and click on the appropriate ways to enter. Then…

#1 — Comment on this blog post.

And tell us how you’re doing.

one of the books for this contest for free books

#2 — Get another entry (worth 5 points!) by signing up for our blog!

If you have trouble figuring out how to subscribe (“subscribe” area above on the right), you can….

one of the books for this contest for free books

Comment and include your email address and permission for us to subscribe you.

This contest for free books runs through April 25th.

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Winners will be announced soon after that.

Best of luck!!

To enter the Contest to Win a Bag of Free Books please click HERE!

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202 thoughts on “We’re Here For You (Plus a Contest for Free Books)

      1. Deborah Duran

        Thank you for this opportunity to win your contest. I wish the best of luck to all who enter. Besides the books offered I really love the book bag! I would love to win the books of coconut I would be just as happy with the book bag and book markets. Please be safe. Pray the best for your family.

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          1. Deborah Duran

            My phone (and sometimes the owner of said phone) is dyslexic so please excuse any misspelled or turned around sentance.

        1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

          Isn’t that the cutest bag!?!? I love it.

          Thanks for your prayers. You stay safe and healthy too!!!

          Reply
    1. Joy

      I really appreciate entering your book contest. Thank you for offering us and opportunity to obtain some good reading material at this difficult time.

      Reply
    2. Joan

      I love cozy mysteries, no mush please. Plenty of sweet pets and great friends helping our heroine (usually) solve a murder, finding lost important papers and accidents that may have been murder. No blood and guts, the crime solvers can be any age middle school clear to dotage. No I don’t have a clue ‘who done’ and some times I don’t care, at other times I got the killer first. Keep writing my kind of books, pretty please with extra sugar on top. Oh romance is okay if it is just really a nice friendship.

      Reply
      1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

        Hi Joan! You’re in luck. We have other subgenres as well, but most of our authors are partial to writing cozies. Lots to discover here. Thanks for coming by!

        Reply
  1. Margaret Rushton

    I’m doing okay but a little stir-crazy at times. Missing my boys that live in another state. Hubby working from home. Trying to do some cooking to fill the freezer with meals I’ve made when I’m able to find ingredients. Watching some programs on my Tivo and doing more reading. Feeling like I’m on a quest sometimes to find items in the stores, like the elusive toilet paper.

    Reply
    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      I think we’re all a little stir crazy at this point. Even my very introverted friends are starting to get antsy.

      And I hear you about the quest for the elusive items. I’ve discovered it takes longer to shop online than it does in the store!

      Reply
      1. Teri

        I’m going stir crazy! My kids won’t let me go anywhere because I’m in the at risk group. Thank God for books,books, and more books. I’m hoping we hear some great news soon.

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    2. K.B. Owen

      I really does feel like a quest these days, Margaret! Good luck spotting toilet paper “in the wild.” I pray this is over soon, so we all can see our distant loved ones again. Hoping you and your family stay safe!

      Reply
  2. Jasmine

    This contest is exactly what I need. I’m trying to get all the things done on my plate, and while the rest of my family can do the whole screen time to relax afterwards bit, it’s just not hitting the mark at all for me right now. Probably because nearly every commercial references pandemic. Anyway, thanks for this, and either way I look forward to checking out your other authors since I enjoy Kirsten Weiss so much.

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    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      And we look forward to having you check out our books, Jasmine! And I hear you about the “screen time” not quite cutting it right now. I find myself playing mindless games online some of the time, and reading more, which is a good thing. 🙂

      Reply
  3. Marci Konecny

    This is a great giveaway! A few new authors and some that I already know and love. I hope you all are staying safe and sane…the latter a little more complicated these days. Head up and carry on! (with a mask of course) =)

    Reply
    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      “some that I already know and love” — a line that always warms an author’s heart, Marci.

      We are all doing okay, everyone is healthy as are our families. Sane I’m not so sure about…lol.

      Stay safe!!

