If everything smells like fresh baked cookies and feels like holiday cheer you’ve actually baked cookies while on the internet (well done) or you’re right in the middle of our SMP Holiday Romance Blitz! Don’t miss the favorite books and wish lists of some amazing authors!
Favorite Holiday Book
Ruth Logan Herne: The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado (I cry every time!!!)
Donna Alward: Twas the Night Before Christmas, because we still read it every year even though the kids are grown!
Laura Trentham: I’ve read Pete the Cat Saves Christmas about a hundred times since last Christmas to my daughter. I can recite the book, and I’ve even dreamed about it.
Nancy Naigle: I love all of those specialty shape hard cover Christmas books. I reread them every year. My favorite? Debbie Macomber’s There’s Something About Christmas
Margaret Brownley: The Night Before Christmas brings back happy memories of when the children were young and my husband read the story to us on Christmas Eve.
Tara Wyatt: The Christmas He Loved Her by Juliana Stone. Emotional, moving story, beautiful setting, steamy sex, all set against the perfect Christmas backdrop.
Opal Carew: Can I say my own? Big Package, although the title is tongue in cheek, is funny and heart-warming, and a very poignant love story, as well as being sizzling hot! The fact that it takes place in a Canadian blizzard while the hero and heroine are driving to Ottawa (my city!) makes it all that much more special to me.
Emily March: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas was magical to me as a child. It still is.
Melissa Cutler: Impossible to pick just one.
What’s on your wish list this year?
Ruth Logan Herne: Well, I’m a mom so peace and quiet would be good!
Donna Alward: Books, yoga gear, and gift certificates for the Boxing Day week sales.
Laura Trentham: The holidays really are about the kids these days! If I could ask for more time, then I would. Otherwise, I want a comfy sweatshirt. See how easy I am? By the way, that’s what I wanted last year too and told my husband. Instead, he bought me bags and bags of gourmet coffee and new mugs, which was super sweet, but inside, I really just wanted a sweatshirt!
Nancy Naigle: To spend time with the people I love. Time is the very best gift — giving and receiving.
Margaret Brownley: To enjoy all the Christmas goodies my friends and family insist upon baking and not gain a pound.
Tara Wyatt: Hmmm…I’m always really bad at coming up with wish lists. But a Keurig would be nice. I’ve also wanted a leather jacket for, like, ever.
Opal Carew: World peace and abundance for everyone! 🙂 For me, spending as many days as possible with by two sons and husband, seeing extended family and friends, and some fun new board games to play during our time together!
Emily March: A healthy new grandson due in January. Hurray!
Melissa Cutler: On my wish list this year is a new record player. My last one broke, but I have a huge record collection that I inherited from my father and I want to be able to enjoy it again soon.
Mandy Baxter: I don’t really have anything specific on my wish list. I never say no to new boots, though!
Donna Alward – It Must Be Christmas
While bestselling author Donna Alward was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare, she was also losing herself in the breathtaking stories created by romance novelists like LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, and Nora Roberts. Several years after completing her degree she decided to write a romance of her own and it was true love! Five years and ten manuscripts later she sold her first book and launched a new career. While her heartwarming stories of love, hope, and homecoming have been translated into several languages, hit bestseller lists and won awards, her very favorite thing is when she hears from happy readers!
Emily March – Christmas in Eternity Springs
Emily March is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. Publishers Weekly calls March a “master of delightful banter,” and her heartwarming, emotionally charged stories have been named to Best of the Year lists by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Romance Writers of America. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Emily is an avid fan of Aggie sports and her recipe for jalapeño relish has made her a tailgating legend.
Tara Wyatt – When Snowflakes Fall & Like Fresh Fallen Snow
Tara Wyatt is a contemporary romance and romantic suspense author. Known for her humor and steamy love scenes, Tara’s writing has won several awards, including the Unpublished Winter Rose, the Linda Howard Award of Excellence, and the Heart of the West. A librarian by day and romance writer by night, Tara lives in Hamilton, Ontario with the world’s cutest dog and a husband who makes all of her heroes look like chumps. Find her on Twitter @taradwyatt. She’d love to hear from you!
Mary Connealy – Room at the Inn for Christmas
Mary Connealy writes fun and lively “romantic comedy with cowboys” for the inspirational market. She is also a bestselling author of full-length book series including: Wild at Heart, Trouble in Texas, Kincaid Brides, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie’s Daughters. Mary is a Rita and Christy Award finalist and a two time winner of the Carol Award. Mary is the author of 17 novellas besides her 28 trade fiction books.
Ruth Logan Herne – Silent Night, Star-Lit Night
Multi-published, best-selling author Ruth Logan Herne likes nothing better than writing stories that warm the heart and ease the troubled soul. The author of more than fifteen Love Inspired contemporary novels, the Double S Ranch trilogy with PRH/Waterbrook and inspiring women’s fiction for Franciscan Media, Ruth has also become proficient in writing successful novellas for Zondervan, Summerside Press and several highly acclaimed novellas for the independent ebook market. Equally at home writing about small town folks or delving into the heart of big city neighborhoods, Ruthy lives on a farm in upstate New York, one of the snow-belt capitals of the world with her family, farm animals and pets.