Kandy Shepherd’s Unforgettable Summer

Kandy 4I’m so delighted today to bring to the lair my good friend, the lovely Kandy Shepherd.

Kandy and I have shared a long writing journey together. When I plucked up the courage to join my very first writing group, Kandy was a member. I was immediately impressed both with the wonderful stories she wrote and also with her great work ethic. I still am!

Way back in the late 1990s when we met (yes, we ARE going back that far), Kandy was targeting Harlequin Mills and Boon as her preferred publishers. Many years and much writing success later, she’s now released her very first Harlequin Romance THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT.

THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT is gaining some wonderful reviews, including a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews, who said, “Shepherd’s love story is heartfelt and has the potential to reach the hearts of lovers across the globe. The main characters are perfect as a pair and the setting of New South Wales is described so beautifully, readers will almost feel the sand between their toes.”

 Here’s the blurb:

It started with a summer kiss… 

Kandy 3Sandy Adams is on her way to an interview, but when she sees a signpost for Dolphin Bay she decides to take a detour down memory lane…. 

Ben Morgan has had his share of heartache. But when a ghost from his youth catches his eye memories of their last summer together come flooding back. 

Everything has changed in the past twelve years, and still they’re right back where they started, facing a second chance they deserve…together.

You can find out more about Kandy and her books on her website: http://kandyshepherd.com/

Kandy, welcome to the Bandita lair! Congratulations on the release of THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT, your first romance with Harlequin. I’m so excited about this book. Can you tell us about this story?

Thank you, Anna, it’s wonderful to be back in the lair with the wonderful Banditas! I’m particularly excited to be talking about this story with you because you were there (when we both lived in the same city!) when I first thought of the story and wrote the initial chapters. It got put aside while I worked on other books but the characters of Sandy Adam and Ben Morgan in THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT never let go and I always wanted to finish their story.

Kandy 1THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT is a very emotional, deeply romantic story of rekindled love between Sandy and Ben who first fell in love as teenagers. Twelve years go by between their first youthful kiss and the first time they kiss when they meet again. A lot has happened in the interim and Ben, in particular, is scarred—both physically and emotionally. Old hurts, betrayals, misunderstandings and deeply-entrenched barriers guarding their hearts mean these two really have to work for their happy-ever-after ending! I thoroughly enjoyed getting them there. In Romance shorthand, I call it my Beauty and the Beast Reunion Story!

Lovely! I always wanted to see how that story panned out. What were the inspirations behind this book?

Have you ever found yourself wondering about your first love—your lost love—maybe from many years ago? What would it be like to meet him or her again? Would you do things differently if you got a second chance? Would the old spark still be there?

I give Sandy and Ben just that opportunity when they meet up again in the coastal town of Dolphin Bay—the place where they first fell in love on summer vacation. Dolphin Bay is a fictional town but it is inspired by one of my favourite parts of Australia, the south coast of New South Wales about four hours drive from Sydney. There you’ll find quaint towns, beautiful pristine beaches and unspoiled bushland. I have spent many idyllic holidays there and hope to spend more in the future. Sun, surf, white sand, blue skies, freedom—it’s the perfect setting for both Sandy and Ben’s fleeting, youthful romance—and perhaps a more mature love that can last a lifetime.

Kandy 2(Little did I know as I was writing the setting I loved that it fell into the new genre of “coastal romance”!)

What is coming up for Kandy Shepherd?

I’m delighted there will be a return to Dolphin Bay in July 2014 with the release of my second book for Harlequin Mills & Boon, THE TYCOON AND THE WEDDING PLANNER. We meet Kate Parker as a secondary character in THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT and the second book is her story of finding love when she least expects it. It’s another emotional, romantic story that I really loved writing.

You’ve had such an interesting writing career. I’d love you to share your writing journey with us.

