Trying to re-discover the seed of a new story (or harder yet, a new trilogy) isn't easy. My new book, out June 1, the first of my new Three Kisses trilogy, isn't any exception. I think my agent was the one who came up with the trilogy moniker, "Three Kisses," because it's about three sisters with the last name of Baci ("kiss" in Italian). I was planning to place it at a vineyard in the hills above Malibu, near the setting of my last trilogy, but my editor wondered "Why not Napa?" From there, ideas started buzzing in my brain.
Trilogy tagline: One failing winery, two feuding families, three unforgettable pairings.
The Tanti Baci ("Many Kisses") winery has been around 100 years and is teetering on financial ruin when the three sisters of this generation, Alessandra, Stephania, and Giuliana, take over. It produces a special sparkling wine served only at weddings--and no couple who served it at their nuptial celebrations has ever divorced (or so it's said...could it possibly be true?)
CRUSH ON YOU stars youngest sister, Alessandra Baci, who has a tragic love story in her past and who is now known affectionately around her small town of Edenville as the "Nun of Napa." She's determined that the historic cottage on the vineyard property will be renovated by the end of the month as a wedding venue in order to bring in a new, much-needed revenue stream. But to get that done, she must turn to one of the Bennett brothers next door--Penn, who just happens to be the star of Hollywood's hottest home renovation TV show.
You can read an excerpt at www.christieridgway.com. Romantic Times gave it 4 1/2 stars and made it a Top Pick for June. I hope you'll look for it!
Tell me how you read a trilogy/series. Do you buy them up but wait and read them together? Or do you read each installment as it shows up in stores? (I'm inclined to read right away, and then re-read earlier entries in the series before starting the next.) Or, tell me what to do about my knee. Yesterday, I was watching my in-law's yellow lab along with our own and the pups slammed into me from the side, sent me flying off my feet and momentarily dislocating my knee. ::sigh:: It's back in place but the size of a melon today.