As a woman of a certain age, I was excited when I discovered LB Dunbar’s Sexy Silver Fox series, full of yummy heroes. When her Lakeside Cottage series came out, I was a 1-click convert. Bring your tissues. This heartbreaking but beautiful story of friendship and love is worth your ugly cry. LB took some time out of her busy writing day to answer my five burning questions.
1. Let’s start with Kill, Marry, or Screw?
Screw: Machlan Wright – coming soon from me in Merging Wright
Marry: Tommy Carrigan – from After Care. If someone called me darlin’ every day, I’d be his.
Kill: Gosh, I just can’t think of any fictitious character I’d kill off (mine or anyone else’s).
2. Do you remember the first romance book you ever read? Can you tell me about it?
Forever by Judy Blume, which was a love story more than a romance. I was about 11 or 12, and teens having sex in books was a bit taboo when I was growing up.
3. What types of romance would you like to write but haven’t yet?
Historical. I loooooove historical romance and I’d love to write it but I never will. I tried fantasy/modern magical and loved writing it but it isn’t really my forte.
4. What are you reading right now? Do you have a favorite book/series/genre?
I’ve newly discovered Serena Bell and I’m thoroughly enjoying her Under One Roof series. Some of my favorite books include The Sinner by Emma Stone; The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon; and Letters to Molly by Devney Perry. Favorite series would include Julie Kriss’s Riggs Brothers (I’ve lost count how many times I’ve reread this series); Claire Kingsley’s Baily Brothers; and Sarina Bowen’s True North. Melanie Harlow, Amy Daws, and A.L. Jackson are a few authors whom I’ve read their entire catalog of books. (Reading someone’s entire backlist is true love of an author). My catnip trope is a marriage of convenience and forced proximity. I’ve written a few forced proximity tales, but I’d never written marriage of convenience romance until last winter (coming this fall) and it was absolute bliss to write!
5. What was the inspiration for your new book?
Loving at 40 is coming in June and my inspiration was a few things. In the front of the book will be a dedication to the song ‘Ride’ by Chase Rice. The video for that song gave me all kinds of ideas for Archer. As the third book in the Lakeside Cottage collection, Archer is a prodigal son who returns home. (I love that trope). Also, I had this minor character written in my very first book and I always wanted her to have a story. Eight years later, she’s going to have it. But the real inspiration was a trip to the beach in Michigan on Lake Michigan during the pandemic, where a gathering of men and women (people I didn’t know) sparked the entire Lakeside Cottage collection.
6. For bonus points, what’s your favorite swear word?
F*ck is definitely a word in my everyday vocabulary as well as a favorite among most of my alpha males.