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Amanda’s November Books!

Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope you’re all having a good/scary time and haven’t eaten too many Kit-Kat bars as I have. The town where I live had their trick-or-treat last night, so my festivities are now over and I’m onto thinking about the next holiday (Christmas!) and the rush of new releases coming up in the next two months. Where has the year gone???

But thinking about Christmas is perfect for my first November release! (Since I have 2 releases in November and my new Laurel McKee book, Duchess of Sin, in December, I am spending the next few weeks visiting blogs and running around to bookstores in addition to wrapping presents and mailing cards…) Snowbound and Seduced is my new Christmas novella in Regency Christmas Proposals

“Mary Bassington, Lady Derrington longs to be the carefree woman she once was. But she gets more than she bargained for this Christmas when she’s snowbound with old flame Dominick, Viscount Amesby, who reignites her passion for life–and love!” (from the back cover)

I had so much fun working on the Diamonds of Welbourne Manor anthology with Diane and our friend Deb Marlowe that I loved getting to re-visit the characters for this story. I had never really intended for Mary Bassington to have her own tale, but after I met her I became very curious. Why was she so sad? What was going on between her and Dominick? Snowbound and Seduced was my chance to find out and give them their very own holiday HEA (and also catch up with some of the Welbourne crowd!).

I also love snowbound stories, am totally addicted to them, so it was easy to devise a plot for Mary and Dominick that would get them together again and make them talk to each other finally (among other activities…). They have to join forces to set out in nasty winter weather in order to track down her naughty younger sister–who has eloped with Dominick’s cousin! On the way they find out the truth about the past, and discover that their love has never died. And they have a lovely, holly-berry Christmas too! (Regency Christmas Proposals also includes stories by Carole Mortimer and Gayle Wilson, so it’s a great holiday treat! It’s available at Eharlequin, and you can find excerpts and more info at my website)

“A heart-warming tale of unrequited young love that comes back to haunt and stoke flames of passion!” –The Season Reviews

My second November release, a Harlequin Historical Undone story with the all-encompassing title To Court, Capture, and Conquer, has nothing at all to do with Christmas, but it’s also a “cabin” romance! Set in Elizabethan England, Lord Edward Hartley is finally poised to take his long-planned revenge on Sir Thomas Shelton, a villain who once destroyed Edward’s brother. Edward will kidnap Shelton’s virginal intended. But he gets the girl’s beautiful, sophisticated aunt, Lady Elizabeth, instead! (It’s available at Eharlequin now as well!)

Trapped together in a country cottage, they find a passion neither of them ever expected–and a way to heal the wounds of the past. I loved seeing Edward and Elizabeth find happiness together, and I loved the setting too, the seamier side of the 16th century. Look for these characters to continue in a full-length novel next year, release date TBA…

You haven’t seen the last of me this year, either! I will be at various blogs in coming weeks (Word Wenches on November 24 to promote Duchess of Sin, followed by The Season on the 30th, Borders on December 15, and SOS on December 6, along with Nicola Cornick. Lots of chances to win! I also have a great contest going on at my Laurel site until December…)

What are some of your favorite holiday stories?? (I like to get out all my old Regency Christmas anthologies, which I used to buy every year, and re-read them around Christmastime!). What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? And do you enjoy the shorter-length stories? (I will give away a free download of To Court… and a signed copy of Regency Christmas Proposals to two commenters)

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12 years ago

Hi Amanda,

I read the Diamonds of Welbourne Manor and loved it. How fab that Mary gets her HEA and will smile again.

I absolutely adore Christmas stories and even started collecting them. Ok I have only 9 books so far but still… it’s a collection. I store ‘m in a large chest and plan to pull them out of the attic in November. So that, I too, can enjoy them again in time for Christmas.

One of my fav Christmas stories is A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas. Cause it has so many traditions in it.

I really enjoy reading shorter length stories. I like to read them on the weekend, in between jobs round the house. Hoover the floor, read a few pages. Wash the windows, read another chapter etc… This way I allow myself to indulge in a bit of romance without being too much of a slacker.

12 years ago

I love anthologies and have 2 shelves, double stacked, of just Christmas anthologies. the majorities are historicals, mostly Regency and Western. Every year I add more to my stash. I have 2 already for this year. Holiday stories are always special.

Have a great Halloween.

Louisa Cornell
12 years ago

I have Regency Christmas Proposals sitting on top of my stack of historical romance Christmas anthologies. I always pull them out and read them between Thanksgiving and Christmas !! A Wallflower Christmas is in that mix as well. Also have Joanna Maitland’s latest The Earl’s Christmas Bride in the stack. Reading and rereading these will definitely get me into the Christmas spirit !

