Friday, September 30, 2016

Bah, Humbug - #Bookgiveaway

By Gord Olsen from The Year Round Christmas series by Vicki Delany

I don’t want to say I’m pleased, of course I’m not. But I can’t help but thinking that my father’s heart attack comes at a pretty good time for me.

Things haven’t been going so well here in California for me, money wise. Yeah, I’ve had some tough times. Nothing a sharp businessman like me can’t handle, you know, but an influx of funds right about now would help me get out of some sticky situations.

I’m my dad’s only child. He and my mom are divorced and I know Grace, his new wife, has some serious health issues. So who else would dear old Dad give power of attorney to?  Yeah, I haven’t seen him for years. I’ve been busy, you know.

But he’s still my father.

I’m thinking the Yuletide Inn, that big hotel he owns in Rudolph New York, is a lot of work for him and Grace to manage. I’d be doing them a favour, really, if I sold it to Best Budget Inns. Not sell, more like taking a franchise opportunity.

We could save a lot of money if we cut out the expense of that fancy restaurant too.  A New York City Chef, baked goods made by Victoria’s Bake Shoppe in town, locally sourced meat and vegetables?  Not needed. We can reduce prices (a little bit) if we cut those extra costs (a lot).

And then there’s the huge garden. Yeah, I know the gardens at the Yuletide Inn are one of the highlights of Rudolph, New York, which calls itself America’s Christmas Town.  But all that land doing nothing but looking pretty in summer and providing guests with a place to toboggan or skate in the winter?

Heck, it’s the perfect spot for a Mega-Mart.

The people of Rudolph might not care for my plans. After all, they take that whole Christmas Town thing mighty seriously.

But what can they do about it?

Can the Yuletide Inn be saved? Find out in We Wish You A Murderous Christmas, coming November 1st from Vicki Delany and Berkley.

Are you a homebody at Christmas or do you like to travel for the holidays?  Are you strictly winter-tradition or is December the best time for a Caribbean beach holiday? Let me know and you might win a copy of the first book in the series Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen. Be sure and give me your email address, so I can contact the winner.  And then head over to Vicki’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor/) for more chances to win throughout October. Contest closes Monday Oct. 3. US and Canada entries. 


93 comments:

  1. I'm a homebody at Christmas.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  2. I've been doing the family parties at my house pretty much since my grandmother died, so I guess that makes me more of a homebody. I love the crazy family fun so I'll keep doing it as long as I physically can. =) Then maybe I'll check out the beach.
    konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you!

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  3. I am definitely a homebody, no travel for me. Thanks for the chance :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  4. We usually travel for the holidays because our daughters live out of town and this year will be extra special since both daughters and husbands now have children. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net.

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  5. I'm a homebody at Christmas, and love having all the kids and grandkids come here to celebrate.
    eeyoregirl2009 AT aol DOT com.

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  6. We're homebodies at Christmas time <3
    Cheers!
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. We're homebodies at Christmas time <3
    Cheers!
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. I used to like to be out and about, as I get older I just want to stay in and hunker down with the family...
    Cozynky(at)Gmail(dot)com

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  9. We're a homebodies, too old for traveling, so my daughters and I baked some bread and gingerbread cookies. Wish my sister could come over.
    Penney

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  10. I am def a homebody and love traditional Christmas celebrated at home with family. Thank you for the chance

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  11. I try not to travel during the holidays other than a short car trip to visit relatives.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  12. We're homebodies for the holidays, sort of. We take turns going to each others homes. My sister lives 20 minutes away and we are in each others houses all the time. So technically we're homebodies. And every 5 years it's the family reunion thing. We take turns for that too. They come from all over. Iowa, Montana, Arizona, Washington. As for Gord Olson? He's probably the victim. With plans like that? I'd be the number 1 suspect. Della at deepotter at peoplepc dot com

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  13. We stay home during the holidays---I'd love to travel but the hubby says "no". I'd love to read that book during the holiday season---thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  14. We celebrate at home with the family and little ones. Thanks for this feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. I like a family celebration so after exchanging gifts at home we gather a someone's home for the day. Everyone brings a part of the meal to the larger gathering so no one has a really big job. Each family also brings cookies and other desserts for the meal and to exchange for the days after the holiday. I would love to win but either way it was fun to see the sneak peek at the town grinch.
    idreamjj at yahoo dot com

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  16. We are home bodies. The family gathers here. Christmas is
    A favorite time to decorate and lots of baking to be done.
    We never travel at Christmas time. I love ❤️ the weather
    And always look forward to a hopefully White Christmas
    Carol Smith
    penelope223(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. We stay home and host the family which is important and meaningful. We look forward to this enjoyment and warmth. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. We always have a family gathering of about 16, spanning 4 generations, at my home. Everyone contributes to the feast, including my 93 year old Mum who makes the English Plum Pudding! After reading the excerpt from Gord Olsen (not a nice man from the sound of it), I am really looking forward to We Wish you a Murderous Christmas. Nancy R jw.nl.reid@sympatico.ca

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  19. We always have a traditional Christmas however I would love to do something totally different for Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely giveaway!

