Hallmark has just dropped an early holiday present for all of you who love to spend the months of November and December tucked away on the couch with a fuzzy blanket and a warm cup of tea. Hallmark Publishing is releasing four new holiday e-books inspired by their beloved movies. The book are all novelizations of the movies, with an added bonus: you get to find out what happens after the movie ends.If I had a crystal ball, I'd probably look into to find that the never-before-seen epilogues have a lot of babies in them.
The four books released this year are Journey Back to Christmas, out now, based on the channel's highest rated movie in 2016, Christmas in Homestead, out Oct. 24, Love You Like Christmas, out Oct. 30, and A Heavenly Christmas, out Nov. 7, based on the Hallmark Hall of Fame original movie.
But the Christmas miracles just keep on coming. If you've ever thought to yourself, "Ya know, I could definitely write a Hallmark-style rom-com about a single dad and a bakery owner in a small town in New England," you're in luck! Hallmark Publishing is currently seeking submissions for "sweet" romance novels and cozy mystery novels of about 65,000 through 85,000 words in length. The stories must celebrate friendship, family, and/or community ties, and must have a happy ending. If your submission is accepted, your book just might be the inspiration for an original movie on one of Hallmark's three channels, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries or Hallmark Drama.
To get the wheels of inspiration turning in your head, here are the details on three of the holiday books out this year:
1. Journey Back to Christmas by Leigh Duncan
Hanna, a nurse, is still coping with the fact that her husband, Chet, never came home from WWII. But then, without warning, she's mysteriously knocked into the future after the appearance of the Christmas Comet. When she wakes up in modern times, she's dismayed to see how much her town has changed. But a local cop takes her in, and she soon realizes that the spirit of Christmas prevails, no matter the time.
2. Christmas In Homestead by Kara Tate (Out Oct. 24)
She's a Hollywood movie star. He's a single dad and the mayor of Christmas-obsessed Homestead, Iowa. Read to find out what happens when she comes to town to shoot her next big movie.
3. Love You Like Christmas by Keri F. Sweet (Out Oct. 30)
Maddie, a marketing executive in New York, decides to take a roadtrip to attend the December wedding of one of her clients. But when her car breaks down, she finds herself stranded in the small town of Christmas Valley. There, she meets Kevin, a widower with a small child, who's struggling to deal with an accident that left a slew of Christmas trees scattered across the highway.
If these books (and movies) aren't enough to keep you occupied this season, try your hand at Bustle's "Hallmark Movie Title Or Yankee Candle Scent?" quiz to get yourself in the spirit of the holidays.