I invite Lucie Ulrich for a guest post whenever she has a new book out. She’s one of my favorite people, and I enjoy her writing, too, so it makes sense. Her latest release snuck by me somehow, though, and I only recently realized I’d missed it. How on earth did that happen!?
I have a blurb, a brief excerpt, and a little information about the Tillie Spencer series to share with you. Be sure to read through and stick around for the end so you can check out the giveaway.
After his mother’s death, Coll MacPherson returns to the mountains of North Carolina to work for his aunt and uncle. His part-time position at Mountain View Lodge will allow him to hone his photography skills and hopefully forget the woman who broke his heart. When Uncle Richard asks for Coll’s help to turn an unused storage building into a shop that would feature local art and artists, Coll figures things can’t get any better—until he meets Autumn Nichols.
Always the bridesmaid and never the bride has been Autumn’s mantra for the last few years. After three failed relationships, she’s convinced God is trying to tell her something. If she can just get through her best friend’s wedding, Autumn can focus on building her graphic design business while leaving all thoughts of love and marriage in the past—until she meets Coll MacPherson.
Both having loved and lost, Coll and Autumn are happy to settle for friendship. The enigmatic Tillie Spencer, on the other hand, has other ideas. She knows the two are perfect for each other, and, in typical Tillie-style, is determined to prove it.
Autumn touched his arm. “You okay? You look a little pale?”
Coll focused on Autumn, making sure he seemed at ease. He’d asked her to join him and would make the best of it. “I’m fine. Guess the last couple of days have caught up with me.” She looked doubtful but didn’t say anything more about it. When couples were invited to join the bride and groom on the dance floor, Autumn stood and held out her hand. “Come on.”
Having no desire to dance, Coll hesitated, but could hardly refuse her offer. He rubbed his palms on his slacks. “I’m not much of a dancer.”
“Neither am I.”
Her smile brightened his mood. He pushed his chair back and stood. Taking her small hand in his, Coll walked in the direction of the dance floor.
“Not that way.” Autumn led him toward the exit.
“Where are we going?”
“Anywhere but here.”
Warmth encased his chest. As much as she wanted the Scottish experience, she was willing to give it up for him—someone she barely knew.
And here’s a brief word about how the Tillie Spencer series came to be…
The Starlight Inn—book one of the series—was written as a short stand-alone. Tillie Spencer was meant to be a secondary character who, in a small way, comes to the aid of a “damsel in distress.” As the book progressed, however, Tillie took on a bit of a heavenly persona, and the thought of a series was birthed.
Since Tillie has no family, she travels throughout the year, staying at inns, hotels, lodges, etc., imparting her words of wisdom—wanted or not—while helping couples find their way to romance. She’s feisty, nosy, a little bossy at times, but has a heart of gold, and she might just sport the wings of an angel. Tillie has quickly become one of my favorite characters.
Giveaway: Two winners will be selected. Each will receive an e-book copy of a Tillie Spencer novella – one will receive Starlight Inn (a lovely Christmas novella!), and the other will receive Mountain View Lodge. To enter, comment below with an answer the question below:
When Coll needed a place to escape life and to heal, he landed in North Carolina. When you want to get away from it all and experience a time of refreshing and renewing, where do you go? Or, if you don’t have a specific place, where do you wish you could go?