Monday, April 7, 2014

Glad you could stop by this spring Monday. Up here the thermometer is rising and the sun is gaining heat and water is flowing everywhere.

Carolyne Aarsen here and I'd like to tell you a bit about my latest release. A Father in the Making is the third book in the Hearts of Hartley Creek series where I finally get to tell Mia Verbeeks story. Mia has made a few showings in some of my other books and I'm glad that she finally gets her own story. Mia is the mother of two boys and twin girls and after her flower shop and home burns down, she ends up having to stay, with her children, on her friend, Evangeline's, ranch. Trouble is so does Evangeline's future brother-in-law, Nate. Nate is a rambling man who prefers not to be tied down. Mia has been burnt by her ex and feels the only way she can take care of her kids is to keep her heart to herself. But when her son, traumatized by the fire, connects with Nate, Mia is forced to work with him for the sake of her beloved son. As they spend time together, they realize each other's strengths. But can they put past hurts behind them?

One of the fun things I did with this book was finish the story of a secondary character, Captain Jeff Deptuck. Captain Deptuck is a real life fireman who bought a chance to be featured in one of my books at an auction that my son's training class held for the Stollery Children's hospital in Edmonton. He wanted to initially be a villain, but when I met him at my son's graduation ceremony I realized I couldn't do that to him. Jeff shows up in all three of the books and in this last book he gets his own, happy ever after. I hope you have a chance to read A Father in the Making. If you want to find out more about me and my books, stop by my website, www.carolyneaarsen.com.

Take care and happy reading.

29 comments:

Pamela Tracy said...

Carolyne,
Sounds awesome. I love finishing off character stories :)

Margaret Daley said...

Love the cover. This would be a good read.

Janet Lee Barton said...

Hi Carolyne,
I love the cover and the story sounds great! Isn't it fun to write series? I've always loved reading them!

Carolyne Aarsen said...

Hey, Pamela, thanks for your comment. I had fun with poor Mia. She showed up pregnant in my Home to Hartley Creek series, so it was fun to tell her story.

Carolyne Aarsen said...

Good morning, Margaret. I've had some great covers for this series.

Carolyne Aarsen said...

Hey, Janet. Series are fun to write but I'm such a scatterbrain, I have to keep detailed character charts and timelines.

Mindy Obenhaus said...

What a beautiful cover. And I love the premise of this story. Can't wait to read it.

Thanks, Carolyne!

Missy Tippens said...

Sounds like a great story, Carolyne! How fun to revisit characters.

Dana Mentink said...

:) Coolio!

Jean C. Gordon said...

I like the real-life firefighter being a recurring secondary character. What a fun idea to auction that opportunity off.

Carolyne Aarsen said...

Hey, Jean, it was fun to give Captain Deptuck a part in my books. I've done it before and enjoyed working with the people, trying to fit them into the story. I know he was thrilled to get the books.

Sandra Orchard said...

You've hooked me! Okay, had me at cowboy. :) I looove the idea of including a real person. So far I've only gone as far as to model a dog off of one of my reader's childhood pets...in a fireman story. :)

Christine Johnson said...

How fun that you get to finish the stories of longtime characters! Congratulations on the new book.

CatMom said...

This story sounds wonderful, and I LOVE that cover! Will definitely look for this.
Blessings from Georgia, Patti Jo

Danica Favorite said...

Carolyne, I love how you were able to use a part from a charity auction and make it meaningful.

barb phinney said...

Wow, a real person! And what a good idea. I agree. He sounds too nice to be a villain.
And on a side note, I hope your snow is all melted really soon!
Barbara

Allie Pleiter said...

I've done the charity auction thing--so much fun and a unique way to help a cause you believe in!

Carolyn Greene said...

Sounds like fun! And especially satisfying that the auctioned name is helping a good charity. Looking forward to the book!

Vickie McDonough said...

Carolyn,

Was Captain Jack disappointed that he wasn't a villain in your books? That's nice the he gets his own HEA.

Deb Kastner said...

Love this cover! Story sounds wonderful.

Sherri Shackelford said...

So glad Jeff got a HEA!

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