      Reply
  4. Frances Hampton

    Quite honestly, I’m struggling. I’m high risk so while my Governor mandated the hunker down, shelter in place earlier this month, I have actually isolated since January. It feels like forever since I’ve felt the sun and walked in the woods. Then I received some news, health related, that wasn’t what I was hoping for. It seems I have a couple of surgeries to look forward to when this ends. Those things have been weights. On with the positives, you should always end with the positives, right? I have found that people have huge hearts and, in the midst of their own troubles, they are sharing their hope and love. The times are scary for everyone. Yet people in my town are busy sewing masks, gowns and face shields so our community is covered. Strangers shop for elders and single parents. Restaurants, who are truly hurting, are donating food to front line families. I have received cards in the mail from people I only know from reading groups. This all outweighs the negatives in my life. So while I struggle, many kind friends, family members and strangers keep me lifted and shine the light of hope. We will get through this together and perhaps be a stronger, kinder, more cohesive and better nation than we were. How are you all doing?

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    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      We are all doing well, all things considered. Hubs and I (and some of our other authors, whom I shall not name) are in the moderate high risk category, because we are seniors, although generally healthy.

      That’s scary enough. I can only begin to imagine how hard it is for you and others who have health issues that make you more susceptible.

      Do you have someplace safe where you can walk, or at least sit in the sun for a while? We have a small bit of open land near our house. It has been a Godsend to be able to go for short walks there.

      And yes, it is amazing and so heartwarming to see communities coming together in so many ways. I do believe, as a country, we will come out the other end of this stronger and better.

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    2. Vinnie

      Hi, Frances, I’m so sorry to hear of your struggles–as if just the SiP isn’t stress enough! I feel like putting my finger on the scale for you to win. Stay strong.

      Reply
    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      You are welcome, Tia! I enjoy the convenience of reading on my kindle (especially at the doctor’s office or traveling), but there is nothing quite like the feel of a real book in your hands!

      Reply
  5. Crystal Stewart

    What a great giveaway. Thanks. I love the prizes and you can never have to many books in my opinion.
    Love the book covers. What I would really love is to read and review these books in Paperback/Hardback/Mass Paperback/Print versions. I love cozy Mysteries and Mystery books especially series. Love seeing all the twists and turns in the plot(s).
    I do hope I win.

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  6. Joan

    I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love freebies. I do but especially BOOK freebies, you can never have too many books. Even with all the time that most of us have now there still isn’t enough time to read ALL the new books I’ve gotten. AND no I am not a hoarder, I’m a collector of fine literature.

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    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      Here’s hoping your lucky spell works, Phyllis. And I hear ya about being bored. Every day is same old/same old.

      Reply
  7. Michelle Willms

    It’s odd; I’m home most of the time anyway, so being on pandemic house arrest shouldn’t really be different. It is, though. I can’t remember when I’ve been bored. I just don’t get bored. There’s always so much to do, and so many great books to read and review. Yet, since I’ve been told I’ve had to stay home, I’ve actually been bored a few times. I simply don’t understand it. Now, I’m sick, so that’s irritating. Thank you so much for allowing us the opportunity to win some mysteries. I love mysteries!!

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    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      Oh my, so sorry to hear you are sick, Michelle. Prayers that you get well soon!!!

      I know what you mean about being used to being home, but now… Normally I look for excuses to avoid going out, I’m such a homebody. But now. I guess it’s a forbidden fruit kind of thing. When we know we can’t, we want to…lol

      Take good care of yourself!

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    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      We are all doing well so far, Cynthia. Glad you are okay!

      I manually subscribed you to the blog. Check your email. I think you have to click on something to confirm it.

      Reply
  8. Melissa Basnight

    Great group of books for giveaway. Need more books to read, bored sitting at home, tired of cleaning.

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  9. Antonette Nyman

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to try these stories. Always looking for different books, especially now. Who doesn’t like contests? Stay safe.

    Reply
  10. Lisa Sabatini

    I would love to read these books! During this pandemic when we are to stay at home, I am truly grateful for writers who take us away to other places! Stay safe!

    Reply
    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      Amen, Lisa. There was never a better time for escaping into a good book! You stay safe as well.

