Friday, December 27, 2019

Holiday RomComs do it for me! By Peggy Jaeger


Even though December 25th has come and gone ( like, literally, 2 days ago!) in my mind it is still the Holiday season until January 1st, so I can still talk about one of my favorite things: Holiday RomComs.

Holiday RomCom movies and books combine 2 of my favorite things: the HOLIDAYS ( DUH!!) and Romantic Comedies. I'm a huge fan of those 1930's and 1940's screwball movies starring Cary Grant, Kate Hepburn, Claudette Colbert. I'm also a huge fan of the more modern RomComs where the action might not be as frenetic, the romance can be a lot more open door, but the comedy is still the laugh out loud, belly shaker kind.

My favorite movies that fall into the HOLIDAY ROM COM arena are as follows:

LOVE ACTUALLY - a wonderful mish-mosh of vignettes that all play out around Christmas. There's love, loss, second chances, my boyfriend's best friend tropes, plus the dreamy Hugh Grant and Liam Neeson.


THE HOLIDAY Two women from different worlds trade houses at Christmas time, determined to re-energize their careers and lonely lives, only to find love and laughter. Jack Black is surprisingly charming in this flick!


THE FAMILY STONE One of my favorite topics to write about is families and all the craziness, personality clashes, love and laughter that make them up. This movie is a testament to starting over, second chances at love, loss and renewal. A real tear jerker. But laugh-out-loud funny, too. The best kind of RomCom!


THE LAST HOLIDAY The fabulous Queen Latifah is given a death sentence, health-wise. Unlucky in life and love, she is determined to do what she has only ever dreamed about and runs away to a fancy resort to spend her last days in elegance and style. The HEA in this holiday romcom is delicious - in more than one way!!

CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT I had to throw in one of my fav oldies here! This one has a war hero, a journalist, a food critic and a case of mistaken identity!!! The entire plot revolves around a sham homemaker newsmagazine column ( think Dear Abby meets Martha Stewart!) and a publicity ploy gone wrong. Laughter and shenanigans ensue!

Now, because I love to read and watch Holiday RomComs, I also like to write them ( You just knew that was coming, didn't you? Hee Hee)

CHRISTMAS & CANNOLIS is the 2019 winner of the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL AWARD and it has everything my favorite Holiday RomComs have: a big, loud, loving and crazy Italian/American family, a baker ( I love food!) a hunky hero who isn't looking for love, family loss and grief and a strong heroine who believes in family first.

With Christmas season in full swing, baker Regina San Valentino is up to her elbows in cake batter and cookie dough. Between running her own business, filling her bursting holiday order book, and managing her crazy Italian family, she's got no time to relax, no room for more custom cake orders, and no desire to find love. A failed marriage and a personal tragedy have convinced her she's better off alone. Then a handsome stranger enters her bakery begging for help. Regina can't find it in her heart to refuse him.

Connor Gilhooly is in a bind. He needs a specialty cake for an upcoming fundraiser and puts himself—and his company's reputation—in Regina's capable hands. What he doesn't plan on is falling for a woman with heartbreak in her eyes or dealing with a wise-guy father and a disapproving family.

Can Regina lay her past to rest and trust the man who's awoken her heart?


A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS was my first San Valentino Holiday RomCom and to this day, I still treasure Gia and Tim like they were my own children!


With Christmas just a few weeks away, Gia San Valentino, the baby in her large, loud, and loving Italian family, yearns for a life and home of her own with a husband and bambini she can love and spoil. The single scene doesn’t interest her, and the men her well-meaning family introduce her to aren’t exactly the happily-ever-after kind.

Tim Santini believes he’s finally found the woman for him, but Gia will take some convincing she’s that girl. A misunderstanding has her thinking he’s something he’s not.

Can a kiss stolen under the Christmas lights persuade her to spend the rest of her life with him?



The ROMANCE GEMS theme for December is CANDYCANE KISSES and I've got a ton of those in these two books!

Check out our just-for-you items in this month's Gems blog-0-sphere, including our rafflecopter.

Holiday Book Fair, a special page created just for you, our faithful readers. Our Holiday Book Fair is filled with dozens of Holiday Romance Novels. They're sure to thrill you, and they're priced low—some are even free! Visit our Holiday Book Fair which will be here until the end of December and check out all the bargains. Great stocking stuffers for your friends who read!

Movie Theater — Watch our new December video and the other new ones from our Authors. They'll put you in the holiday mood.

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Thanks for joining us all season long and until next time ~ Peg

22 comments:

  1. Peggy, I love all those movies. Love to watch them again every years. They always hold up. Congrats on your many Christmas stories and award! That's a great Christmas gift to treasure forever.

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    1. Nora - I watch them over and over, too!!! Can never get enough of the laughs.

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  2. Peggy, great post. The old black & white movies are my favorites. Miracle on 34th Street with Natalie Wood is the best. Wishing you continued success.

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    1. Sandra- love that one!!! I never liked it as much when they colorized it, tho

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  3. I've loved your books that I've read. Keep it up, Peggy!

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  4. I've missed some of these. And I'm a big fan of Queen Latifah so I'll be seeing that one again. Thanks for these reminders.

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  5. I love Last Holiday!!! That one is so much fun. I also love The Holiday. Great post! Thank you for sharing the books, too. The titles are so cute!

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    1. Kara - Last Holiday is for sure a fav!!! Love LLCoolJ

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  6. We can all use a good dose of laughter over the holidays. Great post!

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  7. I love the old movies and some of the new ones, too.

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    1. Liz, there's nothing like a 1939's black and white romcom!

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  8. I love those old movies, too, Peg. Another is Holiday, with Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn. Hope your holidays continue to be wonderful.

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  9. All great holiday romances!! Yours included!

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    1. She is and always be a Queen to me!!! love her and this movie really shows her acting chops.

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  11. Hope your Christmas was Merry, Peggy. I agree with your romcom list for the holidays!

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    1. Joan - thank you!!! There are tons more movies I love ( and none of them are Hallmark ones!) but you only get so much room to write, you know? haha. Happy New Year.

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