Like a little cozy mystery with your Christmas Romance? Me too. Though I’m known more for my inspirational beach romances, I’ve also written a few cozy romantic mysteries that take place during the holidays.
I was thinking about this the other day when I noticed Christmas trees up at a local store (already!) This reminded me that, a long time ago, I penned a proposal for a Christmas romance set in the fictional coastal town of Cottage Grove and sent it to a publishing house. The editor wrote back and asked, “Would you send the rest?”
The Big Break that Wasn’t
Uh, yes! This would be my first foray into traditional publishing. I thought for sure they’d love my story, but alas, not so much. So I tucked it away and wrote five other novels for a couple of publishing houses.
But I never really forgot about Tasha and Marc from Cottage Grove–he wore a Stetson and she’d been dumped at the altar. They would be perfect for each other, but were too thick-headed to know it! LOL
When I dusted off their enemies-to-lovers story years later, I realized that it also lent itself to a mystery. So I called my mom—she inspired my interest in mysteries with her love of books by Agatha Christie and Mary Stewart—and asked her to brainstorm with me. And that’s how The Christmas Thief, a romantic cozy mystery novella, was born.
Eventually, I wrote two more Christmas novellas in the collection and each year about this time, the entire set, titled Cottage Grove Mysteries (books 1-3) finds new readers.
If you enjoy light mysteries with quirky characters and a sweet romance, I think you’ll love this series. In addition to a little crime solving, you’ll find an enemies-to-lovers romance, an engagement, and a wedding–all with plenty of boulders rolled in the hero and heroine’s way.
You can find the collection at most retailers via this link: Books2Read. Or please ask your library to stock it—I would be grateful for that!
One to Giveaway
*I’d like to gift one copy of the Cottage Grove Mysteries this weekend to one of our InspyRomance blog readers! Kind of like our own pre-Christmas celebration 🎄 😀.
Answer this question in the comments and your name will be entered into the drawing: What are you favorite holiday books and/or characters? Deadline to submit comment is this Sunday 10/23 at midnight.
*Book giveaway format will depend on whether winner is in the US (paper okay) or international (eBook).