First let me say a great big thank you for hosting me to today. And thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read.
I’m fueled by coffee and/or tea, music, words, and yarn. So, you know, a fairly typical writer. Yes, even the yarn. But I think there is a reason we’re all driven by the same things. These are the things that inspire us, give us the plot bunnies, enable us to turn those ideas into complete stories you can enjoy for an hour or two or five.
My brain is constantly working, always running the plots in the background, and the smallest thing can inspire a scene. A lyric in a song I’m singing under my breath while I work. A name I see on my computer screen. I’ve suddenly got characters and plots. I jot my ideas down furiously on the pads of paper I always keep nearby. (I have a metric ton of notes written on half sheets of paper with the logo from my day job across the top.) I can sit and knit and think for hours, stopping mid row to make a note of a certain point that came to me while I meditatively knit stitch after stitch.
But these are all the before things. The things that happen prior to sitting down with the computer and attempting to craft my story. Well, except for the coffee and tea, which is a before, during, and after kind of thing. The music and words and yarn, they all fuel the inspiration process. They help me get ready to write. When I actually sit down to write though, that’s when I need no distractions and complete silence.
I don’t know if it’s actually OCD, but I need things to be in a certain way before I can begin writing. I need my notes to the right and my summary in an easily accessible document. And the hot beverage of choice within easy reach, of course. Then I can begin to craft a story worth sharing. When I have all those pieces, the writing flows so much better.
With Love at Roades End, I had done the hard thinking for a good week before I actually sat down to write. I was fully fueled and ready to go. And Sean’s voice emerged from word one. In short order, I was able to write this short, fluffy Valentine’s Day story. The story flowed so smoothly when I was writing it, that I just fell in love with these guys as they fell in love with each other. If you’re looking for a short, happy, Valentine’s Day read, I hope you’ll take a look.
Sean Newvine is looking forward to his weekend at Roades End Inn so he can review his stay there for inclusion on his travel website. What he never expects is for the owner, Hunter Roades, to capture his attention from the very start.
The only problem is Hunter thinks Sean’s been sent by his brother on a blind date so that Hunter doesn’t have to spend Valentine’s Day alone. Once the awkward misunderstanding is resolved, Sean is charmed by Hunter’s formality and hospitality. And when they have a chance to really talk, sparks fly.
A passion-filled night has them both wanting more, but Hunter pulls away knowing Sean doesn’t live in town and the distance might be more than they can overcome. Sean and Hunter must figure out if they can make it work for longer than one night, or if their chance at love will end at Roades End Inn before it can begin.
Review by Janice Birnie
Love At Roades End is a beautiful little novella by Kris T. Bethke written about, and for, Valentine’s Day. Or any day really. It is a heartwarming story, with well fleshed out MC’s, simply begging for a HEA.
Sean Newvine built and maintains the travelers website bestofbeds.com. On occasion Sean also takes the opportunity to get out of his home office and review vacation places, or places to stay, for the website. A visit to review Roades End Inn sounds like the perfect weekend away, despite an incoming snow storm. It’s only about an hour and a half from his home, and Sean is looking forward to a relaxing weekend, with a little work on the side.
Hunter Roades has taken over the running of Roades End Inn from his mother, who inherited it from her father on his death. With his mother enjoying her retirement, Hunter can think of no better place to live, and work, than this beautiful little Victorian Inn in the Finger Lakes region. The only downside is that the Inn’s relative isolation, in a small town, plays havoc with his romantic life. For Hunter, however, the lifestyle is worth brief periods of loneliness, and if his brother, Gregory, would only stop threatening to set him up on blind dates, Hunter would be a happy man.
When Sean Newvine enters the lobby of his Inn, Hunter immediately assumes it’s a set up by Gregory. After all, Sean is his exact type; tall, dark and handsome with piercing blue eyes. When a gorgeous blonde man with bright green eyes and thick glasses starts shouting “No!”, as Sean walks in, his confusion is evident. After an embarrassing exchange, Hunter realizes Sean is simply a guest and blushing furiously he leads him to his room for the weekend.
Valentine’s Day weekend is a busy time at the Inn. Sean quickly discovers that it’s a beautiful vacation spot, in a quaint little town, with interesting shops and a winery nearby to keep him happily entertained during his stay. Roades End Inn is earning lots of points on his website scale, even without factoring in the gorgeous, welcoming owner. If they can overcome first impressions there may yet be the chance of a weekend romance. Whether or not these two young men, who seem perfect for each other, can find a way to a HEA beyond this idyllic stay, is the bigger question.
Love At Roades End is a perfect afternoon read. It has MC’s that are extremely likable and their interactions are sweet and heartwarming. Kris T. Bethke will take you away to a beautiful place and time and leave you with a smile on your face and happy you made this purchase.
Kris T Bethke has been a voracious reader for pretty much her entire life and has been writing stories for nearly as long. An avid and prolific daydreamer, she always has a story in her head. She spends most of her free time reading, writing, or knitting/crocheting her latest project. Her biggest desire is to find a way to accomplish all three tasks at one time. A classic muscle car will always turn her head and naps on the weekend are one of her greatest guilty pleasures. She lives in a converted attic with an aquarium full of tropical fish and the voices in her head. She’ll tell you she thinks that’s a pretty good deal. Kris believes that love is love, no matter the gender of people involved and that all love deserves to be celebrated. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to drop her a line. You can find her on Twitter @KrisTBethke or on her blog www.kristbethke.com