Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sit-down Saturday with Cheryl Harper

Today we’re celebrating the release of The Bluebird Bet

So, Cheryl, where did you get the idea for this novel? 
I wanted to go back to Tall Pines, the town from A Minute on the Lips, and expand the borders a little. An old house that’s been home to generations sitting in a quiet cove of a beautiful lake was the first image that came to mind. That was quickly followed by all the DIY gone wrong that could be wreaked on such a place. I guess I’m saying HGTV has a little bit to do with most of my inspiration.

How long did it take you to write? 

Six weeks. And then revisions and revisions!

What is your favorite scene? 

My favorite scene is near the end when the judges are deciding the fate of the Bluebird. I can’t really tell much more than that, but it involves most of my favorite Tall Pines citizens. And my favorite line that I’ve written (so far).

Who was your favorite character and why? 

I love Edna. She’s a secondary character, a little misunderstood and a whole lot nosy, but she’s softening, changing, and I like to see people get second chances.

Tell us one thing you learned during research

Dharamsala (India) is where the Dalai Lama lives. Also, the trekking and mountain climbing are attractions.

What do you plan to work on next? 

I have two more Heartwarming titles coming this year in a new series, Lucky Numbers. If you hit the lottery, what would you do with the money? The heroine of Winner Takes All (June 2015) wants to see the world. She does NOT want to start in Peru. So, we’re going to Peru!


The Bluebird Bet
Winning isn't everything…to other people 
Dr. Elaine Watson never loses. Period. So she won't miss out on a chance to restore the Bluebird Bed-and-Breakfast. The owner's son, Dean Collins, seems just as determined as she is. A famous photojournalist, he hasn't been home in years, so why does he want to turn the Bluebird, a charming old B and B, into a fishing camp? 

With just a few weeks to create the winning plan, Elaine has no choice but to spend time with the guy. She's drawn to the handsome, wounded man, but being with Dean would mean giving up the future she's been dreaming of… And Dr. Elaine Watson never gives up. Buy Links: Harlequin Amazon Barnes and Noble 

16 comments:

  1. Cheryl,
    Congrats on your new book! I can't wait to read it. Frankly, I don't know which is more appealing to me, the fishing camp or the bed and breakfast! I really love the sounds of the next series coming. Fascinating. I'm looking forward to Winner Takes All as well! LOVE, LOVE your cover. Reminds me of our lake here in my hometown.

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    1. Hi, Catherine! Thanks so much. I had a great time writing both. I've spent a lot of time dangling my feet off a dock, so I think I mashed all those lakes together into one perfect spot!

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  2. This sounds so intriguing. And I would love to live at a place like the Bluebird. Congratulations on this book and your new series. EVERYONE can identify with winning the lottery. lol

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    1. Oh, me, too! I'd love to have quiet spot with a view of the lake. That's what makes writing so much fun, dreaming up the perfect spots!

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  3. Cheryl, Congratulations! You know how I love Tall Pines! So excited for this one. Lucky Numbers sounds great, too. What a fun premise. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

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    1. Thanks, Carol! I loved going back to Tall Pines.

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  4. Cheryl, I have this book in my TBR stack. I'm whittling it down so will get there soon. Can't wait. Love the cover. It evokes all kinds of lovely thoughts.

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    1. Great! I've really enjoyed looking at the cover all through the snowy winter. I needed the reminder of summer days!

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  5. cannot wait to be off deadline (for a few days, LOL) so I can dive into this one! Sounds awesome! :) Congrats, Cheryl!

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  6. Can't wait to read this one, Cheryl! Every chance we get, Larry and I book B&Bs over hotels. We've met some of the nicest people--and forged lasting friendships--thanks to the cozy atmosphere that I'm sure is on every page of The Bluebird Bet!

    Enjoy what's left of your weekend, m'dear! :-)

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  7. I can't wait to read The Bluebird Bet!! B&B's are always an appealing subject for me. And that cover!! It's so beautiful!! Makes me want to pull up a chair and chat with those two. Congratulations on the new release. I'll be so happy to catch up with characters from A Minute on the Lips, which I loved. Heartwarming ladies, keep writing these sweet stories. It's Springtime and they are just what I need. ( :

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  8. Congratulations on the release, Cheryl! Everything about the book is so appealing - and I can't wait to see how what you learned about India figures into this! Keep going. Sounds as though you're full to the brim with stories.

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  9. This sounds great, Cheryl! I love the cover of this book, too. Congratulations :)

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  10. Congratulations on your release, Cheryl. Your cover is one of my favorites. I know the story will be just as terrific!

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  11. Sounds awesome, Cheryl! Gotta love HGTV :) And now I'm looking forward to Peru! But first I'll be reading The Bluebird Bet ;).

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