All I Want for Christmas is…

The Cop Who Stole ChristmasWINNERS!  WINNERS!  The lucky winners from last week’s blog with Ruthie Knox are: Karen Kline, Kathleen O., Becka Lynn, Sarah S., and brandi_75904!  Email me at: christie (@) christie-craig.com with your preference of Amazon or B&N for your e-books.  Congrats!

Ho, Ho, Ho!

You know you gotta be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.  Such is the case for Savanna Edwards in my latest book, The Cop Who Stole Christmas.  What did she want?  Her ex dead, with a ribbon tied around his pecker.”  Yes, I know that sounds kind of harsh, but in all honesty, she didn’t really want that.  She was just slightly perturbed—okay she was downright fracking furious—when she made that statement in a crowded restaurant in front of a bunch of people.

santaShe had a good reason to be pissed.  That morning, Santa had stolen her car.  Well, he didn’t actually steal it . . . The red-suited, unsaintly character connected it up to his wrecker and merrily drove off with it in the cold December morning.  But she can’t really be miffed at the jolly ol’ soul, he was just doing his job.  You see, Savanna’s ex-husband, the cheating louse of a man, used the car’s title to get a loan with Title Mama.  Then he didn’t pay back that loan, nor did he tell Savanna he’d used her car as collateral, and it didn’t even matter to him that she got the car in the divorce.  And there’s not a dang thing she can do about it but stand there and watch him take it.  Making matters worse, she’s wearing a smurf-blue facial mask, her hair piled high on her head congealed with a glop of moisturizing mayonnaise, and nothing but her pink fuzzy house robe to keep her warm.

So, yes, she’s in a pissy mood later that day, and she mouths off about wanting her ex whacked and ribboned.  She honestly doesn’t expect anyone to do it.  She certainly doesn’t entertain the thought of doing it herself.  Heck, getting anywhere close to her ex’s pecker is the last thing she wants—especially after she caught him cheating.  And by caught, I don’t mean she found some lipstick on his collar.  I mean she found him and the other woman making whoopee . . . in Savanna’s bed.  Oh, it also happened to be the same day her mother died from cancer.  So yeah, losing your mother and your marriage in the span of only a couple of hours makes for a bad, bad day.  And even though it’s been over a year, she still holds a grudge against the man.  Just not enough of a grudge to actually kill him.  But when she trips over him in the middle of her kitchen floor—dead, naked, and ribboned—the question is:  Who did it?  It had to be someone who heard her Christmas wish, but . . .  who?  Most of the people around the restaurant are her friends.  And holy hell, why would one of them whack him in her kitchen?

The local cops want to know.  Savanna wants to know.  And so does Mark Donaldson—Savanna’s neighbor—who just happens to be a hot homicide detective from another precinct.  After all, it was Mark who Savanna ran to after finding the body.  He’s had her on his radar since he moved in months ago, but he has this rule about neighbors: Look.  Don’t touch.

Problem is, he gets pulled in.  Pulled into the mystery, into her eyes, into her smiles.  As for touching her, well, what good are rules, if you don’t break them?  Besides, it’s Christmas, and in spite of a problematic murder to solve, there’s just something magical about the season.  But is it enough magic for two people, both burned by love, to learn to trust again? 

I have to tell you, I’m a firm believer in the magic of the season.  And a believer in giving love another chance.  I’m one of those second chancers who found love again after it left me on curb the first time.  Mr. Craig, with all his quirky flaws, convinced me to give love another shot.

forgivenessSo . . . since it’s already the season, I’ll ask you the question—and answer with caution of course—what would you like for Christmas?  I’m pushing for a couple of rocking chairs for my front porch.  However, since we all know it’s more fun to give than receive, also tell me what gift are you the most excited about giving?  For me, I’m thinking of getting my granddaughter a Kindle Fire.  And this week, one person will win a $50 Visa gift card to help buy someone a special gift.  And . . . one person will win an e-copy of The Cop Who Stole Christmas, and . . . (yes, there is more) one person will also win an ARC of Texas Hold ‘Em.  That’s right, I’ve finally got ARCs of Austin’s story, which is set to release January 28th, so make sure you leave a comment.   

texasholdem_cover (2)And . . . hey guys, make sure you have a Merry Christmas.  Thank you for stopping by.

