Monday, November 30, 2015

It’s Christmas in Christmas Town! Perfect time for a #Contest!

By Merry Wilkinson from Vicki Delany’s Year Round Christmas Mysteries



The town of Rudolph, New York is a Year-Round- Christmas destination.  You might think that because we celebrate Christmas all year, we are bored and jaded when the time actually arrives.  Anything but. 

In Rudolph we lived and breathed Christmas all year long. You might think that would make us hard and cynical when the time arrived, but somehow it made me love the real thing all the more. And I knew the majority of my fellow townspeople felt the same.
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Grinches don’t live in Rudolph for long.
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Everyone loved being in the parade, but getting ready and assembled in all the chaos was extremely stressful. Children, not to mention their mothers, could be brought to tears, and more than one fist fight usually threatened to break out. Over the years, I’d heard hundreds of people swear never to do it again. A month later they’d be back, signing up for the parade once again.
As the pure young voices rang out, I could see people visibly relaxing. Grins appeared on ruddy faces, and folks gave their neighbors warm smiles and exchanged handshakes.
The Christmas magic was back.
From Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany

Here are some pictures taken around Rudolph. I hope they help put you in the Christmas mood!


(Note from Vicki. Rudolph isn’t actually a real place, so the pictures were taken in Quebec City.)



















As part of our Seasons Readings festivities, and to help you get in the mood, I’m offering a signed copy of Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen, along with a charming tree ornament with a puppy peeking out, and a package of holiday themed tissues featuring none other than Matterhorn, Merry’s Saint Bernard.



Please leave a comment with your email address to enter the contest.  And then Like Vicki Delany & Eva Gates' Facebook Page for news about new books and more contests coming soon. Contest closes evening of December 2. 

116 comments:

  1. Great pictures of Rudolph - I think I want to live there. I love the holidays. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  2. Love the pictures. Would love to live in a town that celebrates Christmas all year long. Thanks for the chance to win. poohwine1217@gmail.com

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  3. The pictures are beautiful. (I wish Rudolph was a real place!) I enjoy reading holiday themed cozy mysteries. Thank you for the chance to win.
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  4. I am midway through Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen! Enjoyable read!!!

    ejbs3s@yahoo.com

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  5. Love the pictures too. I would love to live in a town will so much old world charm. thanks so much for the contest. yarnsnthreads@aol.com

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    1. I was in Quebec City a couple of weeks ago. The old city is fabulous. Did you know QC is the only (still) walled city in North America?

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  6. Great pictures. I live an 1/2 hour away from a town named Santa Claus, Indiana. jmhinton@psci.net

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  7. Beautiful pictures. I'm looking forward to starting this series. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. bhandy1661@hotmail.com

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  8. Wonderful pictures. Helps me get into the mood.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  9. Beautiful pictures and this book is on my wish list. Thanks for the chance.
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  10. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  11. Love the photos! How beautiful and festive! robin.christofaro@yahoo.com

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  12. I love the Santa. Rudolph sounds like a great place. bevarcher AT me DOT com

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    1. They had such marvellous decorations in Quebec City.

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  13. Photos are beautiful! Thank you for this opportunity! :-)

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  14. I've waiting for this one to read. Thank you for the give away. jillybeans41@gmail.com

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  15. Sounds like a very great town. The pictures are great.
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  16. Sounds like a good book.
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  17. Live the pictures of Rudolph! Ellyk79@yahoo.com

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    1. I don't think there's anything more lovely than Christmas at night.

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  18. I love all the outdoor lights - so peaceful and quiet!
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  19. Love the pictures! I have some beautiful pictures of Quebec City as well from my honeymoon.
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    1. It must have been a marvellous place for your honeymoon.

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    2. It must have been a marvellous place for your honeymoon.

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  20. The pictures are gorgeous! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  21. "Because we need a little Christmas, right this very minute!" I'd love to win the book and the darling puppy ornament (our puppy is a boxer.) Merry Christmas! rebarger@bellsouth.net

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  22. What a beautiful town! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book!! darholley1@aol.com

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  23. Thanks for the chance. Zeta@iwon.com

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  24. Quebec is so beautiful! I would love to spend Christmas there. "Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen" is on my wish list. Thanks for the chance.dr(dot)oldsmobile(at)iCloud.com

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  25. I love all the pictures. It would be wonderful to live in a town that celebrates Christmas all year long. Thanks for the chance to win.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  26. Yes! It's time for Christmas books.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  27. I enjoyed all of the captivating photos. My favorite place to visit. Historic and special. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I love all the pictures . I have not read ant of your books , but I am always looking for new authors . . Love the giveaway package and would love to win . Thank you
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. I also write the Lighthouse Library mysteries under the name of Eva Gates.

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  29. Rudolph sounds like it would be a wonderful place to live. I love the photos of Quebec City!
    sandybar57@msn.com

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  30. What a memorable visit. Fascinating and very beautiful. Love the giveaway. Best wishes. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  31. Thank you for the giveaway, and for all the pictures to get me in the Christmas spirit! bunkielisa at gmail dot com.

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  32. Nothing says Christmas better than some murder and mayhem.

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  33. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!
    rags6152@gmail.com

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  34. Would love to win. Thank you for the chance to win.
    angelbear19662000@yahoo.com

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  35. I'm not sure I'd like to live in Rudolph---but I think I'd really like to visit there during the holiday season. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. It might get a bit much, I agree Sue. But it was sure fun to write about.

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  36. Such a BEAUTIFUL area! You're being so generous to your readers~ Thank you!!
    Gaelicark@gmail.com

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  37. Thank you for sharing the pictures of Quebec City. I will add to my must visit list. Your generosity is much appreciated by me and I'm sure other readers. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  38. Thanks for the contest! I already bought Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen for myself. I haven't read it yet though. I am waiting for December! I bet it would make a great stocking stuffer! Also I love the tissues and the ornament. Thanks for the chance to win and merry Christmas!!!

