Bringing the Collection Full Circle

Kristine Raymond
Kristine Raymond Author Interview

Seasons of Love is a collection or thrilling romance short stories with interconnecting characters which each taking place in different season. What was the inspiration behind this short story collection?

The collection originally started out as a single short story – Dogwoods in Springtime – which was included in a limited-release anthology. Once the rights reverted back to me, I began toying with the concept of expanding Caroline and Rick’s story. Then, in keeping with the seasonal theme, I came up with the brilliant idea to add three more, thus bringing the collection full circle.

My favorite story from the collection is ‘Aspens in Autumn’. Do you have a favorite story from this collection?

Oh, thank you! Aspens in Autumn was my first foray into romantic suspense and I had a lot of fun imagining Ramsey and Bishop running for their lives. Is it wrong to enjoy your characters’ dire predicament? Hmmm…

To answer your question, my favorite is Snowflakes in Winter. I absolutely love Chloe, and her sizzling chemistry with Alex. Her quirky personality was fun to write, too.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I don’t write with a particular theme in mind, but I have a personal connection to each of the locations depicted in the stories. I currently live in Kentucky (Dogwoods in Springtime); in my teens, I visited Nantucket Island (Seashells in Summer); I met and married my husband in Flagstaff, Arizona (Aspens in Autumn); and my family and I vacationed every year in New Hampshire (Snowflakes in Winter).

Describing that first glimpse of a dogwood in bloom, the smell of salt air blowing in off the ocean, the majesty of fiery-gold aspens lighting up a mountainside, and the warmth of a crackling fire – all of those images were a walk down memory lane for me.

Do you have plans to write more short stories with these characters in them?

While I don’t plan to expand on these characters, I’ve learned to never say never. Who knows? One or more may pop up in another story someday. You’ll have to keep reading my books to find out. 😉

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Four couples. Four seasons. A lifetime of love.

Dogwoods in Springtime

Still in mourning three years after her husband’s death, Caroline Ballard’s solitary life in rural Kentucky is disrupted by a broken water line, of all things. As if the lack of running water wasn’t bad enough, her immediate attraction to plumbing contractor Rick Spencer unearths emotions long thought buried. Opening her heart to love for a second time, a malicious lie told by his ex-wife threatens to end the budding relationship before it begins.

Seashells in Summer

Having adopted her four-year-old daughter, Lily, at birth, Taylor Brightman is suspicious when former Marine Sergeant Grant Cutler appears on her Nantucket Island doorstep claiming to be the girl’s biological father. Wary of his motives, his good looks and charming personality win her over, but can she trust that she won’t lose custody along with her heart?

Aspens in Autumn

Ramsey Fiorentino is having a bad day. On the run for her life after witnessing a murder, she’s being pursued by none other than Bishop Hamilton, a private investigator hired by the person who committed the crime. When he catches up to her and the truth comes out, they flee to the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona to hide, but it’s only a matter of time before their newfound romance is tested in the wake of a deadly confrontation.

Snowflakes in Winter

When New Hampshire State Trooper Alex Ballard becomes stranded during a blizzard in the middle of the night, he seeks refuge at a local bed and breakfast, surprised to discover the owner, Chloe Mancuso, is the sole occupant. A passionate night spent in each other’s arms ignites feelings neither thought possible, but there’s someone else with his eye on Chloe and he’s not willing to share.

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