Writing Winter in the Summer
by Kenzie Cade
Hey guys! Thanks for joining me today, and thanks to the lovely ladies here at The Blogger Girls for having me.
The beginnings of my idea for Reindeer Games came to me this past Winter, but I was already in the midst of writing Prickly Business. Then came a couple of M/M Goodreads stories and then Prickly By Nature, so actually getting this down on paper didn’t happen until July/August (mostly August because I’m really a procrastinator who tries hard not to procrastinate).
Writing a Christmas story in the heat of summer calls for creativity, because in Arkansas in the hundred-degree heat, finding inspiration for cold and snowy and jingling bells is difficult. We all have our different ways of coping and of creating the inspiration if need be. For me, it was dropping the air conditioning down to sixty (because that’s all the cold I could take), wrapping up in a blanket, making hot cocoa, and listening to Christmas music.
Music makes up much of my means of inspiration. I love it all. So, seeing as we have hit the season where it is now acceptable, I thought I’d share with you my Reindeer Games playlist.
I have tons of favorites, but among these Straight No Chaser’s version of “12 Days of Christmas” is absolutely amazing (and really, I’ll listen to anything SNC sings). But nothing tops Leeann Womack and Harry Connick, Jr. singing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Awesomeness is those two singing my all-time favorite snuggle by the fire song.
What songs do you listen to in order to get you ready for the season?
About Reindeer Games
Dashing von Stride has one thing on his mind: winning the window display contest for the Miracle on Main Christmas Contest. His plans are set and ready—and then he walks into his toy store, Reindeer Games, to find a sleigh that shouldn’t be there. The mystery sleigh sparks a new plan, however, and now all Dash needs is the perfect Santa to model his display after.
This year, the pranks with his reindeer have gotten out of hand. Instead of preparing for the Big Day, Niklaus Kringle is hunting for his missing sleigh. Locating it should have been easy, but games easily won are seldom worth playing…
Available at: Less Than Three Press
Check out what Nikyta’s review of Reindeer Games to see what she thought of it!
About Kenzie Cade
Kenzie Cade was born and raised in the South where she spends her days in the field of private medicine observing interesting people and committing them to memory for later use. When she isn’t reading, experimenting with recipes, or being distracted by social media, Kenzie spends time with her family, friends, and fur-babies who likes to keep her company while she writes. Writing to keep the fictional voices at bay, Kenzie enjoys the journeys her characters travel to find their happy endings, and she loves the challenge of writing a great love story.