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Christmas is coming and you know what THAT means, don’tcha?

With the holiday season approaching in a ridiculously fast manner, there are a ton of new romance books out with Christmas themes. Books about Christmas brides, Christmas babies, Christmas engagements, even Christmas cowboys ( Yowza!) It got me thinking about why this time of year has such a plethora of romance-related reading material popping up.

Christmas is a time of rebirth, of joy, of giving thanks for the blessings in your life, and ultimately for celebrating Jesus’s birth – remember folks: Jesus is the reason for the season. It makes some kind of sense then that the Christmas baby book bonanza for romance novels is such a widely loved trope. An unexpected surprise is delivered on a doorstop one Christmas morning : a baby. A women who never thought she’d have a child suddenly finds she’s now the “mother” to a slew of nieces and nephews whose parents have been killed, or who have abandoned them. A Christmas miracle happens and a women becomes pregnant when up to this time she hasn’t been able.

Such are the themes of Christmas baby books.

The Christmas bride books are also a popular sell. I will admit this since most people know it already, but I got married the day after Christmas. A few distant relatives and some friends found this date horrific and chose not to attend my wedding due to obligations elsewhere. That was fine with me. I chose this date for a number of reasons which I won’t go into. But it turned out to be a great date for several reasons: 1. All of both our families were together celebrating the holidays; 2. I always pictured a winter wedding, complete with snow and Christmas finery; 3. The Church was already decked out for Christmas – so I didn’t have to pay extra for flowers and decorations ( I’m no dummy, folks, when it comes to saving money), and 4. I knew it was a date my husband wasn’t likely to ever forget was our anniversary.

Getting engaged on Christmas is the second date only to Valentine’s Day where the question is popped. Truly, is there a better present than an engagement ring, all new and sparkly and put on your finger by the guy you want to spend forever with?? I think not.

So, with the holiday rush beginning now that Halloween is but a memory, you will see a large number of new releases on the shelves ( both store and Kindle) with holiday themed covers and stories. I suggest you buy a few that hit your fancy because – trust me – they all have happily ever after endings ( something we all desire ) and they will all make you feel just a little happier during the holiday season.

A few of my favorite new Christmas themed releases this year:

Christmas in Cupid Falls, By Holly Jacobs

A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise, by Maggie McGinnes

The Twelve Brides of Christmas, from The Wild Rose Press

Merry Christmas Baby, by Jill Shalvis

 

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I am not a slut….

I was trudging through the Internet today and reading article after article on why women love romance novels. I was trying to find a universal theme amongst the articles – all written from 2010 until the present.  Some of the pieces were titled, “ Why do contemporary women read old fashioned romance novels? “ and “Why smart women read romance novels,” and “How much do romance novels reflect women’s desires.” Spiffy, if trite and annoying titles, eh? Every article I read – and baby where there plenty – started with what I considered a derogatory opening along the lines that reading romance novels made women either : a. dumb, b. sluts, c. stupid or d. naïve.

It hasn’t been a very happy reading day in my writing loft.

I really couldn’t come up with one universal theme that would either tie the articles together along a logical line of thought, or give credence to the assertions that women who read romance are not the brightest bulbs in the box.

In other words, I felt they had no empirical data, just a lot of suppositions and theories that I didn’t agree with.

Okay. I strongly disagreed with them.

The industry of romance books does over a billion dollars a year. That’s billion with a capital B. Romance readers are loyal. They buy their favorite authors consistently, recommend books to other reads, and write reviews. When you are selling a product, what is the one thing you hope to capture with each and every sale? BUYER LOYALTY. Or in this case, READER LOYALTY. And romance readers are loyal. In spades.

If an author gives the book buying-romance reading public what it wants, they will come back time and time again for the new products (books) related to that brand ( author.)

I’ve mentioned numerous times before why I personally love reading romance novels. I simply love a good story about two people who find each other, despite what ever trials, turmoils, or disasters come their way, to find their happily ever after. Give me that book, with the characters sound and the plot believable, and you’ve got me as a reader for the length of your book-writing career.

And I’m not the only one who feels this way. Whenever a writer can actually make me believe that a fantasy can come true, I’m in. Totally and completely. And again, I’m not alone.

I am a middle aged, highly educated, wealthy and well-spoken professional woman who uses her discretionary dollars to purchase goods she not only needs, but desires as well. I love a good laugh, a mouthwatering piece of chocolate, COACH bags, and romance novels.

So, here’s the truth: I’m not dumb, stupid, naïve or a slut. And yes, I buy romance books. Lots of them.

I also write them. Lots of them.

 

 

 

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