As ready as I am (decorating-wise, at least) for Christmas, I have to admit that this year, I haven’t been as in the mood for Christmas romance like I usually am.
I’m not sure if it’s because for every Christmas romance I’ve loved (looking at you, Heroes of Freedom Ridge season 3 books – especially Blind Date with the Hero), I’ve set aside two or three others for various reasons (that are more to do with me than the book, I’m sure.)
I’ve never been a huge consumer of Christmas-content. There are a handful of movies we try to watch each year, but other than White Christmas, they’re things my husband or kids ask for. I also enjoy watching The Christmas Card if I have time (it’s an older Hallmark movie.) But beyond that? I can take it or leave it.
I think that’s probably one of the reasons I don’t write a lot of Christmas novels or novellas. I really probably only have three that “count” when we’re talking straight up Christmas books.
There’s Operation Mistletoe, the first novella in my Operation Romance series. (And if you enjoy audiobooks, you can listen to it free on my YouTube channel here.) I love this story, actually. It was so fun to write about a newspaper reporter who hates Christmas, because it seems to be the season for everything in her life to go wrong. And so of course, she had to fall in love with someone who put together a massive Christmas wonderland on his property and opens it to the public every year.
The next is Pathway to Peace. This is also a novella and it’s kind of an epilogue/post-script to the Grant Us Grace series. It’s several years down the road and gives Lindsey, a teen in book 2 of the series (Courage to Change) her own happy ending. It has some definite nods to You’ve Got Mail in it if you’re one who likes that setup.
And finally, I have Hope for Christmas. This kicks off the Hope Ranch series (and we won’t talk about why I shouldn’t have started a series with a Christmas book) and is all the things I loved about Christmas growing up in Northern New Mexico — from going up the mountain to cut a tree, to luminarias, to biscochitos.
I have other books that also happen to have Christmas in them. There are books in the Hope Ranch series that feature Christmas again. There’s a book in the Peacock Hill series that crosses over Christmas. I’m pretty sure Wisdom to Know has Christmas in it (it’s been a lot of years since I wrote that, so I’m a little hazy, but I know for sure there’s Thanksgiving, so it stands to reason that Christmas happens, too.) And those are kind of my favorite types of Christmas books. Where Christmas happens, and the characters celebrate Jesus’s birthday, but it isn’t all about snow and presents and Santa and Christmas pageants. Maybe I’m not alone?
I do have one other Christmas story. It’s a short story. And it’s only available to my newsletter subscribers. Matt and Laura are recurring characters in my Grant Us Grace series. They’re a couple that many readers loved. And so, I put together a glimpse of their first Christmas together, Christmas with Matt & Laura. If you’ve read the series (or if you just love O’Henry-esque short stories), you can grab your copy by signing up for my newsletter.
Since there is still a lot of December ahead, tell me what Christmas romances you’ve been reading (or watching!) I definitely need to add a few more to my list.