Saturday, August 3, 2019

Cocoa, anyone? #GIVEAWAY

Robbie Jordan here, from Maddie Day's Country Store Mysteries - read down for a giveaway! 

Who knew that something as seemingly innocuous as a dried cocoa mix could get me in trouble? I sure didn't. You all know I'm originally a Californian, right? And I happen to love Mexican hot chocolate. It's darker and includes cinnamon and a trace of hot pepper. Beaten with hot milk and topped with whipped cream, it's to die for in cold weather.

So for a fun stocking stuffer to sell in my country store at Christmas, I decided to package a custom Mexican hot chocolate mix. It was a popular gift item - for a while.

Unfortunately, a rather unpleasant man was found dead after walking a chocolate lab puppy named, appropriately, Cocoa. The South Lick police had reason to suspect murder.  Because the victim had had a cup of my mix the night before, the authorities confiscated every single packet. I wasn't happy about it, I can tell you.

In the end, the case was solved and in time for Christmas dinner, too!

Maddie tells this story in "Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse," her novella in Christmas Cocoa Murder, a three-novella collection releasing September 24. She'll send two commenters here her last two advance copies of the book!

Readers: What's your favorite holiday treat? Or your favorite dog breed or non-breed? (Make sure we know how to reach you.)

Maddie Day creates the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. As Edith Maxwell, this Macavity- and Agatha-nominated author writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction.

Maxwell lives north of Boston with her beau and two cats, and blogs here and with the other Wicked Authors. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and at her web site, edithmaxwell.com.



77 comments:

  1. I have to say I'm pretty fond of poodles, mostly because they don't shed. But I like all dogs, and all holiday treats for that matter! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  2. My favorite dog breed is bichon frise. I truly love all dogs but am highly allergic to dogs that shed so I stick with hypoallergenic dogs.

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  3. My favorite holiday treat is my mom's homemade eggnog. I'm a huge fan of rescue and shelter pets regardless of the breed :)

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  4. My favorite dog breed is the labrador retriever. I don't really have one specific favorite Christmas treat...I enjoy the variety of Christmas appetizers that we make each year to celebrate Christmas eve.

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  5. Caramel corn, fudge (both milk and white chocolate varieties), Pot o’ Gold chocolates, Nuts & Bolts, chocolate macaroons, Nanaimo squares, Cheese Moons, etc., the list goes on. Way too many yummy, yummy Christmas treats to enjoy. lauraalbert[at]hotmail[dot] com (Am Canadian so might not be eligible.)

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  6. I have to say my favorite dog breed would have to be australian shepherds. My husband got me one the beginning of 2019 and he just turned 8 months yesterday AND our son was born yesterday as well. I love hot chocolate and orange dream fudge as far as for the holidays. I figured out how to make orange dream fudge about 4 years ago and I've been making it every year since. My husband and kids seem to enjoy it too.

    bnharris6218(at)outlook(dot)com

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  7. I have a Bichon/Shih Tzu. She is amazing. The very best holiday treat is the classic homemade Christmas cut out cookie.

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  8. I'm Danish, and to me Christmas time is the best time of year. It's filled with joy, excitement and what the Danes call “hygge”. Hygge is a cozy, happy and relaxed atmosphere. Live candles are an important part of creating hygge and Christmas time is filled with candles, since it gets rather dark in the winter time. Some of my fondest childhood memories are from the days leading up to Christmas Eve. Being in the kitchen with my mom and dad baking cookies especially. My favorite Christmas treat is the Danish cookie pebernødder. This cookie is an unavoidable part of Christmas in Denmark and there is almost always a small bowl of pebernødder accompanying the afternoon or evening coffee/tea time. Pebernødder may also be found in decorative paper cones (kræmmerhuse) which are hung on the Christmas tree. Pebernødder is thought to be the oldest Christmas cookie in Denmark and directly translated, pebernødder means pepper nuts. In the old days “to pepper” meant to season and they were reffered to as nuts because there was no baking soda back then and so the cookies were hard like nuts. Today's pebernødder is not hard like nuts but rather crunchy and mildly spicy - and incredibly tasty if you ask me!

    smaalipz(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. My favorite dog is a poodle. I have fond memories of a poodle we had as a pet when I was a child.

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  10. I love hot chocolate, Dad's cinnamon toast, and Mom's Christmas cookies, fudge,and divinity. I still make these great winter foods.
    I would love to get a black lab someday, but I don't think my cat would like it. Huskys are beautiful dogs too.
    Can't wait to read this book.
    kozo8989@hotmail.com

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  11. Any thing Gingerbread, cookies, latte's

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  12. Love decorated sugar cookies & Aussies
    jwhaley4@aol.com

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  13. Favourite Christmas treat is shortbread (whipped or regular). And favorite dog breed is Labrador and rescues (mutts) thanks for the chance.

