Tuesday, November 28, 2017

By Cora Chevalier
Macrame Murder
Cora Crafts Mysteries
By Mollie Cox Bryan

When I was a little girl in Pittsburgh, I always looked forward to the city's Christmas festivities, heralded by the "Light-Up Night," where the whole city would turn their lights on and the view from hills surrounding the city would be magnificent. During that night, shops would remain open later than usual and the Christmas shopping season would officially begin. 
I also enjoyed the decorated shop windows of the old, big department stores--a feast for the eyes. And you never knew when Santa would show up. It was magic. 
Now that I live in Indigo Gap, N.C., there's Christmas magic of another kind. Our Thanksgiving was just the way I like it—quiet and small. A gathering of close friends and family. 
On the Holiday horizon is the lighting of the town's Christmas tree and a concert by the school children. I singed on for a neighborhood cookie exchange that I'm really looking forward to. It's the first time I've done something like this. 
Our business, Kildare House Craft Retreat, will be holding a Holiday Open House. We'll be serving hot apple cider and homemade donuts from Ruby's mother's recipe. Should be fun. So much to look forward to. What are your plans for the Holidays?
Please leave a comment to win a copy of "Macrame Murder."

Mollie Cox Bryan writes cozy mysteries with edge and romances with slow, sweet burn. She’s just published the third book in her new Cora Crafts Mystery Series: Macrame Murder. The first book in the series, Death Among the Doilies,  was selected as "Fresh Fiction Not to Miss" and was a  finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award. The second book, No Charm Intended, was named a “Summer 2017 Top 10 Beach Read” by Woman's World. She also wrote the Agatha-award nominated Cumberland Creek Mysteries. Several of the books the series were short-listed for the Virginia Library People's Choice Award. She makes her home at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley, Va., where she works as a researcher and fact checker and writes in the early morning hours. Visit her and sign up for her newsletter at molliecoxbryan.com. Or follow her on Twitter @molliecoxbryan, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/molliecoxbryanauthor/, Pinterest or Instagram.  




36 comments:

  1. I am so excited for this Christmas. We will have some little ones joining us. They do make Christmas. Everyone will be at my house this year.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  2. I will have guests visiting this holiday. Not sure what we'll be doing yet, but it will probably involve baking cookies with the kids at some point! mbradeen@yahoo.com

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  3. I will be having all 8 of my children & 5 of their significant others all spending the night on Christmas Eve to celebrate Christmas... I'm sooooooo excited! Looking forward to Macrame Murder :)
    Happy Holidays~
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. This year it will just be my immediate family and I have to say, I am really looking forward to a relaxed day.
    clarksrfun@gmail.com

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  5. Spending precious time with the little ones is what I enjoy the most. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I look forward to this holiday greatly as my immediate family will be visiting and staying for a good while.elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. We will spend our holidays with our furry little ones---and spoil them with some more presents.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  8. Our holidays are small and special, we don't have a big family and just a few close friends visit because most of them have big families they are busy with. Thanksgiving was great, a merging of two families for the first of many holidays to come...my brother-in-law and his fiance (and her family). Everything went off without a hitch and now we're on to Christmas. I have a booth at a local craft fair this Saturday and after that things slow down for us and that's when I really get to enjoy the season. Cookies, ice skating, crafts, decorating and anything else we can come up with. I think a winter trip to the zoo is in order this year too. Merry Christmas to everyone!!!
    awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  9. Unfortunately, I'm apartment hunting & scheduled to work Christmas Day for the third year in a row, so I'll just cuddle with the fur kids.

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  10. Didn't leave my email--schmokercarol@yahoo.com

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  11. A simple and quiet Christmas, with an afternoon dinner at one of my daughters.
    debprice60@gmail.com

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  12. My favorite time at Christmas is the Christmas Cookie baking!! Love it! I made cookies with my children, now, I make them with grandchildren. Nothing more special to me!

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  13. We will have a quiet Christmas at home. One of my daughters will be away at her boyfriends parents home. But it will be a nice Christmas anyway.

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  14. It will be a quiet Christmas at home. ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  15. We'll have a quiet Christmas at home with my mom and maybe one or two other friends. Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. We visit family, have dinner and go to church. parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  17. I'm travelling cross country to multiple family members' houses for multiple Christmas visits. Tiring, but fun.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. I love Christmas! Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. I don't like Christmas much but apparently my husband is ready. He set up the tree today. We usually don't do it until about 2 weeks before. I says to him "It's not even December yet." I don't feel like this yet or ever. It's just the 2 of us, why bother I say. Thank you for the giveaway. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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  20. Spending Christmas with family - it's the only time we're all together.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  21. I don't have many plans. At work the patients in my card making group are making cards to give to their peers so they can send them to family and friends. I need to clear room for my Christmas tree and get that. My outside lights have been on since the day after Thanksgiving and soon I'll have to sort the presents I've bought and ship them out!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  22. Homemade donuts sound lovely.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  23. I'm hoping to catch up with all of my family at some stage.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  24. Our Christmas will be a quiet but enjoyable time. It's just hubby and I but this year we are celebrating Christmas in our new home - the home of our dreams for many years. We moved to a small town that is big on community so there will lot of events and activities to attend including the Caroling in the Caverns at Blanchard Springs Caverns which is amazing and A Christmas Carol supper theater just to name a couple. It will be nice after attending the events to be able to go HOME, sit in front of one of the two 1853 large stone fireplaces that we built our home around, sip on some hot cocoa and just enjoy being together. :)
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of "Macrame Murder."
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  25. It will be a small quiet family Christmas, which I enjoy. Happy Holidays! minishoes(at)msn(dot)com

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  26. We are having a quiet Christmas this year. Usually we do a family reunion this time of year. We all make treats and visit the nursing homes and shut-ins. This year it is just the immediate family and we will be doing only a couple of the homes & shut-ins.
    Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  27. We plan to enjoy Christmas through the eyes of our little Grands...what joy!
    LibraryLady80 at gmail dot com

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  28. With conflicting work schedules and in-laws and various other things, getting the different branches of our family together can be like trying to put a Rubik's cube to rights. We're trying to work a time out, but I know at least I'll spend some (or all) of Christmas Day with just my mom, the cat, and I. That's not a bad thing though. Thanks for the chance to win. robbfan141729(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. A quiet day to reflect on all the wonderful things in my life. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. We will be working so that our co-workers with children can enjoy Christmas. Thank you for the chance. Lamonicaks at gmail dot com

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  31. CONTEST CLOSED! Amanda Wilcox is my winner!

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