I hope you’ve had some fun following “My Christmas PR Wish” these past few weeks. We’ve looked at some films, shows and books that portray communications pros as “the new Scrooges”.
As promised, I am presenting my 10 Christmas books that feature communications pros as people who need to change pretty much every thing in their lives, sometimes even their careers, in order to become decent humans and find the true meaning of Christmas.
Before I present my list, I’d just like to say that this series was done in jest, but there’s a bit of seriousness sprinkled in there for good measure.
As I said in yesterday’s post, there are reasons people have grown to think of marketers, public relations managers, journalists and other communications pros as Scrooge-like. Some of those reasons are justified; other reasons aren’t.
After Christmas, we’ll get back to using real-life public relations and marketing news stories to examine what was done right or wrong. By studying these cases, together we can figure out how to be the best communications pros possible. And just maybe next year, we won’t be featured as “the new Scrooges”. That’s my Christmas PR wish.
Without further ado, here’s 10 Christmas books that feature comm pros. They may or may not portray them as Scrooge-like characters. I haven’t read them. There just wasn’t enough time. Maybe if I start now, I might be able to read some by next year!
I’ll let you pick one or two, and if you ever feel like discussing them, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’d be happy to let you be a featured guest blogger.
10 Communication Professional Christmas Books
(All pictures and quoted summaries are courtesy of Amazon.com., unless otherwise noted. Words in bold are related to communications professional, added for emphasis.)
1. One Fateful Christmas Eve by Holly Schindler (2016; Amazon Digital Services): ” Mallory Stewart is an on-the-rise young editor certain she’s about to land a position at one of the “Big Five” publishing houses. All she has to do to clinch the deal is attend her prospective boss’s Christmas Eve party. But Graham Kendall, the charismatic author of a bestselling book on fate, insists her plans are about to be thwarted. Mallory immediately discounts Dr. Kendall’s warnings. Though she edited his book, the industrious Mallory believes in hard work rather than luck or good fortune. When a series of devastating Christmas Eve misadventures conspire against her, Mallory is forced to reexamine everything—her beliefs, her dreams, her own definition of success. What will Mallory choose? What will she discover—about Graham, about her own destiny, even about…a man’s socks? (Yes, socks.)”
2. The Best Gift by Morris Fenris (2014, Changing Culture Publications): “The Best Gift is a compilation of two short stories: ‘First Christmas’ and ‘A Christmas Wish’. It is a heart-warming tale of forgiveness, love and togetherness; stories about starting afresh, making amends and being with those you love during the holidays.
First Christmas: Emma and Robert were still newlyweds, having been married seven months prior in May in a beautiful spring wedding. Emma was especially happy about all the first things they could do as a newlywed couple – first Halloween, first Thanksgiving and best of all, their first Christmas in their home in Chicago. However a week before Christmas, Robert was sent to New York City for work. All Emma wanted for Christmas was for Robert to be home and it looked like it wasn’t going to happen. Robert was disappointed too – he wanted to spend their first Christmas together and never anticipated being stuck in an airport on such an important Christmas.
A Christmas Wish: After fifteen years in the advertising business, Julie Francis was still feeling the pinch of deadlines created by the holiday season. In spite of this, she had an eventful Christmas Eve in New York City before helping her husband Mark decorate the Christmas tree. For the first time in years everything seemed to come together to create the perfect holiday that Julie had been wishing for and this made her and Mark really happy.”
3. The Christmas Challenge by JoAnn Durgin (2016, Amazon Digital Services): “Serendipity: finding something valuable or delightful when you’re not looking for it and least expect it.
Donovan Harper and Claire Morgan are more successful as co-owners of a thriving advertising agency in quaint Serendipity, Pennsylvania, than they were at navigating their romantic relationship.
When an eccentric client makes an unusual request, Donovan convinces Claire their agency should participate in Serendipity’s annual Christmas Challenge. With contests and activities ranging from The Snowflake Plunge, candy cane making, snowman building, wreath and tree decorating, and a snowmobile race, could this be the opportunity Donovan has prayed for to win back the love of his life?
Join the holiday fun with Claire and Donovan in a story celebrating love, faith, family, small-town charm, and the true miracles of the Christmas season.”
4. Nowhere for Christmas by Heather Gray (2013; Astraea Press. Photo and summary courtesy of GoodReads.com; http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24002482-nowhere-for-christmas)
“A journalist and single mother, Avery is used to being in control though she tries to remind her-self to let God take lead in her life. Eli, her son, is happy as long as he has his music, plenty of food, and the occasional adult on which to practice his rapier wit. Gavin, a virtual stranger, is a photojournalist who mysteriously dropped off the scene a few years ago.
The trio ends up together for a Christmas road trip to the small town of Nowhere. . .”
5. One Enchanted Christmas by Melissa Tagg (2015, Larkspur Press) :
“Last December, mystery author Maren Grant had the most perfect night of her life. On a glimmering winter evening, she got to watch the photo shoot for her very first book and ended up on a magical date with the cover model himself—Colin Renwycke.
Fast forward one year. This December, with a looming deadline, restless spirit and her creative spark long since gone, Maren is desperate to get unstuck. And she can’t get Colin out of her head…or his year-old open invitation to spend a couple weeks writing at his family’s farm.
