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Books with a Holiday Theme

Hi everyone! Thanks for inviting me to blog with you today. My name is Laura Scott and I write romantic suspense stories for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Line.

It’s almost hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a few days away. (I think I should start fasting now in preparation, lol) And of course not long after Thanksgiving comes Christmas. The holiday season is known to be busy, hectic, fun and of course filled with family gatherings.

It’s almost hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a few days away. (I think I should start fasting now in preparation, lol) And of course not long after Thanksgiving comes Christmas. The holiday season is known to be busy, hectic, fun and of course filled with family gatherings.

Which brings to mind a question. What do you think about Holiday themed books? Seems to me, that this is such a busy time of year, who has time to read? And do we really enjoy reading about books that revolve around a holiday? And if you wait to read your stack of books after the holiday, does it bug you to go back in time?

Of course, this is a burning question in my mind as my most recent book: The Christmas Rescue is out now, in November. When I originally wrote this book, the story did not take place over the holiday. My wonderful editor, Tina, asked if I would mind making this a Christmas story, and of course I said, “Sure, I’d love to!”

I changed some things around so that the holiday would provide an emotional element to the story. But now that my latest book is out on the shelves, I can’t help but wonder…what do the readers think about books involving a holiday? Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

I’d love to hear some of your thoughts on this topic. Please drop by and I’ll choose one person at the end of the day to win a free copy of my book.


Laura Scott

TheChristmas Rescue LIS 11/10

Also by Laura

Lawman In Charge LIS 6/11
Proof Of Life LIS 11/11


  1. Mary Marvella // November 22, 2010 at 2:05 AM  

    Good morning, Laura! Welcome.

  2. Scarlet Pumpernickel // November 22, 2010 at 7:07 AM  

    Welcome Laura! What a beautiful cover! Lots of good wishes for you on this release. What is different about writing for Love Inspired? Can you tell us how Harlequin's handling the shake up with closing out Shilouette as far as your line goes?

  3. Edie Ramer // November 22, 2010 at 8:27 AM  

    Waving hi, Laura! I missed you at the meeting on Saturday!

    I enjoy holiday themed stories that make me feel warm and cozy. You said it, all of our lives are so busy, we get the warmth of the holidays in snatches. That's why we like a book, so we can savor the emotion vicariously. At least, that's my take.

  4. Judy // November 22, 2010 at 9:01 AM  

    Hi, Laura! Welcome to the Fuzzies! Good luck with this release! I think there are special holiday stories that add to the flavor of the holidays. It's nice to pick up an entertaining read for those quiet moments throughout the holidays! So, yes!!

  5. Cyrano // November 22, 2010 at 9:35 AM  

    Hi Laura!
    I loved the Dover too, so pretty!!
    And the Scarlet Pumpernickel had a great question. I'd love to hear that answer too!
    Good luck with your release!
    Have a fantastic week.

  6. Cyrano // November 22, 2010 at 9:36 AM  

    Woops, I meant to say I love the COVER too...not the dover. Silly Ipad.
    Thanks again for the post.

  7. Laura Scott // November 22, 2010 at 10:12 AM  

    Wow, everyone is up early this morning! Thanks again for having me. Scarlet, you asked what's different about writing for Love Inspired? These are still romances with a great suspense plot the only difference is that there is a faith journey.

    As far as the shakeup with closing out Silhouette I really don't think there's an issue at all. These two lines have been merged for so long that the marketing for them has basically been the same. I have not heard of any editors losing their jobs or anything, but maybe you all know more than I do!

    Laura Scott

  8. Laura Scott // November 22, 2010 at 10:14 AM  

    Hi Edie and Judy,

    I'm so glad to hear you both like holiday themed books, lol! And Judy, you're doing something right if you have a few quiet moments over the holidays. :) I must learn from you!

    Thanks for stopping by,

  9. Laura Scott // November 22, 2010 at 10:15 AM  

    Cyrano, I have a question for you, how do you like your ipad? Do you use it for writing? Reading? Or just surfing the net?

    Inquiring minds want to know...

    Thanks, Laura

  10. Beth Trissel // November 22, 2010 at 1:28 PM  

    Hello Laura. :) Welcome to the Fuzzies. I love holiday theme stories and yours sounds excellent. Lovely cover. I'm actually at the beginning stages of writing a new one myself.

  11. Pam // November 22, 2010 at 2:31 PM  

    I love a good holiday themed story! I buy a new book or two every December. I'll have to check your latest release out! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Cyrano // November 22, 2010 at 4:05 PM  

    I LOVE MY IPAD Laura!
    I use it for everything, surfing the web, reading books, drawing, games, photo album, manuscript workbook, Photoshop buddy. I can watch movies on it, tv shows, listen to music, play the piano, etc. The list goes on and on and...
    I can't say enough great things about this perfect little electronic device.
    My poor laptop is sorely neglected now that I have it.
    I highly recommend it!
    Thanks for asking, and thanks for answering the question about Silhouette.
    And by the way, my book is a holiday themed romance too. Blessing in Disguise takes place during Halloween. That particular holiday isn't know as a warm and fuzzy one normally, but I tried my best to give the hero and heroine some warm and fuzzy emotion. iThe novel comes out December sixth! I'm very excited. You must be too!!!
    have a happy evening!

  13. Laura Scott // November 22, 2010 at 5:08 PM  

    Hi Beth and Pam,

    I'm so happy to hear you like holiday themed stories, too. And thanks for the nice comments about my cover, I thought they did a great job too.


  14. Laura Scott // November 22, 2010 at 5:09 PM  

    Tamara, your ipad sounds wonderful. I've been debating whether or not to get an ipad, eReader or some sort of device at Christmas. I have heard a lot of great things about the ipad and you certainly helped send me in that direction, LOL.

    Thanks for the feedback!

  15. Mary Ricksen // November 22, 2010 at 9:48 PM  

    In all honesty I love Christmas stories! No matter what time of year. They always tare at my heart!
    Welcome to the best blog on the net! With a great post like yours we love it!

  16. Autumn Jordon // November 22, 2010 at 10:44 PM  

    Hi, Laura. I love reading holiday theme books. I love your cover.

  17. Mary Marvella // November 23, 2010 at 1:18 AM  

    Laura, I think our audience likes holiday stories. You showed us how to give an editor what she wants! Writing to publish is a job and we must find a way to do what we must to sell. Thanks.

  18. Laura Scott // November 23, 2010 at 8:29 AM  

    Hi everyone,

    Sorry for the late post, computer was not working when I got home from work yesterday, grr.

    I agree Mary, everyone seems to love a holiday story! Which makes me very happy.

    I'm offering a free copy of my November LIS The Christmas Rescue and put all the names of everyone who commented in a hat and pulled out Mary Ricksen as the winner! Mary if you wouldn't mind e-mailing me at I'd be happy to get you a copy of the book.

    Thanks again for having me, it's been fun! Laura

  19. Nightingale // November 23, 2010 at 2:46 PM  

    I wonder if readers would read the book at the holiday then after the holiday not. I'm sure the book is great. The cover is beautiful.

  20. Mary Marvella // November 23, 2010 at 4:17 PM  

    Thanks bunches, Laura. I know Mary R will be excited.

  21. Mary Ricksen // November 24, 2010 at 12:25 PM  

    I am very excited!! I never win anything and I love to read. So you just made my day Laura!!!

  22. Joanne // November 28, 2010 at 2:44 PM  

    A belated welcome, Laura, to the Pink Fuzzies blog.
    Although holidays are always extra busy, I enjoy a good holiday read at the end of a long day.