This was, I’ll admit, a pretty unusual project for me. For this collection, I had the chance to join forces with three wonderful authors. Together, we created four interconnected novellas that all take place during the course of one January weekend in the fictional small town of Abbott Springs, Ohio.
We’ve been at work on it for months, and I’m so excited to finally get to share the front cover and the back-cover blurb with everyone .
ALL I EVER WANTED
by Caisey Quinn, Rhonda Helms, Lexi Ryan & Marilyn Brant
Winterfest is heating up in Abbott Springs…
As the town’s yearly festival kicks off, cold days turn into steamy nights, new flames will be ignited, and old romances will be rekindled.
All About Us by Marilyn Brant—All Sami Abbott ever wanted was permission to be herself. At home, she aims to be the perfect daughter but never measures up. At college, she’s the bold girl who had a one-night stand with sexy musician, Alex Hamilton. When he arrives unexpectedly in Abbott Springs, her worlds collide and she must reconcile the girl she tries to be with the person she really is.
All I Need by Caisey Quinn–All pink-haired rocker chick Everly Abbott thought she wanted was acceptance in her straight-laced hometown. But her best friend and bandmate Justin Cohen is about to show her that what she thinks she wants isn’t necessarily what she needs.
All or Nothing by Lexi Ryan—After years of placing the wrong bets, all Aubree Baxter wanted was someone to take a chance on her. Golden boy Kennedy Hale plays it safe in life and love, but to keep Bree in Abbott Springs, he’ll have to go all in.
In writing the anthology, we came up with a yearly mid-January festival (in the vein of one of “The Gilmore Girls” or “The Vampire Diaries” small-town events) and we named it “Winterfest.” We’ve since discovered that there are some real Winterfest/Winter Fest celebrations that take place around the country, and it made me wonder if you all knew of any fun small-town festivals that you’ve attended in the past or, perhaps, still go to every year, regardless of season… I’d love to hear about them .
Better yet, if you could make up your own annual celebration, which activities would you be most likely to include? Are there any special foods you’d want to make sure you had on hand? And when would you host it?!