Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Welcome to Buttermilk Creek Farm

Christmas Cow Bells

A Buttermilk Creek Mystery
Book #1
Brynn MacAlister

By Mollie Cox Bryan

Hi, I’m Brynn MacAlister. You’re going to see a lot of me starting next month. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to introduce myself. 
I’m from Richmond, Va., but I’ve recently purchased property in Buttermilk Creek, a community just outside Staunton, Va.I have a micro dairy farm--”micro” is a new fancy term for very small. I’ve got three Red Devon cows--Petunia, Marigold, and Buttercup. I know it’s not a cool thing to say, but I adore my cows. I call them my “girls.” They truly each have their own personality.
I never imagined myself owning threes cows on gorgeous farm in the Shenandoah Valley. It’s funny where life takes you. In college, I majored in chemistry. I took a cheesemaking class to fill a requirement and fell in love with the cheesemaking process. Chemistry of a different kind?
So I took some time off (um, dropped out) and went to England to take part in an apprenticeship program at a dairy farm. Which is where I met Dan, my ex-fiance. We both went on to attend cheese school, falling in love with cheese and each other. We dreamed about having a farm like this together, where we could control the process--right from what the cow eats to the cheese.
Little did I know, that Dan would turn out to be a dirty rotten cheat. But I chose to go on with the dream myself. He doesn’t think I’ll make it. Maybe he’s right--but I sure am going to give it a go.
One of the reasons we wanted to move to Buttermilk Creek was that it has a vibrant Community Supported Agriculture system. It’s a revitalized farming community that is dedicated to healthy farming practices, too. It seemed perfect. And so far, it is. 
With such a gorgeous landscape, interesting people, and an appreciation for artisanal products, this community is the perfect place for me--and my cows. Dontchathink?
Respond a get a chance win an advanced of Christmas Cow Bells.

Mollie Cox Bryan  is the author of the Cora Crafts Mysteries and the Cumberland Creek Mysteries. Her books have been selected as finalists for an Agatha Award and a Daphne du Maurier Award and as a Top 10 Beach Reads by Woman's World. She has also been short-listed for the Virginia Library People's Choice Award. She lives in Waynesboro, Va.


  1. LOVE the cover for "Christmas Cow Bells"! Can't wait for the opportunity to read this book which has been on my TBR list since I first heard about it.

    Buttermilk Creek sounds like a wonderful place. I know I'm going to love Petunia, Marigold, and Buttercup just as much as Brynn.

    Thank you for the fabulous opportunity to win an ARC!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. This sounds delightful!
    We have a favorite goat dairy farm in Lamoine, ME. They make their own cheese and during the summer make pizza in a stone, wood burning oven, using everything from the farm (except the wheat).
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  3. I wish all farms could go back to being like this. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. Buttermilk Creek sounds like a charming community. Love the cover! Sounds like a great start to a new series.

  5. Love the farmers markets for artisanal products and public demand is growing.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  6. This sounds like an intriguing story. I love the cover. We have a number of well attended farmer's markets near where I live. It's nice to have access to fresh produce and products as well as support the local economy. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

  7. Love the cover. We have a great farmers market here in my hometown. I'm lucky to live where I do in California to be able to get fresh produce. Looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for a chance to win.
    babemomara (at) att (dot) net

  8. I love this cover. Living in the outskirts of a lot of rural farming and Amish, we have many farmer's markets. It is wonderful to be able to get fresh from the field produce, cheese, and meat. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  9. This sounds like a great book! Cows and cheese: what fun! stlreadn(at)Gmail(dot)com

  10. What a cute cover! Sounds like a fun book.