A New Christmas Story

by Kassandra Lamb

Marcia invited me to let you know that I have a new Christmas novella out, A Mayfair Christmas Carol. It’s part of my Marcia Banks and Buddy cozy mystery series, and it’s getting good reviews as a fun read. Great for when you need to take a break from holiday preparations!

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A Mayfair Christmas Carol, A Marcia Banks and Buddy Cozy Mystery, #4

A Christmas extravaganza in Mayfair, Florida, complete with an ice skating rink. What could go wrong?

When excavation for the skating rink uncovers a decades-old skeleton, its secrets threaten more than the town’s Christmas plans. Worried about her friends in her adopted town and feeling responsible since the let’s-attract-more-tourists idea was hers initially, dog trainer Marcia Banks is determined to help her police detective boyfriend solve the mystery—whether he wants her help or not. Perhaps she can wheedle more out of the townspeople than he can.

But will she and her Black Lab, Buddy, be able to keep the ghost of Christmas past from destroying what is left of Mayfair’s founding family, or will her meddling make matters worse?



Kassandra Lamb is a retired psychotherapist/college professor turned mystery writer. She spends most of her time with her characters in an alternate universe, the magic portal to which (i.e., her computer) is located in Florida, where her husband and dog catch occasional glimpses of her.

She is the author of the Kate Huntington mystery series, The Kate on Vacation novellas, and the Marcia Banks and Buddy cozy mysteries, plus a guidebook for novice writers, Someday Is Here! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing and Publishing Your First Book.

#Christmas at My House, Continued (Sort of)

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I had actually meant my earlier post to be more about how Christmas inspires me all year, than about my own decorations. (With the exception of Bob & Boberta, which I thought might garner a smile or two.) But for those who were confused, I figured I’d share a  couple photos of actual decorations here.  NOT many. It would be overkill, for sure. But just one or two to give you a wee little hint.

Remember that Santa Collection I mentioned? Well, here’s the Big Daddy of them all, six feet of Jolly Old Elf, pointing with pride at my Santa-covered library tree.


A close up of the Santa tree. (The face ornament is one I painted years ago.)


Some little vintage figurines and mugs in the pass-thru window
from kitchen to library.


Close up of some favorite ornaments on my blue & silver tree.


And a close up of my little Wizard of Oz tree,
just so you know I’m not making that up.


And there you have a TINY teaser for what Christmas looks like at the house of a
bona-fide Christmas fanatic.  Not too many photos, but probably as many as a
normal person can stand! Ho, ho, ho.

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas…

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Merry Christmas, everyone! Thank you all for joining us for the 12 Days Event. It’s been such a wonderful experience, spending the holidays with everyone! It’s been so much fun and it flew by way too quickly!

If you would like to thank the authors who participated in the event, feel free to connect with them on social media and leave reviews on their books after you read them so others know how much you enjoyed them.

Thanks again for joining us, and I hope to see you throughout the upcoming year! Without further ado, so you can get back to spending time with your loved ones, here’s your gift for today. Merry Christmas!

Tonight’s The Night!


Leave a peppermint stick, for ol’ St. Nick, hanging’ on your Christmas tree! Santa Claus is comin’ tonight, and I hope you’ve all been good little boys and girls! Merry Christmas to each and every one of you, and thank you for doing so much to get this new blog off to such a great start! Hope Santa fills your stocking with all your favorite toys!

Merry Christmas!

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas…

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This event flew by so quickly. I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve already. I hope you’ve had a chance to grab all these amazing freebies every day, but the event’s not over yet! Today’s gift is pretty epic, and I think you’re going to love it. Don’t forget, while testing out your new toys tomorrow, to check back when you have a moment to yourself for one final gift.

You can find the link for today’s gift under SHOW MORE on the YouTube video, or you can join us over on the Facebook event page if you have a little time today. I also wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who’s not only joined us, but helped us spread the word. This last eleven days has been wonderful, and I’m grateful I got to spend it all with you!

More Christmas at the House of 1,000 Santas

Okay, for those of you interested in such things…few though you may be…here’s another peek at what a 50-year collection of Santas looks like. Because I didn’t get everything put out this year, thanks to an unrelenting editing deadline, these pictures were taken 3 Christmases (and a dozen or so Santas) ago. Things are pretty much the same, except for a bit less this year, because…as I mentioned…deadline! Hope this puts you in the holiday spirit…or makes you want to avert your eyes. Whichever makes you happier.

A full-length photo of my six-foot tall Santa, with no lights out on the tree this time.


My library tree, with St. Nicholas on top.

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On the Tenth Day of Christmas…

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Eep! Just three days left, counting today. The stockings are hung by the chimneys with care, in hopes that Bat-Santa will stuff them full of ebooks! There have been so many good books during this event, lots of stuff to fill your eReaders with before the holiday break kicks off. I hope you’ve been able to take advantage of as many of these as possible. We’ll be back tomorrow with another video. See you then!

Don’t forget… you can find the link to today’s book, as well as all the social media links to visit the author, in the SHOW MORE section of the video. You’re also welcome to join us over on the official FB event page. The more the merrier, especially during the holidays!

On the Ninth Day of Christmas…

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Wow, I can’t believe this event has been going on for nine days already, and that we’re winding down to the last few days of awesome giveaways. You will definitely want to check out today’s gifts (plural gifts, yay!) You can find out more from Bat-Santa and today’s author.

There’s still time to grab some of the books from earlier in the event, if you haven’t already grabbed them, but you’ll want to hurry. You can find the links for today’s books in the video under Show More, or you can drop by the Facebook Event Page to chat with the author. Thanks for continuing to spend the holiday with us!

Christmas at the House of 1,000 Santas

Since it’s slow this week, due to Christmas being right upon us, I thought I’d share a picture or two, just for fun. The Meara household is famed far and wide–okay, here on our block–for having the biggest collection of Santa’s in the world neighborhood. When this life-sized guy comes out from his regular hiding spot (under our bed), and takes his place beside the Comfy Chair, I know it’s time for the festivities to begin.


Big Santa was given to me several years ago by my daughter, who batted her baby blues at the manager of our local Publix, and persuaded him that having spent all her money on an airplane ticket home for Christmas, she had none left to buy her poor mother a gift. Voila! Instant addition to my collection. (Erin said it was so easy, she thought maybe she’d do all her Christmas shopping that way from then on, but I convinced her that some store managers might expect more than a hearty thank you & a wish for a Merry Christmas.)

Off to visit my son & his family for the afternoon. Will share some more photos tonight, perhaps. (BTW, Santa is obviously letting me know that a string of lights has gone out on the tree. Good thing I have him around.) 🙂