Merry Christmas Eve, readers! Now is the time to fully indulge in Christmas themed everything before the big day passes, forcing you to pack up your Santa sweaters and tinsel for another year. Popular novelist Debbie Macomber admits she tends to overdo it a bit with her love of all things Christmas, but her latest book, Starry Night, gets it just right with a blend of romance, adventure and a little touch of Christmas magic. Carrie Slayton, a successful gossip columnist wants more out of her newspaper career, but when she comes upon the scoop of a lifetime in small-town Alaska, she must decide between her career or her heart. Watch Macomber excitedly introduce Starry Night in the trailer below. What are you reading this Christmas?
Typical Christmas fiction fare tends to include cozy fires, second chances, reuniting with family, unexpected love affairs . . . you get the picture. And our Christmas fiction list includes all these things, plus something else -- an edgy holiday murder mystery!
C.C. Benison's Twelve Drummers Drumming finds Father Tom Christmas unfolding the dark secrets behind his idyllic English village. The vicar must play detective as a twisted murder turns the pristine snow red with blood -- the daughter of the choir director has been found dead inside a drum.
Check out the book trailer to see if it's for you:
What's your favorite type of holiday fiction?
First up, here's comedian Lewis Black, author of I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas, on Christmas itself—which he compares to the Running of the Bulls:
Reviewer Amy Scribner writes that Black's book is well worth a reader's time:
[He] spends much of the book hilariously skewering the excess of it all, the overeating and excessive spending. And yet, given his cynical view of organized religion and holiday cheer, this book finds Black in a surprisingly reflective mood. He’s at his best when he reflects on the good in humanity, such as when he describes his recent USO tour in Iraq, or muses on the disastrous earthquake in Haiti.
Here's a preview of this "enchanting" novel:
Feeling festive yet?
What book trailers have you watched this week?