Howdy, Delighted Readers!
It’s our privilege to welcome a first time visiting author on the blog. Of course, I knew as soon as I saw her name that we already had a few things in common, but then saw what sort of romances she wrote and that was just the icing on the cake. You all know how I adore my small town romances.
Well, without further ado, here is Sophia Sinclair to kindly share her lovely real life story and a bit about her books on this the occasion of her latest release to the Small Town Secrets series, Perfect Fit.
Hi. I’m Sophia Sinclair, and I’d like to tell you a story:
Once, there was a woman who was pushing 40, divorced, a little overweight, with two teenagers in the house and not much money. She figured she had better get used to being single. Then one day, she met a charming European man who was traveling in the U.S., and she decided within five minutes that she wanted to marry him, and she did, and they have lived happily ever after now for 13 years and counting. Sound like a fairy tale? No, that happened to me, so why shouldn’t my characters have equally happy love affairs?
I grew up in a small town, worked for newspapers in small towns, and currently I live in a small town: I know my small towns, ladies. So naturally, the place I created for my books is a small town.
The Small-Town Secrets series focuses on the mythical small town of Fairview:
Worth the Wait
First, we meet the librarian, Molly. She’s a single mom who is busy raising three kids and doesn’t date (until the perfect man walks into the library one day and changes everything!) David resembles the pirate on the cover of one of the library’s romance novels, and that becomes a central joke (and an homage to all the hot pirate romances of the past.) Oh, and Molly and “the Pirate Man,” David, manage to solve an old murder case while they’re falling in love.
Kiss and Tell
In the second book we move on to Molly’s best friend, Lori, a party-girl emergency room nurse who only dates doctors. The story story focuses on how a local tragedy convinces Lori to transform her life. She buys and restores a ’70s funkadelic house renowned for its notorious parties back in the day. (There’s a metaphor there if you want one.) Jake is the sexy real estate agent who wins her heart. Also in this book is a secondary love story about Lori’s older colleague, emergency room nurse Harriet, and the love she lost as a young woman. Second chances, anyone?
After the romance cliches of librarian and nurse, I decided to shake things up a bit, and we meet Catarina. She’s a woman of Romany descent whose grandmother taught her how to read tea leaves, but she isn’t sure she really believes in all that stuff. She runs an upholstery shop in downtown Fairview, and when (you guessed it!) the perfect man for her walks in one day, they hit it off. Remy tells her how the ugly old sofa she’s working on played a pivotal part in his parents’ love story, and she reads his tea leaves just for fun. But the reading reveals more than she lets on. There’s a touch of magic (or is there?) that makes this book fun. I talked to a Romany woman in England to make sure I got everything straight, and she asked me to name a character after her grandmother, Veda. I love that character. She’s wacky, fun and has a habit of making pronouncements about the future that come true. Secondary love story: Remy’s twin, Rhys, and Catarina’s best friend, Tanya. Their touching story of love after loss ought to have been its own book. Maybe it will be someday.
Perfect Fit ~ New Release November 4th
Next, we have Julie, a young midwifery student who has ample reason to swear off men. We met Julie in a pivotal scene in an earlier book. I hate to give spoilers, but I will say that it involved an emergency birth, and she and Lori worked together to safely bring a baby into the world in what is my favorite scene of all time. I cannot read it without crying, and I wrote the danged scene. Julie has to change her mind about men after meeting one who understands her relationship fears. An additional thing about Julie is she’s plus-sized and worried about what Nick will think about that, and how she learns to embrace her body adds special element to her story. I wrote this story after beginning to write for an online magazine, Curvicalty, “Where Your Curves Are An Asset.” Love yourself as you are, ladies! The secondary love story in this book is about Julie’s older sister, Jolene, whose husband has left her with four young children and pregnant with a fifth. Something has made Jolene’s husband act in a way that is very out of character for him. Nick supplies the insight that helps give Jolene’s marriage a second chance. (And OMG, you will find out one of Veda’s crazier pronouncements in the previous book actually came true!)
Untitled No. 5
I’m currently writing the fifth book, and I am so happy to make it about Ashley, who has been in every book. She bartends at The Clipper, the bar where everyone in town hangs out. We don’t learn much about Ashley until she gets her own book, in which we find out there is much more to her than anybody in town has given her credit for. Maxwell is a handsome developer who drops into town. He has never met anybody like Ashley, who isn’t impressed in him in the least. Ashely is about to change everything for The Clipper, Fairview and her own life. She’s an amazing woman, and don’t worry, we will find out what’s up with our past characters.
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Now, see! A lady from a small town with a lovely romance of her own writing small town romances. How can we resist, right? Thanks for visiting us today at Delighted Reader, Sophia.
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