THE ALLURE OF SMALL TOWN LIVING by Cindy Stark
I’ve recently learned that small town romances are hot as far as the romance market goes, and many of these stories sizzle between the pages, too. For me, tossing an attractive hero into my heroine’s path, and putting them in the confines of a tight-knit community makes for a fun story.
I think the popularity of small town romances can be attributed to the fast-paced world we live in. We long for a time or place where we can slow down and savor a lover’s kiss or spend more than five minutes chatting with our neighbor to discover what’s really going on behind the friendly wave. We’re too busy raising our kids, managing a household and, for a lot of us, working full-time jobs. We forget what it’s like to watch a hypnotic sunset as we stroll down a quiet street holding the hand of the man we admire and love.
I grew up in a small farming community shadowed by the Rocky Mountains, and I can remember field after field of green alfalfa for as far as the eye could see. I rode horses with my friends, and we had celebrations on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July where the whole community would join in the fun. We personally knew the guys smashing their cars in the demolition derby.
In my Aspen Series, I try to capture those feelings and transport readers to a place where life moves at a slower pace. This is true for my latest book, Reckless (Book Six in the Aspen Series), where my hero discovers exactly that. Here’s the premise:
Jenna Staker has spent years trying to live down her wild youth that almost cost her father his life. She’s run from trouble since then, but a girl can’t run forever. When Sebastian walks in and pins her with his startling blue eyes, she fears she’s met a man she can’t deny. He makes a play for her father’s oil wells and puts her in a precarious position between the two of them. If she lets him in, she’ll face her father’s wrath and leave her heart vulnerable to a man who’s bound to abandon her when the job is done.
Big-city corporate shark, Sebastian Black is used to getting what he wants, and he wants Jenna and her father’s business to boot. He’s tired of waking up to concrete and constant noise, and settling down with Jenna in her quaint little town sounds perfect to him. Unfortunately, her dad won’t sell, and she refuses to trust any man. If he can’t come up with something brilliant to change her mind, he’ll be forced to walk away.
I loved writing Reckless and hope you’ll enjoy reading it. Do any of you have small town memories you’d like to share? Or small towns you’d recommend visiting? I’m always looking for somewhere fun to head on a road trip.
Many thanks to all of you at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales for inviting me to visit. It’s been my pleasure!
But WAIT !!! There’s more !!!
Cindy is giving away two e-book coupons from Smashwords…downloads of the first book in her series, RELENTLESS. Winners will be chosen from those who leave a comment.
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