Christmas with the Earl!

Earl low resIt’s a launch party in the lair!

But first, an apology!

I know it’s far too early to be talking Christmas – even when it’s only Christmas books. Please don’t take this post as a signal to run off and give your list to Santa! It’s still a bit over six weeks until the fat, jolly bloke with the facial hair squeezes down your chimney!

So having got that off my chest, let me tell you about my latest release, HER CHRISTMAS EARL: A REGENCY NOVELLA!

While it mightn’t be the time yet to wrap the gifts for under the tree, it’s definitely the time of year when it’s nice to have something romantic and short to read while the world goes crazy around us. I think novellas are really great when there’s Holidays everywhere and all the other end of the year madness. You get your romance fix and still have time and attention to deal with any crises that pop up!

Writing a novella at this time of year is almost a public service!

Haddon 2So given how chaotic things get in the lair in the lead up to the festive season, I thought we’d have a practice run so the cabana boys have everything down to a T when the real time comes.

But before I introduce your Yuletide entertainment, let me introduce HER CHRISTMAS EARL. Firstly, here’s the blurb:

No good deed goes unpunished…
To save her hen-witted sister from scandal, Philippa Sanders ventures into a rake’s bedroom – and into his power. Now her reputation hangs by a thread and only a hurried marriage can rescue her. Is the Earl of Erskine the heartless libertine the world believes? Or will Philippa discover unexpected honor in a man notorious for his wild ways?
haddon 1Blair Hume, the dissolute Earl of Erskine, has had his eye on the intriguing Miss Sanders since he arrived at this deadly dull house party. Now a reckless act delivers this beguiling woman into his hands as a delightful Christmas gift. Does fate offer him a fleeting Yuletide diversion? Or will this Christmas Eve encounter spark a passion to last a lifetime?You can read an excerpt on my website here: http://annacampbell.info/xmasearl.html

And all of that Christmassy Earlish goodness for the measly price of 99 cents!

Goodness, I think you should go and buy 10! Well, I would think that, wouldn’t I?

If you click on that pretty red cover at the top of this piece, it will take you right to Amazon (we like to make things easy for you!).

You can also buy HER CHRISTMAS EARL from Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/486725christmas 2

The story starts on Christmas Eve during a country house party in Wiltshire – a good excuse for me to share a couple of favorite photos from beautiful Haddon Hall which is in Derbyshire but was very much on my mind when I wrote this.

So I asked the cabana boys to turn the lair into a stately home in Regency England at Christmas. But I fear they didn’t get quite the right idea!

Plastic Christmas trees in lovely Hartley Manor in 1823? Sacre bleu as the French chef there is fond of saying!
christmas 1And what about theΒ  plastic reindeers that light up? It’s enough to send Wellington back to Waterloo in disgust! And Napoleon off for a nap!

So if you were arranging a lovely Christmas party in snowy Wiltshire for an Earl and his new bride, what would you do to make the house atmospheric and lovely? Mince pies? Carol singers? Roaring log fires? Lots of mistletoe for the earl and his bride to kiss under – not that they need much encouragement!

BanditBootyI have three downloads of HER CHRISTMAS EARL: A REGENCY NOVELLA up for grabs today to people who comment so get talking Christmas decorations! Good luck!

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  • Jane says:

    Congrats on the new release, Anna. We definitely roaring log fires to keep things cozy in the house. After dining on some roast goose I suggest parlor games to keep the guests entertained.

    • Jane, glad you want roast goose and not roast chicken – the rooster’s feelings would be hurt! Congratulations on getting him! He looks adorable in his little red hat with its furry trim, doesn’t he?

      Thanks for the congrats! I love having a seasonal story out. Already starting to think of next year’s outing. Log fires, roast goose and parlor games? I think I want to come to your party!

  • Tammy Y says:

    Christmas carols and Christmas cookies and everyone’s best Christmas story

  • Amy Conley says:

    Trimming everything with pine wreaths, pine garland, pine everywherd since its smell alone brings about thoughts and memories of Christmas. This way the Earl and his Lady will have the happy memories of their first Chirstmas to last them forever.