Like you, Anna, I always wanted to be a writer—and I was always attracted to romance. I had my first short stories published in women’s magazines when I was age twenty-one. Then I got distracted by a wonderful career in magazines, in both Australia and the UK. But the dream to write fiction never went away and I kept on writing in the time I could squeeze in between work and family commitments. Eventually I was published by Berkley Sensation with my two award-winning romantic comedies LOVE IS A FOUR-LEGGED WORD and HOME IS WHERE THE BARK IS. Then I got intrigued by the brave new world of self-publishing and, to my surprise and delight, my sensual romance THE CASTAWAY BRIDE became an Amazon best seller.

kandy 5Way back when I was very first trying to get published, I targeted Harlequin Mills & Boon in London—as many aspiring Australian romance writers did. That dream never went away and I was thrilled when THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT was accepted for the Harlequin Romance line.

Right now I’m concentrating on writing for Harlequin, which I am really enjoying. But I see myself as a “hybrid” writer balancing a career with traditionally published stories and self-published ones.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Persevere, persevere, persevere! Writing with the aim of publication isn’t for the faint-hearted or thin-skinned. Find critique partners you respect and trust—that has been very important for me. That said, you also need to have faith in your own voice and unique ideas. Keep alive the joy of writing—we write because we love it and should never lose sight of that!

Feel-good contemporary romance is definitely the soupe du jour with readers. Have you any thoughts on the rise and rise of this particular element of the romance genre?

I think readers being able to easily recognise and identify with characters, situations and settings has a lot to do with the appeal of contemporary romance. The people seem real, are relevant to everyday life and the settings are familiar.

BanditBootyKandy, do you have a question for the Bandits and Bandita Buddies to get the conversation going?

I love reunion romances and the idea of second chance at love. I also enjoy books set near the water, there’s something so appealing about a coastal or harbor setting. What about you—do you enjoy reunion romance? Do you ever wonder what would happen if you met up with someone from your past? Do you enjoy coastal settings? I have three signed copies of THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT (international) to give away to people leaving a comment.

Wow, that’s very generous, Kandy. Thank you. Get commenting, people!

 

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  • Jane says:

    Welcome Kandy,
    I do enjoy reunion romances. I like the idea of second chances. I guess many do wonder what it would be like to meet up with someone from their past and maybe rekindle a friendship or romance.

  • J St George says:

    Congrats Kandy on your new release. You know I still think about your Love is a Four-Legged Word characters. All that cooking!!

    I love reunion stories.

    I’m still best friends with my ex-boyfriend from London. We catch up each time I’m over there. We both now have spouses and kids so its great to catch up on where we are now in our lives (if that makes sense).

    • Jen, how lovely about you and your ex! What a lovely, civilized person you are. I think you should start running the country. I think it would be a better place for your influence!

    • Thank you, Jen, for you kind words about Love Is a Four-Legged Word, so nice to hear the characters stayed in your mind (and yes, there was a lot of cooking!)
      How wonderful you have stayed best friends with your ex. That’s a really lovely thing to hear. I’m still friends with an ex after many years and my husband quite likes him too!

  • Hi, Kandy! Hi, Anna! Terrific interview. Kandy, your perseverance is always an inspiration to me.

    I love the idea of people getting a second chance at happiness, so reunion romances are very appealing!

    No need to enter me in the draw as I already have my own copy of THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT. (Thanks for that, Kandy! x)

    • Vanessa, isn’t it lovely that Kandy has come full circle in a way! And this is such a lovely story!

    • Hi Vanessa, how lovely to see you here. Yes, I think I must be the poster person for perseverance when it comes to writing! As story tellers, it must be some innate drive to get stories to readers that sees us persist.
      I hope you enjoy THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT.

  • Kaelee says:

    Kandy Congratulations on the release of The Summer They Never Forgot. I love the cover and the blurb for it.

    I live inland and the coast seems a very exotic place to me. I have swam in a ocean but not often. Right now having white sand beneath my feet or even just in my dreams or books would be very welcome. I slipped and slid my way down my sidewalk this morning and was so glad that our car stopped me from falling flat on my back.

