Debbie Mason- To capture the holiday feeling, I need the book to have snow, a Christmas tree, Santa (preferably with the hero playing the part) and a scene or two with family and friends celebrating the holiday.
Jennifer Haymore- The atmosphere is important, I think—snow, winter, and a roaring fire. But I think the most important thing is the feeling of family and togetherness—that’s what the holidays are all about!
Sue-Ellen Welfonder- Loving atmosphere as I do, a charming, ‘enchanted’ setting is a must for me. There has to be a fairytale element that lends sparkle and magic. The holidays can happen anywhere, but my personal taste requires cold and snow, brittle air laced with the scent of pine, frosty nights and glittering stars, delicious baked goods and a scrumptious feast at a lavishly-set table, enjoyed by candlelight. A cheery fire is also a must, as is the prerequisite joy of the season. The rest comes from within: the goodness of man that so easily spills forth now, softening hearts, spreading gladness, and bringing love.
Jessica Scott- I'm from Maine so snow, snow, snow! I love a white Christmas - despite having spent the better part of 20 years in Texas. Give me that classic Christmas card feel - sparkling lights on the snow, cold nipping at your nose and I'm going to just fall into the story!
Nina Rowan - I think a holiday story absolutely has to engage all five senses with the wonderful things we associate with Christmas—sparkling trees, silver bells, apple cider, sugar-plums, roasted turkey, golden tinsel, fresh green wreaths, shiny presents, mistletoe tied with a red ribbon…see, you’re getting into the spirit already, aren’t you?
My Top 5 Elements that gives a story a ‘holiday feel’ would have to be:
1-Atmospehric landscapes of snow, ice, and chill wind
2-The scent of gingerbread and pine wafting through the air
3-The magical feeling that anything is possible
4-A sense of antiquity—even if the story is modern, I want a feeling bygone days
5-Fairy lights—no holiday story is complete without lights—or candle light—twinkling
1 lucky winner will receive a copy of THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS by Debbie Mason and a bound copy of all the e-books in one.
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