Get into the spirit and cheer of the season with our selection of 24 Holiday Favorites published with Barnes & Noble Press! Indulge in our collection of cozy mysteries, festive romances, magical fantasies, and more! These books are perfect for snuggling up by the fire with a hot cup of cocoa and some peppermint bark.
Explore the collection and find a new favorite today!
Mistletoe and Mayhem by London Lovett
Port Danby is preparing for the annual Harbor Holiday Lights Flotilla, and Lacey ‘Pink’ Pinkerton is anxious to see the colorful boats light up Pickford Beach. But the festive spirits of the town are dampened when one of the boat owners is strangled to death. Lacey enthusiastically volunteers to help Detective Briggs sniff out the clues and track down the killer. Once again, she finds herself nose deep in a murder mystery.
Shopping for a Baby’s First Christmas by Julia Kent
My mother wants all her kids and grandkids to spend Christmas Eve at her house and wake up on Christmas morning together. Sounds reasonable, right? And it would be. If it weren’t my mother… My husband, Declan, is protesting any involvement. While Mom has turned her house into a Christmas showcase that makes Frankenmuth look like the picked-over clearance rack at Target on December 26. There is no force of nature stronger–or more emotionally volatile–than a fifty-something grandmother determined to create holiday memories. Wait a minute. Maybe there is. My husband. Home for the holidays? What could go wrong…
An Assassin’s Holiday by Dirk Greyson
Brick Colton has been hired to kill Santa Claus—or at least the kindhearted accountant playing Santa for the kids in an orphanage. Brick grew up in an orphanage himself, but that isn’t the only thing bothering him about the contract on Robin Marvington’s life. The details don’t add up, and it’s looking more and more like someone has set Robin up. As Brick investigates, Robin brings some much-needed cheer into his life, the light in Robin’s soul reaching something in Brick’s dark one. But all of that will end if they can’t find the person who wants Robin dead.
Breaking the Mould by Victoria Hamilton
Vintage cookware enthusiast Jaymie Leighton Müller is excitedly making plans for the upcoming Dickens Days festival. It’s the town’s month-long celebration leading up to Christmas and things are shaping up for a festive season. That is, until the town’s local Scrooge is found murdered with a vintage pudding mould covering his cracked skull. Nearly everyone had a reason to dislike Evan Nezer. But with his body being found in Jaymie’s diorama, she’ll have to figure out who hated him enough to see him dead. With many suspects and even more secrets, Jaymie feels buried by a blizzard of clues. But with Dickens Days on hold until the police can nab the killer, she’s determined to catch the culprit so the ghost of Evan Nezer doesn’t cast a pall over the whole Christmas season.
Cupcakes for Christmas by Kate Hewitt
Always the baker, never the bride… Olivia James has always been happy running a tea shop and bakery in her quaint Cotswold village. Helping friends find their happily-ever-afters, topped by the perfect wedding cake, fills Olivia with joy all year round. But as Christmas approaches, Olivia is home alone and questioning her choices. When Simon Blacklock breezes into her shop, Olivia begins to dream. Can romance blossom amidst the sugar and flour? And after a lifetime of living on the side lines, is she brave enough to star in her own story? Simon may be hiding a painful secret, but Olivia harbors secrets of her own. If they can dare to risk their hearts, this Christmas might be the most magical yet!
Not a Creature was Stirring by Christina Freeburn
Empty-nester Merry Winters loves three things: Christmas, crafting and her family. To regain purpose and joy, Merry hits the road to a Christmas vendor event with her furry sidekick Ebenezer in her new mobile crafting sleigh, aka an RV. But it soon turns into the nightmare before Christmas when Merry unwraps her Scrooge of an ex-husband’s body in one of the RV’s compartments. Add to that his missing winning lottery ticket believed to be stashed somewhere in the RV, leading the homicide detective and Merry’s stepdaughter to believe Merry is the one whodunit. With visions of prison dancing in her head, will Merry be able to solve this Christmas calamity before she’s locked away?
Bark! The Herald Angels Sing by Roxanne St. Claire
With Christmas and a family wedding fast approaching, there’s happy chaos in the air at Waterford Farm. However, not everyone in the Kilcannon clan is caught up in the magic of the moment. When Gramma Finnie and Pru are tasked with finding the “Somethings” for the wedding, they only have Christmas Eve to get the job done. Detoured by a stray border collie, thwarted by nature and an elf parade, and trapped by a rifle-toting mountain man. It will take more than the power of the Kilcannon clan to save these two from a Christmas catastrophe. It will take the luck of the Irish, a love story from long ago, and a whole lot of help from the angels to make this holiday merry and bright.
