I’m thrilled to be a guest today on All About Romance. Thanks to Dabney for inviting me!
The third novel in my Alabama series, Forever, Alabama, is due to release March 20th. These books are Southern small town stories that share the contemporary romance and women’s fiction genre almost equally. They are hard to define in a single stamp.
The Laroux family is a fun, loud, and loving bunch who over-involve themselves in one another’s lives whether invited or not. I draw my main characters from this family. The physical tie that binds is the family event planning business, The Evangeline House. It is also the Laroux home where all five siblings grew up, and the matriarch, Maureen Laroux, still resides.
Each of my books stands alone but shares characters, peripheral stories, and setting. Setting is as much a character as a place. It defines the texture and feel of the story. It becomes a familiar and colorful backdrop for characters to come alive in one’s imagination. The town of Ministry, Alabama is “anywhere” small town South. The residents are a blend of mouthy gossips, bless your heart-spouting, casserole-making, but mostly well-meaning, supporting cast. There’s a mix of Junior leaguers and tobacco-spitters. (The ebook of first book in the series, Again Alabama, is free at Amazon right now!)
Alongside this bunch are my angsty lovers-to-be. They have pasts, issues, and are mightily attracted to one another. Always. I love including peripheral stories involving other characters, usually older characters, finding love at long last in addition to the main characters and their many layered issues.
I also write with humor. Because small towns are funny with all their Junior Leaguers and tobacco-spitters, y’all. Trust me, I know. I graduated high school with thirty people in a public school. In the deep South. Our school was too small for a football team or band. Let that sink in.
Here’s a quick blurb for my upcoming release:
Everybody loves local attorney and favorite son, Ben Laroux. Well, at least everybody of the female persuasion–until he meets Sabine O’Connor. She loathes him and makes no secret of her feelings, even when he pours on his famous charm hoping to thank her for helping his family. Ben has never been told no, and if there’s one thing he’s never walked away from, it’s a challenge.
Sabine hopes she’s finally found peace and safety in the small town of Ministry. She’s changed her name to escape her painful past and her shameful family secrets. Ben Laroux is a gorgeous and sexy complication she can’t afford, but also can’t resist. However, when her past threatens to derail her present and future, Ben might be the only man she can trust.
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I am giving away a print copy of my novels, Again, Alabama and Love, Alabama to one lucky AAR reader. Make a comment below to be entered in this contest. And thanks for reading.