Better Watch Out by Christina Freeburn

Better Watch Out (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)
by Christina Freeburn

About Better Watch Out

Better Watch Out (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Henery Press (October 15, 2019)
Hardcover: 252 pages
ISBN-10: 1635115108
ISBN-13: 978-1635115109
Paperback: 252 pages
ISBN-10: 1635115078
ISBN-13: 978-1635115079
Digital ASIN: B07VQST5YT
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.


About Christina Freeburn

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 Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mysteries, are a mix of crafty and crime and feature heroines whose crafting time is interrupted by crime solving.
Christina served in the US Army and has also worked as a paralegal, librarian, church secretary, and golf shop pro. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid and allergic to felines.

Q&A with the Author

 How long did it take you to get your first work published (from creation to actual book)? What was your first published work?
For my first published book, Parental Source (which is no longer in print), it took about four years from when I finished the book and found a publisher for it.

Plotter (one who plans or plots out every detail of the writing process) or Pantser (one who writes by the seat of his/her pants)?
    Pantser. I’ve tried plotting and I either try so hard to keep to the original outline the muse runs off on me or I go so far off the outline I might as well had just spent the time diving into the book. Though, I do at least like knowing the motivation for the crime because it helps set the tone for the book.

What advice do you have for a new writer?
    Don’t rush into a decision. Take your time making the choice that’s right for you. Sometimes, we’re so anxious to have a book published, we jump into the first opportunity we see even if it’s not the right choice for us. What works for one author might not be the right path for you. Consider your life, your goals, your strengths, your weakness, and the balance you want in your life.

What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?
    Editing. The first draft is always the hardest for me to write (even when I’ve outlined beforehand). When I’m editing, I know everything that has happened and have a better idea of the mood of the book and what my character will learn about themselves in the story.

What is the one thing about the writing life that you didn’t know until you were published?"
    That the writing life isn’t just about the writing—there is also a marketing and business part to the life. I had known that there would be some marketing on my part but I hadn’t realized at the time how consuming it could become and how it’s hard for me to find the balance between those parts of the writing life.

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  1. This looks like a wonderful book to read.

  2. I'm excited that this book is out. Hopefully I have a good chance to read it.

  3. New author to me. Looks like a great book.


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