Christmas Revels!

Cat 243 Doverby Mary Jo

"Revel" derives from a Middle English word that means "celebrate," and it always sounds happy to me.  That's why I chose the name Christmas Revels years ago for a print collection of five of my holiday novellas.  All of those stories have been released in different e-versions in recent years, but now, for the first time, I'm collecting those original five back into an e-book version of Christmas Revels.  

MaryJoPutney_ChristmasRevels200The title had been in my mind for years, ever since we visited my sister and her husband in Boston one holiday season, and she took us to the Christmas Revels, a delightful sort of medieval variety show inspired by historic mummer plays.  The performance was held in a theater on the Harvard campus, I think, and was loosely structured around the old tale of Gawain and the Green Knight.  Lots of music, dancing, and hammy comic acting.  



A particularly nice touch was ending the first act with the performers singing and dancing out of the theater to Lord of the Dance.  (This is the Shaker type song, not the flying feet of Irish dancer Michael Flatley.)  The Revels performance was one of the most enjoyable theater productions I'd ever seen, and it stuck with me, as did the name, which is so jolly  and playful.( The Revels production group now stages shows in several different cities.)

At the time of the show, I wasn't even writing, (this was a LONG time ago!), but after I became a writer and had done my share of holiday novellas, I started thinking that I'd really like it to collect several of my stories into one volume called Christmas Revels.  My Berkley editor agreed, and a book was born.  There are four historical stories (three Regency, one Victorian), and I wrote my only contemporary novella specifically for the collection.  

I wanted to tie the new story into my Berkley contemporary romances, and what better theme for the new story than to have my characters decide to put on a revels type show?  I had two suitable characters available in The Spiral Path.  (Now retitled Phoenix Falling.)  American cinematographer Greg Marino and English actress Jenny Lyme had once worked together on a disastrous Hollywood movie, and even had a bit of a fling at the time.  But geography and their careers separated them for years, leaving only fond memories.  

Tithe barn, Maidstone, KentTheir story, "A Holiday Fling," begins when Jenny decides to put on a Christmas Revels type show to raise money to save her community arts center, which is in a very old  tithe barn, from developers. (That's a tithe barn on the left.)

And how better to film it than her old pal, Greg, who recently won an Oscar for his film work?  And so the fun begins.  

The story gave me a great excuse to research the subject of mummers plays.  They bear some resemblance to medieval mystery plays, which illustrated Bible stories, but they seem to date from the 18th century and were more of a form of revenue enhancement.  In other words, the working folk who performed their shows in the houses of the affluent could earn some money and have a good time.  

Modern Mummers, Weston, EnglandI found that mummers plays usually include a hero, a fight, a death, and a miraculous resurrection.  (The Christian analogies are obvious.)  So my characters work together to put on a play, much fun is had by all, and the hero and heroine fall in love and figure out how to make it work.  I even included my sweet cat Grady under the name Plato. 

I love writing Christmas stories–I'm working on one now, in fact.  They can be ragingly sentimental and over the top, which is right down my alley. <G>

I wrote "Sunshine for Christmas" in order to give a happy ending to a character from my MaryJoPutney_TheChristmasCuckoofull length novel, The Rake.  I have no idea where "The Christmas Cuckoo" came from, but the story of a level headed young woman who goes to a coaching inn to collect a friend of her brother's and comes home with the wrong Jack Howard is one of the most playful things I've ever written. 

The image on the right is the cover Kim Killion did for last year's release of "The Christmas Cuckoo" as a single story.  Love that cover!  She did the Christmas Revels cover also, in all its celebratory playfulness.  Here's an excerpt from that story.  Jack has just woken up, badly hungover, in the house of Meg Lambert, who thought he was her brother's friend.  He thinks back to the night before:

