This last summer I was lucky enough to travel to Silverton, Colorado. My husband, Steve, and I took the 47 mile, three-hour trip on the old narrow gauge train just like people had done a hundred years ago. We also took along two of our grandsons, Connor and Finley. I love seeing things through the eyes of a child, especially since I have a lot of kids in my books.
Anyway, the trip up the mountain was fantastic. We saw some beautiful scenery through the Rockies and finally arrived at the old silver and gold mining town. Once you get off the train, you honestly believe you’re stepping back in time. Silverton, Colorado, looks just like it did all those years ago.
It was hard not to fall in love with the old storefronts and the historical hotels. We stayed overnight at the Old Teller House, built in 1896. The next day we toured an old closed mine, THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MINE.
I love the inspiration I get when I travel to a location. Stories start forming in my head. It’s always interesting to see how people live. When I was sitting in a café, the young waitress, barely twenty, told me that her father had been a mountain guide and her mother a mine prospector when they met.
Whoa, that twist caught me off guard. But isn’t that what we want from a story? To be different and intriguing.
I had visited Silverton years ago which had given me the ideas for my first three stories in the Rocky Mountain Brides series. I’ve just completed two more stories set in Silverton, which I call the town Destiny in my books. The name seemed to fit perfectly.
This series is one of my favorites. I love to write about make-believe towns where I can create my characters and stories that hopefully will linger in the readers’ minds, and leave them wanting more.
My heroine, Lorelei Hutchinson, suddenly becomes the richest person in town. Who wouldn’t want that? Well, it took Lori by surprise when her estranged father died and left her everything in his will. Of course, all she ever wanted was to have Lyle Hutchinson’s love.
Instead she inherited a mansion to live in, a bank filled with money and a good-looking business partner, Jace Yeager, who’s trying to keep from going bankrupt.
Single dad, Jace, has learned to rely only on himself and his adorable little daughter, Cassie. His construction business now depends on him working with Lori—so he sets out to prove who’s the boss.
But with the holiday season drawing near, it’s not all just business. Jace discovers a sweet, generous woman wanting a partner for life.
Lori only wants to help the town survive. That means she needs to complete the business complex her father started. Jace is fighting for survival, a new beginning for himself and his daughter.
Lori wants to find a place, a home where she belongs. Instead she finds a community who welcomes her with open arms.
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Patricia Thayer has called Orange County, California home with Steve, her husband of over 40 years. Not only does she enjoy the warm weather year round, she gets the support of other authors, and for over twenty years, her critique group. It’s a sisterhood like no other.
Since 1991, Pat has written over 44 books for Silhouette and Harlequin. She has been nominated for both the National Reader’s Choice Award and the prestigious RITA. Her book, Nothing Short of a Miracle, won a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award.
You can also find her at her cabin in the local mountains, spending a quiet weekend, writing her next story.
To learn more about Patricia and her books, visit her website.