Sunday, December 15, 2013

All I want for Christmas is . . . a Good Holiday Story

By Hope Ramsay

I’m an avid reader.  Like most authors it was reading that lead me to this writing life.  And when it comes to pleasing me at Christmastime, all you have to do is give me a good book.  In fact, I plan most of my holiday festivities for Christmas Eve, so on Christmas day I can relax, curl up with a hot toddy, and crack a good book, hopefully one of many I’ve received from friends and family.

So, if you have an avid romance reader in your family and you’re wondering what to give her for Christmas.  Here is a rundown of some terrific holiday stories.  Many of these reads are less than $2.00 in digital format, so you could easily buy them all and load up the e-reader of the bibliophile in your life. 

Perfect by Autumn Jordon
Dylan Kincaid totally screwed up Thanksgiving and now he's faced with Christmas. Thrown into the frightening role of both mother and father while his brother and sister-in-law are off serving their country, all Dylan wants is to make Christmas perfect for his two nieces. But time is running out.

Down on her luck Charleston, S.C. restaurateur, Darcy Witherspoon is licking a wounded ego when she arrives in Black Moose, VT and meets the handsome Maple tree farmer. Wanting a happy holiday herself, she teams up with Dylan to make a perfect Christmas.

Neither is interested in a holiday affair, but the magic of Christmas has something more everlasting in store for the couple. An absolutely perfect love!

Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane
Always putting business before pleasure, Cassie McPherson works hard for her family's construction business. That might explain why she doesn't have a date for the company Christmas party. But it doesn't quite explain why she's crazy enough to hire an escort for the event or - crazier still - why she's dying to unwrap him like a present . . .

With whiskey-colored eyes and a killer smile, James is one gorgeous hunk who really knows how to fill out a tuxedo. He charms everyone, including Cassie. And when the night ends, the party doesn't stop. As Cassie falls, literally, into his bed, James falls head over heels in love. Now he has to figure out a way to tell her the truth: he's not an escort. He's her family's fiercest business rival. But all he wants for Christmas is her .... The digital version of this book will be on sale for $1.99 starting in mid-December.

Trouble with Christmas by Debbie Mason
Resort developer Madison Lane is about to lose the one thing she loves most in the world - her job.

Dubbed "The Grinch Who Killed Christmas," Madison spoiled a deal that would turn quaint Christmas, Colorado, into a tourist's winter wonderland. Now the citizens want her fired but the company gives her one last chance, sending Madison to the small town to restore the holiday cheer.

For Sheriff Gage McBride, no hotshot executive from New York City is going to destroy the dreams of the people he loves. But one look at this beautiful woman and it's his heart that may be broken. In just a few days, Madison causes more trouble than he's had to deal with all year. He can't decide if she's naughty or nice, but one thing is for certain- Christmas will never be the same again.. The digital version of this book will be on sale for $1.99 starting in mid-December.

Spirit of Christmas by Liz Talley

Brennan Henry doesn't have time for holly and jolly. He's been too busy boosting the bottom line for the family business. That is, until his eccentric grandfather hands over a lot of money to a stranger on the street. Some nonsense about her being the true spirit of Christmas. Yeah, right. All Brennan can see is he's now got a situation on his hands with one Mary Paige Gentry.

Then he meets Mary Paige. And no matter how deep he searches, it seems she's the real deal. Kind, compassionate and just enough sass to keep him very intrigued. The spark of attraction between them could land him on the naughty list! But his is still a dollars-and-cents world…unless she can prove there's more to the season—more to life—than money.

And if you’re looking for an anthology of shorter Christmas Stories, pick up the digital anthology A Christmas to Remember, with stories by Jill Shalvis, Kristen Ashley, Molly Cannon, Marilyn Pappano, and me. Click here.

Happy holiday reading to one and all.  


  1. Wonderful suggestions Hope! Thanks so much for sharing! My wish list is getting longer and longer! :-)

  2. Thank you for these awesome recommendations, Hope. I've been steadily working my way through holiday anthologies for the past week and a half and don't have my fill yet. They totally get me in the mood for the season. So now I have a few more I'm going to run to buy right now.

    Reading holiday romances is the one thing I do for myself at the holidays in the midst of all the hustle and bustle that I'm usually orchestrating. ;0)

    Thanks again for the great recommendations & I'd already purchased the anthology you're in, so I'm going to read it next. Yeehaw! Happy Holidays to all!

  3. Hey Misha, Thanks for stopping by. And I know that feeling about the wish list.

  4. Hi Mackenzie,

    I'm right with you about holiday books. Nothing puts me in the mood better, except Christmas music. :) Happy Reading

  5. I couldn't agree more, Hope. I love to cozy up with a good book around the holidays. A Christmas to Remember is waiting for me on my Kindle.(Once deadlines are over. Ha!) Thanks for the mention and Happy Holidays everyone!

  6. Katie, Thanks for stopping by. You have yourself a wonderful Christmas, now, you hear?

  7. Hope!! What a fantastic list!! I was just "shopping" on my bookshelf for some of my favorite Christmas romances. I never get tired of re-reading Mary Jo Putney or Carla Kelly novellas this time of year. I'm off to Amazon to pick up your anthology!

  8. Hey Keely,

    Thanks, and happy holiday reading. :)

  9. Thanks for including my take on A Christmas Carol in your picks. Nothing better than a good Christmas story....unless its a good Christmas story and a cup of hot cocoa.

  10. I'm trying to decide which to buy. Hunk for Xmas or Trouble w Xmas. Oh heck! Just get them both and A Xmas to Remember. It will have characters from my favorite SC town, right?