The latest in the Boys of Summer series by the talented South Australian author Victoria Purman will hit shelves this week. To celebrate the release we asked Victoria to tell us a little about her return to Middle Point. Unfortunately I couldn’t get her to tell me if there would be another. Hold On To Me is also an upcoming book club title, so I look forward to hearing what our readers think.
Returning to Middle Point…
I don’t know about you all, but I LOVE book series. Nora’s The Brides Quartet, anyone? (come to think of it – anything Nora!) My boys devoured Harry Potter, and let’s not forget the millions of fans who loved the Twilight and Fifty Shades series.
I know that I like to return to familiar characters and locations. I love picking up a book and getting that warm, gooey feeling inside at the knowledge that I’m about to return to a familiar place and the characters who fill it, getting the chance to catch up with what’s happened in the lives of all those men you fall in love with and the women you wish were your best friends.
Since I’m a sucker for that, I was thrilled when my publisher Harlequin said they’d love another book in my Boys of Summer Series. The first in the series – Nobody But Him – was my first published book, and was quickly followed by Someone Like You and Our Kind of Love.
(In between, I took a trip to Kangaroo Island this year with a stand alone book, Only We Know.)
I loved going back to the beautiful locations of South Australia’s south coast and all the characters in those first three books – and if you’ve read all three, you’ll be pleased to know they’re all back!
Hold On To Me is about Stella and Luca, an older woman and a younger man, a woman who’s sworn off love and a man who wants to help her learn to trust again. Stella has some serious issues to overcome – so serious I made my editor cry – before she can let another man into her life. I hope you enjoy it.
Here’s the blurb:
Stella wasn’t looking for love – and especially not from a younger man..
When Stella Ryan’s successful life in Sydney crumbled, she returned flat broke – and broken hearted – to the beachside town she’d once called home. Five years on, she’s opened a boutique and rebuilt her life in the tourist haven of Port Elliot.
Luca Morelli has been working flat out to establish his own building company in the city and doesn’t have time to be driving back and forth to the beach to do a small job in a shop that was almost destroyed in a fire. But he soon changes his mind when he meets the glamorous owner. Before long, Stella and Luca find that a working relationship isn’t the only thing developing between them. But the closer they get, the ghosts of Stella’s past come to haunt her once more. Can she ever believe a man again? And if she can, is the much younger Luca Morelli the man she can trust with her heart?
My blurb went missing… so now I have to bring you a new one. One that is a little broader too.
I devour books, vampires and supernatural creatures are my genre of choice but over the past couple of years I have broadened my horizons considerably.
I inhale music, hair metal that satisfies my inner bogan is where my musical passion lies, but again I’ve been exposed to lots of different music I wouldn’t normally listen to and have broadened those horizons also.
In a nutshell – I love to write! I love interacting with a diverse range of artists to bring you interviews.
Perhaps we were perfect before – I LOVE WORDS! Reading, writing, speaking, listening – if it’s got words I’m there!