Thursday, January 30, 2014

Meet the Abbotts of Vermont!

For the first time in my life, I’ve found myself looking forward to freezing cold February! That’s because ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, the first book in my new Green Mountain Series, is out this month after a rather long incubation period that began all the way back in 2011 with a spot on the NBC Nightly News. I’m a tad bit addicted to Brian Williams and his nightly broadcast—okay, I TiVo it, don’t judge me. A story about the Vermont Country Store and the hunky brothers who run it with their dad caught my attention. That led to a trip to Vermont, some retail therapy at both of the Vermont Country Stores, an idea about a moose, a Mini-Cooper, a city girl arriving in mud season wearing $500 suede boots… And the Abbott family of Vermont was born!

I get asked all the time about where my ideas come from. The idea for the Green Mountain Series smacked me right upside the head and wouldn’t let go until I did something about it. I’m very excited to introduce you to the Abbott Family, led by parents Lincoln, a crazy, over-the-top Beatles fan, and Molly, who is the daughter of Elmer Stillman, the second-generation owner of my fictional Green Mountain Country Store. Elmer is a bit of a character, and one of my favorite slices of Vermont life made it into Elmer’s yard in the form of a sign I saw in Stowe, Vermont, that advertised: Justice of the Peace, Notary Public, Free Advice. Elmer’s grandson Will, the hero of ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, comments that free advice is the backbone of Elmer’s business, which gives you an idea of what you can expect from him!

Lincoln and Molly have ten children: twins Hunter and Hannah, Will, Ella, Charlotte Wade, Colton, identical twins Lucas and Landon and Max. Hunter, Will, Ella, Charlotte and Wade help their father run the Stillman family business while their other siblings provide products that are sold in the store, including maple syrup, woodworking, handmade jewelry and Christmas trees. When Lincoln gets a big idea to take their small-town business to the next level by hiring web designer Cameron Murphy from New York City, the sparks fly between a city girl who lives with the world at her fingertips via her smart phone and country boy Will, who doesn’t own a cell phone and can’t imagine what he’d do with one.

I’ve already written the first two books in the series, ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, featuring Will and Cameron, and I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND, featuring oldest daughter Hannah, an Iraqi war widow who finds new love with her late husband’s close friend. I’m well into book 3, I SAW HER STANDING THERE, featuring Colton Abbott, who lives without electricity or running water on Butler Mountain where he runs the family’s sugaring facility.

The road to happily ever after for the Abbott siblings promises to be muddy and pitted with potholes, especially with their meddlesome father and grandfather pulling the strings from behind the scenes. I hope you enjoy the Green Mountain Series as much as I’ve enjoyed writing about the Abbott family! Make sure you check out my website at marieforce.com for tons of great contest info!
xoxo

Marie

Preorder now here:
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Kindle CA:http://amzn.to/IHnLs4
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Those of you looking for it in PRINT, start checking your favorite retailers this weekend:
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Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1hnZWBW
Walmart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/27204304 
IndieBound:http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780425266762

The print version will also be available in Target stores. 

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