Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Romantic Suspense Side of Christmas

Congratulations to "Karen C." the winner of Linda's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I love romance and I love suspense – and I love Christmas!  But I can’t always put them together. 

Take Christmas movies as an example. I love holiday themed movies; from It’s a Wonderful Life all the way to Home Alone.  One of my all-time favorite movies ever is Love Actually.  Lots of things going on in that movie and several romances to follow at the holidays.  But not much suspense.  In fact, I was going through the listing of new holiday themed romantic movies coming out this year and there are not many of them with added suspense.  So I thought I would turn to books (not such a hardship.)  But I can’t find many romantic suspense holiday themed books out this year either.  Darn.

As it happens I have a new holiday novella out now from Harlequin Romantic
Suspense called A CHANCE REUNION.   Titled Christmas Confidential, it’s in a two-author anthology with another story by author Marilyn Pappano.  So there is at least one holiday book to read.

In A CHANCE REUNION, Gage Chance (the third brother in my Chance, Texas series) wants to forget Christmas for good.  It used to be his favorite holiday, but that was before he lost his wife on one snowy Christmas Eve five years ago.  This year he intends to skip Christmas by tracking down the family’s baby sister, kidnapped twenty years before.   The search takes him to a quaint ski resort town in the southern California mountains.  Bah humbug on quaint Christmas towns. That’s how Gage feels about the whole thing…until…he spots a woman who looks remarkably like his dead wife.  And it turns out this Christmas will change everything.

If you like a little suspense with your Christmas romance, I know you will enjoy both stories in this anthology!

As for me, I guess I will have to skip the suspense in my holiday movies and books this year and just stick to the romance.  So let’s talk holiday themed movies and books.  Do you have any favorites?  Any you watch or reread every year?  Tell us!  And one lucky commenter will wind an autographed copy of Christmas Confidential and a $10 Amazon gift card!

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Dec. 4th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


  1. I get a little crazy with some of the Christmas movies but I love the books! My favorite movie if you can call it that is Charlie Brown Christmas...that is my speed. Would love to win! lsscarchuk@att.net

  2. My favorite Christmas movie is Scrooged. Funny, romantic, and a lesson to learn. Plus the ending that teaches...some people out there are having a hard time making their miracles happen and we need to help. Of course for suspense and action it would have to be the Die Hard movies.
    Thanks for the contest. I'm hooked from your description and would love to read both these stories.
    grandmabkr at yahoo dot com

  3. Hi

    I used to watch many of the romantic Christmas movies but went a little overboard one year so have not done it lately. I do watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation every year and then I ALWAYS pick up new romance holiday books. Love them.

    Thanks for the chance

  4. LS, I do love Charlie Brown Christmas movie. Try to catch it every year. (except the music makes me melancholy)

  5. Oh yeah, Scrooged. I'd almost forgotten, Brenda. I love everything about that story - even the original Dickens version. It makes you remember what Christmas is all about.

  6. There are a few "must watch" holiday movies in our house.
    Traditional/Romance-White Christmas (love Bing!)
    Contemporary/Romance-Love Actually and The Holiday (my husband loves these!)
    For the kids-The Polar Express, The Santa Clause 1,2 & 3, and The Grinch
    Of course, we have to throw in Elf & National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation for a little humor.
    Now add in all of the "new" Hallmark holiday movies & we'll be watching our dvr well in to January. :)

    harlan_michelle AT yahoo DOT com

  7. I wish there were more holiday books out this year, Pamerd. I have almost devoured all I could find. So stuck with the too sweet movies for now. :)

  8. I enjoy holiday movies... I have been seeing some newer ones recently... one newer one that I recently saw for the first time was called The Christmas Journey (I believe this is the correct title)... bit of an old west movie that was 4 hours long... there are a few that I like to see each holiday season such as The Christmas List, The Santa Clause 1 and 2, White Christmas, etc.
    Happy Holidays!

  9. Oh Michelle, I think you covered most of them. Surprising about all the new Hallmark movies out this year. Hope you enjoy!

  10. Never heard of the Christmas Journey, Colleen. But maybe I should look it up -- On Netflex? I just rewatched The Holiday. Loved it as usual.

  11. A Christmas movie that is a favorite of mine is: "White Christmas" with Bing Crosby.
    Another movie I really love is: "A Christmas Carol", (the 1984 version), with George C. Scott. I rewatch each year when it is possible.

    As for a Christmas romance novel that I really liked it was: "Bring Me Home to Christmas" by Robyn Carr. But I must admit I haven't read many so far.

    I have very recently heard from a romance author about "Winter Solstice" by Rosamunde Pilcher, and I must say, it is definitely one I will try to get and read. It sounds like a great story.
    I wonder If you have read it yourself?
    Thank you!
    mondijudele at yahoo dot ca

  12. I always catch Elf, A Christmas Story and Bad Santa when it's shown on TV. One of my favorite Christmas stories is Nancy Warren's "Nutcracker Sweet."

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  13. Oh yes, I read Rosamunde Pilcher years ago, Judith. Wonder if I still have my copy around? I remember loving it. And yes, I have Robyn Carr's book in my TBR pile. Thanks for reminding me.

  14. I'm going right now to see if Nancy Warren's book is on Kindle. Thanks for the reccomendation, Jane!

  15. Hi Linda, I love second chance stories. Add in some suspense and I know it'll be exciting. One of my favorite holiday movies is Home Alone. It's so entertaining and has some fun danger in it too.


  16. It's a Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.


  17. Hey, Na! Happy Holidays! So glad you agree about second chance stories with suspense. Too bad there aren't tons of them available. :(
    I do love Home Alone.

  18. Boy, you hit them all, BW. I think most of them have already been on TV here this year. :)

  19. I don't have any 'must watch' holiday movies, but I do love White Christmas.

  20. Oh, that's a good one, Karen. I need to rent it this year if it's not on. Love Bing Crosby. He just says Christmas to me.

  21. I like the Home Alone movies.


  22. What can I say?? I love A Christmas Story!! I'd love to be entered to win. I just love your books. Thanks for the chance.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  23. We always enjoy watching THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL. Of course Charles Dickens may not approve.


  24. Thanks so much for the chance to win. This book sounds so good~can't wait to read. I have 3 Christmas movies that the hubs and I watch faithfully every year and they are: Christmas Vacation (So funny!! with Chevy Chase) White Christmas (Bing Crosby) and last but not least It's A Wonderful Life. 2 others that we like are The Grinch and A Christmas Story. And of course Santa Claus is Coming to Town , Rudolph, Frosty, etc...LOL Have a great night.

  25. I'm a sucker for While You Were Sleeping, White Christmas and Holiday Inn. Bing Crosby is my secret Christmas crush. I watch those every year :) Thanks for a fun post and congrats on the new release!


  26. A Christmas Carol & Its A Wonderful Life are the best for me at Christmas. They both lead to a similar hopeful ending.