The hero of Gift-Wrapped in Her Wedding Dress (Harlequin Romance, November), Dominic Hunt, is a billionaire Scrooge who hates Christmas. I don’t go so far as having him say “bah humbug” and he actually has very good reason for being miserable about the festive season. My heroine Andie Newman loves everything about Christmas. Needless to say, it’s cause for conflict!
I fall into the “loves Christmas” camp. You’ll never hear a “bah humbug” coming from me. Christmas is a favourite time of year. I love the celebrations with family and friends, the food and the giving and receiving of presents. Even when Christmas became a job for me I enjoyed Christmas.
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In my former life as a magazine editor, I edited a major supermarket Christmas magazine with a circulation in the millions. Year after year my wonderful team never tired of coming up with lovely ways to present Christmas goodies and creating wonderful recipes. Print magazine deadlines being the way they were, we started devising recipes in June for testing and photography to be completed by early September. Yet I still enjoyed doing Christmas all over again when it actually came along in December!
I’ve given heroine Andie a magazine background for Gift-Wrapped in Her Wedding Dress. She and her two business partners have a fledgling party planning business. They really need the job of planning the party that’s meant to reform Dominic’s reputation as a miser—and it’s up to Andie to win it.
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If you get to read the story, you’ll notice a few nods to the classic Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol. I had a lot of fun with this story!
I also had fun with my contribution, Millionaire Under the Mistletoe, to the wonderful box set of Christmas themed novellas to be published by the LoveCats in December. Hot Christmas Nights includes stories by me, Rachel Bailey, Michelle Douglas, Louisa George, Helen Lacey, Stefanie London and Jennifer St George.
We’ve all loved writing these Christmas-themed stories. Do you enjoy reading seasonal stories? What are your thoughts on Christmas? Fun? Stressful? Any favourite foods? Christmas triumphs or Christmas disasters? I’d love to see your comments.
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