Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekend Cat Sitting & Christmas Cozy Review/Giveaway

Truffles: Thought you all might like to hear about how Mommy spent her weekend. Cheating on me with this:


Mommy: Sweetie, that's our neighbor T-Two. She's only 8 months old and her Mom had to go away this weekend. Taking care of her was hardly cheating on you.

Truffles: Call it whatever you want. You still spent precious time with her that you could have been spending with me.

Melissa: (Now probably wouldn't be the best time to tell her that I'm going to be cat sitting for 2 weeks in February, would it?) Well, while you pout I'm going to review and give away a book, okay?

Truffles: Hmmph.



Blurb: Christmas in Aston Falls is always a magical time of year. The first big snow has arrived, the tree in the town square has been decorated, the window displays completed, and Hometown Christmas is just around the corner. Zoe finds herself knee deep in holiday shopping and Children's wishes as she and Zak play host to nine year old Scooter Sherwood and his friend Alex. Although a bit hectic, the magic of Christmas is in full bloom and things couldn't be more perfect until Zoe finds the body of history teacher Holly Jolly in the Ashton Falls High School Christmas Tree lot.

Tortie Shorties
Book reviews that are short and sweet...just like Truffles!

In this 11th Zoe Donovan mystery, Zoe is helping her friend Levi, the football coach, at the Ashton Falls High School Christmas Tree lot. Holly Jolly, history teacher and staff adviser for the school newspaper, plans to do a full-page spread on the tree lot, and ends up getting murdered there in the process. To make matters worse, it looks like someone is trying to frame Levi for the crime! Once again Zoe has to add sleuthing to her already busy schedule, while also welcoming two children to her home that need a place during the holidays.

Two characters made this book extra special to me. First, the victim, Holly Jolly. A caring and friendly lady everyone seems to know and love, but yet no one really "knows" anything about her. It's not until after she's dead that people start to realize how reclusive and alone she really was. How many of us know people like that in our own lives, people we take for granted until they're gone? I also adored Alex, a 9-year old wise beyond her years, She ends up stealing Zoe's heart and through her discovery of a diary in the attic we are able to learn more about the history of Ashton Falls. It's especially sweet when she lets her guard down and allows herself to be a child and find delight in the magic of Christmas.

If you enjoy quick reads during the holiday season, make plans to curl up by the tree with a mug of cocoa and your Kindle loaded with Christmas Cozy. It's a magical story you won't soon forget.

Giveaway: Kathi is generously offering a Christmas Cozy paperback and mug for a US winner, or a Kindle copy of the book and a $15 Amazon gift card for a non-US winner. Simply leave a comment below with your email address by noon eastern on Friday, November 28th.

46 comments:

  1. T-Two is a cutie but we bet your Mom was happy to get back to cuddling with you, Truffles. Great review, sounds like a lovely story.

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  2. Cheating should be allowed if the cat is that beautiful ;-)

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  3. I'd love to come over and cuddle those beautiful cats! My lap is big enough for both. I haven't read any of this series but that needs to change.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  4. I would love to read this book—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  5. Truffles, you need to cut mom a little slack about cat sitting. What a cute kitten, but not as cute as you are of course. That book looks like a nice little read to relax after Christmas shopping.

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  6. Just remember, Truffles, your mom came home to you! But she does owe you extra pets and play time. :)

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  7. Looks great, thank you for the chance :)
    jslbrown2009(at)aol(dot)com

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  8. Truffles, elicit some extra pets from your mommy. :)

    Sounds like a good book! I'm pretty sure you already have my e-mail :)

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  9. These books always catch my eye. Would love to read this Christmas story :)
    dkstevensne AT outlook DOTCom

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  10. Truffles, we are sure your Mom will always consider you #1 !
    The book sounds like a good read :)
    dragonmalyx AT hotmailDOT com
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

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  11. She is nothing but a cheater alright and don't let her forget it
    Lily & Edward

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  12. Sounds like a great book. I babysat for a boxer/mix named Sasha for someone and ended up adopting her. I had a German Shepherd named Sasha at the time. So we ended up with two Sashas. They became pretty good friends.

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  13. now in my reading list pwtish171@gmail.com

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  14. it sounds like a marvelous book! ReadingMama922@gmail.com

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  15. Love Kathi Daley, thanks for the chance! angelhwk68@yahoo.com.

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  16. Would love to read this book.
    Cjreynolds @gmail.com

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  17. My kitties get jealous of me petting an other animal. Hope I can win. Thank you. Lady.janel@hotmail.com

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  18. Would love this! cebogert@gmail.com

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  19. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  20. the kitties are so special. Love to read this book. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Sounds like a wonderful Christmas mystery, for sure.

    Purrs,
    Nissy

    PS. Yeah, I'd keep quiet 'bout that February thing for a bit, I think. purrs

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  22. Sounds like a good read.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  23. Always fun to read CHRISTMAS books at this time of year. Hope the snow stays in the story though! Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

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  24. Truffles that sweet kitty was lucky to have your Mom watch over her. My friend loved the book! She wanted me to let you know she really enjoyed it!

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  25. I know, it's really hard to share. Especially ones mom.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  26. Thanks for the chance to win. Love your website. mbrown0813@wowway.com

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  27. T-Two is cute, but not as cute as you are Truffles ! Purrs

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  28. T-Two is super cute! Don't worry Truffles, we know your mommy would never cheat on you!

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  29. A coffee mug, a cat and a cozy is a perfect holiday go together.

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  30. A coffee mug, a cat and a cozy is a perfect holiday go together. newbride@comcast.net

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  31. Will keep your secret from Truffles! Would love to win the coffee mug and a new Kathi cozy! And am glad to be introduced to your web page so I can follow in the future! My kitties enjoy joining me when I'm reading! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  32. Don't worry, Truffles. Your Mommy loves you SO much. FACT!

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  33. T-Two is beautiful! (That was Mom Paula talking - she has a thing for Persians).

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  34. I plan to read this on auto train to Florida for Christmas vacation!

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  35. Looks like a fun Holiday Cozy.

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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  36. Truffles, my daughters think you are one beautiful cat. They can tell you are loved and well cared for. Kathy Daley is one of my favorite authors and I love reading books that relate to the season, especially cozy mysteries. servedogmom@yahoo.com

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  37. Truffles, my kitties understand completely---they advise that you ignore your mom for a couple days to punish her and make her feel guilty.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  38. Would love to read this book.

    lauraalbert@hotmail.com

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  39. Great GIVEAWAY. Hope I win.I had to have emergency eye surgery and it's not bad enough I am in pain but have 2 very black eyes. I am a raccoon for Thanksgiving!!

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  40. Truffles, we think you could use that betrayal to your best interest to demand extra treats.
    e-mail: janet.blue@thecatonmyhead.com.
    XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  41. Sounds like a good book. I always enjoy Christmas cozies and ones with animals.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. Mom and I would love to read this. Thanks. mackisa at gmail dot com

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  44. I have to say that books with recipes are my favorite.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

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