Are you aware of how many writers release Christmas fiction for the holidays? Are you among the many?
Starry Night - by Debbie Macomber
All I want for Christmas is you - by Lisa Mondello
The Christmas Tin - by Roderick J. Robison
A Nantucket Christmas - by Nancy Thayer
The Christmas Cottage - by Samantha Chase
The Christmas Diary - by Eylse Douglas
A Christmas Hope - by Anne Perry
A Redbird Christmas - by Fannie Flagg
Bah Humbug! - by Heather Hollocks
A Virgin River Christmas - by Robyn Carr
... and the list goes on and on ... seventy-five pages of Christmas novels and novellas listed on Amazon.
Nora Roberts and Debbie Macomber have written numbers of them, even James Patterson writes them. Most of the major writers contribute to Christmas fiction. There are Christmas mysteries and Christmas romances, all genres.
Lifetime Channel, Lifetime Movies and Hallmark Channel run Christmas movies adapted from novels and novellas throughout the holiday season, every year new ones are produced. The Christmas film market is great for writers. All it takes is for your novel being read by the right person at the right time. Or submitting to the right person to get it produced, if that's your wish.
So this year I've joined the ranks with "The Christmas Diary" ... yes, same title as the book written by Eylse Douglas. Didn't see that in time. But doesn't matter, my story is different from hers.
This one is a story of a thirty-something woman, Honey Ray, who was raised by a single mother, Lydia Howard. Honey Ray never knew who her father was until just before her mother died. The book opens on Lydia's deathbed, Christmas Eve, when she gives Honey Ray a diary adorned with pink and red ribbons and a Christmas ornament, and tells her that the truth of her birth and her daddy is in its pages. It's her last birthday gift to Honey Ray, for Honey was born on Christmas Eve, 32 years ago.
Part One of the book takes us from Lydia's death to Honey Ray finding her father in England. Part Two takes us through a very intense year for Honey, ending on Christmas Eve once again. Don't want to give the plot away, so that's about all I can tell you, however I will say it does have a wonderful Christmas-y ending. But there is an unresolved mystery ... so you'll see where I'm going with the novel series that follows. Yes, this is an introduction to another series, my 'Honey Ray' series, this time with even more mystery and suspense in the genre of Romantic Mystery.
Be sure you download the eBook from Kindle or Smashwords.com for all other digital readers, or you can get the print copy from Amazon and other online booksellers. You can also order from your local bookstores. I hope you enjoy the book, it's a short one, a novella, and you may recognize the story at the beginning for it's taken from a short story I wrote called 'Mama's Diary'. But it goes beyond that in this version. More characters, more story, more heartbreak, and more mystery.
Have a good read ...
Here's a link to it on Amazon ... The Christmas Diary ...
And have a happy holiday season!