Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas at Charming Books



By Violet Waverly from Prose and Cons  by Amanda Flower


“Violet, this is going to be awesome. You’ll see,” Grandma Daisy cried as she wheeled an over-full cart of books in front of Charming Books’ front window.
In my experience any time my seventy-something grandmother says, “This is going to be awesome!” I was in some serious trouble.
Faulkner, the shop crow, seemed to agree with me because he leaped from the sale counter and flew to the very top of the birch tree that grew in the middle of the shop. My tuxedo cat Emerson, however, sat at my grandmother’s feet with his thin black tail swishing across the hardwood floor. If Emerson and Grandma Daisy teamed up on this “project,” I was really in trouble.
“Grandma, what is going to be awesome?” I asked, trying my best to sound supportive and upbeat. I failed miserably.
“We, my dearest grandchild, are going to build a book tree!” She proclaimed as if she were announcing the President of the United States.
“I’m your only grandchild,” I said automatically.
She smiled. “Good. Then, I don’t have to pretend like I don’t have a favorite like other grandmothers do.”
I sighed. “A book tree? Are you sure that’s a good idea? There isn’t much room is in here as it is.”
She waved away my concern. “Of course, it’s a good idea. A book tree will be just the thing to draw in holiday shoppers.” She started taking the largest volumes from her book cart and placed them in a circle that was five feet in diameter on the floor. She looked up at me. “Are you going to help or what?”
I shrugged. “I’ll help.” I didn’t have a choice, not really. Grandma Daisy was going to build a book tree whether I went along with the idea or not, and it was best that I helped so that the tree would be stable and didn’t crush any unsuspecting customers while they shopped.
Hours later, Grandma Daisy and I went outside of the shop. I carried Emerson in my arms, and Faulkner perched on her shoulder. Together, we admired our book tree. Grandma Daisy had been right. It was a good idea, and it could be seen all way from the street. Our little family of four stood there admiring the tree and the shop. It would be a very happy Christmas now that I was back where I belonged in Cascade Springs.


What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Leave your answer with your email address in the comments and enter to win a signed cop of Murder, Served Simply. Contest ends on Sunday, December 4th at 12pm EST. US and Canadian residents only. Thanks!





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Amanda Flower, a national bestselling and Agatha Award winning mystery author. She also writes mysteries as USA Today bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is librarian in Northeast Ohio. Follow Amanda on Social Media at: Facebook Twitter Instagram

49 comments:

  1. I am so excited for this book!
    jmcgrath221(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I forgot to say that my favorite tradition is going in a circle one at a time and opening gifts. I love my family and watching their faces makes me happy.

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  2. Lots of traditions, from decorating to baking to reading The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve (even though everybody is grown up now) but I think maybe making a book tree will become a new tradition. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Favorite holiday traditions would be opening gifts with my family which will be more special this year because we have two new grandbabies who will enhance our Christmas experience. Also, I enjoy decorating the tree. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  4. We always read The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve. When the kids grew up and left home the book was put in their Christmas boxes, taken along on visits, and even read over the phone! Often it is now emailed.

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  5. We have stocking gifts saved for after dinner. ANdmlet's not forget our Christmas pickle.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  6. Our favorite tradition is the feast of seven fishes. Our Italian American family has been doing this every Christmas Eve since before I was born.

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  7. The two traditions our family has kept faithfully are the watching of the Christmas specials (Rudolph, Frosty, Charlie Brown, the Grinch, etc) and the music. We go nuts once we start hearing Christmas music. Thank you for the chance to win.

    robbfan141729(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. Two favorite traditions at our house. I will never be too old to listen to my dad read the Christmas Story from the book of Luke on Christmas eve, and every year my husband and I get a new ornament to commemorate our wedding anniversary. Dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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  9. Getting all of my Santa's out of the cabinet and putting
    them on display. It's almost like a new collection - you
    forget about some of the things you've added during the
    past year. It's sad to have to put them back in the
    closet once the holiday season is over. Dread that part.
    The book sounds like a great read.
    thanks for offering it.
    Mary Lou at txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. The favorite tradition is baling all the special goodies and the lovely scents throughout the house. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Our favorite tradition is preparing the wonderful meals and opening the gifts together. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. My favorite holiday tradition is spending Christmas morning with my family and having the breakfast rolls my grandmother used to make when my mom was a girl. mcastor07@gmail.com

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  13. My favourite Christmas tradition is being with my family and opening presents at midnight so then we could sleep in!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  14. I can't wait to read the new book. I don't have a favorite tradition. I light the Chanukah candles, hand out the prezzies and run for the hills (my library) and wait for the invaders to take their booty and go home. LOL

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  15. One of my favorite traditions is Christmas Eve dinner at my parents house. So festive and joyful!
    Thanks for having this awesome give-away!
    Heidiark@yahoo.com

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  16. As a child we would get out our xmas box the day after thanksgiving and it would stick around through xmas. Inside it had special xmas coloring books and xmas books collected since birth. It was always so fun to see those books each year and remember the past christmases. Even though my son isn't even two yet I've already begun his xmas box. Right now it's all board books but he has enjoyed looking at them and in a few years it should be pretty stocked. Thanks for the fun!

    Rlewis11797 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  17. Christmas Eve dinner and church -parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  18. One of my favorite traditions growing up was Christmas eve dinner at Grandma Simmons' with all the family. One night I remember we were later than usual going home and I was looking out the windshield watching all the way home for Santa and begging Daddy to please hurry..I was so afraid he'd come before we got home!

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  19. I love making cornflake cookies & other treats with my family. Thanks for the chance.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. I love watching the little ones open their presents.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  21. Watching Christmas movies on T.V. and getting presents. I enjoy some Christmas music too. Eating turkey and pumpkin pie.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. The tree is a great idea, especially for a bookstore. But what if you want a book that's on the bottom?
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  23. My favorite tradition is putting up the Christmas tree with my sister and trying to get the ornaments in just the right place on the tree. After we trim the tree we like to sit in the dark and admire the tree lights in the dark.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. My favorite holiday tradition is baking cookies. I love to bake all different kinds, and when I get to do it with my son, it's even better. Thank you. Sharon, catwoman-1(at)comcast(dot)net

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  26. Putting special ornaments on the tree.donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  27. My favorite tradition is baking cookies with my children when they were young and now with my grandchildren.
    ceciliayoung@gmx.com

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  28. One of my favorite traditions is to go one morning to a local candy shop and buy their homemade ribbon candy. I usually also get some red licorice and a plushie as well as chocolates for gifts.

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  29. Watching the movie White Christmas and driving around our community to see the Christmas lights are two of my favorite tradition.
    Connie
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  30. My favorite holiday tradition is getting the family together at least once to light the menorah together. Thanks for the opportunity. cheers@Marjimmanor.com

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  31. We open our gifts on Christmas Eve.

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  32. Decorating my house, buying presents for my family and friends, making fudge, and sitting by the lighted Christmas tree in the evening reading a good mystery with a cup of tea! and this book is definitely on my list! lynneandco@comcast.net

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  33. Love book trees! Latkes. Be well Katie katieh(at)mvdsl(dot)com

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  34. One of our traditions is Christmas music starts the day after Thanksgiving. I listen to all kinds. Now I need to get my Christmas letter done so I can get my cards sent out.

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  35. I just love decorating the tree. There are so many memories attached to those ornaments.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  36. Our tradition is making sure everyone gets apples and oranges in their stockings. I always looked forward to it. Lois Rotella, rainonlois@aol.com

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  37. My favorite Christmas tradition happens on Christmas Eve. After Christmas service, we attend a live Nativity reenactment and then return home. Once home we read the PA Dutch Night Before Christmas by Chet Williamson. It is a parody of Twas the Night Before Christmas. It is told in the PA Dutch style and is absolutely hysterical to us!

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  38. I have watched Charlie Brown's Christmas show since the first one. To me,it isn't Christmas until I watch it. Thank you for the giveaway. I loved this series! debprice60@gmail.com

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  39. I love to see my grandson's faces on Christmas morning.

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  40. One of my favorite traditions is attending Christmas Eve service. Usually it is an early service, but I really enjoy one when it is closer to midnight.
    donna.durnell@sbcglobal.net

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  41. Favorite tradition Christmas Eve dinner with extended family & friends.
    laughlincat(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. Christmas Eve Mass donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  43. On Christmas Eve we all get in our Comfy Jammies (preferably Christmas Ones) and read The night Before Christmas and then watch TV or Movies and open 1 present Thanks for the chance to win iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

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