Happy New Year!
I hope you aren’t too partied out form last night. Have a bit of the hair of the dog that bit you. It is time for new beginnings and a fresh start.
Civilizations have been celebrating a “new year” since Babylonians partied down on the first new moon following the vernal equinox some 4,000 years ago. Whether in celebration of religion, agriculture or an astronomical event, people have celebrated the wonder of a new year since ancient times.
January 1, became part of the “new year” family when Cesar decided to honor January’s namesake, Janus. Janus was the Roman god of beginnings and transitions. It is said that his two faces allowed him to see the past and future simultaneously. This “new year” date fell out of favor in Europe until Pope Gregory XVII brought back January 1 as New Year’s Day in 1582. I’m not sure he envisioned all the things you all probably did last night though, you naughty ladies and gents.
My question for you this fine morning relates to New Year’s and romance novels. There is a fine tradition of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Valentine themed romance novels out there. Where are the New Year’s Romances? Why aren’t publishers having calls for submissions for a New Year’s themed book? In my limited research on the subject I’ve found maybe three romantic, New Year’s themed books and one was about a New Year’s baby. Is the holiday not sexy enough? Has it been tried before and readers threw dirty streamers and bottles of champagne at the idea?
I mean, I would read a New Year’s romance – if it were good. What about you? Do you know any New Year’s romantic titles you wouldn’t mind sharing in the comments section? I know they have to be out there. Please share and I hope you have a lovely New Year’s Day.