by Kathryn Lye
I really enjoy this time of year! I think this comes from my mom, and her mom, who absolutely loved Christmas and how it can inspire a special closeness between family and friends. I love the decorating, I love the baking…mind you, I don’t do any of it. The former my sister is in charge of and the baking I leave to my colleagues in the Toronto Harlequin office who could give that Cake Wars show a serious run for its money.
What I do do is gift giving. I have donated to the company’s food drive, toy drive, and clothing drive, and I’ve spent a lot of time choosing or making presents for those on my list. Since this is the part of the festivities I’m game for, I’m usually ahead of the curve and have these tasks completed by or before American Thanksgiving.
I don’t even mind when Loriana Sacilotto, Executive VP of Global Publishing, teases me about my organized efforts. It’s always under the guise of awe and phrased as a compliment, but her tone, smile and raised eyebrow are all dead giveaways! I look forward now every year to her cornering me in the kitchen on the 7th floor of Harlequin HQ and enquiring whether or not my 10-point plan for holiday shopping has been successfully executed! Ho, ho, ho! I love my job, I love my job, I love my job!
Loriana always reminds me though that it’s the meaning at this time of year that’s important. And I agree. Meaning is an important part of everything, including why readers enjoy Heartwarming romances. Not just for the fun hooks, the solid characterization and engaging plots…but also for the romantic obstacle, the conflicts that engage your imagination and your emotions.
This month has four top-notch entries:
Amy Vastine’s Catch a Fallen Star, Amie Denman’s Meet Me on the Midway, Linda Hope Lee’s Silver River Secrets, and my personal favorite (uh-huh, I’m totally biased!) Carol Ross’s Christmas in the Cove—perfect for this holiday season.
I hope that you have a chance to relax and reflect about the season we’re in now and that the goodwill, friendship and sense of community we all share lasts until next December and beyond.