    • Oh, Amy, what a lovely idea – and actually quite accurate in terms of what people did in the Regency. A lot of our Christmas traditions stem from the Victorian era but there was a tradition of bringing greenery into the house and decorating it until 12th Night.

  • Annie West says:

    Anna, huge congratulations on the novella. I read it and loved it, as you know. A real treat, no matter what time of year you read it.

    What treat to give them? That’s tough. Given their penchant though for assignations in dressing rooms, I’d make sure there were some comfy cushions and maybe some nice port in the dressing room to the master’s suite.

    • Annie, thank you so much for saying how much you enjoyed my latest Christmas story! I love that you did!

      Laughed at you making the dressing room a little more…amenable. I think that’s an excellent idea for a present! And definitely one they’ll get a lot of use out of. Snerk.

  • flchen1 says:

    Definitely a roaring fire, please, Anna! Happy congrats on this novella! Will it just be Amazon and Smashwords? (I often use ARe when possible…) LOL on needing mistletoe! Perhaps just the roaring fires and discreet servants happy to bring trays for sustenance when needed!

  • J St George says:

    Congrats on releasing Her Christmas Earl, Anna. I just jumped on Amazon and ordered it. Can’t wait to read it.

  • Ho ho ho!!!! Anna, I’ve told everyone I know how much I loved HER CHRISTMAS EARL! It’s just a lovely, emotional, feel-good and very sexy read. Perfect to curl up with at Christmas! Your readers are going to adore it!

    • Christine, absolutely delighted to hear how much you enjoyed my earl (although probably not as much as Philippa does, snerk!). Thank you so much. I LOVE your quote. I’ve put it all over the place!

  • Linda says:

    I love lots of greenery & fairy lights. & the smell of baking waffling throughout the house!

  • Sally Schmidt says:

    Red bows, green fragrant pine, some gold baubles for sparkle, white candles, something with cinnamon in the kitchen, a few sweets . . . I think I am ready now!

  • Congrats on the new novella, Anna! I do love a good Christmas story. All of the decor and baking everyone has suggested sounds fantastic.

    This year, I’m not sure how much decorating I’ll be doing since I sold off my Christmas trees in anticipation of selling the house. Hey, maybe we’ll get lucky and the house will sell as a Christmas present. πŸ™‚

    • Trish, I had to laugh. I had my house up for auction on Saturday and it didn’t go – but someone was negotiating after the auction. Just heard he didn’t buy. So I guess I’m going to be here for Christmas too! We’ll have to raise glasses toward each other at a distance!

  • Helen says:

    Anna

    I really loved this one such a great story πŸ™‚

    I say we have all of the above that you have mentioned and a yule log and lots of niblies and drinks πŸ™‚

    Congrats on the release and go get this one it is fantastic

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Thanks for saying such nice things about the book, Helen. I’m so happy that you enjoyed it so much. I think this Christmas party in our stately home is shaping up very nicely, don’t you?

  • bn100 says:

    Christmas tree

  • Caren Crane says:

    Anna, I have always wanted to see one of those enormous medieval fireplaces filled with a Yule log that is, essentially, most of a tree. Fire that puppy up and pass the eggnog! πŸ˜€

    And The Christmas Earl is sitting on my Kindle, waiting to be read on my cruise next week. It will be lovely to have am atmospheric holiday story while I’m roasting in the Caribbean sun. LOL

    • Caren, I’d love to see that too! And I can so imagine drinking mulled wine in the great hall while that puppy (!) burns away! Lucky you with the cruise – mind you, Christmas is always sizzling hot down here. And I don’t mean in the romance novel sense!

  • Mozette says:

    Being Aussie, I’d love to experience a Northern Hemisphere Christmas with the snow, massive fireplaces, eggnog and all the trimmings… I’d also like to know all about Thanksgiving too.

    However, I already bought your novella and am just waiting for the Christmas-time kickback at the coast to read it. πŸ˜€

    • Thanks so much for picking up Earl, Mozette! Hope you enjoy it. Hope you have a lovely time on your holiday – it’s just the right time of year to be thinking about the beach and some diverting reading, isn’t it? I had an English Christmas when I lived there – no snow, sadly. I’d love a white Christmas at some stage.

