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Have Yourself a Merry Little Reading Break

Black Friday is behind us at last, but alas! That only means the holiday shopping season is just ramping up for many of us.  Don't get me wrong-- I love to shop.  I love making lists (and checking them twice), and I love finding gifts for the special people in my life.  I enjoy all the other things that go with this time of year, too-- baking and decorating and special events.  (I could do without the traffic, but hey, that's Rockland for you.) 

What does bother me is the sense of a looming December deadline that seems to have grown with my adulthood. 

Instead of the happy anticipation I enjoyed as a child, I have stress-- an entire month of it.  Somehow, the holidays I once eagerly waited for have turned into a deadline I must rush to beat-- and from the amount of mall-bound traffic streaming past outside, I don't think I'm alone in this apprehension.  (I don't envy my "Thanksgivukkah"-celebrating friends for having to prepare for two holidays at once, but I'll admit to a teensy bit of jealousy that they've hit the fun part of their holiday already.)

More than any other time of year, leisure reading becomes important to me now; it's one of the few ways I can carve some quiet time out of my day.  I can take a book or ereader with me anywhere, like a little brick of sanity in my pocket.  Waiting to meet a friend at the mall?  No rush, I'm reading.  On the bus?  Reading.  Stuck in a long checkout line?  Out comes my book.  (The last time this happened, a bored-looking woman in line next to me said "Oh! Thank you!" and called up an ereader app on her phone.)   I've even been known to pull out my book for a few minutes in the car between errands (not while driving-- don't worry).  Really, it's the perfect escape: it requires no preparation, I can turn to it at almost any time and (romantic suspense excepted) I can pause at need to go back to what I was doing.  It's my own portable bubble of calm in an otherwise stressful month. 

Holiday romances provide a bonus: not only do I get the peaceful relaxation of an enjoyable story, but a little of that holiday magic infuses my mood and helps to jump-start my own excitement for the season.  Christmas Regencies are my personal favorite.  The feasts, the lavish balls, the traditional Yuletide games-- it's like an extra social event that I get to attend in my jammies.  A good holiday romance read pulls me out of my "to-do list" mindset and reminds me what I'm doing it for.  (And they're a heck of a lot more fun than mistletoe!)

The library has a fresh batch of seasonal romances in stock, as well as a stack of previous winter favorites.  If the weather outside (or your to-do list) is frightful, you don't even have to come in for a book-- I've culled through our ereader romance titles on Overdrive to pull out the holiday picks for you, too!

I wish all my readers a warm, happy, and-- above all-- PEACEFUL holiday season!

New holiday titles:

Kissing under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre (Express Fiction Andre)
Mackenzie Family Christmas: The Perfect Gift by Jennifer Ashley (PbkRomance Ashley) (COMING SOON)
Home for the Holidays by Ally Blue, et al. (LGBT Romance Home) (COMING SOON)
Merry Humbug Christmas
by Sandra D. Bricker (PbkRomance Bricker)
The Cowboy's Christmas Baby by Carolyn Brown (PbkRomance Brown)
Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait by Grace Burrowes (PbkRomance Burrowes)
Merry Christmas, Cowboy by Janet Dailey (PbkRomance Dailey)
Never Desire a Duke by Lily Dalton (PbkRomance Dalton) (COMING SOON)
The Way Home by Cindy Gerard (Fiction Gerard) (COMING SOON)
Peace by Shelley Shepard Gray (Fiction Gray) (COMING SOON)
An Amish Country Christmas by Charlotte Hubbard and Naomi King (PbkRomance Amish)
A Madaris Bride for Christmas by Brenda Jackson (PbkRomance Jackson)
The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap by Donna Kauffman, et al. (PbkRomance Sugar)
Starry Night by Debbie Macomber (Express Fiction Macomber)
Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery (Express Fiction Mallery)
Miracle Road by Emily March (PbkRomance March)
Plaid Tidings by Mia Marlowe (PbkRomance Marlowe)
The Trouble with Christmas by Debbie Mason (PbkRomance Mason) (COMING SOON)
No Place Like Home by Linda Lael Miller, et al. (PbkRomance No) (COMING SOON)
Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan (PbkRomance Morgan)
You Give Good Love by J. J. Murray (Express Fiction Murray)
Take Me Home for Christmas by Brenda Novak (PbkRomance Novak)
Came upon a Midnight Clear (LGBT Romance Porter) (COMING SOON)
An Amish Family Christmas by Murray Pura (PbkRomance Pura)
Season for Scandal by Theresa Romain (PbkRomance Romain)
Christmas on Main Street by JoAnne Ross, et al. (PbkRomance Christmas)
The Christmas He Loved Her by Juliana Stone (PbkRomance Stone)
Christmas in Snowflake Canyon by RaeAnne Thayne (PbkRomance Thayne)
Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs (Express Fiction Wiggs)
The Christmas Cookie Collection by Lori Wilde (PbkRomance Wilde)
A Seaside Christmas by Sherryl Woods (Express Fiction Woods)

