Collecting can be murder — Bailey Cates — #bookgiveaway

Bailey MagicMacaroons_HighResWe’re celebrating the upcoming release of my third Food Lovers’ Village mystery, BUTTER OFF DEAD (July 7—save the suspense and pre-order it now!), with a glimpse of some of your favorite authors’ prized collections.

Today, Bailey Cates, aka Cricket McRae, shares a very book-ish collection that started long before she became a published author.

“When Leslie asked if I collected anything, I immediately thought of my bookmarks. Of course, I have craft “stashes” — of yarn and fabric, of herbs and essential oils and soap molds — but the only thing I really collect is bookmarks. I started when I was quite young. I loved reading, they were small and easy to pack (and we moved a lot), and they were cheap (often free). Now, forty years later, I have hundreds of bookmarks, perhaps even thousands.

Bailey 1This is a framed set of bookmarks from well-loved bookstores. Unfortunately, many of them are out of business now, but at least these live on to decorate my office wall.

And this a sampling of just a few of the others. There are the gifts of cross-stitch, watercolor, and a pom-pom bookworm on cardboard. The leather ones on the right are part of a mini-collection from my travels in Britain, where they seemed to be ubiquitous souvenirs. Shown is one from Ireland, one from the Dublin Writers Museum, and another from the Sherlock Holmes museum. The books of bookmarks crack me up — but admittedly are a good way to share recipes or have people return borrowed books. Beside the Bookmarks for Cooks is a laser-cut unicorn from my very early days of collecting. Yes, I was a girl who loved unicorns. And there in the middle is a tiny ship etched on a recycled ivory piano key — one of my very favorites.

Bailey 2And now I hand out my own bookmarks like a madwoman at conventions and signings. Big thanks to Leslie for inviting me to participate in her fun collection blog event this month!”



Some_Enchanted_Éclair_featureThe fifth in Magical Bakery Mystery, Magic and Macaroons, will release on July 7. Connect with Bailey and find out more about her books at, on Facebook, or on Twitter: @WriterBailey



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59 thoughts on “Collecting can be murder — Bailey Cates — #bookgiveaway

  1. I do have a few bookmarks (at least one unicorn bookmark, if not more), and I refuse to use them. I want to keep them forever! (Plus I have a hard time finding bookmarks that I like). I do use the free bookmarks from the public library. I have read the first 2 books in the Magical Bakery Mystery (which I love), and I am looking forward to reading the all series. Thank you for the giveaway.

  2. I also have collected bookmarks but now see I really should display them. I sometimes take extras to the library for others to use. Thanks for sharing the idea.

  3. I hadn’t thought of my bookmarks being a collection, I have no where near the amount you do. Thanks for sharing with us. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  4. I love the idea of the framed book marks. I guess I need to get a frame. It will look great with the table runner I am working on. It is my 1st quilting project and looks like a book shelf. The “books” are all fabric that represents my life. (thanks to Kate Carlisle for the pattern!)

  5. What a great collection. I also have some bookmarks. I never thought to frame them. Thank you for sharing your wonderful collection.

  6. What a cool collection of bookmarks. I have some, but nowhere near as many as you.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. What an interesting collection. I am always thrilled to get bookmarks when I win a book, exciting to find them tucked inside. I remember when Amazon first started they would include a bookmark with each shipment.

    • Isn’t it fun to open a book we haven’t touched in a while and find a treasured bookmark, or one from a long-gone bookstore we loved?

  8. Thanks for sharing your collection of bookmarks. That’s probably one thing most readers have a lot of, but never realize they are a collection in their own right. I didn’t, but I think yours are awesome! I’ve been collecting bookmarks myself probably since I first started school (those book fairs are wonderful things). Now I’m thinking of ways to try and display ones I’ve got. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. I love the Magical Bakery series and didn’t know an addition to the series was being released! I love authors bookmarks and have a variety of them. Most are shared with our local library or “borrowed” by friends who have similar reading interests.

    • Oh, what fun! I don’t see those as often as I used to traveling, but we brought some home from France for bridge-playing friends, with Provencal scenes.

  10. I collect bookmarks, too. I have lots that I bought at bookstores years ago and even leather ones including ones from the community college I went to. I have a couple bookmarks where the picture changes when you move it back and forth. One has dinosaurs on it. In the book I’m reading now I have a horse bookmark with a tassel on it. The trouble is that lots of times the tassel falls off. Now I mostly get bookmarks free at the library or with books that I’ve won. I have some from bookstores that went out of business (Borders!) and Thackeray’s, an independent bookstore named after the writer.

    • Michelle, those sound like great fun — and great memories! I love running across a bookmark from a long-closed shop in an old book — just last weekend, I found one from Bailey-Coy Books on Broadway in Seattle, a shop where I spent many happy hours and many dollars, in a book of poetry.

      And about those tassles, I think they’re cat toys, don’t you?

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