Launch Party Time!

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.

Cloudy_2550x1700b4Before 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.

MJ Fredick:

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.

Tanya Michaels:

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 πŸ™‚

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.

Trish Milburn:

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.



  • Jane says:

    Hello Trish,
    Happy Easter. It’s nice when rain let’s you put off any errands you might have to run and you get to stay in. I love sleeping when it’s raining, too. Snuggling under the covers feels too good.

  • Helen says:

    Hi Everyone

    I do like the sound of this one and I too love the beach rainy or sunny LOL

    For spring break I don’t think you can go wrong with a cruise visiting beaches and towns love it

    On rainy days I like to curl up with a good book nothing better πŸ™‚

    Congrats on the release

    Have Fun

    • Thanks, Helen. The cruise sounds nice. The closest I’ve come to that is an overnight on the Mississippi Queen riverboat, which was pretty cool. I was on board to do an article about it.

  • Amy Conley says:

    Trish, congrats on the new book.

    Everyone knows if I could go anywhere it would bd New Zealand.

    As far as rainy day activities it would be reading, sleeping, and/or other adult activities. πŸ˜‰

  • Annie West says:

    Trish, I love the title of this anthology! And reading the outlines – nice. Who wouldn’t fall for a firefighter hero? Congratulations on the new release.

    As for a place to spend a spring holiday – I’d love to go back to England in spring. I had a wonderful week in Devon on the edges of Dartmoor National Park and the woods were carpeted with bluebells. It was just gorgeous.

  • MJ Fredrick says:

    Good morning, and happy Easter! Yeah, we were at the beach 3 days and it rained for 2! I remember thinking…what would happen to the businesses around there if the whole week of Spring Break was rained out.

    Looks like we might have a rainy Easter, too. Boo!

  • Patty L. says:

    Happy Easter!

  • Patty L. says:

    I would go to Turk and Caicos for my spring break if money was no object and if it rained I would curl up with a book and my honey .

  • The book sounds like an awesome read! And if I wasn’t so afraid to fly, I’d go see Scotland and Ireland too.

  • Shannon says:

    As most people know, I want a week in London and Bath. But on a different vein, I’d also love one of those river cruises in Europe. I don’t care if its Germany, Eastern Europe, as long as it has castles, museums, lectures, concerts, and shopping.

    Where I live we get relatively few rainy days where it rains all day. Most of our rain comes in a sweeping wave, starting with a downpour and then normal rain followed by a gentle patter. At the beginning I like to watch, especially the lightening that accompanies such storms. Then I curl up with a book. When it’s over and if it’s daylight, I go for a walk when everything smells fresh and clean.

    Congrats on the book. I thoroughly enjoyed your Christmas collection, so I’m adding this to my lengthy TBR pile. For various reason, I have switched from reading new books to revisiting old favorites. But I’m beginning to look at what’s on my Kindle and trying to decide what’s next.

    • Shannon, the dh and I somehow got on the mailing list for those cruises, and they look very appealing. You’re on the water, but possible seasickness isn’t a factor, you get this great scenery, and there’s all this fabulous history. Taking one is on our someday list.

      • Exactly, Nancy. I tend to get queasy if I’m on ocean waves, especially if the boat is docked. But I really enjoyed the one night I had on the Mississippi Queen as it traveled up the Cumberland River.

        • Trish, I’ve never been out in the open sea, so I don’t know whether I get seasick. I’d hope not, considering how many relatives I have who served in the U.S. Navy, but you never know.

    • I love taking walks after a rain for the same reason, the smell. And I want to do one of those river cruises, too. My aunt and uncle did one last year and really enjoyed it. Every time I watch Downton Abbey and see the commercials for those cruises, I want to go.

  • Cathy P says:

    Hi Trish! Your Starfish Shores books sound really good.

    If I could go anywhere, it would be Scotland. As far as rainy days go, I like to sleep and read.

  • Looks like Jane got a visit from the Golden Rooster for Easter! Hide the chocolate bunnies! And don’t mention Easter E**s!

    What a great idea for an anthology, Trish! Can’t wait to read these stories.

