Hi, Danica! Welcome to Inspy Romance! Tell our readers a bit about yourself.
I live in the Colorado mountains with my family, where my husband and I are building our dream home while living in it. It’s an exciting adventure. He’s doing most of the work, but the kids are helping, and I am an excellent supervisor! Actually I did help lay the floor in our bedroom, and I’m very proud of my work. I write historicals for Love Inspired Historical set during the Colorado mining boom. And I also write contemporaries for the fun of it! And, you may have heard rumors that I am a crazy chicken lady. Those rumors are absolutely true.
Our friends here at Inspy Romance have heard all about the Arcadia Valley Romance series, and many have read Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley. The first novel in your series inside that community, The Thought of Romance, released recently. Are you excited?
No, I am not excited. Just kidding! Of course I am! I’ve had a lot of fun working on this book, and I can’t wait to share it with you all.
What drew you to joining the team of authors writing in Arcadia Valley?
I liked the concept and I thought it would be a fun challenge.
Each author came up with a premise for her series. What’s the name of your series, and what’s it about in a general sense?
My series is Legacy of the Heart, and it’s all about a family trying to save the family farm and preserve their traditions.
The Scent of Romance (in Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley) is the novella prequel to your series. What’s it about, and how does it introduce the stories to come?
The Scent of Romance sets the stage for my series because it’s about one of the granddaughters trying to save her grandmother’s farm and the lawyer who is helping her parents, aunts, and uncles trying to get them to sell the farm. A lot of great conflict, and you get to see the family relationships develop throughout the series.
Here is the blurb:
When Caroline Hearst’s grandmother is injured in a riding accident, her extended family uses it as an excuse to try to force the elderly woman into selling the family farm. Though her family thinks it’s crazy to carry on the family farm’s legacy when a sale could make them all rich, Caroline is determined to see it through.
High-powered lawyer Hayden Donnelly just wants to get the old lady to sign on the dotted line. Not because he thinks making her sell the farm is the right thing to do, but because it’s the only way to earn his disapproving father’s respect- and hopefully, love. Can time in the lavender-scented fields bring a solution neither Caroline nor Hayden expected?
Tell us about The Thought of Romance!
Andrew Bigby gave up a successful accounting career in the city to move back to his grandmother’s farm after his fiancée died of cancer. There, he’s found a life free of complications and emotional attachments — except those to his closest family. However, when he disagrees with home health nurse Layla Avila’s ideas on how to take care of his grandmother, Andrew can’t help but get involved. Even if it means temporarily giving up his precious hermit lifestyle to stay by his grandmother’s side to keep an eye on Layla.
Layla is sick of these doctor wannabes getting medical advice off the Internet. Why can’t Andrew just leave her alone and let her do the job she was trained to do? However, the more time she spends with him, the more she realizes that this isn’t so much about his grandmother’s care, but about the guilt he feels over his fiancée’s death — and the worry that he didn’t do enough to find the right doctors to save her. Though she was hired to help his grandmother, can Layla’s healing touch also extend to Andrew’s heart?
Where did the idea for this novel come from?
Where all good ideas come from. 😊 I already knew who Andrew was, but for the heroine, I thought about the worst possible person he could fall in love with. That’s what I do for all of my books, and the more I looked at how Andrew’s grief over the loss of his fiancée popped up with seeing his grandmother’s health struggles, I knew the person he needed was someone who would force him to come to terms with that grief.
How does The Thought of Romance set up the rest of your series?
You’re meeting more of the characters in the series and getting to know them, and hopefully you’re starting to see the things they struggle with as well. In the next book, The Sound of Romance, you’ll see Andrew’s sister, Allie, finding the resolve to make good on the promise she made to Andrew in The Thought of Romance. I’m really excited to see how they all get to their own happy endings. Oh wait! I already know! You’ll just have to wait to find out.
You’ve had half a dozen or so Love Inspired Historical novels released, but I see your indie releases are contemporary. What do your Arcadia Valley Romances have in common with your other novels?
All of my books have one theme in common: the depth of God’s mercy and grace. That might sound boring to write about for twelve (and counting!) stories, but I think what this world needs most right now is to know how deep God’s love is for all of us. No matter what the problem, the setting, or the circumstance, you are never so far from God that you can’t find your way back.
Let’s give away one Kindle copy of The Thought of Romance! What’s one question you’d like to ask the Inspy Romance community to answer for their chance to win?
One of the pieces the Bigbys are developing for their farm is guest cabins, where people can go to stay and experience farm life for themselves. If you had the opportunity to stay in a guest cabin for a real-life farm experience, what activities would you want to participate in?
A self-professed crazy chicken lady, Danica Favorite loves the adventure of living a creative life. She and her family recently moved in to their dream home in the mountains above Denver, Colorado. Danica loves to explore the depths of human nature and follow people on the journey to happily ever after. Though the journey is often bumpy, those bumps are what refine imperfect characters as they live the life God created them for. Oops, that just spoiled the ending of all of Danica’s stories. Then again, getting there is all the fun.