Monday, December 11, 2017

Meowy Christmas and Happy Howlidays

from Thelma & Louise, Caro Lamont's felines in Sparkle Abbey's Pampered Pets mystery series

Thelma: We’d like to thank Killer Character for finally inviting us to be guest bloggers. I’m Thelma, one of Caro Lamont’s cats and my sister is – hey there, girlfriend, you’re on.

Louise: What? Oh, hello all. I was just taking a little nap waiting for it to be time. Hold on…

Thelma: She’ll be back. Every single time the poor thing wakes up she has to go check to make sure our bowls have food. She just can’t help herself  In the meantime, let me fill you in.

Here’s the deal, as you may know, our human mom is a pet therapist. (Not that we need therapy, of course, but there are some felines and canines who have…well, issues of some sort.

Louise: I’m back. Our food is good. But the water. The water’s old. I checked it and I’m not drinking that water. When Caro gets home we should let her know.

Thelma: Got it. Now, as I was just about to say, our human mom helps people and their pets but she also is a detective.

Louise: Oh, yes, a very good detective. Not like the kind with a badge but the one that helps the kind with the badge. You know, like Detective Malone. He's very nice.

Thelma: I’m not so sure about him. Sometimes, he acts like we’re not here at all. I clearly asked for him to rub my head and he looked at me like he had no idea what I was saying. Then he just went on talking to Caro. Seriously?

Louise: I see your point. Anyway, our human mom, Caro, helps Detective Malone quite a lot. In fact, she and her cousin, Mel, help the police with their murder investigations. Though, we haven’t seen Mel here for a while. I wondered what’s up with that. Anyway, the investigating is pretty exciting.

Thelma: It is exciting. So much so that people like reading about how the crimes as solved. If I could read, I might like to read about it too. As it is we have to find out about what’s going on from eavesdropping. You know, where we pretend we're not listening, but we are. Like just recently when Caro was involved with an event called Barking with the Stars to raise money for Warriors for the Paws. A good event to be sure, to raise money for therapy dogs for veterans who suffer from the effects of PTSD, That's post traumatic stress disorder, in case you didn't remember.

Louise: I did remember, but why dogs? Why not therapy cats?

Thelma: I don’t know. I think therapy cats would be awesome. But this group just does dogs I think. We can talk to Caro about it when she gets home. She’s bringing special treats. I saw her write it down on her list right after we told her about the ones we saw on TV.

Louise: And I see she got the boxes out with the shiny toys she hangs on that little tree for us every year about this time. That will be fun!

Thelma: Great fun! Let’s get a nap in so we can be ready, okay? Last year we weren’t able to remove all the toys from the tree. Right, Louise? Louise? Well, I see she’s already started on her nap.
So, let me say for both of us. Meowy Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your furry family members. Also be sure to check out the fun Barking with the Stars giveaway from Caro and Dogbert, our canine housemate.

Have you read any of the Sparkle Abbey Pampered Pets books? Do you have a pampered pet at home?

Comment below with either the title of a Sparkle Abbey book or the name of your pet, to be entered in the drawing for the prize. (As you can see in the picture, it’s a fun leash hook and a “You had me a Woof” mug as well as a copy of Sparkle Abbey’s latest book, Barking with the Stars.)

Sparkle Abbey is actually two people, Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter, who write the national best-selling Pampered Pets cozy mystery series. They are friends as well as neighbors so they often get together and plot ways to commit murder. (But don't tell the neighbors.) They love to hear from readers and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, their favorite social media sites. Also, if you want to make sure you get updates, sign up for their newsletter via the website.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Merry Christmas from Bella in Seattle and a #Giveaway!

By Bella, of Tracy Weber's Downward Dog Mystery Series

Happy holidays, everyone!  Bella here from Tracy Weber’s Downward Dog Mystery series, wishing you a glorious holiday season.  We almost never have a white Christmas in Seattle anymore.  My human slave, Kate blames it on something she calls global climate change.  Still, people here get very much into the season’s celebrations with glorious light displays, Christmas carol singing, and more gift giving than even a hundred-pound German shepherd like me can shake a stick at!

