Thanks for hosting me, Kim! I’m wrapping up my blog tour for Finding Home, which was released in June. I feel like the blog tour—and the summer—has just flown by, which I suppose is to be expected when you’re having fun, right?
Finding Home is the second book in the Dropping Anchor series. The book’s main character is Ian Mackay, who was a briefly mentioned secondary character in the first book, Island House. It was an interesting challenge to take him from the unapologetically selfish playboy we met in Island House and make him into the kind of character readers would want to see get his happily ever after, but there was always more to Ian than met the eye.
He helps Niall through an emotional journey in the first book, and the second book shows Ian’s own trek from one night stands to a serious, monogamous relationship. I had so much fun writing Ian, since even though he’s a good guy at heart, he’s still a jackass. I love multifaceted characters, and Ian sparkles like the shiniest gem out there. *g*
He also makes quite a few appearances in book three, which was just contracted this month. (Yay!) That book, tentatively titled Playing House right now, is a little different from the other two in the series. While books one and two showed the main characters meeting someone and falling in love, book three picks up with a couple who has already been together for a decade and a half. Their struggle isn’t their relationship, which is solid, but the question of whether or not to expand their family and adopt a child. Like all books in the Dropping Anchor series, though, at its heart it’s the story of the main character growing into himself and discovering who he really is. In this case, that’s Frank coming to terms with issues that have defined him for all of his life and figuring out how to manage those and move forward in a way that will keep his relationship with Warner healthy, whether or not they actually decide to bring a child into their family.
That third (and final) book in the series will be out in late 2014. The series is about personal growth and accepting who you are, and it’s managed to play that part in my writing career as well. I’ve spent the last two years with these books, and they’ve helped me grow and develop as a writer. I’m going to be sorry to see them end!
When an inheritance fell in Ian Mackay’s lap, he fled the high-pressure banking industry and didn’t look back. Since then, he’s spent four years living carefree on the island of Tortola, his life a series of hookups and hanging out with friends.
After his best friend moves to Seattle and gets married, Ian finds himself lost. His unapologetic existence doesn’t hold the same appeal, and he wonders if he’s throwing his life away. After visiting Niall in Seattle, Ian decides to stay, but that means taking his life off hold and finding a real job. Meeting Luke Keys, who is about as far from a player as possible, isn’t the plan but might be just what Ian needs. Luke and his values intrigue Ian, and he pursues Luke ruthlessly until Luke agrees to a date.
Their courtship sweeps Ian off his feet, and when the relationship gets complicated, Ian has the chance to cut and run. Habits born from years of being on his own are hard to shake, and self-proclaimed playboy Ian must decide if love is worth fighting for.
Bru Baker is a freelance journalist who writes for newspapers and magazines. Fiction makes her happiest, whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s. She and her husband live in the Midwest with their two young children, whose antics make finding time to write difficult but never let life get boring.
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