12 years ago

I love Christmas anthologies. The short stories work out perfect during the holiday season; I don’t get caught up reading for too long but still have my satisfying ending when I put my book down.

Snow White
12 years ago

I am freshman at reading Romance, but in my wish list and to read list there are a lot of Christmas anthologies books that I want to read as soon as I finish my semester at college. I also love reading about The Tudors and love both short and long stories.

Amy Kathryn
Amy Kathryn
12 years ago

I love everything about Christmas…I activate the holiday music in my iTunes about now to shuffle in and then hit it full time after Thanksgiving. Love watching Miracle on 31st Street, The Santa Clause, etc and reading books set in the holiday season so I can read about the food, decorations, traditions of others.

I lover reading shorter stories mixed in with the longer books so I can mix it up with genres or authors and keep it fresh.

Amanda McCabe/Laurel McKee

Glad to see I’m not the only one who loves anthologies during the holiday season! 🙂 I was lucky enough to find a stash of some of the older Signet anthologies at a library booksale last year, so my collection is almost complete and I have a wide variety of stories to read in December. (for some reason, it’s hard for me to focus on longer books during such a busy time!)

I also dearly love my Christmas music CDs! I’d love to hear what music is everyone’s favorite…

12 years ago

I do enjoy, very much, digging out those old Regency Christmas short story collections. They are just right for such a busy time.

Elena Greene
12 years ago

Congrats on the new releases, Amanda!

I have a huge confession to make. I have never read a Regency Christmas novella. Shame on me, I know! I think I have always thought they would present a too Hallmark-commercial-perfect a view of Christmas and that doesn’t match my own reality too well. Maybe I need to try one and see, because I can’t imagine Amanda writing anything saccharine.

Grinch here, making a resolution to read Regency Christmas Proposals! 🙂

12 years ago

Hi Amanda,

Congratulations on the new stories you have out. One of my favorite stories, Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand has Christmas during part of it but is not a Christmas story.

Amy Kathryn
Amy Kathryn
12 years ago

I have a ton of Christmas CDS..if I have to pick just a few favorites I would say Narada Nutcracker, Etta James, Celtic Carols, and Charlie Brown Christmas. I also couldn’t do with Johnny Cash, Joan Osbourne, and the Andrew Sisters.

Amanda McCabe/Laurel McKee

LOL Elena! I admit some of the novellas I’ve read I like better than others (some are a bit too sweet, alas, and I think probably our view of “Christmas” is technically more Victorian than Regency) but I love the ones that are either very emotional and a bit dark, or ones that are just funny! Christmas itself always seems to be just like that…

Amanda McCabe/Laurel McKee

Some of my favorite holiday CDs are ones by groups like the Baltimore Consort, early carols and such, and I’m also addicted to Celtic music and the “Ella Fitzgerald Wishes You a Swinging Christmas” album 🙂

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

I love Christmas anthologies, too. There is something so especially uplifting about them.

Amanda, your creativity never ceases to amaze me!

Novel Reaction
12 years ago

I am like you and pull out the Regency Romance Christmas Collections. Some of my favorite are the Christmas Kittens that Zebra Regency used to publish. There is something about the Regency Christmas tradition of gathering family houseparty with all the trappings and traditions that I love.

12 years ago

I re-read ‘The cockermouth Mail’ every Christmas – a great snowbound tale!


Karen H in NC
12 years ago

I read DOWM and loved it. I don’t usually get that involved in holiday themed books but I did enjoy reading ‘A Wallflower Christmas’ by Lisa Kleypas. Unfortunately, I don’t have room to keep books once I’ve read them, so I can’t pull out the oldies for a re-read. Must go on to the new stuff! Like ‘One Candlelit Christmas’ with Julia Justiss, Annie Burrows & Terri Brisbin that has been sitting on my TBR mountain range for sometime now. And of course, ‘Regency Christmas Proposals’ in on my Books-to-buy list!

12 years ago

I love Christmas stories whether they are short stories, novels or anthologies!

I start buying them as soon as they are released and then save them all and start reading them on Thanksgiving after the big turkey dinner when my husband is starting to doze in his chair!

My husband and I usually can’t get vacation time in December to visit our grandchildren so we have a quiet at home in front of the fireplace reading so I usually save my favoirte for just that time.

Johanna R Jochum
12 years ago

I love Christmas and Holiday themed romance stories! My favorites are The Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas and the Present by Johanna Lindsey! I enjoy short stories in anthologies just as long as it well written! Thanks for sharing today!


12 years ago

I like “A Wallflower Christmas” by Lisa Kleypas as well. I love reading about how they celebrated back in those days – what’s the same and what’s different from nowadays.


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