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:

Clooney said...

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.

Vanessa Morgan said...

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

Karen B said...

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

skkorman said...

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

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

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.

The Island Cats said...

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

Lisa Brown said...

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

Fur Everywhere said...

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

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

Deanna Stevens said...

These books always catch my eye. Would love to read this Christmas story :)
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Georgia and Julie said...

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

Two French Bulldogs said...

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

Fish Crew said...

Love it! ourbutton@yahoo.com

Clickner said...

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.

Trish said...

now in my reading list pwtish171@gmail.com

Debbie Rhoades said...

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

angelhwk68 said...

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

Connie Reynolds said...

Would love to read this book.
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Janel Flynn said...

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

Cat B. said...

Would love this! cebogert@gmail.com

petite said...

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

Anonymous said...

would love to read it

traveler said...

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

Nerissa said...

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

Rita said...

Sounds like a good read.

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Ronna Lord said...

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

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

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!

Unknown said...

I know, it's really hard to share. Especially ones mom.
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Mary Brown said...

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

The Swiss Cats said...

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

Kitty Cat Chronicles said...

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

Carol Summers-Kolber said...

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

Carol Summers-Kolber said...

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

Mama Cat said...

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

meowmeowmans said...

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

Sweet Purrfections said...

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

liz miele said...

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

bookwomen said...

Looks like a fun Holiday Cozy.

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servedogmom said...

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

Sue said...

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

Laura said...

Would love to read this book.

lauraalbert@hotmail.com

oneponychick66 said...

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!!

Kitties Blue said...

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

Michelle F. said...

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

Allison said...
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Allison said...

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

Renee G said...

I have to say that books with recipes are my favorite.
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