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  14. Labs are my favorite breed in dogs. They are always so friendly and fun. lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  15. I have had Basset Hounds for over 30 years so definitely my favorite breed. So much delicious food at the holidays: bourbon balls, fudge, rum cake, pumpkin cheesecake, etc.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot) com

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  16. Although I have a Black Lab right now, my favorite dog breed is the Golden Retriever. I’ve had three, and they are such great dogs. I love these three novella books! cking78503(at)aol(dot)com.

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  17. I actually have two favorite holiday treats. Interesting, I love red velvet hot chocolate and frosted sugar cookies.
    kvmatlock (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  18. My favorite treat is peanut butter fudge. My favorite dogs are corgis . They are so cute. Thank you for this chance. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Fudge, I love it, only make it during the holidays. (its_me_mel@hotmail.com)

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  20. I love making Amish Sugar Cookies, Ice Box Fruit Cake, Peanut Brittle...etc..I love my Bella..she is a Chihuahua...but I love most dogs! almaj80(at)suddenlink(dot)net

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  21. My favorite holiday treat is lebkuchen. My favorite dog breed is rescue. I have one and love him beyond words. Thank you for the chance to win. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  22. Now thinking of my grandma's divinity and peanut butter fudge. Mmmm.
    Also, I love to stir hot cocoa mix into my coffee . . . which reminds me of the time I didn't realize a mix a storytelling friend had made for our auction was actually mocha. I made some for my great-nephew, who was too polite to tell me, but whispered to his sister, "It's terrible." I told about it at the next year's Chicken Festival and the contributor of the mix responded with, "That was my mix!" I, of course, loved it, perfect blend of coffee and chocolate, just not for children. <3

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  23. So many holiday treats...hard to choose, but old fashioned decorated sugar cookies are one of the best. Favorite dog breed is definitely Australian Cattle Dog! billyea@hotmail.com

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  24. My favorite dog breed is Corgi. Favorite holiday treat is marzipan.Thanks so much for the giveaway! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. I'm not a dog person but I do like Golden Retreivers. My husband and I make cookies together for the holidays and I decorate them. Thank you so much for this chance! pgenest57(at)aol.com

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  26. My favorite holiday treat is homemade cookies with mint chocolate cocoa. I love all dogs. Thank you for your books. Have a blessed day! ❤️📚❤️🍫❤️✉️🌺🍓🌸🍧💐🌈🍱💌🍜🎊🐗

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  27. Favorite holiday treat is cookies. Homemade kind. Can't wait til the GG grandson gets old enough to make them with me. I have a Shih Tzu and he is a rascal. He stays under my chair all day . Vicki nvictoria77(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. Presently if I had the funds, I would own a golden doodle. Because they are classified as being a non-allergenic dog, it would fit in our family. Favorite holiday treat is my mother's balish and kalochky. She had the knack of knowing how thin to roll the dough and wasn't afraid to put a generous amount of filling. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. My favorite holiday treats are homemade butter cookies and lemon bars. I love to bake and Christmas cookies are my specialty.
    donnaing1(at) gmail(dot)com

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  30. My favorite holiday snack is gingerbread.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  31. In the cold months I love to sip hot apple cider. Dogs: I love Keeshonds and Greyhounds
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  32. My favorite dog breed is a labrador retriever. I had a black lab and she was a great dog. My favorite holiday treat is the Christmas cookies.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. My favorite holiday treats are COOKIES by the dozens!

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  34. I love mitts but if I had to pick a breed it would be a lab. Cookies are my biggest weakness

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  35. My favorite treat is homemade applesauce cookies.

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  36. All breeds should be favorites because the are all worthy of love they just have different qualities
    vernamgass@gmail.com

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  37. Favorite dog is German Shepherd. My favorite Christmas treat is my mom's Christmas Cake old family recipe.
    kkat(dot)edwards(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. I love chocolate no bake oatmeal cookies and German Shepherds. craig-kelley70(at)att(dot)net

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  39. Love Eggnog and Pumpkin Pie debbiemoores@hotmail.ca

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  40. Love hot chocolate. Of course, I love chocolate.

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  41. Whew, the dog was okay, right! During the holidays I seem to love every dessert made. Good things the holidays don't last all year. And has to be Pugs - our precious Pep is almost 17. An old guy now but what a personality! Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. I love eggnog and wish it was available all year! I remember Grandma having powdered eggnog that you added to milk - that was pretty good. I love all dogs but my favorite breed is cocker spaniels. galileo2k(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. Holiday treat? Too many to name.
    Mutts are the best.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  44. My favorite holiday treat is homemade caramels. ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  45. Sticky Toffee Pudding is my favorite treat. Any rescue has my heart, that's how we've ended up caring for so many animals over the years. Lol. My fur-st love was a pug...see what I did there? Lol.
    konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. Hello EDITH/Maddie: I’d love to become the recipient of this book to give to my daughter who has been wanting to get into your Country Store series. As to holiday favorites I guess it’s my Cherries on a Cloud dessert but I love my shortbread cookies too. The recipe was brought home by me from Sunday School in 1953 and these cookies have been made every year since that time. I also really enjoy our family’s delicious fruitcake made with apricots, prunes, pecans and our own homemade candied pineapple and bing cherries! But I haven’t been able to make it for a number of years now and really miss it. Our other favorite item is Divinity fudge!

