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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Do You Like Holiday Romance Novels by Joan Reeves

Perfume Designer clueless about men!
Do you like romance novels that revolve around holidays? I have mixed feelings about the matter.

When one says, "holiday romance," the holiday in question is usually Christmas. I like Christmas romance in books and movies. I mean Hallmark must make a gazillion dollars with its Christmas movies. Right?

Christmas Romance Only At Christmas?

I like reading a Christmas romance, but the shelf life of that kind of novel is usually from early November to late January. After that, conventional wisdom is that Christmas romances languish on the shelves until November rolls around again.

Do you think that's true or do you enjoy reading a Christmas romance in July?

Valentine Romance

Valentine Romance novels are fewer because there's not as long a "shelf life" I suppose. I think that's why I didn't strongly link my romantic comedy Scents and Sensuality to Valentine's Day even though the "flowers and candy" holiday figures prominently in the story.

You see, the heroine, a perfumer by trade, is desperate to have a date for her cousin's wedding which is scheduled for, you guessed it, Valentine's Day. Even the last scene in the book takes place on Valentine's Day, at night, after all the hoopla is over.

Yet, I hesitated to brand it a Valentine romance because it sells nicely through the year, and I didn't want to change that. I did have a big promotion planned for it, but I ended up being out of town for several days and missed the romantic holiday completely. Like the song says, "That's life!"

On Sale Now

Scents and Sensuality is on sale this week for only 99cents at all ebook sellers. I'll go one even better. Leave a comment with your email address. Tell me what you think about romance novels linked to holidays. You'll be entered to win a free ebook copy of Scents and Sensuality as well as a free audio edition of the book. (Contest open until February 19. Winner chosen by random draw.)

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Post Script

Joan Reeves is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. Available as ebooks, audiobooks, and print books, her romance novels all have the same underlying theme: “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.” Joan lives her happily ever after with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State. Sign up for WordPlay, Joan's email list/newsletter for readers and receive a free book.


  1. This is such a good read, Joan. Humor, romance, plus I learned about scents. You are a great writer!

  2. I have a Christmas novella, Santa Wore Leathers, that sells year round for two years now. It's not breaking any records, but it sells roughly a copy a day here and in the UK. I've never read a Valentine book because I'm usually in the middle of reading another book. I think you were wise in leaning heavily on the perfume book. Maybe I better pop over to Amazon...

    1. Love the title "Santa Wore Leathers." I'll have to grab that. My Christmas romance Nobody's Cinderella also sells year round. I think Christmas is the only "dependable" holiday for special promotion.

  3. I think it's fun to read books that include holidays and holiday celebrations, but I can see why it could be risky to tie a book to a specific holiday. Sounds like SCENTS AND SENSUALITY is a good book to read at any time of year.


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