Wreath Between the Lines by Daryl Wood Gerber
The holidays are Jenna Hart’s favorite time of year. But just as she’s decorating the Cookbook Nook, her imperious older sister makes a surprise visit. To make matters worse, her father’s good friend Jake has a frantic report that someone has been murdered–trussed with Christmas lights and impaled with a tree star. Worried that Jake was the intended victim, Jenna makes a list of suspects and checks it twice. Swapping her Santa’s hat for a sleuthing cap, she gets busy with the investigation. But when Jake himself is poisoned and nearly dies, Jenna knows she’ll have to do whatever it takes to corner the culprit before it’s lights out for Jake . . . Includes tantalizing holiday recipes!
Marry and Bright by Laura Durham
‘Tis the season for mistletoe and matrimony. Wedding planner Annabelle Archer and her team are busy preparing for a winter wedding when they get something that wasn’t on their wish list. Someone left a baby on the doorstep. Determined to find the parents, Annabelle finds herself diving deep the mystery into the world of Christian motorcycle gangs. All the while pulling together a holiday party and keeping her bride from throwing a holiday hissy fit.
All Things Merry and Bright by Kathryn Le Veque, Erica Ridley, Tanya Anne Crosby, Suzan Tisdale, Eliza Knight, Barbara Devlin, and Glynnis Campbell
Welcome to the tales you’ve been wishing for in this assemblage of tiny Christmas stories by some of your favorite authors. From the snow-covered fields of Medieval England, to the wind-blown Highlands of Scotland, and on to the merrily decked halls of Regency England, enjoy these satisfying little tales as you become part of your favorite characters’ holiday world.
A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews
Sophie Appersett is quite willing to marry outside of her class to ensure the survival of her family. But the darkly handsome Mr. Edward Sharpe is no run-of-the-mill London merchant. He’s grim and silent. A man of little emotion–or perhaps no emotion at all. After two months of courtship, she’s ready to put an end to things. But severing ties with her taciturn suitor isn’t as straightforward as Sophie envisioned. Her parents are outraged. And then there’s Charles Darwin, Prince Albert, and that dratted gaslight. What’s a girl to do except invite Mr. Sharpe to Appersett House for Christmas and give him one last chance to win her? Only this time there’ll be no false formality. This time they’ll get to know each other for who they really are.
A Very Regency Christmas by Julie Johnstone
Miss Frost Chills the Cheater by Kristen Painter
Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost’s daughter, Santa Claus’s niece, heir to the Winter Throne and now…private investigator. Sort of. Jayne takes Sinclair on a much needed visit to her winter wonderland home, the North Pole. She wants him to see what her royal life is truly like. All seems well until a weird coincidence in a toy contest. He’s a necromancer, and not everyone is okay with that. Jayne vows to prove his presence and the apparent cheating are unrelated. But someone doesn’t want Sinclair around. When that someone cracks and takes action, Sinclair is in danger of losing more than his good name. Can Jayne chill the rumors that threaten the royal family and keep Sinclair from being permanently iced?
Christmas in New York by Monique Martin
A Texas Christmas Homecoming by Nancy Robards Thompson
Morna’s Magic & Mistletoe by Bethany Claire
Kenna McMillan would do anything for her grandchildren. She would even accompany one of them hundreds of years into the future for a week of Christmas celebrations with the old witch, Morna. But unexpected guests at the inn upend all of their holiday plans… When a trip to Conall Castle with his granddaughter results in Malcolm Warren bumping into old friends, and new flames, their quick trip out of Edinburgh quickly turns into days away from the city. Malcolm invites Kenna to come with him, promising her a tour of all of the best Christmas sights in the city. But Kenna also holds a secret–can she trust Malcolm with the truth of Morna’s magic? If she does, will their new love for one another be enough to convince him to leave the life he’s always known?
Every Little Thing by Marie Force
In a sleepy little mountain town, one night might just be the start of something new…Grayson Coleman had enough of his life in Boston, trading in his career as a high-powered attorney for the rugged hills of Butler, Vermont. With plans to open a small general law practice, Grayson thinks he’s got this new life figured out. But every little detail of life can’t be planned and when Emma Mulvaney arrives in Butler with her daughter, Simone, Grayson’s world takes another turn. With an approaching first date, will this be the start of something new for the jaded lawyer and the selfless single mom? Or will a holiday week flirtation turn into something much bigger than either of them ever expected?
