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Friday, December 02, 2011

Mystery At Christmas Time!





High school geometry teacher, Donna Russell likes her life well-ordered and logical, even if it is a tad solitary at times. But when a charming co-worker at the local food bank disappears just before Christmas, Donna is left with more questions than solutions.

After the missing man's neighbor, muscle-bound EMT Sam Holton, volunteers as Donna's crime-fighting sidekick, sparks fly between them. Donna wonders if Sam can be trusted, or if he's trying to throw an unknown into her calculations—and her life.

And when police recover a body from the icy Niagara River, Donna is faced with the most frustrating equation of all: can murder plus mayhem ever equal romance?

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Barbara Early grew up buried in the snowy suburbs of Buffalo, NY, where she developed a love for all things sedentary: reading, writing, classic movies, and Scrabble. She holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, but her penchant for the creative caused her to run away screaming from the pocket-protector set. She taught secondary English and science for several years in a Christian school before home schooling her daughter successfully through high school. Barbara cooks up cozy mysteries with a healthy dose of comedy and sometimes a splash of romance, and was a double finalist in the 2010 ACFW Genesis competition. When not reading or writing, she enjoys cooking, crafts, home-improvement projects, and spending time with her husband and daughter.


Excerpt:

Food pantries are lousy places to meet men.

I slammed another dusty can of sauerkraut into the rough wood shelving to punctuate that thought, enjoying the reverberation through the brick storefront. Don’t get me wrong. That’s not why I volunteered. My days of pining after some testosterone-charged he-god passed a decade or so ago when all my friends married and started having kids. I’d officially become “Aunt Donna,” and I was pretty okay with that.

Most of the time.

I had my friends, my students, and my cat. Only my friends were all busy chauffeuring their kids to basketball practice and dance recitals, my students at the high school drove me up the wall, and my black cat was one of those independent sorts, content stalking birds from the window. He rubbed against my leg twice a day when I filled his food dish, and that was pretty much the extent of my physical contact with other living things.


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9 comments:

Mary Manners said...

Hey, Barbara...it's so great to see you again! I'm getting ready to read your wonderful book, and can't wait to dive in!

Best wishes and God bless.

Barbara Early said...

Mary--

I seem to be getting around this week. Thanks again! Hope you enjoy it.

And thanks, Robin, for inviting me!

Donna B said...

Great story! Nice to learn a little bit more about you, Barbara!

Barbara Early said...

Thanks, Donna--

Nice to see you again too!

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Sure sounds like a good book!

Good luck & God's blessings!
PamT

Barbara Early said...

Thanks, Pam. I hope people like it. Thanks for stopping by--and Merry Christmas!

E.A. West said...

This sounds like a great story! Love the excerpt. The cat reminds me of my own black beastie. A few times a month, he decides it's time to hold the kitty. The rest of the time, his affection is hit or miss. :)

Barbara Early said...

Soot, the rascally cat in the book, was real, and unfortunately no longer with us. I think he showed up in print because I was missing him. :(

We do, however, have a new black kitten this Christmas, and she's been systematically dismantling our tree. She's adorable. But a handful.

I want to see if I can get a picture of her in a Santa hat, but she's just too fast.

Barbara Early said...

Robin--

Thanks again for hosting me!