A reader asked me recently whether I would ever consider writing a book set at Halloween, since I have so many books set during the Christmas season. I thought about it for a moment. Halloween can be fun. Last year, I dressed as Millie the Giraffe from Happily Inc at the book signing at Nora Roberts’ Turn the Page Bookstore. Here I am with reader Donna B. (Hi, Donna!)
Nothing against Halloween, but I don’t think I’ll write a Halloween book. It’s just not the same. Halloween is a day—or maybe a week on the outside. But Christmas is a season, a long enough time for two people who are meant to be together to fall madly in love. I love writing Christmas stories, to immerse myself in the joy, the feeling of community, and the romance of the holidays. In case you missed any of my Christmas romances, here they are, starting with my most recent, Happily this Christmas.
There’s no place like Happily Inc for the holidays…
Wynn Beauchene has a thriving business, a great kid, and a mildly embarrassing crush on the guy next door—local cop Garrick McCabe. She’s a strong, independent woman who can’t help dreaming what-if about a man she barely knows. Until he needs her help…
Garrick’s pregnant daughter will be home for Christmas, and his house needs a woman’s touch. Garrick and his little girl were tight once and he’s hoping a small-town Christmas will bring her back to him. But thawing his daughter’s frosty attitude will take more than a few twinkle lights. Maybe sharing the holiday with Wynn and her son will remind her of the joy of family.
As the season works its magic on these wounded souls, Wynn realizes it’s time to stop punishing herself for a painful secret, while Garrick remains haunted by the ghosts of past mistakes. Will he allow Wynn to open the only gift she truly wants: his heart?
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COMING IN 2021
For those of you looking past the Christmas season into 2021, I’m delighted to share with you the gorgeous cover of The Vineyard at Painted Moon! Isn’t it lovely? It strikes just the right tone for such an emotional and uplifting book. You’ll want to have your tissues handy for this one.
Step into the vineyard with Susan Mallery’s most irresistible novel yet, as three women search for the perfect blend of love, family and wine.
Mackenzie Dienes seems to have it all—a beautiful home, close friends and a successful career as an elite winemaker with the family winery. There’s just one problem—it’s not her family, it’s her husband’s. In fact, everything in her life is tied to him—his mother is the closest thing to a mom that she’s ever had, their home is on the family compound, his sister is her best friend. So when she and her husband admit their marriage is over, her pain goes beyond heartbreak. She’s on the brink of losing everything. Her job, her home, her friends and, worst of all, her family.
Staying is an option. She can continue to work at the winery, be friends with her mother-in-law, hug her nieces and nephews—but as an employee, nothing more. Or she can surrender every piece of her heart in order to build a legacy of her own. If she can dare to let go of the life she thought she wanted, she might discover something even more beautiful waiting for her beneath a painted moon.