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#FlashbackFriday – Deep Flakes Christmas: A Nisse Visit (Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery Series) by Joy Ann Ribar #Review / #Giveaway

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.


Deep Flakes Christmas: A Nisse Visit
(Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery Series)

Cozy Mystery
Prequel – Holiday
Ten16 Press (October 18, 2020)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 230 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1645381854
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1645381853
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08KW9PX4C

Baker/vintner Frankie Champagne is named coordinator for the Deep Lakes Holiday Festival in the unexpected absences of the town officials. What should be a piece of cake for the confident multi-tasker is a half-baked fiasco when the town is buried by snowstorms, and the official Christmas tree and its delivery truck driver go missing. With the help of an enchanting stranger, can Frankie and her cohorts save the holiday season for everyone?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I read and enjoyed the other books in this series so I had to read this holiday story (Which is a prequel for the entire series.). In this book, Frankie finds herself in charge of the Deep Lakes Holiday Festival. As a native Wisconsinite, I know scheduling any winter event comes with plenty of risks, the biggest one being the weather. You never know what you are going to get blizzards or balmy temperatures. Earlier this week we hit over 50 degrees here and have yet to have any measurable snow. Frankie has the opposite problem when heavy snows put all her festival plans in jeopardy. A special traveler also visits Frankie. Could that visitor help Frankie save Christmas?


Deep Flakes Christmas was a delightful holiday interlude. No murder to upset the festivities but tons of snow and a missing truck driver shake up what should have been a festive time for the town. Frankie does have a few unusual occurrences. First, she finds a cat in the alley almost frozen stiff, then she finds a dog left out in the cold in the alley as well. But the most unusual is a unique tourist who seems to have a hand in several incidents around town.

Reading this after reading the other books did not hinder my enjoyment one bit. It was nice to read the lead-up to what happens in the future stories and it was fun to escape into the bit of magic the story provides. As always the author lets Wisconsin and some of its traditions shine. Be sure you get your Christmas Kringle and all the other holiday wines and treats for sale at Carmen’s Frankie’s Bubble and Bake.

I can remember when Wisconsin received several feet of snow all in a day and the way the community came together to clear and play in the snow. Sometimes the plowed piles almost reached the phone lines. Those were the days before the internet and cell phones when children and even teenagers donned their snow pants and parkas and turned the mountains of snow into playgrounds for sleds and toboggans and played for hours. I was one of those kids! This story gave me the same feelings I felt then and even made me think maybe a Nisse or two played among us.

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Joy Ann Ribar lives in central Wisconsin with her business partner-husband, John. She writes the Deep Lakes Mystery Series, starring baker/vinter and all-around spitfire, Frankie Champagne. Joy’s writing is inspired by Wisconsin’s four distinct seasons and local flavors, which she hopes to promote for all to enjoy.

Joy is a member of Sisters in Crime, Midwest Independent Booksellers, and Wisconsin Writers Association.  She enjoys researching viticulture at area wineries, birding, hiking, and chatting with readers.  Joy and her husband, John, someday plan to sell their house, buy an RV and travel around the U.S. spreading good cheer and hygge! Joy is a little proud to have two bestsellers with Orange Hat Publishing: Deep Dark Secrets (2019) and Deep Bitter Roots (2020), under the Ten16 Press imprint of Orange Hat.

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#Spotlight / #Giveaway – A Merry Christmas Wedding Mystery by Anna Celeste Burke

A Merry Christmas Wedding Mystery, Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Self Published (December 12, 2016)
Paperback: 216 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1540420312
E-Book ASIN: B01MSPA350

A Merry Christmas Wedding Mystery – There’s less than a month to go before Georgie Shaw and Detective Jack Wheeler’s Christmas wedding. With Georgie’s boss “Mad Max” Marley involved, the whole affair becomes much more complicated. Determined to keep the wedding plans from being derailed, Georgie pays Max a visit on the set of Marvelous Marley World’s newest feature film, The Lonely Swan Prince. The sudden disappearance of the movie’s leading lady plunges Georgie and Jack into the middle of a mystery. Where’s the missing diva? If she didn’t vanish on her own accord whodunit and why?

About The Author

Anna Celeste Burke is an award-winning and bestselling author who enjoys snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, & food—California style! Her books include the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery series set on California’s Central Coast, and The Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series set in Orange County, California–the OC. Coming soon: The Misadventures of Betsy Stark that take place in the Coachella Valley.

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Posted in Reviews 2015

Need A Little Christmas – Part 1 – T’is the Season by Sharon Pape

tis the seasonT’is the Season
Holiday Short Stories
Self Published
Release Date – (November 26, 2015)
Print Length: 48 pages
ASIN: B018MV9HYI
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Four holiday short stories – quick reads for the busiest time of year, including a bit of Christmas magic.

Story 1 – The Rebels

Story 2 – The Perfect Gift

Story 3 – Seems Like Old Times

Story 4 – Luke’s Gift

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The Rebels is a bit of a futuristic tale as friends gather for Thanksgiving. I would love to know how the story continues with these characters.

The Perfect Gift is about changes in family dynamics during the holiday season. This was a beautiful story.

Seems Like Old Times shows what happens when an ex comes to the holiday dinner. I thought the story was going one way and it went another.

Luke’s Gift was my favorite of the bunch. A special visitor changes Christmas. This one brought a tear to my eye.

These were short quick reads for me as I am struggling to get into the Christmas spirit this year. Very enjoyable. Wonderfully written.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas
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Find out more about Sharon Pape on her webpage here.



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Review: Christmas in Snowflake Canyon by RaeAnne Thayne

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Christmas in Snowflake Canyon (Hqn)
6th Book in Series
Publisher: Harlequin HQN (October 29, 2013)
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0373778157
E-Book File Size: 516 KB
ASIN: B00DSX0OI4
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Holiday gifts don’t always come in expected packages…especially in the town of Hope’s Crossing.

Genevieve Beaumont is back home after being dealt an ultimatum by her father.

Dylan Caine, a sexy, wounded war vet, is learning to cope after being injured in Afghanistan by a bomb explosion in which some of his friends lost their lives.

A chance meeting in a local bar brings Gen and Dylan together and could change both their lives if they can just realize it.


Dollycas’s Thoughts

I broke my own rule about reading series book in order but I so needed to read a Christmas story and this one just called out to me. In fact once I started reading I couldn’t stop.

As a person with a disability Thane’s stories just hit me right in the heart. All of her characters have their flaws and like Taryn in Woodrose Mountain there are people in this story dealing with physical disabilities. This time it is wounded veterans including Dylan Caine who was wounded in Afghanistan and is struggling with so much.

This story was just what I needed to read. So many characters went through transformations. Not only Gen and Dylan but a wondrous gift was given to a supporting character that brought tears to me eyes. Love can conquer anything and in this story it does. This author is excellent at developing her characters. The emerge and grow at a perfect pace. The reader can feel their struggles and their internal battles to change what they can and accept what they can’t.

While this is a Christmas story, don’t think you need to wait until next year to read it. There is still plenty of blustery weather left for you to curl up with it  this winter or it can help you cool off when the weather is warmer too. It is a feel good story for any time of year.

I understand this may be the last book in this series but because I broke my own rule it will not be my last trip to Hope’s Crossing. I will happily be visiting again soon when I read the stories I skipped. 

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas
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To find more about RaeAnne Thayne and her books visit her webpage here.


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