Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Complements of the Season,

by Merry Wilkinson from Vicki Delany’s Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen, the first Year Round Christmas Mystery.

Christmas! How I love it. I love everything about the holiday season, from the weather (bright blue skies, fresh snow, crisp chilly air), to the food, the decorations, the gifts, and above all the sense of love and family.

In my family, Christmas is extra special, because my dad is Santa Claus. Of course he’s not really Santa, I know that.  But I sometimes do wonder. He seems to have this way of knowing what a person wants before they so much as say so. My dad’s name is Noel, because he was born on December 25th.  My name is Merry, because, well, because my family loves Christmas, I guess.

I am the proud owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, on Jingle Bell Lane. I stock everything you need for holiday decorating, as well as gifts such as jewellery and a special line of toys.  Many of my goods are things you won’t find anyplace else – hand made by local artisans.

Everyone in Rudolph, New York, loves the holiday season. In fact, we love Christmas so much, we celebrate it all year round. We have two Santa Claus parades, the big one in December and a fun one for Christmas in July.  

This year I have high hopes for winning the best-in-parade trophy for my Elves Workshop float.  The stiffest competition will be from the Victoria’s Bake Shoppe float.  Vicky is my best friend since kindergarten. Except around parade time. Then I hate her, because she usually wins the trophy. 

Twice a year!

Now, as soon as George gets his darted tractor started, my lovingly-decorated float, full of the kids from my mom’s vocal classes dressed as elves, will join the parade.

Oh, oh. George is climbing down from his seat. He’s opening the front flap of the WWII era tractor that belongs more in a museum than pulling a float. Men are gathering around; they’re all peering into the mysterious depths.  George is scratching his head.

The parade is going ahead without me!

Rest Ye Murdered Gentleman will be released on November 3rd and is now available for preorder from Amazon, B&N, and all booksellers. 

As a Christmas gift to YOU, I'm having a draw for this small tree decoration, featuring Matterhorn, Merry Wilkinson’s Saint Bernard puppy. As shown! (Entries from Canada and US). Leave a comment to be considered for the draw. 



Vicki Delany also writes as Eva Gates.



35 comments:

  1. Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen sounds like a fun cozy mystery (and its the first in the series)! I have added it to my TBR list. (I enjoy seasonal/holiday theme cozy books.) Thank you for the ornament giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. I am so looking forward to this mystery! No amount of lurking at my library website has made it available yet for the hold list! :) I enjoy those holiday cozies! Thanks!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. How fun! Thanks for the giveaway!
    vgeslak@yahoo.com

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  4. I'm looking forward to this series. I love Christmas! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  5. The only thing better than a cozy mystery is a Christmas cozy mystery! Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen is already on my list, for November, and the ornament is just too cute. patucker54 (at aol dot com)

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  6. I love cozies, and I love Christmas. This series sounds tailor-made for me! So glad it will be out before the holidays really get hectic , so I can sit with it by the fire.

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    1. I forgot my email! I was so excited.
      misslucille40@yahoo.com.

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    2. I forgot my email! I was so excited.
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  7. I love cozies, and I love Christmas. This series sounds tailor-made for me! So glad it will be out before the holidays really get hectic , so I can sit with it by the fire.

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  8. This sounds like a great beginning to a fun new series! Thanks! lovesdogsandbooks (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  9. I love new series and this one sounds fun. I love the Christmas holidays. cking78503@aol.com

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  10. Thanks for entering everyone. Isn't that a cute little stocking? I hope you don't object to what might seem like early Christmas promotion, but the book comes out in November, so I wanted to introduce it to you all.

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  11. Count me in. I enjoy getting in on the ground floor of a fun series. Dz87507 at gmail dot com.

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  12. Wonderful series. Thanks for this delightful feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. What a wonderful cozy mystery. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  14. Matterhorn is very cute! Another book to add to my list. I love Christmas themed cozies!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  15. Very cute! I love Christmas! Can't wait to read this....it's on my list!

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  16. Mwutsey@aol.com

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  17. Sounds like a fun read!

    sharonbabyme@yahoo.com

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  18. Thank you for the intro to your new cozy mystery & congratulations on its' release in November!
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  19. I can't wait for this book to come out. I have had it pre-ordered for months. It brings two of my favoroite things together. A great cozy mystery and Christmas. I am very much looking forward to this book. Thank you for the chance to win the adorable ornament also.

    frauenb@aol.com

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  20. Awesome give away. Thanks for the chance.

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  21. Yay!!! I love Christmas! And I enjoy this author's writing! Looking forward to the release

    ejbs3s@yahoo.com

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  22. getting ready for Christmas too. i love theme cozies like this one. mardox(at)consolidated(dot)net

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  23. Can't wait to read this Christmas book. Thanks for a chance to win.
    babemomara@att.net

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  24. I can't wait to read this book!!!
    Lisa
    hseaside5@aim.com

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  25. Love the stocking ornament!! Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen sounds like a perfect cozy mystery and a great start for a new series.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  26. You've put me in the Christmas mood. I can't wait. Your book sounds great too!

    Cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  27. Yes it's getting that time of year again and your cover just oozes Christmas. I love the St. Bernard's head popping up to surprise all who venture within. Thanks for this chance to enter in on your drawing. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  28. I don't know about where you people are, but here in Southern Ontario, fall has arrived with a blast. Two weeks ago I was in the pool and today I'm huddled in sweaters. IF it's fall, then Christmas can't be far beyond.

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  29. One of the ghosts here is a St. Bernard Dog. Love to have this to honor him. cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  30. Thanks all for entering, a winner has been chosen and contacted!

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