Part of the fun of following a favorite author is getting a shot at grabbing that coveted item: an advance reader copy (ARC).
USA Today bestselling author Hope Ramsay, who wrote the "Last Chance" series - light, fun reads set in the same kind of small southern town she fondly remembers from her childhood - has embarked upon a new series. While I've waved a sad goodbye to the folks of Last Chance, I'm eager to meet everyone who lives in Shenandoah Falls, the fictional setting for her new series.
I picked up the initial segment, a short story entitled "A Fairytale Bride," on Nook or Kindle a few weeks ago. It was a fun read and I wished it could have lasted longer - that being the nature of short stories. When Hope posted a giveaway on her Facebook page only a couple of days ago, I jumped at the chance to win an ARC -- and got one! It landed in our mailbox yesterday and quickly became my evening unwind.
Yes, I read women's fiction. Why? It's a perfect momentary switch. I find it easy to get lost in a well-told story and lose track of time (even worse than usual). Escape from the daily craziness of the world we live in is a sanity saving measure.
Hope was one of the first authors I discovered when I got my first Nook back in 2011 or 2012 and started reading a lot again, after several years of not reading any more than blogs and magazines.
If her new series is anything like the "Last Chance" series, and like the hint given by the short story, I will love Shenandoah Falls and its people as much as I have those of Last Chance.
For more about Hope and the fictional worlds she creates, where characters are funny, charming, and imperfect enough to be interestingly human, visit her website.
While you're doing that, I'll be here turning the pages of my ARC.