Tuesday, December 20, 2016


Do you have a favorite romance story that takes place at Christmas? One that really stands out and makes you smile to remember it?

You would think a Christmas romance would be one of the easiest tales to tell, wouldn’t you? I mean, what could be better than a backdrop of snow and mistletoe, the warmth of a fire in a great room, a twinkling Christmas tree…but what about creating a little excitement?


As readers, we want something that’s going to keep us turning the pages, no matter what time of year it might be—and let’s face it, sitting in front of a fire, half-asleep, with a book on our laps and a full stomach is not all that exciting—or romantic, either.


But sometimes, it can be a little tough to create a full length novel around a short time span—with the entire story being told in a month’s (or less) time. And for me…I’m not ever sure if my characters are going to decide if a short story is going to do their tale justice—or if they’re going to want MORE.


I’ve written quite a few novellas for Christmas boxed sets and anthologies, with some single-author collections of my own that take place for the most part during the Christmas season. But as for full-length novels that take place a Christmas, I haven’t tackled that yet, though I’d love to write one someday. This year, I DID write my first Medieval story--a Christmas wedding tale that appears in the boxed set ONE WINTER KNIGHT!


What are your favorite stories that take place at Christmas? Got some to share? I always love holiday Regency stories—and it seems there are more of those that are full-length novels than other genres.

Lisa Kleypas is a favorite of mine with her older Wallflower series. Each takes place in a different season, but there is the Christmas installment, A WALLFLOWER CHRISTMAS. It’s not a western, but this is a wonderful series, and I especially loved the Christmas tale.

Here are some heartwarming tales that make for some good holiday reading for yourself and for others!

Here's one by Livia J. Washburn (Reasoner) that's sure to please--and right now, it's FREE!


A touching novel of redemption and love by Angela Raines! Only .99!


An oldie but a goodie!


A mail-order bride Christmas story!


What are some of YOUR favorite holiday romance tales? Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win your choice of ONE of any of our Prairie Rose Publications titles included in this post in e-book format! I'll be drawing two names--you could be a lucky winner!


  1. I can't say as I have a favourite, but one that always stands out is Christmas at Timberline by Fern Michaels. And A Wallflower Christmas was an enjoyable book too.

    1. Wish there were more of these, don't you, Kathleen? I just love Christmas tales. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  2. Cheryl,

    Just amazed at what you do! Keep going!

    1. Charlie, thanks so much for your encouragement! Livia, Kathleen, and I appreciate it so much. MERRY CHRISTMAS! (I'm going to take out our MEMORIES FROM MAPLE STREET: THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER! and read it again over the holidays!)

  3. Cheryl Pierson I love the books I have read by you!!!!

    1. Aw, thank you, Glenda! Those are very kind words that are MUCH appreciated. Hope you have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  4. You know, the holiday season always brings to mind the O'Henry stories. I still love them and the unique twist he always added.

    Wishing everyone a great season and even better 2017 full of fun, food, and lots of romance. Doris

    1. Doris, you are so right. Loved his stories so much. I always looked forward to those in high school -- they always included some in our text books, and they were my favorites. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  5. I recently read "A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe" and enjoyed it very much. I love anything by Stacey Coverstone.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sue! I love Stacey's work, too. That set has a lot of excellent tales in it--so glad you enjoyed it! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  6. Annnnnnnnnnddddd, my winners are GLENDA and Sue B.!!!! Y'all shoot me an e-mail at fabkat_edit@yahoo.com to claim your prize! Thanks to everyone for stopping by today! MERRY CHRISTMAS!