Thursday, October 1, 2020

Meet The Authors of Mistletoe and Murder – And A Giveaway!


Mistletoe and Murder is almost here! The Christmas suspense collection releases on October 6th.  

When last I posted, I introduced each novella in the collection. Today, I’d like you to meet the authors of Mistletoe and Murder.

I will be giving away 2 ebook copies of Mistletoe and Murder next Tuesday, (Release Day). Just post a comment with your email address and I’ll announce the winners on Tuesday.   

Adam Blumer fixes other people’s books to pay the bills. He writes his own to explore creepy lighthouses and crime scenes. He is the author of four Christian suspense novels: Fatal Illusions, The Tenth Plague, Kill Order, and its sequel, the upcoming Termination Zone.

A print journalism major in college, Adam works full-time from home as a book editor after serving in editorial roles for more than twenty years. Adam is devoted to writing clean novels that are free of profanity, vulgarity, and sexual content.

Liz writes Christian romantic suspense. Her writing weaves intense storylines with love all while drawing the reader to God. Liz’s passion for Christ comes across in her stories. She doesn’t mince words nor does she stay on the surface. The power of God’s grace is deeply entwined in her storylines. Whether the characters are chasing down the bad guy or the bad guy is chasing them, Liz’s stories keep your heart beating fast as you have to turn the page to see what happens next.

Liz is the author of the popular suspense collection, The Detectives of Hazel Hill.

A USA Today bestselling and award-winning author, Vicki Hinze has written over thirty-five books (fiction and nonfiction) and hundreds of articles that have been published in as many as 63 countries. She is also a columnist for the global Social-In Network.

Vicki writes most often in Romantic Suspense, Thrillers with a romantic element, and Military Romance or Military Thrillers for the general market or for the Christian market. She has written series, political thrillers, suspense, paranormal romantic suspense, time-travel suspense, women’s action adventure, thrillers, psycho-thrillers, and contemporary romance with a strong mystery element. All of her books contain elements of suspense, mystery, and romance. She enjoys genre-blending and is known as a trailblazer for doing so.

Vicki is the author of the Behind Closed Doors – Family Secrets series among many others.

Shaen Layle writes inspirational contemporary romance and cozy mystery. Her work often features small towns with a vintage feel and love interests who have history with one another. She enjoys focusing on the restoration that only the true Redeemer can bring to our lives.

Shaen is the co-author of Waves of Doubt and many other stories.

Once upon a time, USA Today best-selling author Loree Lough sang for her supper, performing before packed audiences throughout the U.S. and Canada. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two for the grandorables, but mostly, she writes (and writes). Her stories have earned thousands of 5-star reviews, 100 + industry and Readers’ Choice awards, and 7 book-to-movie options. At last count, nearly 13M copies of Loree’s books were in circulation, and by year-end 2020, she’ll have 123 books on the shelves. She and her husband split their time between their home in Baltimore’s suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, where she continues to hone her “identify the critter tracks” skills. Loree loves hearing from her readers, and answers every letter, personally.

Loree is the author of A Little Child Shall Lead Them series among many other books.

USA Today Bestselling Author Nancy Mehl’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. Nancy welcomes the opportunity to share her faith through her writing. Nancy says, “God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”

Nancy is the author of the popular series, Kaely Quinn Profiler Books among many others.

Since the time she could read Nancy Drew, author Cara Putman has wanted to write mysteries. In 2005 she attended a book signing at her local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, was history. There she met a fellow Indiana writer Colleen Coble. With prompting from her husband, Cara shared her dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, Cara’s been writing award-winning books. She is currently writing book 36 and dreaming up future books, not hard when she sees what-ifs everywhere.

Cara is the author of the Hidden Justice series, among many others.

Lynn Shannon writes novels that combine intriguing mysteries with heartfelt romance. Raised in Texas, she believes pecans and Blue Bell ice cream are must-haves for every household. Lynn lives with her husband, two children, an extremely spoiled dog, and a couple of chirpy lovebirds.

Lynn is the author of the Texas Rangers Hero Books among many others.

Virginia Vaughan is a multi-published author of inspirational romantic suspense. Blessed to come from a large, Southern family, her fondest memories include listening to stories recounted by family and friends around the large dinner table. She was a lover of books from a young age, devouring gothic romance novels and stories of romance, danger, and love. She soon started writing them herself. A former investigator for the State of Mississippi, Virginia utilizes her criminal justice background with her love of writing to transform words into powerful stories of romance and danger.

Virginia is the author of the Cowboy Lawmen series among others.

USA Today Bestselling Author, Mary Alford, loves giving her readers the unexpected, whether it be in a rugged mountain setting or a peaceful Amish community. Her titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestselling List, Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling List, and have been finalists in the Daphne Du Maurier award of excellence, The Beverly, The Maggie, and The Selah Awards. Mary is very active online and would love to connect with readers on Facebook and Twitter or any social platforms. And be sure to look for the next installment of the Bitter Creek Series, A Long Hard Fall, coming soon.

Mary is the author of the Courage Under Fire Series among many others

A Mistletoe and Murder Rafflecopter Share Challenge!

To celebrate the upcoming release of Mistletoe and Murder, enter to win a $50 gift card along with a wealth of books from each author in the Mistletoe and Murder Collection.  The contest ends on October 10th. 

Here is the link to enter: 

Mistletoe and Murder has been a blast to create. We hope you, as the readers, will enjoy it as much as we have.

Silent Night, Deadly Night. Welcome to a Killer Christmas!

Danger and suspense await you this Christmas season in Mistletoe and Murder: A Christmas Suspense Collection featuring 10 individual novellas of suspense from some of today’s most talented Christian Suspense authors.

Come with us on a heart-racing journey through the holidays as USA Today, Christian Booksellers Association, and ECPA Bestselling authors Mary Alford, Adam Blumer, Liz Bradford, Vicki Hinze, Shaen Layle, Loree Lough, Nancy Mehl, Cara Putman, Lynn Shannon, and Virginia Vaughan, weave tales of suspense that will have you flipping pages well into the new year.


Blessings always,

Mary Alford



  1. Congratulations on the upcoming release!!

    eclitton at gmail dot com

  2. Looking forward to reading Mistletoe and Murder!

  3. Great authors! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

  4. This sounds like a great collection! Can't wait to read it!


  5. I love all of these authors, & love Christmas stories (year 'round!) Thanks for an opportunity to win! Badawson16 at aol cot com

  6. I am so excited about the release of Mistletoe and Murder! Congratulations, authors, I am sure these stories will be winners!
    ReadingMama922 at gmail dot com

  7. Congrats on the upcoming release! I can't wait to read them!

  8. And the winners are....Joan A and ReadingMamma922. Ladies, I will be sending those eBooks out shortly. Thank you all for making our release a special one.