Today I have the honor of introducing all of you to a very busy and talented author, Ms. Liv James. Please help me give her a very warm welcome to the CMash blog!!!
diet, where everything you eat and drink is grown within 100 miles of your house.
So then I thought, what if an interesting couple – Josie and Jeff – with a great country inn decided to take on the 100-mile diet and all the other things that would make their inn green? And what if they did such a great job that they received fantastic publicity?
And then I thought, what if that publicity backfired?
That’s when things started to get interesting.
At the same time I was publicizing our new green building out here in the real world, I was also reading a lot of romantic suspense books and couldn’t find any in which the love story centered on a married couple. That piqued my interest because, if we’re lucky, we spend a whole lot more time in a marriage than in the stages leading up to the marriage. So I thought, what if a married couple had fallen into a hum-drum existence and suddenly something – or someone – came along and shook it up?
In the Trouble With Green, that someone is Nathan Brown, who knows Josie’s secrets and doesn’t hesitate to share them with her husband, Jeff.
Finally, I heard about a father who lost his oldest son in a kayaking accident after the son had managed to save his girlfriend from drowning. I was so moved by the tragedy of that story, and by the weight of being the girl who was saved, that I brought it into the novel.
I intertwined those three snippets – the green inn, the rekindling of a marriage, and being “the girl who lived” – and The Trouble With Green was born.
Synopsis (borrowed from author’s blog):
When Josie’s earth-friendly inns get national press it seems like a good deal all around. So much of a good deal, in fact, that her architect husband gets a new gig … on the other side of the country. And the owners of one of her best inns go missing, just days after the feature appears. And then there’s the long-forgotten Nathan Brown, whose appearance on her doorstep can only mean trouble. Josie must overcome the ghosts of her past if she has any hope of keeping her marriage and her business alive.