I don’t know about you, but I love holiday stories and movies. Maybe it’s because my grandparents always made a big deal out of the holidays. We had special foods we didn’t have at any other time of year. We gathered together as one big family, sharing gifts, watching old movies, and visiting relatives we never saw at any other time. My grandmother’s house was decorated with ornaments made and purchased throughout the years, and seeing them again was like meeting up with old friends. I remember these days as being magical.
I don’t have as much time for the holidays any longer. Our families are scattered all over the country. We seldom get much time off. Money is frequently too tight for travel or buying much in the way of gifts. I almost never decorate, send cards out, or bake cookies any more.
But I still love the magic of the holidays. I adore a good holiday story. I love watching the old holiday specials, like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, or How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I love the old movies, like It’s a Wonderful Life and Holiday Inn. It wouldn’t be the holidays to me without reading or watching A Christmas Carol in some form–personally, the Muppet version is my favorite!
And I love, love, LOVE holiday stories! I got hooked at an early age on those annual anthologies that would come out with Regency or Victorian settings. Or contemporary stories where the main characters were snowbound or somehow stranded for the holidays–and wound up falling in love. I’d starting buying them in October and eat them up with a spoon–still enjoying them in the cold, dreary days of January and February! So it’s little wonder I decided to write a holiday story myself this year–in fact, it’s more amazing I haven’t done it before!
To celebrate the release of Holiday House Swap (Dec 21, from Dreamspinner Press), I thought it would be fun to ask people to share their holiday stories with me, past or present. This is by no means a complete list, nor have I read everything on it myself–but I have to say, my wish list for Christmas just got much bigger! It seems as though this list is all M/M romance, but it’s open to all genres–just leave a link to your story in the comments! If your story doesn’t have a happy ending though, please warn for that–more than any other kind of romance, holiday stories beg for happy endings, don’t you think?
So here you go–enjoy! Be sure to share with others, and if you’re an author who has a holiday story out (no matter if recently or not), be sure to leave your story link in the comments! Here we are, listed by author surname in alphabetical order (covers chosen at random):
Wrapped Together (Portland Heat) by Annabeth Albert
If Only in My Dreams by Keira Andrews
On Wings of Song by Anne Barwell
The Holiday Hoax by Skylar Cates
He’s Behind You by Rebecca Cohen
In From the Cold by Shae Connor
Of Holiday Spirits, Wake-Up Calls, and Happily Ever Afters By Shae Connor
Sharing Christmas by Shae Connor
The Half-Life of Pumpkin Pie (from Butt Babes in Boyland) by Shae Connor
Glass Tidings by Amy Jo Cousins
Santa Baby (Minnesota Christmas Book 4) by Heidi Cullinan
A Prairie Dog’s Love Song by Eli Easton
Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton
The Christmas Wager by Jamie Fessenden
When Love Flue In by Lillian Francis
A Christmas Kiss by Annabelle Jacobs
Tis the Season by Alex Jane
Christmas Kitsch by Amy Lane
So This Is Christmas (Adrien English Mysteries) by Josh Lanyon
Holiday House Swap by Sarah Madison (wait, that’s ME!)
The Wrong Kind of Angel by Ruby Moone
Lit Up by Devyn Morgan
Twinkle, Twinkle by Josephine Myles
A Family for Christmas by Jay Northcote
Cold Feet by Jay Northcote
What Happens at Christmas by Jay Northcote
Matches by Rick R. Reed
Analog to Digital by Posy Roberts (Advent Calendar)
Feathers from the Sky by Posy Roberts
Strawberries in the Snow by Kate Pavelle and Olivette Devaux
Detective Fox and the Christmas Caper by Isobel Starling ON SALE DEC 1-2 FOR ONLY .99 CENTS!
Fred and Ginger by Isobel Starling
Christmas on Adelaide Road by Helena Stone (FREE)
Falling Snow on Snow by Lou Sylvre
Teddy Bears (2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug) by Brandon Witt
I’m sure there are more stories out there–I just haven’t found them yet. Be sure to rec your own holiday stories, past or present, in the comments below! Happy Holidays!