My 3rd book with Medicals releases on October 1st and I still have to pinch myself daily that I’ve been blessed enough to write for this wonderful line and that I get to call myself a Harlequin author. ❤️ Thank you to all the readers who allow me to do what I love! ❤️
This next release is special to me for a lot of reasons. The characters, the second chance at love for my characters, the holiday theme and all the joy and magic, grief and memories the season can conjure. But probably one of the reasons I love this book most is because of the setting in which the story takes place. It holds a deeply special place in my heart because the fictional town of Bayside is based on a very real resort town on the shores of Lake Michigan called Pentwater.
From the time I was born, my family (meaning my mom and dad, me, plus assorted aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents–all of us) would make an annual pilgrimage to this picturesque village for at least two weeks each summer. Most of us would camp at the gorgeous state park there, within walking distance of the lake, hemmed in by huge sand dunes that could amuse kids of all ages for hours.
And in case you think I’m exaggerating about the “camping since birth” thing or the size of our family gatherings there…
The first picture here is me at one year old, already an intrepid Pentwater camper. The second is from the campground at Mears State Park from the late sixties. The third photo is from a more recent family reunion at Pentwater, while the bottom one shows our family’s original contingent on the beach at the state park back in the 50s.
Anyway, with all this history, when the opportunity came to set Nick and Belle’s reunion romance in such a special place from my childhood, I couldn’t resist. I did change some of the shop and park names, to protect the innocent (LOL!), but each of them is based on a real location. Today, I thought I’d share my inspiration for some of the key locations in the story with you all!
First up the downtown area of Bayside, including Pat’s Diner and some of the other stores and restaurants, which were based on real-life Pentwater’s quaint Main Street:
Next is the community park and bandstand where Nick and Belle’s famous “mistletoe kiss” takes place… (these are from the summer, but imagine the area all decorated for the holidays and covered in snow)
And finally, Old Baldy. A real nature trail, within Mears State Park, where you can hike to the top of the massive dune and look out over the whole area. Nick and Belle watch the sunrise from here, wrapped in blanket and each other’s arms, after a special night together…
So, there you have it. A little glimpse into my past and my inspiration for A Mistletoe Kiss for the Single Dad! Do you have a special place from your past where you return time and again? If so, I’d love to hear about it! Tell me in the comments below. ❤️
Until next time, Happy Reading!
A Mistletoe Kiss for the Single Dad
…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?
“This is the third book I’ve now read by Ms. Douglass and I’ve got to say that she pens such heartfelt and wonderful stories….and I loved the path this couple took from start to finish. The way this story started drew me into the story immediately and had me reading quickly….”
— Harlequin Junkie on Finding Her Forever Family
“…Ms. Douglass has delivered an absolutely engaging and unputdownable read in this book…the chemistry between this couple was powerful; the romance was nicely-detailed and had me loving the special connection these two have….”
— Harlequin Junkie on One Night with the Army Doc