Valentine’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.
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.)
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.
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?
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.