Have you seen those memes on social media that give you a Bingo board to check off as you watch holiday movies? They’ll have things for you to watch for as you view the movie. Did the character drink hot chocolate? Mark that one off. How about a parade? Check. Decorating a tree? Yep. Got that too.
As much as we all look for certain items in a holiday movie, the same is true with holiday books too. We read novels set at Christmas because we’re wanting to feel a certain way, and experience certain things. Needless to say, when I set out to write my first full-length holiday book, I wanted to make sure I checked enough boxes to leave my readers satisfied.
(Side-note to say I know some people read Christmas books all year long. And that some people just read books to read them–not looking for anything in particular except a good read. But I think this is true for a lot of readers. Feel free to leave me a comment saying otherwise. ;) )
Mama Dated Santa releases tomorrow. And even though it’s set in central Texas where it is pretty much guaranteed not going to snow for Christmas, I still think this book has a lot of holiday spirit.
We have, in no particular order:
- A toy store complete with Santa set-up
- Holiday music playing
- Tree decorating
- Sleigh ride (I’m not going to tell you how I did that with no snow)
- Lots of lights
- White-chocolate dipped pretzels
- Hot chocolate
- A nephew who loves the season
- A romance between a very Scrooge-like character and one who is trying to make him love the holidays
What do you think? Did I miss anything? Do you like doing bingo boards like I talked about earlier? What would we put on one for Christmas books?
Leave me a comment below by 10/20, and I’ll choose one reader to send a brand-new copy of my book, Mama Dated Santa, to (US readers only). And if you can’t wait for that, go ahead and snatch it on pre-order. The price for the ebook goes up tomorrow!
Trudy McNamara doesn’t do Christmas anymore. But she will do anything for her nephew Mark, even take him to visit Santa. After Dad died and the holiday bucket lists stopped, December hasn’t been the same. But Trudy finds herself tangled up with the toy store Santa and Christmas when she discovers her mom … dated Santa.
Nick Russo, manager of Russos’ Toy Emporium, is at a loss as to how to save his family’s store. When Uncle Paul, the Santa and part-owner, hires Trudy to revamp their store, Nick’s life turns upside down. He’s been so focused on the numbers, the Christmas season has become nothing more than one last drive for sales. But Trudy makes him re-evaluate his attitude as well as want to help hers.
Can two holiday-haters renew their love for the season … and more?