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Sweet Nothings Kim Law

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.

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Sweet Nothings
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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About Kim Law

Award-winning author Kim Law wrote her first story, “The Gigantic Talking Raisin,” in elementary school. Although it was never published, it was enough to whet her appetite for a career in writing. First, however, she would try her hand at a few other passions: baton twirling, softball, and music, to name a few. Voted “Bookworm” and “Most Likely to Succeed” in high school, she went on to earn a college degree in mathematics.
Law spent years working as a computer programmer and raising her son, and she now devotes her time and energy to writing romance novels (none of which feature talking raisins).
She is a Romance Writers of America’s RITA® finalist, a past winner of the RWA’s Golden Heart® Award, and currently serves as president for her local RWA chapter. Her books can best be described as a light-hearted mix taking her readers on a sexy, fun, and emotional ride. A native of Kentucky, she now lives with her husband and an assortment of animals in her Middle Tennessee home.

 

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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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Amy Keating Casey

Wow what a sweet book….I mean I really would enjoy it! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway and the review! 🙂 My favorite cupcake would probably be vanilla bean…possibly red velvet too! 🙂

Kim Law

Hi Amy. I can’t believe it, but I’ve never had a vanilla bean cupcake. How has that missed me??? I must remedy this situation fast! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Shari

I grew up in a small town. I loved the fact that you knew most everyone. It got a little harder as an adult. I became a nurse and had to take care of these people, at times emotionally draining.
My favorite cupcake is vanilla bean with butter cream frosting. Jenny and I make them from scratch.

Kim Law

Oh wow, Shari. I hadn’t thought about that aspect of small town living. Now I’m already thinking of how I can use it!! Thanks 😀

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Deborah Favorito

I did not grow up in a small town, the section of the city where I lived was similiar to a small town. Everybody knew what everyone else was doing, if a child did something wrong by the time he(she) got home your parents knew. My favorite cupcake flavor is red velvet with cream cheese frosting. Unfortunately I cannot eat chocolate. The book looks very interesting, have pre-ordered on B&N.

Kim Law

Deborah…I know what you mean! There wasn’t a lot of trouble that I got into as a kid, but I do remember going home a couple times, certain my parents would already know about it!!! Thanks for pre-ordering! I hope you enjoy it!!

erinf1

Sounds fantastic!!! Congrats to Kim on the new release! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I love red velvet cupcakes 🙂

Kim Law

All this talk of red velvet is also making me want one of those! Thanks for stopping by Erin.

Leanna

Small town romance suggestions Thunder Point or Virgin River by Robyn Carr, Fool’s Gold by Susan Mallery and Lucky Harbor by Jill Shalvis. There are so many I can’t mention them all. My favorite cupcake would be chocolate hazelnut or chocolate almond.

Kim Law

Some of my favorite series, there, Leanna! Great choices!

Robin the Book Nerd

Favorite flavor is Yellow Cake Chocolate Frosting.. A classic!

Staci F

My favorite cupcake is red velvet. I too love small town romances and always have. There is a real sense of belonging in those kinds of books. I love that so many of your books are set like that too.

Amy R

What I love about small town romances (especially series) is how a reader gets to feel apart of the small town, like the quirky book store owner who always passes along words of wisdom or the diner waitress who dresses crazy.

My favorite cupcake would be vanilla with a non butter cream icing.

Kim Law

LOL, Amy. I have a waitress like that in mine! In fact, I’m working on her story now 🙂

Elizabeth

I love reading about small towns…such a nice escape from the city

Kim Law

Robin, Staci, Elizabeth…just wanted to say thanks for stopping by! This is the first real blog tour I’ve done, and I’ll have to admit, I didn’t know if anyone would show up 🙁 Thank you all!

DENISE SMITH

i love chocolate cupcake the most

Marisa Joy

Thanks for this awesome giveaway! Red velvet all the way 🙂

jodi marinich

favorite cupcake is a carrot cake one…yum

Allison W

I love how small town romances, in the end through struggle and everything, seem simple and always have a sweet happy ending. I think this book sounds awesome and can’t wait to read it!!

Kim Law

I like the way you said that, Allison. In the end, it’s simple. 🙂 I hope you enjoy the book!

Timitra

I love the busybodies in small towns.

Kim Law

Timitra (cool name, btw)…me too!!! Busybodies rock! 🙂

Bobbye

I love wedding cake cupcakes 😉

Sue G.

Chocolate with chocolate frosting!

Meghan Stith

Probably a Mocha Espresso Cupcake.