Today is re-release day for me! My novella, The Christmas Knot, was part of a boxed set that came out earlier this year (Captivated By His Kiss), but now that the set is no longer on sale, I decided to release it on its own.
At which point I had a bit of a genre issue, because it didn’t quite fit anywhere. So I gave it a subtitle: A Slightly Gothic Regency Mystery Romance Novella. If the word ‘Christmas’ hadn’t been in the title, I would have slipped that into the subtitle, too!
To tell you the truth, I have this problem with most of the stories I write. They almost always have some romance in them. Often there’s some mystery, or at least suspense. Frequently there are paranormal elements. Some are sexier than others. Should I have included ‘hotness level sort of medium’ in my subtitle? The cover doesn’t quite convey the heat level, either – it looks like a sweet story, but there’s one short love scene. But I like the cover, because it conveys a feeling of romantic love, and that’s what matters in the end.
I find it difficult if not impossible to to fit everything I write into one genre or another. Do you think a story needs to fit into a particular box? Do you, as a reader, prefer to know exactly what to expect when you start a book? What do you absolutely want to know ahead of time (such as a Happily Ever After) and what are you willing to be surprised by? Please comment for a chance to win the giveaway.
Harlequin has several of my “Undone” novellas (which required a fair degree of hotness) on sale for $1.99 this week. To celebrate this sale, I’ll give away two to lucky commenters (winner’s choice).
Here’s the blurb of The Christmas Knot:
Widowed and destitute, Edwina White takes a position as governess in a remote village in the north of England—in a haunted house. She’s so desperate that she’ll take anything, and besides, she doesn’t believe in ghosts. Little does she know that her new employer is the seducer who lied and deceived her many years ago.
Sir Richard Ballister inherited an estate with a ghost and a curse, and every governess he hires leaves within a week. Finally, a woman desperate enough to stay arrives on his doorstep—but she’s the seductress who dropped him many years earlier for a richer man.
The last thing Richard and Edwina want is to work together, but they have no choice. Can they overcome the bitterness of the past in time to unravel a centuries-old knot and end the Christmas curse?
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