Drew Renwycke never planned to come home and take over the Renwycke family farm. But he’s spent too many years watching his siblings unravel, including his brother, Colin, after one terrible family mistake. If moving to Maple Valley, Iowa, renovating an old farmhouse and switching careers is what it takes to put the Renwycke family back together, he’ll do it.
But his simple plan upends when a scrappy author lands on his doorstep. And she just might be the key to coaxing his brother home. But what if he wants her all to himself? Drew will have to choose between his Christmas wish and the enchantment of a holiday romance that just might be the happy ending they all long for.”
6. Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright (2005; Shadow Mountain) “Rising newspaper reporter Hope Jensen uncovers the secret behind the ‘Christmas Jars’ glass jars filled with coins and bills anonymously given to people in need. But Hope discovers much more than she bargained for when some unexpected news sets off a chain reaction of kindness and brings above a Christmas Eve wish come true.”
7. Starry Night by Debbie Macomber (2004; Ballentine Books) “’Tis the season for romance, second chances, and Christmas cheer with this new novel from Debbie Macomber.
Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any topic she wants, but only if she first scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author.
Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness, Finn has written a megabestselling memoir about surviving in the wild. But he stubbornly declines to speak to anyone in the press, and no one even knows exactly where he lives.
Digging deep into Finn’s past, Carrie develops a theory on his whereabouts. It is the holidays, but her career is at stake, so she forsakes her family celebrations and flies out to snowy Alaska. When she finally finds Finn, she discovers a man both more charismatic and more stubborn than she even expected. And soon she is torn between pursuing the story of a lifetime and following her heart.
Filled with all the comforts and joys of Christmastime, Starry Night is a delightful novel of finding happiness in the most surprising place . . ”
8. Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber (2013; Ballentine Books) “In this joyous and whimsical holiday novel, Debbie Macomber rings in the season with the return of Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy, delivering laughs, love, and a charming dose of angelic intervention.
Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy know that an angel’s work is never done, especially during a time as wondrous as New Year’s Eve. With an apprentice angel, Will, under their wings, they descend upon Times Square in New York City eager to join in the festivities. And when Will spies two lonely strangers in the crowd, he decides midnight is the perfect time to lend a heavenly helping hand.
Lucie Farrara and Aren Fairchild meet after bumping into each other—seemingly by accident—in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. They immediately hit it off and find they have a lot in common: Lucie is a burgeoning chef and Aren is a respected food critic. But just as quickly as they’re brought together, another twist of fate tears them apart, leaving Lucie and Aren with no way to reconnect.
A year later, Lucie is the chef of an acclaimed new restaurant and Aren is a successful columnist for a major New York newspaper. For all the time that’s passed, the two have not forgotten their one serendipitous evening—and neither have Shirley, Goodness, Mercy, and Will. To reunite the young couple, the angels cook up a brilliant plan: mix true love, a second chance, and a generous sprinkle of mischief to create an unforgettable Christmas miracle.”
9. Coalbucket Christmas: A Christmas Novel by Mary George (2005; AuthorHouse) “Coalbucket Christmas is the captivating and poignant story of a young girl’s struggle to live a life of faith amid the hardships of Midwestern farm life, and the impact of those times upon her adult life. New York authoress, Anna McCord, has lived a successful, though private, life as a writer. But following 9/11 she has an epiphany regarding her empty lifestyle and decides it’s time to move back to her childhood home – back to the land she has unexpectedly inherited. Loaded with big plans and high hopes for the future, she writes her memoirs, but in order to be marketable she has agreed to a book-signing tour and an interview with a hard-hitting, no-holds-barred media diva. During this interview, Anna reminisces about her childhood, revealing her reasons for staying out of the public eye, surprising even herself and changing a young woman’s heart. Eight-year-old Annagrace will steal your heart, gently break it, and bring you back stronger than you were before!”
10. The Mistletoe Secret by Richard Paul Evans (2016; Simon & Schuster)
Is anyone out there?
Thinking no one is reading, a blogger who calls herself LBH writes about her most personal feelings, especially her overwhelming loneliness. She goes from day to day showing a brave face to the world while inside she longs to know how it would feel if one person cared about her.
Alex Bartlett cares. He’s reading her posts in Daytona Beach, Florida. Nursing his own broken heart and trust issues, he finds himself falling for this sensitive, vulnerable woman whose feelings mirror his own. Following a trail of clues LBH has inadvertently revealed, he discovers that she lives in the small town of Midway, Utah. He makes his way there just after Thanksgiving, determined to find LBH. Maybe she’s a Lisa, Lori, or a Luanne. Instead, he finds a woman named Aria, a waitress at the Mistletoe Diner, who encourages Alex in his search while serving his pie along with some much-needed sympathy and companionship.
Alex finally finds his LBH, a woman who is as beautiful and kind as he imagined she would be. How can he tell her that he knows her secret? What’s holding him back? Could it be his feelings for Aria?”
Well, there you have it. 10 Christmas books that feature communications professionals. There are more out there; they’re not hard to find.
Come back tomorrow for my 10 movies (from both the big and little screens).
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