With Her Forgotten Cowboy, my September release from Harlequin Love Inspired, I’ll be saying goodbye to a fictional Texas town, Serendipity, which I’ve inhabited through three miniseries and a novella for a total of 17 books. Naturally, I’m feeling bittersweet. I know this town and its people intimately, especially the boisterous old redhead Jo Spencer, who owns the town cafe and is like a mother to half the town. She appeared in virtually all the books. I’ve often wished it was a real town so I could move there.
First, there was the Email Order Brides, a set of four books tied not only by setting but by plot. Every book had some kind of computer tie-in, whether it be online matchmaking or social media. Next came the Serendipity Sweethearts, three best friends who’d appeared in the first series and who needed stories of their own. Last, but definitely not least, came Cowboy Country, which started out as three brothers who had babies enter their lives in various ways. My readers (and my editors) loved the cowboy/baby theme so much we continued it on for another six books. These were also tied by the bachelor auction which started each book.
I’ve loved every moment in Serendipity, but now it’s time to move on. I’m still waiting on the thumbs up, but I’ve proposed a series set in Colorado with a family of six siblings living on a Christmas tree farm and doing dog rescue and training. Fingers crossed I’ll get that contract soon!
In the meantime, I’m working on two other series and have just published the first book in each.
The first is Weddings by Wilde, which is set in Colorado and is themed around an extended family who—you guessed it—runs a wedding planning business. Wilde About You is the first book in the series.
The second is Last Chance Ranch, which is also set in Colorado and has themes of both sisters and a horse sanctuary. The Cowgirl’s Christmas Gift is the first book in the series.
As you may have guessed, I love writing series, although all of my books are stand-alone and can be read in any order. I try to have more than one tie to each series—usually at least setting and family, if not more.
What about you? Do you prefer stand-alone books, series books which can be read in any order or series which must be read in a specific order?
And the most important question of the day—what is your favorite contemporary Christian series? What have you read lately that you’ve loved?
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