Where you’ll find strong and feisty heroines, hot heroes, bad guys and gals who may or may not be up to no good, and most importantly, small towns you’ll want to make yourself at home in.
Slow Ride is going to be one of ten books in the Love in A Small Town book bundle, which at the time of posting, is up for pre-order at Amazon for only 99 cents! Yep. For less than a buck you get ten full length romance books that take you from Maine to California with many stops in between.
So what is it about small towns that people enjoy so much? Is it the food? Being surrounded by family and friends you’ve known forever? Going from kindergarten to graduation all with the same classmates? Knowing the local merchants and professionals by their first names? Or maybe it’s just the feeling you get when you’re walking or driving down the street. The smile on your face when you wave at neighbors and friend; the dogs you greet as you walk because you’ve come to “know” them, just from your evening walks. Or maybe it’s the neighbor who gets your mail while you’re way and keeps an eye on your house. The same neighbor who calls hello and walks over when you’re out mowing the lawn or watering the flowers, just to shoot the breeze and see how life is treating you.
I know that for me, it’s all of the above, plus a whole lot more. And though there are a few negatives of living in a small town, like everyone knowing what is going on in your life (or at least they think they know) since the town gossip(s) have blabbed to anyone who would listen, the trade off often seems worth it. And besides, if Ms. Mallory down the road doesn’t have anything to blab about you, well, that could mean you weren’t living life.
Both the good aspects, and the not to good, are included in the town of Ashten Falls, a small town well north of Portland and nestled along the shores of Maine. You’ll find Main Street to be somewhat quiet, with little color and even less traffic. But then there’s the contrasting beach area, with it’s sun and, in June, chilly water. Off to the north, just past the broken down pier is the warehouse district with its mostly abandoned buildings and having once, long ago, seen better days. And then there is the police station, looking grey and foreboding as it loomed over the street and the citizens. But the first place you’ll see as you open the book is the long, winding road with its tall trees and wildflowers lining the road, creating a canopy of lush greenery that ushers the heroine towards Ashten Falls.
The main characters of Slow Ride are Kyla O’Grady and Cooper Moretto. Cooper is, in his heart and soul, a good guy. He’s loyal and loves his friends, and his town. And when he sees a wrong, he wants to make it right. He’s also stubborn, though, and can mess up. Kyla is feisty. She’s strong. She wants to make a difference. But she’s been through a lot. And in looking for a place to start fresh, she instead finds herself on the side of a road in the woods of Maine. What’s a girl to do with a broken mustang named Lola and nowhere to go? Call for a tow, of course.
But this book isn’t just about Kyla and Cooper. While these are are the focus of Slow Ride, you’ll meet an entire cast of characters who make Ashten Falls come alive. There’s Rose who owns and only motel in town and tries to take care of everyone; Steve who owns the bookstore and always has a hand in the goings on in town; Sam and Roger, best friends who went into the Armed Forces together and came home to help rebuild their lives after several tough deployments overseas; and Sarah, the woman who works as many jobs as she can so that one day soon she can open up her own cafe. And we can’t forget Tommy, the go to man for all your EMT needs and whose stubborn streak is one I’m still wrestling with. And then there’s Phil, Cooper’s best friend from childhood who’s always good for a laugh and good conversation.
And that’ s just the people. I didn’t even get into the different places this town has to offer for entertainment. The music store and bookstore, of course. But then there’s Felicia’s and the motel bar, and of course the garage. The beach. where you can catch a few rays or take a run and seen in the distance is Sam’s club which he renovated from one of the old warehouses. Oh, and the diner! Because every town needs a good greasy spoon, no?
With all these places to visit and characters clamoring to be heard, you can bet there will be more Ashten Falls in the future. In fact, Sam and Emma’s story is near completion as we speak!
So, tell me, what do you love most about small towns, and small town romance novels? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to enter the contest for a shot at e-copies of the Love in a Small Town book bundle. Reviews (either positive or negative), as always, are appreciated but are in no way required to enter the contest, or win. I just enjoy spreading the love of books and writing to you all!
When you enter the contest you could win one of five copies of the Love in a Small Town book bundle (nook or kindle format). And don’t forget to check out the Love in Small Town Release Blitz for more information and maybe even some other giveaways. Follow me and the other authors in this bundle on FB and/or twitter to get updates on links and posts throughout the blog tour!
Romance Bundle) includes:
Slow Ride by Kat Morrisey - “The chemistry between Kyla and Copper is so hot you will need a cool glass of water…”
Coming Home by Christine S. Feldman – “…an emotional ride, beautifully written and developed.”
Begin Again by Christy Newton – “…a sweet, poignant small town romance which is a pleasure to read.”
Lake Effect by Johannah Bryson - “…flirty, fun, and just right to take your troubles away for awhile.”
All About Charming Alice by J. Arlene Culiner – “…an emotional, heartfelt, dazzling experience.”
Broken Wings, Soaring Hearts by Beverly A. Rogers – “…a sweet, deep and very inspiring and fast read with a great plot that will keep you hooked…”
Charmed by Inés Saint – “…a charmingly sweet romance with warmth and humor that you will enjoy throughout the book.”
Angel Without Wings by Mari Manning – “A story about family, love, and redemption…”
Breaking the Rules by Melinda Dozier – “…a beautiful romance about taking risks and second chances.”