Hello, wonderful InspyRomance readers! I’m excited to be part of this blog in the company of these fabulous ladies. I’m not a coffee drinker, so I’m going to invite you to put on your fuzzy slippers, pour a cup of cocoa, and talk novellas with me.
Have you ever read one? They’re like a fun-sized chocolate bar—so much goodness packed in so you can read it in one sitting if you want. The pacing and backstory are a little bit different than most trade-length novels, but the stories are every bit as satisfying!
There are two trends I’m noticing in the inspirational romance market right now: Novella collections featuring powerhouse author casts (such as Zondervan’s A Year of Weddings series and Thomas Nelson’s Smitten series) and traditionally published authors releasing e-novellas between books. I’m all for both of these trends taking off so the good stories will keep on coming — especially when there’s romance involved, for obvious reasons.
I recently had the chance to read Hollywood, Texas, Kathleen Y’Barbo’s latest Brides of Texas novella. In this contemporary romance, movie star Amy Foreman returns to the Hollywood she abandoned—small-town Hollywood, Texas. She’s running from trouble in Tinseltown to the safest place she can think of, the doorstep of Adam Chambers, the hunky veterinarian she left behind to chase her dreams.
If the phrase “hunky veterinarian” wasn’t enough to win you over, let me tell you what else I loved. Like in her other books, Kathleen Y’Barbo is a master of including tiny details that make readers love and root for her characters from the start despite their imperfections. Maybe even because of their imperfections. She finds the beauty in ordinary settings, planting the reader as an eyewitness in the middle of the story. Plus, her chapters end in such a way that you can’t help turning the page (or swiping the screen) to see what happens next. Okay, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: she has just been added to the fabulous line-up at InspyRomance.com, so be on the lookout for her first post next week!
Hollywood, Texas is a jewel in the constellation of stellar works from Kathleen Y’Barbo. And one lucky InspyRomance reader can win it below! No Kindle? No problem. Simply download the Kindle app on your computer, smart phone, or tablet. Easy peasy.
Thanks for joining me today and celebrating novellas, the fun-sized story! For even more fun, check out these novellas written by our very own InspyRomance authors:
Heather Gray - Ten Million Reasons: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
JoAnn Durgin - Meet Me under the Mistletoe: Amazon -and- Starlight, Star Bright: Amazon
Kristen Ethridge - New Year's Eve: Amazon -and- The Cupid Caper: Amazon
Elizabeth Maddrey - Joint Venture: Amazon
Valerie Comer - "Topaz Treasure" featured in the collection, Rainbow's End