An American’s Christmas in England

My first Christmas away from home, I got lucky.

I’d moved from Los Angeles to Prague in the Czech Republic and couldn’t afford to fly back for the holidays. I was expecting a lonely few weeks as all of my new friends scattered to be with their families.

But then I met the most incredible guy—a Brit with a luscious accent and a sense of humor as dry as the desert I grew up in.

We got serious very quickly. We’d only been going out for a week when he invited me back to his parents’ house in England for Christmas. Yep—from “Let’s be more than friends” to “Come meet my family and spend the holidays with us” in one week.

By the time Christmas came around, we’d been together a whopping ten weeks. We spent the next two weeks with his family—and holy cow, did I ever get to know them, and their British Christmas traditions, quickly.

His parents picked us up from the airport. Our flight had been severely delayed, so I fell asleep in the car on the way to their house in Norfolk. It was late when we arrived, and my first view of their house included one of my boyfriend’s brothers standing in the living room wearing nothing but his underwear.

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Five ways to have a British Christmas

Brits and Americans share a lot of Christmas traditions—such as bringing a tree indoors and hanging stockings in the hope that they’ll be filled with gifts overnight—but the first time I went to my British in-laws’ house for Christmas, I discovered a lot of traditions I’d never heard of before.

In my Christmas novella, Mine Under the Mistletoe, California-girl Ashley fulfils her lifelong dream of spending Christmas in London. If you can’t spend this Christmas in Britain, here’s how you can make your Christmas a little more British.

1. Pantomime

Christmastime is also known as panto season in Britain, the time when B-list (and C- and D-list) celebs find work as cross-dressers in the country’s theaters. Pantomimes are based on classic children’s tales, like Puss in Boots and Cinderella, but with lots of naughty jokes for grown-ups. The main character is almost always a boy, who’s played by a woman. Camp men don padded bras and strut around the stage dressed as older women.

Pantos are hilarious and probably my favorite British tradition—which is why some of my favorite scenes of Mine Under the Mistletoe take place at a pantomime performance of Jack & the Beanstalk.
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Release day party for Mine Under The Mistletoe and All I’m Asking For!

Whoop whoop! My Christmas novella Mine Under The Mistletoe has hit the virtual bookshelves! So has the anthology it’s in along with novellas by Christi Barth and Brighton Walsh, All I’m Asking For: A Contemporary Christmas Anthology.

It’s the holiday season, so we’re having a few parties to celebrate. Grab a bottle of bubbly and join us!

Twitter chat TODAY!

Christi, Brighton and I are having a Twitter chat, hosted by Closed the Cover blog tours. We’re giving away prizes every ten minutes, so please come chat with us.

Please join us TODAY from 2-3pm EST. That’s 8-9pm in Western Europe. Follow the hashtag #XmasAnthology.

E-reader giveaway at Dear Author

The lovely Jane at Dear Author is having us as guests at her site today, and we’re having a giveaway along with the authors of Carina Press’s other contemporary Christmas anthology, For My Own. We’re giving away either a Kindle or a Nook Simple Touch. Hurry! The giveaway ends this weekend!

Book giveaway at Give Me Books blog

The wonderful Give Me Books blog is hosting a giveaway for us. You could win a $25 gift certificate and books! Stop by today and enter!

Giveaway at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance

One of my favorite blogs has invited me to take part in their December Joyathon along with some of my all-time favorite romance authors. Come find out which 12 sports romance heroes I’d put in a calendar. You could win a copy of my rugby romance novel Knowing the Score!

Blog tour

Our blog tour continues, and you have a chance to win a $25 book gift certificate. Here’s the schedule – stop by one of the posts and enter to win!

Most importantly, here’s information about the books that are out today. We hope you buy and enjoy them!

Mine Under The Mistletoe by Kat Latham

Mine Under the Mistletoe by Kat LathamThanks to a transatlantic house swap, California girl Ashley Turner is finally going to fulfill her lifelong dream of a proper English Christmas. Her holiday plans did not include a sexy stranger climbing into her borrowed bed in the middle of the night. But in the light of day, Ashley can’t help but wonder if Santa has delivered early…

Game designer Oliver Stansfeld can’t wait to leave dreary London—and all its difficult holiday memories—for sunny San Diego. But a freak ice storm and a grounded plane have forced him back to his already-occupied flat. To make up for the mix-up, the least he can do is show his pretty houseguest where to get the perfect Christmas tree before he leaves.

The more time they spend together, the more their attraction grows, and soon Ashley is tempting Oliver to give in to the spirit of the season and snuggle up for the rest of the winter. As the ice melts and flights start taking off again, he must choose between giving in to the past or risking his heart on a chance at love.

