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About two and a half years ago, I wrote a short story called Peppermint Kisses. You were offered this story if you joined my email list. Thousands of people have read it. Dozens have emailed me asking for more.
To be fair, Peppermint Kisses is not really a stand-alone. It’s more of a lengthy epilogue to Wild Mint Tea, the second novel in my Farm Fresh Romance, featuring a couple who met at a Christmas wedding. Because the story takes place over several days, it seemed very implausible to end it with an engagement, known in the industry as HEA* (happily ever after). I ended Peppermint Kisses ended with HFN (happy for now) instead.
* Yes, even romance authors ‘get’ that neither engagement or marriage automatically introduces a state of life-long euphoria!
But readers weren’t satisfied. They wanted to see Rebekah and Wade find their way into a real, lasting relationship. I’d had no intention of following up, to be honest. The little story was doing its job of turning casual readers into subscribers who wanted that additional glimpse into the world of Green Acres Farm. I was moving on in the series, and, from there, to additional series.
I had this bright idea of spinning off to the new Urban Farm Fresh Romance series. Because about seven years had passed by in Story World Time (not to be confused with Book Release Dates!) between Wild Mint Tea (Farm Fresh 2) and Secrets of Sunbeams (Urban Farm Fresh 1), I figured it would make readers happy to see Rebekah and Wade happily married, living in Spokane (the new setting), and expecting their first child.
Having them as secondary characters in the new series only fueled additional questions of where they’d been living and what they’d been doing in the intervening years. I had no idea, but I knew one thing: you readers don’t want to read conflict-free romance any more than an author wants to write it. That meant, if I were to pick up Rebekah and Wade’s romance as a full story on its own, there would have had to have been (say that five times fast!) a breakup between Peppermint Kisses and the new story.
A few months ago, the fill-in years came to me, and I knew the direction for the new story. And thus, Promise of Peppermint was born. It’s novella-length and acts as a prequel to the Urban Farm Fresh Romance series, taking place about two years before the events in book one, Secrets of Sunbeams.
When Wade Roper discovers the woman who fled from his proposal four years before now lives in his new neighborhood, he believes God is offering a second chance to win her love. He vows to take it as slow as she needs but, this time, he won’t let her get away.
Rebekah Jackson’s fears run deep since a traumatic incident in her youth. If perfect love casts out fear, then what she’d felt for Wade couldn’t have been love. Seeing him again brings all her longings and fears back to the surface. Can she put her trust in him and in the God who loves them both? Because, while second chances are rare, third chances are all but unheard of.
Want to read the story that leads up to Promise of Peppermint? Join my email list here if you prefer to read on Kindle. If you prefer to read via iBooks, Kobo, Nook, or Google Play, join my email list here. Dropping your email address into either link will have Peppermint Kisses available to you, free, in just a few minutes.
You’ll hear from me about twice a month. Through 2017, I’m focusing every second email on the newest Arcadia Valley Romance release, while the ones between will focus on what is going on in my single-author series: the Urban Farm Fresh Romance series, the Christmas in Montana Romance series, the Riverbend Romance novella series and anything else I might come up with! You’ll be the first to see pre-orders, sales, contests, and other opportunities.
And, in just a week or so, you’ll be the first to know when Promise of Peppermint is up for pre-order!
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