5 Ways to Get in the Mood

Are you finding it hard to get in the mood? The holiday mood, that is.

If you’re anything like me, the holiday season can get to you, and not in a good way. What with the baking, the gift buying and wrapping, the parties and family gatherings, “me time” is limited. Stress begins to build with all the things you have to do, and before you know it, ho-ho-ho has turned into bah humbug.

Do I have good news for you! I’ve found five novellas and/or short stories that revolve around the holidays, and each can be read in one sitting. This way you can get that “me time” you desperately need this time of year with a great book and not derail your holiday schedule. Plus, each of these great, little books will put you even more into a holiday mood.

So curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy a quick, stolen kiss under the mistletoe!

A Little Bit of Christmas by Christy Newton

140 pages, and just 99¢ at the time of this post

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After a tragic accident that brought the small town of Wynter Haven to their knees, Claire Belmont and Nick Lewis went in opposite directions coping in very different ways. Three years later, Claire gets a call urging her to come back to help her friend move past his grief.

It will take more than a little hot cider, gingerbread and mistletoe to bring back Nick’s holiday spirit. He hasn’t celebrated Christmas since his twin sister died. In fact, he’s mastered locking up his feelings so he will never be hurt again.

Claire has a secret and hopes that somehow she and Nick can both get a Christmas miracle this year. After all, Nichole would want them to be happy and cherish the holiday that had been their favorite. Maybe a little bit of Christmas is just what they both need.

Find it at Amazon.

Heaven In You by Elizabeth Corva

77 pages, and just 99¢ at the time of this post

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2003 was a wild year for Jasmine Ashcroft and Jonathan Fox. Betrayal. Tragedy. Breakups. Reunions. And way too many long-haul flights. Now they just want to get away from it all for a little while. What better place to celebrate their first Christmas together than an out-of-the-way cabana in the Riviera Maya? No electricity, no phones, no paparazzi. Just sea, sunshine, and–hopefully–lots of shagging.

But like the most tenacious of groupies, mayhem follows the Strange Angels frontman everywhere…even to paradise. If Kit and his Wild One want their newfound relationship to survive this vacation, they’re going to need a lot of trust, strength, and patience. And tequila. Mucho tequila.

Find it at Amazon.

The Santa Drag by Liv Rancourt

30 pages, and only 99¢ at the time of this post

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Things aren’t always what they seem, and this shopping mall Santa has a secret that only true love can reveal.

Mackenzie’s an out-of-work actress who takes a job as a shopping mall Santa to pay the rent. She fools everyone with her Santa drag, until the day Joe McBride walks into the mall. Joseph Timothy McBride – the real-life, got a soap opera gig and you saw him in Scream II actor. The only guy she ever really loved. Can Mack stay in character, or is it time to strip off the red coat and peel off the beard for good?

The Santa Drag is a 6,000 word short story about a Santa with a secret, stressed out parents in the mall, and one very handsome actor.

Find it at Amazon.

Christmas Charisma by Carol Ritten Smith

47 pages and only $1.99 at the time of this post

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Several months after the death of her husband, Joanna Hollister and her son return to her hometown to restart their lives. But with Christmas drawing near, her immediate goal is to get through the holiday season with as little heartache as possible.

Then she meets single-father, Luke Klausen. Luke helps her settle into the community. She finds him charming, and everything points to a positive future with him. He’s a good man. Their boys get along. Her parents think Luke’s perfect for her. And she knows he loves her.

As tempting as it might be to allow their relationship to bloom at Christmastime, Joanna holds back. She feels disloyal to her deceased husband. Or is she merely afraid of loving another man and perhaps losing him too?

Find it at Amazon.

Lights, Latkes, and Love by Peggy Bird

79 pages, and only $2.54 at the time of this post

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Ah, the holidays. David Shay can’t get enough of the December festivities. He especially enjoys sharing his love of the season with the underprivileged children at his non-profit organization SafePlace for Children and Parents. Hannah Jenkins, on the other hand, turns into a jaded Scrooge every year on Black Friday. As manager of a large retail store, she’s seen firsthand how the rampant commercialism of the holiday can bring out the worst in people.

When David’s organization is the charity Hannah’s boss picks for their annual donation, it falls on her to organize a huge holiday party, whether she likes it or not.

Can a nice Jewish boy—with the help of some Christmas lights, a little girl, and a latke party—teach Hannah the true meaning of the season and guarantee them both a New Year’s Eve kiss to remember?

Find it at Amazon.

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4 Responses to 5 Ways to Get in the Mood

  1. Liv Rancourt says:

    Thanks so much for the shout-out, Juli! I hope you have a fantastic holiday season!!
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  2. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for the promo, Juli! Of all your blog post subjects, I love the holiday ones the most. =)

    • You’re very welcome! And next weekend is The Hubs’ company Christmas party, so look for a recap. The chick who kept yelling about Buttery Nipples last year is always good subject for a blog. She’s always lit even before the party begins. Lol!
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