Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Cozy Holiday Escapes: Warm Seasonal Short Stories by Bestselling Mystery Authors for Cold Winter Nights


A writer tends to work in a more solitary environment than people in other fields. But most of us are a talkative bunch, and we love mixing and matching information with others, so we can often be found on social media sites. We also love working with other authors that we read, and last summer a bunch of us got together to start an anthology of short stories tied to a Christmas theme. This gave us an opportunity to share our work and ideas with each other, and get to know each other better—even if we’ve never met outside of the Internet. And this project has been a blast! We called the anthology Cozy Holiday Escapes and it’s just been released in ebook form at all the online booksellers.

As the temperatures drop and the leaves start changing color each year, reading tastes start to change as well. One of the best things about November and December is the wonderful new books and bundles that come out just during—and themed to—the holiday season. It was great fun to write outside-of-the-box and pen shorter fiction that ties to the characters we write about in our novel length fiction. But the wish for all of these stories was to offer our fans and soon-to-be-new-fans a Christmas gift and “thank you” for reading and supporting all of our mystery series.

We hope everyone enjoys these stories as much as we enjoyed writing them and putting them together with all the others. A wonderful thing about the holidays is we get together with people we may only see once a year. These stories are like that too, as the anthology is only for sale through January, so get a copy before it disappears. We’ve specially priced it at 99 cents for now, so it’s a bargain for our fans and their friends.

Hope your holidays are memorable.

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cozyFile Size: 3790 KB
Publication Date: November 1, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Buy: Kindle

Eight light holiday short stories by six bestselling mystery authors–

"How the Finches Stole Christmas" by Karen Cantwell, a new story in the popular Barbara Marr series. When a new couple moves down the block and Christmas decorations begin disappearing, Barbara investigates in her own humorous way.

"Organized for Christmas Wishes" by Ritter Ames is a Kate McKenzie Organized Mysteries short story. Kate and Meg sign up for a cookie exchange, and find a new mystery to solve.

"Cara Mia Delgatto’s White Christmas" by Joanna Campbell Slan, a short story in the Cara Mia Delgatto series. Cara spends Christmas with her new friends in Florida and learns what a recycled, upcycled, repurposed Christmas can mean.

"Bones on the Bayou" by Carolyn Haines, a Sarah Booth Delaney short story. A hometown Christmas event is tarnished by a practical joke, and Sarah Booth Delaney investigates after a foreign visitor goes missing.

"Christmas in Venice" by Maria Grazia Swan. Amanda finds she has to do more than pet-sitting over the Christmas holidays when Matilda the tortoise goes missing.

"A Dog-Gone Christmas" by Leslie O’Kane, an Allie Babcock short mystery. Allie Babcock and her mom are at the airport, heading for a holiday away from home, when Allie notices a dog-switch and has to find a celebrity’s canine.

"Kiki Lowenstein and the Secret Santa" by Joanna Campbell Slan, a Kiki Lowenstein scrapbook story. Kiki and her scrapbook pals think they’re just having fun with a holiday scrapping party, but there’s more to the Christmas story.

"Seasonal Switches" by Ritter Ames, a brand new Bodies of Art Mysteries story. Laurel Beacham stops a Christmas crime, and may be gifted something she’s wanted for months–and almost given up on receiving.

post-divider leftThanks to the authors, I have one (1) Kindle copy of Cozy Holiday Escapes to give away.

Giveaway open to anyone who can receive a Kindle copy.
Giveaway ends on November 16th

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Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

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Ritter Ames ~ Ritter is an award-winning author who writes the Body of Art mystery series and the Organized for Mystery series, both published by Gemma Halliday Publishing. She focuses most of her time and writing energies on globe trotting the world via her keyboard to create memorable characters and fascinating fiction novels for readers. In this great new endeavor, her cat muse remains faithfully by her side–only voicing displeasure when the food bowl sits empty due to Ritter focusing more on writing than on kibble.

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Joanna Campbell Slan ~ National bestselling and award-winning author Joanna Campbell Slan was born in Jacksonville, Florida, but she grew up in a small town in Indiana. After graduating from Ball State University with a degree in journalism, she worked as a newspaper reporter, a newspaper ad salesperson, a television talk show host, a college teacher, a public relations professional, and a motivational speaker. In that capacity, she was named by Sharing Ideas Magazine as “one of the top 25 speakers in the world.” Slan's work has appeared in five of the New York Times Bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and one of those became a television show. She is the author of twenty-eight books, nonfiction and fiction, including Death of a Schoolgirl, which won the 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. Joanna's personal essays have appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and one was made into a television program on the Pax Network. The college textbook Joanna wrote—Using Stories and Humor: Grab Your Audience—has been praised as an invaluable resource by Benjamin Netanyahu’s speechwriter and endorsed by Toastmasters, International. Joanna is married to David Slan, owner of Steinway Piano Gallery, which serves metro- Washington, DC, as well as Steinway Piano Gallery in St. Louis, MO, which serves most of Missouri and much of central Illinois. They have one son, Michael, who is a professional poker player. The Slans live with their two dogs, Rafferty and Victoria, on Jupiter Island, Florida.

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Leslie O'Kane ~ Leslie O'Kane is a happy empty-nester who lives with her one-and-only husband in Boulder, Colorado.

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Maria Grazia Swan ~ Maria Grazia Swan was born in Italy, but this rolling stone has definitely gathered no moss. She lived in Belgium, France, Germany, in beautiful Orange County, California where she raised her family, and is currently at home in Phoenix, Arizona—but stay tuned for weekly updates of Where in the World is Maria Grazia Swan?  As a young girl, her vivid imagination predestined her to be a writer. She won her first literary award at the age of fourteen while living in Belgium. As a young woman Maria returned to Italy to design for—ooh-la-la—haute couture. Once in the U.S. and after years of concentrating on family, she tackled real estate. These days her time is devoted to her deepest passions: writing and helping people find happiness. Maria loves travel, opera, good books, hiking, and intelligent movies (if she can find one, that is). When asked about her idea of a perfect evening, she favors stimulating conversation, spicy Italian food and perfectly chilled Prosecco—but then, who doesn’t?  Maria has written short stories for anthologies, articles for high profile magazines and numerous blogs tackling love and life. She engaged her editorial and non-fiction skills for Mating Dance Rituals for Singles Who Weren't born yesterday.

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Carolyn Haines ~ A native of Mississippi, Carolyn Haines is the author of over fifty books in multiple genres. She was recently named the 2010 recipient of the Harper Lee Award and is the recipient of the 2009 Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence. Haines teaches fiction writing at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. Active in animal rescue, she has twenty-one "critters" —horses, dogs and cats.

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Karen Cantwell ~ Karen's novel, Take the Monkeys and Run was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest (under the original title of Monkeys in My Trees)and has gone on to be a Kindle bestseller on Amazon. She has written three more books in the Barbara Marr Murder Mystery Series: Citizen Insane, Silenced by the Yams, and Saturday Night Cleaver. When she's not writing, Karen loves gardening and spending time with her family. She is currently working on the release of Keep Me Ghosted, the first book in the new Sophie Rhodes Ghostly Romance Series, as well as beginning the draft of Kiss Me, Tate, part of the upcoming Barbara Marr spin-off, Love in Rustic Woods Series.

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