Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Home for the Holidays, At Last -- #giveaway @LeslieBudewitz

Home for the Holidays, At Last

by Merrily Thornton from As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles, Food Lovers’ Village #5 by Leslie Budewitz

I have been wanting to come home for so long I could taste it. Home to a town that welcomed me, to a family that cherished me, to parents who adored my daughter the way I do, the way we all deserve to be welcomed, cherished, and adored.

Long ago, when I was young and foolish, I did a stupid thing. I took the blame and paid the price. The irony is that the stupid thing I did is not the stupid thing people think I did, but I’m not here to set the record straight.

I’m here because a place can get in your heart and your soul and you never feel quite right anywhere else, no matter how long you live there, how much you love the people around you, how much you try. It isn’t home.

Jewel Bay will always be part of who I am, and I want my daughter to know and love it as I do. It’s not perfect and neither are the people in it – nobody knows that better than I do. But since I’ve come home, people have come out of the woodwork to help me out. Greg Taylor at the Building Supply, Jane who runs the front counter, Pamela at the bank, Wendy at Le Panier, and of course, Erin Murphy who is as sweet as she is smart and energetic.

And there is no better time to be here than the holidays. This Saturday is Decorating Day, when town transforms from A Food Lovers’ Village to Montana’s Christmas Village. I can hardly wait!

Will you be “home for the holidays,” or welcoming home someone you love and have missed?

Season’s Readings continues with a month of giveaways! Leave a comment below, with your email address, for a chance to win your choice of the paperback or audio CD version of AS THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CRUMBLES. (US addresses only; winner will be chosen Friday, November 30.) 

"Budewitz's finely drawn characters, sharp ear for dialogue, and well-paced puzzle make Jewel Bay a destination for every cozy fan." - Kirkus Reviews



From the cover of AS THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CRUMBLES, Food Lovers' Village Mystery #5 (Midnight Ink/Tantor Audio, available in trade paper, e-book, and audio): 

Jewel Bay---Montana's Christmas Village---all is merry and bright. At Murphy’s Mercantile, AKA the Merc, manager Erin Murphy is ringing in the holiday season with food, drink, and a new friend: Merrily Thornton. A local girl gone wrong, Merrily’s turned her life around. But her parents have publicly shunned her, and they nurse a bitterness that chills Erin.

When Merrily goes missing and her boss discovers he’s been robbed, fingers point to Merrily—until she’s found dead, a string of lights around her neck. The clues and danger snowball from there. Can Erin nab the killer—and keep herself in one piece—in time for a special Christmas Eve?

Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. A past president of Sisters in Crime, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat, an avid bird-watcher.

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49 comments:

  1. I miss 'home' at Christmas. It was the most magical time! I
    Thank you for giving away this book. It is one that I have been looking forward to reading.
    debprice60@gmail.com

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  2. Please enter me.
    Wendy
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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  3. We just moved and I am delighted to have daughter #3 nearby. I wish the other two could join us.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Christmas in a new home with a daughter near by sounds wonderful!

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  4. I will be celebrating with my wonderful husband, my mom, and three fussy cats. Happy Holidays! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. For many years we celebrated with my children but this year they are going on a getaway. I will miss the little ones but I am looking forward to having my sister here since I have seen her in 10 years. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. being home during the holidays is meaningful and special. In a new home is an adjustment. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. I know the feeling of knowing where you belong and wanting to be there. That was us with this little town in the Ozarks. Every chance we got we went there to explore, relax and to dream. Well, last year our dream became a reality and we moved lock, stock and barrel to where we knew we always belonged. Isn't it amazing when dreams become reality! We have been welcomed with open arms and the locals have made us feel like this is where we have always been. We are not looking back and have no regrets. Christmas in the Ozarks sounds like music to my ears.

    To be a small town of less than 3000, there are tons events going on in and around town this month. We will participate in the majority of them including have small gatherings in our home. It is now just hubby and I having outlived everyone else, but we will be embracing our new town family for Christmas. As the present, don't really know what our plans are exactly for Christmas day, but I would be very happy and very content to just be hubby and I in front of the fireplace watching the oh so many critters that pay us a visit multiply times a day watching a good movie or reading a good book with a pleasant meal in there some where during the day.

