Q & A With the Author: SERENITY HARBOR by RaeAnne Thayne

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SERENITY HARBOR by RaeAnne Thayne

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Tech millionaire Bowie Callahan is about the last person that
schoolteacher Katrina Bailey wants to work for. She’s only
back in charming Haven Point for one month, just to see her
sister get married, and then she’s heading back to Colombia
where her teaching job, and someone special, are waiting. Not
to mention, as far as Kat can see, Bowie is arrogant, entitled
and not up to the task of caring for his young half brother,
Milo. Milo, who is on the autism spectrum, may have just
been dropped in Bo’s lap and sure, Bo is trying to do right by
him, but it’s obvious that Bo’s job takes top priority. Or at
least that’s what Kat thinks.

So when Bo convinces her to take
a temporary, three week nanny position with Milo, Kat is
really doing it for the cash, and because Milo is pretty darn
sweet. Kat is desperately trying to save enough to help adopt
an orphaned little girl back in Colombia and if this short-term
job can get her there, then she’s willing to do pretty much anything. But as her kindness and patience work wonders with Milo, she realizes there’s more to sexy, wary Bo than she’d ever realized.

Bo never imagined he’d be tasked with caring for a sibling he didn’t know existed. Then again, he
never pictured himself impulsively kissing vibrant, compassionate Katrina in the moonlight,
especially when he can’t afford to lose her. She’s the only thing keeping him and Milo together until the new, permanent nanny shows up. But after that kiss, Bo realizes that he might be the one to make Kat’s dream of family come true…and he’s hoping there’s room in it for him, and Milo, too.

Q&A w/ RaeAnne Thayne — SERENITY HARBOR

(I am so happy to have Ms. Thayne drop by today and answer a few questions for us!)

Q: Katrina Bailey is the younger sister of Wynona and Marshall Bailey, and she’s a character we’ve seen glimpses of in previous books. What made you want to explore her story in more detail, and what makes her such a great heroine?

A: One of my favorite things about writing an ongoing series is having the chance to really dig deeply into everyone’s stories. I introduced Katrina in the previous books of Haven Point as a somewhat flighty young woman, obsessed with dating, who seemed to always pick the wrong guys. I knew there had to be more to her. In SNOWFALL ON HAVEN POINT, I created a plot where Marshall, Katrina’s brother, had to be in a circumstance where none of his family members could help him after he was hurt in a car accident. In one of those throwaway lines that I didn’t really think through at the time, I wrote something about Katrina being out of the country, trying to save the world. When I was trying to decide which character’s story to write next, I knew it had to be hers – mostly because I was dying to know what she had been up to! I loved learning all her secrets – especially discovering why she had always been rather obsessed with guys.

Q: At the beginning of the novel, the formerly flirty Kat has sworn off men and isn’t looking for a relationship in any way. But when she meets Bowie, she finds it increasingly difficult to maintain her resolve. Was it fun to play with that tension?

A: Absolutely! I loved that Bowie represented everything she once wanted (and still wants, really!) but that now she has this compelling reason to resist him. It heightened her conflict and showed how very much she had changed and matured since the early books in the series. Plus, it’s wonderfully fun to write about two people who are fiercely attracted to each other but have very compelling conflicts in the way of that attraction.

Q: Not to give too much away, but this book features a pretty swoon-worthy first kiss. As a romance author, what would you say are the key elements for writing a perfect first kiss?

A: Oh, this is a hard one for me to answer, mainly because each “perfect first kiss” is perfect only for those two characters, in their unique circumstance. The requirements to make each first kiss in a book perfect vary as widely as the characters. They do have a few things in common. I love stoking that simmering tension that precedes that kiss until the hero and the heroine (and the reader!) can’t wait another moment for them to finally come together. Tentative, sometimes accidental touches, eyes meeting, that surge of awareness every time they are together. It’s so much fun to write, especially when the characters are fighting the inevitableness of that attraction with everything inside them!

Q: Which character in this book was the most fun for you to write?

A: I felt deeply connected to every character in this book but if I had to choose one, I would have to say Gabi, the little girl Katrina wants to adopt.  Though she provides a strong motivation for every choice Kat makes in the story, Gabi only actually shows up in person (spoiler alert!) during the epilogue. That doesn’t stop her from stealing the scene! She was absolutely adorable, and the moment she stepped onto the page, I wanted to give her a giant hug!

Q: We have to ask, what’s next for you? Are you planning more Haven Point novels? If so, can you give us some hints about what readers can look forward to next?

A: I just finished the next book in the series, which is the long-awaited (and frequently requested) story of Jamie Caine! He is a sibling to many characters who appeared in my earlier Hope’s Crossing series and it was so much fun to once more bridge the two series. For some reason, readers really connected with him, and I’ve had many people ask me to write his book. It’s been on my mind for a long time, but I had to wait until I found the perfect heroine for him. I never would have expected quiet Julia Winston to be the perfect one for this sexy pilot but, as always, my characters love to prove me wrong. SUGAR PINE TRAIL comes out in October, and I really hope readers adore them together because I loved writing their book!

About the Author:

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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne loves words.
Her love affair started as soon as she learned to read, when she used to devour
anything she could get her hands on: cereal boxes, encyclopedias, the phone book,
you name it! She loves the way words sound, the way they look on the page and the
amazing way they can be jumbled together in so many combinations to tell a story.
Her love of reading and writing those words led her to a fifteen-year career in
journalism as a newspaper reporter and editor.

Through it all, she dreamed of writing the kind of stories she loved best. She sold her
first book in 1995 and since then she’s published more than 40 titles. Her books have
won many honors, including three RITA® Award nominations from the Romance
Writers of America and a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews.
RaeAnne finds inspiration in the rugged northern Utah mountains where she lives
with her hero of a husband and their children. She loves to hear from readers and can
be reached through her website at www.raeannethayne.com .

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