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    1. My family went to Mont Tremblant skiing one year. We rented a chalet. It was fabulous.

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  20. I am definitely a homebody at Christmas. There is no place like home for me. Thanks for the opportunity to win this wonderful book. chettysmom@yahoo.com

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  21. We're homebodies. We have lots of little traditions we enjoy following. lkleback@hotmail.com

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  22. We are definitely homebodies. brichardson0056@yahoo.com

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  23. Total homebody!! Love to decorate and re-create traditions I remember from childhood. And love to read Christmas mystery and romance!!

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  24. I usually like staying home. If weather permitting I'll go and spend holiday with my daughter and family.
    judytucker1947@gmail.com

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  25. I live across the country from my family, so always travel for the holidays. Thanks for the chance.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. I am homebody. You never know what the weather will be snow or ice. So I like to be home.
    xzjh04 gmail.com

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  27. I like to stay home for Christmas but always go to my parents that just live about 10 mins away debbiesherwood50@gmail.com

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  28. I like to stay home for Christmas but always go to my parents that just live about 10 mins away debbiesherwood50@gmail.com

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    1. Nice to be able to do that. My mother always comes to my house.

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  29. We stay home for Christmas.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  30. Used to travel and enjoyed it, but now prefer to stay home. Wherever we are must have a traditional holiday!
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  31. We have one daughter and two grandsons, who do not get much time off at Christmas and live across state from us so we go to them for Christmas. And I would not have it any other way.

    Nancy B
    nlb1050 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  32. December we do travel some because our anniversary is in it but we are always home for Christmas with the family.
    Thanks for the chance.
    tiggercat24alisha@yahoo.com

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  33. I am definitely a homebody for Christmas. I don't care much for traveling and like the comgfirt and safety of my home.
    Thanks for the chance
    Deana
    Jhdwayne(at)peoplepc(dot)com

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  34. so definitely a homebody!!! That's the whole idea of Christmas, right??

    Anne

    mysandycat (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. We had a great Christmas one year when we all went to Mont Tremblant skiing. We were all together and that's what mattered.

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  35. I am a homebody.I love the winter and Christmas just would not be the same without the cold crisp air. Thank you for the opportunity to win.
    mommomsworld@yahoo.com

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  36. I'm definitely a homebody at Christmas. I like spending time with my family. Really enjoy reading Christmas books around the holidays, looking forward to reading your new book.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. I'm definitely a homebody at Christmas. I like spending time with my family. Really enjoy reading Christmas books around the holidays, looking forward to reading your new book.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. I'm a homebody at Christmas, but definitely would not mind traveling to a warmer climate as long as I'm with my family. mcastor07@gmail.com

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  39. We are strictly homebodies during the holidays! Living in Florida we do not get the snow or necessarily cold, but we love a traditional Christmas. We have our main tree and several smaller trees scattered throughout the house. We also have stockings and the traditional ham dinner! It is a special and magical time of year! Thank you for a chance to win. I look forward to reading your latest novel when it is released. Doodlesink@hotmail.com

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  40. use to be family thing but now it's only my daughter and me so a friend a work invites us over to spend holidays with her family..we've become part of their family..we're very thankful..
    greeneyes2755@yahoo.com

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  41. use to be family thing but now it's only my daughter and me so a friend a work invites us over to spend holidays with her family..we've become part of their family..we're very thankful..
    greeneyes2755@yahoo.com

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  42. Definitely a homebody around the holidays. The farthest we go is to relatives houses, but they're all near by :) also this sounds like the perfect book to read for the holidays! novelsallnight at gmail for com

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  43. I'm a homebody. For several years I would be a Winter Texan but I
    missed being around the kids and the granddaughter. Finally decided
    it wasn't worth the effort to pack and move to Texas for the winter
    and then pack and return home in the spring. If the weather is bad
    I just stay inside. I've enough food to last me for several years
    so it's not like I have to get out and I'm retired so that's another
    reason to stay in. thanks. Kind of got carried away with my
    comment. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  44. I'm a homebody. There's something nice about staying in, especially if there's snow, with your family!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. Could not imagine spending Christmas anywhere but here with my family kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  46. The books look awesome to read! Christmas is one of my favorite holidays!

