~ THE SERENDIPITY SERIES ~
by Carly Phillips
As we round up to the end of January, we wanted to bring you something special about our author of the month, Carly Phillips. We got to peak into her mind a bit about her latest series set in Serendipity. If you haven’t read it yet and you love a sweet and spicy small town romance, then you have to give this series a try. Her heroes are swoon worthy and her heroines are feisty. You can’t help but fall in love with them.
Now, instead of giving you our fantasy cast for the series we actually got the opportunity of learning from the source about the inspiration for each character in the series. We leave you now with author, Carly Phillips, while she talks about the characters of Serendipity.
From the author:
I kind of have a thing for picturing characters and using soap opera characters and actors/actresses to name people in my books. Because everyone knows I’m an ABC Soap Opera addict – All My Children ::sniff::, One Life to Live ::sniff sniff:: and General Hospital … so if you don’t watch, where many of those photos I sent you came from? Yes, you are now going to see how nuts I really am 😉
New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips presents the first in a delightful new series about a quaint upstate New York town
where love, fate and fortune are intertwined …
Faith Harrington was the classic girl of privilege–until her father was convicted of running a Ponzi scheme and then her marriage crashed and burned.
Now Faith is back in her hometown, hoping for a fresh start. But her father’s betrayal has rocked Serendipity – and not everyone is ready to welcome her with open arms. Then she runs into her teenage crush — the dark, brooding Ethan Barron. Ethan, no stranger to scandal himself, never imagined he’d own the mansion on the hill, much less ever again come face to face with Faith–the princess he once kissed senseless. The chance meeting reignites the electric charge between them.
Still, when Ethan hires her to redecorate what was once her childhood home, Faith is sure that getting involved with the town’s notorious bad boy will only lead to trouble. But her heart has other ideas. And so do the townspeople of Serendipity …
The character of Faith
– Alexa Havens played Babe Chandler on All My Children. I pictured her for Faith. But I used her name, Alexa, for the doctor, Dr. Alexa Collins, who is in the series, and gets her story this summer in Hot Summer Nights’ Anthology with Jaci Burton, Erin McCarthy and Jessica Clare – my story is called Perfect Stranger.
The character of Tess
Kismet – A Serendipity Novella – eBook ONLY
Long Lost Love and Second Chances
Elisabetta Gardelli thought she’d spend her days serving coffee and writing obits for the town paper until an unexpected opportunity results in her dream job as a journalist. Now, divorced and determined to make it on her own, Lissa is hired to do a series of interviews about entrepreneurs who’ve made their mark at an impressively young age. First up? Wall Street mogul Trevor Dane — Lissa’s first love. Lissa hasn’t seen Trevor since he left the small town of Serendipity to earn his spot on the right side of the tracks. Ten years have passed but neither has really moved from their super-passionate teenage affair – or the heartbreak that followed. This reunion can be their second chance or it can provide much needed closure. It all depends on Trevor. Can he forgive Lissa or will the past continue to stand in their way?
New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips presents a never-before-published novella set in a quaint upstate New York town—where Serendipity’s finest show exactly what they’re made of…
Kate Andews is the original rebound girl. But she has had enough and has vowed to never be someone’s second choice again. Unfortunately, her undeniably intense desire for Nick Mancini is testing her best laid plans because Kate has carried a torch for Nick since high school– but she’s always been permanently in the friend zone.
Lately, Nick has definitely noticed Kate. Unfortunately he can’t get her to take him seriously. He knows he’s made some stupid moves in the past but he’s determined to get Kate to act on their obvious and mutual attraction. However Kate’s stubborn and she’s been hurt before, which means Nick will have to pull out all the stops in order to convince her he’s not the same boy she used to know, and she’s not second best… she’s everything.
From New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips comes her second novel set in Serendipity, the quaint upstate New York town where love, fate, and fortune are intertwined…
Nash Barron may be cynical about love, yet even he likes a good wedding. But the only good thing about his brother’s wedding is Kelly Moss. Nash can’t help but admire her confidence and beauty, but he’s forced to keep his distance because getting involved with Kelly could destroy his relationship with his newly discovered half sister, Tess…
Kelly came to Serendipity to give Tess–her half sibling as well, thanks to an illicit affair–a second chance at life. She learned long ago not to rely on anyone but herself. Besides, she doesn’t want to upset Tess’s life by pushing for a fling with Nash. Except the more she gets to know him, the more vulnerable she becomes to the kindness beneath his gruff exterior, and the less she’s able to stay away. But she has other reasons for keeping her distance. Like the secret from her past she knows Nash will never forgive…
The character of Nash Barron
– the photo is of Scott Reeves, who plays Dr. Steve Webber on General Hospital.
The character of Kelly Moss
From New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips comes her third novel set in Serendipity, the quaint upstate New York town where love, fate, and fortune are intertwined…
Police Officer Dare Barron has had a crush on Liza McKnight ever since he was a teenager. But despite his lifelong attraction, the closest he’s ever come to interacting with her is watching Liza regularly bail out her brother at the station. Dare’s dark past with Liza’s brother, Brian, has always kept him from pursuing her. But suddenly Liza finds herself in need of protection and Dare appoints himself as the man for the job. And while the sizzling attraction between Dare and Liza draws them together, the past that Dare and Brian share threatens to keep the two apart forever.
The character of Liza McKnight
Dear Readers: Thank you for loving the small town of SERENDIPITY. Because of you, I’m able to continue what I started in Serendipity, Destiny and Karma and introduce you to Serendipity’s Finest – the cops of Serendipity. You met Cara in KARMA – now read her story in PERFECT FIT where she tangles with her new boss, police chief Mike Marsden, an alpha male who meets his match in this beautiful woman with painful secrets of her own. I hope you continue to enjoy Serendipity because there’s much more in store!
In the picturesque town of Serendipity, New York, three siblings have grown up in the shadow of their proud and respected police chief father. But what do love, fate, and fortune have in store for the next generation of Serendipity’s finest?
Always feeling like the odd man out in his family, Michael Marsden wanted to make it on his own. So he escaped Serendipity to become an undercover cop in Manhattan, where the Marsden name wasn’t known. But Michael’s independence is compromised when he returns home to replace his sick father as chief of police. Back in the shadow of his family, he’s as lost and restless as ever, until he’s challenged by someone he never anticipated.
Cara Hartley is the Serendipity cop with whom Mike had a one night stand three months earlier. Neither expected anything more but fate has other things in store. When Mike returns as Cara’s boss, the sexual tension between them is impossible to ignore – and the unexpected emotional connection continues to grow. But Cara’s a small town girl while Mike has a wanderer’s blood in his veins.
Both are convinced a future together is impossible. Until Mike’s real father’s secrets come back to haunt him and he realizes there are some things worth staying and fighting for. Including Cara.
The character of Cara Hartley
– well her looks actually tie to her name …actress named Lindsay Hartley came to All My Children when it was still on the air, to play a character named Cara Castillo. I mixed her real name with her character’s name and Lindsay Hartley’s Cara became my Cara Hartley. Not to mention, she’s a PERFECT FIT (no pun intended – not really!).
So what do you think?
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In honor of our Author of the Month, we are giving away a book from the Serendipity series, winners choice, in any format desired (print, ebook or audiobook). International.