Heather is dishing out the details about Meadow Ridge, the community presented in her "Meadow Ridge" romance series. The series is currently available through Silver Publishing.
Meadow Ridge is a completely fictional community that I created to be the central location in my Meadow Ridge Romance series. Most of my heroines are connected in some way because of living in the Meadow. It’s an elite, gated community that is very close-knit. The residents are extremely wealthy, hardworking either with their own companies or with charities, and all of them like the finer things in life, which explains the ample amount of designer boutiques in the main shopping district.
When I set out to write these books, I didn’t really have a specific location in mind and I also didn’t want to be held back by the logistics of writing about a real place that everyone would know. So I figured I’d create this imaginary place so that anything I wanted or needed would be there. And I’ve had so much fun designing this community! Some of the architecture of the Meadow comes from things I’ve seen in New York City and the boroughs like the brownstone building that houses Bloom’s Books in Love and Lattes. Other parts of the Meadow come from places I’ve visited elsewhere in the United States, Canada and Europe. It’s not reflective of any one specific place, but rather a collaboration of bits and pieces from everywhere I’ve been or seen at any time.
The central theme of the Meadow just sort of came together on its own. I’ve always loved scenic, natural environments—although I’m definitely not what you’d call outdoorsy!—and I have a passion for the eco-movement. When I started picking names for businesses and streets etc in the Meadow, all of the names I picked ended up being very nature-based. You can buy at coffee or magazine at Bloom’s Books, or go out for dancing and drinks at Oasis nightclub, grab tapas at Luna, window shop on Lark Avenue, own a mansion on Woodbury Road, or relax in Cherry Blossom Park.
I imagine the Meadow to be the perfect mix of luxury businesses and delicious restaurants, brownstones and other architecturally beautiful buildings, contemporary mansions and an abundance of green space. Every building and home has solar panels on the roof, solar lanterns light the streets, and recycling is part of everyday life. Now if only I could convince the characters to ride their bikes instead of drive their luxury vehicles…I don’t see that happening any time soon. *g*
Meadow Ridge is the community of my heart. It’s the combination of luxury, eco-conscience, and environmental sustainability I wish existed in real life. At least I get to live there vicariously through my characters in the Meadow Ridge Romance series.
Hmm, I think I just got a notice that a new juice bar and an organic farmer’s market are moving into town. Sweet! I *love* this place!
I hope you’ll stop by and visit Meadow Ridge soon. Happy reading!
~Heart, humor and a happily ever after
LOVE ON LANDING (A Meadow Ridge Romance) Blurb:
When Tali tries to recover from a recent break-up with a trip to Paris for some retail therapy, she discovers shopping isn’t the only way to cure her broken heart. On route, she meets new pilot, Gavin. Tali and Gavin have instant chemistry and friction as their personalities clash at 30,000 feet.
One night in bed isn’t enough to quell the fireworks between Tali and Gavin and when tempers erupt, Tali’s ex-boyfriend is there to pick up the pieces. Too bad she’s finally realized what she really wants in life…and it isn’t her ex or the life her father has planned back home.
Now all Tali wants is the man who loved her enough to tell her what she didn’t want to hear, but can she win his heart back again on the trip home and find Love on Landing?
LOVE ON LANDING Excerpt:
“Gavin, can I get your help in here for a minute?”
She heard a loud groan and the chair in the waiting room squeaked as he stood. Her door clicked open and Gavin peeked his head inside the tiny room. His tired eyes instantly lit up at the sight of her reflection in the mirror. Exactly the kind of reaction she hoped an outfit like this would stir in someone. Especially someone as hot as Gavin.
“Can you lace up the back for me? It’s a bit tricky to reach.”
“Um—sure,” he said quietly, taking the edges of the material from her hands. His gaze shifted to her back and she was suddenly aware of the lack of clothing between her skin and his fingers.
Apparently he was aware of her naked flesh too.
His large fingers fumbled with the laces almost letting them slip. She quickly held the top tight against her stomach so it wouldn’t fall to the ground. Not that a situation like that would be completely unwelcome with a guy like Gavin, but she’d prefer not to have it happen in a changing room if possible. Her hotel room? Well, that was different.
Why was she so attracted to him?
‘Cause he’s hot. And fights back. And hot.
A bit about Heather:
Heather Thurmeier was born and raised in the Canadian prairies, but now she lives in upstate New York with her own personal romance Hero (aka her husband) and their two little princesses. When she's not busy taking care of the kids and an adventurous puppy named Indy, Heather's hard at work on her next romance novel. She loves to hear from readers. Heart, humor, and a happily ever after.
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