Slay Bell by T C Wescott

SLAY BELLS by T.C. Wescott, Mystery, 230 pp., $4.99 (kindle)

 

Title: SLAY BELLS (A CHRISTMAS VILLAGE MYSTERY)

Author: T.C. Wescott

Publisher: Better Mousetrap Books

Pages: 230

Genre: Cozy Mystery

 
‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the village, the
night settled in over swirling-smoke chimneys; the air was alive with
pine and holly, with sugar and cinnamon and cider, by golly!Along snowy lanes and through shadows it crept, past windows behind
which each villager slept, where sleeping dogs lie and cats rest
a’purring-

Tonight, in Christmas Village, a killer is stirring.

Welcome to Christmas Village, a magical hamlet where even in December
the roses hold their luster and bees buzz among the bluebells. Nestled
betwixt an opulent garden with meandering footpaths and an ancient grove
of plum trees, Rose Willoughby’s boarding house is plum-full with
lodgers. There are no vacancies, but just wait. Soon there will be
one…and another…and another.

When the Inn’s guests begin dying in inexplicable ways, some
villagers believe a beast from old village lore is the culprit. The
sheriff knows better, but he’s just as helpless to catch the invisible
killer as are the town folk with their eyes to the sky in search of a
flying creature. But our mysterious murderer hasn’t counted on yet
another lodger coming to the cottage: Maribel Claus.

Short as a stump, round as a wheel, sweet as a candy cane, and a
sharp as a whip, Maribel loves a good puzzle. But can she unmask the
phantom killer in time and save Christmas?

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PROLOGUE
Night
settles in over smoking chimneys and snow-capped rooftops.
A
potpourri of pine, holly, and cinnamon swirls in the breeze over white pastures
and along sleepy lanes as festive decorations left hanging on each street lamp
and along every thoroughfare dance upon its passing.
Winter
birds offer up their sing-song as the rows of cottage windows blink out their
goodnights.
But for
many in the happy hamlet of
Christmas
Village, the night will be a short one, made restless with
excitement for the morning when they will rise early to prepare for the
inaugural day of the annual Christmas Festival.
The
festival, running the full week before Christmas Eve, is the last great hurrah
of the year, barring the ringing of the new year bells. It is no exaggeration
to say that the best hope one has of experiencing something more glorious is to
return the following year for the next Festival.
So, it is
with smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts that every soul in the
village, farmer and squire alike, closes their eyes in anticipation of sunrise.
One among
them will not live to see the sun.
Something
moves among the birds, along the snowy lanes, skirting the light in favor of
shadow.
In Christmas
Village, this night, a creature is stirring.

 

T.C. Wescott was born in Missouri but has lived in Oklahoma most of
his life. Like pretty much every author who has ever breathed, he is an
avid reader. His favorites are classic mysteries from the Golden Age, as
well as just before or just after that period (which is widely
considered the period between the two World Wars). His first mystery
novel, Running from Scissors, was published in July 2018 and will be the
first of at least three books in the Running Store Mystery series.The Christmas Village Mystery series launched in November of the same
year with the debut title Slay Bells. The formula for his books is
simple – mixing the classic, traditional detective fiction standards
with all the trappings of the modern cozy mystery.

Wescott is also (under another name) the author of two award-winning non-fiction books as well as many essays and articles.

His latest book is the cozy mystery, Slay Bells (A Christmas Village Mystery).

Website Address: www.tcwescott.com

Twitter Address: www.twitter.com/MousetrapBooks

Facebook Address: www.facebook.com/BetterMousetrapBooks

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USA Today Best-Selling Author, Winner of the 2015 Best BDSM Book of the year (Bind), 2015 Reader’s Choice Best Erotic Romance (Bind), 2015 Golden Flogger (Crave), 2014 LASR Book of the Year award (In The Den), 2013 Best BDSM Book of the Year award (Over The Line), Golden Flogger Award 2015 nominee for her books Command, Bind, and Brand, Sierra was born in Manchester, England where she spent her early years traipsing through castles. After living in Denver for a number of years, the internationally acclaimed author now resides in Galveston, Texas. She loves the way history blends with Southern manners (being called “sugar” is an experience unto itself).

