Welcome to Honey Creek!
We’ve been anxiously awaiting this day for more than a year. It hardly seems real now that it has arrived. Today we celebrate the launch of our new imprint, Honey Creek books. I am more than honored to be the author launching this line (though I have to tell you it has more to do with timing than anything else – but I am smiling like a looney bird in my corner of Ohio all day anyway).
Honey Creek is special to me because Ohio gets such a bad rap. I hear it called a “flyer over state” a lot and I cringe every time. Ohio is an AMAZING place to visit and an ever more spectacular place to live. I was born and raised here and am raising three little Lindseys here now. I can’t imagine doing it anywhere else. This isn’t true because I’ve never been anywhere else. I’ve been lots of places. In fact my sweet husband is prepping for a trip to Switzerland as I type. The fact is no matter where we visit, we’re ready to call it an awesome memory and head home after a week or two.
When I saw the call for authors at Turquoise Morning Press to write about a small rural town in Ohio, I knew I was home. I called my husband to tell him even before I began writing my first Honey Creek story. My enthusiasm as always, overshadowed his reply. All I remember saying was “I mean, I AM Ohio! This is it!!” At some point we said good-bye and the rest as they say is history.
In Ohio, things move a little slower. People are a little nicer and the four seasons are a spectacle to behold. Who wouldn’t want to write about that? We have cities dotting our countryside where I can grab a Starbucks and stock up on Sephora anytime I want and still be home in time to watch the sunset. I sled ride in the back yard all winter and dance in the rain in the spring. My kids have freedom they couldn’t if we lived somewhere over populated with a crime rate to match. The Amish communities here are also a tender reminder that we could all stand to do with a little less and enjoy what we have a little more.
I think Honey Creek is like this. When I wrote Bloom, I had my town in mind. A place where everybody means well and privacy is a matter of perspective. I love that there’s a moral thermometer reminding the characters that what they do in private just might come out in the local hair salon tomorrow morning. It keeps them on their toes. The good citizens of Honey Creek are watching. Mischief takes a little ingenuity, and forget about hiding an engagement or a pregnancy. This little town makes certain our characters will work a little harder and stumble a little more, but in the end, they’re part of a community who wants them to live and love and succeed. As a writer, I’ve found my home.
I hope you’ll visit Honey Creek. It’s a beautiful place where anything can happen. Kick off your shoes, relax into that porch swing and cuddle up to a steamy mug of cider. Taking a trip to Honey Creek is as easy as Amazon : ) See you there!
Bloom by Julie Anne Lindsey
In a town filled with her past, she never expected to find her future…
Seven years ago Cynthia left Honey Creek with a broken heart. Three years ago Mitchell arrived with one. Now Cynthia’s come home, and these two hardened hearts can’t stop arguing. If they’d only take a break long enough to find some common ground, they might be surprised to find love can grow anywhere.
If they’ll let it, love will find a way to Bloom.
I am a mother of three, wife to a sane person and Ring Master at the Lindsey Circus. Most days you'll find me online, amped up on caffeine & wielding a book.
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