Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Making it to and through the holidays!

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

I can’t believe how the months have just flown by. My boss and best pal, Skye Drake is busy adding the final touches to her partner’s annual Christmas party – Christmas!! That’s right. It’s for the Dental Association, Nick’s a dentist you know, and this year they wanted something very special, like only Make It Happen can whip up. That’s our business and Skye’s an event planner with some dynamite ideas. I’m busy these days with a conference and an anniversary, more than enough to keep me going.

And then there are family plans for Thanksgiving and of course, followed by Christmas. The gang will be at Mom and Dad’s again this year.  In fact, I’ll go down a couple of weekends beforehand and give them a hand with the decorating, more because I don’t like to miss out than them really needing the help.

And then there's my dinner club, the Culinary Capers, to plan for. And Ty Devine -- I wonder what plans he's making!

It’s a busy time of year for everyone and the next couple of months will happen way too quickly. Each year I think I’d like to slow it all down and get more enjoyment out of the planning part. Odd for me, an event planner, to be saying that, I know.

How about you? Are you getting in the spirit even though there’s a few weeks to go?

My author has come up with some early holiday spirit-making. Next month, we’re taking our usual blog day off and our good friend Daryl Wood Gerber will be here with some of her new characters, plus a giveaway. So, we’re getting the spirit going with our own giveaway this month
Also, it’s because we’re counting down the months until Marinating With Murder is available, in March. So, to get you caught up in your Dinner Club Mysteries reading, leave a comment about holiday plans for a chance to win your choice of the first two: Toasting Up Trouble or Roux the Day. The draw will happen on Wednesday at 6PM EST. And, it’s open to U.S. and Canada.

Please be sure to leave your email address!

Happy holiday reading!

I hope you’ll consider pre-ordering a copy of Marinating in Murder  at  http://tinyurl.com/y93he4wx  and join us for some tasty meals and some sizzling sleuthing.

ROUX THE DAY is here! 
Find Book #2 in the Dinner Club Mysteries at your favorite bookstore or online.

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.

  Book #3, MARINATING IN MURDER comes in March, 2018

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.


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  1. Looking forward to the holidays. Everyone will come to my home where we will eat, reminisce and make new memories.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    1. Sounds like you'd better rest up, Debby. Enjoy!

  2. I am in charge of all things for veggie sides at Thanksgiving and have received my instructions already! ☺ Plus, I have already read a couple of holiday cozies to prep for the upcoming season! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I enjoy the holidays spending precious time with family and freinds. Thanks for your lovely feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. I agree, that's the best part of the holidays!

  4. I'm trying to wrap my head around the idea of the holidays being upon us!
    In addition to the usual Thanksgiving and Christmas, we have our son's wedding in mid-January.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    1. Oh my gosh, Libby...you've got a very busy and happy few months ahead of you! Enjoy it all.

  5. Mentally I've started. Physically not so much.

  6. I'll be going to my cousin's house for Thanksgiving dinner, so I really don't have to do anything to prepare.

  7. I'm planning on going to my Sister's for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We plan on having friends over for dinner and relaxing and catching up.

  8. We usually have both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners at out house, with my mom and a couple of close friends. It's nice and low key. I am looking forward to the holidays this year. Thanks for the giveaway! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. Not much Christmas spirit here. We generally start decorating on Thanksgiving weekend. The house is a bit of a mess right now with items to sort for church, veterans programs, Red Cross disaster response, and a homeless program we work with. Aside from having all the stuff here, I am never home to get serious about taking care of it. We may get outside stuff decorated, but I am not sure if we can get our big tree up this year. I may be sticking a two footer on top of the terrarium instead.

    library pat AT com cast DOT net

  10. I put up the thanksgiving decorations on 11/1 and am getting in the winter holiday spirit! anajs95 at gmail dot com

  11. I am hosting my family's Thanksgiving lunch at my house this year for the first time! I'm pretty excited about this. It will be my first time cooking a turkey as well. I'm trying to decide if I want to just do a turkey breast or go ahead and do a full turkey. Thanks for your giveaway! acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

  12. An early holiday season as we travel half way to meet the rest of the family for a combined early Thanksgiving & Christmas. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com