Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Starting our celebrating early!

by J.J. Tanner from the Dinner Club Mysteries 
            by Linda Wiken


I get very excited about Christmas! I love the lights, the decorations, the festivities but most of all I love that it's a time of year that brings out the warmth and friendliness in everyone. It also helps that Burlington, VT can usually be counted on for a White Christmas. That's my all-time favorite Christmas movie, by the way.

This year will be even more special because on Saturday, we're heading to nearby (1 1/2 hour drive) Woodstock for their annual Wassail Weekend. There's so much to see and do. Lots of food, music, and crafts...oh, and the famous Wassail Parade in the afternoon. Did I mention food? Think hot and tangy chili , mulled cider, and of course, the popular Wassail Feast at the Woodstock Inn that happens right after the lighting of The Green.

It's truly magical and what makes it even more special this year is who I'm going with. Tyler Devine! Can you believe it? My favorite (don't tell him I called him that!) PI has some Christmas spirit! It promises to be a very special day.

What special happening or person will light up your Christmas this year?


SEASON'S READINGS! Leave a comment, along with your email contact, and your name goes into the draw for an early Christmas gift -- signed copies of Toasting Up Trouble, and the second in the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries, Read and Buried -- because it's set at Christmas. Contest closes Friday, Dec. 9, noon EST.

I, along with all of my friends in the Culinary Capers Dinner Club wish all of you and yours a very Merry Christmas. And to those who celebrate some other special time of year, our best to you! 





The first book in the Dinner Club Mystery series is now available at the bookstore of your choice, and on-line; also as an e-book.





Book #2 - Roux the Day - comes in March, 2017!


 Writing as Erika Chase:


Look for A KILLER READ,  (#2 on the Barnes and Noble Mystery Bestseller List and an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Mystery),  READ AND BURIED, COVER STORY, BOOK FAIR AND FOUL, and LAW AND AUTHOR on-line or at your favorite bookstore.

                                                                                           




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88 comments:

  1. Christmas Eve dinner with granddaughter and her sweetie.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. The opening of the Presents...I love seeing if my guesses get an Ooh or Aaah...and if they like it...and the food after of course with family around Christmas...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. So many good Christmas memories each year, I'll bet.

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  3. All my family is special and important to me, this year's Christmas will be made extra special by the presence of two new grandchildren: Addison Grace and Kyran Alan. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  4. Being with all of my family will be special as we do not have the opportunity often.
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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    1. J.J. from the Dinner ClubDecember 7, 2016 at 10:40 AM

      That's so perfect that you're able to get together at Christmas!

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  5. Those books sound awesome! Love having family get together.

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  6. I have friends who live in that area in real life, sounds like a fun festival, if it's real too! Happy Christmas and thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It is real. They should visit it, if they have time. Happy Christmas to you, also.

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  7. Family is the best part of Christmas.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  8. I cannot wait for my relatives to visit this month—we always have so much fun!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  9. My brother is coming home for a week from California and bringing his girlfriend, who I will get to meet for the first time. Very excited! mcastor07@gmail.com

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    1. That's really something to look forward to, Melissa!

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  10. Celebrating with the grandchildren is very special. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Preparing and anticipating the meals with the entire family who will be staying with us. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Sounds like a big do and such fun having everyone involved!

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  12. I always look forward to certain Christmas concerts. The music provides me a wonderful enjoyment of the Season. annettena at yahoo dot com

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    1. I am so with you, Annette. Music is a huge part of Christmas for me!

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  13. I love food mysteries. If you're talking about Woodstock NY, I love that town. My kids have a summer home 15 minutes from there, right on the Ashokan Reservoir. I've added book two to the March 2017 release list so I wont forget about it. I'd love to be entered in this giveaway so here's my email addie.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Hi Nora. No, it's Woodstock, VT. So glad to hear you love food mysteries! Thanks for commenting.

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  14. amy guillaume lindermanDecember 7, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    celebrating my mom's 74th bday on Christmas Eve! hopefully having a family get together for it. aelinderman@sbcglobal.net

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    1. What a special day for everyone! Happy Birthday to your Mom.

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  15. Food mysteries are fun! lkleback@hotmail.com

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    1. Glad you think so! So do I. Thanks for commenting.

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  16. Merry Christmas to all. Thanks for the chance!
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  17. You are a new to me author. Adding you to my TBR. Looking forward to spending time with family & friends this season.
    Thank-you for the opportunity. kckendler at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Kathleen! Enjoy the Christmas season.

