The Lucky Harbor Series

Lucky Harbor, where love and humor abounds in rich abundance.

About the Lucky Harbor Series

The Lucky Harbor series is set is a fictional Pacific Northwest small town, sandwiched between the ocean and the Olympic mountains. The 12 books have been written in four sets of trilogies; sisters, friends, strangers, co-workers… all centering around the love lives and antics of the sexy and men and women living there. Funny, sexy, warm, unforgettable.

First Lucky Harbor Trilogy (The Sisters)

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 Irresistable, turned out to be a master carpenter.

And a very sexy one at that.

As book two hit the shelves (The Sweetest Thing), I kept going out on the deck, sitting and patiently waiting, but my neighbor didn’t hire any more sexy carpenters. Darn it.

But back to book two.

Writing a romance called The Sweetest Thing, which centered 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.

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. All the recipes I used in The Sweetest Thing can be found in the digital cookbook Heating Up the Kitchen.

The Wild Thing. 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.

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.

Second Lucky Harbor Trilogy (The Chocoholics)

From the very first moment I put Mysterious Cute Guy on the page, I fell in love. There’s just something about a big, bad, sexy guy that you know nothing about that fires the imagination. But I have to be honest. When he made a cameo in Head Over Heels, (literally a walk-on role only; in fact I believe he only gets a mention or two) I knew nothing about him. Nothing. I never intended to either. He was just one of life’s little (okay big, bad, and sexy) mysteries.

Then my editor called me. Said the first three Lucky Harbor books had done so well that they’d like three more please. And maybe one of the heroes could be Mysterious Cute Guy.

So I put three strangers together in the small town diner during a late night surprise snow storm. Mallory, an ER nurse just off shift, Amy the waitress, and Grace who is brand new to Lucky Harbor. The power goes out and all the women are left with is each other and the only thing in the café left to eat – a chocolate cake. Over the next few long hours they eat the cake and discuss their lives, and decide they each need to kick things into gear for themselves. Mallory is up first.

It was fun coming up with a story for her and Mysterious Cute Guy, aka Ty Garrison. More fun still to give this ex-Navy SEAL a rough, tortured, bad-boy past and a sweet, giving, good-girl heroine (Mallory Quinn, ER nurse). Oh the fun I had with these two: a bad boy trying to go good, and a good girl looking for a walk on the wild side. Hope you have as much fun reading their story, Lucky In Love.

And then, stick around. Because Mallory’s two Chocoholics-in-crime partners, Amy and Grace, have their own love with At Last and Forever and a Day.

Each of the books in this series stand on their own; you don’t have to read the entire series. Unless you want to. :)

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