50 Books: A Passionate Christmas

I’m challenging myself (and you!) to read this year! I’m amassing books by the dozens because I follow such great writers and they are always writing books!

Technically, my first book is really a quad of novellas. Coincidentally, the author of one of them, R.M. Gilbert was my guest blogger last week.

I am a recent fan of short stories. Until I started interacting with people who wrote them, short stories were something I read in magazines. Now I’m actually seeking them out! If you haven’t fallen in love with the short story yet, these four will reel you in!

The Passionate Christmas quad of novellas are all centered around the town of Five Oaks at Christmas. They include: Holiday Headlines by R.M. Gilbert, Mid-Winter Magic by Nina Croft,  Smitten by Silke Juppenlatz, and Snowy Encounter by Clarissa Yip. All are available from Decadent Publishing.

Of the four, three are paranormal novellas. I’ve never had an opinion about paranormal characters before: I didn’t mind them, but I didn’t need them. But after reading about these sexy angels, vampires, and paranormal investigators I want more! Snowy Encounter is the only non-paranormal, but is a hot sweet romance with an equally sexy hero!

I’m intrigued with the entire process of writing related, intertwined novellas! I might have to interview the authors to get some insight into the process! I’m also impressed with the ability of these writers to make you care about the characters–and want to know what happens to them next!–in a novella! That’s talented writing!

I don’t want to give away much about the stories. Suffice it to say that all four are sexy, hand-fanning required, romances. And I want more. Hear me ladies? More, please!

10 thoughts on “50 Books: A Passionate Christmas

  1. Hi Susie, Thanks again for having me on last week! I was so pleased to come in and read this post. It was an unexpected delight.

    I’ll definitely be letting the ladies know to stop over. 🙂

  2. I find short stories to definitely be great for satisfying that need to read. Especially if you tend to have limited disposable time. These books on on my TBR list and I can’t wait to get into them. First I have to clear my desk a bit or maybe I won’t wait that long. 🙂

  3. Hi Susie,
    I’m glad the concept of those stories intrigues you, it kind of grew and grew and grew when we were writing them. 🙂
    Intertwined – yet standalone. (Meaning you don’t have to read all four to be able to follow a story.) I think we managed to do it, but it was hard.
    And if you want any of us on the blog — just holler, I’m sure all of us would be happy to be grilled by you.
    I know what you mean about short stories. I pulled a few on my Kindle these last few days, and I’m racing through them.
    Great challenge. I’m going to take you up on it.
    (And if anyone else needs a challenge… I kind of threw one out on my blog, about writing daily — and posting the wordcount on a dedicated blog. The URL is on my blog.)

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  5. Hi Susie – sounds like you’re making a great start on those 50 books.
    I’m a recent convert to novellas as well – reading and writing them. They are a great way to try new things.

  6. I’d always chosen books not just by the genre, but by the length. I read fast and would rather have the longer length…or at least I thought so. I love the Passionate Christmas novellas and the familiar thread that runs through them. I’ve quit looking so much at the page count and expanded my TBR pile with quite a few shorter length stories because it allows me to read a great story and still have time to get in my own word count for the day.

  7. Fabulous challenge to have for the year! Thanks so much and I’m glad you enjoyed our Anthology! Its been fun and frustrating, but the result in producing this series with my awesome girls have been well worth it!

    Good luck on your new endeavor!

  8. Hi Susie,
    I was led to your website by Rachel and thought I’d drop you a line. My 2nd book, “The Vengeful Bridegroom” came out in September, and if you needed to add a book to your 50-book list, um, like, maybe you’d consider mine? It’s a historical romance with what I call suspenseful intrigue. Or is that redundant? Anyway, great blog!


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