    I love reunion stories. I read a lot of them and enjoy seeing the couples coming back together in spite of the baggage they have accumulated in the years apart.

    • Kaelee, most of Australia is suffering under a horrific heatwave at the moment – your cold weather sounds pretty appealing to me right now!

    • Kaelee, I rather like that THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT is a February release. I figure a beach would be a wonderful place for anyone to be right now — you to relax on warm, golden sands, us in sweltering Australia to cool off in those cool blue waters! There’s nothing like a big of weather escapism in a romance…
      Stay safe on those icy sidewalks!

  • Stop press! Since putting this post up ready to go, I’ve read THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT and it’s absolutely lovely. A lot of smile, a couple of laughs and a couple of tears. Just the perfect category romance. Well done, Kandy! Can’t wait to get back to Dolphin Bay with the next book!

    • Anna, I am so glad you enjoyed THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT. I must admit there was a bit of nail-biting going on there while I knew you were reading it. You so liked the first chapters and I was hoping you’d like the rest of the story as much. Seems you did!

  • Jane and the GR seem to be reunioning quite a bit these days ! 🙂

    Welcome, Kandy !! I am SO looking forward to reading your Harlequin debut! Of course Mom and I are both huge fans of your previous books.

    I do love reunion romance. The idea of a second chance at love is always appealing.

    I, however, can’t think of any of my past beaus I’d really like to rekindle a romance with at this point. I’m holding out for Richard Armitage! 🙂

    • Louisa, there’s something just so positive about the thought of people who couldn’t get it right getting it right eventually, isn’t there? Love a good reunion story!

    • Hi Louisa, so lovely to see you here – and thank you for your kind words about my previous books.

      You might like to know there is a dog in THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT, he only plays a small, supporting role but he’s important to the story.

      So glad to see you like reunion romance — definitely a favorite for me, too!

  • Keziah Hill says:

    TSTNF is fabulous! Read it on the weekend on the couch with a light Blue Mountains breeze wafting through the house. All that was missing was a coastal view. Looking forward to the next one Kandy!

    • Keziah, isn’t it great? So glad you loved it too. I love that RT comment about feeling the sand between your toes. It’s so true.

    • So happy to see you enjoyed the story, Keziah.

      I wish I was on a beautiful beach right now!
      The photos Anna featured in the interview are of the NSW south coast beaches that inspired the Dolphin Bay setting in the story. They’re unspoiled and not crowded. And I’ve seen dolphins surfing in the waves…

  • flchen1 says:

    Yay, Kandy! Welcome back–I do tend to love a good reunion story, and The Summer They Never Forgot sounds lovely! I like the idea that maybe the timing was off or the issue(s) that originally kept them apart have been resolved, and that sometimes, the second time is the best 🙂 Congrats on your Harlequin Romance debut, and wishing you many more 🙂

    • Fedora, I actually found the reasons these two didn’t make it the first time round really realistic. I mean, often a first love is just that, something that future loves will build upon. But in this case, the first love becomes a lasting love in the end. Sigh.

    • Thank you, Fedora, it’s wonderful to be back in the lair!

      I’m glad Anna found the reasons it didn’t work the first time around for hero and heroine to be realistic. I worked hard on making them believable and not something that could have been easily solved in the past.

      My favorite reunion stories tend to be when you get the feeling that maybe it wouldn’t have worked out if they’d stayed together the first time – but that the people they have become in the meantime are now ready and will make it work.

  • Welcome to the Lair, Kandy. You have hit upon two things I absolutely adore and have used in stories myself — reunion romances and the coast. Everyone here in the Lair is probably tired of hearing me say how much I wish I lived at the beach. Hopefully someday. I dream of being able to write while overlooking the ocean.

    • Trish, I’m just back from a few days at the beach with my oldest friend and her family. Sea is definitely inspirational!

    • Thank you Trish! We seem to share a love of reunion romances, coastal settings, and a dream of writing somewhere where we face the ocean. Oh, wouldn’t it be wonderful!!

