Monday, May 19, 2014

We Love Small Towns by Melinda Curtis, Cynthia Thomason, and Pamela Tracy

We love small towns! In fact, we set our stories in small towns: Scorpion Ridge (Pamela Tracy), Mount Union (Cynthia Thomason), and Harmony Valley (Melinda Curtis).

To celebrate small towns, we've developed a fun game so you can name your own fictional small town.


We'd love to hear what your small town would be named and maybe a bit about any impressions you get about your small town (i.e., it would be a place where...).

We'll be posting this meme on our individual author pages and on the Harlequin Heartwarming Author Facebook pages for the next two weeks. On May 31, we'll choose 3 lucky readers to win a copy of either:

36 comments:

  1. Heartwarming authors can play/post your small town name (you just can't win - lol)

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  2. Okay about not winning. I just got the books for this month on Friday.
    I like Willow Grove, though.

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    1. Willow Grove sounds very peaceful.

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  3. Welcome to Pine Point, Oregon, - a community of two thousand on a tongue of land that juts into the Columbia River. It's a place where logging and fishing, once economic mainstays, have been so regulated that the little town, once flourishing, is fighting to survive. A group of artisans and real estate developers, a slightly strained alliance, have united to revive their community. They figure tourists would love to stroll the hillside covered with many elegant and some quirky homes from the mid-19th century hay-day, and stay in several mansions converted to hotels and B and Bs. In town, a line-up of artisan studios welcomes those same tourists who want a memory of their visit.

    Well, thanks guys. I was wondering where the next idea was coming from!

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    1. Muriel, it's amazing how prolific you were just with 2 words. I say go for it.

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  4. I love this post Mel Curtis. I love small towns too. (and FYI, my next read is going to be your very own Dandelion Wishes ☺️.) My small town would be called Pine Creek according to the chart. It would be nestled somewhere in a mountainous region....maybe in the valley. Population: 1,500. Its Main Street would be home to a couple of second-hand bookstores, a coffee shop, outdoor fresh produce market, ice cream parlor, small Diner, craft store, tea shop, candy store, gift shop, library and post office. There would be benches outside for the locals to chat their day away, large flower pots with current blooms, and lots of trees lining the street. Most people would know each other by name, crime would be minimal and children would thrive and become happy, healthy, productive members of society. That's a quick synopsis of what Pine Creek would be like to me. (But admittedly I prefer my husband's name combination for my small town better. It would be called Horseshoe Creek.)

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    1. Laurie, you're really good at this. I wrote 4 Superromances set in Horseshoe Bend (very close to your husband's name).

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    2. I think Horseshoe Valley would really fit the description of my small town.

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  5. If I use my writer name, I'm Scorpion Union. If I use my real name, I'm Scorpion Ridge :)
    Great game, Melinda, thanks so much for doing it.

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    1. Jenny, wasn't that a town on General Hospital....

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  7. I love this game! I played twice since I have my name and a pen name. Pine Valley or Willow Haven? Hmmm...I'll go with Willow Haven...a quaint little town nestled near a river, where it's small (less than 2000) population live quietly. On hot summer days, the teens cool off by the river and in the evenings the banks of the river is a good place to lay on a blanket and count the stars. Of course, Willow Haven has it's own share of secrets...secret lives, secret loves...hmmm...I feel the tingling of a story starting already!

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    1. LeAnne, better you than me, as you'll see by my effort below.

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  8. I'm Mount Union, which is the actual name of my small town in A SOLDIER'S PROMISE. In real life, my small town would "be a place where..." children and civic groups would decorate the downtown stores for every holiday. My small Ohio town used to do that.
    Cynthia Thomason, from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

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  9. Horseshoe Ridge is just a dot on the map where the Post Office sits. The town is spread over a five mile square of mountain, containing lots of (of course) rocky ridges. The residents are tough mountain folk, and only get together on Sundays to go to church and afterwards, play horseshoes. Brother, how corny. I'd better not write a small town story anytime soon. :(

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    1. Love this, Dana. Corny is just a step away from cliché and clichés just itch to have some spunk thrown in to break the mold. I say go for it!

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  10. Dana, not corny at all. And, a town is not a town without a post office :)

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  11. I love this idea! I would live in Horseshoe Creek. This sounds like a small town in Montana with ranches on its outskirts and a general store that sells feed. A creek would form the border between two large ranching properties as well as between H.C. and a neighboring town. I can see kids rope swinging and jumping off a small point into the cool creek water in the summer. Sounds like a fun place to grow up.

    I am working on a series with a small town setting that I think will draw readers (once it's contracted or self-published somewhere) based on a small town I made up located in northern Georgia. I've been enjoying figuring out the layout of the town and populating it with people.

    I'd love to win either title up for grabs and I'm keeping my fingers crossed. :-)

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    1. Mz.ZeyZey, small towns appeal in any state. Best of luck to you (you did a great job creating a character for Horseshoe Creek)

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  12. Mount Creek, I don't know about that one

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    1. Bette, it sounds like it's in the mountains.

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  13. According to the chart, mine is Mount River, which just doesn't have the charm of some of the other combinations...

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    1. I don't know, Christy. I love the mountains and I love rivers!

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  14. This is so much fun! I'm Scorpion Haven!

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    1. The haven really softens up the danger of the scorpion!

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  15. Pine Ridge - sounds like somewhere I would want to live!

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  16. Awh mine is Cedar Grove! We have a Cedar Grove where I live (We have several small towns all together here, and that is one of them!)

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    1. Like a whole series of small towns

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  17. Mount Cove sounds a nice play to boat, swim and have fun...

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    1. I agree, Cyn! Would love to go there this weekend.

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    2. I an with you all the way..has been a trying week. What time shall I pick you up lol

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  18. Let me introduce you to my small town, Pine River. It's located in a small valley in the mountains and has a population of about 2000. Pine River meanders down the mountain and through the valley providing a constant water supply and ensuring the soil remains fertile for the ranches and farms. We have a dry good store, post office, family owned market, public offices (sheriff's dept, etc.) bookstore/coffeehouse/bakery, beauty parlor, barber shop, clinic, vet's office, bread and breakfast and a church. Our tourism consists of spring and fall festivals plus all the hikers/fishermen/hunters for the beautiful seasons. Our welcome sign is always on.lol Stop by for a visit with us.

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  19. I loved this game! Mine is Mount Union - which is also the small town in Cynthia Thomason's book, I believe!

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  20. Mine is Mount Valley, which sounds like an oxymoron but isn't. The mountain behind town was named for Captain James Valley, who saved an entire wagon train from starvation after their mules were stolen. The heroism or their namesake carries on in less dramatic ways in this small town, as the residents are quick to offer help to anyone who needs it. Sadly, the boarded up storefronts along Main Street attest to the fact that the population has been falling, but the last hardy residents are determined to do whatever it takes to revitalize this historic town.

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