I didn’t set out to write a series when I had my first book for Harlequin Romance, The Summer They Never Forgot (February 2014) accepted. It is a deeply emotional reunion romance between Sandy Adam and her first love Ben Morgan and set in the fictional coastal town of Dolphin Bay.
But Ben has a good friend, Kate Parker, who is determined that Ben won’t get hurt again by the city interloper, Sandy. I really liked Kate and thought she needed a story of her own. Kate meets gorgeous Sam Lancaster when she’s organizing Sandy and Ben’s wedding in The Tycoon and The Wedding Planner (July 2014), my second Dolphin Bay book.
Sandy from the first book has a feisty sister Lizzie Dumont and Ben has a movie-star handsome brother Jesse Morgan with a reputation as a heartbreaker—they’re secondary characters in both books. I was determined to get Lizzie and Jesse together—against all odds. I really loved writing this story, Lizzie and Jesse are so right for each other but they have some real problems to overcome. You can read their story in my upcoming December release for Harlequin Romance, A Diamond In Her Stocking.
So three books set in Dolphin Bay among a community of people linked to each other in some way. The books are completely independent but share some characters and, of course, the setting. I guess I wrote a series!
Here’s the blurb for A Diamond In Her Stocking:
"Everyone loves a Christmas wedding!
Chef and single mom Lizzie Dumont is moving on. Returning to Dolphin Bay to make her new restaurant a success, she has no time at all for jaw-droppingly handsome Jesse Morgan—even if she can't forget that incredible kiss they once shared!
Jesse can't forget their kiss, either. But the betrayal in Lizzie's past has made her wary of him, and he hates the fact that she can't see past his reputation as a heartbreaker. Now he's on a mission to change her mind—and luckily it's the most romantic season of the year: Christmas!"
Do you enjoy reading a linked series? Do you like Christmas-themed stories? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
I’ll soon be getting author copies of A Diamond In Her Stocking and I’ll be giving away a signed copy—you could be among the first to read this new story! Please include your email address in your comment if you want to be included in the draw.
Kandy’s third Dolphin Bay story for Harlequin Romance, A Diamond in Her Stocking, goes on sale on December 1, 2014 and is available for pre-order now.
Kandy Shepherd is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She lives on a small farm in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her family and a menagerie of four-legged friends.
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