As the weather cools and the holidays approach I look forward to treating myself to one or more holiday reads. Today, Donna Schlachter introduces a new holiday anthology and her story A Mistletoe Mystery. Donna is offering a giveaway, so be sure to comment to include your name in the drawing.
Romance, History, and Mystery
By Donna Schlachter
Since this anthology called “Merry Little Mysteries” was meant to be a fun mystery and not too serious, I named my heroine—actually, I have two—Holly and Ivy. Christmas. They own a tree farm. And when their trees are sabotaged, they blame the brothers who live next door and also have a tree farm.
Turns out they have history—from grade school—with these boys. Stolen kisses, it seems. Once I sat to write, their stories came alive for me. And wouldn’t you know it? Each character has hopes and dreams that collide with their sibling’s but matches with another character. The set-up for a Happily Ever After.
What follows is a typical mystery in that the four band together and follow the clues, ask questions, narrow down the list to a few suspects, and trigger a meeting of the bad guys by putting pressure on a weak link.
While they’re doing this, they’re also spending time with each other. Figuring out they like how the other person has turned out. Wonder why they ever stopped talking to each other. And—well—love blossoms, as it should, in any good romantic mystery.
A Sneak Peek:
Holly & Ivy Christmas Tree Farm, Boulder, Colorado
December 3rd, 1883
Holly Christmas froze in her tracks. Not because the temperature hovered around ten degrees—although it did. Not because she’d tromped around her thousand-acre Norway Spruce tree farm for almost three hours—although she had. And not because the sun only now cast a blush on the Rocky Mountains as it peeked over the horizon—although it was.
No, Miss Holly emulated a statue because of what hung from the branches of the prime specimen before her. A tree destined to decorate the grand ballroom of the governor’s mansion in six days’ time. Already paid for. Already marked with a red flag for cutting and shipping tomorrow.
She tore her gaze from that monster of a spruce and scanned the next in line. This one, a foot shorter than its neighbor’s fourteen feet, for the mayor of Kansas City. Again, due for cutting next week.
Holly pushed her spectacles higher on her nose. Didn’t change what she saw.
Her heart pounded in her ears at the sight before her. And at its ramifications.
Dwarf, to be exact, if she knew her botany.
Native to Colorado. Usually found in stands of spruce and pine that suffered from disease, or overpopulation, or overgrowth.
Never in her tree farm.
Not before today, that is.
About A Mistletoe Mystery in “Merry Little Mysteries”:
Boulder Colorado 1883: Two sisters living next door to two brothers. When bad stuff starts happening, who is behind it? If not a neighbor, then who? Can the two ranches, competing in the Christmas Tree Market, cooperate enough to save their land? Or are they doomed to lose all?Can the two ranches, competing in the Christmas Tree Market, cooperate enough to save their land? Or are they doomed to lose all? @DonnaSchlachter #giveaway, #newbook Click To Tweet
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A hybrid author, Donna Schlachter writes squeaky clean historical and contemporary suspense. She has been published more than 50 times in books; is a member of several writers groups; facilitates a critique group; teaches writing classes; ghostwrites; edits; and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, traveling extensively for both, and is an avid oil painter.
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