Heating up the Holidays with Theresa Romain!
Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest, where she is working on her next book.
Holiday Book Traditions
Christmas is a time of traditions: of food, gift exchanges, decorations, family visits; of joyful moments and (let’s be honest) sometimes tense ones too.
Over the years, I’ve developed my own traditions related to books. Once the weather turns cold, I love to curl up with a festive read. Sometimes they remind me of what I love about the holidays; sometimes they make me grateful for what I have. Sometimes they’re just for fun! Here are a few of the holiday books I’ve revisited year after year.
1. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens.
Don’t take away my reader card, but this tradition started with a film adaptation called Scrooge. Every year since I was about seven years old, my family has watched this. It’s a musical featuring young Albert Finney as Scrooges old and young (trust me, it works). As a teen, after seeing Scrooge time and again, I finally read the book that inspired so many adaptations. A Christmas Carol is a short book, about novella length, and incredibly vivid. Short as it is, it includes some lovely scenes that aren’t often included in film versions. Check it out for the whole story of Scrooge’s redemption.
2. Miracle and Other Christmas Stories, Connie Willis.
Connie Willis is best known as a science-fiction writer, but her books also include mystery, history, romance, wit, and humor. In Miracle, there’s a story for everyone, no matter what mood you’re in. Flooded with joy? Overwhelmed? Ready for a break? Craving a little romance? They’re all here. Seasonal underpinnings are religious in some stories, secular in others. I would tell you my favorite, but I’ve never been able to settle on just one.
3. Christmas with Anne and Other Holiday Stories, L.M. Montgomery.
I’m sure I’m in company with many of you in having loved the Anne books growing up. Besides her novels, L.M. Montgomery wrote hundreds of short stories, and in the 1990s, some of these were finally collected by theme and published. (Now you can get all the stories on Project Gutenberg!) As you can guess from the title, this book includes holiday chapters from the Anne books, as well as stand-alone stories. These are gentle, cozy tales, perfect for when you have ten or fifteen minutes and you want to wind down.
4. A really delicious holiday romance. Every year, new holiday romances are published, and I rarely feel more content than when I’m browsing bookstore shelves for my next festive HEA. In the past, I’ve loved Mary Balogh’s A Christmas Promise, Courtney Milan’s This Wicked Gift and A Kiss for Midwinter, and Sarah Morgan’s Sleigh Bells in the Snow. This year, I’ve snapped up Christmas in the Duke’s Arms and Christmas Brides—two marvelous anthologies by the other authors visiting today! Be sure to check those out. J
5. Whatever I’m writing. For the past several years, I’ve had a tradition of working through the holidays. January deadlines kept me writing, revising, polishing, writing more, revising yet again. This year, I’m turning in a book in mid-November, so I’ll be free for holiday leisure! Er, except for my next spring deadline…
Do you have any book traditions, either for the winter holidays or for some other time of year? Tell me all about it!
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Like her four sisters, Lady Audrina Bradleigh is expected to marry a duke, lead fashion, and behave with propriety. Consequently, Audrina pursues mischief with gusto, attending scandalous parties and indulging in illicit affairs. But when an erstwhile lover threatens to ruin her reputation, Audrina has no choice but to find a respectable husband at once.
Who would guess that her search would lead her to Giles Rutherford, a blunt-spoken American on a treasure hunt of his own? When a Christmas snowstorm strands the pair at a country inn, more secrets are traded than gifts—along with kisses that require no mistletoe—and Audrina discovers even proper gentlemen have their wicked side…
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