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MY MONTANA VALENTINE: Release day blog post featuring Elsa Winckler!

I’m so excited to finally share My Montana Valentine, the first story in a new series called The Millers of Marietta with all of you. Like many of you, I’ve read and loved all Tule’s stories set in the fictional town of Marietta and I was thrilled when Tule liked my proposal for a series set in this quaint town. 

This series introduces a new family – a brother and his two sisters who have relocated to Marietta. Each of them has reasons why they’re willing to cross state lines and settle in a new town. What they don’t expect, though, is the matchmaker in town who has decided the Millers are the perfect matches for her three godchildren.

The older I get the more intrigued I am about human behavior. Why are we the way we are? Why do we react to situations the way we do? Most of the time the reason or reasons we don’t have enough confidence or that we believe something about ourselves that isn’t true, stems from our childhood. To become the person you’re supposed to be, you have to grow, have to see the lie you believe about yourself isn’t true. In this story Vivian has been hurt badly and is determined to guard her heart against any future heartache. As a journalist Aiden has seen the worst in people and at this point of his career he’s not optimistic he’ll find the feel-good story his boss is looking for.

So what happens when these two end up in the same place at the same time? Both are so determined to steer clear of any entanglements but, as they will find out, love always finds a way to heal and open hearts again.

I would like to thank other Tule authors like Katherine Garbera who has been so helpful and kind and has agreed to let me use one of her characters in the stories – you’ll recognise Risa Grant’s flower shop! Of course, there must be flowers, it is after all, Valentine’s Day

I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I enjoyed writing them. 

Thank you for all your lovely feedback, I so appreciate all the support! 


About the Author

I have been reading love stories for as long as I can remember and when I ‘met’ the classic authors like Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Henry James The Brontë sisters, etc. during my Honours studies, I was hooked for life. 

I married my college boyfriend and soul mate and after 43 years, 3 interesting and wonderful children and 3 beautiful grandchildren, he still makes me weak in the knees. We are fortunate to live in the picturesque little seaside village of Betty’s Bay, South Africa with the ocean a block away and a beautiful mountain right behind us. And although life so far has not always been an easy ride, it has always been an exciting and interesting one! 

I like the heroines in my stories to be beautiful, feisty, independent and headstrong.  And the heroes must be strong but possess a generous amount of sensitivity. They are of course, also gorgeous!  My stories typically incorporate the family background of the characters to better understand where they come from and who they are when we meet them in the story.