The holidays are rapidly approaching.

What? They're still months away, you might say. To which, I smile.

Most publishers release their holiday novels and anthologies in October. Have you been to the bookstore this month? It's already Christmas there.

Weeks are like days here in my household. Despite the lack of a true "changing of the seasons", I still feel the holiday spirit creeping in. I live in Southern California, so our weather is pretty much the same all year long. A little rain (rarely; CA suffers frequent droughts), a little chill (might need a light sweater). Not much more than that. The trees keep their leaves, the grass stays green and lush, patio furniture is still on sale at Wal-Mart. But the mood of the holidays is slowly working its way into my town, regardless.

I love the holidays! I'm blessed with small children who remind me of the meaning of the holidays (and all the presents on their lists...) nearly every single day for the last three months of the year. I love the music, the food, the movies and TV shows, the decorations, and the joy.

And, of course, I love those holiday books. Do you have any recommendations for me? Which holiday titles are your favorites and/or which ones are you looking forward to?

Sylvia Day

22 Comments:

Blogger brownone said:

Hmm..I don't think I've read any "Holidy" romances. The closest I've come is maybe "Devil in Winter" by Lisa Kleypas.....
I'm in Florida and it NEVER feels like the holidays. Some years we are actually out by the pool!

11:14 AM  

Blogger Cathryn Fox said:

My kids are already making their christmas lists. LOL.
I'm heading to the bookstore tomorrow and can't wait to see all the holiday books on the shelves!

11:39 AM  

Blogger bamabelle said:

I love the holidays! I have two young children who are also already starting their Christmas list. My son's birthday is next week, so we hear that list daily too lol. The holidays to me are about family, hope, and possibility. I love that time of year. I usually have bought more holiday anthologies by this time in October, but have not yet this year. I am looking forward to The Perfect Gift by Maya Banks, Annmarie McKenna, Kate Davies, Stacia Wolf, and MacKenzie McKade. I also intend to buy I'm Your Santa by Karen Kelley, Lori Foster, and Dianne Castell. I'm sure I will find more, but I know I'm getting those two. :)

11:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I love the holidays, too. I also have two small children who tell me during every toy commercial, "Mommy I want that for Christmas!" LOL

I have a Christmas book in my TBR pile - A Highlander For Christmas by Sandy Blair. I've heard nothing but good things about it, but I'm trying to hold off reading it until it gets a little closer to Christmas. I also love Christmas anthologies and that reminds me that I need to head to the bookstore to check some out!

~Andrea

1:12 PM  

Blogger Sylvia Day said:

I want to read HOLIDAYS ARE HELL. Anyone else looking forward to that one? :)

Sylvia

1:17 PM  

Blogger Cathy said:

Hi Sylvia, thanks for the heads up. I like all the authors in Holidays Are Hell, and just added it to my Amazon wish list. One of my favorite holiday reads, is The Twilight Before Christmas by Christine Feehan.

2:37 PM  

Anonymous Stacy S said:

The only one I can think of reading was Santa Baby by Jennifer Cruise, Lori Foster & Carly Phillips. I have a Very Merry Christmas in my tbr pile. Also wanting to get I'm Your Santa by Lori Foster, Karen Kelly & Diane Castell.
My son's bday is this month. So, we get to hear I want this for bday & this for Christmas a lot right now.

2:51 PM  

Anonymous Naughty Nikki said:

I just bought A Higlander for Christmas by Sandy Blair. I love Christmas stories!

4:28 PM  

Blogger acdaisy95 said:

I don't remember the last holiday book I read. But I do not several books in mind on TBR list. I'm Your Santa by Lori Foster and The Perfect Gift (anthology) by Maya Banks, etc.

4:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

any thing with lori foster is hot.

5:59 PM  

Blogger bamabelle said:

Thanks for the heads up, Sylvia! I also added HOLIDAYS ARE HELL to my Amazon wish list. I can't believe I did not know about that one. I love all the authors. :)

6:02 PM  

Blogger Deborah said:

I adore the holiday books that come out from different series like Harlequin Blaze or Silhouette Desire there always hot reads to warm your holidays, their short enough to read between shopping excusions or parties. Got to get ideas for a little holiday romance at home:)

8:02 PM  

Blogger KimW said:

Hi Sylvia! Went by your blog and found my way over here. I highly recommend Must Love Mistletoe by Christie Ridgway. It will make you smile. Great story! I saw a book that just came out by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer called A Christmas Visitor. I'm going to put that one on my list and plan to read it over the holidays.

10:28 PM  

Blogger Sue A. said:

I have a few older Holiday anthologies myself, one is Jingle Bell Rock-Lori Fosters in this one too!

•Some new ones to look out for this month:
A Very Merry Christmas
Author: Lori Foster, Gemma Bruce, Janice Maynard

A Western Winter Wonderland. by Cheryl St. John, Jenna Kernan, Pam Crooks

An Enchanted Season
by Maggie Shayne, Erin McCarthy, Nalini Singh, Jean Johnson

The Gift: Home For Christmas\All I Want For Christmas\Gabriel's Angel by Nora Roberts

Regency Christmas Wishes by Edith Layton, Emma Jensen, and Sandra Heath

•Out in December:
CHRISTMAS PRESENCE: Three tales of love
Donna Birdsell • Lisa Childs • Susan Crosby

•And just an oddly marketed book which came out in July:
The Bite Before Christmas by Laura Baumbach, Sedonia Guillone, and Kit Tunstall (Paperback - Jul 2007)

5:11 AM  

Anonymous Carol said:

Hi all,

My favorite holiday story is from Lisa Kleypas in the anthology Wish List. I also like the one from Linda Howard about Wolf and Mary's daugther

The one I'm most looking forward to now is Suzanne Brockmann's newest All Through the Night with Jules!!!

9:53 PM  

Blogger Sylvia Day said:

Carol,

I loved Lisa's story, too!

Sylvia

11:13 PM  

Blogger Sylvia Day said:

If you all will email me privately (check the contact page on my site), I'll send you all a little something. :) Bamabelle, you'll receive a copy of WHITE HOT HOLIDAYS 2 and a tote bag. I hope you enjoy them.

Thank you all for the recommendations! I appreciate them.

Hugs,
Sylvia

1:19 AM  

Blogger LuciaMacro said:

Wow, Sylvia, this is great! I LOVE how active the Avon Red community is. You all get, by far, the most # of comments. And yes I've noticed. You go, gals!

11:57 AM  

Blogger bamabelle said:

Thanks so much, Sylvia! That is such a wonderful prize. I truly appreciate it! I'm sending an email momentarily. :)

12:55 PM  

Blogger Sylvia Day said:

Lucia,

*g*

Guess we all love to talk about books! :)

Sylvia

9:19 PM  

Blogger Sylvia Day said:

bamabelle,

yw! Hope you enjoy.

hugs,
Sylvia

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