Good morning, everyone. First, I’d like to thank LASR for having me here today, and second, I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself and get that out of the way so we can have some fun.

I’m Donna Michaels, author of Romaginative Fiction. I’m multi-published in several romance genres, all splashed with a bit of humor because I love to keep my heroes and heroines real, and…well, I love a good chuckle. My works range from sweet to very hot, short to epic, in eBook and print through The Wild Rose Press, Whimsical Publications, and just this past Fall, I branched out into self-publication.

Okay, enough about me. Time to talk about Christmas and the wonderful books and movies that surface this time of the year. Let’s start with movies. There are so many, but some stand out to me. Here are a few IMHO that are keepers.

It’s A Wonderful Life. A contemporary (at that time) with paranormal elements. Perfect! Makes us all take a look at our lives and how we affect those around us.

Jingle All The Way. For anyone who had to stand in long lines for a special, very popular, hard to get toy their child just has to have, this movie strikes a chord. I did it for Power Ranger toys, and for Nintendo game systems. The almost-frostbite and lack of sleep was worth it the instant they unwrapped on Christmas morning. 

Elf. Pure fun. A no-brainer that has me wanting to scream “Santa! I know him. I know him.” when I see the jolly guy in the middle of the mall.

Doctor Who Christmas Specials. Okay, I know these aren’t movies, but they are a part of our household every year. The doctor gets a new companion and the stories are always interesting and humorous.

Die Hard. Yep, you read right. The first movie takes place at Christmas time with daddy flying to L.A. to see his estranged family. The perfect Alpha hero. Tough, sexy, and by the end of the movie, he’s saved the hostages, and realized his wife is more important than his pride.

Christmas Vacation. Hands down, this one will always be my favorite. I’ll watch it over and over, and laugh just as hard every time. Comic genius with heartwarming elements, and a few relatable family scenarios.

I could keep going, but it’s time to talk books. Again, there are way too many to list. I’ll just state a few IMHO that stand out.

Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. Gives you hope that anyone can change. Classic and brilliant. There’s not one thing I don’t love about this book, or the others that try to mimic, as well as all the movies the book has spawned. (Love Scrooged!)

Little Women. Another wonderful classic. A heartwarming and wrenching epic that details the lives of these interesting sisters. You could empathize with one or more of the characters.

As for strict romance—Jill Shalvis, Debbie Macomber and many more romance authors come out with enjoyable Christmas stories every year. A wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle.

I have a few: Holiday Spirit; Vampire Kristmas, and my first ever, just released self published novel—Captive Hero—Book One in my Time-shift Heroes Series—takes place between October and December, ending at Christmas time. A female test pilot accidentally flies back in time in the middle of a WWII dogfight and inadvertently saves the life of a VMF Black Sheep pilot whom she abducts and brings back to the present in order to keep the timeline safe. Then the fun begins. He thinks she’s a German spy. 🙂

Captive Hero is available on Amazon in eBook and Print.

Now down to the fun. What’s your favorite Christmas book or movie? Leave a comment, along with your email addy and I’ll choose a random winner on December 23rd and post the name here in the comments. The winner will receive a free PDF of their choice from any of my titles.

Thanks so much for joining me today. Please leave a comment, and good luck!

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