You tell us: Your favorite holiday read


Today is release day for TWELVE novellas edited by me. This year, I edited all three of the holiday collections, which each contains 4 holiday novellas. I’m going to do a spot of promo for them at the end of this post ;)

But before then, I’ve missed these You Tell Us posts. In honor of today’s holiday releases, I’m interested to hear about holiday reads you’ve enjoyed. Yesterday on Twitter, author Shannon Stacey tweeted that one of her favorite holiday reads is from Harlequin: Christmas with Her Boss by Marion Lennox. I have to say, I also loved this book. But outside of this book, and the specific holiday stories I’ve edited over the years, I have to admit I had a hard time thinking of holiday stories I loved. I’m wondering if that’s because I tend to think of stories more by their genre (ie contemporary, paranormal) than by their theme?

But it did get me curious to hear if other people had any holiday read favorites, old or new?

You tell us, maybe you love re-reading Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol or Maybe even How the Grinch Stole Christmas from Dr. Seuss? Or if you have a newer favorite, or a holiday story you thought was standout, please share it here.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll check out the new holiday collections from Carina Press. You might just find a new favorite to add to the list!

We Wish You a Steampunk Christmas

Changed forever after tragedy, a woman must draw strength from her husband’s love. A man learns that love isn’t always what you expect. A thief steals the heart of a vengeful professor. And an American inventor finds love Down Under. Enjoy Victorian Christmas with a clockwork twist in these four steampunk novellas.

Anthology includes:

Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacy Gail

This Winter Heart by PG Forte

Wanted: One Scoundrel by Jenny Schwartz

Far From Broken by JK Coi

Stories also available for purchase separately. 117,000 words

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…Love!

A man gives the gift of trust and receives a second chance at love in return. A woman helps to heal the wounded heart of a soldier. A couple finds that true love knows no distance. And a young widow learns that there can be two great loves in a lifetime. Love, romance and passion come together in this collection of four seasonal shorts.

Anthology includes:

This Time Next Year by Alison Kent

A Rare Gift by Jaci Burton

It’s Not Christmas Without You by HelenKay Dimon

Mistletoe and Margaritas by Shannon Stacey

Stories also available for purchase separately. 103,000 words

Baby it’s Cold Outside

A man receives the gift of pleasure at the hands of two expert lovers. Boyhood sweethearts get a second chance at romance. Two very proper gentlemen indulge their forbidden desires. And a Christmas tree farmer has an epiphany. It may be cold outside but these four holiday novellas will warm you up.

Anthology includes:

My True Love Gave to Me by Ava March

Winter Knights by Harper Fox

Lone Star by Josh Lanyon

The Christmas Proposition by K.A. Mitchell

Stories also available for purchase separately. 116,000 words

2 thoughts on “You tell us: Your favorite holiday read”

  1. It’s “The Box of Delights.” I could never interest my children in it as much as it obsesses me, but this book is so very wonderful. I pick it up every year.

    “Strange things begin to happen the minute young Kay Harker boards the train to go home for Christmas and finds himself under observation by two very shifty-looking characters. Arriving at his destination, the boy is immediately accosted by a bright-eyed old man with a mysterious message: “The wolves are running.” Soon danger is everywhere, as a gang of criminals headed by the notorious wizard Abner Brown and his witch wife Sylvia Daisy Pouncer gets to work. What does Abner Brown want? The magic box that the old man has entrusted to Kay, which allows him to travel freely not only in space but in time, too. The gang will stop at nothing to carry out their plan, even kidnapping Kay’s friend, the tough little Maria Jones, and threatening to cancel Christmas celebrations altogether. But with the help of his allies, including an intrepid mouse, a squadron of Roman soldiers, the legendary Herne the Hunter, and the inventor of the Box of Delights himself, Kay just may be able rescue his friend, foil Abner Brown’s plot, and save Christmas, too.”

  2. Oh yes, and you might like my Carina release, “Learning to Trust.” Although they don’t celebrate the holidays in it, it’s my first Carina release and I’m really chuffed with it.
    Sorry, forgot that bit.

    But get a copy of The Box Of Delights, because everybody in the world should read it and love it.

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