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Thu
Dec 5 2013 2:02pm

It’s Beginning to Read A Lot Like Christmas: The Lure of the Holiday Novel

Let It Snow by Heidi CullinanToday we welcome Heidi Cullinan to Heroes and Heartbreakers to share her nominations for favorite holiday novellas. Heidi's own holiday book, Let It Snow, has just been released, and is the story of an erstwhile Goldilocks (a hair stylist) snowed in with three very different bears, masquerading as lumberjacks. Thanks for joining us, Heidi!

I remember, with great fondness, trotting across the street from my college dorm to browse the shelves of Meyer Pharmacy’s romance novel selection, but never so much as I did from October to December because that’s when the holiday anthologies came out. They were treats from authors I loved, as well as peeks at authors I might come to cherish. They put me in the holiday mood, promising a warm, comforted feeling between the pages.

Publishing has changed dramatically since those days, but thank God the holiday novel/novella fad is still around, in many ways bigger and better than ever. We still have the traditional staples and samples breed of New York house anthology, but thanks to ebooks, we have stand-alone novellas as well. Long novels, short stories: we can read them all, and the variety keeps coming. I keep hoping we’ll get more Hanukkah-themed romances, or Christmas-in-Australia (beach barbeque on Christmas Eve!) or maybe even Christmas on a space station. Tell me you wouldn’t read the hell out of any of those—and probably they’re out there, only awaiting our Google-fu. It’s a reader’s market in romance, and at Christmastime? It’s packages under your Nook and Kindle all season long.

[And oh, we are so happy they are...]

Mon
Oct 14 2013 2:15pm

Romantic Attractions: The Thrills and Spills of the Reader’s Theme Park

Today we're delighted to have two authors joining us to talk about great romantic fiction. Heidi Cullinan writes primarily m/m romance, and her latest release, Love Lessons, tells the story of a shy freshman and his Casanova roommate. Damon Suede also writes m/m romance, and his upcoming title, Bad Idea, is about a reclusive comic book artist who meets an FX makeup artist.

Damon and Heidi have teamed up to share how they believe reading romance is like riding a great amusement park ride. Buckle up! And thanks, Heidi and Damon!

“Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning, together with every variety of recreation and fun designed to appeal to everyone.” - Walt Disney

Like an amusement park ride, great romantic fiction must be both safe and exciting, balancing risk and reward for maximum enjoyment. Climbing aboard promises two certainties: a central loving relationship and a positive outcome. We don’t know how the love will happen, but we expect a moving experience that’s surprising and satisfying. Just as we know a well-designed rollercoaster won’t stall or jump the tracks, we know a romance always looks towards a happy future, possibly with marriage, babies, and multiple orgasms. It’s why we keep coming back. We want the the thrills without the spills.

[Safety first!...]