Tell us, Wickeds, how would the protagonist of your series celebrate New Year’s Eve? Do any of your books take place on New Year’s Eve?
Edith: After Grilled for Murder (Country Store Mystery #2) takes place, Robbie Jordan goes to Pisa, Italy over New Year’s to visit her new-found father, Roberto. There they celebrate abundance on New Year’s Eve with a rich meal of risotto, lentils, and pork sausage. They throw old pans out the window, and everybody wears red underwear (under their clothes). And of course there are fireworks! I haven’t set any books on New Year’s Eve – yet.
Liz: In the Pawsitively Organic Mysteries, one of Stan Connor’s favorite places to hang out is at her boyfriend Jake’s Irish pub, McSwigg’s. I’m betting there’ll be a big bash there on New Year’s Eve! I’d like to go, myself.
Jessie: My protagonist, Dani, would likely celebrate with her extended family, gathered round a bonfire in the back pasture sipping hot mulled cider and roasting marshmallows.
Sherry: Until her divorce Sarah spent New Years Eve at parties at the Officers Club. They were big parties, with bands, dancing, and breakfast buffets in the wee hours. Now she’d more likely attend a smaller party with a group of close friends.
Barb: Julia Snowden is now running a restaurant with her boyfriend, Chris. I think they would be open New Year’s Eve to provide a gathering spot for the year-round residents of Busman’s Harbor. Then, after closing, she’d open a beer with Chris, her sister Livvie, and Livvie’s husband Sonny, and they’d toast the New Year. It would be quite a contrast to the parties Julia attended when she lived in Manhattan, but I think she would be content.
Julie: Clock and Dagger (next book) ends on New Year’s Eve, so I know how Ruth will spend it–in the Cog & Sprocket, with her friends and family, murders solved. Can’t tell you much more than that for now, but I do know that Ruth’s journey has been to rediscover her roots, and her family. Moving back to Orchard, and discovering what makes her happy is part of that journey as well.