Last week, my husband and I took a spring break trip down to LA. The rain followed us from Seattle. LA gets about 9 inches of rain per year. The week of our visit, the forecast called for 2.5 inches! Flash flood warnings, mudslide warnings, mandatory evacuations… It was crazy! Before the deluge started, we still managed to make it to two of my favorite restaurants, El Pollo Loco and In-N-Out Burger—not at all fancy, but soooo delicious.
One of the best feelings in the world is coming home. When you open the door, you feel an instant sense of belonging, of rightness. Home is more than a place, it's a feeling. Home is where you’re free to be your most authentic self. Home is where you are loved.
That's why the title When We Found Home is so perfect for my next book. The story is about three half-siblings who never knew about each other until after their father passed away. Brought together by their grandfather, Malcolm, Callie and Keira start out as reluctant strangers. But something magical happens to transform them into a family and give them a true sense of "home" for the first time ever. Along the way, Malcolm and Callie will each meet the loves of their lives.
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When We Found Home is set in Seattle, which just happens to be my home, so I thought it would be fun to give away a Taste of Seattle prize package, in this charming I Happy Books gift bag decorated with the covers of my books.
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PREORDER WHEN WE FOUND HOME, COMING JULY 10th
Life is meant to be savored, but that’s not easy with no family, limited prospects and a past you’d rather not talk about. Still, Callie Smith doesn’t know how to feel when she discovers she has a brother and a sister—Malcolm, who grew up with affection, wealth and privilege, and Keira, a streetwise twelve-year-old. Callie doesn’t love being alone, but at least it’s safe. Despite her trepidation, she moves into the grand family home with her siblings and grandfather on the shores of Lake Washington, hoping just maybe this will be the start of a whole new life.
But starting over can be messy. Callie and Keira fit in with each other, but not with their posh new lifestyle, leaving Malcolm feeling like the odd man out in his own home. He was clever enough to turn a sleepy Seattle mail-order food catalog into an online gourmet powerhouse, yet he can’t figure out how to help his new sisters feel secure. Becoming a family will take patience, humor, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of love. But love isn’t Malcolm’s strong suit…until a beautiful barista teaches him that an open heart, like the family table, can always make room for more.
COMING APRIL 17 TO PAPERBACK
Kelly Murphy isn't used to chaos. Her life as a tulip farmer is routine, after all—up at dawn, off to work, lather, rinse, repeat. But everything changes one sunwashed summer with two dramatic homecomings: Griffith Burnett—Tulpen Crossing’s prodigal son who’s set his sights on Kelly, and her beautiful, wayward and, as far as Kelly is concerned, unwelcome sister. Tempted by Griffith, annoyed by Olivia, Kelly is overwhelmed by the secrets that were so easy to keep when she was alone.
But Olivia's return isn't as triumphant as she pretends. Her job has no future and, ever since her dad sent her away from the bad boy she loved, she has felt cut off from her past. She's determined to reclaim her man and her place in the family…whether her sister likes it or not. For ten years, she and Kelly have been strangers. Olivia will get by without her approval now.
While Kelly and Olivia butt heads, their secrets tumble out in a big, hot mess, revealing some truths that will change everything they thought they knew. Can they forgive each other—and themselves—and redefine what it means to be sisters?
The Tulip Sisters are in for the most colorful summer of their lives . . .
JUST FOR FUN
I challenged my readers on social media to recreate any of my 150+ book covers using Easter candy, and I thought you’d enjoy seeing a few of the results. Everyone who submits a picture will receive a WHEN WE FOUND HOME sticky book, and will be entered into a drawing for a $25 bookstore gift card. To enter, email your picture with the original book title to my assistant at email@example.com no later than March 31.
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