      Let’s hope we both get there one day!

  • Mary Preston says:

    With reunion romances I’m always rather curious to see if the reasons that pulled couples apart still exist, & if they do, do they matter any more? Yes, I love reunion romances.

    My old loves are best kept firmly in the past. I doubt that the years have made them more desirable. Chances are they would think the same of me. Too funny to think of.

    • Mary, I laughed at your very practical take on the whole look up old love thing. You’re probably right!

    • I know what you mean, Mary. I know some beautiful real-life reunion stories. Then there are the “I had a lucky escape” reactions on meeting someone from the past!

      But that’s the beauty of romance novels, isn’t it – everything works out as brilliantly as we’d dreamed of and there’s a glorious second chance at real love!

  • Helen says:

    Hi Kandy and Anna

    I am so looking forward to reading this one it is next on the pile calling to me I am sure I will be starting it tonight 🙂

    And I do love reunion stories and especially ones that are set by the coast the water is so soothing to me and really helps me rest. I wish I was down the South Coast now Kandy I have spent many great times down that way I have relatives down there and it was the place to be for summer holidays when our kids were young.

    Huge congrats on the release 🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Helen, one of the nicest holidays I’ve ever had was a week at Bawley Point with a few friends from Sydney. Just a gorgeous spot!

      • Helen says:

        Anna

        That is where my Aunty lives we have stayed there a few times and it is so lovely with 2 beaches across the road from her place we always had so much fun there 🙂 so peaceful and relaxing and the seafood BBQs were the best

        Have Fun
        Helen

      • I adore Bawley Point, Anna, it is my favorite place on the South Coast. For years, we went there after Christmas every year with friends who have a daughter the same age as ours. It was truly my winding-down time. Must get down there again soon!

        • Kandy, it was very undiscovered when I was there (probably late 90s). Hope it’s still as unspoiled. There was a lovely restaurant in an old colonial that we absolutely adored.

          • Anna, if it is the same old colonial that I’m thinking of (and it’s such a small place it must be) it and its grounds were sold off for residential development. Such a shame, as it was fabulous!

            Apart from that, though, the area is still much the same – unspoiled and beautiful. One of my very favorite places!

    • I so love the south coast, Helen. There’s something so very special about that area and I hope I’ve managed to convey it in the novel. Let me know what you think after you’ve read it!

      The last time we were there with friends, we rented a house on the headland at Bawley Point and I slept to the sound of the waves breaking below. Bliss!

      • Helen says:

        Kandy

        I totally agree there is nothing nicer than the sound of the ocean

        I know I am going to love it 🙂

        Have fun
        Helen

  • Lisa Tapp says:

    Congratulations, Kandy. As a writer, I appreciate stories of perseverance paying off. 🙂 I look forward to reading your work.

  • Barb says:

    Hi Anna and Kandy

    Congratulations on your book … Love reunion stories especially set in NSW…. Can imagine those lovely quiet beaches on the South Coast….. But at the moment I would rather be in the air con… That way you don’t have to have a hot journey home in the car lol… Looking forward to reading this book

    • Thank you, Barb. I know what you mean about the joys of air conditioning in these very hot days we Aussies are enduring at the moment.

      Your comment brings to mind childhood memories of traveling in the summer in an un- airconditioned car with wet cloths flapping at the windows in an attempt to cool us down. One time I ended up in hospital with heatstroke!

      I hope you enjoy the book when you get a chance to read it.

    • Barb, feel so sorry for all you guys sweltering. We had an abnormal heat wave about ten days ago but then we got rain and it’s been bearable ever since.

  • Fab interview, Kandy and Anna! And what great beach photos – I wish I could immerse myself in that gorgeous blue sea to cool off right now! Very very hot here this week!

    I love, love, love reunion stories and Ben and Sandy’s story is just wonderful, Kandy! It’s sure to be another huge success!

