Christmas Crazy is a real element of the season at our house. I used to think that it was just a one-time thing, but turns out, nope. That’s just life around here! I got started with the online shopping early, knowing we had a short time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But family stayed over Thanksgiving until the 5th, delaying decorating.
However, hubby is finishing putting up the Christmas village as we speak and things are starting to feel a bit more seasonal. I still manage to convince him to wrestle in the largest real tree that will fit in the house each year, although sadly the twelve-footer I fell in love with falls into the won’t-fit category. Here’s a picture of the one I settled for.
I love everything about the season—the decorating, the music, the cooking (well, sorta!), and especially the presents. Best of all is filling our large old Victorian home with family. Twenty-three of us will have it bursting at the seams!
And to make the Christmas season just a little more hectic, for the third year running I’ve had a December release. That, at least, isn’t my doing. But it does make things a bit of a rush! DOWN THE DARKEST ROAD, book two in the US Deputy Marshal Cady Maddix mysteries, released on December 10.
An obsessive killer, a witness with secrets, and a deputy US marshal with her own dark demons collide in this gripping mystery from the bestselling author of Cold Dark Places.
Dylan was only a child when he and his friend stumbled onto a crime scene deep in the woods. His friend was killed that night. And Bruce Forrester, the man who had chased the boys in the woods, disappeared. But he’s never stopped looking for the only living witness. Ever since, Dylan and his family have been on the run.
Deputy US Marshal Cady Maddix knows what it’s like to be haunted by a traumatizing childhood. She’s determined to track Forrester down and give Dylan the peace of mind he deserves. Only the more Cady delves into the case, the more pieces of a strange puzzle emerge—about Forrester, Dylan, and Cady’s own inescapable demons.
As Cady grows closer to separating the truth from the lies, someone is determined to stop her at all costs. And the consequences of putting the past to rest could prove deadly.
I left out one of the absolutely best things about the season—and that’s books! Finding a few minutes to curl up with one of the month’s offerings is my favorite stolen time during a very busy season.
What’s your favorite part of the holiday season?