A Royal Christmas Princess by Scarlet Wilson
After a tough year losing her mom and bills mounting, Holly Yates is in for a lonely Christmas. But when she hears a news report that the small principality of Coronia is looking for their lost princess, Holly is astounded to recognize the baby photo. It’s her! Felix, also a Coronia royal, whisks Holly into her very own fairy-tale including a castle nestled within the quaint snow-covered Coronia capitol and her biological father, eager to meet his daughter. With Felix by her side as she meets the people of her would-be kingdom and prepares to attend a ball in her honor, Holly begins to fall in love, not just with Coronia, but also with the would-be prince. Will the handsome prince still be at the side of this unexpected fairy-tale princess when the clock strikes midnight?
In Time for Christmas by Monique Martin
At a time when interest in the Christmas holiday was waning, Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol and inspired the world. But now, history is changing, and the book is never written. When the Council for Temporal Studies asks time travelers Simon and Elizabeth Cross to “save Christmas,” they think he’s joking.
Once Upon a Christmas by Jill Barnett, Cheryl Bolen, Glynnis Campbell, Tanya Anne Crosby, Colleen Gleason, Brenda Hiatt, and Kimberly Cates
A holiday treat! 7 New York Times & USA Today bestselling authors bring you 7 captivating Christmas novellas!
Curl up by the fire with seven passionate tales from the Jewels of Historical Romance…a counterfeit bride in Medieval Scotland, a whirlwind courtship in a Regency ballroom, a holiday miracle in the wilds of Ireland, love and laughter in 19th century New York City, an unlikely attraction in Victorian England, and more. When the magic of Christmas meets the romance of ages past, who can resist falling in love?
A Bramble House Christmas by C.J. Carmichael
Finn Knightly a.k.a. Finn Conrad wants to know why his recently deceased father left his nurse fifty thousand dollars after knowing her a mere six weeks. So he travels to Bramble House B&B in Marietta, Montana to find answers. But Willa Fairchild is not the conniving woman he expects to find. Before he knows it, Willa-and her six-year-old son Scout-are stealing his heart. And that’s before he finds out Scout’s secret and the real reason this Christmas is so important.
Rose and Helena Save Christmas by Denise Grover Swank and Jana DeLeon
Rose Gardner and Neely Kate Colson are surprised with a trip for the two of them to New Orleans. Neely Kate plans to use the opportunity to visit a psychic and finally find out more about her paranormal abilities. But when the psychic is murdered, and Neely Kate and Rose were the last people to see her alive, they find themselves the main suspects in a Christmas killing. Taylor Beaumont has exhausted all resources in trying to figure out her new ghostly roommate, Helena. Seeing a psychic is the last resort. Taylor hoped for answers about Helena’s worldly existence but, instead, finds herself embroiled on the wrong side of a murder investigation. Seeing no other option, Taylor and Helena combine forces with Rose and Neely Kate to clear their names.
Drowning in Christmas by Judith K. Ivie
Christmas has never been Kate’s favorite time of year, but this holiday season is really going to be murder. MACK Realty is on hiatus due to the down economy. Armando might not make it home by December 24th. Kate is mourning the loss of her adored cat Simon. Daughter Emma has persuaded Kate to stage a Norman Rockwell-type Christmas Eve for her loathsome new beau. And to top off the merriment, her ex-husband has coaxed her to host an at-home wedding for their nephew. To get her mind off her troubles, Kate helps out with a charity fundraiser. It’s an evening that’s full of surprises, none of them good. Kate’s positively drowning in Christmas. Can pals Margo and Strutter come to her rescue before she goes down for the third time?
The Spy Who Came for Christmas by David Morrell
Amid thousands of Christmas tourists in snowy Santa Fe, a terrifying hunt is in progress. Wounded and on the run, spy Paul Kagan frantically seeks a haven for himself and a precious bundle he conceals under his coat. The bundle is a baby with the power to change the world. The pursuers are three ruthless enemies who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the child. When Kagan takes shelter in what seems to be a deserted home, he discovers an abandoned woman and her young son. As death lurks outside the house, these three unlikely allies prepare for a siege that will change their lives forever and perhaps the lives of millions of others.