By: Jakob Müller
From: No Grater Danger & Breaking the Mould
Series: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries
Hey there... Jakob Müller here. I've never done this before. Usually my wife, Jaymie, does all the blogging. You might know her... she's kind of famous around Queensville and Wolverhampton for a lot of things, solving murders among them. You know, as much as I loved my life, it's all ten times better now that Jaymie is my wife. My little girl, Jocie, is ecstatic.
But right now Jaymie is deep in another adventure, as well as having to write her food column and work on the cookbook she's writing, look after our daughter Jocie, volunteer at the historic house and the hundred and one other things she does. Maybe that's the secret to our marriage... we're both so busy we love coming together at night and having each other and that little quiet time.
So she asked me to write this, about our Christmas tree farm.
I started it when I was in my twenties. Farming is in my blood. Growing up us boys always worked the farm, but most of them went off to do something else, though Dieter came back to live with my folks after his divorce and still works on the family farm. I stayed and started the Christmas tree farm on some land that won't grow much else.
Everyone thinks a Christmas tree farmer is only busy between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it's a year 'round occupation. There is tilling and mulching and pulling out stumps and planting... fertilizing, choosing the trees... a hundred and one things. But it's really rewarding, too. It's all worth it to see a family drive off with the perfect tree on their car roof, the one that will sparkle through their whole season, and then come back to us to mulch.
I love what I do, but I also love that quiet time between Christmas and New Years when I get to put my feet up in front of the fire and read a book with my kid, and this year, with my wife.
Do you have any memories of YOUR perfect tree? Or the seasonal holiday tradition you loved the most?
Jaymie's in a festive mood for her first Christmas with her new family. But she's also busy with Queensville's annual holiday festival, Dicken Days! Will a Scroogey local dampen her spirit, or will murder once again interfere in the festivities?
To celebrate in advance of the new release, I am giving away three (3) copies of No Grater Danger, Vintage Kitchen Mysteries #7, to celebrate!!
Just answer one of Jakob's questions, leave your first name and an email address (youremail (at) yourserver (dot) com) by Midnight, October 23rd, for a chance to win one of three EBOOK copies of No Grater Danger! There is now a sneak peek at Breaking the Mould tucked into the end!!
**Note: if you post your comment after Midnight of the 21st it will go into moderation, and I'll approve it before choosing a winner!
Good Luck, everyone, and look for more fun giveaways in November!! Find me at my website, listed above, where you can sign up for my newsletter, or on Facebook and Twitter!
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