This week, the three multi-author boxed sets I have the three books I’ve written so far set in Huckleberry Lake, Idaho, came to an end. It’s always bittersweet, letting go of a set. Three at once wasn’t easy. Goodbye, Frosting & Flurries, Picnics & Promises, and Snowflakes Snuggles. I’ve loved working with the other authors, Marion Ueckermann, Cecelia Dowdy, Jan Elder, Mary Manners, and Clare Revell.
But the sweet part is that now the sets are unpublished, I can finally release the solo ebooks, Calm & Bright, Imperfectly Proverbs 31, and Midnight Clear. As well, I’ve released a trilogy boxed set, Come to the Lake, containing all three books.
And even sweeter, it’s not the end of the series, or the sets we’re working on together. We have another multi-author set, Somewhere Beyond the Blue, launching early next month. Something a little different, as all the lead characters are over sixty. Romance isn’t only for the young! As well as a candy recipe, all the books need to include some sort of travel by water.
Several of the authors have sent their characters on cruises. In my story, Choose Again, Huckleberry Lake #4, Meg and Jack, travel a little less adventurously. On the small Idaho lake, not the open seas. And in a rowing boat, not an ocean liner.
I’m having great fun with my story, revisiting the community and the characters I love. The characters we spend weeks or months with while planning and writing a book get to feel like old friends, so I’m enjoying meeting up with Maddie and Brad, Liz and Hiram, Samantha and Daniel, and Claire and Ryan again. Plus some other visitors are there for a few weeks this summer, as well!
Including Meg, who you might remember from Imperfectly Proverbs 31 as Daniel’s high-powered newspaper editor boss. And Jack Griffiths, the high school sweetheart she left behind nearly fifty years ago when she chose career over marriage. They’ve had a long wait for their happily-ever-after.
What I thought would be a sweet simple reunion story is turning out more complex and multi-layered than expected. They’ve both made decisions they regret, and have issues to overcome before Meg can finally accept that long-ago proposal. But when they do make it to their happy ending at last, I’m sure the wait will make it even sweeter.
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to travel for a while, but writing scenes set by and on and maybe even in the lake is almost as good as a lake-side vacation.
I hope you’ll join me at Huckleberry Lake this summer!
I’m wondering, what’s your favorite vacation place involving water? A cruise, the beach, the lake, a river, by the pool… so many options! And would you read romances featuring older couples?
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