Three weeks from tomorrow THE BEST KIND OF TROUBLE releases!
I’m a fan of settings as characters – which is easier to do when you personally love a place (or when you make it up, like Petal) and this part of the United States is one of my very favorite. The story is set, like many of my books, in the northwest – only this time we spend our days in Hood River, Oregon. A small town (4500 residents) on the Columbia river, Hood River is home to a lot of great agriculture, it’s a gateway to all the stuff you can do in the area – hike, camp, boat, swim, etc. Mt. Hood looms in the distance as just north, over the river, Washington’s big mountains beckon in the distance as well. It’s a beautiful part of my side of the country so I was so thrilled to set a series there.
Here’s a fun link to a local business (Dirty Fingers Bike Repair – and brewpub!) with a gorgeous photo of the area and some of the best things to do.
It’s a picturesque small town and a fun setting for the Hurley family and Sweet Hollow Ranch to be set in. The Hurleys have pear orchards, and alfalfa and their spread of land affords a view of the river in the distance and Mt. Hood. It’s also big enough that each Hurley has his own house and a bit of land. While the brothers in the band go off on tour, it’s Ezra, the oldest brother, who runs the ranch (and the band!). Paddy is the second oldest brother and he’s home, helping on the ranch and enjoying his time before the band gets back in the studio when he’s in downtown getting himself some coffee…
And that’s when Natalie comes back into his life.
Natalie, who he’d had a pretty hot and heavy fling with well over a decade before, is now a librarian in town. She’s gotten her life together and has made her own success story, much like Paddy has done. Sparks fly immediately but she isn’t ready for him and he’s got to do some chasing to show her he’s worth the work.
There aren’t car chases. No one gets kidnapped or taken hostage. This is the story of two flawed people who bump into (and sometimes race into) one another’s broken parts and then they’ve got to work to get past that and make something real. To me, that’s scarier than any car chase. Real vulnerability with someone you love and who loves you.
Anyway, I’m off to word it up but I wanted to pop in and say hello and give you a little bit of info about THE BEST KIND OF TROUBLE.
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