Tuesday, December 25, 2018

CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAYS


 
Each year the holidays seems to get more complicated, as people (including the ones we writers make up) add friends, sweethearts and even spouses to their lives, and each side comes with a small army of relatives. But it can be a joyous time too.

I thought you might like to catch up on what my (fictional) family is doing!



Meg and Seth from the Orchard Mysteries have been married for a while now, and both their businesses are thriving. Since they live in New England, they have an ample supply of pine trees to bring in and decorate. Seth's mother lives just up the hill from them, and she and professor and orchard expert Christopher seem to be getting serious. Their next Christmas may be even busier!

Meet "The Thing"
You may have noticed that Maura Donovan in the small town of Leap, County Cork (site of the County Cork Mysteries), held a recent holiday contest for pub patrons to identify the street sculpture being constructed across from her pub, Sullivan's. There were quite a few wrong answers, but people enjoyed coming in and making guesses, and the person who won the prize deserved it. Maura and Mick Nolan are dancing around a relationship, though not in any hurry, and Maura and Rose are rebuilding the old kitchen at the pub so they can serve food.


Kate Hamilton, in the Victorian Village Mysteries, finds herself living in a small Maryland town and trying to keep it from going broke. While she grew up in that town, it's been years since she spent any time there, and she's rediscovering old friends and making new ones. She's also stumbled on not one but two bodies, and solving those crimes becomes part of her struggle to keep the town alive and the small stores open. She knows that she's got to save the place by Christmas or say goodbye to it. Stumbling over an interesting part of the town's history is going to make a big difference.

So as you can see, everyone is leading a busy life, making new friends, and learning new skills. The past year has been good to them all, and we can look forward to see where 2019 takes them.


MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!

As a holiday gift, I'm offering a copy of the most recent book of any of these series: Nipped in the Bud from the Orchard Mysteries, The Lost Traveller from the County Cork Mysteries (coming out in a few weeks!), or Murder at the Mansion, the first book in the Victorian Village Mysteries. Just leave a comment saying which you'd prefer (not an easy choice--I have trouble deciding myself!)






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35 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas. If I win I’d choose Murder at the Mansion.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  2. I'd love to win a copy of Murder at the Mansion. Thanks for the chance and have a wonderful Christmas! JL_Minter (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  3. Life does get busy and Christmas is the perfect time to relax with family and friends. I would love The Lost Traveler if I am lucky.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  4. Happy Christmas!
    This is such a hrad choice, as I really enjoy all of these series! I think I will pick Nipped in the Bud.
    Thank you!
    debprice60@gmail.com

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  5. Nipped in the Bud. I love the Orchard series.
    Wendy
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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  6. The Lost Traveller would be lovely. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. This giveaway is great. The Lost Traveller would be wonderful. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. Merry Christmas! If I were the winner my choice would be Nipped in the Bud. Thanks for offering us all this great giveaway. robbfan141729(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. Murder at the Mansion is my choice, all sound great though. Thanks for the giveaway! lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  10. Since it's the newest series and will be easy to catch up I'd pick Murder at the Mansion. I do plan to read the others, esp. Museum since I've heard that one of the characters in Mansion was in the Museum series. Merry Christmas! Tari H, barbie17(at)gmail(d0t)com

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  12. The dinner is all prepped and we're awaiting the rest of the family.
    Hope you are having a lovely celebration.
    I'd like to read the Lost Traveler, please.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  13. Merry Christmas! I would really love to read "Murder At The Mansion". Sounds like a great series.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Murder at the Mansion please I would love to start this series. It sounds great. Merry Christmas and thank you for a chance.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  15. I would really love the Lost Traveller. I am absolutely enamored with Maura, Mick & Leap! Thank you for the Christmas opportunity!
    ryannaward (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  16. I would love to read "Murder at the Mansion". Sounds like a good read.
    babemomara@att.net

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  17. Nipped in the Bud. Thanks for the chance! turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  18. The Lost Traveller is my choice. Thanks for the chance!
    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  19. I would love Murder at the Mansion. Thank you so much for the chance and Merry Christmas! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Nipped in the Bud is the one I'd pick if I win! Merry Christmas.

    marthalawson8 at gmail dot com

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  21. I haven't read any of your series yet, so I would like to start the new series, Murder at the Mansion. Merry Christmas! jeaniedannheim (at)ymail (dot)com

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  22. Murder at the Mansion. I would love to start this series!
    teddi1961(at)arcemont(dot)com

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  23. Merry Christmas!! I hope to read all of these books but for the giveaway I choose Nipped in the Bud. Thanks so much for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  24. I would love to read Murder At The Mansion. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. Wow so many choices of all great sounding books. I think I'd choose Murder at the Mansion as my choice. Thanks so very much for your generosity. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. Hoping you had a great Christmas. I would love Nipped In The Bud. Thanks for a chance. nvictoria77(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. I would love to read Nipped in the Bud. Thank you for this chance. Carolyn , 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I'd love nipped in the bud. Thanks for the opportunity. Cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com.

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  29. I would like any of them, but I think I'd like Murder at the Mansion.

    kaye.killgore(at)comcast(dot)net

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  30. Murder at the Mansion, but all three sound good to me! Happy New Year!!
    lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. Nipped in the bud would be great! Love your books

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  32. I would like to read about the Lost traveller since I have read your orchard series.
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  33. I would like to read about the Lost traveller since I have read your orchard series.
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  34. I would like to read about the Lost traveller since I have read your orchard series.
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  35. Murder at the Mansion would be my pick...thank you...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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