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!

46 comments:

  1. I love the Scumble River and the Dime Store series. I haven’t read the series with Dani but it’s on my TBR list. cking78503(at)aol(dot) com

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  2. I love the holidays but they can be trying. My husband is a scrooge.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. I love the holidays and get myself in debt every year! vboudreau57@gmail.com

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  4. I enjoy the holidays more now that we have two beautiful grandchildren. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  5. I'm giving this holiday season a firm 9 -- I'm really enjoying it! I'd love to win a copy of Between a Book and a Hard Place and appreciate the giveaway! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  6. I have Hanukkah, Christmas and all three children's birthdays! Makes it busy. cheers at MarjimManor dot Com

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  7. Holidays make think of my mom and dad whom I miss but do spend it with my brother. Love to cook a special meal.rainonlois@aol.com thank Lois Rotella.

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  8. I'm not really into Christmas this year. The first Christmas where it is just me and my husband. I'm used to being with a house full of my brothers and nieces and boyfriends and friends, etc. I'll be calling to talk to everyone maybe from the beach depending on the weather. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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  9. I love Christmas as I get to catch up with family members.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  10. I love Christmas! People become more giving and loving. It warms my heart.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  11. Dime stores used to be a great place to buy little gifts for people at the office, neighbors, etc.----I miss them, the dollar stores just don't have the same vibe.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  12. The older I get the more I enjoy the holidays since now I am retired & can enjoy watching A Christmas Carol in many versions, White Christmas & other Christmas-themed movies & programs. I can also relax doing a Christmas embroidery project while I'm watching the British mysteries I love so much. There's no more running around for the kids (they are grown doing their own running around with their families!) & no more huge holiday dinners to plan for since we go to our daughter's house now. And no more baking for church, school or the office. I bake for my husband & me now. lnchudej@yahoo.com

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  13. Mary Lynette MillerDecember 9, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    Love these cozies. Enjoy the Christmas shows on tv and reading Christmas themed cozies. nettiem(at)toledotel(dot)com

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  14. The best part about this time of year. Is visiting with family. And the quiet times. Less traffic more time to read. I have not read either of these books and it is hard to chose one. But think I will go with the oldest one. Murder of an Open Book, if chosen Appreciate this chance. Thanks Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  15. Interesting variations in response from the various characters.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  16. all three series are on my TBR for Christmas week!f

    rlstanfill at juno dot com

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  17. Since Christmas is such a busy time it always is so relaxing to call it a day with a good book and my pepsi. Helps to leave all the stress behind...Merry Christmas to you and yours...terrysaunders29@hotmail.com

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  18. I love the holidays & am ready to visit my family! turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I like the holiday even more this year my two new granddaughters first Christmas donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  20. I enjoy celebrating Christmas with family. I wasn't such a fan of the season when I worked retail. Merry Christmas to all! suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. I love Christmastime, but not as much as I used to-I guess I'm a 7. I don't decorate inside as much as I used to and I ship most of my presents. Still, the day after Thanksgiving the lights get turned on outside and the radio station in the car switched from classic rock to all Christmas music!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  22. I celebrate Chanukah. I buy gifts in the fall and enjoy baking, cooking and having the family over for big dinner celebrations. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. I shop from home, bake for friends and cook meals for the family and love the little ones to enjoy this holiday. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  24. I enjoy the holidays after all the shopping and wrapping of the gifts. I like it when we bake cookies and decorate the tree.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. A new series to read. Happy holidays! Elisanabby at gmail dot com

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  26. This is exciting. Thank you for the chance. catwoman-1(at)comcast(dot)net

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  27. I love all things Christmas! Decorating, baking, shopping etc. thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. I love cozies so either book would be awesome, then I will order the other one after Christmas. The cover leads me to believe the book will be awesome. Georgia
    queenvictoria50 (@) aol (dot) com

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  29. Would love to read - parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  30. Love everything about the Christmas season. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. More series/authors for my TBR list. Since I generally work on Christmas Eve & Christmas day, I don' t do much in celebration. schmokercarol(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. I'm really enjoying the Christmas holiday this year. We moved into our dream home this year. We downsized so not near as much to decorate and we are foregoing most of the gift exchange stuff this year. After all the new home was our gift. Eliminating having to fight the crowds and the expense means we can concentrate more of the important things. We can do what we want when we want without having to do it. It's amazing how fun it can be once you take the pressure off. So nice to be able to sip hot cocoa sitting on sofa with hubby instead of standing in a long line at the mall. :)

    Thank you so much for the chance to win a copy of either Between a Book and a Hard Place OR Murder of an Open Book. That would be a hard choice but I'd sure love the chance. :)
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  33. We keep the holidays pretty low key which helps make them enjoyable. ellenjbumblebee (at) gmail (dot) com

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  34. Thank you for hosting Denise Swanson's Scumble River latest book on your blog. Her characters have such unique personalities they just make you fall in love with them. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. Hi, Marlene Ezell here. My new phone only lets me post as anonymous, but I don't really need to be anonymous. I enjoy your books. Thanks for the chance to win one.
    ezellmarlene(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. I love the Scumble River and haven’t yet read the the Dime Store series. Holidays can be stressful, especially now that my kids are grown and it's difficult to get together because of everyone's work schedule. ematov(at)comcast(dot)net

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  37. December is the craziest month for our family! We have Birthdays on 3,6,7,9,15,23,25(mom's 91st) and 27th (this is immediate family). We have an anniversary on the 19th and of course we have BOTH Christmas and Chanukah! I start gift lists in the summer and get what I can ahead of time! Reading and reviewing is my passion and crochet is another passion since we are retired to FL now, I have time! Thank you for the giveaway! Merry northstarvance(at)Gmail(dot)com

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  38. Christmas is a great holiday, especially seen through the eyes of children. It is a 10!
    LibraryLady80 (at) gmail (dot) com

    aka judy

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  39. Christmas is my favorite time of year. Thank you for the giveaway! barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. I enjoy the holidays but since we will have an empty nest this Christmas, it is not as much fun. However, I enjoy the music and the Hallmark movies plus some Christmas reading. Happy holidays to all and let there be peace on this earth. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  41. Love this series and the Dimestore one as well! Christmas is always fun - no matter what happens!! Thanks for the giveaway. ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  42. So generous! Thank you for the giveaway. anajs95(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. I have read all the books in the first two series and have the new one pre-ordered. I love the holidays. All my shopping is done (I even bought a few extra things over the weekend). My presents are all wrapped (except for the ones coming this week). Tree is up, but not decorated. Hopefully today and if not definitely tomorrow. Thanks for the chance to win. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  44. I love a good mystery at the holidays. It's like a balance of tastes - cutting the sweetness with lemon zest.
    rudycwrightlibrarian at gmail dot com.

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  45. Your book was on my list so thank you for the chance.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  46. I love Christmas mystery cozies.I haven't read any of Denise's books but I'm always open to read new series. I use to love Christmas at a rate of 10. These past 2 years things have changed and my siblings no longer get together so now I would rate it as a 5. I enjoy decorating the house,inside and out. And then there's the baking and shopping. I do most of my shopping online so I don't have to face the crowds. This year I may go to the mall and people watch. Thank you for giving me a chance to meet new authors through their books. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas may it be filled with love, laughter, family and friends.
    gheruska44(at)gmail(dot)com

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