#MusicMonday with Jennifer Hoopes


With the release of The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby, I am in full holiday mode. From the ordering of Hallmark ornaments, to the shopping and baking lists, I am ready to immerse myself in all things festive and that includes music. Below is a list of my Top 5 holiday songs. (Hint: one of them makes a cameo in The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby.)

  1. The 12 Days of Christmas (Straight No Chaser)

I’ve been a fan of SNC since they burst on the scene with this fun twist on a holiday classic. It’s a family favorite for our family car karaoke.


  1. O Holy Night (Josh Groban)

This song has never failed to bring me chills, and I have adored it since I was a young child listening to it at candlelight services.


  1. Do You Hear What I Hear? (Idina Menzel)

The one and only Elphaba doing one of my all-time favorite holiday songs. Yes, just yes.


  1. Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 (Trans-Siberian Orchestra)

There is nothing this group can’t do that I won’t love, but I will stop everything and turn the volume up when this arrangement comes on.


  1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Judy Garland)

Introduced for the first time in the movie Meet Me in St. Louis (my top holiday movie), this song breaks my heart every time I hear it (poor snowpeople.) There have been many versions (and lyric changes), but Judy’s is and will always be my favorite.


What are some of your favorite holiday songs?





Stranded in the middle of the road in big sky country, Wyoming, at eight months pregnant isn’t exactly what Sofie Pennington had planned when she decided to pack up and surprise her sister. Fly Creek is a fresh start for her, one where she’s finally free from her controlling ex and can figure out this whole single parent thing. First, though, she needs to get there. To her shock, her rescuer comes in the form of a frustratingly handsome cowboy.

Dan Rigby is on his way out of town—for good—when he stumbles across a very pregnant Sofie. She’s the most obstinate, exasperating woman he’s ever met…and the most appealing. She drives him crazy, in more ways than one. When her sister suddenly has to leave, and Dan becomes Sofie’s welcoming committee, they find themselves growing closer despite their desire for conflicting things. Can Dan convince Sofie that Christmas miracles do happen?




Jennifer lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters. When not writing, she can usually be found elbow deep in flour or inhaling chlorine as she cheers her daughter on at a swim meet. She loves musicals, caramel and roller coasters, and lists Machu Picchu at the top of her bucket list. She is a member of RWA and is the President of her local chapter, Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers. Find out more about Jennifer and sign up for her newsletter at www.jenniferhoopes.com.




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