Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace.
Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys. She invites you to interact with her at her website www.ElizabethMaddrey.com or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethMaddrey
The Bittersweet End with Donuts & Daydreams
Sitting down to write a new book is always a little bit of nerve-wracking experience. Writing the final book in a series is a little less so, usually, because many of the characters (if not all) are already somewhat formed in my head. So I thought when I sat down to write my upcoming release, Donuts & Daydreams, that it wasn’t going to be quite as much an uphill climb as usual. After all, this is book three in my Baxter Family Bakery series and the town of Arcadia Valley is alive and well in my head.
I ran into a problem almost immediately. See, I knew the last Baxter brother, Jonah, and Gloria Sinclair needed to end up together. I’d spent the last two books setting them up as a couple. They were friends. And the chemistry? Oh, yeah, they had that, too. The problem was, about half-way through book 2, I realized something about Gloria that derailed all my plans.
Normally, I love writing long-term friends turned lovers stories. Those are, in my mind, the best kind because they’re what my husband and I have and I know our friendship paved the way toward the strength of our marriage. Jonah and Gloria have that same kind of relationship, but her pesky little secret not only ends their chance at love, but it threatens to shatter their friendship.
When I finally got the story written, I was worried that the turn things took was going to annoy readers who had been clamoring for Jonah and Gloria’s book since the beginning. Thankfully, my advanced readers are coming back to me to let me know that they loved the twist and that the nail biting chapters at the beginning, where it seems like Jonah and Gloria don’t have a chance make the resolution sweeter.
Now, with Donuts & Daydreams ready to release on Tuesday (3/13), I’m excited to see what fans of the Baxters think. Jonah and Gloria do, ultimately, get their happily ever after. (That’s not a spoiler alert, really. With romance, you have to know the main characters will end up together. It’s how they get there that changes and takes you on the enjoyable reading journey.) At the same time, I believe I’ve wrapped up the rest of Baxter siblings so that we can leave them all and know they’re going to be okay.
I’m sad to see my part of the Arcadia Valley series end. I’ve had a blast working with the other five authors in the series and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else wrap up their series each month through June this year.
If you’re new to the Baxters, or Arcadia Valley, you can get the start to the series in the novella collection Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley (free on all e-book platforms). If you’ve been following along with the Baxters, Jonah’s story releases Tuesday and I hope you’ll love it!
More about Donuts & Daydreams:
She has a secret. Telling him will tear their world apart.
Everything in Gloria’s life was perfect, if boring, before Jonah Baxter moved to Arcadia Valley. Now their friendship—and the feelings that stretch the word’s boundaries—threatens everything she’s worked so carefully to build.
Jonah has been drawn to police officer Gloria Sinclair since she began frequenting his family’s bakery three years ago, but every time he asks her out, she shoots him down. When she refuses to accompany him to his brother’s wedding, even as friends, Jonah vows to give up and move on.
Watching Jonah date stabs Gloria to the core, but she isn’t free to fight for the man she loves. Can she clear the way for him to see beyond her devastating revelation, or will they be stuck with a relationship made of donuts and daydreams?
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