Tuesday, March 13th, is release day for the final book in my Baxter Family Bakery series set in Arcadia Valley, Idaho. I’ve had such a great time working with the five other lovely authors who make up the Arcadia Valley Romance series, and I’m awfully sad to see my part in it all come to an end.
That said, I love Jonah’s story and I really think (Hope?! Pray!?) that you will as well.
To celebrate, I cajoled the Baxter Brothers to come over for a bit and hang out with y’all.
Elizabeth: Thanks for coming, guys. I know you’re all really busy with the bakery these days.
Micah: No problem. We’ve actually closed for a few days while we’re getting everything ready for my wedding.
Elizabeth: Yeah? How are those plans going?
Micah: I think we’re pretty well set, actually. Serena’s been going a little nuts making sure everything’s ready while she finished up on the set of her new movie.
Malachi: Yeah, she’s good at delegating, too. She’s had Ursula and me both running errands for her.
Jonah: Hey, I’ve been helping too. Or does the enormous cake I agreed to make not count?
Micah: It counts. Of course it does. And we appreciate you doing it.
Jonah: Like I had a choice.
Micah: You could’ve said no.
Jonah: Oh sure. I can see how that would’ve gone. ‘But you made one for Ruth! And for Mal!’
Micah: Well, that’s true. You did. But, I mean really, if I’m not important enough…
Jonah: Shut up. I’m making the cake, aren’t I?
Malachi (laughing): It’s been like this a lot lately. I think Micah’s more stressed than he lets on.
Micah: Yeah, well, someone won’t commit to whether or not he’s bringing a plus one.
Jonah: Oh geez, this again? I’m coming alone, okay?
Micah: Seriously? You’re going to be in the wedding party. Gloria is going to be in the wedding party. Am I the only one who sees the simple solution here?
Malachi: No. I see it, too.
Jonah: Guys, let it go, okay? Do you not remember how clear she made it in August? We’re friends. That’s enough. And I’d really just as soon not mess up our friendship by asking her out. Again.
Elizabeth (clearing her throat): So, if Gloria’s out of the picture, any love interest on the horizon for you at all, Jonah? Or are you going to leave that to your brothers?
Jonah: I guess we’ll see what God has planned. Cause I’ve got nothing.
Micah: Surely–ow, Mal, why’d you kick me?
Malachi: Sorry. Leg spasm.
Elizabeth: Other than wedding cakes, what’s been on the menu at A Slice of Heaven these days?
Jonah: I’ve been playing around with donuts. We’ve had some interesting varieties that have gone over pretty well, I think. Of course, I’m baking them, so they’re not quite as bad for you as the fried ones.
Malachi: Not quite as awesome, either.
Jonah: Have there been complaints?
Malachi: No. Well, other than from me. I’m complaining.
Micah: You’re always complaining.
Malachi: Am not. Gosh, make one comment about the budget and get labeled a complainer. I see how it is. Maybe I should just let us go bankrupt?
Elizabeth: Wait. Is that a possibility?
Micah: No. He’s being dramatic. We’re doing really well. Right, Mal?
Malachi: There’s always room for improvement.
Jonah: Try to tone down that optimism, bro. But speaking of cakes, I really should get busy with that. The last thing I want is for Serena’s bridezilla eyes to look in my direction.
Micah: Hey. She’s not that bad.
Malachi: Yeah, whatever. You keep believing that.
Elizabeth: Okay, well, thanks for stopping in. And if you have extra donuts some day, you know where to send them, right?
Jonah: Sure, Corinna’s Cupboard where we send all our day-olds.
Elizabeth: I meant me. But I guess I can’t take food away from people who need it more than I do.
Want to find out more about Jonah’s road to Happily Ever After? You can pre-order Donuts & Daydreams on all e-book platforms:
Here’s the blurb:
She has a secret. Telling him will tear their world apart.
Everything in Gloria’s life was perfect, if boring, before Jonah Baxter moved to Arcadia Valley. Now their friendship—and the feelings that stretch the word’s boundaries—threatens everything she’s worked so carefully to build.
Jonah has been drawn to police officer Gloria Sinclair since she began frequenting his family’s bakery three years ago, but every time he asks her out, she shoots him down. When she refuses to accompany him to his brother’s wedding, even as friends, Jonah vows to give up and move on.
Watching Jonah date stabs Gloria to the core, but she isn’t free to fight for the man she loves. Can she clear the way for him to see beyond her devastating revelation, or will they be stuck with a relationship made of donuts and daydreams?
I’ll choose one lucky commenter on Sunday (2/25) to get a paperback when the book releases in March. To comment, tell me your favorite donut! (Or doughnut, if you prefer that spelling.)
Oh! P.S. My book, A Splash of Substance, is on sale for 99 cents right now! If you haven’t read the Taste of Romance series, book 1 is a great place to start! You can find your version here.