Today 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.