Book Spotlight – “The Christmas Date” by Melinda Curtis

Book Spotlight – “The Christmas Date” by Melinda Curtis

I’m thrilled to be spotlighting a fantastic author this morning – Melinda Curtis.  She’s got a new novella that’s part of a Christmas anthology.  But first, let’s meet Melinda…

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Award winning, USA Today bestseller Melinda Curtis writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet and emotional romances for Harlequin Heartwarming, and the indie pubbed Bridesmaid series. Brenda Novak says: “Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf”.  Melinda also writes independently published, hotter romances as Mel Curtis. Jayne Ann Krentz says of Blue Rules: “Sharp, sassy, modern version of a screwball comedy from Hollywood’s Golden Age except a lot hotter.”



Twitter: @MelCurtisAuthor


The anthology is a collection of three novellas called “Christmas, Actually”



Melinda’s story in it is “The Christmas Date”

Gina Vernay was in an accident as a child and has a scar down her right cheek.  Since then, Gina has always sat on the sidelines, lacking the self-confidence to shine.  Wanting what many of her friends have – love, a family – Gina signs up for an online dating account.  But her picture doesn’t show her scar.  And she’s always too busy running The Tea Cup in Christmas Town to meet anyone, much less a man to share a kiss under the mistletoe in the town’s gazebo.  But when one persistent on-line suitor arranges to meet her on Christmas Eve, Gina’s life turns upside down.

The Christmas Date is the third novella in Christmas, Actually – three holiday stories about three siblings living in Christmas Town, where tradition has it that a kiss on Christmas Eve in the town square gazebo will lead to wedding bells in the new year!

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I’ve also got a great interview with Melinda…

What was the last book you read and what’s at the top of your to-be-read pile?

The last book I read was The Hot Zone by Jayne Castle.  Next on my list is Brenda Novak’s A Matter of Grave Concern.

You write in two sub-genres.  How do you describe the difference between your two sub-genres?

I write sweet and steamy romances.  Both have humor and emotional journeys.  Since most of my sweet titles are written for Harlequin, they don’t mention private body parts or the “s” word (S-E-X).  My steamy romances include more intimate sex scenes that impact the growth of the relationship – or create an obstacle to the relationship.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

Christmas, Actually has three different stories by three different authors about three siblings set in Christmas Town, Maine.  Local myth has it that a kiss in the town square’s gazebo leads to a wedding in the new year.

What intrigues you about writing?

I’m a psychology nut.  I like delving into what makes people tick and then creating characters that deal with wounds and belief systems that block them from achieving a happily-ever-after until they meet the right person.  I cut my teeth in consumer behavior as an ethnographer.  Yep, that was me following you around the grocery store.

Bon Jovi or Bruce Springsteen? Why?

I’d have to go with Bon Jovi because of the hair.  And as an author, It’s My Life (It’s Now or Never) is a great anthem.

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2 Replies to “Book Spotlight – “The Christmas Date” by Melinda Curtis”

  1. Thanks for hosting me today! I’m deep in revisions, so you don’t have to worry that I’m following you through the frozen section today trying to figure out what made you put those crinkle cut fries in your basket!

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