Thursday, November 19, 2015

Vacation Inspiration!

Inspiration comes in many forms. Sometimes it's a scene from a TV show or lyric of a song on the radio. Other times it's seeing someone or something happening around me—a tidbit of a conversation, a glance between friends or lovers, a giggle and a shy smile. Anything can be the initial trigger to a full story inspiration.

For THE HOMETOWN HOAX inspiration came from trying to plan a family camping trip. I spent a week researching different campgrounds and cabins within a reasonable driving distance and was trying to find the perfect one for a summer weekend getaway with the family. At the same time, I was trying to brainstorm ideas for a new Entangled book. I knew I wanted to write a book about going home for a family commitment but I wanted it have some twist. Before I knew it, I wasn't researching cabins for our trip anymore, but was doing book research instead. Suddenly the mountain town of Cutter's Creek and Miller's Campground were created! By the end of the week, I was no closer to booking a family vacation, but I had most of The Hometown Hoax plotted out! 

We never did go camping this past summer…

As I write this, I'm sitting poolside in Mexico. We're here for a week for a family wedding and tagged on a few extra days to just relax and hang out with family we don't get to see often enough. I swear all we do each day is eat, swim, and drink! lol. We've settled in fairly well to the party pool lifestyle. Even though I'm on vacation, that doesn't mean I'm not still thinking about what I'm going to write next. And wow, is there every a lot of inspiration here!! Maybe it'll be a book about a heroine who shows up solo to her brother's Mexican wedding and falls for the Mariachi guitarist...or the other solo guy on the Bride's side of the family! Maybe the heroine's signed on to be a new resort poolside entertainer but has the hots for her new boss or a very intriguing guest. The possibilities are endless!

Even last night, at the wedding reception, there was a moment when my in-laws were dancing that was so romantic, I just know it's going in a book someday! I never know when or where inspiration will hit--if it'll be for a story line, scene, character, or simply a place. But any one of those simple triggers can spiral into a full-fledged novel!

~ Heather Thurmeier

The Hometown Hoax

Leaving was hard, but staying away might be impossible.

Tessa Cutter escaped her tiny hometown and chased her artistic dreams straight to Manhattan. Now she’s home for a camping trip with her family. To keep them off her back, she makes up the perfect pretend boyfriend—successful, important, and most of all, permanently located in New York.

Logan Ridley lost everything when his Manhattan-based personal training studio shut down. Luckily, a friend got him a position as a gym teacher in the small town of Cutter’s Creek. He’s heard a lot about the infamous Tessa, but she’s even better than he imagined. Except, she seems to hate everything about the small town he’s growing to love. 

The chemistry sparking between them is impossible to ignore, but falling for Logan will trap Tessa in the small town she worked so hard to escape. If they have any hope of a future together, he’ll have to convince her that everything she wants has been in Cutter’s Creek all along…


About Heather Thurmeier:
Heather Thurmeier is a lover of margaritas and a hater of spiders. Born and raised in the Canadian prairies, she now lives in New York where she’s become an odd Canuck-Yankee hybrid. Heather’s currently writing her next romance, which will probably be filled with sassy heroines, sexy heroes that make your heart pound, laugh out loud moments and always a happily ever after. She loves to hear from readers on social media and at 

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  1. I love pretend boyfriend stories. It's always fun to see the transition from pretend to real!! Adding this to my TBR list :)


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