Hi, everyone! I hope this newsletter/blog post finds you all well. It’s been a few months since we “chatted.” Lots of things have happened (pretty much all good, yay!). And I have a new book for you!

First things first – the new book. Stormking Road is the sixth installment in the Firefly Hollow series. It is NOT Rachel’s story. I know, I know, don’t hurt me! But this is actually a good thing.

See, I really thought Rachel was going to have her happily ever after not long after Amelia did. Maybe a year or two later, some guy would come along, sweep her off her feet, and she’d go the way of her siblings down the merry path of happiness. But that’s not what happened.

You may have noticed Rachel is a bit stubborn. And when I tried to force her into the mold I had in mind for her, she didn’t want to go. That told me it was the wrong direction for her. So I took a step back and let that idea go, and the somewhat disconcerting solution came to me. Rachel was going to have to wait.

So what is this new book if not Rachel’s story? It’s Sydney’s story. That’s right, Little Miss Precocious herself, all grown up and still full of sass. She’s not had an easy way of it, and she’s in fact given Archer and Emma something of a hard time, too. It’s been an interesting journey for her to get to the point where we meet her in the book.

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Stormking Road opens with Sydney coming home, now twenty-six, and it brings us into the present day with the Campbell family. There’ve been some changes–lots of grandkids, a few losses, but the core of the family remains the same: loving, meddling, and imperfectly perfect.

As for Sydney’s hero? Remember Sawyer Evans, the yummy state trooper who saves Amelia’s bacon at the end of Cricket Cove? Yeah… And he’s probably the most reluctant hero I’ve written about to date. Not without good reason, mind you. But you’ll learn all about that in the book.

Speaking of the book – it’s not available in print yet, but will be soon. For now, the e-book is available at these retailers: AmazonBN.comKobo, and Apple. (For Apple, just go to the iTunes store and search for Stormking Road.)

Here’s the blurb if you’re curious:

This book is a romance. It’s a man + woman = love story. Insta-love? No. Impertinence? Yes. Sex within the first few chapters? Um, no (that comes later). Steamy tension building? Oh, yeah. And lots of interfering family members with good intentions. 

Sydney Campbell Gibson is all grown up now. Divorced and mostly over it, she returns home to Hazard, Kentucky, ready to get on with her life. She wants a husband, a family. What she has is a new job with a man who didn’t want to hire her. As if that weren’t mortifying enough, she has a crush on her boss, has had for years. She even kissed him when she was nineteen, but then she ran away. 

As for Sawyer Evans? He’s divorced, as well. Retired from the state police, he’s set up shop as a private investigator, and he’s up to his eyeballs in paperwork with no one to turn to for help. Sawyer’s way too old for Sydney–his opinion, not hers–regardless of the fact that she’s a fully grown woman whose attractiveness he can’t deny. She’s definitely no longer the surly teenager he nearly arrested twice, as much as he almost wished she was. Besides, her family would never approve, even if he and Sydney could move past his inability to have children. 

But then there’s this chemistry that starts burning between them. And suddenly neither of them is sure of anything anymore except their growing need for one another. 

*This book also contains the bonus 25-page short story “Archer’s Cat.”

“Stormking Road” is the sixth book in the Firefly Hollow series, romances with paranormal elements related to Appalachian folklore. Other books in the series include “Firefly Hollow,” “Butterfly Lane,” “Dragonfly Creek,” “Cattail Ridge,” and “Cricket Cove.”

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That’s right! If you’ve wondered whatever happened to Archer regarding his cat? This is your chance to find out. (You can also find the short story on my website and at Wattpad.)

So those changes? Well, if you follow the blog, you know we moved back in September. We’re in a log cabin near the top of a mountain now, and I’m planning all kinds of things for next year’s garden already. This was a good move, and the house has a bit of a family connection–my husband and his grandfather built it in the late 1980s when my hubby was just a teenager. It was his summer project one year. The house also has a ghost, which we think is hubby’s grandfather, and let me tell you–writing about characters who can see and interact with the dead and experiencing unexplainable phenomenon yourself? Wayyyy different. I have a lot more sympathy for poor Noah now than I did.

As to what’s coming up? I’m currently elbows deep in Rachel’s book, and the first groundwork is laid for Jason Hudson’s (Redemption in the Shadows.) I’m hoping that Rachel’s book will come in early 2015 and Jason’s not long after. HOWEVER, with that being said, I reserve the right to switch them if Rachel continues being stubborn. She’s bucking me a little, and I’m trying to let her come through, not my vision of her. Regardless, look for both books in the early months of 2015.

As always, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you. I appreciate you more than you know. You keep me going in this writing endeavor by buying the books and reading them and enjoying them. I couldn’t do it without you. So Thank You.

If you’re wondering if you can do anything other than what you already do, the answer is yes. Tell your friends who love to read about the books. Tell your co-workers, your book clubs, whoever you know who loves books. This is very much a grass-roots type venture, where the best thing I can do to promote these books is get word of mouth going, and honestly? That’s not something I can do personally. It has to come from you all, the readers who enjoy the books, who cry and curse and laugh and love the characters along with me. As of right now, the first e-books in both series are free on all the online retailers. So point them to Secrets in the Shadows or Firefly Hollow if you like, and they can try them at no cost.

Even if it’s just leaving a review on your favorite retailer saying “I loved this book and this is why…” you can have a huge impact. If you hated the book? That’s okay. It happens. Please don’t hesitate to leave those reviews, too. Believe it or not, they’re just as important as the others. Obviously, I don’t set out intending to write a book you all will hate, but it’s going to happen. And if you can’t spread the word about the books for whatever reason? That’s perfectly fine. I appreciate the fact that you simply read them.

Well, I’m off. I won’t bend your ears any longer in this newsletter. I hope you all have a safe, happy holiday season and safe travels. Talk to you soon!

T. L.