Opening Editorial by Lezli Robyn
I write this as a freak cold snap is hitting the whole Midwest and East Coast. Temperatures in the normally-temperate Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, hit 28 Fahrenheit—which is something it doesn’t even generally do in the middle of winter, and we’re still in Fall. Other parts of the country are also covered in freak snow storms….
Making it the perfect time to curl up with your favorite blanket on your lap, a puppy nestled into your side, and a warm hot cocoa as you read this issue’s stories which are guaranteed to melt the most frozen of hearts.
First off, we are featuring the amazing Anna J. Stewart whose career with Harlequin is going leaps and bounds (and we are forever grateful she finds time to also write for our magazine). She has a movie premiering on UPtv, that was adapted from one of her novels, Recipe for Redemption, and I tell you what, readers: the trailer, which just went live last night, looked amazing. I cannot imagine how she must feel, to see her work translated onto the screen, but I can tell you now we’re so incredibly proud of her and it was a pleasure interviewing her and getting a behind-the-scenes scope on what is sure to be one of the best Christmas movies out this year.
Kayla Perrin is back, gracing our pages with the next installment of Bella and Andre’s story in her breathtaking will-they-or-won’t-they romance that leaves you begging for more—which luckily we have for you, with this latest novella in the series, One Night in London.
And we also welcome back the young couple who started their journey together in the “The Boy in the Boxers,” with D. H. Hendrickson’s next holiday story, “The Girl in the Glitter.” It’s full of Christmas charm and the magic of grasping one’s dreams while exploring new love. Not to be missed.
Tonya Price returns to our pages with her standalone short story, “Christmas Love for Three.” Carol Schmidt moves to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in search of a new life, but she discovers a city full of people can be a lonely place. Her spirits improve when she finds a small kitten on a stormy afternoon, a week before Christmas. Even the cute kitten who thinks he is a dog can’t fill the void in her heart completely. A year later, the young cat escapes, a few days before Christmas, leading Carol straight into the arms of a man who could be the answer to her Christmas wishes.
If that is not enough to inspire the festive cheer and love for the season, Gracie Wilson returns to our pages with the first half of her novella, Devotion, proving her ability to write love stories where the lovers have to overcome a lot of conflict and personal hardships to find out how truly perfect for each other they really are—if they just took that leap of faith.
In an issue where the theme of our stories and novellas revolve around finding love through helping someone in need, you would not want to miss out on Alice Faris’s Fall holiday novella, Jocked Blocked, where a guy who thought he was bad news, because of his upbringing and the chips on his shoulder, ends up being the most supportive partner and advocate for a strong, yet hurting, pre-med student, who also just wishes her voice could be heard. Their hesitant, then burgeoning, love makes you wish you could redo college all over again—or collage holidays—just to find that special once-in-a-lifetime partner.
We round out this issue with C.S. DeAvilla’s book reviews, to give you even more suggestions of must-read romances. I hope you survive this cold snap and the harsh winter to come with the warmth of these happily-ever-afters. It might not seem like it in today’s climate half of the time, but love really is what makes the world go around. Or at least what makes the holiday period all that more special. Go grab a hot cider, or some eggnog, and read this issue by the open fire. I promise it won’t disappoint.