    Then the coaching inn, where the delightful Miss Lambert had approached and greeted him. She had wanted a Jack Howard, and in his befuddled state he had been more than willing to oblige.
    He winced as he remembered what had happened in the stable. Even three sheets to the wind, he should have known that a female so refined and well-spoken could only be a lady. Instead he had believed her a light-skirt and had lunged at her like a sailor just home from a year at sea. Though in fact she had not seemed to mind, at least not at first. . . .
    Recalling that kiss in detail briefly mitigated Jack’s misery. Then the faint sound of voices downstairs brought him back to the present.
    Now that he was sober, Jack could hazard a guess about what had happened. Though the two men had never met, there was another officer named Jack Howard, a captain of the 45th Regiment.
    Probably there were half a dozen Jack Howards in the army; the name was common enough. And one of them was the friend of Miss Lambert’s brother, but it wasn’t the Jack Howard presently lying naked in bed in this pleasant farmhouse. That thought led him to offer a swift prayer that he had been conscious enough to undress himself, for the alternative did not bear thinking about.
    Jack groaned as he considered the dreadful bind he had gotten himself into. How the devil was he going to tell Miss Lambert that he was an unintentional impostor? Last night she had been remarkably tolerant of his disgraceful condition, but the news that she had been misled would make those lovely hazel eyes flash with fury.
    Immersed in his dilemma, Jack failed to hear the soft knock at the door, so Miss Lambert’s entry into the bedroom caught him by surprise. He cast one horrified look at her, then behaved like any proper military hero would under such conditions. He dived under the covers and pulled a pillow over his head.

"The Christmas Tart" is another story of unknown origin as a young French émigré seamstress finds herself in dire straits just before Christmas, and makes a hard choice that leads to happiness.

"The Black Beast of Belleterre" is my Victorian tale, and it's pure Beauty and the Beast.  James, Lord Falconer, has hidden his ugliness away from the world for most of his life.  Marriage is out of the question, until he realizes that the only way he can save a lovely young neighbor girl from a loathsome marriage is to marry her himself.  She agrees, and soon has safety and security.  But gradually she realizes she wants more, if her husband will allow it….

Happy endings all around!  Novellas are a lovely escape at the busiest time of the year, so if you're in the mood for Christmas joy and escapism, Christmas Revels is available at the principal ebook sites such as Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, and Google Play. (Barnes & Noble hasn't gone live yet, but they will soon.)

MaryJoPutney_ChristmasRevels200What are your favorite Christmas stories?  I'll give away a print copy of Christmas Revels to one person who leaves a comment between now and Saturday midnight.  

Ho, ho, ho, and happy holiday reading!  

Mary Jo

100 thoughts on “Christmas Revels!”

  1. This sounds revelatory. (Sorry.) Actually, I’ve read a couple of the stories, but having them all sounds delightful.
    Winter Fire is one of my favorite Christmas novels, not only including the gathering at Christmas, but the use of books, a baby, and Christmas fruits.
    And there’s Vanessa Kelly’s His Mistletoe Bride details that add humor to the story. The new early has inherited Mistletoe Manor with a butler named Christmas.

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  2. This sounds revelatory. (Sorry.) Actually, I’ve read a couple of the stories, but having them all sounds delightful.
    Winter Fire is one of my favorite Christmas novels, not only including the gathering at Christmas, but the use of books, a baby, and Christmas fruits.
    And there’s Vanessa Kelly’s His Mistletoe Bride details that add humor to the story. The new early has inherited Mistletoe Manor with a butler named Christmas.

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  3. This sounds revelatory. (Sorry.) Actually, I’ve read a couple of the stories, but having them all sounds delightful.
    Winter Fire is one of my favorite Christmas novels, not only including the gathering at Christmas, but the use of books, a baby, and Christmas fruits.
    And there’s Vanessa Kelly’s His Mistletoe Bride details that add humor to the story. The new early has inherited Mistletoe Manor with a butler named Christmas.

    Reply
  4. This sounds revelatory. (Sorry.) Actually, I’ve read a couple of the stories, but having them all sounds delightful.
    Winter Fire is one of my favorite Christmas novels, not only including the gathering at Christmas, but the use of books, a baby, and Christmas fruits.
    And there’s Vanessa Kelly’s His Mistletoe Bride details that add humor to the story. The new early has inherited Mistletoe Manor with a butler named Christmas.

    Reply
  5. This sounds revelatory. (Sorry.) Actually, I’ve read a couple of the stories, but having them all sounds delightful.
    Winter Fire is one of my favorite Christmas novels, not only including the gathering at Christmas, but the use of books, a baby, and Christmas fruits.
    And there’s Vanessa Kelly’s His Mistletoe Bride details that add humor to the story. The new early has inherited Mistletoe Manor with a butler named Christmas.

