My latest novella collection hit the shelves yesterday, and I can’t wait to share Barnabas and Phoebe’s story with you!
The Kissing Tree is a multi-generational collection of stories that center around a giant oak in Texas where couples carve their initials through the years.
The tree that inspired our giant oak was The Century Tree on the Texas A&M campus. In fact, my daughter (who is now at A&M working on a PhD) was kind enough to ask the tour guide to take them by the tree so she could get her nerdy mom a photo during her college visit last spring.
They don’t allow initial carving in this glorious tree, but there is a tradition for proposals happening beneath these branches.
In my story – Inn for a Surprise – Phoebe Woodward and Barnabas Ackerly are forced to work together to design a romantic retreat for couples. The Kissing Tree Inn is Phoebe’s brainchild, and she has definite ideas about how to make the place romantic.
For example, she starts off by having it painted the color of love – a shockingly vivid shade of pink. Barnabas does his best to hide his shock when he sees the inn for the first time, but his professional life flashes before his eyes – and not in a rose-colored glasses type of way.
The two definitely don’t see eye-to-eye on inn design, but as they work together to make the inn a success, they come to see that practicality and sentimentality can coexist and can even lead to love.
To celebrate the release of The Kissing Tree, I’m giving away autographed copies to two readers chosen from the comments.
To enter, leave a comment about which character you most resemble:
- the sentimental Phoebe or
- the practical Barnabas.