This is Book 4 in your Harmony Valley series. Where did you come up with the idea for this book?
I've had Shelby and Gage in the back of my mind for a long time (even before Harmony Valley began). Who doesn't like a best friends to true love story? I wanted to expand the series beyond the original three friends, so this idea seemed a great way to so.
If you could caption the cover, it would say...
At last (Gage's thought: poor guy's been waiting a long time for Shelby).
In a nutshell, this story is about...
Best friends whose friendship has faded. They met in high school. It was love at first sight for Gage, but he ("a man of science") didn't trust in his feelings. And just as he's about to ask Shelby out, his best friend beats him to the punch. So he kept his feelings to himself - all through high school, all through college, and through their marriage. Now's his chance, except she wants to stay in Harmony Valley, and he's got a job in Kentucky.
You usually feature a few of Harmony Valley's elderly residents. Who will we meet in this book?
I love adding the warmth and humor of town residents. One Perfect Year features Doc, the town vet (Shelby's grandfather), and Mae Gardner, who used to own the town bridal shop. Mae was a lot of fun, because she has the ability to match a girl with the perfect dress (and give some interesting love advice in the process).
Do you have a favorite scene in One Perfect Year?
I really like the first kiss scene. It involves a starry night, a misunderstanding, and an enthusiastic St. Bernard. I like writing humor into touching moments.
What other behind the scenes info can you give us?
The inspiration for the title was Shelby thinking she lived in Harmony Valley one year while growing up and it was the one perfect year of her life. I tossed it into a list of possible titles and Victoria liked it.
As for other behind the scenes tidbits, I have a habit of putting my animals into books. Calvin, our chocolate lab, was the family dog in
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We'll be seeing recurring characters soon. Kathy, Flynn's sister, is back and will meet her match in Time for Love (Book 5, out August 1). And then Will's sister, Tracy, finds herself back in town (Book 7, 2016).
What are you working on now?
I'm finishing up Book 6 (due out in December) and expecting to review Book 5 (Time for Love) one last time.
Thanks for stopping by today. Any last words?
I'm wondering if anyone would want to go back and relive a year of their lives. If so, which year and why? I welcome comments from both writers and readers. One reader commenter will be chosen Monday to receive a free autographed copy of any book from my backlist.
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