But in no time at all, the air will turn crisp, then cold. Soon only the pines will retain their green, and snow has been known to fall even in October (although it's rare for any measurable snow before November, it has happened). The cinnamon scents of Christmas will begin to appear in stores and homes, the days will turn dark earlier and earlier and soon the holidays will be upon us. Not long from now, the rush and bustle of the season will begin in earnest.
But for now, things are still simmering. The excitement and hectic running from here to there has yet to take place. There's actually still time to read (at least for me. Your situation may be different).
With that in mind, I'm going to kick things off with 5 Christmas books to get you in the spirit of the upcoming holiday. These are all contemporary romances. I'll see if I can't dig around and find some other categories for a different post, but this is a start.
This first one is a book you've seen before (yes, it's mine, and it's in the sidebar every day). Here's the description of my novella, the second book in the 3-novella anthology (other novellas are by Carole Mortimer and Nikki Logan)
The Soldier, the Puppy and Me by Myrna Mackenzie
Christmas is a difficult time for war hero Trey McFadden, and it doesn't help that his neighbor, Ella Delancey, and her adorable puppy, Fizz, seem determined on spreading festive cheer.
A Christmas to Remember contains selections by 5 authors (Jill Shalvis, Kristen Ashley, Hope Ramsay, Molly Cannon and Marilyn Pappano).
Here's the description of Marilyn Pappano's novella, A Family for Christmas:
War widow Ilena doesn't mind spending Christmas alone. But when a new doctor blows into town with the winter wind, will she get her secret Christmas wish?
A Little Bit of Holiday Magic by Melissa McClone:
A new family…for Christmas?
All widow Grace Wilcox wants is a fresh start for her and her young son, Liam. When her truck spins off the icy road, her rescuer turns out to be the hottest firefighter in Hood Hamlet, and even wary Grace can't say no to his offer of help!
Bill Paulson has stuck to his no-dating rule so far this Christmas, but having Grace in his home is testing his chivalrous side to the limit! Her little boy is melting his heart, even asking for a new daddy from Santa….
But Grace has already loved and lost one hero. Can she really let herself get close to another?
The Christmas Baby Surprise by Shirley Jump
The secret to mend their marriage
With an aching heart, Emily Watson knows her marriage is in trouble. She wants it to work more than anything in the world, so walking away from Cole is the hardest thing she'll ever do. But one last night together is set to change her life and her marriage forever….
Needing time to think, Emily returns to the one place that always feels like home: the Gingerbread Inn. It is the perfect setting to work out what to do with her little secret.
And when Cole finds her, and her growing bump, he realizes that this Christmas, some things are worth fighting for….
Single Dad's Christmas Miracle by Susan Meier
He needs a helping hand…
Having recently lost his wife, Clark Beaumont is trying to make it through the holidays for the sake of his kids. But with his son failing at school and his little girl talking only in whispers, he needs nothing short of a miracle….
…when one arrives on his doorstep!
Althea Johnson is only meant to tutor Clark's son. But with her help the Beaumont family begins to come alive again, and against the odds Althea hopes that when Christmas morning arrives there will be four stockings hanging over the fireplace….
By the way, Melissa, Shirley, Susan and I have taken part in several series together for Silhouette Romance and Harlequin Romance (The Wedding Planners, Girls Weekend in Vegas, In a Fairy Tale World and The Larkville Legacy). More on that at another time...
Enjoy the anticipation of the Christmas season.