Everybody loves Christmas … and mysteries. And now the two of them have been combined. We hope you’ll enjoy this fun little project revisiting the Christmas Cookies CD. — Joe Bonsall, The Oak Ridge Boys
Christmas is magical and includes many traditions like decorating the tree, giving gifts, baking cookies … and murder and mayhem?!?! Join in the fun this season and create a new holiday tradition with mysteries from more than a baker’s dozen of award winning authors—all inspired by the songs of The Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas Cookies CD.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing—Patricia Bradley Ollie Bramlett—Joseph S. Bonsall From Love to Love—Lisa Preston Away in a Manger —Beth Pugh Aunt Elvira’s Jewels (aka Hay Baby)—D. L. Havlin Little Annie’s Christmas Wish—Christine Clemetson I’ll be Home for Christmas—Don Bruns Blessed Be the Day of Our Savior’s Birth—Kathy Harris Jingle Bells Murder All the Way—Kelly Irvin Ordinary Days—Delores Topliff Uncle Luther Made the Stuffing—Vanessa M. Knight Back to Tennessee—Danielle M Haas The Warmest Night of the Year—Kaye D. Schmitz O, Come All Ye Faithful— M.M. Chouinard O Come All Ye Faithful (Reprise)—Mindy Steele
Andrzej Kaminski—Ski to his friends—has always wanted to be a doctor. At least that’s what his father tells him. Ski’s not so sure. With medical school no longer a foregone conclusion, Ski suddenly has no purpose, no direction. He has no idea what he wants to do—football and wrestling don’t count.
Samantha Thunder’s life is overflowing with two-by-fours and sacks of mortar. She doesn’t have time for romance, especially pretty frat-boys with dreamy pecs. She needs to run the family construction business, whether she likes it or not—which means staying far, far away from big, muscled distractions.
Unfortunately, she can’t stay far, far away, no matter how hard she tries. This summer, Samantha is managing the renovation of the Phi Rho fraternity house on the Ritter University campus, and Ski is babysitting the house while he pretends to take some summer classes.
The pressure is on for both of them to make some major decisions—about their future, and about each other. Walking away may be the best answer.
Egged house, keyed cars, and lawsuits all behind her, Karina Wolfe needs to bury her past deep beneath the skeletons in her closet. No one can ever find out what she did. No one.
Her freshman year at Ritter University is the perfect opportunity to re-invent a better, shinier, more responsible Karina. Her goal? Keep her head down and stay away from the thing that screwed up her life in the first place—guys. It shouldn’t be that hard, in theory. If only Ryan Kent wasn’t so darn gorgeous.
Ryan Kent is the poster child for responsibility. He’s always done what’s expected of him. He didn’t have much choice. But now that his mother’s cancer is under control, he finally feels free. Almost. If he could only convince his dad to trust him to make his own choices, life would be good. If he could get Karina to take a chance on him, life would be perfect.
Ryan doesn’t know what Karina did before they met. Karina doesn’t know how to protect Ryan. When taking chances collide with trust, can what happens in college endure, or will it stay in college?
As long as Nica Bradley can remember, she has relied on her grandmother. So after an epic meltdown at college crushes her dream of becoming a graphic designer, her car naturally heads back home. With the holidays around the corner, a little Christmas cheer is just what she needs to gain new perspective. Instead, she returns home to find her grandmother has given away her bedroom to a hot, annoying Latin-truder. She’s torn between wanting to kick the man out of her bed or join him.
Cruz Lazaro loves living with Lori Bradley and her grandson… until her quirky granddaughter comes home for winter break and disrupts everything. She’s bossy and demanding. And considerate and kind. She’s everything he’s looking for— too bad he’s not looking.
They’re a disaster waiting to happen. But maybe a little disaster is just what they need to get their lives back on track.
Megan Stewart has always been the good girl, living her life imprisoned by others’ expectations, always doing what she’s told, waiting for her life to begin. Going to Ritter University is her chance to break away. Her new beginning. To finally get the life she wants. But somehow she’s falling into the same patterns, the same habits. She never takes a chance. Never takes a risk …until Danny.
Danny Jones is the kind of guy every parent fears— tattoos and all kinds of sex appeal, wrapped up in trouble. No one knows the things he’s seen, the things he’s done. They haven’t lived through the shit he’s lived through or earned the scars he has to show for it. No one knows, because he’s never had the time or the desire to let anyone in…until Megan.
They are all wrong for each other, but they can’t stop themselves from rushing in.
Savannah Whitley’s pastor father did his best to shelter her from all the evils of the world on their family farm, but that wasn’t enough to keep her safe or make it any easier to carry her pain and guilt in silence for most of her life. Everything changes when she meets Joe—he’s her dream come true and the love of her life.
Joe Kaminski has lost everyone he loves–his parents, his friends, and his belief in himself. All he has left is college and the best thing that’s ever happened to him… Savannah. Despite the happiness he finds with her, Joe can’t stop drowning in the sorrows of his past and the troubles in the present. Will his love for Savannah be enough to drag him out of the bottle before he loses her forever?
Savannah’s been sheltered from almost everything. Joe doesn’t know what shelter even means. Together they don’t make sense… but they can’t bear to be apart.
Parker Breckinridge, a sophomore in college, is working hard to create her own identity apart from her wealthy family. With her online cosmetic business, she hopes to someday soon escape the receiving end of constant disappointment and drama from her parents.
Cade Adler doesn’t do relationships—especially ones that include uptight princesses. Been there. Done that. Destroyed the T-shirt. Not that it matters. As a full-time police officer and student, he doesn’t have time for women anyway.
A misunderstanding with an overzealous campus cop drops Parker directly in Cade’s path, both on a personal and professional level. When outside forces threaten their newly found love and happiness, Parker and Cade must decide if they can work together to pass this test or accept their love is destined to fail.
Brice Coleman’s life is falling apart. Her formerly happy home is now occupied by her ex-husband and his new wife, Sugar, and no, Brice doesn’t want to talk about it. Any of it. Asking her parents for help is out of the question, and she and her son Connor have to find someplace to live before they end up on the street.
Luckily, Brice’s grandmother needs help running Camp Falling Pines—which includes the use of a cabin for the summer. It’s the perfect escape plan, if only it didn’t land Brice face-to-face with the first man who ever shredded her heart. They had their chance at a relationship long ago. It didn’t work then, and it won’t work now. Or at least that’s what Brice keeps telling herself.
Jason Rowe bolts from his lucrative ulcer-inducing law career on Chicago’s Gold Coast to help save Camp Falling Pines, his one childhood refuge from his perpetually disappointed parents. With every nail he hammers and every board he cuts, he misses his old life less and less—despite his mother’s daily doses of guilt. He has no regrets…except for Brice.
Every man dreams of the one that got away, and now she’s standing in front of him, looking better than ever. Jason can’t walk away, even though he knows he should run before Brice does—and she will run, once his past catches up to both of them.