It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Deadly Christmas Secret

Posted December 16, 2023 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) 2023, Karen Randau, mystery/suspense, romance / 14 Comments


It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Reads 2023

today’s 3rd book: Deadly Christmas Secret

We are continuing this year’s blog series spotlighting (over 70 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is the 7th year for the Christmas Reads Giveaway series, and I think I get more excited about it every year 🙂 Christmas is only NINE days away, according to Google! So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage (wassail anyone?) and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! And no doubt you know the drill by now – there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)

Deadly Christmas Secret by Karen Randau

DEADLY CHRISTMAS SECRET by Karen Randau
SERIES:
Peach Blossom Romantic Suspense #3

GENRE: Romantic Suspense (Christian)
RELEASE DATE: October 10, 2023
PAGES: 220

Step into the Heart of Romance and Suspense in Peach Blossom, Oklahoma!

April Carlston’s dreams faded long ago, and she’s just trying to get through each day on a menial income. Assistant Regional Medical Examiner Ethan Smythe is too focused on his own ambitions to consider romance.

Days before Christmas, a fateful collision forces them into a life-altering encounter. Shocking family secrets lead them on a perilous chase for a ruthless killer. As they delve deeper, an unexpected spark of romance ignites, but their only chance at survival requires them to outsmart the desperate murderer.

Uncover a Deadly Christmas Secret that will thrill and warm your heart. In this inspirational, suspense-filled page-turner, watch as mystery unravels, sparks fly between unlikely allies, and love emerges from the shadows.

Can they conquer the killer and seize an unexpected chance at love? Find out now in this gripping third book in the inspirational Peach Blossom Romantic Suspense Series!

 

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The Best Part About Cookin’ Up Deadly Christmas Secret

by Karen Randau, co-author of Deadly Christmas Secret

Picture this: always dreaming of those big, bustling, happy family holiday get-togethers you see in Hallmark movies, but life hands you a different deck of cards. That’s been my story. But you know what? In the third installment of my Peach Blossom Romantic Suspense series, Deadly Christmas Secret, I got to whip up my own family dreams—even if it’s just a word-picture I painted on my computer screen.

I’ve often yearned for being in the middle of a lively bunch during Christmas—cooking together, sharing laughs, cherishing tender moments, and just soaking in some good, clean fun. Back in the day, I had those moments with two sisters and grandparents close by. But as life unfolded, loved ones scattered, and Christmas got quieter. So, when life didn’t deal me the cards I wanted, I went rogue. After all, being a writer means you can shuffle your cards however you want, right?

Cooking up Deadly Christmas Secret was like hosting a grand holiday feast with the big, tight-knit family I’ve always craved. I crafted this incredible, resilient family that not only enjoys each other’s company but also has each other’s backs. They live out their faith through actions and community service, making them more than just characters—they’re a celebration of togetherness, joy, and the magic that the holidays can bring.

Creating characters that embodied the true spirit of family was therapeutic. I lived vicariously through them, savoring the festive meals, engaging in heart-to-heart talks around the Christmas tree—the whole shebang. Each character became a brushstroke, adding vibrancy to this lively painting of love and connection.

And let’s not forget the holiday magic I sprinkled all over the story—twinkling lights, festive decorations, the aroma of freshly baked cookies—all the good stuff. The Christmas magic in Deadly Christmas Secret sparked forgiveness, not only for some of the characters, but also for themselves. My story highlights that family isn’t just about sharing blood; it’s about choosing to stand by each other when the going gets tough.

When I wrote the final lines, gratitude filled me for the journey these characters took me on. It was like throwing a party where I could rediscover the joy of family living nearby and choosing each other for the holidays. Writing became a celebration of the big, happy family I always craved, and through the characters, I got a taste of that family bliss I missed.

So, the real scoop on writing Deadly Christmas Secret? It wasn’t just about spinning a suspenseful mystery with lots of action and twists. It was about crafting a world where Christmas magic and the love of family united. In the realm of fiction, dreams do come true. For me, sharing the holidays with a big, loving family, who chose to stick together in the same small-town community, made for a satisfying treat.


Karen Randau

Karen Randau is a bestselling, award-winning author of 14 books spanning four series. Her Peach Blossom Romantic Suspense series features action-packed mysteries set in the charming small town of Peach Blossom, Oklahoma, where love blooms amidst secrets, suspense, redemption, thrills, strong family bonds, and second chances. She enjoys a quiet life with her small family in the mountains of Arizona. Connect with her at her website.


Deadly Christmas Secret giveaway

Karen Randau is offering an ebook copy of Deadly Christmas Secret to one of my readers! (Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Deadly Christmas Secret by Karen Randau?

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14 responses to “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Deadly Christmas Secret

  1. I appreciated reading the author’s note about her dream for a big tight-knit family and how this book helped fill that empty spot. Plus, I love how her book wraps around forgiveness.

  2. Kasi Walas

    I’m drawn to ‘Deadly Christmas Secret’ by Karen Randau for its intriguing blend of suspense and holiday drama. The idea of a mystery unfolding during what’s typically a joyous time of year adds a unique twist to the festive season’s narrative. I’m especially curious about how Randau weaves the elements of suspense and surprise into the holiday setting, promising a reading experience that’s both thrilling and seasonally atmospheric. The prospect of uncovering secrets and solving puzzles amidst Christmas cheer is an exciting contrast that makes this book a must-read for me!

  3. Alison Boss

    I so enjoy reading suspense/mystery stories AND Christmas stories, so Deadly Christmas Secret is a win/win for me!! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.

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