Freebie & Bargain Fridays–Holiday Edition

Is everyone getting busy? No matter how busy we are, it’s important we find ways to relax in the middle of the rush. Personally, my favorite way is to kick back, put my feet up on my ottoman (or snuggled under a warm comforter) and read. Especially seasonal reads that writers have put out especially for the holidays and at a savings, to thank me for being a reader or to gift new readers so they can try new series at a discount–or free.

I’ll start by tooting my own horn since I added a free Bodies of Art Christmas story featuring Laurel Beacham & Jack Hawkes. Laurel does a little crime thwarting on Oxford Street in London in her own inimitable way. Short and seasonal. You can Read it Here.

Next, here’s a reader extravaganza, with some of your favorite cozy mystery authors either giving away or discounting about 70 books in their various series. Click the cover and you’ll be sent to the place to download for Free or 99¢. Check it Out Here.

This next holiday bargain also has a short fuse before the 99¢ bargain disappears. The 12 Slays of Christmas is a new novella anthology–about 3000 pages long–that brings 12 cozy authors together to not only offer seasonal stories that tie to their mystery series, but also help animal shelters overwhelmed due to the recent hurricane disasters in the U.S. All proceeds from the anthology go toward the ASPCA and shelters in Texas and Florida. But the 99¢ new release price only lasts through the first week, so get it before 12/12 to get this great price. After release week is over the price of the anthology goes up to $4.99–so if you get it then you’ll still be helping the animals, but at a higher cost to you. At either price, the book is a bargain! Click Here for the Amazon Link

Finally, in case you missed them earlier, there are holiday freebies on my November post that are still available. Check out this link if you didn’t grab them earlier.

Happy Reading, Everyone! And Happy Holidays!

 

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November Edition of What’s New and Free Wednesday

Yes, it’s been several weeks since I posted, but thought I’d pop in today and–before you get glassy-eyed from all the Christmas lights and carols appearing everywhere now that Halloween is over–I want to let you know I’ve added a free…Christmas story to Wattpad. Yep, it may not be a classic like Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but if you like reading about Kate’s & Meg’s Organized adventures, here’s the one with the Christmas twist Organized for Christmas Wishes. No dead bodies, but there is a nice little mystery to get everyone in the mood for the holiday season. It will be available on Wattpad through New Year’s Day, so feel free to share the link with friends if you like the story and want to spread a little Christmas cozy mystery cheer.

Oh, and speaking of Dickens, be sure to catch the trailer for The Man Who Invented Christmas coming to theaters this year. I was hooked the first time I watched the trailer, Yes, I clicked first because Dan Stevens plays Dickens, but when I saw the agony he showed Dickens going through as he tried to wrestle the classic story into shape and make the characters do as he wanted–well, let’s just say EVERY author is going to identify with this (I admit, I become irritated when my characters think they know better than I do, and Dickens got a good taste of that, too). So click the link in the first line above and watch the two-minute trailer. Bet you want to see more 🙂

And in a little bit of a London tie-in, I’ll probably add a Bodies of Art Christmas story soon, so check this space for more details 🙂

A friend of mine, Rebecca Barrett, has a free Christmas story available at all booksellers. She writes for the fun, new Familiar Legacy cat mystery series, and this story features the series characters The title is Trouble Under the Mistletoe (Trouble is the name of the cat in the series–perfect, right?) and it is available at all booksellers. Here’s the Amazon Buy Link. And check out the whole series–the first book Familiar Trouble was penned by Carolyn Haines, and is available free right now, it’s not Christmas themed but it will go back to paid status soon, so grab it fast. Here’s the link to the Familiar Legacy Series on Amazon, and click the cover there to download the book for free.

 

I’ve also added some new Christmas themed coloring pages to my web page with downloadable coloring pages. So if you have crayons or a set of colored pencils itching to be used, color yourself a holiday page. You can find these new holiday coloring pages at the bottom of Coloring Pages to Download link in the Newly Added section on that page.

Happy early Holiday Reading, Everyone!

For a Little Christmas Fun

Because we’re all so rushed right now, I’m reprising an interview Kate McKenzie did a few years ago about the McKenzie Family Christmases and some of the things she does to stay sane during a very busy time of the year. Remember, until Christmas you can find a full Organized Mysteries Christmas story on the Short Stories page of this website–just look for Short Stories on the black bar under the banner above.

Interview on Christmas Tips & Organizing with Kate McKenzie

Interviewer: Hello, I’m here today with organization expert Kate McKenzie. Welcome, Kate.

Kate: Thank you. It’s nice to be here.

Interviewer: The holiday season is coming up. I always get excited about spending the time with family and curling up with a few good books. What is your favorite thing about the holidays?

Kate: Being able to share the time with family and friends. Before Keith and I married I was always the one who took the holiday shifts wherever I worked. My parents passed away when I was at college, and I’ve never really been close to anyone else, so working through the holidays was my gift to my coworkers. But as soon as I spent my first Christmas in Vermont, I knew this was where I wanted to be. And now that we live here, I get to decorate my own home with Mother Nature adding all the Currier & Ives touches outside.

Interviewer: The holidays are a great time to get cooking and eating lots of great food. Do you have a favorite holiday food you enjoy cooking or maybe one that someone else makes that you look forward to?

Kate: I love to have crockpot soup going all winter, and at Christmastime it’s especially helpful because I can just leave small bowls and cups nearby and people can serve themselves as they like. My pre-motherhood career was as an event planner, so I always recommend having some kind of “filling station” where everyone can serve themselves since appetites occur for different people at different times. But I’m not a chef, so I look to the masters for recipes–websites like Oprah and Martha Stewart Living. They’ve worked all the bugs out for me, and I just make minor modifications to suit the tastes and dietary needs of my family and friends. Right now, one of my particular favorites is at www.oprah.com/food/Soup-Recipes-Bisque-Recipes–Hearty-Soups/1 There’s more than a dozen soup ideas there, including a squash soup I hope to try with pumpkin, and one of my favorite standbys, chicken tortilla soup. But this site also has a number of recipes using seafood and salmon, and with our northeastern location I really want to try a few of those this year.

Interviewer: Where will you be spending the holidays this year? In the snow around a warm fire, or somewhere warm?

Kate: Keith’s mom and dad are coming to stay with us, so they can see the girls discover their Santa gifts Christmas morning. In years’ past, of course, we stayed with his parents when we just visited for the season. Now that they live nearby, though, they suggested this alternative and I quickly agreed. It just made things much easier for everyone. And on Christmas Eve, we’re joining all the neighbors in our little cul de sac who are home for the holidays in a kind of traveling block party, with everyone spending a little time at each others’ houses all day. We’re pretty much guaranteed a white Christmas, so this gives us a way to move and visit a bit and celebrate without feeling trapped in our own houses all day.

Interviewer: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie or a favorite Christmas song?

Kate: I absolutely love old movies, and my all-time favorite Christmas movie is Holiday Inn where Bing Crosby first introduced the Irving Berlin classic “White Christmas.” The movie has that touch of romance, the “oh, no, what did you do?” moment when the girl leaves with the wrong guy, and then everything works out just right at the end. I love happy endings.

Interviewer: It’s a great time to curl up and read. Will you be taking any mysteries along for holiday reading this year?

Kate: Oh, always. I love short stories by Eleanor Cawood Jones, so I’mdeath-is-coming-to-town saving Death is Coming to Town–Four Murderous Holiday Tales to read over the Christmas holidays. I always like novellas and short stories during busy times when I don’t have big blocks of reading time. And this book is on sale for only 99¢. What a holiday treat! (Note: this last is newly updated info because of sale price)

Interviewer: Sounds like a lovely holiday season coming your way, Kate. Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us today and for sharing your holiday tips.

Kate: It’s been my pleasure. Thank you.