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Crystal Dawn Holiday Books*

Welcome to Thursday  Addition to Lisa Holiday Book Blast :  Today we visit with author Crystal Dawn and her holiday books : 

 

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Jackson has brought some of his pack to visit Blake and Ariel. Christmas will be exciting this year and he hopes to find his match while he’s there.
Greta has missed several Christmases but she’s finally making it home for the holidays. Ariel is like a mother to her and she knows she would never steer her wrong, but would she match her up?

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This is set in the white wolf world. And it’s Christmas time and the pack and Ariel family is gathered together to celebrate the season. Greta -Ariel cousin meets a visiting alpha in Blake and the romance begins. But Blake’s pack is in trouble and they go back to help him out and she finds a new home. In this touching Christmas story.

  Its best to read this with the other books in the White Wolf series. 

 

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Calden is completely in love with Lois and has taken her young son under his wing. They’ve dated over a year now growing steadily closer, but he is ready to mate. Will she commit? When tragedy strikes and Calden helps her, will she realize that only with him will she and her son have a complete family?

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Ros doesn’t want to go on this mission, especially as Santa Claus, but it may be the most important one of his life. He’ll get the opportunity to rescue some of his brothers. He’ll also meet a female that makes him feel more than he ever has.
Jen likes Ros, but she has too much going on with a son and a baby on the way. He seems like a great guy, but no one is going to take her with all her responsibilities.
When all is said and done, will Ros go back to Olympus alone or will he have the Merriest Christmas ever as a family man?

 Author Crystal Dawn :

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Berryville, AR

Bio: I am a sci fi/fantasy- paranormal /romance writer. My first book is Planet Amazon the Rebirth. My hobbies are reading a variety of genres, travel, and watching movies.

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Hot Winter Nights By Jill Shalvis

Who needs mistletoe?

Most people wouldn’t think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn’t most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she’s been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that—but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once . . .

Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don’t mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he’s shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly’s brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can’t believe he’s drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who’s the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he’s ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he’s been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas.

From the Book :

“Tell me about your night. You know you want to.”

“Actually, it was over so fast, I can’t really remember.”

He gave a low, rather triumphant laugh and turned her to face him. “You haven’t yet once managed to look me in the eyes and tell me how bad I was. Here’s your chance, Molly. Give it to me.”

See, that was the thing. She did want to give it to him, quite badly. Naked . . . Gah. She really hadn’t seen this coming, but she deserved fun like anyone else, right? She looked at his mouth, desperately wanting it on hers. And then her body somehow mistook the fantasy for reality because she went up on tiptoes and . . . kissed him. Just a soft brush of her lips across his, gently and a little hesitant, but it was most definitely a kiss.

 

About the Book

Hot Winter Nights
by Jill Shalvis

Series
The Heartbreaker Bay Series

Genre
Adult
Contemporary Romance

Publisher
Avon Books

Publication Date
September 25, 2018

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About the Author

New York Times bestselling author JILL SHALVIS lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventure.

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Christmas Calamity* Annelise Reynolds

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Jane’s being exiled from the Big Apple to Big Sky Country for the holiday season to help her boss’s best friend save his family’s ranch. She’s trading boardrooms for pastures, and meetings for family gatherings. Unfortunately, her job is on the line, and her luck has run out.

Colt Jackson is a hard-working, single dad at the end of his rope. When he breaks down and asks his best friend for some help in hopes of saving his family’s legacy for his son, he never imagined his friend would send a prim and proper, walking, talking catastrophe his way.

With the holiday season throwing snowballs their way, will Jane and Colt be able to dodge them long enough to get the job done and then go their separate ways? Or will each Christmas Calamity change their luck for the better?

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One date was enough to tell Katie Sullivan she didn’t want to be with a guy like Cory Alexander, but maybe – just maybe, she’s wrong.

Picking on Katie has been the only way Cory could get her to notice him. Unfortunately, that combined with her first impression of him has put him firmly on her DO NOT DATE list. Disguised as Santa, Katie has no clue she’s bidding on him, and Cory is all too excited because he’s about to get a second chance with the one that got away.

He’s planning to tie her up and tie her down for life, but what happens when the beard comes off and Katie realizes her Santa, the one man that can satisfy her needs, is the one man that drives her crazy?

**Warning, this book is a cliffhanger.** Which ends in Stupid Cupid

The Christmas Cookie Shop *

The Christmas Cookie Shop (Christmas Town Book #1

 

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This is book 1 of an 8 book series. 

