I have several vinyl texts attached to the walls of my office. One of them (pictured at the bottom of the meme above) says, “Home is where your story begins.” After looking up who the quote was attributed to, I had to wonder who Annie Danielson was. So I did some Googling and discovered the cutest love story.
Annie Danielson and her husband Mark started a home-based business, Danielson Designs, in Trinidad, Colorado back in 1991—custom picture frames, decorative door hooks, and inspirational signs. Their business has become one of the largest private employers in Las Animas County. “Home is where your story begins” is the company’s top-selling item, and also the story of Mark and Annie who had met in college in Colorado Springs.
Mark knew Annie’s family before he knew her. He’d returned home for her brother’s wedding, and while the boys were trying on their tuxes, Annie approached them and asked her father if he was going to take her out to dinner. Her father too busy, turned to Mark and asked what he’d charge to take his daughter out for the evening. Then he promptly paid him. Fancy getting paid to take your future wife out for dinner.
Well, I thought their tale was so sweet, so I wanted to share it with you.
But back to why I was looking up the owner of “Home is where your story begins.”
I recently published Choose Me, Chapel Cove Romances Book 4, and have started working on Book 7 which is due to release in December. With plenty of time to still get that written, I decided on Friday to return “home” and do a bit of work for two or three weeks on the next book in my queue. More than Kisses, the first of five books in my new Rustic Creek Romance series, is set in South Africa in the beautiful Drakensberg mountains, about four hours’ drive from where I live. Close enough for some research trips if needed, don’t you think?
I’m anxious to get started on this book because it must be published IN PRINT by January some time. If I’m to stand any chance of shipped print copies arriving in South Africa in time for the reason I’m writing this book, then I need to get a head start. You see, the couple on the cover is my niece’s son and his fiancée (and FYI, you’re the first to see the cover). They’re getting married on March 14, 2020, and as part of their wedding gift, I desperately want to surprise them with a hard copy of More than Kisses. If I don’t get an order placed timeously for Amazon to send to South Africa, I’ll have to look into having the books printed here, and that’s just an entirely different headache I’ve no desire to create.
But, before I could start writing, I’ve had to choose hero and heroine names for the entire series because the characters will obviously appear in all five books. It’s been fun, but strange, searching for names with a South African flair for these stories—a far cry from the American names used in my Chapel Cove and Potter’s House books. I do hope you’re going to love these characters as much as I already do. Rugby star, Aron Buchanon; Criminology and Forensics student, Esther Kellerman and her twin sister and star jam maker, Bethany; their artistic and creative mom, Rihana Kellerman; restauranteur/chef and part time musician, Jeremy Palmer; food critic blogger, Emma White; eagle sanctuary guy, Joost Aldendorff; primary school teacher, Amelia Thornton; nursery guy (as in flowers)/dog breeder, Gabriel Van Lingen; and lawyer/old car restorer, Louis Verwey.
These special people of Rustic Creek have already found a special place in my heart, and I can’t wait to start writing all these stories. It really does feel good to come home for a while.
Do you love stories set close to home? And what about those set in Africa?