Happy birthday to The Beacon Street Bookshop!

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It’s here! I don’t know why, but it feels like the wait for The Beacon Street Bookshop has been longer than any of the others in this series, and it’s only been five months! Maybe because I had the idea for this story even before The Broken Hearts Bakery… so it’s been in the works in my head for way longer than it’s lived on paper.

But I’m super excited to share this one with you. For one thing, I poured all the angst and drama of raising teenagers into these pages. And for another… I’m just a sucker for a love-after-loss story. And if anyone deserves a second change at love, it’s Liv Quinn.

I can honestly say I enjoyed writing every single word of this book…and I hope that you love reading it just as much.

Order an autographed copy or find your favorite retailer now!

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The Real Life Inspiration for Haven Ridge

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When I set out to write a new book series, I knew I wanted to explore a different part of Colorado than most people think of when they hear the state’s name–less mountain vistas and evergreens, more rugged desert and old-fashioned buildings. The perfect inspiration came in the form of Salida (sah-LIE-da), a high plains/foothill town at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. If you look at photos and think it looks more like New Mexico than Colorado, you’d be right… the neighboring state is just on the other side of these beautiful mountains, named because of the bloody red color they turn at sunset.

But Salida itself is a booming town which has seen both a massive increase in tourism and in residency in the past few years, so there was no way that I could actually set a book series there and pretend that it was in trouble. Enter Haven Ridge, which is rather vaguely set between Salida and the neighboring bedroom community of Buena Vista (pronounced BYOO-nah VIS-ta–yes this is it’s official pronunciation, apologies to my Spanish speakers out there!). Even so, I took my main inspiration from the buildings and settings of Salida as I was building my fictional town.

It seemed like a perfect time to share some of my favorite photos from a research trip I took to Salida in 2020… Enjoy this glimpse into what the town of Haven Ridge might look like in real life! (Click to enlarge.)

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Cover and Title Reveal

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SURPRISE! It’s a hit-and-run title and cover reveal for the next book in the Haven Ridge series!

May I present to you, The Beacon Street Bookshop, coming in September 2023?

JUST LOOK AT THIS BEAUTY! Hillary Manton Lodge has designed all the covers in this series, and she outdoes herself with every single book. I could not choose a favorite if you forced me… though I’m kind of living for all these pretty blues and purples that fit the mood of the book so so well.

But why, you ask, am I interrupting The Broken Hearts Bakery release festivities for a cover reveal? I knew you superfast readers were going to tear through Bakery and immediately ask what’s next… so I went ahead and put Bookshop on preorder so you wouldn’t miss a thing. 🤭

So there we have it. The Beacon Street Bookshop, book 3 in the Haven Ridge series, coming soon to a shelf near you! Preorder now at your favorite retailer or reserve your autographed copy for (hopefully) early delivery!

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Release Week Giveaway

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It’s release week for my new book, The Broken Hearts Bakery! That means a fun release week giveaway–what I’m calling a “Colorado Starter Kit”–a beautiful box filled with everything you need to take an imaginary trip to Colorado on your back porch with some new books!

Here’s how to win:
1) Find the giveaway post at Instagram and/or Facebook
2) Tag up to 5 people in separate comments (each comment counts as an entry)
3) Come back to this post and comment DONE!

Your last day to enter is April 21st at 11:59 pm MST, with the winner being drawn and notified by social media message on April 22nd. Good luck!

*Due to shipping requirements, this giveaway is open only to entrants with a US mailing address.