Today I’m so excited to share my latest release with you all. It’s an extra special one, because this is my first new release since joining the team here at Inspy Romance! To celebrate I’m giving away four paperback copies to people who comment on the post today (open to US residents).
Small-Town Girl is the fourth book in my Goose Harbor series. The books center around a picturesque tourist town in Michigan tucked in between the gorgeous sand dunes that line Lake Michigan. Even though the town swells in size during the summer months, the locals all know each other and are involved in each other’s lives. Mom and Pop stores line the sprawling town square and young couples can be found strolling the beaches or snuggling in the large gazebo at the center of town. Quaint Bed & Breakfast inns dot the town and a weekly farmers’ market draws the entire population together every weekend.
I know what you’re thinking—Goose Harbor sounds too good to be true!
Actually, I based Goose Harbor off of a very real place that I love and visit often. It’s a town called Saugatuck (and the little town next door to it called Douglas) in Michigan. The pictures in this post were all taken last summer in Saugatuck (isn’t it a pretty place?)! Going to Saugatuck is one of the ways we celebrate summer every year, it’s tradition for us and something we hope to pass to our daughter. It wouldn’t be summer without at least one visit.
In Small-Town Girl, Kendall Mayes comes to Goose Harbor to restart her life. Her dream is to open an event planning business. Her silent business partner gives her the loan she needs to get started, but only on the condition that she set up a weekly event that will guarantee cash flow. Enter Brice Daniels—a handsome loner and Goose Harbor lifer—who owns a struggling shipping business. Kendall and Brice find a way to save both their businesses by teaming up to offer weekly, romantic sunset cruises. And the more time they spend together, the more they fall for each other … until the identity of Kendall’s business partner threatens to tear them apart forever.
Here’s a short excerpt that I hope you enjoy:
Kendall found an open spot along the boat’s railing and turned to watch the sunset.
Before he realized what he was doing, Brice’s feet ate up the distance between the steering wheel and Kendall and he joined her. Her gaze was fixed on the setting sun, her eyes wide and mouth slightly parted. She was beautiful, and for the first time since they began this venture together, he wished he was one of the guys on the date instead of running the event. If he’d brought Kendall, he’d have his arm around her right now.
He shook his thoughts away and moved to put space between them, but Kendall reached over and slipped her fingers over his wrist. “Stay.”
He nodded and swallowed against the lump in his throat. What was he doing to himself? Kendall had made it clear that she didn’t want a relationship with any man. She’d said she’d left dating in the past. He had, too.
She turned toward him and whispered, “We did good, didn’t we?”
“Better than good.” His words came out hoarse.
“Here’s to dreaming.” She flashed him a smile before turning back to the guests and announcing that they’d head back to shore in five minutes.
He made his way to the steering wheel and started the engine again but kept his eyes on Kendall. “Here’s to dreaming, indeed.”
Goose Harbor, Michigan, is the perfect place for Kendall Mayes to start over and open her date-planning business. When she encounters handsome loner Brice Daniels, who is struggling to keep the shipping business he runs going, she sees an opportunity. A weekly sunset cruise catering to couples and tourists will keep their dealings strictly business. Kendall has had enough of failed romances, and Brice is too burned by love to give it another chance. But despite their reservations, they soon let down their walls. Yet when Kendall’s silent business partner is revealed to be Brice’s longtime enemy, staying together might be next to impossible
My family loves going on day trips to Saugatuck, but I’d love to hear about your summer traditions. They could be things you do as a family, ways you celebrate summer on your own, or romantic things (like the sunset cruises!). Do you have a special place to visit? Please share.