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Today, I thought you might like to see my inspiration for the characters in Summer Bride.

First, we have Justin James. I knew I wanted to have dark hair, a little messy and longer, and kind eyes.

When I saw this photo of David Giuntoli it was like there was a neon sign hanging over it saying “This is the one! This is Justin!”

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This is exactly how I picture our hunky, handsome, ever-helpful hero.

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Seriously, isn’t he a cutie? Can’t you just picture him in the crazy T-shirt Matilda gives him?

Sage Presley we met briefly in Valentine Bride (book 1 in the Holiday Brides series). But we didn’t know much about her.

I envisioned her as blond, with a sweetness about her that belied her inner strength. I pictured her as very feminine and lovely although she’s tough and capable of handling whatever challenges life throws her way.

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I thought Skyler Samuels made the best Sage. She’s lovely and has that delicate look to her.

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But a fun, playful side, too! I just loved the inspiration she provided for Sage.

Then I needed a little inspiration for Sage’s brother, Shane.

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Colby Canterbury was my choice for Shane Presley. From the hair and green eyes, to that soulful look on his face, he was just perfect for Shane.

The song I listed to while I wrote this book kept me smiling as I pictured Justin asking his friends this question:

Such a fun song from Joe Nichols.

Oh, and I have to share the ringtone Sage uses for Justin on her cell.

If you haven’t read it yet, get your copy of Summer Bride today!

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Today, I thought it might be fun to share my visual inspiration for the two main characters in Lightning and Lawmen.

Deputy Dugan Durfey we met briefly in Corsets and Cuffs. We didn’t know a lot about him, other than he likes to joke and tease and he’s a valuable member of the sheriff’s office.

I did the cover for this book long before I wrote it, so I was looking for inspiration that matched the featured characters.

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Chris Evans offered the perfect inspiration for Dugan’s character. Can’t you just picture him with a cowboy hat and a brass star pinned to his jacket?

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I could just picture Dugan giving a bad guy this look… or Seth when he’d been squiring Delilah around town.

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And I could totally see Dugan with a smile like this when he was teasing Delilah or amused by something the sheriff said.

Delilah had to be a great balance to Dugan. From the cover, I knew she needed to have dark brown hair, but that was about it.

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Then I happened across an image of Odette Annable. She is very beautiful and spot-on for Delilah’s character.

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I could easily picture her giving Dugan (or Ollie) this smile.

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She truly is just lovely and I couldn’t envision any better inspiration for Delilah’s character.

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And I can’t forget the real star of the show – Oliver the raccoon.

While I wrote this story, I listened to the song If It Ain’t With You by Farewell Angelina. Captain Cavedweller and I had gone on a date night to our local theater. The opportunities to attend a musical performance are few and far between, so I bought tickets although I’d never heard of the group performing. It just so happened to be Farewell Angelina. The all-female country group is named after a Bob Dylan song, featuring four amazing vocalists who also play instruments and write songs.

If you haven’t yet read Lightning and Lawmen, I hope you’ll check it out.

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While I was writing The Christmas Confection, I spent considerable time looking up Swedish holiday traditions, customs and recipes.

Oh, my goodness!

I think I wish I had some Swedish ancestors in my family tree!

The beautiful decorations, the delicious food, the ancient traditions are all so wonderful.

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I mean, just look at this face!

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From St. Lucia Day…

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to Dala Horses…

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to the cookies. Oh, the cookies. And pastries. And Swedish meatballs. And…

I think I better stop now.

But if you’d like to see more of the decorations, traditions, and recipes that helped inspire The Christmas Confection, visit my Pinterest Board.

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