As you can see, I’m getting into the spirit this year.  I’m not sure why Kate insisted on dressing me up in this ridiculous Santa Dog outfit, but who am I to spoil her fun?  Besides, she promised me that as soon as she’s done taking photos, I’ll get to open up all of those presents.  I already know what’s inside them, of course.  You can’t hide toys and tasty treats from a German shepherd’s nose simply by covering them with a thin layer of paper!

Let’s see, I smell ostrich tendons, salmon and sweet potato cookies, squeaky tennis balls and…

What’s that?

Oh, Kate says she’s done with the photos and now it’s time for me to tell you about your Christmas gift.  Leave a comment by Monday, December 18 with your sincere holiday wish, and you’ll be entered to win a copy of my most recent Downward Dog Mystery, A Fatal Twist.  Don’t forget to leave your e-mail address so Kate’s author friend, Tracy, can contact you if you win.

My next adventure, Pre-Meditated Murder comes out in January and is available for pre-order now!

Go on, buy yourself a copy.  You deserve an early gift!

Tracy Weber’s author page
Bella's author buddy, Tracy Weber, on Facebook

Catch up on all four of the Downward Dog Mysteries.  Available at booksellers everywhere!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Holidays—Are you a fan?

Skye Denison Boyd from Denise Swanson’s  Welcome Back to Scumble River series, Devereaux Sinclair from her Devereaux’s Dime Store series, and Dani Sloan from her Chef-to-Go series debuting April 2018

Skye: I love Christmas, at least the idea of Christmas. I’m not as fond of the stressful pre-holiday season. Finding just the right gift for everyone, figuring out what dish to bring to each party, and especially helping the students whose situations are less than ideal cope with the holidays.  On the other hand, I do get to spend the holidays with my handsome new husband. So on a scale from one to ten, I’d say, I’m a firm 8.

Dev: I love the holidays! As the owner of Devereaux’s Dime Store and Gift Baskets, it’s fun to decorate the store, create the gift baskets, and especially see all the wonderful profits go into the bank. Plus this year, I get to spend the holidays with my hunky new boyfriend. So on a scale from one to ten, I’m a firm 10.

Dani: Wow! Hard question. As a caterer and personal chef, the holidays are my busiest season so I don’t really celebrate much myself. I do love making yummy treats and scrumptious meals for my clients. And the money is very welcome to my fledgling new business. But since I’m estranged from my father and not dating anyone, I’ll be alone. So one a scale of one to ten, I’m a 6. Maybe by next year there will be someone in my life and I can upgrade to a 10.

---If you’d like to read more about Skye, Dev, or Dani here are links to their most recent adventures.

---Denise Swanson is a New York Times bestselling author of cozy mysteries and contemporary romance.

It’s Killer Characters' Seasons Readings giveaway time! Throughout the holidays we will be giving away books. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on the blog, with your email address.
I am happy to give one randomly chosen winner a copy of Between a Book and a Hard Place OR Murder of an Open Book—winner’s choice. Sorry US only.
I will choose a reader Monday morning, and will contact them for their address.
We are so grateful to our readers, and happy to celebrate with them this holiday season!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Happy Holidays! A new series and giveaway

Hi all, Taylor O'Brian here from Sonoma, California. I'm so proud to debut my new series. When my Aunt Jemma had a heart attack, I left my high paying job in advertising and gave up my condo in San Francisco to come to live in my aunt's pool house. Luckily, Aunt Jemma seems none the worse for wear after her attack. The only problem is that every time I even think of returning to my old life, Aunt Jemma feels a twinge.

So, I've decided that I'm going to stay and make a new life in Sonoma. I grew up in this famous small town among the golden hills and the vineyards large and small. The sweet scent of wine grapes in every season and the friends old and new made my decision easy. The problem is making wine isn't really my passion and it has to be a passion to do it well. But that doesn't mean I can't make a name for myself in Sonoma. I plan to do just that with my Off The Beaten Path wine country tours.