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  47. I love traveling around and seeing the lights. I have driven over 5 hours to see a display ( and make a trip to the beach at the same time) centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  48. I travelled for several years....now I enjoy staying around close to home!!!!

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  49. I am a homebody at Christmas. My son and his fiance decorate our house so beautifully and my son does a huge Christmas Village too. I love to enjoy all the decorations at home with my family.

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  50. I am a homebody at Christmas. My son and his fiance decorate our house so beautifully and my son does a huge Christmas Village too. I love to enjoy all the decorations at home with my family.

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  51. I'm a homebody for Christmas. We just have a small family gathering. Thank you for this chance. areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  52. amy guillaume lindermanSeptember 30, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    we love to go to buffalo to visit my parents! love all the snow!!

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  53. We usually get together with family for Christmas, but I think it would be fun to go to Hawaii one year & have fun in the sun & celebrate. Thanks for this generous chance, love your mystery books. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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    1. It would be fun to do something different one year.

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  54. Thank you for having the giveaway and the chance to win! I am a homebody during the holiday seasons. I love to stay close to home and the families usually get together then I can come back home and cuddle up and read in the evenings which I love to do!

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  55. Everyone usually travels to me as my daughter has allergies.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  56. Homebody. Many lovely traditions to enjoy throughout December and especially at Christmastime.

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  57. I'm a homebody, but we live in Florida, so we don't have white Christmases.

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  58. I'm definitely a homebody at Christmas and don't like to travel during the holidays. Thank you for this chance.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  59. I have had many different Christmas celebrations. Growing up with the traditional holiday including heading off to Grandma's snow-covered cabins, but a destination affair proved to be delightful. I love the cold weather, pine scented trees, and all the literally heart-warming foods, but Disney World and Hawaii offered wonderful memories of shorts and flip flops, palm trees, and Christmas morning on the beach.
    kat8762@aol.com

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    1. Variety is the spice of life, as they say.

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  60. Hello! Oh your book sounds so good! I love the cozy mysteries and especially the winter/Christmas ones! I can just imagine your character telling his father that he wants to turn his home into a hotel, or franchise it! I bet that goes over real well! HA! Well, I am definitely a Christmas Holidays homebody! My husband and I are content to sit at home in out little apartment, and watch the snow fall through the windows! I have Hodgkins Lymphoma for over 14 years now and am too tired to do much of anything between Chemotherapy treatments! I bring a book that I want to read with me to my treatments and then I leave it at the chemo center for someone else to pick up and enjoy! My husband and i just put up a small tree for the Holidays and that is our decoration. We have no children, so, we just enjoy being together, reading , or enjoying a good movie on our Roku TV. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway! Patty pc1977@zoominternet.net

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  61. Homebody, most of the time unless my kids want to go to Lake Tahoe. Thanks for a chance to win.
    babemomara@att.net

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  62. I'm a homebody. I'd rather have the family decend upon us.
    jluebke (at) frontier (dot) com

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  63. Definitely a Christmas homebody!!
    Brenda
    Bdlogan@live.com

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  64. I would love to travel for Christmas but we stay home due to budget restraints. bookaunt at outlook dot com

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  65. I'm a homebody at Christmas, want to have family all around. cwinn AT satx Dot rr Dot com Catherine A Winn

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  66. I am a homebody and love to have family all around me. cwinn(at)satx(dot)rr(dot)com

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  67. Christmas is our time for family. We are homebodies with a simple dinner and frugal gift exchange. We have
    discussed traveling somewhere for Christmas but generally it has never panned out. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  68. I prefer traveling to new places during the holidays, have done this for many years now. missoula98 at bellsouth dot com

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  69. I'm a homebody for Christmas and always have been. The thought of traveling at Christmas actually depresses me.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  70. Definitely a homebody! teabird17 **at** yahoo ** dot ** com

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  71. I'm a homebody, I'd rather stay at home than travel.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  72. Sounds like the verdict is in: We're Christmas homebodies!

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  73. Homebody!

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  74. Oh, my! He sounds like a very greedy humbug and needs his comeuppance.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  75. Definitely a homebody. Christmas means home and family to me!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  76. Thanks everyone for entering my contest and telling me your Christmas traditions. I have contacted the winner.

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  77. Forgot to tell you the winner's name! It's Patty Kovich. Congratulations Patty. I have send you an email.

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  78. We travel every other year to my family in California. So half homebody and half travel mama2bulls(at) gmail.com

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