P.S. For more Christmas cheer, I’ll be on Sue Grimshaw’s blog tomorrow, November 27th, talking about some fun stuff, including why Smurfs seem to always pop up in my stories.  I’ll be giving away a $25 gift card so you might want to stop by! www.romanceatrandom.com

P.P.S. Don’t forget to check out the Montgomery County Library Festival’s online auction!  I’ve donated baskets with wine, Shadow Falls wine glasses, a Shadow Falls T-shirt, chocolate, a pizza cutter, and six autographed copies of Christie Craig books.  Plus, an ARC of Texas Hold ‘Em.  So go put in your bid.  It’s easy, just go to: https://www.32auctions.com/login  to register and then you can bid at: www.32auctions.com/mocobookfest

And remember the money goes to Montgomery County Library to help support their book festival, so it’s for a great cause!

50 thoughts on “All I Want for Christmas is…

  1. Since my husband and I just purchased a new home in Houston, I’m pretty excited about getting new furniture for the new house for Christmas. But the gift I’m most excited about giving is all of the gifts I’ll be sending to the newest addition to my family my niece Gracie Marie! She’s only going to be about 2 mos old at Christmas!

  2. Thank you so much for picking me as one of the lucky winners from the Ruthie Knox blog…
    As for what I would like for Christmas this year is for all my family to be together. The last few years we have gone through some big changes and there has been more than the usual tension. So a nice family Christmas is what I wish for.

  3. This is easy i want to be able to give my kids what they want which is to see grandma… she has cancer and though she is fighting it this cancer has a 3% survial rating…as for what i can not wait to give i bought my babys this book that i love when i was learning to read called six by scuess love it!!!!!

    Julie Schreck.

  4. All I want for Christmas is for my baby who is now nearly four to have a fab first Christmas now that she understands it all this time she’s my world. And money towards my shopping trip over the sea to New York 🙂

  5. This year( and every year) I just want gift certificates to get books. As for giving a gift I think I am most excited to give my children a Christmas where their dads home this is the second consecutive Christmas with their Dad not being deployed and I am excited!

  6. I would just like to have a peaceful time at home once the kids are on break. So I would like amazon gift cards for my kindle and I’ll give my son a card for his kindle fire. This way it will be a fun and peaceful holiday.

  7. The gift I’m excited about giving and receiving is the same. We are redoing our bathroom as our present to each other. Goodbye gym locker room floor, hello spa!

  8. I really need a new Nook. I have a simple reader and while it still works ( my beagle has used it ad a chew toy several times) it is getting ratty and is NOT useful in the dark. I lost track of the number of e-book lights I have purchased as a special treat for Charlie ( yes, the beagle) apparently he is trying to eat “light” this year… Groan, yes… Bad pun! Anyway, my nook had managed to download The Cop who Stole Christmas. So I won’t toss it in the trash just yet… Lol BTW Christie, I am almost done and once again… You ROCK! I especially love the kitty running off with the Red Bow. Lol – such visuals… Hee hee. Happy Thanksgiving.

  9. We’re sending ourselves to Cuba as an early Christmas present, myself, hubby, and 2 kids 🙂 We all need some hot sun and r & r!! I’ve picked up The Cop Who Stole Christmas already but count me in for the other draws! I’m really looking forward to reading it!

  10. I’d like a new clothes dryer for Christmas. I’d even be happy with an old used one if it works. I can’t use the one I have because it fries the fuse box every time. And I can’t afford having the electrician come out again. Especially after having to replace the furnace last month.

  11. I like to give people the gift of my time. I’ve been volunteering for a small business incubator for minorities here in sf and spend my time packaging food for holiday sale and will help out selling at fair next month. I love getting people to sample sweets.

    My most wanted xmas pressie is a kindle paperwhite to make it easier for me to read e-books instead of having it in a tiny cellphone screen.

  12. All I would like is to see and talk to my kids and grandkids in calif and be able to stay somewhere there in calif . My grandkids dont live with their mom in fact they are split apart which just is sad and to take the oldest to see her brother she has such problems after but i am hoping that by April my husband will be back to work and i will be well enough to travel and afford the trip car and hotel and see them all as it has been a few years since i have been able to fly from iowa to calif . My youngest his b’day is tomorrow so i am hoping he will ans my call. I am happy here with my husband and dogs but being away from your kids can be so hard .