I bought an old VW van that holds a nice group of seven. It's perfect for touring all the quirky gardens, hikes and small wineries in Sonoma and Napa Counties. My kitty, Clemmie, is not a fan of touring, but she keeps Aunt Jemma company while I have fun. Or that's what I imagined it would be like. I never imagined that anyone would be murdered on one of my tours, or that I would be suspected of the crime. Now it's up to me and my friends to solve the crime before my tour business has to close for good.
A Case of Syrah, Syrah is out December 12, 2017.

Happy, Holidays! I'm giving away a hardcover copy of this book. Simply leave a comment telling me what your favorite holiday beverage is and one lucky winner will be picked at random. Best of luck!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Sorry for the Long Wait

My apologies for not choosing a winner more quickly for the copy of Many a Twist for Maura Donovan's post on November 25th. But I was in Ireland (doing research!) and the wifi was a bit unpredictable. Luckily the copies of the book have arrived! The winner, chosen by random drawing, is Carol Schmoker. Carol, send your address to me at and I'll put the book in the mail. And thank you all for commenting! 

SEASONS READINGS + French Bistro book #giveaway

By Mimi Rousseau, owner of Bistro Rousseau and Maison Rousseau in Nouvelle Vie, an enclave of Napa Valley

For author Daryl Wood Gerber, French Bistro Mysteries

Bonjour. Or should I say, Joyeux Noël?

At Bistro Rousseau and Maison Rousseau, the bed-and-breakfast that neighbors the bistro--both of which are now mine, eek!--we are getting ready for the onslaught of visitors that come to Napa Valley during the holidays. Why do they come? Because there are so many festive things to do.

The wine train will embark on an all-new musical and interactive journey -- yes, interactive -- to Santa's Workshop! Magical wristbands will enhance the experience. In addition to wine, you can enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and more.

Or you can go to Yountville, which is very near to my sweet Nouvelle Vie, and see the town transformed into a magical winter wonderland using thousands of tiny, energy-efficient twinkling lights. Isn't that wonderful that everyone is becoming so energy conscious? During the day, you won't want to miss the art galleries!

If you're celebrating Hanukkah, you might want to take in the Judd Hill Hanukkah Hootenanny! I kid you not. Hootenanny. You can sip current vintages and specialty wines, enjoy beef brisket sliders, a latke bar (honestly...I've never heard of such a thing - fabulous, right?!) featuring Judd's secret recipe, and more. This is a fundraising event, and we all like to support those, don't we? Especially at this time of year.

If you stop into Bistro Rousseau, expect a delicious meal. We'll start the menu with caviar or smoked salmon on blinis, the traditional apéritif. The French particularly love oysters, so you can expect those, as well. Of course, they aren’t cheap, but they are wonderful at this time of year. Now, snails (escargot) might not be eaten as often in France as people believe, but at Christmas, they shine. Especially in Burgundy, home of the “escargot du Bourgogne.” We'll serve them as an appetizer with parsley and garlic. Yum!

Of course, we’ll offer the traditional turkey with chestnut stuffing, but we also like to include a choice of other fowl, like pheasant or goose. I'm thinking roasted goose with crispy skin à la Jacque Pépin. What do you think? It's the honey that makes it sizzle.

For dessert, we will be splurging with a variety of desserts, including my favorite, bûche d' Noel. We will serve it in the typical way as well as gluten-free! And why not? I think everyone should enjoy this luscious dish!

By the way, many of my customers ask me what is the one technique everyone should know. Other than to know how to make the five mother sauces, I suppose it should be how to sharpen your knife in the proper manner.

Do you have an addition to my menu? My talented chef and my best friend Jorianne have already offered their two cents. Fire away. I'm all ears!


Today, my author Daryl is giving away a copy of A DEADLY ECLAIR, the first in this series, to one commenter. We all know giving and receiving books is one of the delights of the holiday season. Leave a comment and your email (cryptic if necessary) so she can contact you if you win.  She'll pick a winner on December 9th.



