Love is in the Air

HeartsValentine’s Day is just a few short days away, and if your schedule is anything like mine, there is little time for reading, which is a shame because my heart longs for a sweet, romantic read to enjoy during this holiday of love.

Well, I have the solution. Novellas! Short, easy reads that can be finished in a couple hours yet still pack a romantic punch.

Only $2.51 for Kindle. Click on cover to purchase at Amazon.

Only $2.51 for Kindle. Click on cover to purchase at Amazon.

Now, as it happens, I’ve just released a new novella myself. Love on the Mend is the story of a young doctor, weary from the horrors he experienced in the Civil War, who finally returns to the home he ran away from 17 years earlier, eager to lay his past to rest and finally find peace. Only his past is still alive and kicking. And so is the feisty nurse who crawls under his skin and makes him feel more alive than he has in years.

This is a tie-in to my last full-length release, Full Steam Ahead. Jacob Sadler is the runaway boy Darius and Nicole take under their wing. However, the story can be read as a stand alone as well.

But there are more great stories out there that will make wonderfully romantic Valentine’s reads. Here are some of my favorites:

Jodi Thomas, one of my favorite western romance authors of all time, has two Valentine’s novellas now available as e-singles. (They were previously published in anthologies along with fabulous fellow fillies – Linda Broday and Phyliss Miranda.)

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Heart on His Sleeve

Headstrong Amanda Hamilton has gotten used to being the least popular girl in town, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t a little hurt when her paper heart is the last one picked—and a gunslinger winds up as her Valentine.  But after one unexpected kiss, she starts to rethink her dedication to spinsterhood…

In a Heartbeat

An army fort is no place for a Valentine’s Day dance—or so thinks stubborn Colt Barnett. Until a lovely woman turns his head.

 

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Kaki Warner, another fabulous western author, has a novella that I fell in love with a couple years ago. It’s more of a Christmas setting than Valentines, but the story has more to do with a violent winter snowstorm that causes a little girl to go missing than it does with Christmas. Loner Daniel Hobart goes after the lost girl and falls in love with her mother along the way. Snow still falls in February, right? This story is a good  read any time of year, and will warm your heart enough to bring in spring.

  •  So what are you doing this Valentine’s Day? Any romantic plans?
  • Do you enjoy novellas or do they seem too short for you?
  • What Valentine’s reads would you recommend?

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Oh, and as a special bonus, one of my older titles (full-length, not novella) happens to be on sale today only for $0.99! Head in the Clouds is my Texas fairy tale with a Jane Eyre twist.

When a recovering romantic goes to work for a handsome ranch owner, her heart’s not the only thing in danger.

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you enjoy an overflowing bouquet of romantic stories this week.

Karen Witemeyer
For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She is an avid cross-stitcher, and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at: www.karenwitemeyer.com.

22 Comments

  1. Thanks for the recommendations! I love novellas for a quick reading fix 🙂 Can’t wait to read yours!

    1. You’re so welcome, Heidi. Hope you find some good stories! Sometimes those shorter ones are the perfect break in the day. Have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

  2. No big plans for Valentine’s Day here

    1. I don’t have anything very exciting planned, either, Janine. My husband and I work for a private Christian university, and this Saturday is the big dinner to honor our donors. Since my husband works as a computer analyst in the fund raising department, he gets volunteered to help work the dinner. As his wife, I get volunteered, too. LOL. We usually open doors and greet people as they come in. Smile and nod, smile and nod. But on the plus side, we get to eat a lovely high-dollar meal and dress up in fancy clothes and we don’t have to pay a dime. 🙂 Could be worse.

  3. nice post,,ill be staying home and cooking something special for my husband,i love reading doesnt matter how long or short the book,,and i like holding a book and turning a page,,im not in to ebooks yet

    1. I understand about the e-book thing, Vickie. I love paper books, too. I now read about half and half. I love the discounts I can find on e-books and my Kindle is great for traveling, but there’s just nothing quite like a print book. I still get a little giddy whenever I walk into a library or bookstore and see the shelves of possibilities before me. Sigh. Nothing better.

