Sunday, December 4, 2011


Happy holidays, Sweethearts and readers! I live on the Gulf Coast so I’m loving these low temps and the absence of all that evil humidity we’re plagued with deep down south throughout the majority of the year. Unfortunately, my husband and I left the north part of Alabama less than twenty-four hours before it began to snow. Hopefully, we’ll see a tiny bit of that fluffy white precipitation further down our way before the year is over. Just enough to snuggle up with a blanket and cocoa and read the latest holiday romance….

Wait, what am I talking about? I don’t need an excuse to curl up with a holiday romance. They happen to be my favorite part of the holiday season. And it might come as no surprise to you that my favorite holiday romance of all-time is western-themed. I don’t normally read inspirational titles but I couldn’t resist Jillian Hart’s Homespun Bride. Every holiday season I crack it open again for a sure, warm-hearted holiday read. To me, it’s the perfect medicine and distraction from the stress of the inevitable holiday rush.

I took part in a holiday romance this year, co-written by the authors of The Roses of Prose so the holiday season for me started some time ago while I was writing my two chapters of the progressive story. It's not easy getting into the Christmas spirit in September. Thankfully, not long before I began writing my portion of A Holiday to Remember, my husband found some of his mother's old records in storage. Among them was the best of Bing Crosby. Despite the fact that it was still hot and humid outside, I made myself some cocoa and marshmellows, turned the flames up on our electric fire place and listened to Bing while I wrote. All I needed was a light blanket of snow outside the window and the smell of roasting chestnuts.

So although I've been deeply entrenched in the holiday spirit for most of the autumn months, this is me wishing you all happy holidays! And I want to know which holiday read you're reading or soon to be reading to take you away this season....

(You can find out more about A Holiday to Remember, the holiday romance I co-wrote with The Roses of Prose, at my website:!)


  1. Great post, Amber. My mom loved Bing Crosby, but my dad didn't, so I remember them discussing pros and cons of the singer. I love the Christmas season, and will keep snuggled up with my Kindle and my sweet husband, reading the Christmas stories of our Sweethearts plus a few more I've acquired.

  2. Amber--I love that you have a favorite novel to curl up with every Christmas. It's comforting to me to read books I've read several times, so I understand that.
    I was never a big fan of Bing Crosby--it's one of those things that you were expected to love...but didn't. As I got older, though, the old singers and songs seem better, and now I do enjoy them.
    Thanks for such a good post...


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