Friday, December 7, 2018

Preparing for two Christmas celebrations! #giveaway



by J.J. Tanner from the Dinner Club Mysteries by Linda Wiken

I’m busy getting ready for our annual Christmas dinner, I mean the pre-Dec. 25th one, that the Culinary Capers has each year. This time it’s at Evan Thornton’s tomorrow, and the cookbook we’re using is called Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook. It has so many tempting recipes but I decided on a nippy weekend like this, an apple and squash soup is the way to go. Evan is cooking a goose.

As I said, I’m really looking forward to this and I like how there’s still just over a couple of weeks until Christmas. Yikes, is that all? Because the family Christmas dinner, complete with traditional turkey, at my parents’ house is the one that’s special every year. And this time around, I invited the delectable Ty Devine to come along, and he said yes. I don’t know if I was more shocked that I asked him or that he agreed. By why shouldn’t I, and he? We’ve been an item for some time now and I know he’s just waiting for me to show I’m ready for the next phase. And I am.

As I said, it should be a wonderful Christmas. Family, food and loads of traditions. What could be better?

If you’re celebrating, what’s on your menu? Are you a turkey person? Or, what?



Be sure to leave a comment and your name goes in the Season’s Readings draw.  Today, I’m offering either a copy of READ AND BURIED by my alter ego, Erika Chase because it’s set at Christmas. Or you may choose the latest Dinner Club Mysteries book, MARINATING IN MURDER, by the real me. I’ll make the draw late Saturday afternoon.

Good luck and Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or cheers to your own traditions.



COME DINE WITH ME!

  Book #3, MARINATING IN MURDER is available at your favorite bookseller or online!


 Book #2 in the Dinner Club Mysteries 



The first book in the Dinner Club Mystery series is available at the bookstore of your choice, and on-line; also as an e-book.



Writing as Erika Chase:


Look for A KILLER READ,  (#2 on the Barnes and Noble Mystery Bestseller List and an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Mystery),  READ AND BURIED, COVER STORY, BOOK FAIR AND FOUL, and LAW AND AUTHOR on-line or at your favorite bookstore.

                                                                                           




Visit Erika at www.erikachase.com 
Love to hear from you on my Facebook author page
 and
on Twitter  @erika_chase. 



Visit Linda at www.lindakwiken.com
at my Facebook author page and
on Twitter  @LWiken 







40 comments:

  1. I love Christmas food! Even the simplest thing can seem so special!
    Thank you for the book giveaway.
    debprice60@gmail.com

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  2. Christmas food is the best. I love the title of your book.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you Debby. That's the fun thing about cozies -- the titles.

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  3. A delightful feature and giveaway. Thanks. Marinated would be lovely. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I'm not hosting this year, so I'm not sure what's on the menu. I'm sure whatever it is will be tasty.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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    1. I'm sure you're right. Holiday dinners are always tasty.

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  5. We just have a small family dinner. We have on Christmas because my sister is lucky enough to get a ham from work. Happy holidays!
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Ham is always our choice at Christmas. lkleback at hotmail.com

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  7. i host Christmas Eve dinner. I'm a guest Christmas Day where ham is served (not my fave, i'd prefer turkey). thanks, Linda/Erica, i very much enjoyed A Killer Read mlarkin (at) rmrgroup dot com

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  8. That's so nice to hear, Mary Louise. Thanks for commenting.

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  9. Probably ham this year and all the goodies o go with. Thanks for a chance to win! nettiem(at)toledotel(dot)com

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  10. I really enjoy Christmas food! Sometimes we don't go with the traditional turkey and ham though. We have breakfast food or grill steaks or do have a seafood dinner. Everything we've had has been good though! acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  11. I really like turkey, but my grown kids aren't fans.
    I think we'll go big time and roast a beef tenderloin!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  12. The menu changes each year, depending on which family member is hosting.
    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  13. We used to do ham, until my mother ended up in rehab for months after an accident. It changed because there were days when she was there where they would end up being served ham for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner. Mama won't eat ham if she can help now. So we've switched to turkey. Thanks for the chance to win. robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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  14. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. Turkey I like it more. Neat title. I want to read this book. Thanks for the chance. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  16. I haven't decided what we'll be eating on Christmas this year. I usually do an overnight breakfast casserole in the crock pot for us to enjoy on Christmas morning.

    brookeb811 at gmail.com

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  17. We don't know what we are eating yet! It's now just my mom, my brother, and me! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Christmas food is so yummy!! I haven't decided on our menu yet, but will soon. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  19. In our house turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing are absolutely essential. A few years ago my sister commented that if she ever showed up here for Christmas and I didn't serve turkey, it would mean my husband and I were getting divorced! That's how much my husband loves turkey! My daughter and her fiancé bought their first house this year and are keen to host Christmas this year, but I was informed I would have to do the turkey, as they have never cooked one.
    gnluciow(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. I'm glad you mentioned Christmas cooking because there is a Lebkuche cookie that I'll have to bake now in order for them to have 'nellowed' enough by Christmas to not break your teeth! (You put them in a closed container with apple slices and change the apple every day or two.) We're a turkey for Thanksgiving, ham for Christmas kind of family. Thanks for the giveaway. luann(DOT)braley (AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  21. I'm fixing a prime rib this year. It changes every Christmas. I love the covers of cozy mysteries. So cute. Thanks for a chance to win.
    babemomara@att.net

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  22. No turkey for us, but yes to chicken and ham.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  23. Our family tradition is always ham, cheesy potatoes, frozen cranberry salad, parsnips, green beans and pumpkin roll for dessert. Christmas morning is usually simple food, cinnamon rolls and/or scrambled eggs.
    robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. We usually have ham but I think we're having turkey this year.
    Donah42 at aol dot com

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  25. Our family holiday meals are: the host makes the main dish, everyone brings something. So, usually I make a turkey and then who knows? It is one meal. So what if it is turkey and 25 desserts. We're together. A small Thanksgiving for me is 40 people or so. cheers (at) marjimmanor (dot) com

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  26. We do a Turkey dinner. Sort of a redo of Thanksgiving, but with different desserts . I would love to read Read and Buried . Thank you for this chance. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I do like turkey, but have to have cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes! We always have a Christmas Eve get together..everyone brings something, I do homemade bread. My youngest daughter (who makes and sells homemade cakes and pies) always makes at least 4-5 homemade pies! Talk about yum!!!! I'd love the book Read and Buried!!! Thanks! nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. I usually fix a ham.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  29. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. We do ham at Christmas & turkey for Thanksgiving. Also bake a Christmas cake whose recipe has been passed down our family for generations.

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  31. I like to do a small prime rib for Christmas--it's a nice change from the Thanksgiving turkey dinner and with much shorter list of side dishes, too.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  32. We make filet for Christmas...all the men love the filets. anajs95 at gmail dot com

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  33. Turkey is my favorite...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  34. I love just about anything, turkey, ham, roast.... Thank you for the contest. trwilliams 69 at msn dot com

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