    Thank you and congratulations on all of your wonderful stories that I’ve been thoroughly enjoying over the past few years. You are amazing.
    Cynthia

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  47. I love all the recipes for homemade candy of my Mom's. I can fondly remember making several batches of about 15-16 kinds each year so that we could make up little batches with some of all kinds to delivery to family, neighbors, shut-ins, elderly and professionals like our doctor, librarian or employers. It was a fun time working with Mom, learning both how to cook the goodies but how to be charitable and giving of ones time and talent when that's all you had. Also loved the cut out cookies that Mom made that took my brother and I hours to ice and decorate. Mom sure was smart to find a sweet way to keep us quiet while learning to share and be crafty. :)

    My favorite breed (right now) is chihuahua because that's what we have right now. We have a 14 year old furbaby that owns us. :) He is the apple of our eye and spoiled rotten. However, I love all breeds from the smallest to the biggest and from the purest breed to the most mixed mutt.

    Thank you for the the chance to win a copy of "Christmas Cocoa Murder". I'd love the opportunity to read "Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse". I love Robbie Jordan and her adventures!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  48. I think rescue dogs, no matter what breed. Favorite treat would be hot toddy.

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  49. I love a good fruit cake - no nuts - like my grandparents made back in the 40s/50s!

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  50. My favorite holiday treats are carrot cookies and almond danish.

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  51. I love terriers. Legallyblonde1961 at yahoo dot com

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  52. My favorite holiday treat are my homemade rum balls. My favorite dog breed is a Bassett hound. They make me laugh!

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  53. My favorite holiday treat is pumpkin cheesecake .So good .
    xzjh04(at) gmail(dot) com

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  54. Love holiday sugar cookies. sable677 at yahoo dot com

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  55. My favorite Christmas treat is snickerdoodle cookies. I have an English Setter that we nick named doodles. My email is. Plrusk@msn.com. Thank you

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  56. When I was a teenager we had a Minature Schnauzer and we called him Shotzie, that was my all time favorite dog. I love making Spritz Cookies with my cookie press. Thanks for this amazing chance. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  57. My favorite holiday treat is cinnamon rolls. My favorite dog breed is whichever one I have at the time...right now a Sheltie.

    theresa_c@msn.com

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  58. Shiz tu and terrier mix is my dog Josie. She's awesome. My favorite is cut out Christmas cookies. Thank you for the chance

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  59. I like small dogs, prefer those that don't shed. But I rescued a Chihuahua who sheds terribly but we love him! I like to make Christmas sugar cookies.
    cactuspare(at)cox(dot)net

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  60. I love labs. But would also love to have a goldendoodle or a small to midsize lap dog.
    bearsgal(dot)sweet1964(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  61. Favorite dog breed: Pembroke Welsh Corgi (I'm on my second). Favorite Chirstmas treat: Springerle stlreadn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. My favorite dog breed is beagle. I've had them for years and years and just keep loving them---they are my babies. My favorite holiday treat--divinity.
    farrell@crosslake.net

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  63. I love my Morkie - yorkie & maltese mix. I also enjoy my daughter's Schnauzers and wouldn't mind a mini-labradoodle. I love making fudge at Christmas to give away. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  64. What's your favorite holiday treat? Pumpkin Pie! Or your favorite dog breed or non-breed? Border Collie or Corgi. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! :)

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  65. I don't have a favorite dog, but I love See's Candy during the holidays! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  66. My stepdaughter's pumpkin cheesecake is my favorite holiday treat. While I am for sure a cat lady, there is a special place in my heart for any dog that brings a smile to my day, as well as cocker spaniels. jeaniedannheim(at) ymail(dot)com

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  68. I do like sugar cookies.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  69. I'm not going to lie, I'm not much of a dog person, for me cat's are where it's at. But growing up, my father was and I would have to say my favourite breed would be a German Shepard, that was the breed we had growing up. Everytime I see one, I'm reminded fondly of my dad and his Prince.
    As for favourite holiday treat... that would be my mother's Christmas fruitcake. I hated it when she made it, but now that she's gone, if I could have her back I'd eat it every single day without complaint.
    Heather
    miss (dash) taken (at) live . com
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  70. Verna and Kikiw are our two winners! Thanks for all these delectable holiday treat suggestions and mentioning of your favorite dogs. Verna and Kiki, please check your email. Everyone else, Kensington is running a 25-book Goodreads giveaway of the novella collection until mid-month - you can sign up there.

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  71. My fav treat is soft gingerbread cookies..my fav breed of dogs..Boston Terriers and Boxers.. Thanks!!! nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  72. Growing up, my grandparents always had an open house Christmas Eve party. My mother would make walnut and chocolate chip meringue cookies. Those were my favorite! (mishy325 at gmail dot com)

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