Shannon Stacey


My holiday novella round-up

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).

holidaysparks_sm 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, there’s an electrician in town who can get the job done by the holidays.

Scott Quinn has wanted to get his hands on the Burkes’ wiring for almost as long as he’s wanted to get his hands on their daughter. Chloe didn’t notice Scott back in high school, but she’s noticing him now, and soon they’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 Year’s.

But Chloe and Scott discover they enjoy each other’s company just as much out of bed. Could their holiday fling turn out to be the real thing?

mistletoe_100 2011: Mistletoe & Margaritas

Claire Rutledge still believes in love, despite losing her husband. So, after two years, she’s not surprised by the steamy dreams telling her it might be time to start moving on. But she didn’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 forget…

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.

snowbound100 11/4/2013: Snowbound with the CEO

Adrian Blackstone built a million-dollar business with hard work and determination—and by remaining professional at all times. Denying his longtime attraction to his beautiful executive assistant hasn’t been easy but it’s necessary. She’s indispensable, and he can’t stand the thought of losing her if things didn’t work out.

For more than a year, Rachel Carter has been quietly dreaming of all the ways she’ll never seduce her sexy, buttoned-up boss. She’s worked too hard to get where she is to cross that line, no matter how badly she’d like to act on her fantasies. But then a wicked snowstorm leaves them stranded in a romantic winter wonderland…

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 reality—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?

In the Spirit 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 “naughty” list?

Even though Zach Roberts died in an incident involving a string of lights and an inflatable Santa, he’s determined to deck the halls in a big way. But being trapped in a rental cabin with the Ghost of Christmas Overkill isn’t on Jessica Newton’s bah-humbug agenda.

Together they discover it’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.

10 comments to “My holiday novella round-up”

  1. Shari
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      · October 30th, 2013 at 9:31 am · Link

    I have read all but you first and last ones. I have your new one preordered .



  2. Zoe York
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      · October 30th, 2013 at 9:57 am · Link

    I have a soft spot for good books with terrible covers. I’m adding In The Spirit to my holiday reading list.



  3. Laurie
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      · October 30th, 2013 at 10:41 am · Link

    I’ve read Mistletoe and Margaritas, and I have Snowbound preordered. Not to mention the new Kowalski book. November is going to be a great reading month. Thank goodness my friends know me so well that they gave me Gift cards for my birthday. :)



  4. Shannon
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      · October 30th, 2013 at 12:19 pm · Link

    Thanks, guys!

    And gift cards are my favorite present. Amazon, Best Buy, iTunes, it doesn’t matter. :)



  5. library addict
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      · October 30th, 2013 at 12:31 pm · Link

    I have read and enjoyed all of these except Snowbound with the CEO which I will buy on Monday. Looking forward to it.



  6. Shannon
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      · October 30th, 2013 at 12:32 pm · Link

    I hope you enjoy it! :)



  7. Susan
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      · October 30th, 2013 at 5:04 pm · Link

    I have all of them. I just love your books, especially the Kowalski’s.



  8. Lynda the Guppy
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      · October 31st, 2013 at 4:47 pm · Link

    I LOVE Mistletoe & Margaritas, but I have a soft spot in my heart for Holiday Sparks. It’s the first time I discovered a book (and author!) via Twitter. Sarah from Smart Bitches was talking about how cute it was, and I was looking for something fun and new to read, so I bought it. I read it on New Year’s Eve that year before getting ready to go to a party, and I loved it! Started following you and Twitter and buying all your books, and now look! You’ll need a restraining order to get rid of me! LOLOL.

    BTW, Snowbound with the CEO totally carries on the Stacey Holiday Novella tradition.



  9. azteclady
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      · October 31st, 2013 at 9:48 pm · Link

    Well now…

    I am not terribly fond of holiday novellas–or holiday stories, for that matter–but now I’m definitely going to have to read “In the Spirit.”

    How on earth do you get a happy ending with a ghost as a main character? (please, no one mention the debacle of that BDB book, no, really, please)



  10. Shannon
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      · October 31st, 2013 at 10:04 pm · Link

    Thanks, Susan!

    Resistance is futile, Lynda. And thank you!

    In The Spirit is unabashedly a fun, almost silly sometimes, Christmas novella. It requires some serious “that would never happen” squashing, LOL.



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