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  6. I have Christmas Revels in print and reread it most Christmases. I have reread it more than almost any of the other Christmas stories I have.
    I like Christmas stories.

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  7. I have Christmas Revels in print and reread it most Christmases. I have reread it more than almost any of the other Christmas stories I have.
    I like Christmas stories.

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  8. I have Christmas Revels in print and reread it most Christmases. I have reread it more than almost any of the other Christmas stories I have.
    I like Christmas stories.

    Reply
  9. I have Christmas Revels in print and reread it most Christmases. I have reread it more than almost any of the other Christmas stories I have.
    I like Christmas stories.

    Reply
  10. I have Christmas Revels in print and reread it most Christmases. I have reread it more than almost any of the other Christmas stories I have.
    I like Christmas stories.

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  11. I so love reading regency and other historical settings for Christmas. I used to love when the pubs put out a few anthologies each year and visiting the book stores getting them. Since I read a lot of ebooks now, I’m watching for them to come out as well as full novels. I love that you and others are re-releasing these! Last year I re-read one and recalled that it dealt with the Yuletide theme in each story and those coming home from war around Christmas. I am so going to dig til I find it again. I think Emma Jensen was in it. Oh I suggest too an old movie Christmas in Connecticut that’s on classic movie channels. And of course the Marc sisters in Little Woman.
    Cathie
    CathieCaffey@gmail.com

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  12. I so love reading regency and other historical settings for Christmas. I used to love when the pubs put out a few anthologies each year and visiting the book stores getting them. Since I read a lot of ebooks now, I’m watching for them to come out as well as full novels. I love that you and others are re-releasing these! Last year I re-read one and recalled that it dealt with the Yuletide theme in each story and those coming home from war around Christmas. I am so going to dig til I find it again. I think Emma Jensen was in it. Oh I suggest too an old movie Christmas in Connecticut that’s on classic movie channels. And of course the Marc sisters in Little Woman.
    Cathie
    CathieCaffey@gmail.com

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  13. I so love reading regency and other historical settings for Christmas. I used to love when the pubs put out a few anthologies each year and visiting the book stores getting them. Since I read a lot of ebooks now, I’m watching for them to come out as well as full novels. I love that you and others are re-releasing these! Last year I re-read one and recalled that it dealt with the Yuletide theme in each story and those coming home from war around Christmas. I am so going to dig til I find it again. I think Emma Jensen was in it. Oh I suggest too an old movie Christmas in Connecticut that’s on classic movie channels. And of course the Marc sisters in Little Woman.
    Cathie
    CathieCaffey@gmail.com

    Reply
  14. I so love reading regency and other historical settings for Christmas. I used to love when the pubs put out a few anthologies each year and visiting the book stores getting them. Since I read a lot of ebooks now, I’m watching for them to come out as well as full novels. I love that you and others are re-releasing these! Last year I re-read one and recalled that it dealt with the Yuletide theme in each story and those coming home from war around Christmas. I am so going to dig til I find it again. I think Emma Jensen was in it. Oh I suggest too an old movie Christmas in Connecticut that’s on classic movie channels. And of course the Marc sisters in Little Woman.
    Cathie
    CathieCaffey@gmail.com

    Reply
  15. I so love reading regency and other historical settings for Christmas. I used to love when the pubs put out a few anthologies each year and visiting the book stores getting them. Since I read a lot of ebooks now, I’m watching for them to come out as well as full novels. I love that you and others are re-releasing these! Last year I re-read one and recalled that it dealt with the Yuletide theme in each story and those coming home from war around Christmas. I am so going to dig til I find it again. I think Emma Jensen was in it. Oh I suggest too an old movie Christmas in Connecticut that’s on classic movie channels. And of course the Marc sisters in Little Woman.
    Cathie
    CathieCaffey@gmail.com

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  16. Nancy, I’m glad this collection has provided so much reading pleasure for you over the years. I think it’s a good mix of stories, but of course, I would. *G* A good Christmas novella is like a perfect chocolate truffle.

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  17. Nancy, I’m glad this collection has provided so much reading pleasure for you over the years. I think it’s a good mix of stories, but of course, I would. *G* A good Christmas novella is like a perfect chocolate truffle.

