Today I would like to welcome back romantic suspense author, Dana Marton!
Coming Home to Broslin Creek
My last three novels (Deathscape - $0.99!, Deathtrap and Deathwatch) have been set in the small town of Broslin Creek, Pennsylvania and returning to this little town is a lot like coming home. I love returning to a familiar setting when I read a book series. It’s like a window into another world. The hero and heroine interact with characters from previous books, creating a sense of history and connections, and bringing the reader up to date on relationships, events and town gossip. It’s a sense of community in an increasingly more detached electronic world. Becoming immersed in the lives of familiar characters allows the reader to look around and enjoy the ride more, too. Coffee at the local diner is almost like a family gathering, and that new waitress in town may be the main character in the next book, and the man she’s serving eggs and bacon to may be hiding a dangerous secret (or a body in his basement).
Book series with a small town setting are pretty popular these days and there are so many reasons why. Who doesn’t want to read about a place where you’re greeted by name, where the locals give directions by describing who owns the houses you’re driving by, and where townsfolk talk about what your mother or father did when they were kids?
A small town means stability, watching familiar people come and go from the post office, the grocery store, and the local diner, and knowing little details about them. It’s a sense of history, as memories are made in the place you live, creating layer upon layer of shared history and experience. And as a reader I’m along for the ride.
Broslin Creek may seem like a quiet, sleepy little town but appearances can be deceiving. There’s just as much human drama as any urban area, but because the townspeople see each other frequently, they have to be better at hiding their secrets. And hidden secrets can fester and grow, making small towns ripe with storylines.
Thank you, Crystal, for having me as a guest here at Reading Between The Wines!
What are some of your favorite settings for book series?
Which are you? City dweller or small town person?
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The only person who can identify the most notorious hit man in the country, Kate Bridges is running for her life. Murphy Dolan is in the Army Reserves, returning from his 2nd tour of duty, only to find a stranger hiding in his house. She's scared spitless. He's completely burned out on violence. Neither has any trust left to give.
Dana Marton writes fast-paced action-adventure romances that take her readers all over the globe. She is a Rita Award finalist and the winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. She loves writing stories of intrigue, filled with dangerous plots that try her tough-as-nails heroes and the special women they fall in love with. Her books have been published in seven languages in eleven countries around the world.She would love to hear from her readers.
Okay, the above version is the glamour version for press releases. The truth is that my path to publication was nothing but unglamorous. I wrote for 13 years and completed 4 books (as well as having others in various stages of completion) before I finally received a call from a Harlequin editor. I was beginning to wonder if I was being tenacious or just too dense to know when to quit. But it all worked out at the end! J I love, love, love writing and would spend all day in front of the computer if I could just break my family of the habit of wanting to eat and wear clean clothes. What’s up with that? But I must get up from the desk now and then, if only because my Internet connection goes down or my ancient PC overheats. Then I do enjoy cooking, knitting, hunting for treasures at the flea market, our Beagle, Peanut the Destroyer, and gardening.I’d love it if you picked up one of my books and emailed me to tell me what you thought of it. I’ve been known to name characters after readers. Just ask Princess Judi.
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