|Book 1 in Tall Pines|
To me, the best part about reading and writing stories in a series is having the chance to meet old friends in new pages. I’m happy to see one book’s hero and heroine in the next because I’ve already spent so much time with them, falling in love with them, rooting for them. Seeing that the relationship they worked to build growing is fun and a reminder that we believe in a love that lasts beyond the last sentence on the last page.
|Book 2 in Tall Pines|
In A Minute on the Lips, Andi and Mark had to come to terms with small-town life. For them, that meant learning to live inside all the attention and to love the sense of family. In this second book, The Bluebird Bet, Elaine, my serious doctor, tries a new hobby: knitting. That immediately tangles her up with Andi, Edna, and all the Shady Ladies. And Dean, a war weary photojournalist, definitely appreciates the understanding newspaper editor Mark can give. Elaine and Dean make a bet: whoever comes up with the best renovation plan for the rundown Bluebird Bed and Breakfast will get the chance to buy it and remake the place. The judges who determine the winner are all familiar faces around town: Ray, the sheriff; Jackie, the chili champ; and Edna of all the opinions. Carrying secondary characters through books, and not just as props but with their own small stories, is a challenge. They sometimes run away with the story! But once I’ve dreamed up somebody fun, funny, or special, it’s even harder to say goodbye.
Writing The Bluebird Bet was as much fun as taking a slow turn around the Tall Pines town square to see all the shoppers on the sidewalks before heading out for a day at the lake. Catching up with friends, old and new, is always a pleasure. Do you love series with connected characters? What are some of your favorites?
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