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  18. Nancy, I’m glad this collection has provided so much reading pleasure for you over the years. I think it’s a good mix of stories, but of course, I would. *G* A good Christmas novella is like a perfect chocolate truffle.

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  19. Nancy, I’m glad this collection has provided so much reading pleasure for you over the years. I think it’s a good mix of stories, but of course, I would. *G* A good Christmas novella is like a perfect chocolate truffle.

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  20. Nancy, I’m glad this collection has provided so much reading pleasure for you over the years. I think it’s a good mix of stories, but of course, I would. *G* A good Christmas novella is like a perfect chocolate truffle.

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  21. Cathie, those old Christmas anthologies, especially the Signet Regency ones, are just wonderful. Unfortunately, anthologies don’t sell as well as full length novels, so they became economically unfeasible. And publishers can’t re-release them because the individual copyrights are held by the authors.
    In my case, since I always wanted to control my stories when they were out of print, I asked for rights back as soon as I could, even though at the time there was nothing that could be done with them. But when ebooks came along, I was in a position to reissue the stories myself. And I have. *G*
    Last year, three of us Word Wenches who used to write for NAL put out an anthology of older stories entitled CHRISTMAS ROSES, and that was fun, two. (My story The Black Beast of Belleterre was in that anthology as well as this one, Christmas Revels.)
    Given the costs of print publishing, e-booking is where shorter stories live these days.

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  22. Cathie, those old Christmas anthologies, especially the Signet Regency ones, are just wonderful. Unfortunately, anthologies don’t sell as well as full length novels, so they became economically unfeasible. And publishers can’t re-release them because the individual copyrights are held by the authors.
    In my case, since I always wanted to control my stories when they were out of print, I asked for rights back as soon as I could, even though at the time there was nothing that could be done with them. But when ebooks came along, I was in a position to reissue the stories myself. And I have. *G*
    Last year, three of us Word Wenches who used to write for NAL put out an anthology of older stories entitled CHRISTMAS ROSES, and that was fun, two. (My story The Black Beast of Belleterre was in that anthology as well as this one, Christmas Revels.)
    Given the costs of print publishing, e-booking is where shorter stories live these days.

    Reply
  23. Cathie, those old Christmas anthologies, especially the Signet Regency ones, are just wonderful. Unfortunately, anthologies don’t sell as well as full length novels, so they became economically unfeasible. And publishers can’t re-release them because the individual copyrights are held by the authors.
    In my case, since I always wanted to control my stories when they were out of print, I asked for rights back as soon as I could, even though at the time there was nothing that could be done with them. But when ebooks came along, I was in a position to reissue the stories myself. And I have. *G*
    Last year, three of us Word Wenches who used to write for NAL put out an anthology of older stories entitled CHRISTMAS ROSES, and that was fun, two. (My story The Black Beast of Belleterre was in that anthology as well as this one, Christmas Revels.)
    Given the costs of print publishing, e-booking is where shorter stories live these days.

    Reply
  24. Cathie, those old Christmas anthologies, especially the Signet Regency ones, are just wonderful. Unfortunately, anthologies don’t sell as well as full length novels, so they became economically unfeasible. And publishers can’t re-release them because the individual copyrights are held by the authors.
    In my case, since I always wanted to control my stories when they were out of print, I asked for rights back as soon as I could, even though at the time there was nothing that could be done with them. But when ebooks came along, I was in a position to reissue the stories myself. And I have. *G*
    Last year, three of us Word Wenches who used to write for NAL put out an anthology of older stories entitled CHRISTMAS ROSES, and that was fun, two. (My story The Black Beast of Belleterre was in that anthology as well as this one, Christmas Revels.)
    Given the costs of print publishing, e-booking is where shorter stories live these days.

    Reply
  25. Cathie, those old Christmas anthologies, especially the Signet Regency ones, are just wonderful. Unfortunately, anthologies don’t sell as well as full length novels, so they became economically unfeasible. And publishers can’t re-release them because the individual copyrights are held by the authors.
    In my case, since I always wanted to control my stories when they were out of print, I asked for rights back as soon as I could, even though at the time there was nothing that could be done with them. But when ebooks came along, I was in a position to reissue the stories myself. And I have. *G*
    Last year, three of us Word Wenches who used to write for NAL put out an anthology of older stories entitled CHRISTMAS ROSES, and that was fun, two. (My story The Black Beast of Belleterre was in that anthology as well as this one, Christmas Revels.)
    Given the costs of print publishing, e-booking is where shorter stories live these days.

