Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bachelors of Blueberry Cove

HALF MOON HARBOR
Bachelors of Blueberry Cove, book 2
Kensington

Bold, brash, Irish–Brodie Monaghan’s been breaking hearts ever since he arrived in Maine to rebuild the family business. Still, there’s one woman he just can’t wow. Grace Maddox claims she’s now part owner of Monaghan Shipbuilders, and she has her own dreams for the weathered dockside buildings. Tiny Blueberry Cove has a way of welcoming strangers with wide open arms, but is the sleepy coastal village ready for the fireworks these two spark?

DIY is so much better with two. . .
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USA Today bestselling author of the Cupcake Club Romance series, DONNA KAUFFMAN has seen her books reviewed in venues ranging from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal to Entertainment Weekly and Cosmopolitan. She lives just outside of DC in the lovely Virginia countryside, where she is presently trying to makeover her newly empty nest into something that doesn’t have to accommodate piles of sports equipment falling out of her coat closet (okay, out of every closet...and under every bed....), size 13 cleats and sweaty uniforms cluttering her foyer (and stairwell, and laundry room, and...), and a kitchen that should have come with a traffic light. And a pantry monitor. (Anyone with a clever idea on how to repurpose lacrosse sticks into matching reading lamps, she’s all ears!) When she’s not stripping paint, varnishing an old auction house find, or trying to avoid bodily injury with her latest power tool purchase, she loves to hear from readers! You can contact her through her website.

THE DOWN LOW on BLUEBERRY COVE
In an article about fictional small towns Donna stated, "I love the encapsulated feel of a small town. As a character in one of my Cupcake Club books says, 'It's like being in a continual group hug.' I like that closeness, both the support it gives to all the characters, and the obstacles it creates, being in each other's back pockets. Secrets are hard to keep in a small town, and everybody has an opinion on everything. I love that!"

ANGI: What's different about BLUEBERRY COVE, MAINE?
DONNA: I love all of coastal Maine, and have been end to end numerous times now, but was most deeply drawn to the northern stretch of the coast, Downeast, than the more traditionally well-known touristy southern end. So, I decided to set my small town there, where it’s more rustic, more rugged, and the folks perhaps a bit more delightfully quirky. 

ANGI: What's your favorite thing about Blueberry Cove?
DONNA:  That would go hand in hand with the first answer - it’s a different setting for coastal Maine, and I love that it allows me to explore a different kind of small town, one that embraces its rich, seafaring ancestry as one of the earliest towns to be settled in the Americas. 

ANGI: Can you share if Blueberry Cove is modeled after a real Maine town (and which one)?
DONNA: Blueberry isn’t modeled after any one town. It’s drawn more as a composite, from the history of that part of the coast, the heritage there, drawing from many elements of the way of life there, both now and throughout the centuries since it was originally settled. 

ANGI: Who are your favorite recurring secondary characters? 
DONNA: I think Fergus McRae, the somewhat crusty Irishman who runs the Rusty Puffin pub and is the patriarchal figure in the McRae family is one of them, for sure, but most definitely the top spot goes to Eula March, the ageless, timeless owner of Mossycup Antiques, which features a mossy cup oak tree growing right up through the middle of the shop and is rumored to be inhabited by the wee folk who may or may not help her with her somewhat magical and mystical restorations.  

ANGI: What’s your favorite thing about Brodie?
DONNA: I adore an Irishman with a sexy swagger, and the drop dead accent to go with it.  Especially when he’s quite content with charming his way into the hearts and lives of his new American neighbors, but thinks he’s immune to the charms of any one particular woman. He begins to see the error in that thinking in Pelican Point, the first book in the series, but it’s not until he meets Grace Maddox in Half Moon Harbor that he realizes his life as a happy bachelor is about to come to a rather abrupt end.

ANGI: What’s your favorite thing about Grace?
DONNA: I love that she’s brave enough to make the change in her life she must make if she wants to have a chance at finding what is most important to her, even if it terrifies her, with no guarantee it will work out the way she hopes it will. She wants to reunite with her estranged brother, Ford, who is her only remaining family, and more importantly, find a way to establish herself in a place she can call home, and truly feel and believe it is all of that and more. 

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: You said in our last interview-- "I've gotten to travel to so many fascinating places and meet so many wonderful, amazing people while researching books, speaking at conferences, attending signings." Where's your favorite place you've gotten to travel? 
DONNA'S GOTTA ANSWER: So many to choose from! Coastal Maine nears the top of the list and I look forward to heading back there this fall…but top spot has to go to the Western Highlands of Scotland. Specifically the Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebridean Islands.  I write contemporary romance and love bringing in a setting that is otherwise more traditionally seen only in historical romance. Skye and the outer islands have been inspiration for a number of books, most notably The Legend MacKinnon, The Charm Stone and, most recently, my Hot Scot series. It is the home of my ancestors and I have felt inexplicably like a lifelong resident (maybe more than one life?) since my first time setting foot on the island.


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PELICAN POINT
Bachelors of Blueberry Cove Series
book 1

Blueberry Cove, Maine, is as small-town as small towns get. More than a little quirky, it has sheltered generations of families. But there’s always room for a new face…

Fixing things has always been Alex McFarland’s greatest gift and keenest pleasure. But with her own life thoroughly broken, she’s signed on to renovate the dilapidated Pelican Point lighthouse, hoping to reconnect with herself. The last thing she expects is to find herself falling in love – with the glorious coastline, with age-old secrets and welcome-home smiles . . .with rugged Logan McCrae, the man she just might be able to build new hopes on.

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DONNA WANTS TO KNOW: Are you drawn to books set in places that might interest you personally? Do you enjoy reading books where the setting (coastal, mountains, big city, small town) is intrinsic to the story itself? (Okay, so I cheated, that’s two questions, but they go hand in hand!) Tell me what location/setting is a “must check out” - one that will make you pick up a book regardless of if you’ve heard of the author before.

7 comments:

  1. Oh my! Does Brodie wear a kilt in the book? I'm partial to kilted men. ;)

    I like books set in places I'd want to visit. It makes me happy to read a story when I can picture myself visiting there, like I'm almost an extra in the book. What a fun post, Donna!

    Marcy Shuler
    bmndshuler(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  2. Welcome back, Donna. Always a pleasure to read ... either a book or an interview.
    ~Angi

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  3. I love books that are set in small coastal towns. Oh and if the cover has a lighthouse on it, I'll pick it up just because of that. I was raised in a large city but have resided in a small town for quite a few years now. We don't have a lighthouse but we do live right on the water. And for my honeymoon we went to MI which started my fascination of lighthouses.

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  4. don't really care about settings; depends on the characters

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  5. What a lovely cover. This one sounds delightful. Coastal towns give me that warm cozy feeling - Love it!

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  6. The setting is not that important. The plot and characters are more important.

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  7. I love books set in the English countryside. There's something about those thatched roof cottages, grazing sheep, wildflowers and afternoon tea that pulls me in regardless of whether I know the author or not. I also love books that are set in Alaska or other mountainous places. I like reading about B&B's and Inns too; really, any place quaint and homey.

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