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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Cline Barton

Veronica’s #WritersDiary, Happy #Halloween #Reads!

Trick or treat, finally! One of the first big celebrations to kick off the #holiday season is almost here–Happy #Halloween Eve! As you’re reading this I’m off to Dallas, TX for the Bouchercon2019 mystery conference–I can’t wait to see what happens there on the opening day, LOL. For this scary eve blog post, I thought what better way to bring in the hallowed night than to #read a bone shaking story… In honor of the spooky season, here are a few of the great #chilling #horror #paranormal #skincrawling #witchy #WaroftheWorlds #chocolate (hey, it’s a perfect time for a candy #mystery!) #books from the #writers of Twitter I’ve had the pleasure (and goosebumps, sprinkled with a few chuckles) to #read this past year. I think they may just get your heart pumping as you carve up those pumpkins and sip your brew 🙂 !

The #writers of Twitter have a treasure trove of great reads for any #season, check them out in the #WritingCommunity. Have a fabulous #Halloween, Boos! It’s Wednesday, time for #DearDiary:

Mistletoe and Mayhem promo

Closer and closer!

Just a few more weeks ’til the premiere of Mistletoe and Mayhem, Yuletide at Castlewood Manor! While I wait, I wanted to give another shoutout and thank you to some key people who made it all happen for me with the editing and proofing for this latest adventure. A well edited/proofed manuscript is well worth it #writers! Check out their services here:

Author/Editor Theresa Snyder

Wordrefiner extraordinaire, Mark Schultz

go away reading

It’s #Christmas sizzle and cozy holiday fun this week from the #writers of Twitter…

Author Sue-Ellen Welfonder, Once Upon a Highland Christmas, 5 STARS

Sorrow and despair have brought the Yuletide festivities at Duncreag Castle to a standstill this year. MacNab clan chieftain, Archibald, “Archie”, has declared that no festivities are to be held, his grief for the horrible warring and devastating blows to his clan have proven to be too much for him, crushing his celebrating spirit. Irish lass Breena O’Doherty, torn from her homelands, now views Duncreag as her home, her esteem for Archie held close and dear to her heart. She wants this season to be a happy one for him, but she can’t do it alone. Grim Mackintosh, the captain of the guard at Duncreag, is determined for his laird to have a festive season too. He and Breena form an alliance to try and make it happen, but will their efforts prove to be futile?

Grim and Breena travel the countryside, encouraging their neighboring clans to come to Duncreag in an attempt to cheer their beloved chieftain. Their love for one another explodes in passion as they take their vows of eternal love. Their young bond strong, can they convince the clans to unite?

The spirit of the season is in the air, proving hope and joy of the Yuletide is eternal in this festive tale. A surprise visit from an uncle Breena thought had passed threatens conflict and disruption to the festivities. Will his presence and shocking secrets douse the flames of Breena and Grim’s union and sabotage their new found commitment? Or will the cheer of the season shine bright on all at Duncreag? A great read for the holidays, highly recommended!

TheGetawaypromo Bibiana Krall

Author Bibiana Krall has a perfect #read to curl up with, ARC The Getaway

A Christmas charmer is in the works from Author Bibiana Krall. The Getaway is a feel good story sure to put you in that holiday glow. Stay tuned for the release details, a charming read for the season, #HoHoHo!

Next up in the #reading queue:

Halloween martini

There’s always time for a sip of witchy brew!

My fave cocktail glass has been taken out for the #Halloween festivities, just in time for a deadly brew! Here’s one of my newly found favorites, #Cheers!

London Cocktail (from the Downton Abbey Cocktail Book 🙂 )

1/2 bar spoon orange bitters

1/2 bar spoon simple syrup

1/2 bar spoon absinthe

1 ounce dry gin

Combine ingredients in a shaker over ice–jiggle/joggle to chill, strain, and serve! #Yummo

Bouchercon dallas 50th

Denim, Diamonds and Death, 50th Anniversary!

Such a great theme for the Bouchercon conference, it’s gonna be a fun time in the Big D! I’ll be taking pics and sharing highlights from the conference next week. Learn more about the conference here:

Welcome to my world. Enjoy the rest of your #week and #weekend friends!

Crowns and Kisses,


P.S. Happy Halloween! Enjoy your holiday, Gemma and Rikkhe approve! 🙂

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