    Reply
  26. I particularly like Mary Balogh’s Christmas stories. Favourites are Snow Angels and Christmas Belle. Now that Christmas Revels is available though, I may try something a little different this year (I just downloaded it … HoHoHo 🙂 )
    My old professor (theoretical physics) used to say that he liked to throw students in at the deep end as resourceful young minds would always find a way to swim. I wonder MJ whether you started your writing career at the shallow end with shorts and novellas or dived straight into novels?

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  27. I particularly like Mary Balogh’s Christmas stories. Favourites are Snow Angels and Christmas Belle. Now that Christmas Revels is available though, I may try something a little different this year (I just downloaded it … HoHoHo 🙂 )
    My old professor (theoretical physics) used to say that he liked to throw students in at the deep end as resourceful young minds would always find a way to swim. I wonder MJ whether you started your writing career at the shallow end with shorts and novellas or dived straight into novels?

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  28. I particularly like Mary Balogh’s Christmas stories. Favourites are Snow Angels and Christmas Belle. Now that Christmas Revels is available though, I may try something a little different this year (I just downloaded it … HoHoHo 🙂 )
    My old professor (theoretical physics) used to say that he liked to throw students in at the deep end as resourceful young minds would always find a way to swim. I wonder MJ whether you started your writing career at the shallow end with shorts and novellas or dived straight into novels?

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  29. I particularly like Mary Balogh’s Christmas stories. Favourites are Snow Angels and Christmas Belle. Now that Christmas Revels is available though, I may try something a little different this year (I just downloaded it … HoHoHo 🙂 )
    My old professor (theoretical physics) used to say that he liked to throw students in at the deep end as resourceful young minds would always find a way to swim. I wonder MJ whether you started your writing career at the shallow end with shorts and novellas or dived straight into novels?

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  30. I particularly like Mary Balogh’s Christmas stories. Favourites are Snow Angels and Christmas Belle. Now that Christmas Revels is available though, I may try something a little different this year (I just downloaded it … HoHoHo 🙂 )
    My old professor (theoretical physics) used to say that he liked to throw students in at the deep end as resourceful young minds would always find a way to swim. I wonder MJ whether you started your writing career at the shallow end with shorts and novellas or dived straight into novels?

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  31. Since I’m in re-reading mode right now (just did the Hathaway Family – Lisa Kleypas series for the umpteenth time), I’ll have to go find my copy of Christmas Revels to reread it.
    Oh and I just finished re-reading Loving a Lost Lord and Never Less than a Lady. Both just as good on the 3rd or 4th read…
    I had noticed there aren’t nearly as many anthologies as there used to be. I went on a binge a couple of years ago and collected tons of them at the used book sales. I noticed the copy rights were mostly 80’s and 90’swith a few early 2000’s.

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  32. Since I’m in re-reading mode right now (just did the Hathaway Family – Lisa Kleypas series for the umpteenth time), I’ll have to go find my copy of Christmas Revels to reread it.
    Oh and I just finished re-reading Loving a Lost Lord and Never Less than a Lady. Both just as good on the 3rd or 4th read…
    I had noticed there aren’t nearly as many anthologies as there used to be. I went on a binge a couple of years ago and collected tons of them at the used book sales. I noticed the copy rights were mostly 80’s and 90’swith a few early 2000’s.

    Reply
  33. Since I’m in re-reading mode right now (just did the Hathaway Family – Lisa Kleypas series for the umpteenth time), I’ll have to go find my copy of Christmas Revels to reread it.
    Oh and I just finished re-reading Loving a Lost Lord and Never Less than a Lady. Both just as good on the 3rd or 4th read…
    I had noticed there aren’t nearly as many anthologies as there used to be. I went on a binge a couple of years ago and collected tons of them at the used book sales. I noticed the copy rights were mostly 80’s and 90’swith a few early 2000’s.