 

THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE SHOP
(Christmas Town, Book 1)

Hannah Winchester is down on her luck and disillusioned with love, but her fortunes are about to change. When Hannah inherits a defunct bakery in East Tennessee, her first thought is to sell it and settle her substantial debt. Then the townsfolk welcome her warmly and she’s taken with the joyful spirit of the place, where stores employ holiday themes and residents have surnames like Christmas and Claus. After a handsome lawman comes to her aid dressed as Santa, Hannah learns he’s more than a hot guy in a red suit and shiny black boots. Sheriff Carter Livingston has joined in the cause of rejuvenating the town, and he’s encouraging her to do her part. Hannah’s great-grandmother, Lena, sold special holiday cookies that brought hope and renewal to the people of Christmas Town. Yet Hannah has plans elsewhere and isn’t looking to stay. Can she possibly reopen the shop known for kindling romance–without sacrificing her heart?

EXCERPT

The last turn she took was supposed to lead straight to the town roundabout, the one that connected with South Main Street. Hannah had been told to watch for a flagpole, the courthouse, a library, and a big town sign. But all she saw ahead of her in these near-whiteout conditions was more snow! That’s when a flashing blue glimmer in her driver’s side mirror caught her eye.Thank goodness! Help has arrived. It had to be a cop figuring her for a distressed motorist. Hannah certainly couldn’t get any more distressed than this.

Hannah hadn’t journeyed to Tennessee for a leisurely visit. She’d inherited a business she knew absolutely nothing about, and she was determined to sell it at the first opportunity. She tried to imagine herself running a cookie shop, but just couldn’t. The only picture that came to mind involved huge plumes of black smoke curling out an open doorway. Where some people had a brown thumb in the garden, Hannah wore a charred oven mitt in the kitchen. She couldn’t even microwave popcorn without the bag catching fire.

Hannah spun in her seat to better view the approaching figure in dark clothing. No, wait. It’s a matching red tunic and slacks worn beneath an open field coat. The full silhouette of a man emerged from a snowy swirl and Hannah’s heart thumped. It wasn’t just any outfit; it was a Santa suit. Though she’d never seen Old Saint Nick looking quite like that. Rather than being short and stout, he was tall and built, with an obviously solid chest and a manly jaw thinly disguised by a fake white beard. A Santa hat sat slightly askew on his head, partially covering short brown hair. He strode to her driver’s side window in shiny black boots and tapped on the glass. Hannah goggled at the apparition, then lowered her window a crack.

Evergreen eyes peered in at her and Hannah caught her breath. She didn’t even know eyes came in that color. They reminded her of Christmas trees: the really fresh kind, not the plastic sort that normally stood on an end table in the corner of her apartment.

“Everything okay in there? I saw that you’d pulled over. No wonder, really.” Little lines crinkled around his eyes, lending them warmth beneath the wind’s chill. “Given the weather.” He tugged off his fake beard and stuffed it in his pocket, exposing a rugged face.

Whoa, he was a good-looking Santa. She judged him to be a few years older than her but not more than five. As if his age mattered! Hannah wasn’t in Tennessee to stay and she certainly wasn’t in the market for a man. She’d had enough boyfriends to last her, thank you very much. And every…single…one of them had let her down. Love. Just one more four-letter word that had been canned from her vocabulary.

Copyright © 2016 Ginny Baird

Biography

New Release!
A Corner Church Christmas
(Christmas Town Book 6)

Romance writer Ginny Baird has published novels in print and online and received screenplay options from Hollywood for her family and romantic comedy scripts. Whether writing lighthearted romantic comedy or spine-tingling romantic suspense, she delights in delivering heartwarming stories.

She is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a Top 10 Best Seller on Kindle, NOOK and iBooks, and a #1 Best Seller in several Romance and Women’s Fiction categories. When she’s not writing, Ginny enjoys cooking, biking and spending time with her family in Virginia. Ginny loves hearing from her readers! She invites you to visit her website and connect with her on social media. http://www.ginnybairdromance.com/

^This author also has out Holiday Brides Books (1-6) 

Cover Reveal * Christmas with You

Title: Christmas With You
Author: Heidi McLaughlin, L.P. Dover, Cindi Madsen, RJ Prescott & Amy Briggs
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Coming Winter 2018
Bestselling authors Heidi McLaughlin, L.P. Dover, Cindi Madsen, R.J. Prescott, and Amy Briggs invite you to celebrate Christmas in Friendship, Massachusetts, where small-town values mean that everyone gets into the holiday spirit and lends a helping hand. When an unlikely newcomer decides to join in and play matchmaker, five couples—each a complete love story by each of our five authors—get their happily ever afters during the happiest time of the year. And these authors share what the season truly means to them.
HEIDI MCLAUGHLIN
Heidi McLaughlin is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of The Beaumont Series, The Boys of Summer, and The Archers.
 