  13. First, just finished Gotcha and loved it. Definitely want to read The Cop who stole Christmas. My wish for Christmas would be good health for my family and friends, more happy times and less stress for everyone. I have what I need, and what I don’t, I’ll make it work some how.
    Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to all

  14. All I really want for Christmas is to spend time with my family and see that they have a good Christmas. Congrats on your new book! I can’t wait to read it. It sounds awesome. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  15. I’m taking my sixteen-year-old granddaughter skiing over Christmas break. It will be the first white Christmas for both of us. I can’t wait.

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  16. Hi Christie, 🙂

    I agree with you that this Christmas/holiday season has a magic all of its own. I’m looking forward to reading the Cop Who Stole Christmas, this sounds like one of your funniest books yet! I’ve been on a diet and have to avoid all of the holiday goodies, so I think treating myself to your book is a good reward for not giving in to Christmas cookies and everything else. I’ve lost 103lbs so far.

    The gift I always look forward to giving is taking my Mom to the bookstore for Christmas. We do this every year at the holiday time, both of us are big readers. Mom is a very eclectic reader, I never know what she will pick out, we have very different taste in books. But taking Mom to buy books is fun, she finds books to enjoy through the holidays and even a bit beyond that (she is a fast reader though!).

    Wishing you and your family a VERY Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season. And a BIG Congratulations on the NEW Book!

    🙂 Abigail

  17. This year has been a rough one so I’m just hoping I have some extra cash on my next paycheck to buy some presents. This is the first holiday season without my grandma so it will definitely be different. Hoping my family will be able to make it in.
    Happy Thanksgiving y’all 🙂

  18. Hmmmm…most excited gift to be giving is probably anything I buy the nieces and nephews. I love seeing their faces light up when they like their gifts. For the adults this year we are doing a 50$ Pollyanna and I pulled my sister Lynn who wants a card game called Cards Against Humanity. If you haven’t seen it or heard of it look it up! Funniest adult game ever!!! Love your books Christie!

  19. Christie! OMG my Mom and I have the release date for your new book marked on both of our calendars. We are addicted! 🙂 For Christmas, all I can ask for is a good meal surrounded by great people, and it’s going to happen so all of my wishes have come true! 🙂 Happy holidays to you.

  20. Flannel sheets, a t-shirt that says “I’ve never been cool” a n
    ew long sleeved black t- shirt. That’s about a
    ll I can think of…

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    • I am getting so excited too. I can’t wait to see how many bags that is collected. And to let you all know I am bring bags too. I just can’t keep up with the bags that everyone saves for me. So I have a bag started for the bags I don’t want to use. See you all again in a few days. Jennifer

  21. I got my husband a ps3. Yea, it sounds kiddish, but he loves that stuff and wanted one. He doesn’t play them non-stop, he’d rather be working around outside or snowboarding or cross country skiing, but he likes to relax sometimes ad playing games is his kind or relax! As for me, i’d love a new camera or a Kindle Fire myself. But all I can really ask for is an awesome holiday with my husband and my kitty in snowy Alaska. We are away from all of our family, but we have each other to love, and of course there is always Skype!

  22. This Christmas will be away from family. Working all through Christmas & New Years. My wish is for all others who will be away from others to still try to enjoy the holidays. Remember all the men & women in the service who give up s lot more than me

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  23. Well, most of the gifts I’m giving are handmade crochet gifts. I think I’m most excited to be giving my mom the slippers I crocheted for her because she’s always so excited to get slippers for her cold feet. I always love to see how happy someone is to get something I’ve made for them. It makes me happy to see they’re appreciated.

  24. I am having problems coming up with the perfect gift for my two teenage boys who everything, but I hope to come up with something they want, but don’t know they want. I have tried to do that every year and usually I have succeeded. I want lots of Amazon gift cards so I can get more books for my Kindle, but I am most interested to see what my sons pick out for me.

  25. for family and friends, I give gift certificates to independent bookstores. I give myself the gift of books too! And I make many of my charitable contributions this time of year; that gives me a lot of pleasure.

  26. Thank you everyone who took the time to post. I’m thrilled you are enjoying The Cop Who Stole Christmas. It really was a fun book to write. One of those that just poured out of me. Good luck to everyone.

    Merry Christmas…

    CC

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