    • They’re lovely photos, aren’t they, Sharon? They were taken by my god-daughter a few weeks ago down at the south coast where THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT is set. They were so much nicer than the ones I had, I asked could I use them.

      I’m so glad you liked the story!

    • Sharon, I have to say those photos really are mouthwateringly gorgeous, aren’t they? A bit cruel sharing them with our shivering northern hemisphere friends!

  • Shannon says:

    Congratulations on the new release. I adore the ocean, and I admit I’ve drifted over for a couple of beach romances when I do go for contemporaries.

    I searched out my first boyfriend when I had the chance. It met with him and his old roommate in a Chinese restaurant. It was one of those lucky escapes: he had become a food purist (cook was using the wrong oil and too much of it) and had drifted to the far end of one political spectrum. If he could be that demanding in a restaurant, I cannot imagine him in a kitchen without shuddering. The roommate and I had the better discussion.

    But I do know of happy reunion stories as well.

    I admire you sticking with your passion for writing and for never giving up on a good idea.

    • Shannon, I loved your real-life reunion story! I smiled at the thought of you and your ex’s roommate having the better discussion. It must have been quite a test of endurance to get through the evening!

    • Shannon, that story about your ‘reunion’ with your ex is just priceless! Gosh, I think you did have a lucky escape!

  • Amy Conley says:

    I’d like to apologize to all the details for being gone for so long. After almost three weeks three rounds of antibiotics grown up cough syrup 1050 ish you and lots of sleep I am Still alive again or at least as though I may live.
    Kandy you stold my story even though mine doesn’t take place on a nice warm sunny beach. Personally I believe we all have that what if the story in us, regardless of where when it takes place. Hopefully one of these days I can add my name to one that got published. It’s been in me for a long time to write, and I even have the basis of it already written. As my own what if story it’s basically writing itself.
    Kandy I can’t wait to read your own story and if I may be so bold as to ask how much of it is real? Congratulations.

    • I’m glad to hear you are feeling better after your illness, Amy.

      You’re right about the “what if” stories we have in us. All the writers I know start with the “what if?” that leads to “and then ‘what if?” when they’re thinking about a new story.

      In the case of THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT, the “what if” was purely fictional — the story springs from my imagination. Some of the settings, though, are inspired by areas I know well.

      Good luck with the story you’re writing!

    • Amy, gosh, that bug doesn’t sound much fun. Glad you’re feeling a bit better now. Good luck with the writing! Love it when a book writes itself!

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Hi Kandy! *waving* Raising one of those yummy cocktails we had at the M&B drinks thing in celebration of your launch! Can’t wait to read it.

    I too love reunion/second chance stories – in fact, the book that is out in July, A Perfect Trade, is one!

    As for coastal settings, I love being by water. So romances set by water always appeal!

    • Hi Anna — it was such fun that we were able to meet when I visited London last year. I recognized you straight away as a Bandita! Right now, I’d love one of those wonderful pistachio and coconut macarons they had at the M & B party!

      I enjoy a reunion story so will watch out for A PERFECT TRADE. There’s something so deeply romantic about second-chance love, isn’t there!

    • Anna, I’m looking forward to your reunion romance. I loved A PERFECT DISTRACTION!

      I always feel much more creative by water. You’d think I was a Pisces – which I’m not!

  • Debbie says:

    I too like the reunion romance, there is something about the why they didn’t make it the first time and what they learned and how they can fix it this time. As for setting I love water but I am equally happy with any setting (that’s a big way that I can travel, LOL).
    Congrats on your release!

    • Debbie, I so hear you on travelling through reading. I just love that – and often I can be adventurous and go to places that my wimpy self wouldn’t dream of setting foot in in real life!

    • Hi Debbie, you’re so right about books being a wonderful way to “armchair travel”. You can be transported to beautiful beaches and quaint harborside towns (like in my book) or big cities, exotic landscapes, snow-capped mountains, without leaving the comfort of your own home. Have book, will travel!

