Monday, December 16, 2013

Theme Day from the Red Velvets!

Welcome to another wonderful Monday. Start your day off right by seeing just how some of the great story ideas for the Red Velvet Christmas stories came about...

Red Velvet Christmas: Ribbons and Lace
by Anne Kane
All he wants for Christmas is a sexy little elf!

When Leonardo Delgado fell in love with a woman who was already engaged, he resigned himself to loving her from afar. But when her fiancée ran off with another woman, he knew exactly what he wanted to make his Christmas Merry!

Amanda-Lyn doesn’t believe in love any more. She takes a job as  an elf at the local mall, and starts to rebuild her life. A nice one-night stand without all that romantic nonsense is all she wants this holiday season. It might have worked, too, except for her sinfully handsome boss and a jolly old matching-making man in a red suit and cap. 

How I used the theme in Ribbons and Lace:

Red Velvet  features prominently in so many Christmas decorations, and in my story I used the cheerful theme to deck the heroine in an elf outfit, complete with ribbons and lace! Amanda-Lyn manages to land a job as Santa’s elf for the holiday season. How could the sexy mall manager resist her velvet clad hotness?

Thanks, Anne Kane


Red Velvet Christmas: Merry Mate  
by B.J. McCall

What would you do to find your one true love?

A red velvet Santa's hat that only fits one's true love? Sierra doesn't believe in magic, but she's willing to give it a try and find her merry mate.

Banning is in love with Sierra, but the werewolves of Elk Mountain stick to their own kind. Banning would do anything to spend time with the beautiful she-wolf and he's more than willing to try on a Santa's hat to please her.

Humans are off limits, but what's a wolf to do when the hat is a perfect fit?

How I came up with my theme: 

The name of the series evoked such wonderful images like red velvet cake, red ribbons, crimson ropes and Santa dressed in a luxurious red velvet suit. A Santa suit didn’t fit my hunky human hero, but a red velvet Santa hat trimmed in dark fur was perfect for my cowboy hero, Banning Hayes. I loved the image of Banning removing his favorite hat and putting on the red Santa hat just to please my werewolf heroine.  

Thanks, BJ McCall


Red Velvet Christmas: Ribboned 
by Megan Slayer

Ribbons aren’t just for decorating anymore.

Daria Elf never expected to be moved to the velvet ribbon department right before Christmas. She also never expected her boss to be the object of her wettest fantasies. Can she keep her cool, or will she end up on Raven's Naughty List?

Raven Elf has his sights set on Daria. He wants her for his department, his bed and bound in his thick velvet ribbons. He'll get his girl, but the hard part is convincing her that their connection is meant to last.

How I used my theme: 
Red velvet was very important in my story because it’s where the hero and heroine have work—the ribbon room! They get to make the pretty bows for the packages and the wreaths. But Raven, the hero, isn’t interested in using the ribbon just for presents—he’s going to use the ribbon on Daria, the elf and his assistant. I’d seen pictures of people using red ribbon for BDSM play and knew that’s what Raven would want to do, too. So red velvet is incorporated in the BDSM scene for Daria and Raven.

Thanks, Megan Slayer


Red Velvet Christmas: Yet To Come
by Zenobia Renquist

He's so bad and so good for her at the same time.

Rae is a ghost of Christmas future. Her track record for making people see and turn to the light is unblemished, except for one man. Zane has hit her list for the third and final time. The incentive he wants to be good is one she refuses to give him. Rae cannot be with a man who allies so easily with bad, but her desire demands she not be without him. At sunrise Christmas morning, her powers fade and with them any chance she has of seeing Zane again unless he can convince her the best is yet to come.

How I used Red Velvet:
Each of the Ghosts of Christmas (past, present and future) has a cloak they wear that helps them do their jobs. Rae’s is red velvet. When I heard the theme for this year, I automatically knew it would be a cloak.

Thanks, Zenobia


Red Velvet Christmas: Hearth and Home
by Ayla Ruse

What’s an elf to do when she finds herself between Hearth and Home?
Santa strives for peace and harmony, not only on Earth, but in the Otherworlds as well. This year proves that peace-keeping is no easy task. First, he has an unhappy elf on his hands. Nikki runs one of his gift departments, but the corporate world is not making her happy. She wants a husband and her current elf pickings are slim. Second, Santa’s received a request from two of Bindoal Dimension’s most prominent males…Kobol Home and Braun Hearth need a wife. Santa’s easy solution? Put the three together and let them find a happily ever after.

For Nikki, Kobol and Braun, however, Santa’s gift comes with unexpected surprises. Nikki believes this is a one-night stand. Braun does not care for elves, and Kobol’s afraid Nikki will want to return to the corporate world.

Even though sparks ignite between the three, will this be enough for them to create a happily ever after, or will their expectations make for a regrettable Christmas Eve? 

How I used my theme: 
When I thought Red Velvet, bows immediately came to my mind. And what do bows usually go around? A present, of course. This idea, combined with my desire to continue to use one of Santa's dedicated elves, spurred me to create this story. Why not have Nikki in red velvet, which the men have to unwrap, in order to receive their present? 

Thanks, Ayla 


Thanks so much for stopping by today! Don't forget to check out the other fun information you can discover by dropping by the other blog hops. See the list in my sidebar. 

*Also* the Changeling Press Red Velvet Christmas Contest is still in full swing. Stop by the Christmas page (click here) for all the nitty gritty details as well as seeing all the great Christmas stories for your pleasure!


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