Recently, I released my latest holiday romance novel, Christmas at Maplemont Manor. It’s been terrific fun to read the reviews as readers start to discover it. The best part is seeing how readers enjoyed the novel and moved into the cozy Christmas season in Maplemont.
Writers all know the challenge of creating a world and hoping that readers will pick up the vibe that has been typed out for them. For this novel, I created the coziest and dreamiest Christmas season and town for readers.
Christmas as a Character
Early on in the planning of this holiday romance novel, I made the decision to ‘go big or go home.’ That meant turning the holiday itself into an essential character. Similarly, readers know all too well that there are romance novels that take place during a holiday season and then there are holiday romance novels – like Christmas at Maplemont Manor!
With the former, the holiday provides a sense of time and a little context or structure, but one could easily image the same novel at any time of year. Not in Maplemont!
Holidays and seasons are best described in the smaller details, from pumpkin spice to gingerbread, details are very important to build that seasonal world escape. However, at Maplemont Manor, every chapter radiates holiday fun.
The Holiday Romance Genre
With Christmas at Maplemont Manor, readers discover a very cozy and heartwarming holiday romance novel that could only happen at Christmas. If ‘Christmas romance’ was a genre, then this novel would sit quite comfortably in that space.
Maplemont’s Snow Globe
From the protagonists’ frost impressions to the elfterward, Christmas weaves through this holiday romance novel. Christmas can’t possibly be removed from Maplemont. This holiday romance novel is similar to a snow globe. You can pick it up at any time and find a snowy scene, frozen in time.
I’m delighted to see in the reviews that readers love the cozy vibe and enjoying Christmas in July. It’s so rewarding to have ‘gone big’ with embracing a holiday romance novel! I love to see readers enjoying that escapism and a little Christmas magic year-round.
Pull out that ‘ugly sweater’ and stir the cocoa – the residents of Maplemont are waiting for you to visit them over the holidays (where you’ll find Christmas magic all throughout the year)!