Sunday, July 28, 2013

Christmas in July

“Christmas in July” is a term we’ve all heard. From what I’ve read, it started in 1933 in Brevard, North Carolina at a girls’ summer camp. Someone got the idea and it spread. In Australia and New Zealand, people celebrate “an improvised yuletide holiday” in July because, for them, it’s the winter season. Now, retailers use the term as an advertising ploy to entice customers to spend more money.

In the spirit of the "season," I’m offering a paper copy of Unfinished Business, the second novel in my Malone mystery series, to someone who leaves a comment on this post.

The Westwood Strangler is dead. Or so everyone believes.

Ann Kern is busy preparing for her favorite holiday. She’s especially looking forward to her sister’s annual Christmas visit. But, several things threaten to ruin her festive mood.

The National Weather Service issues a severe winter storm warning for the Cincinnati area, predicting blizzard conditions, and Ann worries that her sister and her new boyfriend won’t be able to make the drive from South Carolina. 

Then, a woman is found strangled in Ann’s neighborhood and everyone, including the police, assumes it’s the work of a copycat killer. However, when two more women are murdered in their homes, the police announce their conviction that the Westwood Strangler is responsible.

When Ann hears the news, the sense of safety and security she’s worked so hard to recapture since her attack on Halloween night, shatters. If the intruder who died in her apartment wasn’t the Westwood Strangler, who is? And, who will be the next victim? 

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I'd like to thank everyone who left a comment this week.
I put all the names in a hat and the winner of a signed copy of "Unfinished Business" is Sharon Love Cook. Congratulations, Sharon. I'll be contacting you for your mailing address.  
Unfortunately, there could only be one winner. To those of you who would like to read my book, I hope you'll click on the buy link above to order a copy in paper or Kindle format.