“Alaskan Bride Rush” Miniseries is a Big Strike for Love Inspired!

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:

July 2010: Klondike Hero by Jillian Hart

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?

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Comments ( 16 )
  1. Trish Milburn
    June 11, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    This continuity sounds awesome. I’ve always been fascinated by Alaksa, and even have a YA book coming out set there. I love watching nature shows about Alaska, TV series like Northern Exposure and Men in Trees that are set there. One of my dream trips is a month exploring the state. The covers on this continuity just makes the desire to visit Alaska even stronger.

    Hope the series sells like hotcakes. 🙂

  2. Terri Reed
    June 11, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I agree Trish, the covers are great! The backgrounds show the different seasons, so bright and vibrant. This was a fun continuity to work on. Made me want to visit the Yukon.
    And the other authors were so generous and helpful as we worked together to make our characters come alive.

  3. Linda Ford
    June 11, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I love working on this series. My husband has always wanted to go to Alaska so earlier this month we did a trip to Yukon/Alaska. I was even able to walk a few hundred yards on the Chilkoot Trail. The scenery is beyond description. So beautiful and majestic.

    What really awes me about continuities is the work the editors do in keeping all the threads consistent throughout each books. I never realized what a tremendous task this was until I got involved in a continuity.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the whole series in print. 🙂

  4. Cynthia D'Alba
    June 11, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful series. Sort of a Seven Brides for Seven Brothers sort of story. How fun to read…and how lucky the authors to get to work on such a cool project.

    Good Luck

  5. Trish Milburn
    June 11, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Terri, that was my experience in working on the Codys series. Everyone was really nice and helpful, and it was an interesting experience to build a world and characters with five other people.

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  7. Janet Tronstad
    June 11, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Emily, thanks for blogging. I’m an Alaskan fan — it’s the most beautiful state I’ve visited and the covers you and the art department created do the state justice! I really like the way Love Inspired is doing cross-over books with contemporary ones and historical ones. They’re some of my favorites.

  8. Terri Hudson
    June 11, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    when I saw Jillian hart book out at walmart. I thought that cover look awesome .. I am looking forward to read all those books that coming soon.

  9. Debbie Kaufman
    June 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I always love the continuity series and think it’s so cool that this one will connect with the LIH series too!

    I agree with Cynthia, it reminds me of the Seven Brides/Seven Brothers series, too. That was one of my favorites at the time. Can’t wait to see the modern day version of this in the LI series.

  10. Emily Rodmell
    June 11, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Glad to see all of you here. I really enjoyed working with the authors on this series. I think it turned out really spectacular and hope that all of you go out and pick it up. 🙂

  11. Julia Hunter
    June 12, 2010 at 8:12 am

    I love the mini-series concept for my favorite state of Alaska. Combined with one of my favorite people Terri Reed, I’m all in! Thanks to all for offering this series!

  12. Wendy Warren
    June 12, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Wow! The description of the series has me hooked already! Hope it’s a bestseller! I’m looking forward to it.

  13. Cathy Thomas
    June 12, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Sounds Great. They will be a definate read here. I already have the 1st. Why though are the prequels after the 1st ones? I know there must be a reason. I’ll be reading those too. I love all the covers.

  14. Missy Tippens
    June 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    It sounds great! I look forward to reading them.

  15. Emily Rodmell
    June 12, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    The contemporary series runs before the prequel because Love Inpired is the more established line. It’s been around since 1997. We started the historical line in 2008. So we hope that all of you who love Love Inspired will love Treasure Creek enough to want to return to see where it all began back in the Gold Rush days. We’ve got some great stories in that series, including a Native Alaskan Indian heroine.

  16. Gary Walker
    September 13, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    I am loving this series and I am excited to find out this will have a prequel. Keep Up the Good Work Love Inspired

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