Have you ever had a snowball fight in the summer?
It sounds like a conundrum, doesn't it? After all, summer, by definition, is warm if not not.
But eight years ago, my family took the picture above. In June. In Colorado.
The story behind it? My mom's family went to Colorado several times while she was growing up. They'd find snow on the side of the road, stop, and have a snowball fight. And they'd take a picture a lot like the one above.
But the one above is me, my sister, my brother, and my brother-in-law (and niece). Posing to be like our mom.
Obviously, the main characters are the most important ones for a story. But what fun would a story be without some side characters too?
Operation: Find a Guy has some sisters, in particular, who I love.
Do you love siblings in a romance novel? Have you ever read one that had some of your favorite siblings in it? I can't seem to stop giving my characters siblings. But since I love my own, I guess that's only natural. ;)
Skye Jones has one goal for the summer—keep her father from taking away her convertible. That’s the only reason she agrees to work at her sister’s bridal shop in Boulder, Colorado, while she searches for a non-boring job. Why else would she have anything to do with weddings when she has no interest in marriage?
Benjamin Smith somehow ended up as a groomsman in two weddings over the summer, so he’s spending a lot of time at Happily Ever After events. Falling for a blonde with no dreams of settling down wasn’t in his five-year plan, yet the more he sees Skye, the more he wants to figure her out.
But all she sees him as is a boring attorney−her complete opposite.
Besides, romance is supposed to be for Skye’s friends, not her. And she’s in Colorado to get a job, not a guy. Right?
Are you ready for another trip? This is the last one ... at least for now. Who knows what I'll write about in the future.
Tomorrow, Operation: Find a Guy releases. The last Roadtrip Romance novel.
Skye finally gets to tell her story, and she's ready. See her packing her bags in the photo above?
Does she want to spend the summer in Colorado?
She's not against it. She loves her sister Rain, for the most part. And she's only seen a little bit of the area, so she's always up for an adventure.
Another reason? Well, just look at that view! That was right out the window of the room in our AirBNB and the picture doesn't do it justice. Everywhere we went on that trip, the views were majestic.
And since Skye needs to learn how to be in awe of something besides herself, why not send her to an awe-inspiring place?
When I first started writing my Roadtrip Romance books, I was only going to write the one. As I sat at a writer's retreat, chatting through the plot with a friend, she said, "You could turn it into a series."
What? No. I didn't write series. I wrote stand-alone books and was quite happy doing so.
But the idea was there. And it wouldn't leave me alone.
You see, the first book has three friends: Katie, Bree, and Skye. And while the story is mostly about Katie, I was growing to love Bree and Skye too, and wanted to know what happened to them.
Thus, a series was born.
2022 has beena bit of a whirlwind--in writing and in other parts of my life too.
Once again I had three books scheduled to release ... and they all did! Destination: Romance came out in June, starting off my three-book Roadtrip Romance series. In September, I added another novella collection called Love in Any Season. And this month, my second Roadtrip Romance, Roadtrip for Two hit the market. Whew! Even though they were all several months apart, it still added up to be a lot. But in a good way.
This gives me a total of NINE releases now. I can hardly believe it. But what else have I done?
You've met the main characters of Roadtrip for Two, but how about some side characters? I mean, you've already met Katie and Skye in Destination: Romance, and they don't play a huge role in this story. Though Bree talks to Katie a few times. But there are a couple other characters you see. Some fun church people in Dallas. And then, Nathan's brother Josh, and Mama Hart.
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