Mimi Rousseau’s dream to open her own bistro has seemed beyond her grasp ever since she was chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband’s tremendous debt. Fortunately, her best friend Jorianne introduced her to entrepreneur Bryan Baker, who invested in the promising restaurateur’s project. So Mimi works the bistro and inn until she’s able to pay it off and call it her own. Now, Mimi is throwing the inn’s very first wedding—the nuptials of famous talk show host Angelica Edmonton, daughter of Bryan’s half-brother, Edison.

This wedding will be the talk of the town, but anxious Mimi is sure the bride’s puffed-up expectations will collapse, especially when Edison gets drunk and rowdy at the out-of-towners’ dinner. By the evening, things are looking sweet again…until the next morning, when Bryan is found dead at the bistro with an éclair stuffed in his mouth.

All the fingers point at Mimi, whose entire loan is forgiven if Bryan dies. So it’s up to her to éclair—er, clear—her name before the killer turns up the heat again in A Deadly Éclair, Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber’s scrumptious series debut.

Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber writes the brand new French Bistro Mysteries as well as
the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries. As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. A DEADLY ÊCLAIR, the first French Bistro Mystery, comes out November 2017. Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense: DAY OF SECRETS and GIRL ON THE RUN. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!



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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Seasons Readings & an excerpt that's out of this world!

Happy Holidays from Samantha Kidd, Madison Night, Poly Monroe, and Margo Tamblyn from Diane Vallere's various series!

Hi everybody!

Samantha Kidd here. Diane’s trying to wrangle me into an adventure in Paris, which hopefully you’ll be able to read about next year. In the meantime, enjoy this excerpt from her upcoming outer space cozy mystery, MURDER ON MOON TREK 1, that comes out December 17! It features Sylvia Stryker, uniform lieutenant aboard the Moon Unit 5. Madison Night, Poly Monroe, Margo Tamblyn, and I (you know us as Diane's characters) decided to start a cozy mystery book club and read it when it comes out. Poly's giving fabric to Margo to make us costumes. Madison’s bringing the Doris Day/NASA featurette that came with The Glass Bottom Boat DVD. I offered to provide the food: a flying-saucer-shaped disc of dough with cheese and tomatoes—okay, fine. I’m bringing pizza.  What? You think they don’t have pizza in outer space???

--With holiday love from Samantha Kidd, Madison Night, Poly Monroe, and Margo Tamblyn

P.S. What would you bring to an outer space-themed book club meeting? Leave a comment below and enter to win a Kindle copy of YOUR CHOICE of any of Diane Vallere’s books! FOUR WINNERS, because Madison, Poly, Margo, and I told Diane there were four of us and it was the right thing to do.

Excerpt from MURDER ON MOON TREK 1:

When Moon Unit 5 kicked off its inaugural trip from my home planet of Plunia, I expected the uniform closet to be stuffed to capacity. I just hadn’t expected it to be stuffed with a body. But here we were, light years from the space station where we’d departed, and instead of a closet of freshly laundered uniforms, I had a dead man. No matter how thoroughly I'd planned for today, I never could have planned for this.

Maybe he wasn’t dead. Maybe he was tired. Maybe he’d had a late night partying before today’s departure and crawled into my uniform closet to take a nap.

As unlikely as that explanation was, I wasn’t yet willing to accept the more probable reality. I knelt next to him and checked for a pulse on the side of his neck. His skin was cold to the touch, which was either due to his not-alive state or the twenty-degree difference between earthling temperatures (his) and Plunian temperatures (mine). In this case, it was both. No pulse, no breathing. A Code Blue.

The Moon Unit Corporation ran a fleet of cruise spaceships whose mission was to provide relaxing getaways to one of our galaxy’s moons. Ever since I’d learned they were reopening after years of inactivity, I’d fantasized about working for them. The fact that I’d hacked my records into their system was a minor technicality. My job was to manage the uniforms during the moon trek, and as long as I did my job and avoided ship security, my fantasy would become a reality. But this was bigger than managing uniforms. Regardless of the risks to me, I had to contact the bridge.

