My favourite Christmas Movies

White Christmas – Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye & Vera-Ellen

Now this brings back memories of when I was tiny and there was a choice between two channels on our TV and they would show a Christmas film, either a James Bond or White Christmas… or The Wizard of Oz come to think of it.

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Favourite Festive film: It’s a Wonderful Life. I cry every single time I watch it. My family now watch me instead of the film to see how soon I start blubbing. They’re cruel.

Favourite Festive Song: Leona Lewis – One More Sleep. It never fails to move me. And I adore Leona’s voice in this.

Favourite Festive Food: Christmas dinner veggies! Any and all veggies, preferably with a generous helping of either bread sauce or cheese sauce. Or, y’know, both.

Favourite Festive Story/Myth: This is a tough one. I’m going to say the Christmas Eve truce of WW1, which is mostly myth with a basis of truth. War is so horrendous that the fact that any soldiers were able to leave their trenches for an hour or without the fear of being gunned down has stuck with me. As a romance writer I’ve even dared to allow the occasional plot bunny to wander down this track.

Favourite Festive Tradition: I love the Icelandic tradition of gifting a new book on Christmas Eve. I’m starting it this year. All my family love to read, so I’m making a Christmas Eve gift pack for each member, with new pyjamas, a book, a hot chocolate mix, and maybe something like a bath bomb, so it becomes our own new tradition.

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Matt is sexy, single, and fabulous. His career at a fancy magazine is going from strength to strength. He has great friends, a nice flat, and a healthy bank account. Life is wonderful.

In truth, Matt is unhappy. Convinced he’s not worthy of love, he flits from club to bar, in search of temporary amnesia from the demon on his shoulder that tells him he’s never going to find “the one”. Which is ironic, because his heart already belongs to the one man he knows he can never have—his straight best friend, Zeke.

Zeke has always dated women. He can’t fathom why he’s so upset about Matt’s latest lover, the wildly successful and attractive Dieter, but refuses to accept that he’s jealous, because to do that, he might have to do some soul-searching of his own.

Meeting Dieter turns Matt’s ordered life on its head, and opens Matt’s mind to the possibility that he can make a meaningful connection. However, to take a gamble on love, Matt has to learn to trust people with his secrets. And, more importantly, to overcome his shame regarding the one part of him he refuses to change. If he can’t – or won’t – learn to love himself, it’s doubtful anyone else will see the real man behind the mask.

The only question is whether he’s brave enough.