I just spoke with a few author friends about our absolute favorite things in books. Little, tiny things that we just LOVE. Like long-lost twins reuniting, or a really satisfying makeover sequence like the one in The Princess Diaries. Here are a few of mine:
1. Tons of banter 2. Grumps with secret soft spots 3. Animals in books! 4. Fun facts 5. Large personal libraries
Funnily enough, all of those (minus one) made it into How to Honeymoon Alone! In today's newsletter, I gave the main characters the mic to introduce themselves. They're the ones who will reluctantly (and then enthusiastically!) fall in love in Honeymoon, releasing June 13th.
Apart from procrastinating by talking with fellow authors, I've been working really hard to finalize the formatting for Honeymoon. But I'm a perfectionist (shocker, I know!) and I struggle with making those final design choices. At least I can promise you that the paperback will be truly stunning when it's out!
Have a beautiful week and happy reading, Olivia
PS: I'm heading to Netflix now to watch the new Bridgerton spinoff, Queen Charlotte. I just finished Sanditon season three, and I need my next fix of historical romance 🏰💙
Introducing Honeymoon's characters
Tell us about yourself, Eden.
"Whoah, where do I begin? Let's see. I'm a kindergartner teacher and aspiring writer, and I've never travelled out of the country before. Well, that last part isn't true anymore...
I went to Barbados for my non-honeymoon. The trip was technically meant for me and my ex-fiancé, but after dumping him, I'm riding solo. Or at least I was supposed to be.
See, I never expected to meet Phillip at the Winter Resort. He's very different from me. Like, my total opposite. The breakfast buffet here is incredible and I enjoy it for hours every morning, but not him. He's up early to swim laps in the hotel pool. On vacation!
I don't get it. I don't get him, really. He's sort of an enigma, where I'm an open book. But he sure is handsome. And intriguing. Funny, too, in a dry sort of way. Did I already say handsome? I did, right? But I think it's worth repeating."
Care to introduce yourself, Phillip?
"I'm in my mid-thirties, I work as a lawyer, I live in Chicago... why do I need to do this again? Okay. Fine. But only five more minutes, and then I need to get back to work. So I'm also a former swimmer. I travel for work... what else is there?
Oh yes. I went to Barbados, because it was better than being home, and I’d already paid for the trip. The resort is nice, I'll give them that. Even if the place is cramped with couples who engage in far too much PDA.
Although not all guests are like that. Eden is interesting. She's too chirpy, certainly, and optimistic to a fault. But talking to her is fun. Especially teasing her. It doesn't hurt that she's far too pretty for her—never mind. I should go. I have a video call with clients."
"The word derives from the Old English hony moone. Hony refers to the new marriage’s sweetness, as well as a reference to the European custom of giving newlyweds enough meadto last a month. That would keep many a couple happy. Moon refers to how long that sweetness might probably last, or from the changing aspect of the moon—from full to waning."
It's no secret that I'm a huge Melanie Harlow fan. Every single one of her books has a well-written, cozy, small-town story that's 100% feel-good. I can't wait to dive into her latest book Runaway Love, which is of course in KU. It's already locked and loaded on my Kindle!
Yes, I’m a single dad who needs a nanny for the summer.
But hire the stranded runaway bride who shows up on my doorstep in a wedding gown with no references, no skills, and no experience?
No one is that desperate.
Except within twenty-four hours, down-on-her-luck Veronica Sutton manages to charm my kids, my family, and half the population of Cherry Tree Harbor into believing she’s perfect for the job.