    Thank you for the wonderful chance to win a copy of "AS THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CRUMBLES". Love Leslie's books!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Oh, Kay, that image of you two by the fire with books and the critters outside gives me a big smile! Your new home town sounds truly magical -- and it really is true that small towns have tons of events and everyone gets involved. Kinda like my Jewel Bay!

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  8. We will be home for the holidays this year. All of my family lives within an hour of us so we are celebrating with everyone this year! acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  9. We'll be home. The days of welcoming our daughter home from college are happily behind us. The farthest from home we go is 90 min. away to celebrate with my side of the family--hubby's side lives 5 min. across the farm lol barbie17(at)gmail(com)

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  10. We’ll mostly be home although if the weather is good we might go visit my boyfriend’s family for a few hours on Christmas Day
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. Weather is such a factor, isn't it? And mountain passes in the snow...eek! Be warm and safe!

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  11. We will be home. We had family visit for Thanksgiving and it was wonderful. For Christmas our granddaughter and the 4 great-grandcooties will be here again, as they were last year. This year her husband is back from Army deployment so he will be here, too. Can't wait!
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, yay, grandson-in-law safely home from deployment -- an extra reason to celebrate the season!

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  12. We will be home and it will be a quiet Christmas this year. ckmbeg (at)gmail (dot) com

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  13. We will be at home celebrating with our furbabies.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  14. We'll be home for the holidays! Wishing you a beautiful holiday season. lizpetty77@gmail.com :)

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  15. I'll be visiting family around the holidays, but I'm not sure yet exactly when it will be.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  16. We will be home for Christmas. Families are all local and we do Christmas eve taking turns hosting. nettiem(at)toledotel(dot)com

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  17. We will be home for Christmas, but after Christmas we will go and visit our daughter and family. Thanks so much for the chance to win your book. I would love to read it!

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  18. I will be spending time with family and friends at home for the holidays.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Definitely a "home" theme among you!

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  20. I love both of your series, Leslie! I am really looking forward to when I allow myself to read holiday-themed books and I can then start with yours.
    As for Christmas, my husband volunteered to work Christmas Eve and I was already on the schedule for Christmas Day. It's been like this for the last 10 years or so as I am a shift worker and my husband is day staff and fills in when needed. Our daughter understands so we celebrate when we get the chance. It's all about family. VWinship at aol dot com

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    1. And who says Christmas -- or any holiday meal -- has to happen in a particular way on a particular day? It's the spirit that counts!

      Thanks for your kind words -- enjoy the trip to Montana, on the page!

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  21. My niece will be home for the holidays - can't wait to see her!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  22. I just discovered your site and am intrigued by the titles. Of course, I would like to win a copy of As The Christmas Cookie Crumbles, but I will be reading some of your books right away regardless! dorothyminor10@gmail.com

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  23. I will be visiting my family during holidays. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. We will be across town for Christmas, at least Christmas Eve, with my husband's daughters and our grandbabies. They grow so fast!

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    1. And Christmas Eve with little ones is so much fun!

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  25. I'll be home for the holidays. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  26. Plans so far have us at home on the actual holiday since it's looking like parts of our family are going to be scattered. Celebrations with the wider family are, at this point, going to be earlier in the month. But things change, so who knows how it will all end up playing out? Thanks for the chance to win. robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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  27. I'll be home :-)
    Donah42 at aol dot com

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  28. We are home for the holidays. Moved to UK in 2006... and have only Ben back for Christmas two other times. We'll get to be with part of our adult children...and will be face timing with the others.

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  29. Would love to win your book! My whole family lives in CA! I"ll be at home for Christmas!

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  30. I will be at home for Christmas, lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. I will be home for Christmas & would love to win a paperback copy of this delightful series to read over the holidays. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. Thank you for the giveaway. No where for me to go for Christmas, I do love seeing all the Christmas decorations. Will be me and the dogs and a book . Georgia queenvictoria50 (@) aol (dot) com

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  33. We have recreated home over time. As long as we see loved ones, we are home.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot) com

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  34. Since my husband passed away I don't do mucn. I put up the tree , bake cookies and celebrate with my gut babies!
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  35. I'm always home for Christmas. It's just me and my parents. I don't have any other close relatives.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. We will be home for the holidays, family is coming to us. Saamm7 (at) msn(dot) com

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  37. CONGRATS to our winner, Gloria Browning! Thanks to all of you for joining in the fun. Wishing you a lovely holiday season, no matter what or where you celebrate.

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