  • Ann Gonzalez says:

    I will take a seat by the fireplace to read my books. Working in a school system, I am about to have some extra reading time during the holidays. I can’t wait to read…more than I do now.

    • Ann, that sounds lovely! And I hope you enjoy your holiday! I’m taking a bit of a break between Christmas and New Year and I intend to dive into the TBR pile in a big way.

  • Shannon says:

    Congrats I ordered the book back a while. Things are so busy that what little reading time is spent rereading comfort books. The theory is that I can do five to ten minutes since I know the story. Most people have suggested great ideas

    I am thinking of a special moment. A carol. A waltz under brilliant candle light ending under a mistletoe brough. Or walking out of Christmas mass as the first snowflakes fall.

    • Thanks for ordering the book, Shannon! Hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to catch your breath and relax for a little while. Oh, I love your picture of a romantic Christmas encounter. Beautiful!

  • Woohoo! Congrats on the novella, Anna!

    I would suggest a well-spiked punch for that holiday gathering. I suppose eggnog is more American than British, but brandy is universal. LOL. And rum, of course. I’m sure a holiday libation can be made that will have the attendees seeing stars and snowflakes all over the manor πŸ™‚

  • Anna, congrats on your latest release! I’ve come to count on your holiday novellas. I already have this one though I don’t read Christmas stories until the day after Thanksgiving. I find that reading holiday romances does far more to put me in a seasonal frame of mind than plowing through mobbed stores would, so I hole up on Black Friday and read.

    Anyway, as to your question–I don’t think potpourri is Regency, and I suspect cranberries are New World fruits, but I’d go with a cranberry-evergreen potpourri, a massive Yule log, and wassail. Plus mistletoe and evergreen boughs, of course!

    • Nancy, how lovely you’ve already picked up my earl (you saucy thing, you!). Hope you have fun with him. I must say I love a Christmas story most of the year but heading for the actual celebration, they’re magic. I devour them like chocolate – and usually WITH chocolate!

      You know, I’ve no idea of the date of potpourri but the idea of having sweet smelling petals and leaves around is pretty old so I wouldn’t be surprised if they had the equivalent. And yes, all the greenery was definitely part of a Regency Christmas.

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Woohoo another fabulous Anna Campbell novella! Can’t wait to get into the Christmas spirit and read it!

    Lots of lovely candles! And definitely loads of mince pies! My favourite! I’m not a fan of tradtional Christmas pudding, but there is a rather nice sherry which is very Christmassy in taste – Christmas pudding in a glass – which I’ll have instead!

    • Anna, thanks for saying you’re looking forward to reading my earl – hope he hits the spot for you! My mother used to make the most wonderful Christmas pudding – I’ve never tasted anyone else’s like it. So I must say I quite like it. Which is strange as I don’t like fruit cake. I remember one year when I was in boarding school, they got a deal on leftover Christmas puddings and we had them for Sunday desert with hot custard for about six months. Yum, yum, yum. And I’ve got to say not many of my food memories from school yet the y, y, y accolade.

  • Betty S says:

    Congratulations on the new release! I can’t wait to read it!

    I’m probably a bit boring, but to me simplicity is best. A cozy fire, delicious wine, soft music and a sampling of scrumptious appetizers and desserts at the ready.

    • Thanks so much, Betty. I love doing a story for this time of year – already starting to think of something for next year’s story.

      And simplicity is actually much closer to a Regency Christmas than you might think. I like your choices – especially if you had someone you loved cuddled up next to you! And perhaps a cat or two snoozing on the mat in front of that roaring fire.

  • Kim says:

    Congratulations on the release of your novella. Even though the tradition of Christmas trees starts during the Victorian Era, I’d still have one at the house party. What’s Christmas without a decorated tree.

    • Kim, I think having a tree wouldn’t be that out of place – after all, they used to decorate the house with green boughs like holly and pine. And the royal family had a Christmas tree way back in the 18th century (their German background). Thanks for the congratulations!

  • Deb says:

    Anna, congratulations on the novella!! Woohoo!!
    I don’t deck out the whole house; just the tree and two manger sets in the living room and lights on the porch railing.
    This year, I AM making Helen’s fruitcake recipe!! Sounds yummy! I also will make Maple Nutty Bars, shortbread, Danish Puff, and pebbern nodder, a Danish cookie.

