by Emily Rodmell, Assistant Editor, Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense and Love Inspired Historical
If you picked up your favorite women’s magazine and saw an article about hunky Alaskan bachelors living unclaimed in a town with very few single women, would you drop everything to go try to hook one of them? That is the question that our heroines answered “yes” to in an exciting six-author continuity series starting next month in Love Inspired. As the continuity coordinator for Steeple Hill, I had the privilege of heading up this project and working with six fabulous authors to make the tiny town of Treasure Creek, Alaska, come to life in Alaskan Bride Rush.
Continuity series are series that are conceived by the editors and written by multiple authors. Each book has the complete romance of one hero and heroine, but it also has what we call “continuity threads”. These are plots that stretch all the way through from the first book to the last book. The authors are given an outline of the series that details those threads along with the basics for their hero and heroine. They then have to work together to flesh out their own stories and to make them all work together. It’s a great chance for readers to really get immersed in the lives of the characters. You meet many of the future heroes and heroines in books throughout the series. Check out Kathleen Scheibling’s post on another continuity series from American Romance called The Codys, The First Family of Rodeo if you love these type of series.
The story for Alaskan Bride Rush centers around a guided tour company. Treasure Creek, Alaska lost its most visible citizen when the company’s founder Ben James died in a rafting accident, and tourism dollars have slowed down. The town is in crisis, so Ben’s widow Amy decides to write to a New York travel magazine to see if they’ll feature the tour company to hopefully bring in new customers. But when the letter winds up on the desk of a woman’s magazine editor, she’s more interested in a story on the town’s hunky bachelors. (And I can’t say I blame her. As you can see from the covers, these guys are great catches.) That article brings women flocking to Treasure Creek looking for love with the rugged tour guides.
And with a town name like Treasure Creek, we couldn’t resist having a secret treasure map thrown into the mix. You’ll have to read the books to find out if the infusion of would-be brides is enough to save the town, or if it will it simply drive everyone crazy. Either way, it’s a great ride.
For this amazing series, we snagged some of Love Inspired’s top authors. The official release date for the first book is next month, but it’s available now at eHarlequin.com for presale.
Alaskan Bride Rush series:
August 2010: Treasure Creek Dad by Terri Reed
September 2010: Doctor Right by Janet Tronstad
October 2010: Yukon Cowboy by Debra Clopton
November 2010: Thanksgiving Groom by Brenda Minton
December 2010: The Lawman’s Christmas Wish by Linda Goodnight
And as a special treat, in April-June of 2011 we’ll be returning to Treasure Creek in Love Inspired Historical for a prequel continuity written by authors Allie Pleiter, Dorothy Clark and Linda Ford. I hope you’ll check all of the books out and let us know what you think.
And since we’re on the topic of going the distance (literally) for love, I’d like to know: what’s the craziest thing you ever did for love?