Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Small Town, Sweet Romance with Julie Anne Lindsey (Guest Post)

I am so happy to welcome author Julie Anne Lindsey to Library Girl Reads and Reviews today as part of her blog tour for Bloom. Although I have not (yet) read one of her books, she is great fun to follow on twitter and I'm excited to see what she is up to next.

Thanks for stopping by Julie!

Thank you so much Angela for letting me stop by your blog today! This is my very first blog tour and I’m a little bouncy over here. Meeting friends online has made writing much more fun and really changed my reading habits too. Sites like yours have introduced me to new books and authors so often, it’s become hard to remember what I did before. I used to have to find new books all by myself! I’m a voracious reader first, but today I’m celebrating another bookish milestone in my life. I wrote a book! My love of words has taken a whole new turn and I wanted to share a little piece of my new love with you and your readers. Thanks for letting me do this!

Small Town. Big Love.

When I think of small towns, a lot of things come to mind. I’m a small town girl. I love the sense of community, even if that means I catch a little trouble when I miss a Sunday service or skip volunteering for the fall PTA fundraiser. Small towns are a lot like really big families. There’s always a trouble maker or two. A handful who will always have the latest gossip, and other ones you steer clear of whenever you can. But, even the most annoying of those would kick your enemy in the shins if they dared wrong you while they were around to see it. Because that’s how families work. The sense of community, loyalty and pride found in a little town makes me smile.

When I came across the call to submissions for a new line of books, I knew I found my home. Honey Creek books all center on the same small fictitious town in rural Ohio. I have my share of stories to tell, but choosing the genre was harder. Where do you start when there are so many possibilities?

For me, all things in life come back around to love. In hindsight I wonder how it took me so long to realize sweet romance was the answer. I set out to write one short, sweet romance for Honey Creek and ended up with four. I hoped the press would like my first story. This kind of submission is tougher than some because I had nothing to research. The line didn’t yet exist. So, I wrote from my heart and tried to create characters I’d want to call over for a barbecue. The next thing I knew, I was writing more books for the line. Lucky for me, the books were accepted because I can’t seem to leave Honey Creek! I wander away to work on other projects. But it never takes long before my heart is back in the Creek writing something new. I really like it there.

In Honey Creek, life moves a little slower. People are a little kinder, and families still sit down together for dinner. The pastor is your neighbor and your neighbors are your friends. If you work late, your children know they can have dinner next door and you never worry they might not be safe or happy until you reach them. In Honey Creek, love forms out of friendships and the whole town is rooting for you.

I hope you’ll visit Honey Creek. It’s a beautiful place where anything is possible. Kick off your shoes, relax into that porch swing and cuddle with a steamy hot toddy and maybe my debut novella Bloom. Now taking a trip to Honey Creek is as easy as Amazon : ) See you there!

Bloom by Julie Anne Lindsey

In a town filled with her past, she never expected to find her future…

Seven years ago Cynthia left Honey Creek with a broken heart. Three years ago Mitchell arrived with one. Now Cynthia’s come home, and these two hardened hearts can’t stop arguing. If they’d only take a break long enough to find some common ground, they might be surprised to find love can grow anywhere.

If they’ll let it, love will find a way to Bloom .

*Bloom is book one in my new Seeds of Love series. I’ll be planting those seeds all year.

About Julie:

I am a mother of three, wife to a sane person and Ring Master at the Lindsey Circus. Most days you'll find me online, amped up on caffeine & wielding a book.

You can find my blogging about the writer life at Musings from the Slush Pile

Tweeting my crazy at @JulieALindsey

Reading to soothe my obsession on GoodReads

And other books by me on Amazon.com


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