      Reply
  11. Susan Carter

    Wow! I am so excited to have this opportunity! I signed up for the blog and am anxious to follow it. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    Reply
    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      Doing okay is actually pretty darn good, under the circumstances! Thanks for subscribing, Kara.

      Reply
  12. Ashley Applebee

    Thanks for this great giveaway! This should help the cabin fever and stir craziness I’m going through!

    Reply
    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      We’ve done our best to make them interesting and fun. Hope you enjoy them. And best of luck!

      Reply
  13. Cecilia

    Thank you for the giveaway. Our oldest daughter and her two daughters are sheltering with us, so we are enjoying spending time with them.

    Reply
  14. Stephania Embrey

    Your blog offers many opportunities to discover new books and improve oneself. I look forward to my membership.

    Reply
    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      Hi, Stephania. So glad you are joining us. We are trying our best to be supportive, informative and at times, just offer plain old distraction!

      Reply
  15. Cheryl Arcemont

    This is one awesome giveaway!Thank you for this offer. Of course I signed up for the blog! I love reading what’s going on in an author’s world.

    Reply
    1. Lisa Bateman

      Sorry, I got so excited with giveaway I forgot to say how things were going. I work in a small hospital in northern Georgia as a lab tech so I’m so ready for this to be over. I have to say I’m a little jealous of people who get to stay home lol. But I’m thankful to have a job and so happy I can help out with the sick patients who have it. Even if I’m risking catching it. The stress of the lockdown of everything and people hoarding toilet paper, not to mention the stress of all fellow workers, is only relieved by reading and all the authors’ kind words in newsletters. It is also heartwarming at all the discounted and free books during this time. Thank you

      Reply
      1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

        Bless you, Lisa! Your work is so, so important. We’ll be sending prayers your way that your body stays healthy and your spirit stays strong. Hugs!!

        Reply
    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      So glad you’re doing okay, Julie. We are all healthy and safe so far, for which we are grateful. At least, as authors, we’re used to working from home. Good luck with the contest.

      Reply
  16. Jennifer l Eades

    Thank you for this wonderful chance to win these books. I very much enjoy your blog and all the authors books that I have read by them. again thank you.

    Jennifer
    Louisville Kentucky

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    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      “I very much enjoy your blog and all the authors books…” You just made out day, Jennifer! Best of luck.

      Reply
    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      Welcome to our blog. I’ve definitely been reading more. Anything to distract from reality right now. 🙂

      Reply
  17. Carolyn Connell Theriot

    I am so glad I found this blog. Sounds like it can get my mind off of current captivity. Also thank you for this chance to win,

    Reply
    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      We’re glad you found us too! “current captivity” — a very apt way of putting it. Good luck, Carolyn.

      Reply
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  19. Katrina Dehart

    My family is holding it together so far!! Thank you for the chance 💗 I’m already subscribed!

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    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      You’re welcome and good to hear that you all are holding it together. Take care, Katrina!!

      Reply
    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      We thought the contest itself would be fun, and some folks will end up with new books to read! Good luck, Amber.

      Reply
  20. lisa

    I am excited to win some new books, love new authors! Plus with the libraries closed i can share with my mom who lives with me. Stay Healthy and Happy Reading 🙂

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    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      Then I’m hoping you’re one of our winners, Lisa, so you and your mom have some new material to read! Good luck.

      Reply
  21. Tom Intiso

    Doing well, actually. Since I live in a small, relatively rural, town, the impact has been far less in our lives here than it has been in larger or more urban areas. Simply put, in smaller areas like this, there are very few UNessential jobs. The largest industry in our area is ranching. If you are unfamiliar with that lifestyle, let me simply put it this way, the cows still need to be milked and fed whether you’re in quarantine or not… LOL. Accordingly, you will still need to be buying gas, food, equipment, supplies, etc. etc. etc.

    Regardless, my heart aches for the many tales of struggle I’ve heard or read these past few weeks, even as it jubilates for the equally astounding tales of compassion and kindness which have also appeared.

    I feel quite vindicated, if I am honest. Over the past few years as divisiveness has increased across every imaginable attribute, I have remained steadfast in my opinion that things are not really as bad as most fear, and that most people are far better than the credit we, as a culture, collectively give ourselves. As we all move through this “non-crisis” together, I am finally finding proof that my hopes are in fact quite real.

