Thursday, November 28, 2019

Catching Holiday Spirit--when I Can!







A Buttermilk Creek Mystery
Book #1
Brynn MacAlister

By Mollie Cox Bryan

So this year for Christmas, my cow Petunia will be in the living nativity scene at the local Presbyterian Church. I said we’d do it because I’m new to Shenandoah Springs and want to get to know people. And I secretly love the idea of other people fallen in love with my cow. They often do. 

The only problem is my normally friendly, sweet cow is a bit depressed and moody. She lost a calf and hasn’t been the same since. I’ve been working with a vet and an acupuncturist to try to calm her. I’m not sure she’s going to come through enough to behave herself in public. I might have to use Marigold or Buttercup. Are you supposed that cows get depressed? I'm here to tell you--they do!

In the mean time, I’m getting ready for the holidays in other ways. I went to a Christmas tree farm and picked out a tree, with the help of Wes and Max, two new friends. And we’ve been decorating. Every once in awhile, I get a bit of holiday spirit. It’s been a rough year. But I’m hopeful for the next one. Hope is what it’s all about, right?

Please comment below for a chance to win a copy of Christmas Cow Bells. 




Mollie Cox Bryan  is the author of the Buttermilk Creek Mysteries, 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.

40 comments:

  1. I’ve heard of acupuncture for canines but never for a cow.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

    ReplyDelete
  2. I tried acupuncture and hated it. Good luck
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love Christmas themed mysteries and having grown up on a farm, I like the story line involving a depressed cow who is going to be part of a Nativity Scene. I can't wait to read this new to me series. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm pulling for Petunia! Turn your head sweetie and don't look at the needles. Maybe your pains, mentally and physically, wills disappear allowing for the spirit of Christmas to "moooo"ve you to happiness.

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read this amazing sounding book. Adore the cover which to me says READ ME!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    ReplyDelete
  5. Poor Petunia, that's so sad. Thanks for the contest. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  6. What a cute cover and great story. I can't wait to see what happens with Petunia. And yes, we always need to have hope - and thankfulness.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  7. The idea of a depressed cow is so sad.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    ReplyDelete
  8. I hope Petunia feels better soon.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  9. I wish Petunia great health and happiness. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hope Petunia, hope she's feeling better. Adding your book to my TBR list. Happy Thanksgiving!
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Best wishes for Petunia! elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  12. I love this plot. I do acupuncture and a depressed Cow is a new one...thank you for the contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. As a fan of the Cora Crafts series, I'm pleased to have a chance to try out another of her series. I've personally never had acupuncture but know several people who have. I agree, hope is very important. I read that studies have shown that people who live in northern areas tend to before hopeful and optimistic. I figure it must be because we are always waiting for summer to come again!
    gnluciow(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  14. Sorry Petunia is struggling. I hope she cheers up soon. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hope your Petunia will be feeling better this holiday season.jcozart@paintrocksupplies.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. I enjoy your other two series, and I look forward to the start of a new series. 51lyncomments(at) gmail(dot) com.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I love cows, what a great animal to feature in a book.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  18. This book is on my Amazon wishlist! Having come from a long line of dairy farmers, I can relate to cows....love the concept of this series!

    Jwhite410(at)yahoo(dot)com
    Jwhite410@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  19. Yeah, we spell our names the same. You know I'll have to read now! -mollie

    Email: iemercedez@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. I’d love to read this!

    Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  21. Sending your Petunia healing thoughts. That's a difficult trauma to overcome. Looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

    ReplyDelete
  22. Poor or getting along ok...Christmas can never be too soon. I love the decorated house...putting ornaments on the tree made 50 years ago by a kindergarten age child who is now a grandmother herself...such memories each ornament or decorations hold.. some sad, but overwhelmingly good. Christmas Carol's, lights, advent services, midnight mass...I am so blessed with what I do have that it is hard to be sad about what I dont have....and I lovembooks about Christmas...

    ReplyDelete
  23. Oops forgot the email..LaFonRC(at) aol(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  24. Poor Petunia. I doubt acupuncture will help depression. Maybe just time. Hope is good though.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  25. Sounds very interesting and fun to read. Thank you for the chance

    ReplyDelete
  26. I'm loking forward to a fun read.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    ReplyDelete
  27. Love Christmas themed stories.
    Jess
    Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  28. Poor Petunia. Hopefully the activity will ease her depression. schmokercarol(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  29. The cover is so cute. It's so great the number of books out that include the holiday theme.
    Thanks for including Christmas Cow Bells on your blog. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  30. poor Petunia! Maybe she needs to adopt a motherless calf <3

    ReplyDelete
  31. Poor Petunia! Maybe she needs to adopt a motherless calf <3
    johnnabooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  32. Yes I know from experience that cows do get depressed. (on the farm, both my brother and I got calves for 4-H) Years later my cow had a calf. When the calf died, it was obvious that she was so depressed. This was a normally loving cow that I could sit against her side and read a book. She would not move until I got up. After her calf died she didnt want me to sit next to her. It took almost a year before she would let me sit next to her like this again. I just kept loving her and brushing her. She loved to be brushed. My brother had a cow that was a sister to my cow and they were both taken away from their mom at the appropriate time. But my brothers cow went into depression from the separation. And this in turn turned into downright anger on her part. She became a dangerous animal to have around. So yes I totally agree with this. I have seen it in other animals also. I know a chiropractor that does acupuncture on all animals. My daughter in laws horse needed it to help with stomach issues a little bit ago and it helped. I have this book on my Christmas list. Hope you have a fantastic weekend. quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

    ReplyDelete
  33. I would suppose that any animal could get depressed . Thank you for this chance to win. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  34. Sounds like something I would enjoy! tWarner419@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  35. this just the best Christmas cover ever. I have been collecting Christmas cozies, this would be a nice addition. queenvictoria50 (@) aol (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  36. Love the cover of this book. Can't wait to read it. I am currently getting accupuncture and believe it works for me. elisanabby(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  37. I want to read this. Moo!
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  38. love the cover of this book queenvictoria50 (@) aol (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  39. Thanks for the offer. anaj95(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete