Monday, December 01, 2014

Holiday Traditions that Feed the Romance Soul

One of the holiday traditions we started years ago with my mom was watching White Christmas on Christmas Eve. A favorite for all of us girls, this movie has it all.  Comedy, romance, and compassion. We've watched it so many times, all of us have the songs and most of the dialogue memorized. I swear, it's one of the places I learned effective romantic story structure. 

As the years progressed, we couldn't fit everything we wanted to do into our time together on Christmas Eve and the movie tradition had to be changed.  This will be our third Christmas without Mom, but because we've shifted our extended family get together to the Saturday before Christmas, I get to reinstate our older tradition of watching the movie on Christmas Eve with my family.  I'm delighted and so are my daughters.  (Not so sure about their husbands! LOL)

For me, the holidays and romance are a natural match.  This time of year, I wait eagerly to see what the publishers are going to offer as food for my love of hot holiday romance.  Here's what's on my list, I'd love to know what's on yours!

A Bravo Christmas Wedding by Christine Rimmer has two of my favorite story elements (three if you count Christmas), a princess and a cowboy.  Christine writes an intense, sexy story that is sure to be a new holiday favorite for me.

Rocky Mountain Miracle by Christine Feehan - No Christmas will ever be the same after Cole and Maia meet on a snowy western ranch… Find out why in #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan’s romantic holiday e-novella! Okay, can you hear the total fangirl squee from here that one of my ultimate faves has a Christmas story out???

Some fabulous holiday romance classics are repackaged in On the Naughty List by Lori Foster, Carly Phillips, Sugar Jamison & Beth Ciotta.

I love single author anthologies.  Add in a holiday romance theme and I'm going to read it.  That's the case with Nancy Warren's Sugarplum Trio.

A wonderful and engaging historical by Anthea Lawson, Mistress of Melody should not be absent from your holiday reading pile!

What would a romance list be without at least one Harlequin Presents? Christmas in Da Conti's Bed by the awesome and hugely talented Sharon Kendrick is sure to please.

Ready to give a new author a try?  Read either of these charming stories by a couple of my friends you may not have read before: Three Christmas Ghosts: A Regency Christmas Carol by Lydia M. Sheridan and Bahama Christmas by Lavada Dee.

If all this lovely holiday romance leaves room for any more reading, you may want to try my Corporate Information Systems Duo - out today!

Change the Game: In a high-stakes game of love, attraction, and desire, two people playing for all the wrong reasons are about to discover how delicious it can be when plans go deliciously awry and love is all that matters. Alex Trahern may be bent on revenge, but Isabel is set on getting her man.

(NB: Re-edited with previously deleted scenes now included.  Digital re-release of Come Up and See Me Sometime originally published in print only 2005 by Kensington Books)

Win the GameIt's another high-stakes game of love, attraction, and desire, but the players have a past and the stakes couldn't be higher. It's not just their hearts on the line, but secrets and the family neither ever thought to have with the other. Marcus Danvers is a man with a plan and that plan is to win, whatever it takes.
(NB: Re-edited digital re-release of Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It originally published in print only 2005 by Kensington Books)

Hugs, happy holidays and happy reading!

Lucy Monroe - Author
With more than 7 million copies of her books in print worldwide, award winning and USA Today bestseller Lucy Monroe has published over 60 books and had her stories translated for sale all over the world. While she writes multiple subgenres of romance, all of her books are sexy, deeply emotional and adhere to the concept that love will conquer all. A passionate devotee of romance, she adores sharing her love for the genre with her readers.

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dstoutholcomb said...

Great Christmas- themed romance choices!

Anonymous said...

Yep, that TBR pile is definitely growing. :)