What first comes to mind when the calendar flips to October? Is it colorful crunchy leaves underfoot, that nip in the air, the magic and mystery of Halloween costumes and the delicious treats that follow? Or could it be something…merrier?
I know, I know, there is a section of the reading public that loves holiday romance as much as anybody, but can we have them one at a time, please? How about some spooky gothic Halloween romances, paranormal or just normal? How about Thanksgiving, remember that? Big meals, family gatherings? Oukay, they’d be um, stuff out of luck in Regency England, but Victorian era America and forward, right? Let’s not forget Canada; they have their own Thanksgiving, and wouldn’t a Guy Fawkes day/night romance be a real barn burner? Well, something-burner. It’s late and I’m punchy.
If you’ve been keeping an eye on Buried Under Romance this past week, you’ve had a veritable buffet of Christmas Regency delights, which may well have whet your appetite for more. Of course Prinny did not invent Christmas, nor is Christmas the only winter holiday around. There have been a smattering of New Year’s stories over the years, but I can’t recall offhand any or many anthologies that focus on the stroke of that particular midnight alone. We will soon be featuring a Hannukah anthology that has me super pumped, and not only because the fabulous Rose Grey happens to be a conference buddy. I have no doubt there are Yule and Solstice romances out there, set on either side of the Atlantic, or elsewhere. The UK and US are melting pots and the world is wide.
The question is, how soon is too soon for a holiday? Of course there are many throughout the year, but is Christmas in October rushing things? Not for many readers, who can’t wait to pounce on the spirit of the season, even in a previous season, or at any other time of the year. If October is too early does that mean January is too late? I vote no. Love is love no matter what the calendar says, and I, for one, am more than ready to break out the holiday spirit on any given day. How about you?
So, dear readers, I turn it now over to you. When is too soon or too late for holiday romances (whatever the holiday) or is it always the right time for a great love story? Do you have any holiday favorites? Pull up a chair in the comment section and tell us all about them. There’s room for everybody at this table.