Seasonal Romances in Digital Formats (on OverDrive):

Let It Be Love by Victoria Alexander
Ricochet by Jessica Andersen
A Christmas Bride/Christmas Beau by Mary Balogh
A Christmas Promise by Mary Balogh
Bring Me Home for Christmas by Robyn Carr
A Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr
Manhunt by Janet Evanovich
Comfort & Joy by Kristin Hannah
Disclosure by Lisa Jackson
An Affair before Christmas by Eloisa James
Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Andrea Kane
Secrets of a Perfect Night by Stephanie Laurens, Victoria Alexander, and Rachel Gibson
1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber
Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber
Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
A Cedar Cove Christmas by Debbie Macomber
Christmas in Cedar Cove by Debbie Macomber
Christmas Letters by Debbie Macomber
Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber
Starry Night by Debbie Macomber
Trading Christmas by Debbie Macomber
A Christmas Bride by Susan Mallery
Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery
A Fool's Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery
Only Us: A Fool's Gold Holiday Novella by Susan Mallery
An Outlaw's Christmas by Linda Lael Miller
A Lancaster County Christmas by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Merry Old Favorites:

His Mistress by Christmas by Victoria Alexander (Fiction Alexander)
What Happens at Christmas by Victoria Alexander (Fiction Alexander)
All Through the Night: A Troubleshooter Christmas by Suzanne Brockmann (Fiction Brockmann)
Mistletoe Cowboy by Carolyn Brown (PbkRomance Brown)
Chill Factor by Sandra Brown (Fiction Brown)
Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight by Grace Burrowes (PbkRomance Burrowes)
Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes (PbkRomance Burrowes)
A Winter Scandal by Candace Camp (PbkRomance Camp)
Bring Me Home for Christmas by Robin Carr (PbkRomance Carr)
My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr (PbkRomance Carr)
Midnight Kiss by Robyn Carr, Jean Brashear, and Victoria Dahl (PbkRomance Midnight)
Naomi's Gift: An Amish Christmas Story by Amy Clipston (Fiction Clipston)
Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night by Kresley Cole (PbkRomance Cole)
A Cowboy under My Christmas Tree by Janet Dailey (PbkRomance Dailey)
It Happened One Night by Lisa Dale (PbkRomance Dale)
An Accidental Woman by Barbara Delinsky (Fiction Delinsky)
Upon a Midnight Clear by Jude Deveraux, Linda Howard, et al. (Fiction Short Stories Upon)
Rules to Catch a Devilish Duke by Suzanne Enoch (PbkRomance Enoch)
Twelfth Night Secrets by Jane Feather (PbkRomance Feather)
A Christine Feehan Holiday Treasury by Christine Feehan (Fiction Feehan)
An Amish Christmas: December in Lancaster County by Kathleen Fuller, et al. (Fiction Amish)
Scenes from a Holiday by Laurie Graff, et al. (Fiction Scenes)
An Angel for Christmas by Heather Graham (Fiction Graham)
Christmas in Sugarcreek by Shelley Shepard Gray (Fiction Gray)
Grace: A Christmas Sisters of the Heart Novel by Shelley Shepard Gray (Fiction Gray)
A Gift from Tiffany's by Melissa Hill (Fiction Hill)
Ice by Linda Howard (Fiction Howard)
'Twas the Night after Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries (Fiction Jeffries)
His Mistletoe Bride by Vanessa Kelly (PbkRomance Kelly)
The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury (Fiction Kingsbury)
Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas (Fiction Kleypas)