    Reply
  34. Since I’m in re-reading mode right now (just did the Hathaway Family – Lisa Kleypas series for the umpteenth time), I’ll have to go find my copy of Christmas Revels to reread it.
    Oh and I just finished re-reading Loving a Lost Lord and Never Less than a Lady. Both just as good on the 3rd or 4th read…
    I had noticed there aren’t nearly as many anthologies as there used to be. I went on a binge a couple of years ago and collected tons of them at the used book sales. I noticed the copy rights were mostly 80’s and 90’swith a few early 2000’s.

    Reply
  35. Since I’m in re-reading mode right now (just did the Hathaway Family – Lisa Kleypas series for the umpteenth time), I’ll have to go find my copy of Christmas Revels to reread it.
    Oh and I just finished re-reading Loving a Lost Lord and Never Less than a Lady. Both just as good on the 3rd or 4th read…
    I had noticed there aren’t nearly as many anthologies as there used to be. I went on a binge a couple of years ago and collected tons of them at the used book sales. I noticed the copy rights were mostly 80’s and 90’swith a few early 2000’s.

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  36. Quantum–Mary Balogh is BRILLIANT at Christmas stories. (As was Edith Layton.) I hope you enjoy mine as an altermative!
    I went straight into writing full length Regencies. In romance as it was then, you didn’t generally get asked to write a novella until you were well established in novel length, and there were very few outlets for romantic stories. I’m not a natural writer of short stories–though I’ve learned how to do it–so novel length was the right place for me to start.

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  37. Quantum–Mary Balogh is BRILLIANT at Christmas stories. (As was Edith Layton.) I hope you enjoy mine as an altermative!
    I went straight into writing full length Regencies. In romance as it was then, you didn’t generally get asked to write a novella until you were well established in novel length, and there were very few outlets for romantic stories. I’m not a natural writer of short stories–though I’ve learned how to do it–so novel length was the right place for me to start.

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  38. Quantum–Mary Balogh is BRILLIANT at Christmas stories. (As was Edith Layton.) I hope you enjoy mine as an altermative!
    I went straight into writing full length Regencies. In romance as it was then, you didn’t generally get asked to write a novella until you were well established in novel length, and there were very few outlets for romantic stories. I’m not a natural writer of short stories–though I’ve learned how to do it–so novel length was the right place for me to start.

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  39. Quantum–Mary Balogh is BRILLIANT at Christmas stories. (As was Edith Layton.) I hope you enjoy mine as an altermative!
    I went straight into writing full length Regencies. In romance as it was then, you didn’t generally get asked to write a novella until you were well established in novel length, and there were very few outlets for romantic stories. I’m not a natural writer of short stories–though I’ve learned how to do it–so novel length was the right place for me to start.

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  40. Quantum–Mary Balogh is BRILLIANT at Christmas stories. (As was Edith Layton.) I hope you enjoy mine as an altermative!
    I went straight into writing full length Regencies. In romance as it was then, you didn’t generally get asked to write a novella until you were well established in novel length, and there were very few outlets for romantic stories. I’m not a natural writer of short stories–though I’ve learned how to do it–so novel length was the right place for me to start.

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  41. Vicki–sadly, you’re right that there aren’t many anthologies any more. They don’t earn enough for the publisher to keep putting them out, alas.
    Over in the sff genre, there are now anthologies funded by Kickstarter, which is working well, but I haven’t heard about anything like that in romance. Luckily, there are a lot of older anthologies available if one is willing to dig.

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  42. Vicki–sadly, you’re right that there aren’t many anthologies any more. They don’t earn enough for the publisher to keep putting them out, alas.
    Over in the sff genre, there are now anthologies funded by Kickstarter, which is working well, but I haven’t heard about anything like that in romance. Luckily, there are a lot of older anthologies available if one is willing to dig.

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  43. Vicki–sadly, you’re right that there aren’t many anthologies any more. They don’t earn enough for the publisher to keep putting them out, alas.
    Over in the sff genre, there are now anthologies funded by Kickstarter, which is working well, but I haven’t heard about anything like that in romance. Luckily, there are a lot of older anthologies available if one is willing to dig.

    Reply
  44. Vicki–sadly, you’re right that there aren’t many anthologies any more. They don’t earn enough for the publisher to keep putting them out, alas.
    Over in the sff genre, there are now anthologies funded by Kickstarter, which is working well, but I haven’t heard about anything like that in romance. Luckily, there are a lot of older anthologies available if one is willing to dig.

