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Romance vs. Reality

Every romance writer dreads hearing is that her books are fine and all, but they’re just not realistic. That they set up unfair expectations for love. That they’re setting women up for disappointment when they date a Mr. Darcy who turns out to be a Wickham, or a Jamie Fraser who turns out to be…not Jamie Fraser. (And really, are there any men who are Jamie Fraser? Diana Gabaldon, you’ve ruined my love life!)
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Authors Who Inspired My Small Town Love Affair

I’m going to tell you a secret (looks over my shoulder warily): I loathe small towns. I’m a big city girl, through and through. Give me sushi and the symphony and traffic. Even driving through a small town gives me hives. Why should you care? Oh, because my small-town romance ALL FOR YOU released this week.
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Now, What’s the Postman’s Name Again?

As my Eternity Springs world grows, new characters come to town, new dogs are acquired, and new buildings are built. It’s a challenge to keep them all straight... I realized I needed a system to keep track of their ages, names, occupations, and other things that make up who they are.
echo lake

ECHO LAKE by Carla Neggers

In snowy Swift River Valley, unexpected romance is just around the corner… Heather Sloan has landed her dream job—the renovation of Vic Scarlatti's stately 1912 country home overlooking the icy waters of Echo Lake in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts. It's the perfect project for the family business, but for once, Heather is in charge. Diplomatic Security Service agent Brody Hancock left Knights Bridge at eighteen, a few steps ahead of arrest and the wrath of Heather's older brothers. Though Brody had never planned to return, Vic, a retired diplomat and friend, needs his help.
his small-town sweetheart

Character Interview: HIS SMALL-TOWN SWEETHEART’s Sam Ward

The hero in my book HIS SMALL-TOWN SWEETHEART is Sam Ward. He was in the previous two books of my Ward Brothers trilogy. In this book, Sam finds his match, but I wondered what it would be like for Sam to have gone on a date prior to his own story. So I went to eHarmony and found a post on 10 First Date Questions You Probably Haven’t Thought Of. Bear with me as this is my first and probably only character interview. (BTW I can’t guarantee much, Sam’s a hard nut to crack.)
backtobefore

What Makes a Great Small Town Romance Novel?

Growing up military, I always envied those people who lived in the same town all of their lives. I craved the continuity of knowing my neighbors and classmates from cradle to grave; or knowing every creak of the stairs and groan of the radiator in our home.
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THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS by Brenda Novak

Eve Harmon has always enjoyed Christmas, but this year it reminds her of everything she doesn’t have. Almost all her friends are married now, and that’s what Eve wants, too. Love. A husband and kids of her own. But the B&B she manages, and even Whiskey Creek, the small Gold Country town where she was born and raised, suddenly seem…confining.  Eve’s worried that her future will simply be a reflection of her past. There’s no one in the area she could even imagine as a husband until a handsome stranger comes to town. Eve’s definitely attracted to him, and he seems to have the same reaction to her. But his darkly mysterious past could ruin Eve’s happily ever after just when it finally seems within reach. And just when she’s counting on the best Christmas Continue
I saw her standing there

I SAW HER STANDING THERE by Marie Force

If you haven’t had a chance to pick up the Green Mountain series by Marie Force you are definitely missing out. It’s one of the most charming and heartwarming small town romance series that I’ve read. I was giddy to dive in again with the Abbott family and all their quirky, but lovable members. Lincoln Abbott, the patriarch, and Elmer, the grandfather have been busy in the last two novels matchmaking and this time Colton, Lincoln’s son, was their target in I Saw Her Standing There. Colton Abbott is the mountain man of the siblings, running the maple sugaring operation pretty much on his own. He lives without running water and electricity staying close to the family’s original way of producing maple syrup. Colton’s used to a solitary life mostly just on his own… Continue
TheBuried

THE BURIED by Shelley Coriell

Secrets from the past.
Voices from the grave.
Because nothing stays buried forever…
Cypress Bend, Florida, is a small southern bayou town filled with long-buried secrets. It’s also the home of successful, fiercely independent state prosecutor Grace Courtemanche, who’s pulled into a world of terror and self-doubt when she receives a phone call from a young woman buried alive. In a race to stop a revenge-seeking killer, Grace unearths skeletons from her past along with feelings for the one man she swore she’d never need again, Theodore “Hatch” Hatcher, a rootless, smooth-talking FBI crisis negotiator who’s back in Cypress Bend to deal with a secret of his own. Well, I have a new author and a new series I’m excited about. I loved this book; I need the first book, and I’ll be reading the… Continue
Going Home

Small Town Touch

I grew up in a small town. My parents were hippies who decided to bring me and my siblings west and try farming. The neighbors found the fact that we’d come from New York City hilarious, especially when my mother milked the goats in a maxi dress and work boots. We were not the Waltons by any stretch. But the townsfolk took us in anyway, taught us when the almonds were ready for harvesting, the proper way to build a functional barn and how to make cheese with our leftover milk. Eventually, we got some horses and I spent a good portion of my childhood in a saddle, riding through the hills for hours on end. But when I graduated high school, I went off to a big-city college and wound up working in other… Continue
InYour Dreams

IN YOUR DREAMS by Kristan Higgins

Everyone loves Jack Holland, but Emmaline Neal needs him. Her ex-fiancé is getting married in Malibu and, obviously, she can’t go to the wedding alone. In Manningsport, New York, tall, blond and gorgeous Jack Holland is practically a cottage industry when it comes to rescuing desperate women. He knows the drill, Em figures, so he won’t get the wrong idea.  What Jack needs is an excuse to leave town. Ever since rescuing four teenagers from a car wreck, he’s been hailed as a hero and the attention is making him itchy, especially since his too-pretty ex-wife is back, angling for a reunion. He’s always liked Emmaline. She needs a weekend date? No problem. So when they wind up in bed together, Em chalks it up to red wine and chocolate cake, just one impulsive night Continue
Mary Ann Rivers

WINNERS ANNOUNCED – LAUGH + Giveaway!!

Are you a fan of small town romance? Me too!! I think you'll enjoy Sam Burnside's story - hot on the heels of book one in the series, picks up after Destiny and Hefin have traveled to Wales. Sam is struggling with his life decisions and meets a strong woman in Nina Paz - sexy, romantic and sweet this story is like none other, guaranteed to warm your toes! Be careful though, it is an unputdownable read!

Book covers, are they a hook for you? new post by Elisabeth Barrett + Giveaway!

I am just thrilled to be here at Romance @ Random on release day for my debut novel, Deep Autumn Heat! Today, I want to talk about the thing that can hook the reader first. I’m not talking about a great title. Or a scintillating first line. I’m talking about the cover! I am definitely a written-word kind of girl. I usually respond better to words than I do to visuals. Sure, I enjoy a good movie now and then, but I’d rather read the book! I always read the book first (and if the book is amazing, sometimes I don’t go see the movie for fear of ruining my ideas about what the characters should look and sound like). And despite writing about extremely good-looking men, I’d much prefer to read about them and… Continue