    So, I wish you all much joy in every day and every moment.

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    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      I live in a small city, in a county that responded early on to what was going on. So we have very few cases, and no deaths so far.

      But it is heartbreaking to see the scenes from the hospitals in New York and other places that have been hit harder. And then you hear a story about someone going that extra mile to help another…

      I, like you, have always been optimistic about the human race. It’s gratifying to see that I’ve been right all along. Yes, there are a few jerks running around refusing to do what they are supposed to be doing, but so many communities are pulling together. Heartwarming!

      Take care, Tom!

      Reply
  22. Vicki Johnson

    Thank you for this opportunity! I love all my bags that I have collected over the years. We are staying safe in Teton County, Wyoming where we have been in shelter at home orders since mid March! Love our local officials, hospital staff and the community outreach that is shown repeatedly! Stay safe and God’s Blessings to each of you.

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  23. Kassandra Lamb Post author

    Glad you are doing well in Wyoming, Vicki. I love our local officials and hospital staff as well. They jumped on things early and we are faring much better than a lot of places as a result.

    Good luck in the contest and God bless!

    Reply
  24. Lynn

    We are doing okay. Out for walks with the dogs. And doing some renovations in the house. Stay safe and healthy.

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    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      So glad you’re doing okay, Lynn. I’ve got some renovation-type projects I’ve been putting off for years. They still haven’t made it to the top of the to-do list, but they’re getting closer. I’ve cleaned out the pantry and the garage so far, though. Stay safe!!

      Reply
  25. Rachel J

    Thanks for the contest! Here in Utah, we just received notice that schools will not reopen for the rest of the school year. It’s sad because I have two teens who are missing their friends, but I also think that we’ve been reconnecting since we’re stuck together.

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    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      You’re welcome, Rachel. This forced togetherness is helping with a lot of reconnecting, I’m sure. But I feel really bad for teenagers. Friends are so important to them… And especially I feel bad for those who are graduating this year! 🙁

      Reply
  26. Barbara Harrison

    Hanging in there and continuing to slash away at emails, currently 16,935 ,down for the second time from 20K.

    Reply
    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      Hi, Barbara! I admire your tenacity. When my inbox gets too full, I’m tempted to delete everything.

      Stay safe and God bless!

      Reply
  27. Kathleen Kendler

    Thanks for the chance, I only have one or two of the books, already. Cute book bag.
    Stay healthy & safe.

    Reply
    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      Hey Carol, thanks so much for stopping by! Glad you all are safe and healthy. Here’s to all of us staying that way!

      Reply
  28. Kathleen Kelly

    Hi, hope you are all well, hubby and I are doing ok in this lockdown. We live in a small town so it is not bad here. 6 cases that is all we have. Thank you for the opportunity!

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    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      You’re welcome, Kathleen. We are in a small city that went into lockdown early on, so we’re okay as well. I feel for people who live in large cities where it’s so much harder to social distance.

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  29. Bev Smith

    I love Kassandra’s books! Mystery books are my favorite. Good luck everyone. Thanks for the chance at a great prize. Stay safe and healthy everyone!

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  30. Jamie Gillespie

    What a wonderful contest at a time when readers are needing extra books to keep our minds busy! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  31. Donise Cinnamon

    Oh, this looks like fun! Thank you all so much for doing this give away! I am also looking forward to reading some of the past blog posts. Stay safe, sane and healthy.

    Reply
    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      We’re doing okay with the safe and healthy part…not so sure about the sane part…lol. But we’re trying our best. Hope you enjoy the posts, Donise, and stay safe!

      Reply
  32. Joyce Westmoreland

    I love this blog. The authors are treating us like friends. That makes us very happy. Thank you so much.

    Reply
    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      Aww, Joyce. I’m touched by your comment. You all are so important to us. We love it when we can connect with you!

      Reply
  33. Charles

    This is a great thing you are doing with the Corona virus going around. Thank you & the authors as well.

