A big thank you to Romancing the Book for inviting me out today to help celebrate the launch of my new Ardent Springs series. Ardent Springs is a tiny burb about an hour or so outside Nashville, TN, where everyone knows everyone else, the gossip runs rampant, and love always gets a second chance. We kick off the series with HIS FIRST AND LAST, the story of high school sweethearts Spencer and Lorelei getting a second chance to earn their happily ever after. Lorelei is a tough nut to crack, but thanks to Spencer’s endless patience and charm, this couple just might get it right this time.
Of course, high school sweethearts would know the skinny on the best make out spots in town, and Ardent Springs has an interesting selection.
First up is a secluded cove under the Franklin Bridge. What’s better than moonlight reflecting off the water and a solid bridge above your head to give the illusion of privacy? Many a young couple have gone exploring under the bridge, and I am not talking about spelunking. If you check it out during the day, you may see some familiar initials inside a heart painting on bridge pillar.
Second would be the fair grounds. There’s something cool about walking along the deserted promenade in the middle of the night. You can almost hear the revelry, as if the sounds are embedded in the pavement. Kids laughing, carnies calling, a boy winning a giant stuff Teddy Bear for his best girl. And young lovers adding their own wistful sounds to the mix.
Third is a spot that will play a pivotal role later in the series, and though one might think it morbid, the place is quite romantic. That would be Mount Hope Cemetery. The beautiful markers date back to the 1800s, and the grounds are dotted with Weeping Willows and enormous Magnolia trees. Those Weeping Willows offer private little nooks lit only by thin beams of moonlight trickling through the branches. There’s magic in those moon beams, but sometimes, a couple walks away with more than they bargained for. Or so we’ll learn in book three.
At eighteen, Lorelei Pratchett couldn’t wait to get out of her hometown. Twelve years later, her Hollywood dreams have fizzled and she’s back—temporarily, she thinks. Though she throws herself into saving the old theater and starting a baking business, small towns have long memories, and Lorelei’s wild past still haunts her. It doesn’t help that her ex-boyfriend, Spencer Boyd, is even hotter, smarter, and more distracting than before.
The fiery Lorelei that Spencer knew years ago may have become closed off and cautious, but their chemistry hasn’t faded one bit. Losing her a second time is unthinkable to him, yet Lorelei is convinced she doesn’t belong in Ardent Springs. Somehow, Spencer needs to show her that everything she needs is right here: family, friendship, new beginnings…and a man who’s never stopped loving her.
Warm, sexy, and laugh-out-loud funny, His First and Last is an irresistible story of first love and second chances.
Although born in the Ohio Valley, Amazon and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Terri Osburn found her true home between the covers of her favorite books. Classics like The Wizard of Oz and Little Women filled her childhood, and the genre of romance beckoned during her teen years. While Osburn went on to gain a degree in business administration, she couldn’t shelve her love of love stories. In 2007, she put pen to paper to write her own. Just five years later, she was named a 2012 finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award. The author of the Anchor Island contemporary romance series, Osburn resides in Virginia with her daughter, an assortment of pets, and her bookshelves full of keepers.