My fourth book for Harlequin Special Edition, Date With Destiny, is released this month and I’m delighted to be able to take readers back to the small Australian beachside town of Crystal Point. Particularly because I love small towns. I live in one much like the town depicted in my books, which sits at the southern most point of the Great Barrier Reef. It truly is a little slice of paradise. I see dolphins and whales in migration season and get to indulge my passion for horses by riding on the long stretch of beach.
But I’m an avid reader of most small town books. I love the chemistry and sense of community between the characters. I love how there’s often a secondary character who’s quirky and unusual. Or how very often other characters get their own happily-ever-after down the track. And I love how very often animals feature in these kind of books. In Date with Destiny, my police officer hero owns a very large dog named Jed….he’s a Dogue De Bordeaux (like from Turner and Hooch) who is a huge shock to the uptight New-York-business-woman heroine who has no idea how to handle a large hound with a dribbling problem. There’s a scene where the dog invades her bath time which was so much fun to write.
Here’s a small snippet….
She rested her arms along the edge of the tub, closed her eyes and leaned her head back. A simple delight. But it felt better than anything had in a long time. When was the last time she’d spent time to really relax? She couldn’t remember. Since the accident she’d become even more wound up, more determined to be in control.
She took a deep breath and slipped a little farther into the water. A sound caught her attention but she kept her eyes shut. A creak followed, like a door opening. Had she not closed it properly? It’s probably just the wind pushing the door open.
Another creak followed. And another. It was the door. And it was opening.
Grace clamped her eyes tighter. Surely Cameron wouldn’t enter the bathroom? But when she finally found the courage to open her eyes, it wasn't Cameron standing by the tub.
It was Jed.
The smelly beast had pushed the door open far enough to invade her privacy and was sitting heavily on his haunches, drooling all over the floor. He made a sound, half growl, half whine.
“Shoo!” she demanded, looking around for her towel. It was on the sink where she’d left it. The smelly dog scooted closer and dropped his chin on the rim of the tub. “Go away.”
He whined again and showed off his big teeth.
Grace pushed herself back as far as she could go. I will not panic. She heard footsteps in the house and quickly pulled herself together. Cameron was back.
Of course the hero saves the day….this is a romance after all. So, do you like small town or big city romances? Are you more the cowboy/sheriff kind of reader or do you like the billionaire, alpha style hero?
One lucky reader who comments on my blog will be randomly selected to win a sign copy of Date With Destiny. Good luck!