Sunday, December 2, 2018

Christmas in Colorado #giveaway

By Cat Latimer from Slay in Character by Lynn Cahoon

I love decorating the house for Holidays. Shauna and I start right two weeks before the October retreat (for Halloween), switch it up for the November retreat (for Thanksgiving) and then finish up just before the December one, so we have three months of holiday cheer.

I have to say, I'm so glad there isn't a big holiday in January, I'd have to boycott.

But the Christmas decorating is the best. I love sitting in the living room at night, the room dark except for the tree. It's magical and gets my writer mind spinning on all the tales I still have to tell.

We even get Seth involved. Of course, all our trees are freshly cut. The three of us go out to the forest and with our permit, cut the perfect trees for the living room and the lobby. Maybe one of these years, we'll bring the writers along as their out of the chair exploration day. It's fun and usually we're dealing with a lot of snow.

Of course, Shauna packs gallons of hot chocolate and cookies for the short trip up the mountain, but we always seem to empty out the thermos and bags long before we get home. Hiking in snow is a great workout.

We've got a holiday gift for you. To win a signed paperback copy of Slay in Character, our Old West adventure, leave a comment with your favorite type of holiday tree - fresh, fake, or other?  

Winner will be chosen on Monday December 3rd. 

Lynn Cahoon is the award-winning author of several NYT and USA Today best-selling cozy mystery series. The Tourist Trap series is set in central coastal California with six holiday novellas releasing in 2018-2019. She also pens the Cat Latimer series available in mass market paperback. Her newest series, the Farm to Fork mystery series, released in 2018. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies. Sign up for her newsletter at www.lynncahoon.com

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34 comments:

  1. I love fresh trees! I like going to small places or lots that support various groups or charities to get a tree. What I would most love is to go somewhere and cut down a tree. I haven't done that in many years. Thank you for giving away a book.
    debprice60@gmail.com

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  2. I love fresh trees but allergies prevent us from having them any more.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. I know I had real trees when I was very young - before they came out with the silver trees with the revolving light. I even had one real tree after I got out on my own. However, I either cut it way to early or didn't keep it watered enough because before Christmas it was dead. Friends felt so sorry for me they donated me an artificial tree to replace it. :) My favorite of all trees has to be the 12 foot one on the revolving tree stand that we had in past years. It was a beautiful and full blue spruce tree with longs of branches to hang ornaments on. On top was our animated Mickey Mouse waving his lighted lantern. The tree was full of a lifetime of collecting Hallmark ornaments and all the ornaments from our daughter's childhood. We only bought those that had special meaning to us or that were just too adorable to pass up. Last count there were well over 300 ornaments for the tree.

    However, we moved last year and in the process greatly downsized. So instead of the 7 trees we decorated in the house including the large one I talked about above, we are limited in space which limits our size and number. We now have a smaller tree. Instead of putting all the ornaments on now, I figure that each year we can have a theme tree and I'm good for the next 10 years.

    This year my favorite tree would be our furbaby Snickerdoodle's tree. He has his own chihuahua tree. It has a star on top that is made up of bones, garland made of hotdogs, ornaments of fire hydrants and food bowls and it lights up. If front of that, he has a chihuahua train which really compliments it. All this sets on our coffee table.

    Thank you for the fabulous chance to win a copy of "Slay in Character"! I'd love the opportunity to read it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  4. I love an artificial tree for Christmas and it has to be green. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. I had a real tree every year growing up, but now I tend to go towards fake trees as they require less care and I am too old to crawl under the tree to water it everyday! :)

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  6. I gave way to artificial trees many years ago even though I grew up with live pines and cedars.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot) com

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  7. We don’t put up a tree but I’ll go with fake only because then a live tree isn’t being cut down every year just to be thrown out a few weeks later
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  8. I have never had anything other than an artificial tree. Besides, I'd rather have the real trees outside where I can enjoy them for years than inside where they get tossed after Christmas. Plus, the artificial are easier on those of us with bad allergies and asthma. Thanks for the chance to win. robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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  9. I would love to have a real tree, but it's just not practical for me. So, I put up an artificial tree and burn a pine scented candle. Happy Holidays!
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Freshly cut long-needled spruce.
    We actually have to mail order them and each year the shipping goes up! The shipping got so bad the one lovely family we ordered from gave up and quit selling trees. :o( The shipping is more than the tree, but it is worth it. (as long as we can afford it)
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  11. a beautiful artificial tree which looks so artistic. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. A real tree is too much of a mess since the cat and dog are involved. An artificial tree is easy and beautiful with the lights and ornaments. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. Now it's a big, beautiful Balsam Hill tree. For years in hot Florida weather we had an artificial tree that we continued to use because we loved it and it was a family event to put it together, but then several years of real trees from a tree lot. Now with no one close to help the artificial tree on wheels is perfect.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Fresh holiday tree!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  15. I prefer fresh trees. turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  16. I love fresh, real trees. They smell so good. Unfortunately my daughter is allergic to them so we have a fake tree.

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  17. Love the fresh but a couple of years ago we got a fake tree because of allergies. Thanks for the chaceto win. nettiem(at)toledotel(dot)com

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  18. I have to have a fresh tree. I have never, ever had a fake one. I need that fresh tree smell. Thanks for the chance to win! kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  19. My favorite tree is a huge fat Douglas fr or balsam fir....real, of course but cut from a local tree farm tat plants five more for every one they cut!

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  20. I don't do a tree because I don't celebrate Christmas. But I will choose tree cookie. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  21. Must have a fresh tree. For the smell alone. Thanks for a chance to win.
    babemomara@att.net

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  22. I like the scent of a fresh tree. But the upkeep and fire hazard aren't worth it. There's also too many in my family allergic, so we just go with artificial and I'm OK with it.
    journeybound2010 AT gmail.com

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  23. Although I love the smell of a fresh tree, I now have an artificial tree every year to save money and trees!

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  24. Oops--lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. A live tree that can be planted later is my favorite. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. I do love a fresh, real tree, but they are hard to come by. Very sad when they have out-lived their use.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  27. Love fresh trees. mcastor07 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  28. I love the smell of a real tree but the convenience of artificial.
    Donah42 at aol dot com

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  29. Fresh!
    Wendy
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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  30. I love fresh trees.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  31. Real is my favorite, but we've had fake for a long time (more cost effective, less mess etc) Tari H. barbie17(at)gmail(d0t)com

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  32. We used to cut down our own fresh juniper tree for Christmas, but now the kids are grown and do their own fresh Christmas trees, so I do 2 small fiber-optic fake trees. Thanks!
    nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. Real tree!

    marthalawson8 at gmail dot com

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  34. I love real trees as long as I don't have to clean up after them! anajs95 at gmail dot com

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