My Quarantine Life or Tales from the Dark Corner

Apr 15, 2020 | 2020 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Vicki Vass

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win either an ebook or print copy (winner’s choice) of Vicki’s latest mystery A White Rabbit’s Tale, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Like most of you, I am practicing social distancing from my home. For me this is not too far out of the ordinary. As a writer, I have been predominantly work at home for most of my career, but I do enjoy getting out every once in a while and seeing the world. I wanted to share some tidbits from my three plus week homestay.

Vicki Vass

1. Without the Internet and social media, I would have no idea what is going on in the real world. Almost two years ago, my husband and I moved to an area in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains known as the Dark Corner. Not even Jimmy John’s or Pizza Hut deliver here. Dark Corner as it was once home to deserters in the revolution and moonshiners in more recent history.

2. I don’t have to search for toilet paper as I have always hoarded it. Was this foresight? No, it was actually based on past experience. As a poor college student, my roommates and I once ran out, so I vowed that would never happen again. I wish I had the foresight to stock up on hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes.

3. Without the distraction of traveling to work out or shop, I can read a great deal more. Since our quarantine started almost three weeks ago, I have found the time to read twelve books. Some of my favorite reads include The Book of Essie, Becoming Mrs. Lewis, and The Herd. I also discovered that I have stockpiled books on my to-be-read pile and have spent time trying to determine how long I can last if I cannot obtain new books. As I spend considerable amount of time staring at a computer screen, I prefer to read physical books

4. Staying connected is extremely important. I’ve attended a virtual book club to discuss Dear Edward, one of my favorite recent reads, a virtual cocktail hour and virtual workouts with my local Jazzercise club. It has been great to see familiar faces and have some routine in these uncertain times.

5. After the first two weeks of not feeling creative, I was able to dive in and start a new story. I don’t know where it’s going yet, but at least I am writing and feel much more productive.

I have not found time to clean my overstuffed closet or weed the nonstop mustard seed taking root in my backyard, but there’s still time. I think the social distancing will be prolonged for awhile.

I have spent some time promoting my most recent cozy mystery, A White Rabbit’s Tale, the sixth book in the Antique Hunters Mystery series. This particular story leads my characters into a years-old mystery relating to the 1893 Chicago Exposition. It was a fun story to research and equally as fun to write.

Thanks for letting me pop in and share some of my news. Let me know how you’re spending your quarantine and what you’re reading.

To enter to win either an ebook or print copy of A White Rabbit’s Tale, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “rabbit,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 25, 2020. U.S. residents only, and you must be 18 or older to enter. If you are entering via email please include you mailing address in case you win, it will be deleted after the contest. BE SURE TO STATE IF YOU WANT EBOOK OR PRINT, AND BE PREPARED FOR A PRINT COPY TO TAKE LONGER THAN USUAL TO ARRIVE. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Vicki Vass is the award winning author of the Antique Hunters Mystery Series. Murder for Sale, the first book in the series, was a finalist in the Mystery & Mayhem Contest. She also writes the Witch Cat Mystery Series. Follow her on Facebook: Vicki Vass—Author page or on her Vicki’s Cozy Corner blog.

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  1. I have really enjoyed your other books and thank you for the chance to win this new one. Since we are retired homebodies, life is not much different for us except for wearing masks to the grocery store. I am currently reading Mildred Abbott’s Cozy Corgi Mysteries. I’m like you and prefer physical books so thanks for the choice. Take care. Oh, and congrats on the toilet paper!

  2. Thanks for your delightful post today which I enjoyed greatly. I have been reading World War 11 novels, and memoirs from that era. You know what? They give me hope, and enjoyment since they are real and meaningful.
    I have been extremely occupied taking care of my 2 grandsons, 6 & 8 daily for a month. This gives me pleasure and is a precious occupation.

  3. Let’s hope this social distancing stuff is actually working!

    Count me in the drawing.

  4. New author and series for me, would love to get a copy!

  5. I still have to go in to work and I’m in a very rural area so not much change here. Love the sound of this book. I agree with you, I prefer print. Thanks for the look at A White Rabbit’s Tale!

  6. Life hasn’t changed much for me, since I’m disabled with MS and haven’t worked a real job or driven in 19 years. I’ve been reading several arcs, as usual.

  7. You know, since we have all been home more, I have actually fallen behind on my reading. I have discovered podcasts and enjoyed musical entertainment. Spent more time with the furkids, etc.

    I have read and loved this book but would love to win a print copy for my sister who lives a state away and has been sheltering with her kids.

    LaurasREadingBlog AT gmail DOTcom

  8. THANKS for the chance to win! Thank goodness for internet! be well

  9. That sounds like a great series – thanks for the chance to own one of your books

  10. I love mysteries and am always reading as it is my favorite pastime

  11. We have a winner!


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