Heidi Rice on the inspiration behind Tis the Season to Love Shopping, her contribution to Entangled’s Baby It’s Cold Outside anthology.
Oh how I love Christmas, let me count the ways! But when me and fellow authors Aimee Carson, Amy Andrews and Kate Hardy came up with the idea of writing a Festive anthology set over the four main holiday days of the winter season — and featuring four very different couples snowed in by a freak blizzard that hits the eastern seaboard — we did have one slight problem when it came to writing them, our deadline was in July. Ever tried to write a Christmas romance in the middle of the summer? Well, while Amy Andrews was laughing, because she’s an Aussie and it was actually winter in her neck of the woods, I had to resort to a little YouTube inspiration. Here are some of the snippets I found that helped me get in the mood to write Tis the Season to Love Shopping…
Lady Antebellum singing Baby It’s Cold Outside: Amy Andrews shared this with us and we all adored the sexy, country-music romancey-ness of this version of the classic song - so much we ended up pinching the title for our anthology.
Bing & Buble Dreaming of a White Christmas: We all know Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Bing crooning about treetops glistening and children listening to sleighbells in the snow. But Michael Buble too? This clip is like your ultimate silly snowy seasonal schmaltz-athon. Wonderful.
Bridget Jones & Mark Darcy’s Not-So Meet-Cute: Gotta love this opening scene from Bridget Jones’s Diary, when Renee Zellweger’s Bridget makes such a fab first impression on Colin Firth’s grumpy barrister. It always makes me laugh and cringe and swoon a little (because Mr Firth is still delicious even in that awful jumper) and it helped me conjure up my hero Ryder and heroine Kate’s first meeting in a snowbound department store on Fifth Avenue on Christmas Day, when she’s dressed in a two-sizes-too-small elf outfit and he’s none too pleased to see her either!
The John Lewis Christmas Ad 2011: John Lewis is a luxury department store on London’s Oxford Street where I love to shop every year. And every year they do a great Christmas ad, but last year they sort of surpassed themselves, capturing the warmth, joy and child-like expectation of the season in one fell swoop (wait to the end…. It’ll make you shed a tear, but a nice one). I hope my story has a sprinkle of that seasonal magic too as Ryder and Kate get to know each other while stranded together in the empty store over Christmas night and discover the joys of the season… And each other.
So there you have it, just a little of the inspiration behind Tis the Season to Love Shopping! Hope it got you in the mood too. Merry Christmas, everyone.
When a freak blizzard hits America’s Eastern seaboard, four pairs of strangers spend a hot night together one cold Christmas season!
‘Tis the Season to Kiss Santa by Kate Hardy
‘Tis the Season to Kiss Santa by Kate HardyWith the help of a sprig of mistletoe and some snow angels, a recently single pastry chef teaches a highly successful and sexy Scrooge the true meaning of the holidays on a snowy Christmas Eve that quickly heats up. ‘Tis the Season to Love Shopping by Heidi Rice
When a Christmas Day blizzard strands an up-and-coming marketing manager and her boss’s very off-limits, very hot playboy son in his department store, the two toe the line between naughty and nice as they unwrap their holiday presents—and each other!
‘Tis the Season to be Kissed by Amy Andrews
A down-on-her-romantic-luck kindergarten teacher plans to drown her New Year’s Eve sorrows in a gallon of spiked eggnog, but the arrival of her best friend’s sexy brother threatens to melt the snow piling up outside the tiny Vermont cabin.
‘Tis the Season to be Tempted by Aimee Carson
After the worst year ever, a jilted music manager rings in the New Year alone, swearing off men forever. But things get complicated when her brother’s best friend, the perfect man with the perfect body, tempts her to break her vow—if only for one hot night!
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Heidi Rice: Website, Blog, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.
Kate Hardy: Website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.
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