I love small-town, sweet, tender romances especially ones that follows a family, chronicling their love stories in varying shapes and forms, and I know a lot of you do too. These are the best and most touching types of romance IMO.
Well Abbie Williams wrote this series called, Shore Leave Cafe, which follows that formula and I'm so excited to introduce it to you. So if you are a fan of Bella Andre, Jill Shalvis and/or Lisa Kleypas I think Shore Leave Cafe will be a perfect fit for you.
Hi Abbie! Thanks for stopping by Talk Supe to talk about Shore Leave Cafe. Such an interesting name for a series. Where did the series name come from?
ABBIE WILLIAMS: The name Shore Leave comes from the fictional café where the story originates. It is the center of gravity for the family in the series.
What and where is Shore Leave Cafe?
ABBIE WILLIAMS: The Shore Leave Café is located on Flickertail Lake, in Landon, Minnesota. It's small and cozy, run by one incredible family, the Davises. Although Landon is fictional, I base it very closely on several gorgeous, northern Minnesota towns where I have spent a great deal of time. As a Minnesotan, I love writing about my home state. It's so familiar - I know the smell of the woods and the feel of the lake. I love describing natural settings in my writing.
Does the series feature a different couple with every book or does it follow a specific person, family or group?
ABBIE WILLIAMS: The series features the women of the Davis family, who take turns telling the stories. It's important to read the books in order, as they all tie closely together. I want readers to feel like part of this family as they read, to really become invested in the characters.
Is there a predominant theme in the series?
ABBIE WILLIAMS: Yes, absolutely! :) The recurrent theme is the importance of family, the strength of those bonds. I also believe deeply in true love, and very much enjoy creating sexy, loving and romantic men for my storytelling ladies. An extended metaphor throughout is the café itself - it represents a place of safety and warmth, laughter and family. It's always been there and always will be, run by each subsequent generation of Davis women.
It keeps on getting better! So these Davis women, do they fall under a type and how are they relatable to the readers?
ABBIE WILLIAMS: They are relatable because they are flawed in their own ways. When I write, they seem real to me, as though I am describing good friends. I "miss" them between books! They are also good mothers and love with all their hearts.
It's always a good sign when the characters "write" the story instead of the authors. What types of heroes will we find in Shore Leave Cafe?
ABBIE WILLIAMS: *blushing a little* Very, very sexy men. Men who are capable and manly and tender, all at once. Men who love their women and who take care of them, men who are funny and kind and - last but NOT least - incredible lovers. I write a good love scene, what can I say? ;)
You had me at incredible lovers. In your opinion, what is Shore Leave Cafe's greatest strength as a series?
ABBIE WILLIAMS: I think because it is ongoing, readers grow attached to the characters. I want readers to feel like they are reading about dear friends.
I know author's hate playing favorites but surely there's one book that's more special than the rest...
ABBIE WILLIAMS: Well, I am especially fond of Justin Miller, who appears from the get-go, but really stars in A Notion of Love. Let's just say, he is SO worth the wait...
Intriguing.. Have you ever cried while writing a scene?
ABBIE WILLIAMS: Oh yes - I get so wrapped up while writing that I cry frequently. There have been some pretty darn tragic moments, and when one particular character proposes, I had tears streaming down my face.
Darn it! I love/hate it when that happens! What's the most popular line that's been quoted in all the books?
ABBIE WILLIAMS: I don't know that I've been directly quoted - but, I do have to say, I have numerous requests for additional love scenes! So I fulfilled that request in the latest book ;)
LOL, mommy porn! So, Wild Flower, the 5th and latest novel in the series just came out. Can you tell us more about this book?
ABBIE WILLIAMS: This one is a little darker than the others. There is a ghost, real danger for a couple of the characters, and it leads into the past timeline in my latest series, the Dove series. More about that in the near future!!
Ooh a crossover, how delightful! How many more Shore Leave Cafe books do you plan to write?
ABBIE WILLIAMS: Right now I am working on #6 for the contemporary timeline, but have at least three more in store for the past timeline, starting with a Davis ancestor who worked as a prostitute during the Civil War. So excited for these to be released! Coming this fall!
Interesting premise, a Civil War Era prostitute. I bet her life was... challenging... to say the least. Where can fans catch you (book signings, etc.)?
ABBIE WILLIAMS: I am online mostly - Twitter and facebook! This summer I plan to do some traveling to promote Shore Leave and my newest series. Very excited about that. :)
Best of luck on your roadtrip and I hope it's a success. Lastly, please describe Shore Line Cafe in 5 words.
ABBIE WILLIAMS: Hot, steamy, incredible true love!
I am writer Abbie Williams, and I have been addicted to love stories ever since first sneaking my mother's copy of The Flame and the Flower; since then, I've been jotting down stories of my own in notebook after spiral-bound notebook. Well, that is until I got a computer that was equipped with Word, one fine day.
My day job is teaching English at the high school level (which I dearly love). I spend my days with my own true love, our three daughters, and a very busy schedule. I am most happy when I can sneak in a few hours to write and thereby indulge in visiting the characters in my stories.
When I'm not writing, teaching or spending time with my family, you can find me listening to my favorite musical groups of all time: Alison Krauss and Union Station, the Wailin' Jennys, and The Be Good Tanyas. If there's time in the evening, I might watch a few episodes of Hell on Wheels and eat a jar of crunchy peanut butter.
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