  4. Karen, I just bought your novella and can’t wait to read it! You know how much I love your books! As for Valentine’s Day, it’s my birthday so I always leave that day to my hubby to plan! We never do anything grandiose but just have a nice day together…..especially since we are empty nesters! Just nice to have a day together!

    1. Your birthday is on Valentine’s Day? How marvelous! I bet your hubby will have a wonderful surprise planned for you. Even just an easy, relaxing day together would be heavenly. At least for me. 🙂

  5. My husband and I are actually going on date on valentines! Usually we do our date the weekend before or after but this year it worked this way. I’m taking him out this year haha. I think any books that make your go pitter patter then that’s the book for you. That what I look for in a book and if it takes you into the story and u forget just for a moment the world around you. Head in the Clouds is one of my favorites and Short Straw Bride!!!

    1. Thanks, Cori. I agree about the pitter-patter. Definitely what I look for in a good read.

      Isn’t it nice that Valentine’s falls on a Saturday this year? Perfect for date nights. Hope you and your hubby have a fantastic evening!

  6. I don’t have plans. Thanks for the recs. I love your writing although I rarely read novellas. I recommend The Christmas Bargain by Shanna Hatfield (although it’s set near Christmas.. but it’s so sweet and romantic it’s perfect (not a novella)

    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I love a good Christmas story. 🙂

  7. I enjoying reading so length of the book doesn’t usually matter to me but sometimes they seem to end too abruptly and I want to know more.

    My husband and I will be going to the Grand Island Little Theaters production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown directed by our daughter-in-law with the set built by our son. It is a dinner theater this one night with a tour and eet and greet!

    1. That sounds lovely, Connie! What a way to celebrate and still support your kids in their endeavors. We’ll be going to a short play tomorrow night that my daughter is in. Should be a fun night at the theatre for both of us. 🙂

  8. Not really sure about Valentines yet. I love novellas! And I love big books too! You just can’t go wrong with a good read!!!!!

    1. So true, Melanie. A good book can make the world a much sweeter place. Same as chocolate. Hmm…I think my Valentine’s treat to myself needs to be a book AND chocolate. At the same time. 🙂

  9. I will be cleaning house on Valentine’s Day my husband has to work 12 hours that day.

    1. Well, that stinks, Quilt Lady. Bummer. Maybe you’ll have time to squeeze some reading in, though. Do you ever listen to audio books? Housework is much more palatable with a book being read to you. At least it is for me. 🙂

  10. No plans for Valentine’s Day just a book and listen to music. But since I love to read it is no hardship. Happy Valentine’s Day to you.

    1. A quiet day with a good book and soothing music – sounds delightful! I’ve been so busy this week, a little private quiet time sounds heavenly.

  11. I love anthologies. Yes life is chaotic most of the time and the novellas are the perfect length to fit in to a busy day. I have BE MY TEXAS VALENTINE, the anthology Jodi Thomas shares with Linda Broday, Phyliss Miranda, and Dewanna Pace. It is next for me to reread as soon as I finish an old anthology of Valentine stories. I loved it the first time I read it and will be rereading it yearly.

    No real special plans for this weekend. It is our daughter’s birthday the 15th, so we will be getting together with her family. If the weather isn’t too bad our other daughter and her family may join us. We stopped going out to celebrate because it is always so crowded. We might fix a special meal at home. Right now it looks like our 16 year old grandson will be spending the evening with us while his parents go to a dance, so it will be movie night and pop corn. My husband and I have a long vacation planned this May and June, so we will save our romantic dinners for then.

    I have HEAD IN THE CLOUDS in hardcover and recommend it to anyone who wants an enjoyable read.

    I hope you have an enjoyable Valentine’s Day.

    1. A movie night and popcorn with the grandson sounds fun! And you’re right about all the restaurants being crowded. A quiet dinner at home might be just the thing. And I’m sure you and hubby will have a wonderful time during your vacation. Those getaways are just the thing to keep the sparks alive and the fun time rolling. 🙂

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