A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas (Fiction Kleypas)
Wish List by Lisa Kleypas, Lynsay Sands, et al. (PbkRomance Wish)
Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane (PbkRomance Lane)
A Simple Winter by Rosalind Lauer (Fiction Lauer)
Tied with a Bow by Virginia Kantra, Lora Leigh, et al. (PbkRomance Tied)
Home for the Holidays by Johanna Lindsey (Fiction Lindsey)
1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber (Fiction Macomber)
Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber (Fiction Macomber)
Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber (Fiction Macomber)
A Cedar Cove Christmas by Debbie Macomber (Fiction Macomber)
The Christmas Basket by Debbie Macomber (Fiction Macomber)
Christmas in Cedar Cove (A Cedar Cove Christmas & 5-B Poppy Lane) by Debbie Macomber (BCD Macomber)
Christmas Letters by Debbie Macomber (Fiction Macomber)
The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber (Fiction Macomber)
There's Something about Christmas by Debbie Macomber (Fiction Macomber)
When Christmas Comes by Debbie Macomber (Fiction Macomber)
That Holiday Feeling by Debbie Macomber, et al. (PbkRomance That)
A Fool's Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery (Fiction Mallery)
Take a Chance on Me by Jill Mansell (Fiction Mansell)
His Christmas Pleasure by Cathy Maxwell (PbkRomance Maxwell)
Comfort and Joy by Fern Michaels, et al. (LP Michaels)
Making Spirits Bright by Fern Michaels, et al. (PbkRomance Making)
A Creed Country Christmas by Linda Lael Miller (Fiction Miller)
A Lawman's Christmas by Linda Lael Miller (Fiction Miller)
A McKettrick Christmas by Linda Lael Miller (Fiction Miller)
An Outlaw's Christmas by Linda Lael Miller (LP Miller)
Springwater by Linda Lael Miller (LP Miller)
When Snow Falls by Brenda Novak (PbkRomance Novak)
A Merry Little Christmas by Catherine Palmer and Jillian Hart (Fiction Palmer)
Covert Christmas by Marilyn Pappano, et al. (PbkRomance Covert)
Mischief and Mistletoe by Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, et al. (PbkRomance Mischief)
Last Chance Christmas by Hope Ramsay (PbkRomance Ramsay)
Home Fires by Luanne Rice (LP Rice)
The Gift by Nora Roberts (Fiction Roberts)
The Nine Lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts (Fiction Roberts)
The Snow Globe by Sheila Roberts (Fiction Roberts)
Season for Surrender by Theresa Romain (PbkRomance Romain)
Season for Temptation by Theresa Romain (PbkRomance Romain)
Head over Heels by Jill Shalvis (PbkRomance Shalvis)
Light on Snow by Anita Shreve (Fiction Shreve)
The Christmas Knight by Michele Sinclair (PbkRomance Sinclair)
Somewhere Along the Way by Jodi Thomas (PbkRomance Thomas)
A Texas Christmas by Jodi Thomas, et al. (PbkRomance Texas)
Holiday Hideout by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Jill Shalvis, and Julie Kenner (PbkRomance Holiday)
Rescuing Christmas by Vicki Lewis Thompson, et al. (PbkRomance Rescuing)
Her Christmas Hero by Linda Warren (PbkRomance Warren)
Lakeshore Christmas by Susan Wiggs (Fiction Wiggs)
The Winter Lodge by Susan Wiggs (LP Wiggs)
A Cowboy for Christmas by Lori Wilde (PbkRomance Wilde)
The First Love Cookie Club by Lori Wilde (PbkRomance Wilde)
A Week in Winter by Marcia Willett (Fiction Willett)
An Amish Gathering: Life in Lancaster County by Beth Wiseman, et al. (Fiction Wiseman)
A Chesapeake Shores Christmas by Sherryl Woods (Fiction Woods)
An O'Brien Family Christmas by Sherryl Woods (Fiction Woods)

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