Originally, from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband, two daughters, and their three dogs.
 
In 2012, Heidi turned her passion for reading into a full-fledged literary career, writing over twenty novels, including the acclaimed Forever My Girl.
 
When writing isn’t occupying her time, you can find her sitting courtside at either of her daughters’ basketball games.
 
Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, has been adapted into a motion picture with LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe, and opened in theaters on January 19, 2018, and is now available on DVD & Digital.

L.P. DOVER

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.

Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series, the Circle of Justice series, and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.


CINDI MADSEN

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Colorado with her husband, three children, an overly-dramatic tomcat, & an adorable one-eyed kitty named Agent Fury.

You can visit Cindi at: http://www.cindimadsen.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter to get all the up-to-date information on her books.

R.J. PRESCOTT

USA Today bestselling author R.J. Prescott was born in Cardiff, South Wales, and studied law at the University of Bristol, England. Four weeks before graduation she fell in love, and stayed. Ten years later, she convinced her crazy, wonderful firefighter husband to move back to Cardiff where they now live with their two equally crazy sons. Her debut novel The Hurricane was an international bestseller and finalist in the Goodreads Awards in the category of debut author.

AMY BRIGGS
Amy Briggs is a Texas based writer. Formerly a firefighter and EMT in New Jersey living next to a military base, Amy was initially drawn to creating stories around emergency services and the military, and draws on her experiences to show the depth and emotional side of the lifestyle. Her love of fairy tales carries through each of her novels and she hopes to inspire readers to fall in love with love.
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Blitz : Rayne Deare Dating Agency

 

 

 

Blitz (Rayne Deare Dating Agency Book 8) by [Fraser, Marie]

Blitz (Rayne Deare Dating Agency Book 8

Blitzen Chikovsky, born to a Russian ambassador, is broody and doesn’t have time to invest in relationships that don’t last. Coming off of a bad breakup, Blitz isn’t interested in dating and prefers the life of a bachelor.

Sarah Stevens is a lonely librarian whose biggest adventure lies inside the cover of the latest book she’s reading. She’s so used to her life that the idea of changing any part of it is physically uncomfortable for her. Still, she’s tired of going home to only her cat. When she gets an email about the Rayne Deer Dating Agency, she accidentally clicks on it instead of deleting it. Boy is she surprised by the men she sees on the page. Their descriptions are even better and one in particular catches her eye.

Can Mrs. C help Sarah and Blitz see that there’s more to life than the work that occupies too much of their time? Can a serial bachelor learn to love a woman who is more comfortable in a book than in reality? Only the Rayne Deer Dating Agency has the answers.

 

S Grim Holiday

I think you might like this book – “A Grim Holiday (Tornians Book 2)” by M.K. Eidem.

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Make sure you read Grim first it’s one of my favorite science fiction romances out there. This holiday book happens a few months after the original book and it’s short and sweet. As his human family tries to bring Christmas to Tornian during festival season. Perfect holiday romance . Lisa

Debbie Mason* Miracle at Christmas

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Celebrate the holidays with USA Today bestselling author Debbie Mason’s heartwarming novella about a town called Christmas.
Charlotte Bailey needs a miracle. She came to this sleepy little Colorado town to keep the local hospital afloat, but now her scrooge of a boss is demanding she close it down. Charlotte is going to need all the help she can get, even from Dr. McSexy–er, Dr. Matt Trainer–if she’s to save Christmas before, well, Christmas!
All Matt wants for Christmas is for Charlotte to give it–and him–half a chance. But with the town looking to him to save the hospital and Charlotte itching to get back to New York in time to see the city decked out in lights, Matt doesn’t have much time to make things right. But he’s got faith–after all, miracles happen every day in Christmas.
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From Net Galley -this book is a part of the Christmas,Colorado series. If you enjoyed the series and miss this series this is the perfect holiday book for you. Full of great characters and second chances for a new couple. So if you are ready for another book set in a charming small town and a women trying to save a hospital and finding love this one is for you. Lisa