A few years ago I had my first Christmas novella published as part of the ‘Joy to the World’ collection, and discovered just how voracious readers can be for Christmas stories. Last year I wrote a contemporary Christmas novella (Originally Yours) as a special free gift for newsletter subscribers, and a full length Christmas contemporary romance, Muskoka Christmas, as part of my Muskoka Romance series. This book was extra fun to write as it involved a romance writer (hello!) who traveled to a small town (like where I live!) in order to complete writing her novel by deadline (always!). It was extra fun to add all those fun Christmassy moments we’ve come to expect from Hallmark movies, like snow, Christmas tree-lightings, pumpkin spice – many of which aren’t typically experienced by this Aussie author during our summertime Christmases.
I’ve since decided I want to write a Christmas story each year, and so for this year I decided to set myself a new challenge: Christmas short stories, which is how Muskoka Holiday Morsels came to be. Now to be completely honest, these stories aren’t just about Christmas focused, but also involve other holidays and celebrations too, including Thanksgiving, Pumpkin festivals, weddings, engagements, and New Year’s celebrations. But it was fun to revisit the small town setting of my Muskoka books, and use this collection of short stories as a way to add some extra flavor to the other books in this series. So it means that among these stories are some epilogues to previous books, some that focus on minor characters that made an appearance in previous books, and some that may set up future books.
Each story is a standalone, so it makes sense and has a sense of completeness, and they range in length from 3-10,000 words. Last Christmas I read a collection of short stories based on Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, and I personally loved the shorter length as it proved the perfect amount for bedtime reading in a busy season.
So if you’re looking for some Christmas reading this year, then I hope you’ll check out Muskoka Holiday Morsels!
Muskoka Holiday Morsels is a collection of short romance stories with holiday and Christmas themes, perfect for a cozy read. Meet some new friends and catch up with some Muskoka favorites, and discover romance in the holiday season in this collection of bite-sized stories filled with hope, heart, humor, and all the feels. You can preorder now at Amazon, & other stores, so it’s ready for you to read on November 2.
And because it’s the season of giving, I’ve got a fun little sale on the first three books in the Muskoka Romance series, including Muskoka Shores, Muskoka Hearts, and Muskoka Christmas. Happy reading to you!
Now let’s chat about Christmas books: Do you enjoy reading them? If so, when do you start reading them? What do you like to see in a Christmas book? Do you like reading Christmas novellas or longer books? And do you have suggestions for what my Christmas project next year should be?