Welcome December!!! Snow, snow, snow! I can't wait for snow!
December is my second favorite month of the year behind October. I love the lights, the decorations, and the feeling of goodwill in the air. Cozy mysteries set at Christmas are my favorite mysteries to both read and write, although this year I only managed to get one written. I've been going back and rereading some of the Christmas Mysteries I've written in the past, including one of my personal favorites, Road to Christmas Past, and have come up with an idea which I hope will give new life to some of my old treasures, but that's a project for another day.
Publishing updates: Resort at Castaway Bay: Now and Then is a few days behind schedule since I was distracted by a new Tess and Tilly but I can say that it is just about finished and will go into editing by the end of the week. Once I send it off to the editor, I'll finish the Tess and Tilly, which is tentatively titled The Murder Chronicles. The new Tess and Tilly will publish in March. I don't have a cover yet but as soon as I get one, I'll get it up for presale.
After I finish The Murder Chronicles, I plan to start right in on The Inn atHoliday Bay: Lantern in the Lighthouse. Lantern in the Lighthouse will publish in February and will be set during the winter so that I can enjoy the image of snow while I write. Once I finish Lantern in the Lighthouse, I will be moving onto Rescue Alaska: Finding Motive, also a mystery set in winter which will also publish in March. Did I mention I was totally into snow at the moment?
In addition to the books lined up to write I have a new book up for presale: Gooseberry Bay: Sister Spy. This book will publish in April.
The Cottage on Gooseberry Bay: Santa Who? is all loaded and ready to go. The Kindle version publishes on December 14. The paperback and hardcover are available now and the audio is being recorded and should be ready about the same time as the Kindle.
Oh, and for those of you who love audio, A Cat in the Attic: The Curse of Hollister House is currently in audio review with Amazon and should be available any day now. I'll post a link to this page once I get one. The narrator for this series is starting work on A Cat in the Attic: The Mystery Before Christmas so hopefully it will be available in audio format in time for Christmas.
Other news: The randomly chosen winner of the $25 gift card from all those with the correct answer of Jeff choked on a bone, Erica spilled Gravy on her shirt, and Daisy was late for work, is Margaret Pecirno. Congrats.
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Other items to look out for: There is a new mystery this month that may seem familiar to some of you since I have used it in the past but I changed things up so the answer is different. The clues for the mystery will be delivered on December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th. You will need the clues from all five weeks to solve the mystery. If you miss any of the newsletters you can find the archived copies on my webpage: https://bit.ly/32wMsT3
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Just in time for Christmas
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The neighbors living on Santa Clause Lane take their responsibility to live up to the street name seriously and go all out decorating the houses along the lane every year. This year the group was organized and assigned tasks for groups of two neighbors, who ideally would work together. All the pairs completed their tasks with the exception of one pair who got caught up in a snowball fight and never got around to decorating. Using the clues below, identify which pair of neighbors did not complete their task and what task it was they were supposed to complete.
Hang wreaths on lampposts
Hang wreaths on doors
Lights on houses
Lights on trees
Build snowmen along curb
Set up Santa’s Sleigh
Wrap fence to look like candy cane
Archie was assigned to hang wreaths on everyone’s door
Grace was assigned to set up Santa’s Sleigh
The team who was assigned to build a snowman accomplished their task
Grace worked with Hank