  • may says:

    I like coastal settings. The sea.. beach. .. so romantic.

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Hi Kandy! You already know how much I love your writing so, of course, I’m excited to read this newest book.

    Reunion stories are among my favorites. So are stories set in coastal settings as I’ve been a water baby since my early days. Glad to hear you’ll be making a return visit to Dolphin Bay in the summer!

    Anna, I have a copy of the book on the way so please don’t enter me in the giveaway.

    • PJ, you’ll absolutely love this one. I’ve got a review of it going up on the Dish in the near future – looking forward to hearing your thoughts then!

      • pjpuppymom says:

        I know, Anna. I took a sneak peek at your upcoming post when I saw you had the book’s title tagged. 😉

        We’re also hosting Kandy at the Dish in February so we’ll have the opportunity to give The Summer They Never Forgot some extra love then too. 🙂

    • Hi P.J, so lovely to see you here! I do hope you enjoy both the romance and the setting of THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT. (And there’s a gorgeous dog in a small but pivotal supporting role!)
      Looking forward to seeing you at the Dish next month!

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    There was one boy in school I liked that I lost touch with and wondered what ever happened to him. Hope he is alive and well and happy.

    • Debbie, have you ever looked him up on the Internet? I hope you’re right and he’s had a lovely life!

    • You always wonder about that special person, don’t you Debbie? When there’s been nice feelings and friendship between you, I think it’s inevitable we’ll sometimes wonder what’s happened to them and hope they’ve had a happy life.
      Or, as Anna suggests, we can maybe satisfy our curiosity by looking for them on social media!

  • Hi Kandy! Welcome to the Lair and thank you, Anna, for inviting her!

    I do love reunion romances. The characters have instant backstory, connections and conflict. It’s the getting over, around and through those that makes the story so much fun to read.

    Congratulations on achieving your goal of becoming a Harlequin author!!

    • Suz, I was so excited when Kandy told me she’d had this story accepted by Harlequin, partly because I remember how much I loved what she brought along to our crit meetings and also because I knew it had been a long-held dream and now she’s achieved it.

    • Thanks Suzanne! Reunion stories have always been a favorite of mine, too, and I loved writing this one.
      You mention back-story — as a writer I’ve always been watchful of too much back-story. But of course in a reunion, the backstory is so vital to the “front-story” that I needed to reveal much more of it for the story to work!

  • Rita Wray says:

    Sounds like a great read. I love coastal settings.

  • Patty L. says:

    Hello Kandy! Your book sounds lovely and since I love romance especially the second w around I will be adding it to my wish list for pay day. As far as coastal stories go I am hooked. In real life there is nothing like sand between your toes and the sound of waves hitting the shore, so when I can get that escape in a book as well as a good romance, count me in. Congrats on your latest publication.

    • Patty, if you like coastal settings in books, you’ll love this one. I wanted to live in Dolphin Bay. I was most upset when I remembered it was fictional!

    • Thank you, Patti. I hope you enjoy the combination of seaside setting and romance when you get a chance to read the book!
      When I think indulgent romantic escape, it always involves water and beach!

  • bn100 says:

    sometimes like reunion stories; don’t like reunions set for 10-20 years later

  • catslady says:

    I do enjoy them. I think everyone should get as many chances at love as needed 🙂 I think a coastal setting calls to me because I have fond memories of vacations where I could just read all day with the smell of the sea and the sound of the birds and the surf and the warmth of the sun – something sorely missed right now!

    • Catslady, because it’s out summer down here, I just feel I should be on holidays – and of course, I’m not! I have such fond memories of those long, lazy family holidays by the beach when I’d just read and read and read.

    • There’s something nostalgic and wonderful thinking about those past beach holidays, isn’t there Catslady! So nice to conjure them up when the weather is chilly, too. Hope you’re not too cold where you are!

  • Annie West says:

    Hi Anna, Hi Kandy! Terrific to have you together.

