Have you ever wanted to be someone you’re not?
I’m grateful for all I have, but on my fortieth birthday, I wanted to be twenty again, or even better, ten. Or thirty. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think forty is old. I think it’s young, and I hope you’ll agree with me. But I had to finally accept that most likely I’ll never have children. And I wanted to be a mom for as long I remember myself. I’m also one of the women who loved and lost. Can I find a soulmate for the second time?
I did my best to hand it over to the Lord and continued reading and writing romance. Then I noticed something. While I do enjoy reading and writing about the heroines in their late twenties, I wanted to spend time with book friends who are close to my age. I wanted to relate to them better and learn to accept what happened to me with gratitude and hope. And while there are wonderful Christian romances about older couples (loved Least Expected by Autumn Macarthur!), I didn’t find many of them. Then something happened…
While Autumn Macarthur, Marion Ueckermann and I were working on a totally different project, a new idea appeared and took hold. The idea about three childhood friends starting over and finding romance back in their hometown right before turning forty… The tagline, “When life begins at forty” took shape. So the tri-author series Chapel Cove Romances were born. What a fun project that is! Emails and messages flew between us as our characters (Reese, Kristina, and Nai) pop in each other’s books and the timeline is the same. Getting the characters and the timeline consistent across all three books created a big challenge.
Book 1, Remember Me by Marion Ueckermann, and Book 2, Love Me by yours truly, are already published. I can’t wait for Cherish Me by Autumn Macarthur to release on May 7th. We’re super excited about this series, and if you’d like to know about upcoming releases (we hope to have 12 books in Chapel Cove Romances!) we’d be grateful if you followed us on Amazon at this link. Each book is currently only $0.99 and available on Kindle Unlimited. We hope so much that readers will enjoy reading this series as much as we enjoyed writing it.
Love Me: The biggest disaster of her life or the beginning of something wonderful?
Growing up, Kristina Vela never imagined she’d meet her fortieth birthday divorced by her cheating, manipulative husband, and without a house, degree, or career. Back in her hometown, Chapel Cove, to start anew, she’s given up on men. Then she meets grieving widower Greg Matthews and his adorable five-year-old daughter and helps them renovate a house. Just when Kristina feels she can love again, her ex gives her an ultimatum. Can she choose between her own happiness and Greg’s?
Former snowboarder Greg Matthews is moving to Chapel Cove so his daughter can be close to her grandparents. After his wife died, his heart closed to romance. As caring and compassionate Kristina helps him repair his house and his life, he might be falling for her. But if she decides to leave, will he survive a second heartbreak?
Do you like reading romances where the heroine is older than usual? (And in my book, not only Kristina is about to turn forty, she’s also nearly a decade older than the hero!) Do you, like us, think that there should be more books that celebrate romance at all ages?
Giveaway! One randomly chosen commenter to this post will receive $5 Amazon gift card and 1 ecopy of Love Me (Love Me to be gifted via BookFunnel). The giveaway is limited to people with www.amazon.com account. The giveaway is open until 6 p.m. CST April 17th, 2019. I look forward to your comments!