Welcome to my Twelve Books for Christmas blog. Over these first twelve days of December I'll be introducing you to twelve romance books to warm your heart and make you feel all Christmassy. :) They'll all make wonderful presents for a friend, or you could even treat yourself.
My third book is actually a collection of books by the prolific Jenny Kane, aptly called The Christmas Collection. The collection consists of three books; Another Cup of Christmas, Christmas in the Cotswolds and Christmas at the Castle.
I'll let Jenny tell you all about The Christmas Collection.
There is something very special about the Christmas season- the extra levels of hope, love and kindness the season engenders makes it the perfect time in which to set a romantic story. Writing the three seasonal novellas, that form part of the Another Cup of...series, was tremendous fun.
I swear that when I wrote them all – even though each tale was created in the July preceeding its release – I could almost smell the mulled wine. I certainly got into the mood by humming Christmas carols while I wrote from my cafe corner- much to the bemusement of my fellow coffee shop dwellers.
Another Cup of Christmas was the first sequel to the bestselling novel, Another Cup of Coffee.
Another Cup of Christmas continues the tale of life at Pickwicks Coffee House in Richmond, London, and its regular customers, ex waitress Amy, writer in residence, Kit, and local bookshop owner, Jack.
Café owners Peggy and Scott and their new waitress Megan, are organising a Christmas fundraising auction for the local hospital. Rather than serving copious amounts of coffee to Kit, as she sits writing the corner of the cafe, Megan is spending most of her days emailing the hospital liaison clerk about the charity event. As the auction draws nearer, Megan becomes more and more curious about meeting Nick in person...
Christmas in the Cotswolds follows on from Another Cup of Christmas. A year has passed, and Megan is now an established face at Pickwicks. However, when an emergency call comes from her friend Izzie, Megan finds herself travelling to the beautiful Cotswold countryside. Can Megan help Izzie pull off the perfect Christmas at her Art and Craft Centre, and save the business from the clutches of disaster?
Christmas at the Castle turns its attention to Pickwicks writer in residence, Kit Lambert. Invited to guest at her very first literary festival, Kit is suddenly thrust into the role of co-organiser. As if that wasn’t daunting enough, Kit is going to have to face the challenge without the support of her loyal family and her Pickwick friends- for the festival is to be held in the magnificent grounds of Crathes Castle, in distant Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
All three of these festive novellas can be read in isolation, or in order. And if you love reading them as much as I loved writing them, then why not finish off the series, by searching out the final tale in the series, Another Glass of Champagne.
A full length novel, Another Glass of Champagne, brings big changes for all of the Pickwicks team- especially Jack and Amy...
They all sound ideal for curling up with on a cold winter's night. Jenny!
You can buy the Christmas Collection here:
Jenny Kane is the author of the contemporary romance Another Glass of Champagne, (Accent Press, 2016), Christmas at the Castle (Accent Press, 2015), the bestselling novel Abi’s House (Accent Press, 2015), the modern/medieval time slip novel Romancing Robin Hood (Accent Press, 2014), the bestselling novel Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press, 2013), and its novella length sequels Another Cup of Christmas (Accent Press, 2013), Christmas in the Cotswolds (Accent, 2014), and Christmas at the Castle (Accent, 2016). These three seasonal specials are now available in one boxed set entitled Jenny Kane’s Christmas Collection (Accent, 2016)
Jenny’s fifth full length romance novel, Abi’s Neighbour, will be published in June 2017.
Jenny’s first medieval murder mystery, The Outlaw’s Ransom will be published in December 2016 under the pen name, Jennifer Ash
Jenny is also the author of quirky children’s picture books There’s a Cow in the Flat (Hushpuppy, 2014) and Ben’s Biscuit Tin (Hushpuppy, 2015). She talked to me about these in a previous blog.
I asked Jenny to tell us a bit more about herself:
Do you have any favourite family Christmas traditions? If so, what are they?
We always have a few ‘extra’ little presents delivered in a stocking outside our bedroom doors first thing on Christmas morning. Once everyone is awake, we all gather into the bedroom of the eldest members of the household (usually my parents), and sit on the bed, taking it in turns to open the presents. The presents are always a bit daft, and we laugh a lot. It’s my favourite part of the whole day.
When do you open your Christmas presents?
Present opening is split into 3 sections to make it last all day! Stockings on the bed first thing, then a few ‘main’ presents after breakfast. The rest of the parcels stay under the tree until about 4pm.
If you could invite any author living or dead to share your Christmas lunch, who would it be?
Ohhh...that’s tricky...It would have to be Kate Griffin (Kitty Peck and the Musical Murders)- I have had the pleasure of meeting her once before, and she was the most fun. Her books are incredible- I could talk to her for hours!
What book would you like to find in your Christmas stocking?
Another tough one... The next Bonnie MacBird mystery perhaps.
What is the most unusual Christmas present you’ve ever had/given?
My uncle once wrapped me up a tarpaulin as a joke. The following year I gave him a see-through plastic ball containing nothing – for the man who already has everything! ...
Sounds like you all have fun, Jenny. :)
Keep your eye on Jenny’s blog at www.jennykane.co.uk for more details.
Jenny also writes erotica as Kay Jaybee.
Thanks for such a fascinating interview, Jenny!
Bring a little sunshine into your life!
Sassy, feel good romance by Karen King. Just right to cosy up with on cold winter nights. Published by Accent Press