In 2017, I was thrilled to be a part of the the Arcadia Valley Romance project. If you weren’t a blog regular then, this was a multi-author series with contributions by: Valerie Comer, Lee Tobin McClain, Annalisa Daughety, Danica Favorite, Mary Jane Hathaway, and myself.
Like most group projects in the history of time, it had its ups and downs. But there were some aspects of it that I simply loved.
I loved the time we spent brainstorming the town of Arcadia Valley. Figuring out where people’s houses would be. What stores would go where.
And I loved the opportunity to have my characters intermingle with the characters in other books. It was fun to see other authors spend a few minutes in the heads of my people.
This aspect was one that was also harder to do than it seemed like it would be at the outset.
When all is said and done, I think the 24 books that make up the Arcadia Valley Romance series are something that readers who enjoy small-town romance will enjoy.
So, when Valerie approached me about putting together a box set of my Baxter Family Bakery series (the books I wrote as part of Arcadia Valley), and doing some joint promo, I was all in. I’d been planning to put a box together — I just hadn’t gotten around to it. This was good motivation. Lee Tobin McClain also jumped on board.
As part of this, I went back to revisit Loaves & Wishes, the novella that intros my series. Re-reading Ruth Baxter and Corban DeWitt’s love story made me itch to go back and re-read the other books set in Arcadia Valley. And I thought I’d invite you along.
If you missed the Arcadia Valley books when they first released, it’s a great day for you! Three of the six series have been rolled into single volumes and are on sale for 99 cents!
You’ll have a chance to meet my Baxter siblings and follow along on their journey to establish a community supported bakery (CSB) in Arcadia Valley. Ruth Baxter, the oldest sibling and only girl, starts things off in Loaves & Wishes as she heads out to Idaho to take over a Bed and Breakfast that was left to her in a will. She never counted on falling for the farmer next door.
Her brothers soon join her:
Malachi, who’s more at home behind his computer than interacting face-to-face, but isn’t immune to Muffins & Moonbeams.
Micah, who’s star-struck when he realizes his childhood movie star crush is now a local potter, but isn’t sure she’ll settle for Cookies & Candlelight.
And finally Jonah, who can’t break out of the friend zone with local police officer Gloria, because she has no time for his Donuts & Daydreams.
And don’t miss Valerie Comer’s Garden Grown Romance series (a community garden, a food bank, and daycare are all settings for romance and fun) or Lee Tobin McClain’s Romance from the Heart series (with a mouth-watering Mexican restaurant).
Do you love box sets that combine a series into one? Why or why not?
I’d love to give one random commenter their choice of my books – I’ll draw a name after noon on Saturday, 5/16.