2017 Christmas Extravaganza featuring Anna Campbell
Hi J’aimee and all the AusRom Today mavens! Happy Christmas to you all!
I love Christmas for many reasons. For a start, all the wonderful Christmas romance comes out, and it’s a time of year that lends itself to novellas.
Speaking of which, I’ve got two out this year – the brand-new The Christmas Stranger (which you can win today!) and Mistletoe and the Major which appeared in a short-lived anthology last year and you may have missed. As an extra bonus, Her Christmas Earl is part of the bumper multi-author anthology Romance Under the Mistletoe.
Something else I love is revisiting my favourite Christmas movies. I’ve picked out three classic films here which if you haven’t seen are well worth digging out and watching. Old films do Christmas so beautifully –they have an innocence and a romanticism that really fit the goodwill to all (wo)men message. And of course, all three are love stories!
First up is one of the all-time great romantic movies An Affair to Remember (1957). Many people forget that this is a Christmas movie, but the wonderful ending is set in Manhattan at Christmas and there’s definitely a second chance/hope for the future vibe that suits the season. I’m imagining most of you have seen this, but if you haven’t , what are you waiting for? Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr are magic on screen.
My second choice is more of an ensemble piece, but the romance between James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan is so charming, you’ll be enchanted. The Shop Around the Corner (1940) was remade as You’ve Got Mail but I honestly don’t think the second film comes near the charm or heart of the original.
My last choice is romantic and funny and clever – and features a genuinely liberated woman who makes no apology for the fact that she has a career to make. If you haven’t seen Christmas in Connecticut (1945), you’ve got a treat in store. Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan are sparkling together, and the dialogue is smart and sexy, while the characters’ shenanigans always have me in stitches (the swapped baby routine will make you laugh, trust me).
So there, your Christmas viewing all sorted! All the best for the season and wishing you much great reading in 2018.
So have you seen any of these? Thumbs up or thumbs down? What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
The Christmas Stranger: A Regency Novella
At Christmastime, a stranger crossing the threshold means good fortune…
When Josiah Hale, society’s favourite aristocratic architect, stumbles upon an isolated manor house in the middle of a snowstorm, he feels like he’s entered a fairytale world. And Sleeping Beauty in this secret corner of Yorkshire is lovely, vulnerable Maggie Carr, surely a princess disguised as a humble housekeeper. Is Josiah her prince – or the man who will break her heart and leave her life in ruins?
But is the stranger’s arrival lucky for the girl Christmas forgot?
Maggie Carr has worked as a housekeeper at isolated Thorncroft Hall since her beloved mother died five years ago. No matter how often she tells herself she’s accustomed to being poor and alone, Christmas always stirs poignant memories of a time when she had a place in the world and a family to love. But this Christmas, a handsome stranger bursts into her solitary world and makes her feel like a desirable woman. Maggie has already lost so much to cruel fate. Now as the season advances and she finds herself in thrall to the man who challenges her loneliness and turns winter nights to sultry summer, what price will this irresistible passion demand of her?
Will the Yuletide enchantment vanish with the season’s decorations? Or have Maggie and her Christmas stranger discovered a magic to sustain them through a lifetime of happiness?
The lovely Anna Campbell is offering 3 lucky AusRom readers the chance to win a Kindle download of The Christmas Stranger: A Regency Novella.
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