Really, I never thought I’d write a Christmas novella.
As much as I love Christmas – which has always been a big deal celebration in my family – I just didn’t see my way to writing a love story around the holiday. This was for a few reasons.
1. To me, Christmas is much more about family than romance. Sure I like snuggling with the man and exchanging thoughtful gifts, but we always spend the holiday with extended family, so we focus a lot on catching up with other people. And stuffing ourselves with cookies.
2. Christmas is such a whirlwind of activity for me – the decorating, the baking, buying gifts and wrapping them, lots of parties and dates – that it’s hard for me to see someone having time to develop a new romance.
3. Also, Christmas is a short, high-pressure window. How could a romance possibly develop in a believable way under those conditions?
I also used to have very strong ideas about how Christmas “should be” celebrated. I grew up in Denver and my mom always always hosted our family celebrations. We enjoyed very particular traditions, that we did the same way every year. We liked it that way. In fact, we’d often say to each other how much we liked the holiday *exactly* the way we did it and how there had to be snow and a real Christmas tree, etc., etc. We made fun of those strange people who went to the tropics for the holiday – how weird!
Well, the family aged and some people moved farther away, so it shrank, too. Then my stepdad died after 35 years of marriage to my mom. Suddenly, doing the holiday the same old way felt not familiar, but kind of stale and depressing.
So, we started mixing it up. We rented cabins and vacation houses. My mom eventually remarried and bought a house in Tucson. Since then, we’ve discovered the joys of the warm-weather desert holiday. We’re even talking about a tropical holiday some time.
We’ve now reinvented Christmas many times over – whatever we think will be fun to do and eat. So when I thought about a Christmas-themed romance this time, the set-up came to me right away. My heroine is getting away to Cozumel – going for the warm beach and skipping the family thing. It was supposed to be romantic, but the guy ditches out at the last minute. She meets a new guy on the plane and decides to indulge in a vacation fling, tempted when he proposes a very non-traditional way to celebrate the holiday – with a sex game every day, to match The Twelve Days of Christmas.
Because she’s on vacation, this gives her the time and energy away from all the usual holiday whirlwind to really enjoy herself. And she’s open to new experiences – and the surprising turn her emotions take.
Now I totally want to do Caribbean Christmas!
Type: Erotic Romance – Novella Anthology
Publisher: Carina Press
Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:
Five Golden Rings by Jeffe Kennedy
Naughty Nicks by Christine d’Abo
Ménage on 34th Street by Elise Logan and Emily Ryan-Davis
Matzoh and Mistletoe by Jodie Griffin
What’s on your wish list?
After indulging in twelve naughty nights in Mexico, a woman experiences an erotic epiphany. An adventurous elf has her eye on one very sexy Santa. A married couple hopes to find a very special marine under the mistletoe. And a holiday mitzvah leads a woman to submit to a man in uniform on Christmas Day. No matter your fantasies, this collection of four shorts will add spice and sizzle to cold winter nights.
Stories also available for purchase separately.
Type: Erotic Romance – Novella
Publisher: Carina Press
On the first day of Christmas, my lover gave to me…
Matilda Campbell’s plans to spend Christmas solo in the sun take an erotic turn when she encounters the handsome and enigmatic Miguel D’Oro on the plane to Mexico. As the CEO of a major firm, Tilda’s used to being the one in charge–but now she’ll have to learn how to take orders instead.
In the spirit of the season, Miguel offers Tilda naughty gifts for each of the twelve days of Christmas. There’s just one rule: she must accept them–and fulfill his commands–or face the sensual consequences. Intrigued and aroused, Tilda agrees to let Miguel take control of her pleasure.
What follows is a week unlike anything she’s ever experienced. From choosing her sexy new wardrobe and naughty accessories, to pushing her boundaries with BDSM play, Miguel satisfies every forbidden craving. But as their time together runs out, she must decide if there’s room in her real life for her holiday lover and her newly discovered kinky side.
About The Author:
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her fantasy BDSM romance, Petals and Thorns, originally published under the pen name Jennifer Paris, has won several reader awards. Sapphire, the first book in Facets of Passion has placed first in multiple romance contests and the follow-up, Platinum, is climbing the charts. Her most recent works include three fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns, the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and the post-apocalyptic vampire erotica of the Blood Currency.
Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com or every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog.
She is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary.