Tuesday, October 22, 2019



Making a list. Merry’s life is Christmas chaos. Her divorce is still in question. She’s behind on crafting orders. Ebenezer is an escape artist. And with one day left, she hasn’t completed the line-up for the annual Christmas parade, thanks to one grinch. Once Merry knows the Christmas secret, she realizes Santa isn’t what’s coming to town.

Checking it twice. Santa’s naughty list, courtesy of Jenna Wilcox, will roll down Main Street with names of residents who deserve a lump of coal in their stocking. Saving the parade won’t be easy, but Merry is up to task. Or so she thinks until she discovers Jenna’s body stashed in Santa’s sack.

Going to find out. As facts are unwrapped, Merry finds the line blurred between who’s naughty and nice. As threats are aimed at her and those she loves, Merry dashes for the truth before the murderer puts her on the naughty list and crosses her off for good.

Book Details:

Title: Better Watch Out

Author: Christina Freeburn

Genre: cozy mystery

Series: Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery, book 2

Publisher: Henery Press (October 15, 2019)

Print length: 252 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours



Q: If you could step back into a moment or day in time, where would you go?
A: I would return to a day when my two youngest were both on the same little league team. Now that all my children are grown and out of the nest, I miss those days and times when activities had us all together.

Q: If you could be anything besides a writer, what would it be?
A: A librarian.

Q: If you had to do community service (or already do volunteer work), what would you choose?
A: A cat rescue organizer. This spring/summer I was an accidental cat rescue as feral cats kept having their litters on our porch or bringing their kittens to us once they were old enough to eat dry food. I, with the help of my son’s girlfriend, found homes for 12 kittens.

Q: If you were on the Amazon bestseller list, who would you choose to be one before and one below you?
A: I’d choose authors who being on the list gave them the boost of confidence to write the next book and enjoy the journey. It can be hard at times.

Q: If you could meet any author for coffee, who would you like to meet and what would you talk about?
A: Pam Andrews Hanson, and we’d talk about everything, anything, and nothing. She’s one of my best friends and it’s been years since we’ve been able to sit and talk with each other. We don’t live near each other, so the majority of our conversations are through messages (either text of Facebook).


5 favorite possessions:  
    •    scrapbook albums
    •    Disney trading pin
    •    laptop
    •    electronic cutting machines (Cricut and Cameo)
    •    living room Christmas tree (I have more than one)

5 things you need in order to write:  

    •    laptop
    •    computer glasses
    •    notebook
    •    Vera Bradley pen
    •    a drink

5 favorite foods:  
    •    seafood
    •    gnocchi
    •    bread
    •    cheese
    •    asparagus (especially wrapped in bacon)

5 favorite places you’ve been:
    •    Disney World
    •    Caribbean
    •    Cape Cod
    •    California
    •    Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in Chantilly, Virginia

5 favorite things to do:
    •    crafting
    •    reading
    •    traveling
    •    photography
    •    spending time with family


Q: What’s your all-time favorite place?
A: Disney World.

Q: What’s your all-time favorite movie?
A: Christmas With the Kranks.

Q: What’s one thing that very few people know about you?
A: I can’t watch the Nightmare Before Christmas because Jack Skellington creeps me out too much. 

Q: What’s the most beautiful sound you’ve heard?
A: A baby’s laugh.

Q: What’s your favorite/most visited Internet site?
A: Amazon

Q: What’s your favorite song?
A: Currently, "Someone You Loved."

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do?
A: Travel.

Q: What’s your favorite ice cream?
A: Mickey Mouse ice cream bars.

Q: What’s your favorite hobby or past-time?
A: Crafting, especially paper crafting.

Q: What’s your favorite movie snack?
A: Buttered popcorn.

Q: What’s one thing you never leave the house without?
A: Wallet.

Q: What drives you crazy?
A: The Charmin commercials

Q: What movie genre do you prefer: drama, comedy, action, adventure, thriller, or horror?
A: Usually drama, but I love superhero movies.

Q: What do you collect?
A: Disney trading pins . . . and scrapbook supplies


Q: What’s your latest recommendation for:
Food: Broccoli and cheese soup (here’s my favorite recipe for cooking in an Instant Pot)
Music: Ed Sheeran, No. 6 Collaboration Project
Movie: Aladdin (Live Action)
Book: Say No More by Hank Phillippi Ryan
TV: The Masked Singer


Christina Freeburn has always loved books. There was nothing better than picking up a story and being transported to another place. The love of reading evolved into the love of writing and she's been writing since her teenage years. Her first novel was a 2003 Library of Virginia Literary Award nominee. Her mysteries series, Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery and the Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mysteries, are a mix of crafty and crime and feature heroines whose crafting time is interrupted by crime solving.

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