Author Showcase ~ Murder Fir Christmas by Joyce and Jim Lavene

Murder Fir Christmas
Down the mountain from Sweet Pepper, Tennessee is Christmas Tree Valley, a place filled with hundreds of Christmas tree farms where generations of growers have made people’s lives brighter. Yet even here in this quiet, postcard-perfect corner of the world, darkness and murder can still stalk the night.

Federal Wildlife Agent Bonnie Tuttle has always had a special gift with wild animals. It was one of the reasons she decided to train with the wildlife agency. She’s spent the last ten years in Alabama working, but her mother needs her home and she’s back despite all the bad parts of her life she hoped to leave behind.

Her first day home begins with a fire on the island in Sweet Pepper Lake and the death of Harvey Shelton, the wildlife agent she’s supposed to replace. Bonnie manages to rescue dozens of animals from the fire – including a wolf pup that was shot with the same bullet that killed Harvey.

Now she’s hot on the trail of Harvey’s killer and trying to reintegrate the wolf back into the wild even though he seems to want to stay with her. Yet old memories persist in the small community where she grew up, and the killer now seems to believe that she has what he killed Harvey for. All she has to do is figure out what that is before it’s too late.

Christmas Recipes included!

Release: December 2015
Series: Christmas Tree Valley #1
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: J Lavene

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on December 11 for the chance to win a copy of Murder Fir Christmas. (US entries only, please.) Good luck everyone!

About the author
Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery and urban fantasy fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. Their first mystery novel, Last Dance, won the Master’s Choice Award for best first mystery novel in 1999. Their romance, Flowers in the Night, was nominated for the Frankfurt Book Award in 2000.

They have written and published more than 70 novels that are sold worldwide for Harlequin, Penguin, Amazon, and Simon and Schuster. They have also published hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in Midland, North Carolina with their family and their rescue pets—Rudi, Stan Lee, and Quincy.

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70 responses to “Author Showcase ~ Murder Fir Christmas by Joyce and Jim Lavene

  1. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  2. Valerie Consoer

    This sounds delightful!

  3. This book sounds delightful. Thank you for the giveaway.

  4. Wonderful as are all their books.

  5. I enjoy mysteries set during the Christmas season! Merry Christmas to every one!

  6. Barbara Jones

    I too love a cozy with a Christmas theme! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  7. They write such wonderful books, love all their work. Will definitely miss Joyce’s writing.

  8. I’m a big fan of Sweet Pepper Tennessee and would like to add this book to my collection of Joyce and Jim Lavene books.

  9. Peggy Hyndman

    I would love to add a copy of Murder Fir Christmas to my bookshelf. Thank you for this chance!

  10. I like books with wildlife agents or park rangers as the main character. Thanks for a chance to enter.

  11. Oh how I love, love, love all of the awesome, wonderful, exciting books by Joyce and Jim Lavene! This sounds like another winner!!!!! Any book with a dog or kitty in it is my kind of book! Thank you so much for the chance to win!!!!

  12. I want anything written by the Lavenes.

  13. Barbara Hackel

    I could almost feel the snow falling on my head and hear the animals as I read the excerpt! Makes me want to read more. Thanks Dru for bringing this book to my attention. 🙂 Thanks to the Lavenes for the opportunity to win a copy. All of your books are awesome, and I am sure this one is no exception!

  14. elainehroberson

    I love your books. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of your latest.

  15. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your book.

  16. I love all the books by Joyce and Jim Lavene and can’t wait to read this one.

  17. Would love to win this book, ty for the chance

  18. I love Jim and Joyce Lavene’s talent. This new series is like going home. The twist they have of pulling characters from other series and making a new series is magical.

  19. Great post and thanks for the chance to win.

  20. What a great treat for the Christmas season. I’m sure it would get read and re-read around here. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  21. It sounds like another great book by Jim and Joyce Lavene. Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. I would love a chance to win this book, Big Fan of there Mysteries, Thanks for this awesome chance.

  23. I love the sound of this, thank you for the chance to win it.

  24. I love everything you have written, but a book with a Christmas theme sounds amazing. Thank you for the chance to win. Happy Holidays!

  25. Candy Kennedy

    Would love to win and read this book.

  26. I would like a chance to read. Merry Christmas.

  27. Kristie dilcher

    Would love to win!

  28. I have had the luck to read this book.
    It is great!

  29. Wonderful books and great writers. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway.

  30. Thanks for the chance! Love your work.

  31. I must have this book! It sounds great.

  32. Being from and living in Tennessee this books/series grabbed my attention. I am going to put it on my tbr list for sure. Thanks for the chance to win this one

  33. Vicki Highley

    Thanks for the chance to win a book from a pair of authors

  34. Love the authors – looking forward to reading the first in a new series.

  35. How fun another great series from these great authors. Love all their mysteries. Looking forward to reading this first book in a new series.

  36. I’m looking forward to reading this one and visiting Sweet Pepper again. Prayers for you Jim this holiday season……

  37. Della Williamson

    Teaser looks really interesting. Nice post. Thanks for this chance.
    Heart and prayers are with you.

  38. Love these authors! Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. I love the books from Joyce and Jim Lavene…she will be missed, but in the pages of all her books I will find company. I’ve been loving Christmas-themed books, too Fun!

  40. I love the Sweet Pepper series ! I can’t wait to read this book. I love the way Jim and Joyce write such wonderful stories.

  41. I loved Murder Firefox Christmas. I really liked having the town, and characters from the Fire Brigade series. I adore animals. I hope this is the first of many more. I would love to win the book to share with a friend who also loves Cozy Mysteries.

  42. Kelley Morrow

    Would love to win this and thank you for the chance>

  43. Marysue Rogers

    Would love to win this book. The Lavenes are marvelous story tellers.

  44. Patricia Sarka

    Would love to win a book.

  45. Prentiss Garner

    I would love to read this book.

  46. Sounds like a winner.

  47. I would love to read this book, I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by Jim and Joyce

  48. Thank you Jim for commenting and interacting with my readers.

    Contest is closed.

  49. Patricia Sarka

    Hope I win a book