On Board for Romance, the first full-length book in the Homegrown Love series (an Arcadia Valley Romance) releases later this month! (July 18)
A new release is always so exciting, and Riley Jennings, the heroine in On Board for Romance, has become one of my favorite characters. (what makes it even more fun is that the next two books in the series are about Riley’s sisters—so we will get to see what she’s up to even after her “starring role” is over.)
I thought it might be fun to get to know Riley a little more…so here’s a little character interview:
Question 1: You’re the youngest of the Jennings sisters—and you’re also younger than your cousin, Kate (from the novella A Romance Rekindled). You’re all so different—give us one word to describe Kate, Olivia, and Brooke.
Riley: Hmm. One word? That’s tough. Here goes… Kate: Perfectionist, Olivia: Energetic , Brooke: Peacemaker.
Question 2: How about yourself? One word?
Question 3: Why do you say that?
Riley: (laughs) Because I can’t stand for anything to suffer. I’ve even been known to take pity on spiders and try and shoo them outside instead of killing them. It drives my sisters nuts. Everyone in town knows me as the animal rescuer. People call me if they see a stray dog or cat because they know I’ll try and help it.
Question 4: You grew up in Arcadia Valley and later chose to make it your home. Why?
Riley: Well, I’m close with my family. Most of them live in Arcadia Valley (except for Olivia) and it’s pretty nice to be able to see them all so often. Beyond that, I really love the area. And the town itself has such a sense of community. I spend weekends working at the Arcadia Valley Farmers Market, and it’s so much fun to see so many like-minded people come through.
Question 5: Speaking of the farmers market, what’s your favorite booth?
Riley: I feel like I should say something really healthy like Brooke’s farm fresh eggs or Jimmy Hall’s tomatoes…but hardly a week goes by that I don’t stop in to see Mrs. Patti Plunk. Patti’s Pies is always my suggestion for a “can’t miss” booth. The pecan pie is amazing!
Question 6: The homemade dog treats you sell at your booth at the farmers market are very popular. Any chance you might share one of your recipes?
Riley: I guard those pretty heavily. (grins) But if you happen to read On Board for Romance, I might share one there…
Question 7: Last question! Your sisters claim you fill your life with projects to keep from having time to date. Is there any truth to that?
Riley: (laughs) They do know me pretty well. But I will share that I’m finally warming up to the idea of letting someone into my life. Learning to trust someone—to rely on someone—that’s not easy for me, but I think I’m getting there…
On Board for Romance is available for pre-order now and will release July 18th. It’s part of the Arcadia Valley Romance collection—6 authors, 6 series, all set in Arcadia Valley. There’s still time to get caught up on the first book in each series!