Posted by Trish Milburn Apr 20 2014, 12:01 am
Happy Easter to those who celebrate the holiday! I’ve got a little extra reason to celebrate today because I’ve got a new book out, the second novella collection in the Starfish Shores series that I’m writing with pals MJ Fredrick and Tanya Michaels. You may remember we released the first collection, Swept Away for Christmas, back in November. Now we’re back with a spring break collection called Cloudy with a Chance of Love. We got the idea while we were at the beach last summer brainstorming this series. We had some days that were rainy, and we thought it would be fun to have a collection of three romance novellas set during a rainy spring break.
Before we get to the interactive part of today’s frivolity, here’s a quick look at the three stories included in this new collection.
Welcome back to Starfish Shores, Alabama, where the sands are white as sugar, the water a gorgeous blue-green, and love is in the spring break air despite a rainy forecast. After all, being trapped indoors isn’t always a bad thing.
Best Laid Plans
By Tanya Michaels
In college, Cassidy Hunt had a hot spring break fling with Starfish Shores local Jake Donavan–never anticipating that years later he would help her through a painful divorce and become a long distance friend. Now, on the verge of starting a new high-powered marketing job in Chicago, and on the verge of turning thirty, Cassidy is allowing herself one more steamy week with Jake. Except, this time, he wants more than a fling. Using his seductive powers of persuasion, can he coax her into returning his feelings?
Between the Rainbows and the Rain
By MJ Fredrick
Melody Servantes, daughter of a career criminal, returns to Starfish Shores wanting to erase her past and show the people of the coastal town that she’s made something of herself as the manager of one of the larger hotels. Sheriff Whit Calhoun remembers snapping cuffs on the dark-haired beauty years ago, when he was just a deputy. Now she’s back and intriguing as hell. When a rash of car burglaries in hotel parking lots forces them to work together, will her past come back to haunt them both?
The End of the Rainbow
By Trish Milburn
LeeLee Kern is a woman on a mission. In the wake of her ex-husband’s betrayal, she’s determined to make a better life for herself and her young daughter. That’s why in addition to her full-time job at the Top Tier Bakery, she’s also taking college classes and preparing to launch her own catering business. But when she loses her home in a fire, with all her catering equipment inside, her dreams seem reduced to ash. What she doesn’t expect is to gain something even more precious – a second chance at love with sexy, kindhearted firefighter Heath Whittaker, just the balm her burned-by-love heart needs.
We thought it would be fun today to chat about a both spring break and rainy day activities. So we’ll kick it off with out answers to “If you could go on spring break anywhere and money were no deterrent, where would go and what would you do?” and “What are your favorite rainy day activities?” Then we want to hear your answers to those questions.
In the summer, I always hope for a rainy day so I have an excuse to curl up on the couch and watch a bunch of movies. I don’t like to turn the TV on when the sun’s out, so I wait for a rainy day. That makes it more of a treat, since we don’t get many in Texas.
I’d love to rent a house at the beach for spring break. I’d love to get up early, walk on the beach, find seashells, then nap on the deck, maybe get some writing done, and stay up late to look at the stars. Yup, my dream vacation right there.
If I could go anywhere for spring break, not limited by pesky things like budget, I think I’d like to see Paris. A week might give me time to achieve what I’d most like to do there–see the Louvre, visit Notre Dame and eat as much fresh baked bread and French pastry as possible
For rainy day activities, you can’t go wrong with reading! But here at my house, rain has also become board game weather. (I haven’t beat my son at chess in years, and now even my daughter is routinely beating me at Scrabble!) My husband built an amazing screened-in porch on the back of our house and if the storm isn’t too terrible, we all hang out there with whatever game is the current family favorite.
I think it’s pretty well known that I love and adore the beach, particularly the Gulf Coast, so I’d go there anytime. But if money were no obstacle, I’d love to travel through Ireland and Scotland. I feel a real affinity for those places even though I’ve never been. I love Celtic-themed music, designs on things like jewelry, the history, bagpipe music, and the sound of the Gaelic language. I’d probably take 8 billion photos!
On a rainy day, I too love curling up to read or watch movies. I’m quite envious of Tanya’s screened-in porch. I also love sleeping when it’s raining. Somehow it just makes sleeping more relaxing.
Now it’s your turn! I’ll give away an e-book copy from Amazon of Cloudy with a Chance of Love to one lucky commenter today.