I’ve said many times Christmas romances are my favorite reads, so it’s probably no surprise that I love writing them. And I’m particularly fond of writing novellas, too, so my holiday novellas hold a special place in my heart. Here’s a round-up of the ones I’ve written (click the title to go to the novella’s page for more info).
2010: Holiday Sparks
House-sitting for her parents seemed like a good idea, until the microwave blew up and the lights went out.
Now Chloe Burke thinks upgrading the electrical system of her childhood home while they are away would make the perfect Christmas gift. Fortunately, thereâ€™s an electrician in town who can get the job done by the holidays.
Scott Quinn has wanted to get his hands on the Burkesâ€™ wiring for almost as long as heâ€™s wanted to get his hands on their daughter. Chloe didnâ€™t notice Scott back in high school, but sheâ€™s noticing him now, and soon theyâ€™re indulging in a little festive fun: no strings, no expectations. After all, Chloe plans to get out of this goldfish bowl of a town and back to her real life in Boston by New Yearâ€™s.
But Chloe and Scott discover they enjoy each otherâ€™s company just as much out of bed. Could their holiday fling turn out to be the real thing?
2011: Mistletoe & Margaritas
Claire Rutledge still believes in love, despite losing her husband. So, after two years, sheâ€™s not surprised by the steamy dreams telling her it might be time to start moving on. But she didnâ€™t expect her friend Justin to have the starring role.
Justin McCormick has loved Claire since the moment he first saw her, but his best friend got there first. Now that Claire is ready to move on with her life, Justin is finding it harder than ever to hide his true feelings. And when they both get caught up in the holiday spirits at a party, their simmering mutual attraction boils over into a night neither of them can forgetâ€¦
2012: I didn’t do a holiday novella in 2012 because I did a summer story, Slow Summer Kisses. I love that novella, but when the holiday season rolled around, I was sad I didn’t have a Christmas story.
11/4/2013: Snowbound with the CEO
Adrian Blackstone built a million-dollar business with hard work and determinationâ€”and by remaining professional at all times. Denying his longtime attraction to his beautiful executive assistant hasnâ€™t been easy but itâ€™s necessary. Sheâ€™s indispensable, and he canâ€™t stand the thought of losing her if things didnâ€™t work out.
For more than a year, Rachel Carter has been quietly dreaming of all the ways sheâ€™ll never seduce her sexy, buttoned-up boss. Sheâ€™s worked too hard to get where she is to cross that line, no matter how badly sheâ€™d like to act on her fantasies. But then a wicked snowstorm leaves them stranded in a romantic winter wonderlandâ€¦
What begins as a single kiss and a few bad Santa jokes turns into a weekend full of breathless passion and hopes for something more. But with Monday comes a return to their complicated realityâ€”and Adrian must prove that promises made are promises kept, especially at Christmastime.
2014: You can laugh, but my holiday novella for 2014 is already contracted. I hope to not not have one again anytime soon!
But wait…what’s this?
2006: In the Spirit
When a holiday-loving ghost tries to rock around the Christmas tree with a Grinchy guest, will they both wind up on the â€śnaughtyâ€ť list?
Even though Zach Roberts died in an incident involving a string of lights and an inflatable Santa, heâ€™s determined to deck the halls in a big way. But being trapped in a rental cabin with the Ghost of Christmas Overkill isnâ€™t on Jessica Newtonâ€™s bah-humbug agenda.
Together they discover itâ€™s nice to be naughty, but can he help her find her holiday spirit?
Product Warnings: Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex and graphic language.
“In the Spirit” was my first Christmas novella and I had so much fun writing it. It’s more sexually explicit than my Carina Press novellas (hence the warning) and the hero is a ghost. Yes, he really is. (Bolding things that might take my readers by surprise.) I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed this novella until I was doing this blog post, so I might have to reread it. (I just finished rereading Holiday Sparks, actually.) I wouldn’t cry if Samhain made a new cover for it, though.