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Also available in All I’m Asking For: A Contemporary Christmas Anthology

All I'm Asking For: A Contemporary Christmas Anthology by Brighton Walsh, Kat Latham and Christi BarthThis Christmas, the producer of a small town holiday spectacular is swept away by a handsome Hollywood director. Being stranded in a snowstorm offers a couple a second chance at a future together. And an American in London helps a brooding Brit put the ghosts of Christmas past behind him.

Wherever you are, however you celebrate, this collection of three festive novellas will bring warmth to your holiday season.

Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:

Tinsel My Heart by Christi Barth
Season of Second Chances by Brighton Walsh
Mine Under the Mistletoe by Kat Latham

Stories also available for purchase separately.

Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | B&N | Carina PressGoodreads | Audible | More options

And for those of you who love small-town contemporary romance, Carina Press has another Christmas anthology out, For My Own. I’m reading it now and so enjoying it! Here it is.

For My Own: A Contemporary Christmas Anthology

For My OwnSnowy days and steamy nights

This year, a modern-day Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas with the help of a suddenly sexy old friend. A down-on-his-luck baseball star finds a beautiful new beginning with a hometown girl. And a prim-and-proper teacher is determined to bring out the holiday spirit in a grumpy tree farmer. Settle in for the season with this collection of very merry short fiction.

Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:

A Christmas for Carrie by Alison Packard
Christmas Curveball by Shari Mikels
Kissing Her Scrooge by Kinley Cade

Stories also available for purchase separately.

Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | B&N | Carina PressGoodreads | Audible | More options

Blog tour: Win a $25 book gift certificate & All I’m Asking For

All I'm Asking For: A Contemporary Christmas Anthology blog tourFriends, my first official book tour starts TODAY!

Christi Barth, Brighton Walsh & I are promoting our contemporary holiday anthology, All I’m Asking For (see below for book details). Over the next two weeks, we’ll be visiting a bunch of blogs and giving you the chance to win a $25 book gift certificate and a digital copy of the anthology.

I’ve also been asked to take part in a couple of other blog events, some of which have a separate giveaway. I’ve added those to the tour schedule below. If you have a book blog and you’d like to host us, please contact Ashley at ashley@closedthecover.com.

Many thanks to Ashley at Closed the Cover for organizing this tour!

November 29, 2013
Closed the Cover – Tour Kick-Off Post & Giveaway
Tome Tender – Book Promo
Kelly P’s Blog – Author Q&A with Kat Latham, Brighton Walsh & Christi Barth
Heroes and Heartbreakers – Exclusive Excerpt by Christi Barth, Brighton Walsh & Kat Latham (not part of the regular tour)

November 30, 2013
Oh My Books! – Book Review

December 2, 2013
Listful Booking – Book Review

December 4, 2013
Closed the Cover – Guest Post by Christi Barth
Not Drinking Coffee –

December 5, 2013: RELEASE DAY!
Nerd Alert Book Love – Book Review & Q&A with Brighton Walsh
Romancing Rakes For The Love Of Romance – Guest Post by Kat Latham (separate giveaway from regular blog tour)

December 6, 2013
Wicked Book Addict – Guest Post by Kat Latham & Excerpt of Mine Under the Mistletoe

December 7, 2013
Stark Raven Mad – Radio Interview

December 8, 2013
Books in the ‘Burbs – Q&A with Kat Latham
For the Love of Books – Book Review & Promo

December 9, 2013
My Nook, Books & More – Book Review & Guest Post by Brighton Walsh

December 10, 2013
Books, Books & More Books – Book Spotlight & Excerpt of Tinsel My Heart

December 11, 2013
Curse of the Bibliophile – Q&A with Christi Barth & Promo
My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews – Book Review

December 12, 2013
Love Romance Books – Book Review & Excerpt of Season of Second Chances
Smut & Bonbons – Book Promo and Giveaway

December 13, 2013
My Life. One Story at a Time – Book Review

Giveaway!

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All I'm Asking For: A Contemporary Christmas Anthology by Brighton Walsh, Kat Latham and Christi BarthThis Christmas, the producer of a small town holiday spectacular is swept away by a handsome Hollywood director. Being stranded in a snowstorm offers a couple a second chance at a future together. And an American in London helps a brooding Brit put the ghosts of Christmas past behind him.

Wherever you are, however you celebrate, this collection of three festive novellas will bring warmth to your holiday season.

Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:

Tinsel My Heart by Christi Barth
Season of Second Chances by Brighton Walsh
Mine Under the Mistletoe by Kat Latham

Stories also available for purchase separately.

Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | B&N | Goodreads | Audible | More options

Mine Under The Mistletoe by Kat Latham

Mine Under the Mistletoe by Kat LathamThanks to a transatlantic house swap, California girl Ashley Turner is finally going to fulfill her lifelong dream of a proper English Christmas. Her holiday plans did not include a sexy stranger climbing into her borrowed bed in the middle of the night. But in the light of day, Ashley can’t help but wonder if Santa has delivered early…

Game designer Oliver Stansfeld can’t wait to leave dreary London—and all its difficult holiday memories—for sunny San Diego. But a freak ice storm and a grounded plane have forced him back to his already-occupied flat. To make up for the mix-up, the least he can do is show his pretty houseguest where to get the perfect Christmas tree before he leaves.

The more time they spend together, the more their attraction grows, and soon Ashley is tempting Oliver to give in to the spirit of the season and snuggle up for the rest of the winter. As the ice melts and flights start taking off again, he must choose between giving in to the past or risking his heart on a chance at love.

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Also available in All I’m Asking For: A Contemporary Christmas Anthology

It’s a happy Thanksgiving for the winner of Ben Cohen’s calendar

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the U.S.! I always get a bit sad about being abroad at Thanksgiving. I love it just as much as Christmas, since it’s a time to be with family without the worry of finding the right gift.

Ben Cohen 2014 calendarSpeaking of gifts, one of you won Ben Cohen’s 2014 calendar. Huzzah! Here’s the original post where I announced the giveaway. Even though it’s too late to enter, I recommend reading the post. There are some videos of lovely Ben Cohen talking about his StandUp Foundation – and videos of him dancing and working out. Seriously. If you need a break from your family today, lock yourself in a room with those videos. He’s a stunning example of humanity!

Right…who won the calendar? It’s…Helen L!

Congrats, Helen! Please email me your mailing address: romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com

If you didn’t win, you can support Ben’s work fighting bullying and homophobia by buying the calendar, women’s T-shirts, men’s T-shirts, and body products guaranteed to make your man look like Ben. (Don’t hold me to that last promise.)

Reviewers, download Mine Under The Mistletoe now

If you have a book review website, you can download Mine Under The Mistletoe from NetGalley now.

The other holiday romance novellas published by Carina Press are also available for download.

Escape from your family for a while or take a break from shopping tomorrow to load up your ereader!

Pre-order Mine Under The Mistletoe

While you’re doing your holiday shopping, make sure you pre-order Mine Under The Mistletoe. It comes out a week from today, so it’ll be a special treat to help you relax after an exhausting Thanksgiving weekend!

Blog tour starts tomorrow!

Brighton Walsh, Christi Barth and I are doing a blog tour together to promote our Christmas novellas and the anthology we’re all in together. There will be a giveaway!

Come back tomorrow and I’ll publish the schedule.

In the meantime, happy Thanksgiving!

Mine Under The Mistletoe by Kat Latham

Mine Under the Mistletoe by Kat LathamThanks to a transatlantic house swap, California girl Ashley Turner is finally going to fulfill her lifelong dream of a proper English Christmas. Her holiday plans did not include a sexy stranger climbing into her borrowed bed in the middle of the night. But in the light of day, Ashley can’t help but wonder if Santa has delivered early…

Game designer Oliver Stansfeld can’t wait to leave dreary London—and all its difficult holiday memories—for sunny San Diego. But a freak ice storm and a grounded plane have forced him back to his already-occupied flat. To make up for the mix-up, the least he can do is show his pretty houseguest where to get the perfect Christmas tree before he leaves.

The more time they spend together, the more their attraction grows, and soon Ashley is tempting Oliver to give in to the spirit of the season and snuggle up for the rest of the winter. As the ice melts and flights start taking off again, he must choose between giving in to the past or risking his heart on a chance at love.

Add to Goodreads button

Read Chapter One

Buy it at: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play | More buying options

Also available in All I’m Asking For: A Contemporary Christmas Anthology

All I'm Asking For: A Contemporary Christmas Anthology by Brighton Walsh, Kat Latham and Christi BarthThis Christmas, the producer of a small town holiday spectacular is swept away by a handsome Hollywood director. Being stranded in a snowstorm offers a couple a second chance at a future together. And an American in London helps a brooding Brit put the ghosts of Christmas past behind him.

Wherever you are, however you celebrate, this collection of three festive novellas will bring warmth to your holiday season.

Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:

Tinsel My Heart by Christi Barth
Season of Second Chances by Brighton Walsh
Mine Under the Mistletoe by Kat Latham

Stories also available for purchase separately.

Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | B&N | Goodreads | Audible | More options