By: Monica Tillery
Congratulations to Marcy S., the winner in Monica's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!
I was out with friends the other night, and one of them asked if I ever get tired of my characters. It’s a good question, and it’s kind of amazing that I spend so much time with them but I really don’t get tired of them. Most of the time, when they get their happily ever after, I’m ready to send them off into the world without fussing over them anymore, but sometimes I get the chance to visit them again. And I love it!
Last month, I released Adam’s Ambition, book one in the Emerald Springs Legacy continuity. Four authors and I collaborated on a series of five books centered on the lives and loves of two families in the fictional Washington city of Emerald Springs. Each book stands alone, of course, giving one of the major family members his or her own story. We hope that readers will enjoy getting to know the Whitman and Sanders families as much as we did writing them. The most satisfying, exciting part of the next four books for me, the ones I didn’t write, is that I get to see my couple, Adam and Zoe, live out their happily ever after. For four more books! Heaven! Like visiting with old friends, I can’t wait to see them again in the other stories.
I have a new book, A Sweet Deal, coming out on March 24. Talk about not letting characters go! This book is one that has been through many incarnations, but the first version had a different heroine. For the longest time, I couldn’t see what was right in front of my face: the story wasn’t working because the heroine was the wrong woman. I finally bit the bullet and rewrote it, but not before I gave my original heroine her own romance in a short story that came out in December. My original heroine, Rebecca Sinclair, found her one and only in Bells Will Be Ringing, and I think she’s much better suited to the man she ended up with.
As a reader, I enjoy series, but I never thought I’d write one. Now that I keep finding myself thinking about the same characters so often, I am starting to see the appeal. What about you? Do you love series? Or do you like to move on? What are some of your favorite series?
I’d be happy to send a digital copy of Adam’s Ambition to one lucky winner.
Adam’s Ambition Blurb:
Meet Adam, the first of five unforgettable characters in the Emerald Springs Legacy.
Life in the small town of Emerald Springs, Washington, is anything but slow and peaceful. An old feud between former business partners Whitman and Sanders keeps competition on a high burner, fueling resentment, renewing rivalries . . . and love. Now someone is trying to bring down Emerald Tea Farm, and it’s up to both families to protect their future while still wrangling over the past.
Oldest son Adam Whitman never planned to take his place at the helm of the family business, and he’s living the life he always wanted. When his father asks him to come home to consider his options, he reluctantly leaves his high-powered job in Los Angeles and heads to Emerald Springs, determined to help his father make the transition to retirement and quickly get back to his own life. What he didn’t count on was the pull of the one person he’d left behind to chase his dreams.
Getting over Adam was the hardest thing Zoe Miller ever had to do, and she’s in no hurry to do it again. She’s focused on her new life running Emerald Springs’s finest bakery, and she’s finally put the heartache of losing Adam behind her. When he rolls back into town, she knows it would be wiser to keep her distance from her high school sweetheart, but some things are easier said than done. A broken heart would be more devastating the second time around, but can she resist the lure of the man he’s become?
Now everything Adam took for granted is suddenly threatened, and he’s caught between his newly awakened attachment to Emerald Springs and the career he built with his hands. He wants it all - the girl, the farm, the corner office - but first Zoe has to find it her heart to give him a second chance at all.
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