    Kandy, I just finished reading ‘The Summer They Never Forgot’. What a corker of a book! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Such a sweet, satisfying romance and so real. I particularly enjoyed the setting too. You did that small coastal town so well and made me wish I could be there. So I’d have to say absolutely ‘yes’ in answer to your question. And this reunion was so delicately down, with a lovely mix of passion and tenderness. I’m already looking forward to your next Harlequin story.

    • Annie, how lovely that you loved THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT as much as I did. Wasn’t it lovely? I got quite choked up at the lovely ending!

      • Anna, several of the early readers of this book have singled out how much they enjoyed the ending. I’m so glad you did, too.

        As writers we spend so much time on the beginning of the book while the end of the book is important, too!

    • Annie, thank you so much for your lovely thoughts about THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT. I love reading your books and am thrilled you enjoyed reading mine!

      No matter how many romances I read, there’s a special joy in getting caught up in the hero and heroine’s journey to the happiness they deserve!

  • pearl says:

    I love beach settings. My ultimate favorite place and getaway. What a wonderful book.

  • anne says:

    I am captivated with your story and reunions and coastal locales are the best. Nostalgia and even more.

  • Hi Kandy! Waving madly! So sorry I’m late. I’ve been in hot hot Melbourne for the tennis and just returned to the (weirdly) cooler Sunshine State.

    Cannot wait to read THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT. Had a ball with THE CASTAWAY BRIDE so your latest will be a treat when I’m finished revisions.

    Reunion stories are a favourite of mine because there’s always that added layer of tension stemming from past experience. They know each other well and there’s an extra level of intimacy in that, too.

    Congratulations on your hybrid career–I think you’re such an amazing woman to have kept writing through all of the stress and workload with the magazines. It’s so true that talent will out!

    • Christina, hope you had fun down south with the tennis! Feel so sorry for them playing in the temps they’ve had in Melbourne recently. Seems ridiculous that Queensland is cooler.

      You’re right, Kandy is amazing!

    • Thank you, Christina, I’m blushing!

      Of course you’ve totally put your finger on one of the reasons why reunion romances are so captivating — the added tension from the past relationship really does add to the intensity of the story.

      I had to smile at the thought that Queensland would be cooler than Melbourne! I don’t know how those poor tennis players can endure it.

  • Diane says:

    The ocean, the sea and the sunshine, sand and sun are the only place to be with an enthralling book. Thanks for this chance and your post which is great. I pine all year for the beachside.

  • ellie says:

    I love beach towns. they are unique and special with their atmosphere from the 1950’s which I miss. A book which depicts a romance at the beach is my type of story and ideal area. Best wishes and much happiness and success.

  • Kandy, welcome and congrats on your new release! I enjoy reunion romances immensely, and this one looks great. I don’t have any desire to meet up with an old love, though. That part of my life is over.

  • Cathy P says:

    Hi, Kandy! I haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of your books yet.

    I had a boyfriend in college that came back to me after a bad breakup and asked me to marry him. The only problem was that I was getting married in one week. Lol! I hae often thought about him and what has happened in his life and is he still alive.

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    Hi Kandy. I like reunion stories and those set around water. I don’t know what I’d do if I met someone from my past. I was really shy/insecure and would probably not enjoy the meeting but would do my best not to show it. 8/

    • Marcy, you’ll really love THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT!

    • Marcy, it’s so hard to imagine what we would actually feel if we met up with that person from the past, isn’t it?

      Of course, he would bring with him his own insecurities too!

      It’s a fascinating thought, which is why we write reunion romances so we can make it turn out just right!

  • Thanks, everyone, for giving Kandy such a lovely welcome. And thank you to Kandy for being my guest today.

    Don’t forget to check back to see who won the three copies of THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT!

  • Thank you Nancy. I agree the reality of a reunion with an old flame might not be as wonderful as those portrayed in romance novels. In fact, I suspect it might often be disastrous!

    That’s the appeal, though, isn’t it, of a reunion romance — that everything turns out so well in the book…