SERIES: Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery #1
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Henery Press
RELEASE DATE: January 22, 2019
Empty nester Merry Winters loves three things: Christmas, crafting and her family. To regain purpose and joy, Merry hits the road to a Christmas vendor event with her furry sidekick Ebenezer in her new mobile crafting sleigh, aka an RV.
But it soon turns into the nightmare before Christmas when Merry unwraps her Scrooge of an ex-husband’s body in one of the RV’s compartments. Add to that his missing winning lottery ticket believed to be stashed somewhere in the RV, leading the homicide detective and Merry’s stepdaughter to believe Merry is the one whodunit.
With visions of prison dancing in her head, will Merry be able to solve this Christmas calamity before she’s locked away?
The Crafting Life
by Christina Freeburn
The last few years, I’ve made crafting every week a goal, whether it’s a scrapbook page, the beginning of a crochet project, or starting a sewing project by just picking out a pattern and pining the pieces to fabric…anything as long as it was craft related. I wanted to encourage myself to craft, and share, but not make it an activity that became a stress.
Crafting brings me a lot of joy and helps me to relieve stress. After a stressful year, I had realized that I wasn’t spending much time partaking in my hobby. When I started making sure it was part of my weekly routine, I noticed I felt let stress and anxiousness during the week and crocheting at night was very soothing. There was something about focusing on the stitches that forced all other thoughts out of my head.
I love being able to make items for my family and friends that they can use (blankets, hats, scarfs, decorating t-shirts), decorate their homes with (signs, embellished wine bottles, ornaments), and albums that help else all remember some of our favorite memories. Some of my favorite times of the year is when I’m able to attend crop/scrapbooking retreats and spend the weekend scrapbooking with others who enjoy the process of creating layouts as much as I do.
I find the more I craft, the more projects I want to complete, and the more centered I feel. There is something about creating, whether it’s craft or writing, that fills me with joy.
Christina Freeburn has always loved books. There was nothing better than picking up a story and being transported to another place. The love of reading evolved into the love of writing and she’s been writing since her teenage years. Her first novel was a 2003 Library of Virginia Literary Award nominee. Her mysteries series, Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery and Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mysteries, are a mix of crafty and crime and feature heroines whose crafting time is interrupted by crime solving.
Christina served in the US Army and has also worked as a paralegal, librarian, church secretary, and golf shop pro. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid and allergic to felines.
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Do you like to craft? What type of craft is your favorite to make?
Think I have done just about all crafts and one time or other. I found crochet nerve wracking where others say it’s relaxing. Loved macrame but it got to be too much for my hands. Enjoyed ceramics but moved and no access here to work on now. At present, I enjoy working on creating on the computer from signature tags and such. Recently, I had a dear friend who had some family photos from a reunion. Unfortunately, either her or her husband was taking the shot so they didn’t have a complete photo with both of them in it. I worked with two photos and added the missing one to one of the photographs. It was a challenge but tons of fun. Some may not consider it a craft, but it’s something I do and you end up with an end result that you created so to me that is a craft. 🙂
Thanks for being part of the book tour for “Not a Creature Was Stirring” by Christina Freeburn. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read this book.
I am not a crafter in any way, shape or form. I think just the word gives me hives! Lol But I love crafty things and diy projects. I also love the cover of this book! So cute!! Thank you for the chance to win.
I have left scrapbooking behind to design and make stuff in vinyl! Although I miss scrapbooking and desperately need to spend some time in my albums, making T-shirts is so much fun!