I pretty much spend the winter huddled in my bed or on my couch, under blankets and my cat, reading and writing. Which is pretty much how I spend every other season, only with some of the blankets removed … I love reading wintry books as the snow falls outside. Sometimes it’s holiday books, but sometimes it’s just books that perfectly capture the trials and cozinesses of winter (hey, I did grow up in Michigan, after all, so I have strong feelings about snow). Here are some of my wintry faves—tell me your favorites in the comments, so I can read them to my cat!
Winter (The Haunted Heart #1), Josh Lanyon
The first part in what will presumably be a four-book series, is about a man so full of grief he wishes his heart would freeze. When he moves into an old house and tries to sell off the arcane objects there, though, he’s caught up in a mystery that sets his cold heart ticking once more. Y’all, I have a problem and that problem is that I adore reading about miserable people. Take misery and add winter? FREEZING COLD MISERY SNOW HELL!
Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Bellingham Mysteries #2), Nicole Kimberling
Really, I’m reccing this whole series of mysteries, which spans all seasons in the Pacific Northwest. Baby, It’s Cold Outside, though, is set at a snow sculpture competition near a snowy lodge in the woods. It’s a contemporary romance, but the setting puts me in mind of wintry classics from Agatha Christie to that one Babysitters Club Super Special …
Winter Knights, Harper Fox
Historian Gavin makes a Christmas trip to Northumberland to prove that King Arthur and Lancelot were lovers, and to tell his boyfriend Piers he loves him. Bad News Bears alert. Gavin is distracted from his disappointment in love by some history-bending Christmas magic, and the warmth of Arthur and Lancelot’s love is just the spark Gavin and Piers need to set them back on the right track.
Camp Hell (Psycop #5), Jordan Castillo Price
The Psycop series is one of my all-time favorite series, and Camp Hell is my fave book in the series. It is all about Vic delving deep into the foggy recesses of his traumatized memory, and as he journeys into the past he also journeys through the wintry Chicago streets. Dirty snow, gray slush, and the biting wind are the backdrop for Vic’s psychic winter and I love every minute of it.
Glass Tidings, Amy Jo Cousins
This is the beautiful story of a man who lives a quiet, measured life, and the man who bursts into it, allowing them both the chance not to be so alone. A recluse who facilitates joy and holiday cheer for others + a glass artist who is far more resilient than his medium = a holiday love story with tenderness and bite.
How about you? Tell me your faves in the comments!
About the 2017 Holiday Charity Collection
20% of all proceeds from this title will be donated to the Russian LGBT Network.
Each year, Riptide Publishing releases a holiday collection in support of an LGBTQ charity. Twenty percent of the proceeds from this year’s collection will be donated to the Russian LGBT Network.
The Russian LGBT network was founded in April 2006. It is an interregional, non-governmental human rights organization that promotes equal rights and respect for human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. They unite and develop regional initiatives, advocacy groups (at both national and international levels), and provide social and legal services.
To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit their website: https://lgbtnet.org/en.
This collection would not be possible without the talent and generosity of its authors, who have brought us the following holiday stories:
- Cecilia Tan, Watch Point
- Roan Parrish, The Remaking of Corbin Wale
- Katie Porter, Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Buy all three in the collection and save!
Available November 27, 2017!
by Roan Parrish
Released: November 27 2017