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  39. Thanks for great giveaways mama2bulls@gmail.com

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  40. I'd love to win this great prize!
    lindaherold999@g,ail.com
    Happy cyber Monday!

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    1. Happy Cyber Monday. I guess that's now a thing.

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  41. would love to win this awesome giveaway thanks for the chance jody.714@hotmail.com

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  42. I love the pictures! I would love to win one of your books. Thank you for this great contest and a chance to win! crossxjo@hotmail.com

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  43. Looks delightful! I've enjoyed Molly, so I'm sure I will enjoy this one. stitchkat@austin.rr.com

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  44. Looks delightful! I've enjoyed Molly, so I'm sure I will enjoy this one. stitchkat@austin.rr.com

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    1. They are different. These are much lighter than the Molly Smith books. Speaking of Molly, Unreasonable Doubt will be out in February, the 8th book in the series.

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  45. I've read all your other series but after seeing these pictures I'd like to win and read this book.Thank you for the chance. RUTH NIXON ruthenixon@sbcglobal.net

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  46. I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  47. Such a great Christmas read! Merry Christmas... kat8762@aol.com

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  48. Love the title! :) Love the pictures as well... makes me want to go there... Christmas or not.

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  49. Love the beautiful pics! prissp4 at hotmail dot com

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  50. Thank you for the chance!
    jenne.turner@unt.edu

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  51. The pictures are beautiful! Thank you for sharing and for the chance!
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  52. Sounds wonderful! 11nomorespam@gmail.com

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  53. Love the pictures of the town. mjhopper@cox.net

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  54. So Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with all of us! grandmatinaof2(at)gmail.com

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  55. What a delightful town. Would love to read the book. Love the Lighthouse Library series, I'm sure I would enjoy this book as well.
    diannekc8@gmail.com

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  56. Love the pictures, thanks for this awesome giveaway. Linda May lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  57. I can't wait to read this series. Thanks for the chance to win.
    doward1952@yahoo.com

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  58. We have not been to Quebec City in years and years and your lovely pictures gave me the urge to go again. Thank you for the great photos and for the Christmas greetings. Wishing you the same.

    Cynthia Bayer Blain
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  59. Great pics!!! Thanks for sharing. Love the book's cover.
    Carol Smith
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  60. Love the pictures. Need to add this series to my reading list for sure!
    lynneandco@comcast.net

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  61. Would love to read this - thanks.
    catslady5@aol.com

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  62. I really enjoy seasonal themed mysteries and would love to win this book. dbahn@iw.net

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  63. My kind of reading material. Cozy on up by the heat with one of these books for the evening. Heaven : )
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  64. I love the Christmas season. Christik311@gmail.com

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  65. Love the photos!! Wish I was there. Tired of our rain. Already have liked your facebook page!! kayt18 at comcast dot net

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    1. It's raining here too, and I am in the mood for snow!

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  66. Lovely pictures, the lights especially get me in the mood for anything Christmas related. Thanks for the chance to win.

    robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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  67. beautiful pictures thanks for the giveaway
    Georgia queenvictoria50@aol.com

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  68. I'm reading the book now and really enjoying it. Would love to win a signed copy. Thank you for the opprtunity! rencw@verizon.net

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    1. Sharon Baker. slpetera@yahoo.comNovember 30, 2015 at 11:19 PM

      Rudolph was my favorite reindeer when I was growing up. Your books are my very favorite type to read. So very entertaining. slpetera@yahoo.com

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  69. Great pictures and a great book!

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  70. Very pretty. I love all the stones in the walkways and buildings. The red shutters are awesome, too.
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  71. Photos are great. Thanks!
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  72. Wonderful pictures thank you.

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  73. Lovely photos!
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  74. Beautiful pictures, thanks for the chance to win your book!
    Lisa
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  75. This new series is right up my alley! I love the idea of town that is Christmas year around. And the pictures of Quebec certainly makes it now a part of my travel list! Thank you
    breannaherron@icloud.com

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  76. Thanks for joining in, everyone. I'm glad you all enjoyed the pictures. We'll be choosing a winner tomorrow.

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  77. It looks so inviting.

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  78. Cool pics, liked the page. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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  79. Thanks for the chance of winning. galinda at earthlink dot net

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  80. Great pics, terrific giveaway! Thankyou for the opportunity! Jill; minishoes@msn.com

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  81. I would love to visit Rudolph, New York. There is a Santa Claus, Indiana but it is all geared towards very young children. I firmly believe that Christmas is for everyone. Would love to read your book.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  82. Love the pictures.. Thank you for the chance to win.
    Ohappyday69@gmail.com

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  83. I think it would be neat to celebrate Christmas all year round. Music could be played all year round along with other things. Pictures are great too. Thanks for this opportunity.

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  84. Thanks for the great giveaway. Looks like a great book. elainehroberson@gmail.com

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  85. How wonderful! cheers@marjimmanor.com.

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  86. what a great prize! utaker555@gmail.com

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  87. This sounds like a fun and interesting read and reminds me a little bit of a Christmas store back home. Congrats on the new release! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  88. Thanks. Looking forword to reading this new one. esp at this time of year.

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  89. I'd love this. :)
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  90. Thanks for the giveaway love stories written around the holidays. capeygirl@gmail.com

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  91. That looks like a lovely town. I would love to be the lucky winner. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  92. Thanks for entering the contest everyone. The lucky winner has been notified. Don't forget to pop into Killer Characters every day for more great stories and contests.

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