    Reply
  45. Vicki–sadly, you’re right that there aren’t many anthologies any more. They don’t earn enough for the publisher to keep putting them out, alas.
    Over in the sff genre, there are now anthologies funded by Kickstarter, which is working well, but I haven’t heard about anything like that in romance. Luckily, there are a lot of older anthologies available if one is willing to dig.

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  46. Congratulations on the new release! I’ve listened to several of your audio books and love them. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  47. Congratulations on the new release! I’ve listened to several of your audio books and love them. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  48. Congratulations on the new release! I’ve listened to several of your audio books and love them. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  49. Congratulations on the new release! I’ve listened to several of your audio books and love them. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  50. Congratulations on the new release! I’ve listened to several of your audio books and love them. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  51. I love Christmas Regency anthologies, and there weren’t many available for several years, so I re-read the ones I had! I’ve gotten a few contemporary Christmas anthologies, and full novels for each time period, but for some reason, the Regency anthologies resonate with me this time of year 🙂

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  52. I love Christmas Regency anthologies, and there weren’t many available for several years, so I re-read the ones I had! I’ve gotten a few contemporary Christmas anthologies, and full novels for each time period, but for some reason, the Regency anthologies resonate with me this time of year 🙂

    Reply
  53. I love Christmas Regency anthologies, and there weren’t many available for several years, so I re-read the ones I had! I’ve gotten a few contemporary Christmas anthologies, and full novels for each time period, but for some reason, the Regency anthologies resonate with me this time of year 🙂

    Reply
  54. I love Christmas Regency anthologies, and there weren’t many available for several years, so I re-read the ones I had! I’ve gotten a few contemporary Christmas anthologies, and full novels for each time period, but for some reason, the Regency anthologies resonate with me this time of year 🙂

    Reply
  55. I love Christmas Regency anthologies, and there weren’t many available for several years, so I re-read the ones I had! I’ve gotten a few contemporary Christmas anthologies, and full novels for each time period, but for some reason, the Regency anthologies resonate with me this time of year 🙂

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  56. I reread some of the old Signet Christmas anthologies every year. Believe it or not, Mary Jo, I always start my reread, sometime over Thanksgiving weekend, with “Sunshine for Christmas!” Other favorites are your story “The Christmas Cuckoo,” Carla Kelly’s “The Three Kings,” Anita Mills’ “The Last Wish,” and Mary Balogh’s “Playing House.” I’m glad that many stories are available again as ebooks.

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  57. I reread some of the old Signet Christmas anthologies every year. Believe it or not, Mary Jo, I always start my reread, sometime over Thanksgiving weekend, with “Sunshine for Christmas!” Other favorites are your story “The Christmas Cuckoo,” Carla Kelly’s “The Three Kings,” Anita Mills’ “The Last Wish,” and Mary Balogh’s “Playing House.” I’m glad that many stories are available again as ebooks.

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  58. I reread some of the old Signet Christmas anthologies every year. Believe it or not, Mary Jo, I always start my reread, sometime over Thanksgiving weekend, with “Sunshine for Christmas!” Other favorites are your story “The Christmas Cuckoo,” Carla Kelly’s “The Three Kings,” Anita Mills’ “The Last Wish,” and Mary Balogh’s “Playing House.” I’m glad that many stories are available again as ebooks.

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  59. I reread some of the old Signet Christmas anthologies every year. Believe it or not, Mary Jo, I always start my reread, sometime over Thanksgiving weekend, with “Sunshine for Christmas!” Other favorites are your story “The Christmas Cuckoo,” Carla Kelly’s “The Three Kings,” Anita Mills’ “The Last Wish,” and Mary Balogh’s “Playing House.” I’m glad that many stories are available again as ebooks.

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  60. I reread some of the old Signet Christmas anthologies every year. Believe it or not, Mary Jo, I always start my reread, sometime over Thanksgiving weekend, with “Sunshine for Christmas!” Other favorites are your story “The Christmas Cuckoo,” Carla Kelly’s “The Three Kings,” Anita Mills’ “The Last Wish,” and Mary Balogh’s “Playing House.” I’m glad that many stories are available again as ebooks.

