For the Holiday Romance celebrations of the last month of the Romance and Me Reading Challenge I am very happy to welcome to Ex Libris beloved historical romance author Vanessa Kelly, who is celebrating the release of her latest story, , which as you can tell is a holiday romance! So read on to discover more about the inspiration for the novel and for your chance to win it! ;-)
Romance Under The Mistletoe
by Vanessa Kelly
This is the time of year for holiday-themed romances, which practically deserve their own sub-genre. Holiday stories—historical, contemporary, or paranormal—are often a bit lighter in nature, focusing on holiday traditions and family gatherings, and are usually very warm-hearted and a whole lot of fun. Doesn’t mean they can’t be sexy or dramatic, but there’s generally a difference in tone that matches our expectation of the season.
My latest book, , is a Regency-set historical romance. It was also the first holiday romance I’d ever written, which initially posted a bit of a challenge.
Then my editor called. He suggested I write a Christmas book instead, since holiday romances are so popular. Great, I replied. Sounds like fun! Then I got off the phone and went into panic mode. I had the whole darn plot worked out, with mayhem, kidnappings, and even attempted murder, and now I had to change everything? What should I do with my evil smugglers? Half the book was built around these dastardly characters, and they were absolutely essential to the conflict between my heroine and my hero.
After pondering the problem, I finally had to admit that nefarious smugglers were probably not conducive to holiday cheer. But instead of giving them up completely I decided turn the idea on its head. Instead of evil smugglers why not rascally, good-natured smugglers, men who had a very rational and well-intentioned reason for engaging in their illegal activities?
Ergo, a perfect conflict for my hero and heroine since they would disagree both practically and morally on how to fix the problem. Once I clarified that essential element the rest of the plot fell into place, and I was able to write a book that may be a little short on danger but has warmth, fun, and fits in perfectly with the Christmas theme of love, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
Not that I left out the steamy parts. After all, Phoebe is a mistletoe bride and I think we can all guess what that means!
Do you read holiday romances? What are some of your favorites? One person who comments will win a copy of .
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Blame It On The Mistletoe...
When Major Lucas Stanton inherited his earldom, he never dreamed his property would include the previous earl’s granddaughter. Phoebe Linville is a sparkling American beauty, yes, but with a talent for getting into trouble. Witness the compromising position that forced them into wedlock. Whisked away to Mistletoe Manor, his country estate, it isn’t long before she is challenging his rules—and surprising him in and out of bed.
Phoebe has no intention of bowing to Lucas’ stubbornness, even though he offers all that she wants. His kisses and unexpected warmth are enticing, but Phoebe is determined to show the Earl of Merritt what real love is all about. And if that takes twelve nights of delicious seduction by a roaring fire, she’s more than willing to reveal her gifts very slowly…
Vanessa has generously offered a copy of to a lucky commenter!
1) leave a comment to Vanessa answering her question: Do you read holiday romances? What are some of your favorites?
2) submit the link to your review of a holiday romance HERE.