Monday, September 8, 2014

Fall colors...and a Scottish Christmas

Roxanne Rustand here, hoping that you all had a wonderful summer, and that you are enjoying the start of spectacular fall weather wherever you are!

Here in the Upper Midwest, we have (hopefully) blazing fall colors to enjoy every year, usually hitting peak somewhere between late September and early October.  The photo at the left is from last year,  and I can't wait to see the leaves starting to change again.  
Maybe it's a remnant of all the years of anticipating the start of school when I was growing up, but fall seems like a wonderful time for new beginnings.

Though I love writing for Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense, and look forward to continuing in the future,  I took a little foray into self publishing this past year--with three books that were sweet romance, but wouldn't have fit with Love Inspired.  It has been an adventure, deciding on covers, working on the content, and completing all of the other aspects of getting a book out to the public.  It has made me appreciate the great editors at Harlequin all the more!

We went to Scotland  this past May, and while there I took lots of notes, took hundreds of pictures, and enjoyed talking to Bed and Breakfast owners and other locals as we traveled through the Highlands, figuring it could be material for a book someday.  The country itself seemed so romantic that it felt like the perfect place to set a story.   So I did!  A Scottish Christmas will appear in a sweet romance anthology, Sweet Christmas Kisses releasing on Amazon October 1st. 

What about you--do you enjoy reading novels set in other countries?  Are there certain countries that you much prefer,  or do you prefer American settings over everything else?

Best wishes to you for a wonderful fall season!

Roxanne Rustand


Keli Gwyn said...

What a thrill it must have been to visit Scotland, Roxanne. I've never been there, but from what I've seen on TV and in the movies, I can why all that beauty would be inspiring.

Jennifer said...

Hi Roxanne and hi Keli, I enjoy the fall colors and the cooler temps. I'm happy to reads books that have taken place in any country because it gives the chance to travel without the stress and it's cheaper! :)

Jackie Smith said...

Beautiful cover....can't wait to read it!
I just love to read so much that I enjoy books in any country!
And, as Jennifer said, it is a cheaper way to travel!!

Leann Harris said...

Self publishing is an adventure for sure. The autumn colors are so beautiful. I wish we could drive north and see the colors, but life gets in the way.

Jennifer said...

Hi Jackie and Leann!

BW said...

I love the Westie on the cover of your book. I had a Westie for 13 1/2 years. She passed on in September of 2013. I still miss her and I have yet to get another one but I will eventually.

I love the colors of autumn too.