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  34. MARY Pitre

    Great giveaway especially at a crazy time as now. Thanks for the chance. I been reading a book a day since March 9 stay at home order it would be nice to win a bag of books.

    Reply
  35. Sue

    Hi KassAndra,
    Keep safe & well, & carry on writing. We are not doing to well, I am disabled & my husband is my carer.
    People decided to stock pile food etc, we had an awful job getting food etc. We didn’t so had to pay the price.
    It’s better now though.
    Oh well moaning doesn’t get us anywhere.
    We’ve had three nice days so I’ve managed to get out.
    Sorry it’s such a long post. Lol

    Reply
    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      No apologies necessary, Sue. We really do want to know how everyone is faring. I’m glad things have gotten better. It was crazy here for a while as well, and going out to the store is a risk because we’re in the 65+ age range.

      We’ve started shopping through a delivery service. They do surprisingly well finding substitutions if what we’ve ordered is out. It seems like the shelves are not quite as bare as they were (except the toilet paper aisle…lol).

      And the spring weather is helping with my spirits as well. Continue to take good care of yourselves!!

      Reply
  36. Lois Becker

    Morning from South Carolina where the sun is shining again so I am doing well. No tornado activity is always good even though we are still on social distancing. Thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway. I am already subscribed. Would love to win some free books. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      Good afternoon from Florida, Lois. I’d love to say it’s sunny here (because it usually is) but it’s raining at the moment. The sunshine has definitely made it easier to cope these last few weeks. Wishing you good luck with the contest!

      Reply
  37. Glenda M

    Thanks for the chance – Everyone can use more books and reusable bags IMO! As for how I’m doing, I’m ok revamping sewing skills (or something resembling skills) to make masks for family and friends and if I have supplies left after that I’ll donate. The extra long waits to get into stores grocery and fabric (2.5 hours) is trying, but it could be worse. (I did subscribe to the blog btw)

    Reply
    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      Good for you that you’re making masks for friends and family, Glenda. A friend of ours, who is much more skillful with needle and thread than I am, made us masks. We were so grateful!

      Welcome to the blog. Hope you enjoy it. And good luck int eh contest.

      Reply
  38. Joyce Westmoreland

    Thank you all for this amazing giveaway. I love books and reading. That bag is great. It would be so much fun to carry that bag everywhere. I love this blog. I hope you all are being so careful and staying safe and healthy. I am sheltering in place until this is over. Thank goodness for great books. I am staying busy reading, my favorite thing to do.

    Reply
    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      You’re welcome, Joyce. We figured there was no better way to help with the boredom than to offer more books to read. I’ve read more in the last month than I had in the four months prior to that combined!

      Reply
  39. Wanda S

    Awesome list of books (and authors), I also love the bag. Congratulations to whomever wins this, your so very lucky.

    Reply
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  41. Barbara Harman

    Thank you so much for the opportunity! I just found this blog and I love it! Even if I don’t win, I’m going to try out these books by authors new to me!

    Reply
    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      Welcome to our blog, Barbara. We definitely have lots of books for you to check out.

      We also host author interviews with other up and coming mystery writers, so that our subscribers can try them out if they like what they see. One such interview is coming up next week.

      Good luck in the contest!

      Reply
  42. Carol Peace

    I would love to win and why haven’t I heard of this blog before!. I have signed up too as it seems like fun as well as books and who doesn’t love a book bag. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Reply
    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      You are very welcome, Carol. So glad you signed up. We will try hard to keep you uplifted and entertained during these crazy times. Best of luck.

      Reply
  43. Susan

    Sometimes I wonder if my boss understands the gravity of the situation. She was in my office yesterday telling me how far off we are from last year’s numbers. Um…. like maybe because we are in the middle of a pandemic? I am grateful to be working and to have my health. I don’t care about the numbers.

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    1. Kassandra Lamb Post author

      We are also very grateful that you are healthy and still able to work, Susan. I suspect our numbers, plus a whole lot of other things, will be “off” for some time to come. But I’m hanging on to the belief that eventually this will all just be a bad memory. Take care!!

      Reply

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