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About the Book

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Title: Holly, Ivy & Intrigue
Author: Joanie Bruce, Alexa Verde, Denise Weimer
Genre: Mystery/suspense, Christmas
Release Date: November 13, 2017
Christmas Murder Mix-Up
“I have to get rid of her now.”
After four months of a blissful marriage, Paige is devastated to overhear her husband, Cooper, say those words to his best friend. Because of a suspicious Christmas gift, a gas leak, and a home invasion, Paige’s love for Cooper is tested to the limit. Will their marriage survive the Christmas Murder Mix-up?
Holiday Pursuit
When Brianna Rockwell’s brother finds himself in danger and disappears three days before Christmas, she does everything to rescue him. Brianna dodges bullets, escapes fire, and even turns to her longtime crush for help. But the closer she gets to solving the mystery and finding her only sibling, the more desperate someone gets to silence her forever…
Kelsey Jordan prefers upcycling junk and refinishing antiques for her store in a Georgia mountains town to being the center of attention. When a robbery and an unknown benefactor shove her in the middle of a decades-old mystery, and a real estate developer and a former baseball star compete for her attention, Kelsey isn’t sure who to trust.

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About the Authors

ESP_9231 (2)As an avid reader, Joanie Bruce welcomed the transition from reading to writing and considered it a wonderful new experience to please others with her words. She has three published Christian suspense novels, and enjoys writing from her home in the country. Thankful that God has given her the ability to write, draw and paint, Joanie strives to use them to encourage others and to honor Him in all her accomplishments.
New Author PortraitAlexa Verde penned her first literary masterpiece, a rhymed poem, at the ripe age of eight, and since has had 200 short stories, articles, and poems published in the five languages that she speaks. She has a bachelor degree in Spanish, a master’s in Russian, and enjoys writing about characters with diverse cultures. She’s worn the hats of reporter, teacher, translator, model (even one day counts!), caretaker, and secretary, but thinks that the writer’s hat suits her the best. After traveling the world and living in both hemispheres, she calls a small town in south Texas home. The latter is an inspiration for the fictional setting of her series Rios Azules Christmas and Secrets of Rios Azules.
2016headshotDENISE WEIMER holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. An associate editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, Denise is the author of The Restoration Trilogy, The Georgia Gold Series, romantic novella REDEEMING GRACE, and ACROSS THREE AUTUMNS: A Novella of The Backcountry Brides Collection through Barbour Publishing (May 2018). This wife and swim mom of two daughters always pauses for coffee, chocolate, old houses, and to write any story God lays on her heart.


The collection of stories is fast and enjoyable. Each story offers a lot of adventure and intrigue. I love how the characters are fun to get to know. The authors have come together to give readers an enjoyable time of savoring their writing style.

Murder Mixup by Joanie Bruce

It is a mystery with lots of misunderstandings and assumptions. Newlywed couple Paige and Cooper seem to have a happy life. When Paige overheard a conversation, she jumps to the conclusion that her husband is trying to kill her. When you only hear one side of a conversation, you can easily jump to conclusions. I liked the characters and enjoyed the mystery surrounding a special Christmas gift. In this story communication was missing along with trust from Paige. It made for a good lesson in marriage. Will Paige learn to communicate better with her husband? It’s a fun read and I couldn’t wait to see how it ended.

Holiday Pursuit by Alexa Verde

Brianna sure has her hands full trying to keep her brother Liam out of trouble. I really liked that she had been in the service because I think that helped her handle her brother better. They haven’t had a good life growing up and Brianna feels responsible for Liam. The story is pretty action packed and moves very quickly. I loved how the author wrote how much Brianna depended on God. It was nice to hear her pray as problems arose with her brother. Liam gets into a real mess which puts his life and Brianna’s in danger. Will Brianna be able to protect her brother before the people looking for him find out where he is? The story is good and has a good message about family and Christmas. 

Holiday Intrude by Denise Weimer

Kelsey was so easy to like. I loved her creativity and her compassion for others. I found her shop to be very fascinating. I love going to shops and looking at antiques. The store was not doing well and Kelsey was becoming concerned. I really liked Tyler and thought he was a fair and nice person. He lets Kelsey come out to the family’s place to hopefully find treasures for her shop. I loved the mystery surrounding who was helping her catch up on her bills. I kinda thought I knew who it was, but the author does a good job of keeping readers guessing. From the moment Nick is introduced, I didn’t like him, he seemed arrogant and selfish. I’m not sure if he had his eyes on Kelsey or if he was using her in some way . The author kept me on my toes as Kelsey’s place is burglarized. With a few suspects, I enjoyed trying to figure out who was behind the burglary. This was a great story filled with deceit, faith and a great ending, 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

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  1. Thank you, Deana for the wonderful review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the stories and the Christmas intrigue. :-) Happy Reading!

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