Friday, December 05, 2008

Sinful Holiday Indulgence

Do you give into any sinful activities during the holidays?

I’ll confess I love to take time out from my regular TBR pile of books to indulge in Christmas novels. Whether they’re straight-laced contemporaries, holiday who-done it mysteries, wintery historicals or the new strain of paranormal holiday romances. I think as a bibliophile reading these romances or fantasies helps get me in the holiday spirit. With the rise in publishers using compilations of novellas for a full single title release, you not only get more for your buck but also get to try new authors. An added bonus is that if you’re trying to fit in reading time between a busy schedule, you can get to the heart of the story and THE END in no time while still having the HEA. Even e-publishers are banking on holiday shorts being snapped up and some even do special covers so readers know they’re part of the “theme”.

With less shopping to do this year, I’ll have even more time to indulge in my holiday pastime. Who knows I might indulge in another vice to dieters everywhere—hot cocoa! Ah, if only I had a blazing fire to warm up with, but I guess I’ll have to settle for the whoosh of my central heat, a fuzzy blanket and kitty cat on my lap.

If you’re looking for something to banish your bah humbugs check out these titles:

Holidays are Hell (Kim Harrison, Lyndsay Sands, Marjorie M. Liu)

The Magical Christmas Cat (Lora Leigh, Nalini Singh, Linda Winstead Jones, Erin McCarthy)

A Cedar Cove Christmas (Debbie Macomber)

Santa Baby (Jennifer Crusie, Lori Foster, Carly Phillips) & (Lisa Jackson, Lisa Plumley, Elaine Coffman, Kylie Adams)

A Wallflower Christmas (Lisa Kleypas)

Twilight Before Christmas (Christine Feehan)

Doc Holiday (Debra Dixon)

All I Want for Christmas is A Vampire (Kerrelyn Sparks)

The Night Before Christmas (Erin McCarthy, Jill Shavis, Kathy Love, Katherine Garbera, Kylie Adams) & Victoria Alexander, Sandra Hill, Dara Joy, Nelle McFather)

The Magic of Christmas (Emma Craig, Annie Kimberlin, Kathleen Nance, Stobie Piel)

An Affair Before Christmas (Eloisa James)

All I Want for Christmas (Lori Foster, Dee Holmes, Kinley MacGregor)

Undead and Unreturnable (MaryJanice Davidson)

To All A Good Night (Donna Kaufman, Jill Shavis, HelenKay Dimon)

NASCAR Holiday 2 (Pamela Britton, Gina Wilkins, Abby Gaines, Ken Casper)

A Gift of Joy (Virgina Henley, Brenda Joyce, Fern Michaels, Jo Goodman)

Shop `til Yule Drop (Alesia Holliday, Naomi Neale, Stephanie Rowe)

This time of year I also like to snuggle up against the chill with my Mr. Tall, Dark & Handsome to watch the local night time Christmas Parade. This year we’ll be kicking it off with a bang thanks to the A and T Drumline!! Wish me luck fighting the wintery chill while I watch these talented men make magic with their hands. Hopefully I’ll score some cocoa and get to share sugary kisses with my man with or without a sprig of mistletoe.

So what's your indulgence? Scowering the internet for hours to locate the one thing you'd love to put on your Christmas list? Wrapping up a surprise under your fuzzy bathrobe's bow? Perhaps you secretly read the new holiday books and regift them to friends? Maybe you're doing a little spell to foster good will? Or you might simply have a delightful title you'd like to add to the list above. Whatever it is, let us know in good cheer :0)

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