His Texas Forever Family is a September release, and Amy’s debut novel.
Paige Graham only has room for one man in her life—her son, Owen. The little boy hasn’t spoken since his father died, but things change when he meets his new art teacher, Liam Campbell. Paige can’t help marveling at the progress Owen makes while working with his instructor—and Mr. Campbell isn’t exactly hard on the eyes, either!
New to Peach Leaf, Texas, Liam is captivated by his beautiful boss—who is none other than Paige! He can’t risk his job or his future by falling for his supervisor, but there is just something about her he can’t resist. Thanks to Liam’s lessons, Owen is on the road to recovery. Now if only Liam can show Paige that the best way to heal her heart is to open herself to love again….
* Where did you get the idea for His Texas Forever Family?
A spark of an idea, and the wonderful question, “What if?” inspired the story. I wondered what would happen if a child became mute following a terrible loss, and the only person able to help that child was someone with an unconventional way of treating psychological distress. I combined that person with the child’s mother—who has tried everything, without success, to help her son—along with a sweet romance, and the rest is history.
* Tell us about the hero of the book? Why will we fall in love with him?
Liam falls somewhere between alpha and beta—a spot that I really love for my heroes. He’s firm and strong with the heroine, Paige, when she needs that from him or when he sees that being that way will help make her stronger or lift her up. But he’s also gentle and sweet. I love classic alpha males, but sometimes I’m in the mood for a hero who’s a little closer to the beta side.
* Tell us about the heroine? Why is she the perfect woman for the hero?
Paige’s late husband died tragically and, at the beginning of the book, she’s at a point where she’s spent so much time taking care of her young son and trying to keep up with life in general—her job, her home, and all the other things that make up her days—that she hasn’t had time to really grieve and find a way to move on. Her relationship with Liam is special because, instead of rescuing her like a damsel in distress, he partners with her to share some of her burden so that she has space to heal. In the process, they discover a love that’s amazing and passionate, yes, but is also based on a very solid, real friendship and an understanding that her little boy needs a father as much as she needs someone to love.
* Is there any particular significance in the setting?
Although the book’s setting, Peach Leaf, Texas is a fictional small town, it’s loosely based on one of my all-time real favorite places—Fredericksburg, Texas. Fredericksburg is a town in West Texas with a population of a little over 10,000, and was founded in 1846 and named after Prince Frederick of Prussia. Both Fredericksburg and Peach Leaf are home to several amazing German restaurants boasting excellent beer and mouth-watering Reuben sandwiches, and Pioneer Museums that share artifacts and tons of information about the towns’ intriguing histories.
* What was your favorite scene to write?
really enjoyed writing the scene in which Paige and Liam kiss for the first time.
It was enough. For now. He leaned in slowly, giving her every chance to pull away, praying all the while she wouldn’t. He brushed his lips softly against hers, then kissed her lightly, only once, the small motion causing every nerve in him to stand on edge.
He wanted so much more, but he would have to be satisfied with this for the time being. Paige needed her space. When she was ready, she would have to make the next move.
But, for the first time in a long time, he felt confident enough, and ready, to try again with a woman. This woman.
* What was the most difficult scene for you to write?
There is a scene in which Paige, who’s had a long day of meetings and thought she’d scheduled a sitter for Owen, forgets to pick him up. She feels awful about the situation and it just adds to what is already a load of stress about being a newly single mom. I hated to have to put her through that, but it leads to something good…I promise!
* Why will readers enjoy this book?
His Texas Forever Family has (I hope!) a unique premise, a sweet small-town setting, and perfectly imperfect characters that I think readers might relate to. I would love for readers to walk away feeling uplifted and with a fresh belief that, no matter what life throws at us, love has the power to heal just about any pain, and we are never too old, too broken, or too anything to deserve true love.
That’s all for me. I’d love to hear from you! Are there any specific themes, topics, or storylines that you love to see in your romances? Anything you’d love to read about but haven’t found yet?
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