I am embarking on a new series… I’ve nearly finished the first chapter of the first book. I know I’m not very far yet but it took me some time to get a visual in my head of the people and places around which this series will centre.
It is a small town series, because I love small town. I think a lot of us can’t wait to get out of our ‘small town’ and then we grow up and wonder why it was so bad. Sure maybe high school sucked but was it the town or the people you had the bad luck to associate with. I like bringing back characters to their home town, or if they have never lived in one before, to a small town for the first time.
That preamble should give you some idea of where I’m going with this…
Hannah thought she knew what she was going to do with her life. Get a marketing degree, marry her long-time boyfriend Ryan and run her grandfather’s inn. Except her grandfather tells her in no uncertain terms she’s not ‘man’ enough to run his ‘lodge’. She gets angry and she gets lost, out to prove to herself and to those around her that she is good enough.
Fast-forward to more than a 10 years later and she’s just lost her job as the director of marketing for one of the priciest boutique hotels in Toronto. Okay, she didn’t lose her job. She quit in a very public, much talked about break up with her married boss. Now she’s persona non grata and begrudgingly accepts her twin brothers’ request that she comes home to run Whiskey Creek Lodge with him. Harris has been doing managing it on his own for two years since their grandfather died but he needs her. Whiskey Creek needs her.
And he doesn’t tell her but Ryan needs her.
So as you can see Hannah and Ryan are the first book. The town is loosely modelled after Dryden, Ontario. I think their website may be pushing it a bit when they say it’s where the rugged beauty of Northwestern Ontario meets the bright lights of city life. It’s not a very ‘big’ city. Okay, sure it has a Walmart, and thanks to the highway it has a lot hotels but you are not going to find a swinging nightlife here. It’s charming and quaint. It is economically sound, thanks in large part to the mill which makes the town stinky too, depending on which way the wind blows. I’ve always liked Dryden.
As for the Lodge – it was inspired by the Riverview Lodge, which has these beach volleyball courts out back. It is located on the Wabigoon River… or in the book, Whiskey Creek. The goal is to have book one finished and to the publisher by mid-September, so I better get cracking.
If you don’t hear from me for a bit – please know it’s because I’m spending some time in Whiskey Creek with some new friends.
In the mean time I hope you will check out my new summer releases:
Eighty-One Days is available for pre-order this week from PRIDE Publishing and for early download on August 8th. Jenna is there to mend Luke’s heart after Eric leaves town – now that Eric’s back, how long will it be before Jenna invites him to share her and Luke’s bed?
Sensory Limits is a BDSM anthology from Totally Bound Publishing. In it you will find Bound to Happen, my short story. Jaymie knows better than to date her best friend’s brother, but there is no way she can keep the sexy Dom in the ‘friend-zone’.It is available for pre-order on August 8th, early release on August 22nd.
AND IF YOU CAN’T WAIT…
Don’t forget that Invitation to Play is available now. Married for nearly five years, Deacon and Sherri didn’t extend an invitation to play with them to just anyone. But the ex-air force Captain turned tattoo artist wasn’t just anyone. Kai intrigued them. The three quickly discover they don’t want one night — they want forever.