    My perfect rainy day activity is to curl up in bed with the dogs and Miss Rebecca with a stack of romance novels and a stack of costume drama DVD’s playing while I read. Add a pot of hot tea and some Scottish shortbread cookies and I am set for the day.

    Spring Break if money was no object? England, baby! If it was just a week – London!

  • MJ and Tanya, welcome back! Congrats to all three of you on your new release. These stories sound great.

    If I could go anywhere for spring break, I’d pick Hawaii. I’ve never been there and would love to see it.

    Happy Easter to all who celebrate it!

  • Oh, I forgot the rainy days question! I like to curl up with a book and maybe a cup of hot tea and listen to the rain on the roof.

    When we’re at the beach, I like to watch storms over the ocean. They’re so dramatic and beautiful, even if they do mess up our plans.

    Our family once walked to a waterfall in the rain. We were in England and had planned to visit Aysgarth Falls in Yorkshire. But the day was drizzly/rainy, so the dh and I were pondering, as we drove along, whether this was worth doing. We asked the boy whether he’d be okay with it if we bailed. The waterfall had been my idea to begin with, so we weren’t surprised when he said that was fine.

    We were discussing alternate plans when this little voice from the back seat said, sort of wistfully, “I’ve never seen a real waterfall.”

    The dh and I looked at each other. “We could see how bad the path is,” I suggested, and he agreed.

    So we walked through the rain, which wasn’t heavy. The last 3-4 feet, to get clear of the trees and down to the riverbank so we could see the falls (which were in 3 steps, sort of, and pretty if not overly dramatic), were kind of dicey, as was getting back up the bank, but it worked out fine. And we were sort of proud of ourselves for braving the rain.

    • That sounds like a nice walk in the rain, Nancy. I love waterfalls and getting to see new ones.

      I agree. Watching stores over the ocean is so unlike watching them approach here. It’s similar to watching them out west in a way, where you can see them coming from a long way away. Here, it just gets cloudy and windy and then, boom, there it is.

  • bn100 says:

    Happy Easter! Sounds interesting

  • Trish, congratulations on your new release. Love that cover! We’re having beautiful Easter weather down here in Australia – usually it rains at this time of year so everybody’s just lapping up the perfect temperatures and blue, blue skies. I’m even still in the pool – usually at this time of year, I’m looking at taking my winter woollies out of the cupboard!

    Ooh, where would I go? I’ve got a hankering for a trip to Venice right now. Do you think you can arrange that for me?

    • Glad you’re having a lovely Easter, Anna. Oh, Venice sounds nice. A couple of friends were talking about Venice when we were at lunch yesterday. They’ve both been and loved it. One had lived there when she was younger.

  • Hi Ladies!

    I love your cover! How different to have stories set during a rainy day. Wishing you lots of success with this!

    Spring break?? What the heck is that? πŸ™‚ I’m afraid as an accountant, I’ve never gone anywhere during spring break as it always falls during the businest part of tax season. (sigh)

    But if I COULD go anywhere – I’d go south to someplace warm and on the ocean. This was an especially bad winter and I feel the need for sand, sun, and a pina colada πŸ™‚

  • flchen1 says:

    I’d head Down Under, to visit with Anna and other fav authors there! And favorite rainy day activity is naturally curling up with a book and hot chocolate!

  • Mozette says:

    You know somehow rain seems to make people around my area go a little crazy. During the day it’s not so bad, but once the sun goes down and the evening gets on a bit, people go and get drunk, turn up their music and become abusive towards anyone who wishes to get some sleep.

    So, as much as I love rain, and the wonderful slumber which comes with it, I also hate the people who make the time of its coming a burden too. Just because they’re bored and want to make noise doesn’t mean we have to put up with their noise.

    Otherwise, I love the freshness that comes with rain… the results in my garden from a few days of rain, the smell of rain on the breeze. And it’s always funny to get caught in a rainshower sometimes too; especially when you’re with a lover on a date. It makes the date that much more fun! πŸ˜›

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    Happy Easter!

    I’d love to go to Hawaii, but I have very pale skin and turn lobster red after about 5 minutes. LOL I like the rain…the sound and smell of it. It’s wonderful to nap while it’s raining and read books, of course.