One of my awesome critique partners has a new release today! Andrea Boyd has stopped by to talk about her latest release (which you’re going to want to preorder). Grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and chat with her!
My tenth novel, Waiting For You, releases today and I can honestly say that the joy of doing what I was called to do hasn’t left me yet! In order to talk about my inspiration behind this book, I have to go back to my 2018 release of Mistletoe Kiss.
I was driving to see my grandson, and an announcement came over the radio that Six Flags had hosted a Guinness World record for the most people to kiss under the mistletoe at once. Before I arrived at my destination, a sweet romance had played out in my mind and Chase Spencer came to life.
I hadn’t planned to write a series, but I absolutely fell in love with the Spencer family while writing Chase’s story! Just like I do before starting every new book, I prayed. Was this doable? I had purposely made the Spencer kids good people with good parents. Where was the conflict? While praying, I had a vision of one incident involving the mother in the family that brought enough conflict to get me through a four-book series, and I knew this was a green light from God to go ahead and write it.
So now the first book in the series is done and I’m on to the next. I hope you enjoy Waiting For You as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it!
“I thought you were getting your hair trimmed today.”
Leora Spencer pasted on a smile before glancing over her shoulder at her eldest son. “The hairdresser was out sick today, so I had to reschedule.”
God, please forgive me.
Her voice came out a little shaky, but Wade didn’t seem to notice. She’d have never gotten away with that lie if it had been one of the girls. She wasn’t that picky. Someone else could have cut her hair.
Lord, please help me and the kids through this.
“It smells good in here. What’re we having?”
“Roast with potatoes and carrots, rice, green beans, sliced tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers. I made some yeast rolls to go with it. As soon as I get this cobbler together and in the oven, I’ll set it all out. By that time, everyone else should be here.”
“Everyone else?” Wade stepped up to the counter beside her and snuck an apple slice. She studied his face for concern, but none shown there.
And why should there be? You invite the family over on a whim all the time.
“Yeah, I felt like putting on a big meal.”
“You must’ve had a good nap today to do all this.” He smiled and winked at her, looking so much like his daddy. All five kids had a touch of Dean’s looks, but Wade got the biggest portion.
God, I miss that man so much. Especially now.
Wade wrapped his arm around her shoulders and bent his head closer to hers. “I was just teasing you about the nap, Ma. If it bothers you, I won’t mention it again.”
She waved him off. “I knew you were joking. My mind is on other things. And I’m trying to finish here, which isn’t going to happen if you keep eating the apples. How about getting the plates down for me? Where’s Zane? He can help get the drinks ready, and we’ll need silverware.”
Commotion coming from the living room announced the arrival of Belva, Grayson, and the twins. It was sometimes hard getting them here for these impromptu meals since they lived in Bethel Ridge up next to Charlotte. Leora was thankful this time there had been no protest.
Soon, the whole family was there, sitting around the table, laughing and reminiscing. She savored every precious moment. Then the table was cleared, and the girls helped serve the cobbler and ice cream.
It was time to get down to the business of why she called her family together.
About the Author
Each of Andrea Boyd’s series represents a different genre but all fall into the category of romance. All offer an element of her own brand of humor. And all are a tribute to God. Besides writing, she loves spending time with her family, quilting, going to car shows, and driving around in her 1968 Barracuda convertible. Andrea lives with her husband, Tommy, and at least a couple of cats in York County, SC.
About the Book
Responsibility—that one word sums up Wade Spencer’s existence since his father’s death. Thrust into the role of head of the family, he’s keeping the farm running and his younger siblings in line. When a life-threatening illness attacks his momma, he readily steps in to support her. Sure would be nice to have someone by his side to help carry the load, but all that responsibility hasn’t left much time for dating. Or maybe it’s just his reserved nature holding him back.
Dani Connor had gotten everything she ever dreamed of as a child. Married her high school sweetheart, had a sweet little girl she could shower with all the love she’d been denied by her own parents, and built a life far away from the farm. When those dreams come crashing down, she realizes that back at home on the farm is where she should have stayed.
It doesn’t take long after Dani’s return to Shiloh for Wade to realize she’s the one God has in mind, but Dani will have to get over past hurts and take another chance if she wants Wade to be part of her new dreams.