Trending: Small Town Contemporaries

A Guest Post by Jennifer DeCuir

Many A-list contemporary authors are jumping on the small town series bandwagon. Jill Shalvis writes about Lucky Harbor. Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove has its own TV series. Susan Mallery is well known for her Fool’s Gold series. Robyn Carr with Virgin River and Victoria Dahl with Tumble Creek. So many incredible choices.

Readers like to treat their precious reading time (because, let’s face it – we never have enough reading time) as a mini vacation. So how cool is it to be able to return to that special retreat again and again? One reviewer of my book “Wynter’s Journey”, the third in my Scallop Shores series, asks “I wonder if Scallop Shores has time share options.” I love that people think of it as a real place, full of real people that they visit with and get to know. Because that’s how it feels for me. Real.

Another great thing about all these small town series is that they are spread out all over the country. Have enough time on your hands? You could take a whirlwind tour of Smalltown, USA – without having to spend a fortune on gas, worrying about bedbug infestations or finding alternate sightseeing plans if it rains.

My own series, Scallop Shores, takes place on the southern coast of Maine. Think lighthouses, lobsters and lots of flannel. It’s based on the town I grew up in, York. It’s a place that preserves its historic heritage (it was first settled in 1624). There are zoning laws in place that prevent big-chain type businesses like McDonalds and Starbucks from moving in and disrupting the quiet small town charm.

Small towns come with a cast of characters that readers expect to love (and hate). In Scallop Shores, there are gossip mongers, cranky old cusses who never have a kind word for anyone, matchmakers and people with hearts as big as the town, who would drop anything to help out a friend in need. I try to bring back my favorites and want to make sure that everyone gets their happily ever after.

The great thing about series set in a small town, is that you don’t have to read them in any particular order. At least, with my series you don’t. The same feature characters will show up, and the same town landmarks. You get to explore Scallop Shores in different seasons, depending on the book. The fact that this town is largely tourist-based, means I’ve set more than one book during summer. But being New England, you’ll find mentions of beautiful fall foliage and pristine snowy landscapes.

Whatever your preference, small town contemporaries offer a wonderful escape from the busy day to day of our hectic lives. Check in for an hour, or settle in for a cozy weekend. We’ll be here when you’re ready.

Author Bio:

Jennifer DeCuir writes small town contemporary romances while wrangling two kids, a husband who acts like a big kid and three neurotic pets. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she can’t get enough sunshine or caffeine. Her series Scallop Shores, published by Crimson Romance, is based on her hometown of York, Maine. When she isn’t writing or reading, she is probably adding to her obsessively huge yarn stash and wondering what gifts she’s going to crochet for Christmas this year.


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Drawn to Jonah (a RONE 2014 Nominee and 2nd place winner in the 2012 ECO contest)


Quinn finds new purpose in life caring for the local handyman’s daughter and teaching the sexy single dad how to read. He knows he owes her a huge debt, but he’ll start by giving her his heart.

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Five of Hearts


Shannon is a single mom to triplets. Dean is a former boy band member hiding from the latest fake paternity scam. They couldn’t be more wrong for each other. Sometimes falling in love is more about chance than choice.

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Wynter’s Journey (A 2nd place winner in the 2013 ECO contest)


A childhood promise brings Wynter and Sam together again after tragedy ripped them apart over ten years earlier. Fate has given him a second chance to tell her how he feels. This time he’s not going to run.

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3 comments on “Trending: Small Town Contemporaries

  1. Thanks for having me here today, Margo.

  2. Sarah says:

    I’ve loved all of your books and I can’t wait for more! Scallop Shores is a real place to me… real people, real problems, and lots of love. I wish I could go meet the characters in person and sit down with the ladies for coffee or enjoy a beer with the men. The conversations would be fun and endless… the characters become a part of you.

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