Thursday, December 26, 2013

A Very Special Christmas

by Gigi Fitzgerald from 
The Gourmet De-Lite Series by Peg Cochran           

 Gigi peeled back the curtain and peeked outside.   Snow was falling gently, being blown in swirls by the brisk wind.  She let the curtain drop back in place.  She had her coat lying over a chair and her hat and gloves on the seat.    Bill Mertz was picking her up shortly, and they were going to Sienna and Oliver’s for Christmas.   It was little Camille’s first Christmas.
            The doorbell rang, and Gigi scurried to answer it.  Mertz brought a rush of cold air in with him, and flakes of snow were melting in his hair.  He enveloped Gigi in a big hug.
            “Merry Christmas,” he said, his eyes sparkling.
            Before Gigi could return the greeting, his lips were on hers.  They stayed like that until Reg gave a short bark—as if he was clearing his throat or saying let’s get going.
            Mertz and Gigi laughed and broke apart. 
            “Come on, Reg.”  Gigi bent down and clipped on his leash.
            Mertz took Gigi’s hand in his, and they went out to his waiting car.

            Light spilled through the windows of Sienna’s carriage house onto the snow outside.  The door was outlined in little white lights with a huge boxwood wreath in the center. 
            Sienna threw open the door before they even rang.  “Merry Christmas!”
            Gigi and Mertz stepped inside.  A huge fire roared in the fireplace, and tantalizing aromas drifted from the kitchen.  A ten foot tree, resplendent in lights and ornaments, dominated the middle of the room.
            Oliver shouted a greeting from the kitchen.  “Glass of champagne?”  He asked.
            Gigi and Mertz both said yes.
            “Come here a second,” Mertz said linking his arm through Gigi’s.
            “Where?”  Gigi looked around.
            Mertz pointed to the arched doorway where a ball of mistletoe decorated with red ribbons hung from the ceiling.
            He maneuvered Gigi underneath and gently kissed her.  “I have something to ask you,” he murmured against her lips.
            “There you are, you two,” Oliver burst into the room carrying a tray of bubbling champagne glasses.  Sienna was right behind him with an array of delicious hors d’oeuvres.
            “Later,” Mertz whispered.
            They joined their host and hostess and each lifted a glass. 
            “Here’s to a Merry Christmas,” Oliver said.
            “And a wonderful new year,” Mertz replied giving Gigi a warm grin.

Season's Readings!

To show our appreciation for our readers, we're giving away one book each day for the whole month of December. It's our gift to you. Every day one lucky person will be chosen from the people who left a comment that day. You have 31 chances to win! But you have to leave comments! So come back every day and leave a comment for a new chance to win.

Today's randomly selected winner will have the choice of one of my books. You can choose from the ones that or out or, if you want, wait for A Fatal Slip (written as Meg London) or Iced to Death which come out in February and March.  

Merry Christmas!


  1. Seems like an interesting book!

  2. Oohh sounds great,

  3. Peg's books are definite adds to my WishList!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

  4. kim j
    Hope you had a Happy Holliday

  5. Merry Christmas! It sounds like an excellent story.

  6. Merry Christmas, and thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Sounds GREAT! Can't wait to read it! Thank you for the giveaway. Hope your Holidays are full and blessed. bubs(dot)girl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  8. You all are making this a fun month for many. Thank you.

  9. I have had more fun “haunting” your blog this month. The samples of these books are better than nibble at a cocktail party!

  10. A wonderful time spent with authors whose books are captivating and special. best wishes. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  11. That sounds like a nice place to be to celebrate Christmas, it gives you that warm feeling reading it. Thanks for the chance to win.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

  12. What a great series and lovely visit. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. Hope you had a Merry Christmas. Love food cozies

  14. Sounds great! Happy Boxing Day!

    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

  15. Can't wait to hear what Bill has to ask!

    susierobertsmom at hotmail dot com

  16. Nice to hear of mistletoe again. We always had it at our house during the holidays when I was a kid---but I don't ever see any of the real stuff any more.
    Thanks for the contest.

  17. I've been enjoying this series.

  18. What an inopportune interruption under the mistletoe!

  19. Happy Boxing Day. I hope you don't need to return or exchange any of your gifts!

  20. I have the first Meg London book, but none of these. I liked this post and now I'm wondering what kind of dog Reg is.


  21. This does sound fantastic.


  22. Already a fan so thanks for the giveaway opportunity to get one of the new editions! kuzlin(at)aol(dot)com

  23. I tried posting a comment on here from my phone twice and the comments must be stuck in space. Anyway, what is the question he wasnts to ask? I want to know!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

  24. I love the Gourmet De-Lite series and can't wait for the next book! Thank you for this opportunity! :)

  25. Looking forward to to the new books in the series.

  26. Sounds great! Can't wait until the new year!

  27. krisl73@hotmail.comDecember 26, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Very cool!

  28. Sounds wonderful! I hope you had yourself a merry little Christmas!

  29. Sounds like a fun book!--Ronna Lord--still can't figure how to really leave a reply here --say through Facebook--Goodreads--etc if not part go Google

  30. Another new series for me to try.

  31. Great giveaway. Happy Hoildays everyone!!!

  32. Can't believe that I let almost the entire month get away from me and from entering each day. Just too busy a month, but at least I have a chance today and perhaps another before the end of the year. Would love one of the books not yet out as I have read all of the others I am quite sure. I have totally enjoyed every book written by you that is for sure. The blog is great; keep up the wonderful writing and have a very productive 2014.