I could send a general message over the staff communication network. I stepped away from the pile of spilled uniforms and shifted to the computer that sat above the console in the middle of the room. It was standard issue, a flat black folio with colorful buttons and a low-definition screen. Only the top members of the ship and paying passengers were given high-def equipment. For the rest of us, it was the bare minimum, Moon Unit Corporation’s way of making sure distractions didn’t surround us. To the right side of the computer was a clear plastic dome that protected a shiny red button that, despite learning about during emergency protocol training, I’d hoped never to have to use.

MURDER ON MOON TREK 1 comes out December 17. Find it here: 

Amazon // B&N // Kobo // Apple

Remember! Leave a comment about what you'd bring to an outer-space themed book club meeting for your chance to win your choice of a book by Diane. Good luck!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

'Tis Always the Season for Reading!

By Evie Barnum from “Smoke and Mirrors” and Pepper Martin from “Graveyard Shift” by Casey Daniels along with Laurel Inwood from the Ethnic Eats mysteries and Bea Cartwright from the League of Literary Ladies mysteries by Kylie Logan

It’s not often we all get together.  After all aside from investigating mysteries, there’s little we have in common.  Miss Evie Barnum lives in New York City in 1842 and works at her brother’s famous American Museum.  A far cry from Pepper Martin, a thoroughly modern young woman who works at a historic cemetery in Cleveland and investigates mysteries for the ghosts there.  Bea and Laurel . . . well, at least they both live in Ohio.  But Laurel is a displaced Hollywood chef and Bea is a best selling horror writer now running (quite contentedly!), a bed and breakfast.

So what do we all have in common?

We’re all here to wish you the very best of Season’s Readings!

What that means here at Killer Characters is if you leave a comment on today’s post, you’ll be entered to win some of our adventures.  Bea’s giving away her latest, “Gone with the Twins,” and Laurel has offered a copy of “French Fried.”

Two winners!  What could be more festive than that?

Leave a comment, and don’t forget to include you email.  Winner will be announced later this week.

Merry Christmas from all of us, and the happiest and healthiest New Year to you!

Monday, December 4, 2017

My Holiday Gift to you #giveaway

by Quincy
from the FAT CAT series by Janet Cantrell


My writer person (Janet Cantrell aka Kaye George) is very busy working to bring you a new series next year. But in the meantime, she and I both want to tell our readers how grateful we are for their loyalty. I know, I’m a cat, and I don’t express gratitude well in person. But on the page I can be myself, right?

In spite of our publisher pulling out, our books continue to sell and to get new readers. If you haven’t read any Fat Cat books, my writer has agreed, after I convinced her, of course, to give some of them away. So, while Lyrical Press and Kaye George are getting REVENGE IS SWEET, the first book in the Vintage Sweets cozy series, ready, I’m still available for your reading pleasure. You’ll love me. I’m handsome, intelligent, and…if you have any treats, I won’t say no.

This is Janet speaking. This series has been discontinued, but if you missed them on the first go-round, I’d like to fix that! In the festive spirit of the season, I’m giving away the whole series, all three books: FAT CAT AT LARGE, FAT CAT SREADS OUT, and FAT CAT TAKES THE CAKE.  Please leave a comment below, including your email address and I’ll pick a winner at the end of Wednesday, the 6th. (Not the 7th as originally posted!) I plan to peek in here around midnight EDT.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Holiday Decorating in South Lick, Indiana

Happy Season's Readings from me, Robbie Jordan! My author Maddie Day is on retreat, but she wants to give away a copy of the book that takes place closest to Christmas, Grilled for Murder, to one commenter here today.  She also wanted me to remind you that the fourth book in the series, Biscuits and Slashed Browns, releases January 30 and is available for preorder wherever books are sold.

