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Earth Day is coming up this Friday, so my contemporary co-writer and dear sis, Jaz Kennedy, and I decided to drop in for a visit to Harmony Falls!
With all the farms, forests, mountains and rivers that surround our fictional small town in Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands, we decided it would be fun to see what some of the outdoorsy heroes and free-spirited heroines in our upcoming small town romance series have got going on for the big event!
Read on for a peek into everyday life at Harmony Falls...
She tingled a little inside, hoping her efforts to get the whole town involved would prove to be successful.
Retirees, teenagers, single dads, preschoolers, farmhands, sorority sisters, doctors, painters and firemen packed into the Knickpoint Brewing Company for a hearty breakfast before setting out.
“Come on in, everybody! You’re gonna need lots of energy before you get working. We’ve got a beautiful brunch spread here for all our dedicated volunteers!”
The Knickpoint was an old speak-easy-turned-brewpub, owned by Jules’ good friend Jack Brand–and the giant ex-Marine was a bit of a hometown hero. After his last tour of duty, he’d bought the abandoned pub and refurbished it with his bare hands, right down to its original mahogany carved panels.
Now the town’s preferred watering hole would serve as Earth Day Festivity Headquarters, and it was already getting crowded. Folks lined up at the buffet table nestled by the jukebox, chatting excitedly as they loaded their plates with waffles, scrambled eggs and bacon, getting fueled up for a day of honest work.
Jack placed a gentle but calloused hand on Jules’ elbow. “Hey, red, make sure you let everyone know to report back here for free pints when they’re finished. We’re tapping a keg of Happy Planet Pilsner at fifteen-hundred hours.”
“Yes, sir!” Jules replied, pulling a pen from behind her ear. A strand of ginger hair flung down below her chin as she reviewed her list.
“Where are my garbage pickers?” Regina DuPont bellowed from the doorway.
“Reggie!” called Jules, waving. “You made it!”
One of Jules’ best girlfriends, Reggie was a petite yet regal blonde with ice-blue eyes. As an EMT medic, she was absolutely unflappable—with an occasionally wicked sense of humor.
At the moment, she had her hands full, balancing boxes of trash bags and rubber gloves, and a stack of yellow safety vests ready to distribute to the roadside cleanup crews. [CLICK READ MORE BELOW THE PICTURE TO CONTINUE!]
This Christmas, venture to the edge of the vast Pennsylvania forest, and fall in love with a charming, Americana small town with a heart as big as the great outdoors...
Today, Dear Reader, you're invited to take a stroll into the world of my new series, Harmony Falls ~ and meet my awesome co-writer, and sister, Jaz Kennedy!
While you're here, Jaz & I invite you to VOTE for which season is the sexiest to take a dreamy, romantic getaway weekend in & around this idyllic mountain town. There's so much to do and see there, we couldn't decide!
Vote Below and then Leave a Comment and you could win a FREE autographed copy of DREAM OF ME (Harmony Falls, Book 1)! Read on...
Dear Reader ~ How lucky am I? Not only do I get to write novels for the most awesome readers around, but now I get to co-write my first contemporary romance series with one of my favorite people on earth: my sister, Jaz Kennedy.
We're the bookends in our family of four girls: I'm the oldest, she's the youngest. I have been bugging her to write fiction for YEARS because I had read nonfiction and essay style work from her over time, and you can just tell when the talent's there. Finally, the time was right for us to dive in on a collaboration, and JUST AS I SUSPECTED (never question your big sister! lol) the project was a great fit for us both. And though we have always been close, working on Harmony Falls together has brought us even closer.
That makes me doubly happy because "family" is one of the main values we're bringing into the series itself, along with a lot of Foley-girl humor and, of course, the tearjerker moments. It would hardly be a romance without 'em! Oh, yes--and the steamy bits...but I think I'm officially in charge of those. *g*
I invite you to stop by Jaz's website to learn more about her background, but in the meanwhile, I wanted Jaz to do the honors of telling you guys more about the SETTING for our Harmony Falls series.
It's near and dear to our hearts, not the least because it's right in our own back yard here in Pennsylvania! You know what they say: Write what you know. Not so easy to do with Regency romances or Victorian children's fantasy adventures, to say nothing of medieval fantasy romance, lol!
But that's why I needed Jaz to do this project with me, ya see. Because while I've had my head in the clouds in wondrous worlds of long-ago-and-far-away, knights and castles, pirates, and dukes and ballrooms, Jaz has had both feet firmly planted in the here and now.
It's proved to be a good balance, because while I had all these story ideas full of warmth and humor and wonderful characters tugging at my heart, the modern world is not so much my thing, whereas my sister has already got a strong, well-developed contemporary voice. Put that together and, oh, geez, all I can say is that I think my literary idols, the Bronte sisters, would've at least given us big, sister-writer high-fives. Oh, let me shut up already. *g* I'm just excited.
Folks: here's Jaz to tell you about the world of Harmony Falls with a glimpse of all the attractions year round. But don't forget to VOTE at the end & leave a comment for a chance to win an autographed copy of DREAM OF ME (Harmony Falls, Book 1)
Rugged peaks, moss-covered boulders, towering firs, roaring whitewater…
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