Tuesday 17 November 2015

My Festive Reads: Guest Post by Holly Martin

I love Christmas, it is absolutely my favourite time of year. I love the decorations, I love the lights. I love buying presents for my friends and family. I love the parties and celebrations, getting glammed up or just going round to my friends and toasting marshmallows over their fire. I love wearing stupid Christmas jumpers. I love the smells and the food, especially all the chocolates. I love Christmas movies, The Holiday, Love Actually or Muppets Christmas Carol. And I love Christmas books.

I love to read but I don’t get a lot of time for it. Christmas is the one time a year that if I’m not out with friends or family I’m curled up reading Christmas stories. I love the snow and the cute village settings in Christmas books. I love the log fires and the smells that pour from the pages. I love the wonderful decorations and the delicious foods. I love the quirky family relatives and the cooking disasters. I love the humour in these books but most of all I love the happy endings, the heartwarming huge smile on my face as I read it. I love getting to the end of a book and hugging my kindle because the story was so sweet and I loved it so much.

My favourite Christmas books have been from Lisa Dickenson and Sarah Morgan who tick all the boxes for me when it comes to Christmas, I’ve already read Sarah's Christmas book for this year Christmas Ever After and I absolutely loved it. I’m currently reading Wish Upon A Christmas Cake by Darcie Boleyn and it is so beautifully written. The books I’m most looking forward to curling up with this year are Rosie Blake's How To Stuff Up Christmas, Jennifer Joyce's Mince Pie Mix Up, The Accidental Guest by Tilly Tennant & Holly Hepburn's Snowdrops At The Star & Sixpence.

This year I have joined in on all the Christmas fiction fun and because I love Christmas so much I’ve written two full length books, Christmas at Lilac Cottage and Snowflakes on Silver Cove, both set in the same week in the tiny seaside town of White Cliff Bay in the week before Christmas. So readers who read both stories will see the same key events but from different points of view. I wanted to make sure that all the things I love about Christmas stories were included in the books, so the books are jam packed with snow, beautiful decorations, funny disasters and sweet heartwarming romances.


There are so many wonderful Christmas books this year that I’ll probably need 6 months to read them all, so I think people should start early with their festive reads and enjoy the Christmas season for as long as possible.

Christmas at Lilac Cottage can be found here http://amzn.to/1Kv0dzO

Snowflakes on Silver Cove can be found here http://amzn.to/1NS1K9s

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If you'd like to take part in My Festive Reads, email me at jenniferjoycewrites@gmail.com

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