She is sharing a passage from the book where I decorate Pans 'N Pancakes for the holidays:

I hated feeling helpless, but I’d done all I could, so I might as well decorate. Having busy hands sometimes let puzzle-solving thoughts into my brain, too. And if ever there was a puzzle that needed to be solved, it was the question of who really killed Erica Berry Shermer. Because I knew as sure as I was a Californian that Phil didn’t. I called and left him a message on his cell, asked him to call me back. I almost said more, but disconnected. We’d talk later.

Wincing at the sight of the plywood, I dragged over the stepladder and looped the first string of lights over the front door. I’d asked at the store if I could order new glass today, but they’d said Don, the owner, had to do the ordering and he didn’t come in on Sundays.

I plugged another string into the first one and stretched it between the windows and on top of the window frames, adding more strings as I went, until I reached the end of the front wall. I knew Phil hadn’t killed Erica—didn’t I? I was as sure as I could be. He was a gentle, generous, fun-loving soul. So who was the real murderer? Erica and Tiffany had argued, but it wouldn’t make sense for Tiffany to kill someone she’d accused of stealing, not if she wanted to get her jewelry back.

I started stringing lights on the other side of the door until I got to the cookware area. That part would have to wait to be decorated until the evidence people were done with it. Max had seemed angry with Erica for taking Paula’s side. Surely not mad enough to kill her, though. Maybe the murderer was somebody in Erica’s past. Or someone who’d followed her here from Chicago. I’d ask Jim tonight if he knew anyone in Erica and Jon’s group of friends or business associates. I couldn’t remember what Jim had said his brother did for work, if he even had. Jim had spoken only once to me about his brother’s suicide. He’d said losing his twin was like losing a chunk of himself, and that he’d had no idea Jon was that despondent. Or why he would be.

I inserted the last plug for the lights into a wireless device and plugged the device into the wall. I stepped back and flipped on the switch. The sight of all the little white lights did, in fact, cheer me. I turned to the kitchen area and hung green garlands under the counter and over the door to the walk-in, adding a red bow here and there to brighten them. All I needed was a model train set running around an oval in the front window, with tiny snow covered houses and a miniature Pans ’N Pancakes in the center of town.

I wasn’t particularly religious, but I loved the Christmas season, especially here in the Midwest where the days were short and the temperatures chilly. Christmas in Santa Barbara, where I’d grown up, was a different experience altogether. Mom and I had usually taken a Christmas brunch picnic to the beach and soaked up some cool sunshine while we celebrated. Once, when I was eight, we’d come to Indiana to spend Christmas with Adele. It had snowed on Christmas Eve, and I couldn’t believe I was seeing the winter wonderland I'd only read about in books. At home the winter air smelled of orange blossoms and sea breezes. Out here? The crisp taste of apples and the sharp smell of snow were more the order of the day.

Maddie also says to tell you she's been immersed in our lives on her solo retreat. She's been writing book six in the series, Strangled Eggs and Ham, and she's loving spending time with me, my aunt Adele, Officer Buck Bird, and the rest of the South Lick regulars!

Macavity- and Agatha-nominated Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction. As Maddie Day she creates the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries.

Maxwell is President of Sisters in Crime New England. She lives north of Boston with her beau and two cats, and blogs here, with the other Wicked Cozy Authors, and with the Midnight Ink Writers. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and at her web site,

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Christmas in Colorado #giveaway, #newrelease

By Cat Latimer - OF MURDER AND MEN - by Lynn Cahoon

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at the Warm Springs Writers Retreat. We have to be decorated by Thanksgiving because our December retreat is always the first week. And January's retreat isn't until mid month. That way we can decompress over the holidays. Besides, what's the benefit of running your own business if you don't make it work for you.

We have a ton of Christmas trees. Live of course. Each guest gets a baby tree in their room and the lobby has a ten foot spruce that Seth went to the woods to chop himself. The Forest Service loves seeing him come in for our permits because we drop a lot of money there. But it's once a year, right?

Shauna's been buying Christmas ornaments all year at yard sales to make sure we can make each room unique.

And me? I've been supervising. Okay, maybe I've been sneaking upstairs to my room to write, but I've been tasting all the cookies Shauna's been making.

