Thursday, November 29, 2018

Christmas in East Aurora


It’s Christmas all down Main Street in East Aurora, NY, and although the streets can be a little slushier than the summertime, this might be our town’s biggest show! Store windows are boasting snowflakes, colorful poinsettias, and nutcrackers standing sentry. 


Our own toy soldier is up greeting customers at the toyshop, and Santa hats are already atop most dolls and teddy bears throughout the shop. Dad even got the trains running along their tracks near the ceiling, with small puffs of smoke lingering in spots and engines chugging and bells ringing, just audible above the festive holiday music.

The town’s quirky five and dime is packing them in for their signature wacky gifts, such as bacon bandaids, pickle-flavored mints, and gnomes dressed up as biker babes—and the poster for the Carolcade—with its annual Guiness-record attempt--is in the window.


The historic theater is showing holiday films and selling their gourmet popcorn. And shoppers are gathering armfuls of gifts like pottery, d├ęcor, and clothing from the small, family-owned shops that line the faux brick street. And swinging around the corner to pick out a great book.

Of course, there are also a few of my favorite restaurants and cafes, great places to stop in for a hearty sandwich or a great cup of tea. Or cocoa. (Mmmm, cocoa.)

East Aurora, of course, is a real town and worth a visit. (See more!)

Too far? You can now visit in the pages of a Vintage Toyshop Mystery!

Three Seasons Readings Giveaways!


Giveaway 1.

New to the series? Win one of three mass market copies of the first of the series, DEATH OF A TOY SOLDIER.






Giveaway 2.

Win a hardcover copy of MURDER ON THE TOY TOWN EXPRESS.






Giveaway 3.

Win my last ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of DEATH OF A RUSSIAN DOLL, which is now available!





Just leave a comment below, with your email in a safe format, and tell me which giveaway you would like to enter.

Enjoy your shopping trip to East Aurora!





34 comments:

  1. I love small towns! I love how each shop decorates their windows, especially at the holidays.
    If I get chosen for a book, I would like Murder on the Toy Town Express. I read Death of a Toy Soldier and fell in love with the series! Uh, if no one picks Death of a Russian Doll, I would be pleased with that one also! The cover is brilliant!
    debprice60@gmail.com

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  2. Thanks so much. I would love to enter Contest 1.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. I would love to win Death of a Toy Solider. I love the vintage toy shop idea. Thanks!
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Death of a Toy Soldier interests me very much. This series is special and unique. What a wonderful town which appeals to me. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I would love to win death of a toy soldier. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. I would love Murder on the toy town express. I explored East Aurora which is captivating and lovely. Thanks for your interesting feature and giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. I would be thrilled if selected to win a hardcover copy of MURDER ON THE TOY TOWN EXPRESS!

    Sharing and hoping! :) Thanks for the chance and for putting smiles of at least three peoples faces with this great giveaway!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  8. Giveaway 1, please. I'd love to visit East Aurora. Thanks for the giveaway!
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  9. I would love to enter Giveaway three for an ARC of Death of a Russian Doll. Thank you so much and Happy Holidays! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I would like to enter Giveaway #3 for an ARC of Death of a Russian Doll. I really enjoyed the first 2 books in this series! acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  11. Oh dear. I have to choose?
    Well then, Giveaway #1, please.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  12. I'd love to win giveaway #1.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  13. I've read the first two books in the series and really enjoyed them. I would like to enter giveaway for #3 "Death of a Russian Doll".
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I would love to enter giveaway #2. Thank you and happy holidays! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  15. I would love to be entered for giveaway #2. Thank you very much for offering us all the chance to win. robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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  16. I would love to be entered for giveaway #3. Thanks for the chance.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  17. #1 Thanks for the chance!
    Donah42 at aol dot com

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  18. I would like to enter Giveaway #1. Thank you for the chance to win! jeaniedannheim(at)ymail (dot)com

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  19. I would love to be entered for giveaway #3 as I love Russian dolls. Thanks so much for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  20. I would love to enter contest #1. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. Since I must choose, giveaway #1 is the most logical. LaFonRC(AT)aol(DOT)com

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  22. Giveaway 2 would be awesome! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Giveaway 2 thank you, but thrilled with any.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  24. Contest #3, please cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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  25. Wow how nice are your giveaways. I'd like to enter giveaway #2. I love the old toy store where the windows were smudged with little nose and finger prints. Our children today don't know the pleasure of this delight. Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway and for sharing your trip pictures. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. I would like to enter contest 1 and 2. I already read and reviewed Death of a Russian Doll. Loved it. Saamm7(at)MSN (dot) com

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  27. Giveaway 2, please! legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  28. thank you for the giveaway I would like to enter contest #3 queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) com

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  29. Contest 2...this whole Christmas description is a delight. It reminds me of the small town I grew up in. Thank you for the chance.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  30. Since I'm new to the series, it's going to have to be Death of a Toy Soldier. Thanks for the chance to win!
    journeybound2010 AT gmail.com

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  31. Giveaway 3...love this series! Kkcochran (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  32. Love towns that celebrate holidays. New to me series giveaway 1. Happy Holidays! Elisanabby at gmail dot com

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  33. Giveaway 1 would be good for me. East Aurora looks like a nice town. That's one of the things I miss from living on the east coast. There are a lot more cute little towns that in California.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  34. I've not read any in this series so any would be awesome!!! But if I have to pick, I guess I should pick Death of a Toy Soldier. Thanks. nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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