Saturday, September 14, 2013

Small Town Settings

Congratulations to "Jonetta" and "Kai", the winners in Hayson's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Kia Ora. Greetings in Maori.

Thank you very much for hosting me here today at Just Contemporary Romance. I’m thrilled to
be here and I’d be honored to give away a copy of both my Entangled releases, Winning the Boss’s Heart and Wife in Name Only (set on a tiny island in Tonga), as an e-book.

I’m a small town gal. If you’re born in New Zealand you’re pretty much guaranteed to come from a small town. We are a nation of just over four million humans to about sixty million sheep - we love the fluffy things. I’ve lived in Los Angeles, London, Melbourne, Brisbane and now hang out with cockatoos and snakey looking things in the bush in Sydney. Don’t get me wrong, I love the vibe and pulse of New York, the glamor of Los Angeles, the hustle and bustle of London - vowing we’d all never fit on the last tube to Richmond, but we did. As much as I love big cities, I always feel like an outsider with her nose pressed against the glass. I never quite fit in. 

I set Winning the Boss’s Heart in a small coastal town in New Zealand, (I swear I sound like a travel monologue for my home land!) I wanted the feeling of community that small towns bring. When life throws a curveball, a neighbor will drop off a casserole, Stan from across the road will walk Sigmund the dog, milk will be left on the doorstep. My heroine, Billie, in Winning the Boss’s Heart never stayed long in one place growing up and yearns for roots. (I think I subconsciously wrote a bit of myself into this book. Off to Google Freud.) My hero, Mason, loves the anonymity of a large town. For him roots are shackles. He’d rather stick a fork in his eye than have a goat named Ethel as his lawnmower. 

I had a lot of fun writing these characters, and I had a lot of fun visiting New Zealand again, if only in my head. 

Do you prefer a small town setting or do you prefer the vibe of a big city?   

I will be giving away a digital copy of my current book and my previous release.

Mason Christian has twelve weeks to flip something old into something new, and then he's getting the hell out of Footsteps Bay -- a tiny New Zealand coastal town. Not even his temporary secretary and personal assistant--the feisty, luscious Billie McLeod--will deter him, but there's no denying she makes him feel alive. More alive than he's felt in three years...
Billie has one dream: save enough money to finish her degree. That's why she's agreed to work for hard ass, all-business-no-pleasure Mason Christian--a man who has every intention of destroying through modernization the town's most cherished historical home. Before she can say 'see ya' she's signed on the dotted line and is contractually bound to be Mason's forty-second assistant. But working with male perfection every day is awesome with a capital A--as long as they can stick to a hands-off policy that gets harder every day...

Hayson Manning writes fun and flirty romances with alpha dudes and sassy woman. She now lives in Sydney with her lovely sloth children, infuriating but much loved shoe-dropping husband, a tubby opinionated cat (as if a cat doesn't ever have an opinion). There will often be a foster dog parked on the couch waiting for their forever home. She loves a good glass of wine, dreams of winning the lottery, cries while watching Antiques Roadshow, and cannot speak she's sobbing so much by the end of Undercover Boss. She is also an expert at finding new and inventive ways to avoid exercise. She’d love to hear from you: 

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  1. I think I do like small town settings. When I look at the list of my favorite contemporary romance series, I see mostly those that are set in small towns where community is important.

    I've lived in major cities all over the world being a military brat and through some adult choices of my own. But my fondest memories always come back to my time in my small hometown in Virginia. Maybe that's why I'm drawn to them in my reading.

    Thanks for the post. I'm very much interested in your book.

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

  2. Hi Jonetta,

    Thanks for stopping by. The fondest memories I have are of summer vacations at a beach in New Zealand which had a population of about thirty people. Heaven on earth. I still venture back there when I can.

    Warm wishes,
    Hayson x

    1. I was recently near New Zealand, in Sydney and Queensland for my niece's wedding. My first time and have wanted to visit your country for many years. Maybe next time:)

    2. Hi Jonetta,
      I am currently living in Sydney. It is a lovely part of the world and I adore Queensland. I hope you had a great time.

    3. I had a fabulous time and fell in love with the city. We actually stayed in a high rise in Buddina (for the wedding), with breathtaking views. I'll never forget my time there. Very friendly people.

  3. Hi Hayson,

    I've lived in both big cities and small towns. I hated the small town, probably because I wasn't born there and never really felt that I fit in. I love the vibe and excitement of a big city, but now that I have hoards of children it's suburban life for me.

    In romance, I don't mind either setting. Some of my favourite stories are when the big city guy or gal ends up in a small town and has to adjust. So perhaps I'm a bit Freudian as well as it's something I've lived through.

    Can't wait to read Winning the Boss's Heart.


    PS. At least you greeted us with Kia Ora and not the Haka.

    1. Hi Alexia,
      Thanks for stopping by! I love reading about big cities, especially cities I've never visited, but I am a sucker for a small town settings.

      I laughed at the thought of me attempting a haka. That would not be a good look. At all!

  4. I prefer the vibe of the big city. I have live and breathe big city all of my life. I can't imagine living in a small town in a prolong vacation. Thanks for the giveaway.


    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Kai. We're the opposite. I love to visit the big cities but I'm ready to slink back to my small town. Opposites attract!

      Warm wishes,


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