Holiday Highlights Part II

by Donna Hayes, President, CEO of Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.

All of us at Harlequin love the holidays – and we know our readers do too – which means we publish lots of holiday themed books at this time of year. I thought I’d tell you about a few of them, just to get you in the spirit!

At our bookstore we decided to highlight our holiday editorial by creating our very own North Pole, filled with great holiday books. The range is eclectic, from Victorian Yuletide to celebrating with Vampires—and not to stop there, we created a North Pole book trailer as well!

Here are a few of my faves for this holiday season:

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is back with a brand-new Silhouette Desire, HIGH-POWERED, HOT-BLOODED! Our final Man of the Month is Duncan Patrick, CEO Scrooge. His whole life turns around when he meets sweet kindergarten teacher Annie McCoy. I have to give kudos to the art department for creating such a beautiful image to present the wonderful story inside. This is the first time in years a Desire cover hasn’t been red.

Desire also has a new book by New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer in December as well! THE MAVERICK is a brand-new story in Diana’s Long-Tall Texans series. Click below to read the first chapter:

If you’re in the mood to be a bit naughty, the Harlequin Blaze line has a few steamy holiday reads from stocking-stuffer sized short stories in BETTER NAUGHTY THAN NICE by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Jill Shalvis, and Rhonda Nelson to a new Blaze Historical—TWELVE NIGHTS by Hope Tarr.

Finally, it will be no surprise that the Christmas spirit is strong in our Steeple Hill line of inspirational romance novels. Holiday-themed stories can be found in all three Love Inspired imprints, from contemporaries, historical, or romantic suspense. There are too many books to name them all, so be sure to visit the Steeple Hill section of eHarlequin.com for book descriptions, excerpts and more. And if you still think it’s a bit too early to be talking Christmas, you can find Thanksgiving-set stories in A FAMILY FOR THANKSGIVING by Patricia Davids and THE THANKSGIVING TARGET by Laura Scott!

Don’t forget—these make fantastic stocking stuffers, so you can share the lovely holiday spirit with your fellow readers.

Do you like giving books as presents? Do you try to introduce your friends and family to new authors or give them a book by an author they already enjoy?

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Comments ( 5 )
  1. Nicole S
    November 10, 2009 at 6:56 pm
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    There a lot of good holiday books coming out. I love reading the books this time of year. The stories seem all the sweeter with all that Christmas magic.

    In my family we pick names and My cousin and I always get each (of course it’s fixed ) and she’s not a big reader of romance, but you just given me an idea what to get her for Christmas. She enjoys reading mysteries so I may get a good mystery this Christmas.

  2. Marcie
    November 10, 2009 at 11:01 pm
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    I just received my copy of Susan Mallery’s book in the mail. I love the cover! It’s what drew me in to buy the book.
    There is red in the cover though – the package in the model’s hand!

  3. Ellen
    November 11, 2009 at 1:46 am
    Reply

    Unfortunately I have a bunch of nonreaders in my family so books are not usually a gift I give to them. They just don’t appreciate it when they do get a book. But I have a friend who loves to read and I send her books all the time not just for special occasions. I just bought “A Family for Thanksgiving” but haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

  4. Rhyanna S DeTuathana
    January 30, 2010 at 5:03 am
    Reply

    Hi I am not sure who I’d direct this to, so I am hoping that you’ll know whom to direct this too.
    I’d like to request that the Second Chance Series that were done back in the mid-late 80s make a come back, be published again. If I remember correctly, the women weren’t virgins, they were widowed or divorced and get a second chance at love.
    A twist can be added in that they come with baggage, dark backgrounds, children, extended families, etc.
    I’m how about a homeless woman, or homeless woman with kids gets into a home, meets a man that loves her, will accept her children, dogs, rats that are pets, etc…or a homeless man finds love and together they find a home, adopt foster kids, cats/dogs, giving back to the community, etc.

    anyway, I sure hope that the Second Chance Series will make a comeback and that Harlequin will start publishing them.
    I’m asking as a reader who enjoyed the series, and who has been writing stories that feature second, third chances at love and a family many with paranormal, some featuring a foster child, foster mother, and new man who wants them both. I have posted some of my work on textnovel.com under daeanarah. Alas, non rec’d the large amt of votes needed to be selected at a chance to chat with an editor. I am entering the Nocturne Bites Pitch contest and I wish Luna would do one as well.

    thank you for reading my email and have a nice day.

    Sincerely,

    Rhyanna S DeTuathana

  5. Rhyanna S DeTuathana
    January 30, 2010 at 5:07 am
    Reply

    I have bought and downloaded an ebook. I am going to give it a second run through when I can find out where on my computer I saved it too.
    I’ve also downloaded some free ones…and I have to find those too…lol.

    blessings.

    Rhyanna

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