Welcome to December! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We did – and I’m particularly thankful that Chanukah is late this year, which means extra time for gift hunting (and wrapping). But since this is Cyber Monday, I’m using my usual author interview space to let you know about some holiday specific stories! Do you have a new story or book out for the holidays? A favorite read? Please share your seasonal suggestions below!

The wonderful Lois Winston‘s Drop Dead Ornaments, the seventth Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery, is currently available for .99 cents through Dec. 24th. And for anyone who is a Kobo VIP subscriber, Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide, the eighth book in the series, is on sale for 40% off through Dec. 5th. (Click on Lois’s site for more details and additional links!)

Ilene Schneider’s Rabbi Aviva Cohen mysteries include Chanukah Guilt (also on kindle). Her website also features “Why nine candles for Chanukah? Questions you never thought to ask.”

Marty Wingate has a new holiday short story, “Christmas at Greenoak,” available at Amazon, Kobo, and all the usual links.

Edith Maxwell, writing at Maddie Day, has the novella “Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse” inn the collection Christmas Cocoa Murder.

Leigh Perry‘s Skeleton Sid gets all seasonal in his sixth outing, The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking. (Check out the cool video on Leigh’s site, too.)

Donna Andrews‘s spunky protagonist Meg Langslow is back in Owl Be Home for Christmas her 26th cozy mystery outing.

Leslie Budewitz writes “I’m throwing a “Cozy Up to Christmas” party on my Facebook Author page from November 29 through December 15. Join me for guest authors, giveaways, fun chat about the holiday season, and videos of my hometown, the inspiration for Jewel Bay, “Montana’s Christmas Village.” 

Alice Duncan is offering a Christmas romance, called “Christmas Pie” (originally published under her pen name of Emma Craig).

Barb Goffman has had four holiday-themed short stories published. Three of them – “Christmas Surprise,” as well as “The Worst Noel” (originally published in The Gift of Murder) and “Truth and Consequences” (originally published in Mystery Times Ten) can be found in Don’t Get Mad, Get Even. (For more links to Barb’s stories, please see her website.)

Of course, my own A Spell of Murder is now available in trade paperback – and you could pre-order An Incantation of Cats, but that won’t be out until January. Too late for giving, but you could treat yourself!

Do you have a seasonal or holiday favorite? A new book or one you always re-read as the nights grow longer?