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  61. Marianne–
    How nice that Sunshine for Christmas starts off your holiday reading! That was my first Christmas novella and I was kind of feeling my way, but I really liked the characters. Not to mention the day glo Jesus. *G*

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  62. Marianne–
    How nice that Sunshine for Christmas starts off your holiday reading! That was my first Christmas novella and I was kind of feeling my way, but I really liked the characters. Not to mention the day glo Jesus. *G*

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  63. Marianne–
    How nice that Sunshine for Christmas starts off your holiday reading! That was my first Christmas novella and I was kind of feeling my way, but I really liked the characters. Not to mention the day glo Jesus. *G*

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  64. Marianne–
    How nice that Sunshine for Christmas starts off your holiday reading! That was my first Christmas novella and I was kind of feeling my way, but I really liked the characters. Not to mention the day glo Jesus. *G*

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  65. Marianne–
    How nice that Sunshine for Christmas starts off your holiday reading! That was my first Christmas novella and I was kind of feeling my way, but I really liked the characters. Not to mention the day glo Jesus. *G*

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  66. My all time favorite Christmas story from the time I was a child was Dicken’s A Christmas Carol and many of the variations. There are a ton of wonderful Christmas romances that I’ve discovered over the years.

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  67. My all time favorite Christmas story from the time I was a child was Dicken’s A Christmas Carol and many of the variations. There are a ton of wonderful Christmas romances that I’ve discovered over the years.

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  68. My all time favorite Christmas story from the time I was a child was Dicken’s A Christmas Carol and many of the variations. There are a ton of wonderful Christmas romances that I’ve discovered over the years.

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  69. My all time favorite Christmas story from the time I was a child was Dicken’s A Christmas Carol and many of the variations. There are a ton of wonderful Christmas romances that I’ve discovered over the years.

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  70. My all time favorite Christmas story from the time I was a child was Dicken’s A Christmas Carol and many of the variations. There are a ton of wonderful Christmas romances that I’ve discovered over the years.

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  71. Of course, I love a good Christmas romance and have read so many and will again, gladly. However if I could only have one Christmas tale to read over and over until I “cock up my toes”, it must be Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”. His magical gift of words, names, and descriptions, his way of combining the comical with pathos, and of course the ultimate happy ending for all, makes this work my lifelong favorite. It certainly changed the ways in which we celebrate the season. I think he inspires many a good writer to put forth all the lovely stories we read–and reread–today.

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  72. Of course, I love a good Christmas romance and have read so many and will again, gladly. However if I could only have one Christmas tale to read over and over until I “cock up my toes”, it must be Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”. His magical gift of words, names, and descriptions, his way of combining the comical with pathos, and of course the ultimate happy ending for all, makes this work my lifelong favorite. It certainly changed the ways in which we celebrate the season. I think he inspires many a good writer to put forth all the lovely stories we read–and reread–today.

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  73. Of course, I love a good Christmas romance and have read so many and will again, gladly. However if I could only have one Christmas tale to read over and over until I “cock up my toes”, it must be Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”. His magical gift of words, names, and descriptions, his way of combining the comical with pathos, and of course the ultimate happy ending for all, makes this work my lifelong favorite. It certainly changed the ways in which we celebrate the season. I think he inspires many a good writer to put forth all the lovely stories we read–and reread–today.

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  74. Of course, I love a good Christmas romance and have read so many and will again, gladly. However if I could only have one Christmas tale to read over and over until I “cock up my toes”, it must be Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”. His magical gift of words, names, and descriptions, his way of combining the comical with pathos, and of course the ultimate happy ending for all, makes this work my lifelong favorite. It certainly changed the ways in which we celebrate the season. I think he inspires many a good writer to put forth all the lovely stories we read–and reread–today.

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  75. Of course, I love a good Christmas romance and have read so many and will again, gladly. However if I could only have one Christmas tale to read over and over until I “cock up my toes”, it must be Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”. His magical gift of words, names, and descriptions, his way of combining the comical with pathos, and of course the ultimate happy ending for all, makes this work my lifelong favorite. It certainly changed the ways in which we celebrate the season. I think he inspires many a good writer to put forth all the lovely stories we read–and reread–today.

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