The last time I was at The Café, I warned you – I’m a bit quirky. My ‘biker-chick’ romance, Her Road Home, is out from Harlequin’s Superromance this month. I’m excited to announce that Romantic Times gave it 4 stars!
“A minor motorcycle accident leaves builder Samantha Crozier stranded in Widow’s Grove, Ca. While she recovers, she hires mechanic Nick Pinelli to fix her bike. But while recuperating in town, she finds the house of her dreams to buy and restore, and she realizes that Nick just might be the man to go along with it.
With realistic emotions and nicely depicted characters, this is a powerful story.”
But what does this have to do with what I’m working on now? I just signed a contract for three more stories set in the small central California town of Widow’s Grove. I’ve long loved small town series – Debbie Macomber has her Cedar Cove, Robyn Carr has Virgin River, Nora, with Boonsboro . . . I could go on and on.
Actually, Widow’s Grove started out as an actual place – it’s a tourist town in the wine-growing area of Central California – If you read the novel, I’d love to have you guess which one!
But there are disadvantages to writing about an actual town. You have to know where everything is – and it’s often not where you want it to be. Store owners can get upset if you’re not complimentary. People can think you’re writing about them . . . trust me; it’s not a good idea.
I never planned to write a series, but after spending so much time in Widow’s Grove, I didn’t want to leave it! It’s so clear in my mind; the Farmhouse Café, the Bar None, the stately Victorians that line the road on the way to town. Hollister Drug, where the pharmacist is about to meet up with a street-wise hellcat when he tries to arrest her little brother . . . well, you’ll have to wait for that one.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the story of Sam, my biker chick, and her mechanic, Nick Pinelli, in Her Road Home.
So, what is your favorite small town series?