Friday, October 30, 2015

Christmas = Work!

By Vicky Casey 
from the Year Round Christmas Mysteries 
by Vicki Delany

I am the owner, head baker, and chief bottle-washer of Victoria’s Bake Shoppe in Rudolph, New York, unofficially known as America’s Christmas Town.

For me, the holidays mean WORK.



And plenty of it.

Like any small town shop, Christmas is our busiest season. Not only do I have extra orders of my famous gingerbread (a Rudolph tradition) in the form of cookies as well as cakes and even bread, but shortbread, yule log cakes, fruit cakes (yes, some people still like them) enough pies the weight of which would crash Santa’s sleigh, cakes, bread rolls for the holiday brunch, parker rolls for the big dinner, and on and on… but of course all our regular baking has to be done too. Bread and rolls, cookies, tarts, cakes, muffins, croissants. Then salads, soups, and sandwiches for the lunch crowd.  

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining.  Well, maybe just a little bit.

It’s a busy time of the year. And it’s made even busier by my participation in the semi-annual Santa Claus parade. (Yes, we have one in July also).  I don’t have to try for the best in parade trophy every year, but being somewhat of the competitive type, I anyway say I’ll never do it again, and then I do.

This year my float is the Elves Bakery, and it’s pretty spectacular, if I do say so myself.

Don’t take my word for it. I won! Again!  Merry Wilkinson looks not at all pleased.  Too bad the tractor pulling her float broke down and she was eliminated from the judging, or she might have been a contender this year. I know Merry, she’ll be mad at me for about two minutes and then we’ll remember that we’ve been best friends since kindergarten.



No time to revel in my victory.  I have to cater the big post-parade reception. I’ve made a special batch of gingerbread for the party. This year we have an honored guest, a reporter from an international travel magazine here to do a big feature on Rudolph. I don’t normally ice my cookies – I think the pure cookie goodness can stand on its own – but I made an extra effort for him.  A big piece of gingerbread decorated to look like Mr. Charles Dickens, author of A Christmas Carol.
I hope he likes it. I hope nothing goes wrong to spoil the feature article on America’s Christmas Town.








The first book in the Year Round Christmas series from Berkely Prime Crime is Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen.

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

Vicki Delany also writes as Eva Gates. Visit Vicki at www.vickidelany.com, and Eva at www.lighthouselibrarymysteries.com  Facebook at Eva Gates & Vicki Delany







42 comments:

  1. Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen sounds like a great book to start this series! I am looking forward to reading it.

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  2. Definitely want this series! I love Christmas stories!

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  3. Happy Halloween! I really enjoying reading holiday stories at this time of year.

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  4. This book sounds really good. So I definitely need to check it out better than just this teaser. Off to go check on it since I love the cover too. Thank you for letting us see you book.

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  5. Tis the Season to start reading holiday themed books. Your cover is so eye catching that I would not even have to read the back before purchasing it. Thanks for including this on your blog and introducing us to Victoria Thompson. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  6. This book sounds amazing. Gotta love anything Christmas. Thanks for introducing me to Vicki Delany. Pennymarks@frontier.com

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    1. You are very welcome. Vicki Delany is also Eva Gates, author of the Lightouse Library series.

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  7. This looks great! It is definitely on my "to read" list. glindathegood@bellsouth.net

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  8. Love the word play on the song lyric. Looking forward to reading Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen.

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  9. Just put in my TBR list. Can't wait to read it.
    Jhdwayne@peoplepc.com

    Thanks

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  10. Nice. Can't wait. Making me hungry. Justcommonly (at)gmail (dot) com

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  11. This new series sounds great! I love the Lighthouse Library series so I certainly want to check this one out.

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    1. Thanks, Renee. That's alwasy nice to hear!

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  12. This sounds like an interesting new series.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  14. Sounds like a tasty new case :) emmasmom69 AT gmail DOTcom

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  15. Sounds really good
    bookworm dot walters at gmail dot com

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  16. Sounds like something good to read!

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  17. Sounds like something good to read!

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  18. This book sounds really good and I love Christmas mysteries.
    Michellekoebel @ yahoo . com

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  19. This book sounds really good and I love Christmas mysteries.
    Michellekoebel @ yahoo . com

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  20. Beautiful cover and sounds like an excellent read! I love the holidays and can read Christmas stories year round. :)
    chamiberry at gmail.com

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  21. Sounds like a fun series! Also probably fattening to read. ;) Like Renee, I love the Lighthouse Library books, so I'll be looking for this one next month.

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  22. I love this newsletter and would love to win the print book of Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue. Thanks and Happy Halloween.

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  23. Great fun reading this newsletter. Already pre-ordered my copy!! Cant wait. Happy Halloween all!!

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  24. I'm so excited to read this and is released the day before my birthday, too perfect!

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  25. I'm so excited to read this and is released the day before my birthday, too perfect!

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  26. I'm so excited to read this and it's released the day before my birthday, too perfect!

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  27. I love the idea of year around Christmas and Holiday season mixed with mystery! Look forward to the read. breannaherron@icloud.com

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  28. A new series by a favorite author (Eva Gates) - yay! It sounds terrific!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  29. .Your book sounds like a yummy read just in time for the holidays. I'm so excited for Christmas this year and your book may help me get started with my holiday :)

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  30. Great contest would love to read your books

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  31. Your books make my mouth water and the covers are gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win one!
    dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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  32. Thanks so much for your kind words everyone. I hope you enjoy Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen. It was certainly a lot of fun to write.

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  33. Christmas theme, bakery and tasty foods, mystery...what more can you ask for?
    Kathleen Bylsma h5apby@yahoo.com

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  34. Sounds like a great read.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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