First Lucky Harbor Trilogy (The Sisters)
I am a pop culture ‘ho. I inhale TV, People Magazine, and TMZ with equal joy. Same goes for movies. My favorite part of any DVD is always the special features, specifically Making Of extra, and I like to create the same with my own books. So consider this the Making Of edition of my Lucky Harbor (Grand Central) novels.
When I began brainstorming the sexy contemporary romance series about three estranged sisters who get stuck together running a dilapidated beach resort, I decided I was out of my mind. I don’t have sisters. I have a brother, and we like each other just fine. Then at the dinner table one very night, my three teenage heathens started bickering and fighting, and I just stared at them in awe and wonder.
I had my fodder! “Keep fighting,” I told them — much to their utter shock, since I’ve spent the past fifteen years begging them to get along.
After that night, it was a piece of cake to write the sisters — Maddie, Tara, and Chloe — their claws barely sheathed, with resentment and affection vying for space, stuck together in the small Washington State beach town of Lucky Harbor.
So then all that I had left to do was find the three sexy guys who could handle them. I’m a big romance reader as well an author, and for me, it’s always about the hero. It doesn’t matter what he looks like, or what he does for a living, or even who his family and friends are — it’s about his heart.
It just so happened that at the same time, my neighbor was having an addition put on her house. For six glorious weeks, there were a bunch of guys hanging off the roof and the walls, in perfect line of sight of my office.
Which is really my deck. It’s a wonder I got any work done at all. I sat in the sun and wrote while in the background cute, young, sweaty guys hammered, and sawed, and in general, made my day.
And on some days, they even took off their shirts. Those were my favorite days of all.
But I digress …
I was working very hard, planning out conflicts and plot pacing and trying to nail down my hero. And given what I was looking at for inspiration, it shouldn’t be any surprise at all that the hero for the first book, SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE (10/10), turned out to be a master carpenter.
And a very sexy one at that.
These days, as book two hits the shelves (THE SWEETEST THING), I keep going out on the deck, sitting and patiently waiting, but my neighbor hasn’t hired any more sexy carpenters. Darn it.
But back to book two.
Writing a romance called The Sweetest Thing, which centers around the oldest sister, a decidedly NOT sweet heroine, amused me. Tara Daniels is wound a little tight and likes things her way. She’s also a former southern belle who appreciates the fact that she’s right. A lot.
The Sweetest Thing? Not exactly.
But as I wrote, I realized that her heart was in the right place, always. And, as it turns out, there actually was a man on earth who could melt her like butter on a hot roll. He’s a world pro sailing expert, which came to me after seeing a bunch of pics like this one:
Ford Walker softens Tara in a way that she isn’t sure she likes. See, like a lot of us, Tara thinks she has it all together, but of course she doesn’t. About all she has going for her is the fact that she can cook like nobody’s business. Oh, how she loves to cook. She was a challenge for me. Because here’s where I admit, I got a lot of her recipes from my husband. True story. I’m married to a big guy who works with his hands and is the ultimate Alpha Man — and yet he can cook. Don’t try to figure him out, it’ll hurt your brain, trust me.
The recipe Good Morning Sunshine Casserole that Tara cooks in the book is all his. Just don’t tell him I “borrowed” it and am telling the world that it’s Tara’s. It’d just go to his head.
Unfortunately, my secret is probably out since Grand Central gathered all the recipes I used in The Sweetest Thing and are releasing them all together in an ecookbook called HEATING UP THE KITCHEN (find wherever ebooks are sold). Tara would be thrilled.
I recently finished the last book. The baby sister. The Wild Thing. And there was only one choice for a wild thing, right?
The one man in Lucky Harbor that she should stay away from – and the only man who could possibly handle her — the sexy, badass sheriff Sawyer Thompson. Their story comes out 11/22/11 (in time for the big Thanksgiving sales!)
I’m not going to tell you how it’s going to end but I can tell you that Sawyer makes Chloe’s heart squeeze because she knows. He’s going to burn her. He’s probably the only man who has ever had that capability.
So that’s the first three Lucky Harbor books in a nutshell. I hope you’re suitably enticed. I also hope that some of you have read the first two books and are waiting with baited breath for the third.