Welcome to the Starfish Shores Launch Party!
Posted by Trish Milburn Oct 15 2013, 12:01 am
Me, MJ and Tanya out to dinner at one of the yummy seafood restaurants in Orange Beach.
Two of my best friends in all the world are fellow writers MJ Fredrick and Tanya Michaels. I have so much in common with them, love spending time with them when I can (we live in three different states), and so it was only natural that we’d end up writing something together at some point. We’re celebrating that end product today with a world-famous Lair Launch Party!
Swept Away for Christmas, A Starfish Shores Holiday is a collection of three Christmas novellas set in our fictional town of Starfish Shores on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. It combines two things I love and adore — Christmas and the beach! Back in June, MJ, Tanya and I traveled to the coast and spent a weekend doing on-site research in Orange Beach, Alabama, and brainstorming on the condo balcony overlooking the ocean. Seriously, we really did work. On-site research helps when you’re trying to capture the sights, sounds, smells, the feel of a place. It helps to make the world three-dimensional. We ate at local seafood restaurants, walked along the beach, watched as people took their flashlights out on the beach at night to find little crabs washing up in the surf. We hit the local tourist bureau and came away with lots of wonderful information that led to the formation of characters and the plots of the three stories. And MJ and I spent a day hanging out on the local fishing pier, which was really interesting.
Then we came back and wrote our stories, exchanged them to do edits, and had my husband design the cover as well as a book video.
Here’s what you’ll find in the collection:
Christmas isn’t always snow-covered with a frosty chill in the air. Sometimes it’s sandy beaches with balmy breezes.
And sometimes we find love in the most unexpected places, a place like Starfish Shores.
Here Comes McBride by Tanya Michaels
Shelby James has only truly loved one man — but Finn McBride broke her heart when emotional baggage from his past came between them. Now, Shelby is serving as maid of honor at a beach wedding where Finn is the best man. Will reuniting with Finn be a Christmas miracle, or the worst mistake she’s ever made?
Two Hearts a Leaping by MJ Fredrick
After a break-up with her high school sweetheart, Harley Blume retreats to her brother’s home in Starfish Shores to lick her wounds and figure out what she’s doing next. But her brother is in the Coast Guard reserves and heading out of town, leaving her in the care of Liam Channing, his best friend since they played college football together. She’s never been able to keep her tongue in her mouth when good-looking, easy-going Liam is around. How is she going to find her way if she can’t keep her balance?
Crusin’ for a Kiss by Trish Milburn
When Avery Phillips loses her magazine job right before Christmas, she heads back home to Starfish Shores to spend the holidays with the grandparents who raised her. The plan is to hit the job search hard so that she has a new position when the New Year arrives. What isn’t part of the plan is heading up a remodeling effort at her family’s beach motel or falling for the man helping to save the business into which her grandparents put a lifetime of work. As Christmas draws closer, will Avery stick to the original plan to leave town again or take a chance with Luke Taylor and a new life she never expected?
This collection is the first of what we plan to be several seasonal collections set in Starfish Shores. We’re about to embark on the brainstorming and planning for the next one for release sometime in the spring.
To celebrate our launch, I’m giving away an electronic copy of Swept Away for Christmas as well as a Christmas ornament, both just in time for the upcoming holiday season. In fact, I think Swept Away for Christmas would be a great Christmas gift this year. It’s available in electronic format from the major online retailers as well as a paperback version from Amazon. To get more chances to win today, please share this blog post via your social media and post a comment telling us where you’ve shared it. You’ll get one entry for every place you share.