Seattle, Washington. I first fell in love with this city on the big screen. One of my favorite films is the beautifully B-rated Assassins, an early film of hottie-hot-hot Antonio Banderas’s, and it’s set in Seattle. I saw the film, definitely saw the hunky Spaniard, saw the big city of Seattle, and then I kind of saw myself in the film’s setting, minus the whole shooting thing. Somehow, from that, a desire to visit Seattle had been born.
And when I became a fan of Frasier, my desire to visit this coastal city went through the roof! I can’t really explain what it was about Seattle, or at least how it was portrayed on screen, but something about it just captured me. It immediately found its way on my bucket list.
Last summer my husband surprised me with a trip to Seattle and let me tell you, it met all of my expectations and then some! Clean streets, super friendly and easy-going people, quaint indie shops right alongside impressive high-rise offices and lofts, a fetching waterfront, an unparalleled outdoor marketplace, vibrantly green landscapes, picturesque mountains and hills… In love a bit much?
One of my favorite things about Seattle, and perhaps is also a reason as to why I fell in love with it on screen, is the coffee and café culture. In many parts of Seattle you can just smell the aromatic bean straight ahead, wafting from an adorable café.
And the best part? The people of Seattle are big-time readers and bookshop enthusiasts. Quaint bookshops here and there, and, of course, the famous Elliott Bay Book Company. And I don’t know about you, but nothing beats a warm coffee with a good book.
With all of this love for Seattle I just had to set my books there! My chick lit collection—the When Girlfriends… collection—takes place in this fabulous city. Three books later, the girlfriends have proven themselves to be the U-Dub-shirt-wearing, café-opening, park-loving, and bookstore-going kinds of girls I imagined they’d be.
If you want to take a mini trip to Seattle and meet my eclectic group of fun girlfriends, there are some sales and freebies going on in celebration of my latest release (When Girlfriends Make Choices) that just came out today!
When Girlfriends Break Hearts is FREE on Amazon right nowthrough the 19th!!
When Girlfriends Step Up is 99 cents for a couple of days only!!
Okay. Prize time! Since Seattle is my location topic it only makes sense that I give away a Gift Card to Starbucks—born and bred right on the waterfront in Seattle! (And, if in town, you can even go to the first Starbucks location ever!)
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