Hi everyone! 😊
As a self-employed, freelance writer, I don’t always have the budget to travel the world as I’d like. But imagination is my bread and butter, and the next deadline is always looming, so I put both things to good use when planning out my books–especially the settings!
I’ve just turned in revisions on my fifth book for Medicals (so hard to believe! I still pinch myself every day to make sure I’ve really reached one of my biggest dreams of becoming a Harlequin author ❤️). Anyway, after spending three of my books for the line in Alaska, and one in snowy, wintery Michigan, I decided to go tropical for this next milestone book.
Hawaii has always been on my bucket list of places to visit, and while I can’t afford to go quite yet in real life, I had a blast researching all the cool locations on Oahu that I plan to hit when I do eventually get there. (Believe into existence, right?) Places like:
Ehukai Park and the Banzai Pipeline
USS Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor
The gorgeous Manoa Falls Hiking Trail
Book 5, however, won’t be out until Spring 2020, so where else have I been exploring?
Well, for my next release, A Weekend with Her Fake Fiance (releasing January 1, 2020), I revisited Alaska. But instead of staying in Anchorage, as my first two books did, this story takes place at a fictional luxury resort, The Arctic Star, in the far north of the state. It’s owned by my hero’s family, though he’s kept that secret from everyone because… reasons. LOL. Anyway, this book also has a fabulous fake relationship trope and features paramedic Zac Taylor (whom you might remember from books 1 and 2 that were set in my Anchorage Mercy world) and midwife Carmen Sanchez–she needs a fiance pronto because she may have lied just a little to her potential new bosses (oops 😉). This book’s location was so much fun to research, and talk about a picturesque weekend getaway, eh? Take a look at these photos of the actual resort I based my fictional Arctic Star on…
Not too shabby, right? Someday I’ll visit for real. Until then, I’ll continue to live vicariously through my book research and visit every corner of the globe! Hey, it’s cheap, easy, and always comes with a Happily Ever After! ❤️
What’s your dream vacation location? Tell me in the comments below. I’d love to hear all about it! 💖
Until next time, Happy Reading! 🤓 📚
…under the mistletoe!
GP Nick Marlowe returned to his hometown to focus on raising his young son. The last person he expects to see in Bayside is high-flying Beverly Hills surgeon Belle! The childhood sweetheart he let go so she could pursue her dream of attending medical school. Only working side-by-side to reopen her late aunt’s free Christmas Eve clinic their magical connection returns… Could a mistletoe kiss spark another chance—just in time for Christmas?
Coming January 1, 2020:
Could her temporary fiancé…
…become her husband for life?
To secure the job of her dreams, midwife Carmen Sanchez needs a fiancé, and fast! Paramedic Zac Taylor should be the last man she asks—there’s nothing fake about the attraction between them! Yet while lone wolf Zac might not be interested in forever, he pulls out all the stops to play fiancé of the year—and their make-believe engagement starts to feel all too real…