Guest Post with Giveaway ~ A Crime Of Poison by Nancy Haddock

Holiday Decorating Gone Wild

Greetings, Readers! Many thanks for being here, and many thanks to my hostess, too!

My mother was an artist and craftswoman. Although she took lessons from other artists here and there, she was primarily self-taught. She tole painted, learned to batik fabric, needlepointed, made large, fancy door wreaths, and created a slew of other artistic pieces large and small.

And, yep, holiday-themed projects abounded!

My mom decorated for everything. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, but she didn’t stop there. Her Valentine’s Day goodies were primarily Victorian-era themed. She had a wreath and wooden leprechaun signs to hang on the doors and in the house for St. Patrick’s Day. For Memorial Day, Labor Day, and, of course, the Fourth of July, wreaths hung on the front door, patriotic pillows and antique soldiers dotted the inside décor, and the Stars and Stripes waved from the flag pole holder on the house. When I gave my dad a United States Marine Corps flag, mom flew that on November 10 to celebrate the USMC’s birthday.

Christmas was my mom’s go-big holiday. The house was festooned with candles ringed with holly wreaths. Needlepoint pictures of Santa and company hung on the walls. Seasonal figurines made of everything from metal to wood to fabric sat in cozy groupings in every room. Mom even had Christmas rug to put in front of the hearth.

Her masterpiece each year was the Christmas tree. She rotated different color schemes using large fabric bows. Sometimes they were striped or plaid, sometimes solid, and she didn’t stick to the traditional green and red. One of my favs was a tree she decked with turquoise bows. No matter the color scheme, my mom’s ornaments were the stars. From antique toys she repurposed for hanging to blown glass balls and figures from the 1940s, her trees were works of art and history.

Do I decorate wildly for each holiday? I did when my children were small, but didn’t come close to Mom’s level. I still make more effort to deck the halls if my grandchildren happen to be here, especially for Christmas. I inherited some of my mom’s art and craft pieces, and some antique ornaments, and love using them when I can. When it’s just me and my hubby around, I don’t tend to do much.

However, last year we were hit by Hurricane Matthew. Our downstairs spaces were under reconstruction throughout the fall, winter, and spring holidays, and our upstairs bedrooms and hall were crammed with stuff we didn’t send to storage. Celebrations were limited to eating out and cheering when each phase of restoration was completed. 

This year I’m in the mood to be festive! My Darling Daughter and her awesome boyfriend are supposed to visit this year, and though we may not have the grand-boys, I’m going for it. I’ll get a new artificial tree, bring down the ornaments, and lovingly arrange my mom’s bits and pieces. I may even break out the starry light projector. Er, that is, if I can find it.

Holidays are supposed to be a time to enjoy family and friends. Whether you pull out all the decorating stops or go for a less-is-more look, I wish you laughter, love, and peace at every season of every year!

So, how much do you decorate? A little, a lot, hit-and-miss? And where, oh where do you store your decorations? My inquiring mind needs to know!

Guest post provided by the publisher.

Series: A Silver Six Mystery (Book 3)
Publisher: Berkley (December 5, 2017)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425275744
ISBN-13: 978-0425275740
ASIN: B06XK2YCWP
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository

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The Silver Six are known for their arts and crafts—but they’re about to be tested in the art of catching a crafty killer.

It’s early October, time for the Fall Folk Art Festival and Bake Sale in Lilyvale, Arkansas. Every business along the town square will benefit from the event, including the craft store run by Leslee Stanton Nix—aka Nixy—and the Silver Six, a group of retirees. In charge of making the festival go smoothly, Nixy is confident that it will be a success.

But things become knotty when local troublemaker Cornell Lewis is found dead with a plate of Snickerdoodles from the bake sale. Two members of the Silver Six are accused of cooking up a murder plot, but Nixy knows that the cookies weren’t literally to die for. With time running out, Nixy and company must catch the actual killer…before the Silver Six find their number permanently reduced to four.

Thanks to the publisher I have one (1) copy of A Crime of Poison to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on January 9th


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

nancyNancy Haddock is an award-winning and national bestselling author of mystery romance who now writes cozy mystery. Basket Case, the first book in the Silver Six Crafting mysteries, will be released in Sept. 2015 with Berkley Prime Crime.

Her earlier books, also with Berkley, are La Vida Vampire, Last Vampire Standing, and Always The Vampire. These books feature Cesca, aka Gidget with fangs, and are set in Haddock’s current hometown, St. Augustine, FL. She also contributed the St. Augustine-set short story “Medium Rare” to both the paranormal romance anthology Entangled and the boxed set Entranced.

Nancy draws on historic wealth, southern culture, and the plain old quirkiness of places for her books. A former speech pathologist and high school teacher in Oklahoma and Texas, Nancy now writes full-time. She lives with her husband and rescue dog Baron.

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Comments

  1. kathleen kendler says:

    I just do enough so I am reminded it's Christmas.  Here in AZ, the weather does not remind us.

    • Hi, Kathleen! I'm grinning at your comment that the AZ weather isn't Christmasy! I hope how evermuch you decorated, you had a wonderful day, and will continue to enjoy the holiday spirit! Good luck in the drawing!

      Light,

      Nancy

       

  2. Hi, Lori, and thank you again for being such a lovely hostess! It's always wonderful to be with you and your readers, and I wish you a most joyous holiday season!

    Light,

    Nancy

     

  3. Tami bates says:

    Nancy is great story teller . I literally fall into her stories and don’t come up to I’m finished. 

    • Wow, Tami, what a huge compliment – thank you so much! Hope you had a lovely Christmas day, and that you're still celebrating with family and friends! Good luck in the drawing, too!

      Light,

      Nancy

  4. Nancy not only is a great writer, but she also possesses   a 💓 of gold.  She was able to help when ,I wasn't able  to help  myself,  give advice when I couldn't think straight.   Thank you Nancy I would never have. Made it without you.

     

     

     

    • Hi, Winnie! It's great to see you here – thank you for stopping by! It'll be even better to see you back here at home soon! And, my dear, being there for each other is what friends do. Hugs!

      Light,

      Nancy

       

  5. I wanted Nancy's new book in my stocking. Didn't happen since my Santa helper is in the hospital. So where do I sign up for the give away?

    Hope you are feeling better, Nancy !!

    • Oh, no, Barbara! I thought your honey was back home – and I sure hope he will be very soon!

      The creeping crud is slowly backing off, thank you for asking. I appreciate you coming by, and you can sign up for the giveaway via the box above – login on FB or enter Rafflecopter with your e-addy.

      Light,

      Nancy

       

  6. Debi Murray says:

    I have decorated lightly the past two years, last year we moved to Florida and we still had tons of boxes to unpack. This year I had heart surgery (5 bypasses) in August and I still am healing. I used to go all out, but I find that it is more difficult as I get older.

    • Debi,hi, and thank you so much for coming by! I've tried to keep up with your progress via FB, and I'm happy to know you're steadily healing! We want to keep you healthy in FL, so do take care of you! Good luck in the drawing, too!

      Light,

      Nancy

  7. My decorating spirit depends on how much free time I have before actual Christmas. This year, it was at a minimum, so we just had a tree and a couple of swag/wreath items.   I take it ALL down on Dec. 25 or 26th though.  

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    • Thank you for stopping by to comment, Dianna! I grinned picturing your easy-up, easy-down decorations. There are those that have this down to a science, and I think you're one of of them! Best of luck in the drawing!

      Light,

      Nancy

       

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