Earlier this year, the idea of Mistletoe Key was born.
It was a place that could only bloom from the minds of writers who start brainstorming… an island where Christmas is celebrated 365 days a year. A tropical paradise where mermaids sing carols, stray parrots are named Mele and Kalikimaka, and Santa wears a Hawaiian shirt and flip flops.
Of course we placed this fantasy isle in the Florida Keys, where else? It’s a place that is as American as key lime pie and Jimmy Buffet. A place where writers and fishermen and drag queens come together to eat Cuban rice and beans and deep fried seafood.
We wanted to honor the Keys with our creation, but now, after that b*tch Hurricane Irma paid a visit, we’re faced with a conundrum. Because Irma has screwed up real lives, livelihoods, roads, bridges and dreams. And yeah, we’ll say it, She’s screwed up our release plans.
We can’t release our fun, romantic holiday novellas about this golden land of make-believe in the middle of the Keys without acknowledging the awful reality of Irma and the destruction she brought to this tiny string of islands.
So what are authors supposed to do?
We could delay the release. (But honestly, Christmas novellas released in April or June don’t bring quite as much joy to the hearts of readers.) We could go along with our plans, release Resisting Santa and Blue Christmas in November and go our merry way. No one would judge. But our hearts would hurt. It wouldn’t feel right.
In the end, it wasn’t really a debate or discussion. We agreed, instantaneously, that we would release our books as planned and donate 100% of Resisting Santa and Blue Christmas pre-orders and sales through the month of November to hurricane relief efforts.
It’s not much, but it’s what the spirit of our books, of the holidays, and of the Florida Keys demands.
So donate money yourself, or buy our books. However you want to help those impacted by Irma (and Harvey and Maria), please help—the need is great.
And we promise to raise a glass and sing Margaritaville together when the Keys are rebuilt.
The 2017 Mistletoe Key Authors,
Lindsay Emory and Alexandra Haughton