Top Ten Reasons I love Small Town Romances
Long before small-town romances became all the rage, I loved them. I used to be a big reader of Harlequin and Silhouette category romances, and the ones I loved the most (and always sought out) were the ones set in small towns.
Then these stories started showing up in the larger, single-title books, and of course, I loved those too. Not to mention, somewhere in there I started writing my own.
So now I have my own small-town series—of which Sweet Nothings is book two—so I figured I’d share my top ten reasons why I love this type of book.
10) The pace of small towns. There’s no rush hour, and no need to hurry. Ever. It’s so nice in today’s world to escape to a place like that.
9) High school sweethearts. Whether the book is about high school sweethearts or not, there is almost always a couple or two in the community who were. I’m a big fan of that kind of love. There’s just something so sweet and real and hopeful about it.
8) The characters feel real. They are people I’d like to know (and sometimes people I’d like to be) in my everyday life. And because of this, I always want to come back and hear more about them.
7) The sense of community feels like a great big hug. How sappy, right? But when you think about it, the characters are never on their own. There is always a support system, always someone around to help. I love that.
6) So often the stories are about coming home. People find the place where they belong (and realize it was right under their nose all along!).
5) Everyone is in everyone else’s business. And that is SO true in small towns! And while I don’t particularly like being the focus of everyone myself (of which I do have personal experience), it’s totally fun to me to read it going on with others.
4) Town squares. Town squares just make me think of easier times. Easier is good.
3) Where everybody knows your name. It’s not Cheers in Boston, but in small towns, if someone doesn’t know you, they know who your Mama or Daddy is. I love that closeness. I suppose this kind of goes back to my #7 above, but I like it so much it’s worth mentioning twice.
2) Good morals and values. Almost without fail, the people in small town stories are good people. At least most of them are. I like to believe the majority of people in the world are deep down good. These stories play into that for me.
1) Life is simple (but the romances are big). What could be better than that?
So what about you all? What do you love in small town books?
Feel free to give me specific examples. I love to steal ideas from readers.
Sugar Springs #2
By: Kim Law
Releasing January 1st, 2014
Joanie Bigbee, cupcake baker extraordinaire, likes to keep her options open–and she’s good at it. She’s started and sold some 30 businesses in her postage stamp-sized Tennessee town, and at the moment she can be found in a short skirt and go-go boots, selling cupcakes out of the back of a converted Volkswagen van. What she moves on to next is anybody’s guess. She knows better than to be tied down. In any way. She’s watched every woman in her family fall head-over-heels, only to find themselves wondering how to pick up the pieces when love is lost.
When Nick Dalton shows up at the groovy cupcakery, all Joanie wants is a taste; a fling with no strings suits her just fine. But for Nick, a bite is not enough; he wants the whole cake: a big house, a family, true love. But love only makes you stupid, right? Joanie has to decide whether to follow where her free-spirit leads? or hold on to the sweetest thing she’s ever known.
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During the tour, grand prize will be a cupcake basket with: A jumbo cupcake pan, A cupcake recipe book, Jumbo cupcake liners, Cupcakes sprinkles, A cupcake decorating kit, Cupcake measuring cups, An autographed copy of Sweet Nothings, and a cupcake recipe unique to my book.
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