My doves I am so happy to be writing this post and not doing anything else! If only I could turn playing with you all into a career. Alas, this is a money pit instead of a money maker. But I guess that’s why they call things a labor of love, yes? >.> Ahem. ANYWAY – no downers here! Today we have Fiona Lowe! Whee! To my shock, she’s a first time ALBTALBS guest! Everyone give her a really super warm welcome! Now, Fiona’s got all the good stuff – giveaway etc – covered, so this is the last you’ll hear from me! 😀 Yay copy and paste! 😉
♬ Sing Happy Birthday, blow out the candles! ♬ Happy 4th blogiversary to Limecello!
I’m a big believer in celebrating birthdays, milestones and rites of passage such as becoming a teenager, an adult, graduations etc. These are the things that bind family together. These are the things that provide significance in our lives, because let’s face it, as an adult sometimes the big and amazing things are few and far between so hey, I hang onto the birthday. I expect cake! 😉
Family traditions are often connected with these celebrations. My growing sons associate certain foods with certain events and they look forward to them; it’s part of the celebration and woe betide if I dare change the Christmas menu! As little kids, they’d spend hours pouring over the ‘birthday cake book’ agonizing over which cake they’d have. I’ve made a pool, a train, a castle, a ghost, Pokemon, a dinosaur, an alien, a campfire…you get the idea.
Family can be a source of great joy and abject despair and sometimes you can ride that pony on the same day. In my novel, Montana Actually, the first book in my new Medicine River series, the McCade family has ranched for generations in northern Montana. It’s a hard life but a good life. Katrina McCade, the eldest daughter has lived away for eight years but when everything she believed about her life turned out to be lie, she came home determined to start over and avoid repeating the same mistakes she’d made with men out east.
Coming home isn’t easy; especially when you’re almost 30 and suddenly your father’s back treating you as if you were 17. Her mother, Bonnie, doesn’t seem her usual dynamic self and her elder brother, Beau is a lot quieter. Home isn’t the haven she’d expected and to add to her discombobulation, the new doctor’s arrival in Bear Paw has her questioning her new resolve.
As the McCade family deal with the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced, Katrina’s forced to make some hard decisions about her life and her future.
To celebrate Lime’s blogaversary, I’m giving away a signed paperback copy of my latest release, Montana Actually along with a bookmark with the cover of Truly, Madly Montana, the second book in the Medicine River series, which releases July 7th. You get a sneak peek of the cover!
To be in with a chance just leave a comment telling me about one of your family’s traditions.
A big city doctor in a small-town Montana practice… A former nurse who has sworn off doctors forever… The scene is set for passions to ignite in Big Sky Country. For readers of Robyn Carr and Sherryl Woods.
City doctor Josh Stanton and his sports car don’t suit the country but with his medical school debt about to bury him, Josh has to make the best of a bad situation. Adjusting to his new job and life in the middle of nowhere isn’t easy, but at least the views of the mountains –and one distractingly attractive local–are stunning…
After eight years away, Katrina McCade is back in Bear Paw for a break from her life, bad choices–and men. But when a broad-shouldered stranger bursts into town, she finds herself unexpectedly saddled with the town’s sexy new doctor as a tenant. Katrina doesn’t need a man to make her happy, especially a disgruntled physician. But try telling her body that.
Montana Actually received a Publishers Weekly starred review.
To read an excerpt from Montana Actually, click here.
Fiona Lowe is a RITA® and R*BY award-winning, multi-published author with Berkley Penguin USA, Carina Press and Harlequin Mills & Boon. Whether her books are set in outback Australia or in the USA, they feature small towns with big hearts and warm, likeable characters that make you fall in love. When she’s not writing stories, she’s a distracted wife, mother of two ‘ginger’ sons, guardian of 80 rose bushes, slave to a cat and often found collapsed on the couch with wine. You can find her at her website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.