Saturday, December 14, 2019

Christmas in Lavender - and a #bookgiveaway


FROM:   Sabrina Tate

OF:  The Bad Luck Cat Mysteries

BY:  Kay Finch


HAPPY HOLIDAYS, Y'ALL!



After living in the hustle and bustle of Houston, Texas for most of my life,  I can say with certainty that celebrating the holiday season in Lavender, Texas - in the heart of the Texas Hill County  - is literally a breath of fresh air.  Hitchcock, my cat, and I have already decorated our Christmas tree. As usual, he can often be found sitting under the tree - when he's not out getting into mischief, that is. 
Thomas did a great job of decorating the grounds of Around-The-World Cottages. Aunt Rowe and her friends are practicing to sing with the local choir for their upcoming performance on the town square. Glenda is baking cooking, cookies, cookies. I helped Tyanne with her book sales at half a dozen holiday bazaars in neighboring small towns over the past month - and signed dozens of copies of my first published mystery novel for eager readers. 

Our annual guests, octogenarians Nathaniel and Ivy Chaney, are coming to stay in the Athens cottage  again this Christmas. They love to tour the town and look at all the pretty Christmas lights. The Athens cottage is a special place for the couple - that's where Nathaniel proposed to Ivy five years ago. They married on the cottage grounds the following day and swore to return every year to celebrate their anniversary, Lord willing. 
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Luke and I plan to ride the horse drawn carriage on Christmas Eve.  I wonder what our future holds, especially when I see the Chaneys' happy and glowing faces. Could that be me and Luke many years from now? Thinking about the possibility warms my heart.

My biggest surprise this holiday (so far) is the fact that Aunt Rowe has accepted a dinner invitation from Sheriff Crawford - FINALLY - and they might even cozy up in the horse drawn carriage afterwards.  Heaven forbid I should tell Aunt Rowe what to do, but I sure wouldn't mind the sheriff becoming my "Uncle Jeb" one day.  It's too late to make that my Christmas wish for this year, but I can begin my wish list for 2020, right?

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I'm so pleased that you've joined us here at Killer Characters for our annual Season's Readings book giveaway. I'm going to give away a copy of a Bad Luck Cat Mystery - #4 - The Black Cat Steps On A Crack.  Leave me a comment about what you're most looking forward to this holiday season. Comments will be accepted through 10 PM on December 16, 2019. The winner will be randomly drawn and announced in the comments on the morning of December 17. Good-luck and happy holidays.




Kay Finch is the National Best-Selling author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries. Though her character, Sabrina Tate, has left the paralegal profession behind to move to the Texas Hill Country, Kay still works as a paralegal at a Houston, Texas law firm. She resides in a Houston suburb with her husband and pets where she is working on Bad Luck Cat Mystery #5 – The Black Cat Breaks A Mirror. Visit her at www.kayfinch.com.

40 comments:

  1. I’m most looking forward to seeing Christmas through my grandsons’ eyes—it’s the best! Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  2. The thing I look forward to most is seeing family and friends I don't see throughout the year. Happy holidays! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  3. I love spending time with my family. I also enjoy the trees. My cat used to climb the tree and over it would come. Had to tie it up.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  4. We are not doing Christmas this year because we are moving at the start of January.We are retired & both have chronic illnesses. So we live on a fixed income & finally got into Senior low income housing. That's our Christmas this year, & believe me, we are extremely happy about it!
    Barb
    cameronbarbara@ymail.com

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  5. Agree with Sabrina on the small town being wonderful. Three years ago we move to our dream destination in the Ozark Mountains. Our town has less than 3,000 people for full time residents. :)

    The thing I'm looking forward to most this year, like years in the past, is going to visit with friends, family, the elderly and the shut-ins to delivery my boxes of holiday goodies. It's a tradition my Mom started when I was a little child. She would bake up cookies, candies and cakes all from scratch and then fix up boxes of goodies to deliver around sharing her love for the Christmas season with bounty from her kitchen. I still use my Mom's and Granny's recipes to make my goodies. While I'm in the kitchen baking the goodies, I can feel my Mom with me and knowing she is happy that I'm continuing the sharing it forward tradition. What makes it extra special is that hubby also loves to bake so we've done it together for the last 37 years.

