Which is just what I'd like to talk to you about. Or, more correctly, small town. My newest novel, Where Her Heart Is, was just released by Resplendence Publishing. I'm already getting email from readers who enjoyed it...sighed over it. Yay! Happy, dreamy sighing about life and love in our make-believe small town of Legend, Tennessee.
I was so glad to write this story of Betsy, who was a secondary character in my first Ladies of Legend novella, Midnight in Legend, TN, in the anthology Ladies of Legend: Finding Home. That four-story anthology was the first book in the Ladies of Legend series.
I loved petite, blonde, hugely pregnant Betsy--but I wasn't sure about her husband Mike McClain, who was in that story, but always at the edge of things. I didn't describe him, and he didn't have any "lines." I think I was making him expendable in case I wanted to kill him off--so Betsy could have a romance novel of her own. Well, she got a romance novel, but I didn't have to do anything too unpleasant to Mike. Because he's in this novel too. Here is the blurb:
Two years ago, Betsy McClain gave up on her husband and her hometown. She packed up her baby daughter and moved to the City. Now she's temporarily back in Legend,
After his wife and baby left him, Mike McClain was forced to grow up. Now he considers himself Mr. Responsibility. LizBeth Ann soon falls in love with her big handsome daddy, who takes her for picnics and is her "date" for little girl tea parties. But though Betsy, with her big blue eyes and cascades of golden blonde hair, looks like an angel, she seems determined to treat him like the devil. How can they let go of the past so the little family can have a future?
Janet Eaves, Jan Scarbrough, Maddie James, and I have a lot of Ladies of Legend stories for you. They're all listed in order at the Legend website.
Legend, though fictional, is a typical small town. There is no shortage of story lines or interesting characters! I feel as if the "people of Legend"--the ones I created, and the ones my co-authors created, are my friends. I hope you'll come to feel that way as well.
What is your favorite story (book, television show, or movie) set in a small town--and why? A randomly chosen commenter will win an electronic copy of Where Her Heart Is. Late Monday night or early Tuesday I'll list the winner's name here, so be sure to check back.
Many thanks to Anna Kathryn for inviting me to be here today, and letting me introduce you to Legend.
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