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Guest blogger: Megan Mayfair

3 November 2019

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas …

Is it? Too early? Maybe for some. My husband (Mr M) refuses to watch a Christmas movie until Christmas time, which in his book, is pretty much from around 19 December. Me, on the other hand? I’m more than happy to watch a Christmas movie at any time of the year. I love a Christmas movie.

Home Alone. Die Hard (it is a Christmas movie. Definitely). National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Love, Actually. And not to mention my favourite—While You Were Sleeping—which has it all for me—romance, comedy, an overwhelming but yet oh-so-adorable and loveable family, Chicago scenery, and the cute pairing of Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman.

Movies and books set at Christmas are always something special. I think there are a few reasons for this. Perhaps it’s the common threads that tend to weave through stories set at this time of year. They are often uplifting, and remind us of the things that are important; love, family, friendship, community, hope and goodwill. Maybe it reminds me of a few days where things go quiet away from school and work. And not to mention there’s always something especially divine about people falling in love against the backdrop of snow, the warm glow of twinkling lights and the sound of Christmas carols, or perhaps against a mild Australian summer’s evening, sandy beaches, the sound of cicadas or the smell of eucalyptus.

Christmas movies were definitely the inspiration for my latest novella, The Christmas Movie Date. In this novella, I focus on my characters, John and Annabelle, watching different Christmas movies, and what each means to them and how they are feeling as they head towards the holidays. Here’s the blurb:

New in town and with little family, preschool teacher Annabelle Smyth is passing the lead-up to Christmas at the holiday film festival at the Hope Street Movie Theater, knowing happy endings are little more than Hollywood magic.

Architect John Golding is a family man without a family. With his ex-wife and daughter spending the holidays in sunny Miami, he throws himself into his work, his heart too wounded to allow himself to be hurt again.

At a chance meeting at the Theater, Annabelle and John realise they have more in common than simply loneliness, but will a series of unexpected plot twists roll the credits on their chance at happiness?

It was such fun combining my love of Christmas films in the story, along with a romance between two characters I came to adore. The Christmas Movie Date is featured in Christmas on Hope Street, an anthology of four sweet romance stories set in the fictional Cathedral Springs in upstate New York.

You can pre-order Christmas on Hope Street now from Amazon.

Do you love a Christmas movie or a Christmas book? What’s your favourite?

Megan Mayfair is an Australian writer who writes fiction with a dash of family intrigue, a sprinkling of humour and a spoonful of romance. And a lot of heart. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children. She drinks far too much coffee and has an addiction to buying scarves.

You can find Megan here: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

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