What's your favorite Christmas tradition?  One commenter will win a copy of OF MURDER AND MEN (just released - November 28th) US mailings only. (Lynn Cahoon will send you a digital copy of different book if you're out of the US.) Contest closes December 4th.
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Friday, December 1, 2017

New Releases for December AND More Season’s Readings

It’s time to curl up by the fire with a big mug of hot chocolate, a plate of gingerbread and just read. 

Plus, Krista Davis makes her contribution to our Seasons Readings by giving away a copy of Not a Creature was Purring!

Cheryl Hollon
Etched in Tears
Webb's Glass Shop Mysteries Book #4
ISBN: 978-1-4967-1175-5

When a famous glass artist is murdered at his own exhibit, deadly secrets are put on display, and it’s up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb to see through a killer’s cover.

Celebrated glass artist Dennis Lansing is returning to St. Petersburg, Florida, for an exhibit at the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum. His unique style of embedding document images in his art is at the vanguard of contemporary glasswork. But as Savannah’s first boyfriend and a former apprentice to her father, Dennis’s return home has her reflecting on the past—a trip down memory lane that takes a dark turn when Dennis is found murdered at the museum with an old reference letter from her father in his pocket. A search through her father’s records sheds new light on Dennis’s history, but it seems his present life wasn’t so transparent either. Now, with a gallery of suspects to consider, it’s up to Savannah to figure out who fits the mold of a murderer.

Diane Vallere
Murder on Moon Trek 1
A Sylvia Stryker Outer Space Mystery (#1)
Polyester Press
ISBN 9781939197399

When space academy dropout Sylvia Stryker hacks her way into the position of Uniform Inventory Manager aboard the Moon Unit 5, she jumps at the chance to leave her small planet behind. Besides, who will find out she faked the results of her physical? But when the ship’s second navigation officer is found dead in the uniform closet shortly after departing the space station, Sylvia’s problems become bigger than falsified test results. And when her supervisor places her on probation for her own uniform infraction, she’s at risk of being dropped off at the nearest substation. Juggling red shirts, white lies, and an army of little green men, Sylvia has to expose a killer before the Moon Unit 5 becomes space dust.

Cathy Ace
Murder Keeps No Calendar
Four Tails Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-7751754-0-7

Eight novellas and four short stories - one for each month of the year, and all with something in common...MURDER! For those who already know Cathy Ace's characters Cait Morgan and Bud Anderson - or the women of the WISE Enquiries Agency - this collection will bring the delight of finding out how they met their 'significant others' and began their murderous adventures. If you're discovering this award-winning author for the first time, you're in for a treat...with twelve tales of intrigue and murder to enjoy.

Nancy Parra
A Case of Syrah, Syrah
Wine Country Tours series, book 1
Crooked Lane Books
ISBN: 978-1683314332

Taylor O’Brian is a new businesswoman, founder of “Taylor’s Off The Beaten Path Wine Tours,” who lives on a small winery with her Aunt Jemma. She plans to take small groups around romantic Sonoma county to discover some of the county’s outdoor gardens. It’s all running as smooth as can be until Laura, the leader of the group of yoga instructors she’s leading, is found dead. And it’s Taylor’s corkscrew that’s found buried in Laura’s neck.

She’s not sure who to trust, and everyone around suddenly seems suspect. Only two weeks after the murder, her very own administrative assistant, Amy, marries Laura’s husband, Dan, who doesn’t seem very bereaved about being widowed, and the three yoga masters who were also out on the tour begin to seem shady. Taylor can’t afford to jump ship from her new business endeavor, but just as she begins her investigation, another dead body surfaces. This time, it’s Dan’s sister. And the killer is coming for Taylor next.

Now it’s up to Taylor to uncork this open-bottle mystery, before more blood is spilled. For fans of Laura Childs and Ellen Crosby, A Case of Syrah, Syrah is the charming first in bestselling author Nancy J. Parra’s Wine Country mysteries.

Happy Holidays to all our readers from Krista Davis.
Today's Seasons Readings giveaway is Not a Creature Was Purring
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