When my fellow Arcadia Valley Romance authors and I began brainstorming our mega-series about a year ago now, we agreed to each choose one main aspect of a foodie culture and center our own three-book series around that aspect. I chose a community garden, but when I began poking at story ideas, nothing seemed to gel for the longest time.
I’m no stranger to foodie romances, as I’m sure you know! But the concept of a community garden was either too big or too small — I wasn’t sure which — until a pair of semi-abandoned greenhouses stood beside the garden.
• A son took over the family business — a garden center — and moved the business to an expanded location?
• The old man, after the death of his wife, kept living in the aging house next to the old greenhouses until he could no longer manage on his own?
• The old man signed his property over to a local church as a living trust?
• The church hired a real estate consultant to revision the property, and the old man’s grandson didn’t approve of her recommendations?
Click. Click. Click.
Meet Grady Akers, heir apparent of the Akers Garden Center. After a failed relationship a couple of years back, he’s wary of every woman’s motives for getting his attention. Are they only there because his family is fairly well-to-do by Arcadia Valley standards?
Enter Joanna Kraus, who’s recently moved to Arcadia Valley to help her brother with his twin sons after his divorce. She’s reeling from a broken relationship of her own, so she’s wary as well.
Add the two of them to a church board with the agenda to find a use for the property recently entrusted to Grace Fellowship, stir in an elderly grandfather who won’t let Grady forget his previous mistake, and bake with a little romantic heat.
What comes out of the oven? Sow in Love, the novella that introduces the Garden Grown Romance series, part of Arcadia Valley Romance. You will find Sow in Love exclusively in Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley along with novellas introducing the series by the other five authors in this project!
One Arcadia Valley Romance releases each month for the next 18 months, until each three book series is complete. My follow-up to Sow in Love, Sprouts of Love, releases in May, followed by Rooted in Love in November and Harvest of Love in May, 2018. Each romance takes place in the realm of the greenhouse and garden project envisioned in the novella, but also integrates with the other five authors’ books for a complete, well-rounded community immersion we hope our readers will love as much as we do!
So if you haven’t picked up Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley yet — it just released on Tuesday! — what are you waiting for? A complete world awaits where a foodie culture and romance grow hand-in-hand.
The entire mega-series will be available on Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and iBooks.