About the Short Story: Maya Cummings, the owner of the No Regrets Antique Shop in Briar's Grove, Maine, loves solving a good mystery as much as she loves knitting for her little grey cat and running on the beach. But when Suzanne Kensington, one of her favorite customers, gives her a locked locket to hold onto and ends up being murdered the next night, it's one mystery that Maya wishes didn't exist. To make matters worse, Suzanne's husband is arrested for the crime.
Although a man claiming to be Suzanne's son says that his mother gave him the key, Maya's not sure who to trust. And the self-absorbed sheriff isn't much help.
Inspired by a famous fictional detective, Maya follows the clues that lead to the killer. But it doesn't take long for the murderer to discover that Maya has the locket. And her speed may not be enough to solve this mystery...and live to tell about it.
About the Pattern: The pattern for a mystery item is woven into the story. While it's a quick, easy knit for intermediate and advanced knitters, it's a good challenge for beginning knitters.
This coffee break cozy mystery is available at Amazon.com Kindle Store and on Etsy.
About the Novella: Emily Brooks is so happy to be engaged that when her manipulative fiancé bets her that she can't help a jaded blues musician find the Christmas spirit, she takes the bet...even though the stakes are far too high. If she can help Eugene Devine find the Christmas spirit, her fiancé said he would stop arguing with her about adopting the foster child whom she dearly loves. The Vermont artist and the child could both become part of a family again for Christmas.
But as Emily reaches out to Eugene and discovers what a kind, genuine man he is, her guilt and her fiancé's jealousy turn everything upside down. The bet quickly unravels. With Emily's dreams of love and family shattered, only the true magic of Christmas can pick up the pieces and rearrange them in a way that Emily could never have imagined.
The heartwarming novella is available at Amazon.com Kindle Store.
Readers' Favorite Review Excerpt:
"Christina Galeone’s Christmas romance novella, Betting On That Christmas Magic, has all the makings of a happily-ever-after seasonal treat. With a fascinating plot with unexpected twists and turns, the author allows the characters to develop and reveal their true characters with style. The reader can’t help but love the main character, Emily. An artist, a wanna-be mother, someone who passionately loves the magic of Christmas, Emily is determined to spread her goodwill to everyone she comes in contact with. It’s a contagious feeling, a good feeling. The story is a gem of magic in itself and one to be enjoyed in the spirit of Christmas." -- Emily-Jane Hills Orford
About the Short Story: A successful marketing professional and avid knitter with an otherwise full life, Kate doesn't need a man. Her best friend, however, disagrees. When she asks Kate to knit a scarf from a supposedly "magical" pattern -- intended to help the person who wears it to find true love -- Kate reluctantly accepts the silly challenge.
But what she knits up is so much more than a cozy, romantic scarf. While wearing it on a beach in Maine, she meets Shawn, a man who isn't who she thinks he is. She must decide if he's a dream come true...or a reminder that true love only exists in fairytales.
About the Pattern: The pattern for the romantic lacy infinity scarf is woven into the story. While it's a quick, easy knit for intermediate and advanced knitters, it's a good challenge for beginning knitters.
Available at Amazon.com Kindle Store and on Etsy
Amazon.com Review Excerpt:
"I was hoping for something sweet, fun and romantic, and this story did not disappoint. It’s a definite feel-good story, with slightly flawed but likable leads, a caring, funny (and sometimes meddling…) best friend, the wacky neighbor, adorable pets, small misunderstandings and an appealingly romantic seaside backdrop…it’s all here and woven together beautifully." - Cheryl Cory, Author of Must've Done Something Good
Readers' Favorite Review Excerpt:
"Christina Galeone gives us an interesting and realistic read that, although it is brief, is full of charm and impact with a full-sized story that pulls you in right away. The author touches on a subject that most women can easily relate to. 'Is there someone special for me and will I find him?' Christina's story is well written and well developed with characters that are realistic and sympathetic. I enjoyed this story." -- Deborah Stone