Happy Christmas from USA Today Bestseller Jennifer Ashley, Emily Bryan and Alissa Johnson! We’re sorry as we can be to be rushing the season, but A CHRISTMAS BALL will hit the bookstores on September 29th! And we’re just so excited, we can’t wait a moment longer!
Our three novellas take place in 1822 London, which means Christmas is celebrated very differently. For example, there are no Christmas trees in the home of Lord and Lady Hartwell, the hosts of our CHRISTMAS BALL. That came later, after Queen Victoria married her German cousin and imported the “Tannenbaum” custom from his culture. But an English Christmas in 1822 did feature something called “a kissing bough.”
More than just mistletoe, this decoration was fashioned of evergreens (which symbolized life), ivy (which represented women), holly (whose prickly leaves remind us of men!) and mistletoe (as always, an excuse to steal a kiss!). However, the kissing bough represented a limited time offer. Each time a young man got a kiss, he was supposed to reach up and pluck off one of the mistletoe berries. When the berries were gone, there were no more free kisses!
But there are plenty of kisses in our stories! Jennifer Ashley’s The Longest Night will please fans of her Nvengaria series with her logosh hero Valentin and Mary, the Scottish miss from his past.
Emily Bryan’s My Lady Below Stairs takes a peek down the back staircase to see what the servants are up to. When head groom Ian Michael learns his love Jane is impersonating her well-born half-sister at the ball, Hartwell House will have more than one party crasher.
Finally, in Traditions by Alissa Johnson, William Renwick, Earl of Casselbury learns to cast off his careful plans and enjoy life to the fullest with the bespectacled, quirky heroine Patience.
So now it’s your turn to share. What’s your favorite Christmas decoration? Why is it special to you?
Thanks for having us here today, Romance Junkies! Someone who leaves a comment or question will win their choice from Emily Bryan’s backlist so be sure to let us know you’re here!