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of "The Black Cat Steps On A Crack". Love the title because it also reminds me of my childhood. <3 Can't wait for the opportunity to read the book!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  6. I look forward to the warm feeling sitting in a decorated home, the pretty lights, the tree.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. I'm looking forward to a day off! Christmas and New Year's are two of the four days I close my business during the year! cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) Com

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  8. We got the Hallmark Channels this year so I've been having a wonderful time watching their Christmas movies. They're all so pretty! Thanks for the chance to win one of your books. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  9. I am looking forward to seeing our grandchildren open their gifts and watching several versions of Dickens Christmas Carol. dbahn@iw.net

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  10. I am looking forward to a trip to ski in Colorado after the holidays.
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. I am looking forward to enjoying the holidays with family. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. Your sleigh ride photo at the top is really lovely.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  13. I'm most looking forward to seeing my faraway family again. cwsullivan53 at gmail dot com

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  14. Am so looking forward to spending time with my sister and her family. They just moved back to NH from Calif.
    dhazelton(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

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  15. Looking forward to spending time with my family

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  16. I'm looking forward to quiet time to read and reflect, time to worship and talking to far away friends over the holidays. ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  17. I'm excited to finally have a holiday off work for the first time in years. Going to hopefully see some family and friends and relax.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. We have dear friends who have a Christmas party every year where we all get together and read A Christmas Carol. I look forward to it every year. Happy Holidays! aut1063(at)gmail(dotcom

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  19. I like Christmas Day myself. We get together with our buds for tons of appies, play a game of Mexican Train, and build a gingerbread house. Total silly fun. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

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  20. Love this series! I looking forward a trip to Michigan to spend time with family and friends. Merry Christmas!
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. I am most looking forward to spending time with family and seeing my beloved niece Grace, who I haven't seen for a long time. This sounds like a great series! suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. I look forward to the Christmas Parade and the decorating of the giant tree outside Pope's Tavern Museum which is the start of the Holidays for me as I always worked it at the Museum...nothing like children's faces as they look at antique toys and a giant decorated tree with cookie and cranberry/popcorn wreaths hanging from the boughs...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  23. I look forward to our family holiday celebration, especially this year with our 4-month old granddaughter. We eat a meal and open gifts after. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  24. Looking forward to seeing my daughter and the grand kids and my new great grand baby! The book looks great, thanks for the chance to win it. Merry Christmas, all!

    marthalawson8 (at) gmail dot com

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  25. Looking forward to spending time with relatives at our Christmas gathering.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  26. Spending time with family and friends.

    kaye.killgore(at)comcast(dot)net

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  27. Spending time with family. Thanks for the chance.
    Jess
    Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. I'm looking forward to catching up with loved ones.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  29. More quality time with my kiddos. We bake, play games, read and watch movies together more during the holidays. konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com Happy Holiday Reading!!

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  30. I am looking forward to phone calls with my sister and nephews. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. Christmas dinner with my Dallas family. schmokercarol(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. I look forward to Christmas cards from friends! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. Looking forward to getting together with my family for Christmas!

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  34. I'm most looking forward to seeing most all my 14 grandkids all in one place for a few hours. Thanks!! nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. What I am most looking forward to this Christmas is getting to see my sister and her new home. This summer she finally made her dream come true of living in a warmer climate, within walking distance of the ocean. I can't believe how much I've missed her in the not quite 5 months since she moved. Email just isn't cutting it.
    gnluciow(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. I already had a holiday meal at my mom's assisted living place accompanied by one of my 5 kids and her husband. dessert was in the pub where Santa had a big chair and an elf helper. The butterballs and individual cheesecakes were just the right ending for the meal which included crayfish that were quite fishy.

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  37. JOYE W. IS THE WINNER of a copy of THE BLACK CAT STEPS ON A CRACK - congratulations, Joye, and may all of you have a blessed Christmas season with the lovely plans you shared with us.

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