In some ways it feels like this year is zipping by at a rate I can barely keep track of, and in another way it feels like it has been 2020 forever. The final quarter of the year - October thru December - is always my favorite and this year I am determined to slow down and enjoy it.
I cut back on my production schedule a bit in order to have time to enjoy some pursuits other than writing so I only planned two Christmas books this year, but then at the last minute I added a short story project. Christmas Shorts 2020 is an anthology with three short stories - each story is about 25 print pages in length. These stories feature the casts from series I've recently ended and the intent of these shorts is to give readers a glimpse into the lives of the characters a year or so after the last book in the series ended. All the stories take place at Christmas and none are really mysteries. Think of these shorts as epilogues to the series. https://amzn.to/37UIRCB
Thirty Days of Thanks is going on over on my group page. I am giving away a $5 Amazon gift card every day. In order to enter simply pop over to my Facebook Group Page and tell me what you are thankful for. https://www.facebook.com/groups/kathidaleygrouppage
The randomly chosen winner of the $25 Amazon gift card from all those with the correct answer of - Frank who came as a ghost was the killer and Ellie who came as a Goblin was the victim - was Carol Knudtson. Congrats! The gift card has been ordered so look for an email from Amazon.
There is a new mini mystery this month. Use the clues provided on November 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th, to find the answer.
And as always, be sure to enter to win this weeks gift card giveaway. The entry form is provided toward the bottom of the newsletter. Remember it is only live until the end of the day on Thursday. The winner is selected on Friday.
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Christmas shorts 2020 is a collection of three short stories which can be enjoyed by all but have specifically been created to provide an epilogue of sorts for three of my series which wrapped up in the past year or so. These single chapter shorts run between 25 – 30 print pages each and take place over a one to two day period.
A Christmas Haunting
Haunting by the Sea
Faced with a life altering decision, Amanda is visited by the ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Of course in this case, all three ghosts are played by alter ego Alyson, who has a vested interest in ensuring that the decision Amanda makes will be the one which will allow them both to live their happily ever after.
Hunt for Christmas
A Sand and Sea Mystery
It’s just a week until Christmas and things are slow at Pope Investigations. Lani is having a hard time finding the Christmas spirit until Kekoa brings her one final case before they break for the holiday. It seems that a woman wants to hire Pope Investigations to find an angel tree topper that was mistakenly donated to the local church for their yard sale five years prior. The tree topper, was a gift to the woman’s grandmother when she fled Germany nearly eighty years ago. At first Lani is conflicted about taking on the nearly impossible case until she realizes a mystery such as this might very well provide the distraction she needs from tangled emotions relating to the oh so sexy cowboy she tried to forget but can’t seem to live without.
Legacy in Paradise
Tj Jensen Mystery
With Christmas just around the corner, Tj is faced with the task of finding the perfect gift for her rich husband who already has everything. After a bit of thought she comes up with the idea of a scrapbook chronicling the Collins Family history. Kyle hadn’t known he was a Collins until after the last Collins living in America had died and left him his entire estate. Being the sort of guy who’s all about roots and family, Tj realizes that a gift of family really might turn out to be the best gift of all.
The Thanksgiving Feast
Twelve family members gathered for Thanksgiving dinner. Each guest brought a different dish to share and each guest was accompanied by their favorite pet. By the end of the evening one of the guests was found dead in the arboretum. Use the clues provided on November 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th to figure out which guest was the killer, which guest was the victim, and which type of pet they each brought.
Dishes brought to share:
Pets brought as guests:
Diana showed up with mashed potatoes to share and a pet turkey as her guest
Greg brought his dog and sweet rolls and Carla brought her cat and sweet potatoes
Carter brought his miniature pig as his guest and fried potatoes to share and was not the killer
The killer did not bring pie of any sort
Ken and I will be sending out Christmas Postcards again this year. I know it seems early to bring it up but I had to sign and Ken had to address almost 1,000 cards last year so we want to get started gathering addresses. We will mail internationally so everyone can participate.
If you would like to receive a Christmas postcard simply send your full mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org
(We need a snail mail address and not an email address)
We will begin mailing these out around Thanksgiving. The deadline to request a postcard is December 10th.
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