By Angie Turner of Have a Deadly New Year (Farm to Fork Mystery series) by Lynn Cahoon
Hey guy's, it's Angie. I'm the co-owner and chef of The County Seat in River Vista Idaho. This holiday season is crazy busy. The good news for a restaurant is people like to eat special meals at special places. The bad news? It's a lot of work.
Felicia was in charge of decorating the dining room and it's beautiful. Red ribbons, green holly, and white lights sparkle around the room. I love just turning off the main lights after we get done with a shift and just sitting watching the room sparkle with magic while I drink a cup of cinnamon spiced hot cocoa before driving home.
We even have an outdoor tree although it's more minimalist since we'll have snow here in Idaho soon. It may not stay the first few times, but when it does, it will be here until spring. I have to say, I love the holidays.
Especially New Years. I'm big on resolutions. Goal setting, looking ahead, planning the restaurant's growth as well as my own. This year I'm trying something new. A gratitude journal. My plan is to write in it first thing in the morning, before the day gets away from me. A note about the way the barn looks in snow. Something crazy Precious, my not so baby goat, did. How smart Dom, my St. Bernard is. Maybe even some of the challenges.
I'm even thinking I can put what I'm reading in the journal. As long as I don't treat it like my high school journals, filled with teenage angst and notes about one particular cute guy - Yes, I'm talking about you, Ken Forrey.
The kitchen crew, Felicia and I are all heading to Sun Valley for new years. It's our first out of town retreat but we have a catering job to do for one dinner. Then we're on our own for a few days. I know Matt and Hope are going to want to do some skiing or snowboarding while were there. I'm just hoping for some quiet time by the fire with the book I'm bringing. Just in case.
Have a happy holiday season. And if you start a gratitude journal, shoot me a line. I'd love to hear how yours is going.
HAVE A DEADLY NEW YEAR releases December 3rd, 2019
Chef Angie Turner of The County Seat—Idaho’s finest farm-to-table restaurant—is preparing a private dinner in the mountains during ski season, but the trip’s about to go downhill . . .
It’s a rockin’ New Year for Angie and her crew as they cater a bash for a famous band—and as a bonus, they’ll get to stay at the singer’s Sun Valley house for a whole week once the party’s over. But there are hints of discord, and the event hits a sour note when one of the musicians is found with a drumstick in his chest.
Is this a case of creative differences turned lethal or is there another motive at play? Angie’s jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire as she and her fellow foodies try to solve the case before the killer comes out for an encore . . .
Meet Lynn -
Award-winning NYT and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon, pens several cozy mystery series. The Tourist Trap series is set in central coastal California includes ten novels with six holiday novellas. She also pens the Cat Latimer series (set in Colorado) available in mass market paperback. The Farm to Fork mystery series is set in her home state of Idaho. No matter where the mystery is set, readers can expect a fun ride. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and three fur babies. Sign up for her newsletter at www.lynncahoon.com
#Giveaway rules - Tell Lynn and Angie if you have a gratitude journal. What's your process? One random winner will win a Dream Journal along with an early copy (ARC) of A Field Guide to Homicide (Cat Latimer mystery #6) Comment below for your chance to win.
Winner will be chosen on Friday December 6th.