    But, for the house party…a Christmas tree, a yule log, shortbread, and wassail.

    • Deb, thanks for the congrats! I love reading Christmas stories at this time of year.

      Oh, I love your menu for Christmas. It all sounds delicious. And good luck with Helen’s fruitcake! I think we’ll definitely have shortbread for our Christmas party in the Regency era. Really crumbly buttery shortbread to suit my Scottish earl!

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Anna! I’m so delighted you have a Christmas novella ready right now! I’ve been reading Gabaldon’s books and I’m in the mood for something light and breezy.

    A Scot, an historical, and Christmas, what more could I wish for? I just bought it, so glad it wasn’t for pre-order. I couldn’t wait.

    Hmm, I’d foremost have a live tree with those dangerously lighted real candles adorning it. And old fashioned ornaments, typical of the period. Even though I’m not sure how Scots celebrated Christmas in 1820, or even if they did.

    What a delightful early Christmas present!

    • Thanks so much, Jo. This story’s definitely on the bright and breezy end of the spectrum. And thanks so much for picking it up! Hope you enjoy it!!!

      Christmas was fairly low key in the Regency – a lot of the really snazzy stuff started with the Victorians. It was largely a religious holiday – there’s a famous diary entry from Queen Charlotte about going to church on the day and that was about it. But in my imagination, Christmas in the Regency is a time of hope renewed and being with loved ones and yanno, all the good stuff!

  • I’ve got to head out now for the rest of the morning but please, enjoy the shortbread and eggnog (I’ve decided I like eggnog even if I’ve never had it) and the champagne and the dancing cabana boys in kilts! I’ll get back to respond to any comments when I’m home again.

  • gamistress66 says:

    ugh, so not ready to think about the holidays, are those peppermint cookies & white cranberry martinis? well, if it’ll help sven & the boys I guess I can get in the spirit, besides wouldn’t want all that work they did to go to waste πŸ˜‰

    So if you were arranging a lovely Christmas party in snowy Wiltshire for an Earl and his new bride, what would you do to make the house atmospheric and lovely? — some nice lights, pretty holiday tree, a good fire in the fireplace, some of these lovely treats then give the servants the night off, lock the gates & remove the door knocker so no one can stop by & let the poor love birds be. take the rest of the party to the local tavern with plenty of food, drink & music for everyone else πŸ˜‰

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Anna! What a delightful story! How deliciously fun. And I’m starting to get into the mood for the holidays…even though we’ve yet to arrive at Thanksgiving here in the US. Grins.

    I love novellas for JUST the reason you mentioned. Sometimes, when things get crazy busy, you just need that little escape….Grins.

    Congrats on Her Christmas Earl hitting the lists on AMAZON already! WOOT!!!

  • Barbara Elness says:

    Definitely some greenery, mistletoe and roaring fires would be on my list for a nice holiday feeling. I’d add in pumpkin pie too, even if the Earl and his bride don’t know what those are, I’m sure they’ll love them when they try them. πŸ˜€

    • Barbara, I clearly need to try this strange pumpkin pie of which you speak – purely for research you understand. Actually I love roast pumpkin – all those caramelised sugars. Yum, yum, yum.

  • deb meredith says:

    A huge tree with a special ornament just for them. Mistletoe in strategic places, roaring fires and good friends and family to help celebrate!

    Congrats on your new release Anna! Know it will be another winner!

  • I just finished this one last night. LOVED it, La Divina! Gives me an entirely new prospective on large dressing room closets!

    Mince pies, Christmas pudding, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding with gravy !

    And lots of Scottish wool blankets and sheep’s fleece throws before a roaring fire.

    Freshly cut evergreen and spruce over the fireplace to make the room smell like a forest!

    • Louisa, so very glad you enjoyed it. Thank you!!! Hoped it might have given you a smile.

      Love your ideas for the Christmas. Especially all the Scottish throws. Sounds like a spread in architectural digest on Christmas style.

      Really looking forward to reading your novella A PERFECTLY DREADFUL CHRISTMAS!

  • Thanks to everyone who swung by today. Lovely to introduce you all to the earl.

    Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see who won the downloads of the book. Good luck!