I’m super excited to let you guys know about my new series for Love Inspired. Set in Colorado, the books feature a mountain ranch that’s a haven for struggling veterans and senior dogs. Here are some things I love about the series:
Colorado! Although I’m from Ohio, I spent most of my twenties living in Colorado. It’s an amazing place! I remember setting up a bank account on my first day in Boulder, looking out the bank window, and saying “wow” really loudly. Everyone laughed! But the gorgeous red rocks of the Front Range, set against that Colorado blue sky, were breathtaking to this Midwestern girl. That crisp, dry air, scented with pine and sage; the herds of elk taking their own sweet time to cross a mountain road; the laid-back, outdoorsy people… it’s a different world. I really enjoyed going back there in my mind to create Redemption Ranch.
Dogs! Yes, I’m a huge dog lover. I loved my senior Maltese mix through a lot of issues before we lost him earlier this year. And when I see a grey-muzzled senior dog at the shelter where I volunteer, my heart turns over. It’s sad how many older dogs end up in shelters, and so great when someone steps up to adopt them and give them a home for their golden years.
Angst! If you’ve read my books, you know they’re very emotional. I like to give my characters big problems, and then show how, with the help of caring communities and God, they can overcome their issues and find lasting love. You can imagine that a ranch for struggling veterans offers lots of opportunities for characters to face big, difficult issues. I did a lot of research on PTSD, facial scarring and limb injuries, and even suicide rates so that I could be as accurate as possible portraying some of the problems our veterans face.
Humor! When I started writing book one, I had my dramatic, angsty situation set up, but the book wasn’t moving along. It was only when two humorous characters came to me that the book started to flow. Long John and Willie are two Vietnam veterans who have a permanent home at the ranch. They play guitar and banjo, give sage advice, and act as matchmakers. They’re a part of every book. I’m even considering having them find love by the end of the series!
If any of this sounds intriguing, good news: there’s a free online read that introduces the series right here. It’s a serial; new chapters come out every Monday. You have to sign up at Harlequin.com to read it, but it’s quick and free to do that.
And if you want to dive right into the full length books, you can preorder the first one, The Soldier’s Redemption, wherever you buy books. It’ll be on shelves June 19th, and available as an ebook July 1.
Comment today about which of the above features appeals to you most–Colorado, dogs, angst, or humor–and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card.