Love a great Christmas romance, but pressed for time? Pick up a holiday novella to satisfy your craving for a great happy-ever-after. This season contemporary authors Jill Shalvis, J.S. Scott, Jessica Scott, Nadia Lee, and Rita Herron are all releasing Christmas novellas. Today these authors stop by to spread the holiday cheer and discuss their favorite holiday reads. Take it away ladies!
J.S. Scott author of The Billionaire’s Christmas:
I love The Gift Of The Magi by O. Henry. It's not exactly a novel, but a short Christmas story about the sacrifices a couple will make for true love. I think it embodies the spirit of the holidays and it's a short, sweet read.
Nadia Lee author of The Billionaire’s Holiday Obsession:
Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs. It's urban fantasy, and I really loved it.
Jessica Scott author of All I Want For Christmas Is You:
I think A Christmas Carol is a big one. It’s easy to get caught up in the mayhem over the holidays but it’s important to sometimes step back and remember that they’re supposed to be about family and friends and giving. I love the change of heart in that story.
Jill Shalvis author of Merry Christmas, Baby:
The Polar Express! Gah. Makes me cry every. single. time. Love it, always have.
Rita Herron author of Going To the Chapel:
My favorite Christmas story is The Polar Express. We read it to our children every year. It’s not only a beautiful picture book but it portrays the spirit of the holidays.
About the Novellas
Merry Christmas, Baby by Jill Shalvis
Wild child Chloe Thompson can't believe how much things have changed. She still can't get enough of her sexy husband Sawyer, but he seems to prefer working to impending fatherhood. So tonight, a very pregnant Chloe is escaping her troubles at the town Christmas party.
Sheriff Sawyer Thompson hopes surprising Chloe at the party will give him a chance to set things right. But as the snow begins to fall and the wind rages, he wonders whether he can make it back in time. While mother nature conspires to keep Sawyer and Chloe apart, an unexpected arrival will require them to kiss and make up . . . and ring in the happiest holiday Lucky Harbor has ever seen.
The Billionaire’s Christmas by J.S. Scott
Called an eccentric beast by the citizens of Amesport, Maine, handsome billionaire Grady Sinclair stays isolated in his mansion on a private peninsula. The arrangement suits Grady just fine—until an angelic woman rings his doorbell, awaking his long dormant passion with her fearlessness. All he wants is to make the fiery blonde his forever. But will he have to become the monster everyone thinks he is to get his Christmas wish?
Emily Ashworth is desperate. The Youth Center has been robbed of all its money, and as the director, she has to find a way to give the town’s needy children the Christmas they deserve. With nowhere else to turn, she ventures to the mansion of a mysterious billionaire to ask for help. Warned to expect a beast, Emily is shocked to find Grady Sinclair a handsome and passionate man. Is this misunderstood billionaire just a lonely soul who needs the gift of love for Christmas?
All I Want For Christmas Is You by Jessica Scott
All Major Patrick MacLean wanted was Christmas with the woman and child who were his family in everything but name. But Captain Samantha Egan has come back from the war a different woman than the one who left - and she doesn't know if she can love him anymore.
But neither of them counted on the determination of a little girl they both call daughter and if Natalie has her wish, her parents may have no idea what's coming for them. It's going to take Christmas miracle to bring these two wounded warriors back from the edge of a broken heart.
Going To the Chapel by Rita Herron
If there’s a naughty list, Izzy Sassafras is on it—but she’s ready to make a new start this Christmas. Especially after leaving her lying, cheating, no-good husband and fleeing to her old hometown of Matrimony, Georgia. Izzy’s made herself a promise: no more men. All she wants to do is get her wedding business up and running—and mend fences with her estranged sisters. But Izzy knows she’s in trouble when her very first client, a smooth-talking Texan, makes her light up like a Christmas tree.
Desperate for business, private investigator Levi Fox reluctantly takes a case involving a runaway wife in a town called Matrimony. When he meets sweet, sexy Izzy, he decides she can’t possibly be as innocent as she seems. At first, posing as her client is the perfect cover; but he soon imagines himself as a groom—with Izzy as his Christmas bride! Will this case end with a trip to the chapel…or the jailhouse?
The Billionaire’s Holiday Obsession by Nadia Lee
Deep in debt and stalked by a deadly conman, Jane Connolly needs a job and a safe place to stay. With no one to turn to in an unfamiliar city, she can't refuse the kindness of a magnetic stranger.
A former mixed martial arts fighter, billionaire Iain Pryce couldn't walk away from a small town girl in a big city, especially when it's obvious she's in trouble. But her sweet spirit threatens the single principle he's been living under for the past thirteen years: don't lose control...