Holiday Traditions—Old and New

I have the pleasure of once again welcoming Sandra Jones to ENALR. She better be careful! If she keeps showing up here so often, she might find herself assigned a permanent day to blog! 🙂  Sandra is a chapter mate from Diamond State Romance Authors. I am so happy to see how her career is really shooting through the roof!

Sandra Jones is the author of historical romances. She worked as a bookseller for nine years and for the past ten years as a librarian, where she indulged in her love of old books.

When not researching or writing, she enjoys being with family, reading, and watching British TV. A self-proclaimed history geek, she currently lives in a 1905 Greek revival home in the Mississippi Delta. Sandra loves to hear from her readers: visit her website www.sandrajonesromance.com

Take it away, Sandra!

Holiday Traditions—Old and New

I have our own Cynthia D’Alba to thank for my newest book, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS: A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION. This past summer I was working on revisions for a different story when Cynthia posted a call for submissions from Avon Impulse to our RWA chapter loop. The call requested historical novellas written for a Christmas anthology, and its theme was FIVE GOLDEN RINGS. As a writer and reader of historicals, I was intrigued. My first full-length novel was set during the 13th century, so I already had the research for that time period. All I had to do was create characters and a story about a ring. And thus my novella, HER CHRISTMAS KNIGHT, was born.

HER CHRISTMAS KNIGHT was fun to write. I enjoyed the holiday aspect of the story. My favorite part of Christmas is celebrating with old traditions that bring back memories of past holidays. I like using the same box of ornaments year after year. I have one glass ball that hung on my family tree when I was a child. I also started collecting Hallmark ornaments when my husband and I were dating, and I’ve bought one each year since. My sons eagerly set up our lighted Christmas village and nativity as we all sit around drinking eggnog. Another tradition I have is watching the movie Scrooge (with Albert Finney), but the boys aren’t as keen on musicals as I am. They tend to prefer Christmas Vacation.

I don’t have any Christmas reading traditions except that I usually read a cozy mystery this time of year. But now my talented co-authors in FIVE GOLDEN RINGS have me interested in Regencies. Perhaps I’ve found a new tradition.

Do you have any favorite Christmas reads? What are your holiday traditions?

Here’s a little more about FIVE GOLDEN RINGS

by Sophie Barnes, Karen Erickson, Rena Gregory, Sandra Jones, Vivienne Lorret

The holidays are a time for wishes, magic and, of course, love. Celebrate the season with this delightful collection of Christmas tales. What better way for Connor Talbot, Earl of Redfirn, to spend the holidays than convincing Leonora Compton that the only match she needs to make is with him!

The Duke of Ashton has had three years to plan for his perfect Christmas present—the Lady Eleanor Fitzsimmons as his wife. Now, all he has to do is convince the reluctant lady …

Phin Baldwin does not believe in Christmas magic … until the clever and beautiful Ginny Overton gets it into her head to show him how wonderful it can be when wishes come true.

Just returned from the Crusades, marriage is the last thing on Sir Caerwyn’s mind. But will he be able to resist Lady Nia, the thief of his boyhood heart, when she tempts him yet again?

Responsible Ethan Weatherstone is determined to save Penelope Rutledge—and her reputation—from her silly scheme, but can he save himself from the temptation of her lips?

I love hearing from readers. Comment, leave a question, or visit me at my website to learn more about my books, http://www.sandrajonesromance.com

FIVE GOLDEN RINGS is available for pre-ordering on Amazon.  (from Cyndi…At $0.99, how can you go wrong? Order it TODAY! Click on AMAZON or the book cover to buy)

Thanks Sandra for being with us today. So gang, Do you have any favorite Christmas reads? What are your holiday traditions?