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  18. We have a tree up--a real live tree--for the first time in 10 years. We're really enjoying it.
    Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  19. I'm just happy to spend the holidays with my family. They are my special people! Thanks for the contest. :) 2boys4me (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  20. Because it's her first Christmas with us, my husband and I looking forward to celebrating with our little rescue pup Sadie Grace. Thanks for this opportunity. chettysmom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. Thank you for the giveaway. I love new series! Merry Christmas.

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  22. My special person has been gone for 13 years.
    He sent me a puppy companion (she was born on
    the anniversary of his death) but she went
    to join Bob a few months ago. it's going
    to be a quiet Christmas.
    thanks for the offer of the book. this
    will be a new series for me.
    Mary Lou at txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. This will be a time of memories for you, Mary. I hope they are a comfort and joy to you, Mary.

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  23. My family spends Christmas Eve day making treats for Santa. I'm especially looking forward to the cornflake cookies. Thanks for the chance. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I've not heard of cornflake cookies. Hope you enjoy the fun of baking together.

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  24. I've been wanting to read your books. norbert8bubba(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. This is a new series to me and it's been on my TBR list for a while now. Would really enjoy reading. Merry Christmas!
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hope you get to read it, Dianne...and that you enjoy it. Thanks for commenting.

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  27. Thanks for the chance to win. The book looks intriguing and awesome.
    Lisamil46@gmail.com

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  28. My dog was born with special needs, she had a badly deformed leg that was shorter than the other leg. She never let that stop her from doing anything, stairs, climbing over any thing in her way and getting up on the bed. She taught me that you can do anything in life that you want to. She never knew she had a disability, we had 10 years together and I still miss her. Looking forward to reading this series, you are a new author to me. Merry Christmas!
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. We really do miss our fur friends when they're gone. Hope you have a Merry Christmas.

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  29. both look great..can't wait..
    greeneyes2755@yahoo.com

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  31. Christmas Day will just be my husband, our three cats, and myself. I look forward to a quiet day at home, snuggling with them all, drinking minty hot chocolate, and probably ordering Chinese for dinner :) kimheniadis (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Deleted my first comment because I forgot to put my email!

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    2. Sounds like a lovely and cozy Christmas, Kim.

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  32. I love spending time with my family on Christmas! This is my favorite holiday! Thank yoy for the giveaway. This looks awesome slpathkp19@gmail.com

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  33. I don't have a special someone. I'll spend Christmas Eve with my folks, weather permitting. This will be the first Christmas for 2 of my furkids...I just put up the tree and we have a climber!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  34. Happy holidays and thanks for the chance! lindaherold999@gmail.com

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  35. The best part is the family gathering from far and near. I would very much like to read these. Thanks for the chance to do so.
    Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc ((dot) com

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  36. Would love to read this series. lady(dot)janel (@) hotmail (dot)com

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  37. I am impressed with your inclusive holiday greeting. Well done!

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  38. Going to bake and decorate sugar cookies with my oldest friend tomorrow, we are carrying on a tradition from when her Mom was still alive. She and I have been friends for over 50 years!

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  39. Oops! Forgot to leave my email address
    Ramosp@comcast.net
    Thanks!

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  40. Two of our children and 6 of our grandchildren will be with us on Christmas Eve and Day. That will be so wonderful!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  41. Thank you Linda for being here today & for the generous give-a-way offer! I have yet to read either book in this series. I'm looking forward to traveling to Riverside, CA to see the Festival of Lights during this holiday season. Hubs & I are making it a date night so that makes it even more special! Merry Christmas to you & yours. sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  42. My Christmas will be lit up by my darling daughter and her three sons. They light up my Christmas every year and I love giving them gifts that make them happy.

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  43. Oops, I forgot my email contact in my comment, it is reading4komfort (AT) aol (.) com

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  44. I love having family together at Christmas. mommatoodle at msn dot com

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  45. Hose books sound wonderful! Dona maekutska7@gmail.com

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  46. Happy Christmas!! It is wonderful to check in at Killer Characters and find a couple of exciting books. Thank you for hosting such marvelous giveaway opportunities...
    kat8762@aol.com

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  47. Gathering all the family around me will be amazing.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  48. Love spending time with my family at Christmas. Thanks for the chance. Zeta(at)iwon(dot)com

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  49. It wouldn't be Christmas without family although ours has gotten smaller. Thanks for showcasing J.J. Tanner from
    the Dinner Club on your blog today. I have yet to sample this series but am looking forward to getting better
    acquainted. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  50. Chanukkah, Christmas, my children's birthdays. This time of year is one joyful party after another. cheers@MarjimManor.com

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  51. I like the colors on the book cover. Books are always great for Christmas.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  52. The books look really good I love Christmas Books. I enjoy My Kids / My Hubby having No School / Work over Christmas Thanks for the giveaway iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

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  53. getting to see my new baby nephew
    parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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