So Lois, Kathleen, and myself are all members of our local RWA chapter, Midwest Fiction Writers. It’s a great bunch of writers dedicated to writing romance. Recently, the chapter took on a cool fundraising project. They decided to publish an anthology of stories set on or around the abundant Minnesota lakes. We’re not called Land of 10,000 Lakes for nothin’. 😉 An amazing group of 17 writers contributed short stories, and I’ve had the pleasure to read the book, and I must say there is something for everyone beneath the cover.
So today, please welcome one of the writers, Lizbeth Selvig, who has pulled up in the convertible with us to talk a bit more about this fun project.
Finding Love in the Land of Lakes by Lizbeth Selvig
Hi Ladies of the convertible!
I’m so excited to be back visiting with you—RWTTD has always been one of my favorite places on the Web because everyone here is so smart and welcoming. Thanks for letting me come and talk about Love in the Land of Lakes, a fun anthology of stories from 17 authors from Midwest Fiction Writers—Minnesota’s largest RWA chapter. Each is of the stories is set on or near one of our state’s 10,000 lakes. (In reality there are over 14,000 official lakes in Minnesota, so we and the book are definitely aptly nick-named!)
My contribution to the anthology is a fun little story entitled What’s Up Dock? It’s a mini-tale of mistaken identity and getting a new chance at love set on a North Woods lake where the water is warm, the nearest town is small and full of rumors, and our heroine’s imagination gets the best of her—until love saves the day.
I wanted my story to highlight some of the crazy things that can and do happen when you camp or live in the woods. Anyone who’s spent time in lake country has run into everything from poison ivy to wild animals to severe weather. My favorite scene in What’s Up Dock? is near the beginning of the story when my hero, Alex, is caught fending off a creature of the woodlands—much to his future heroine Sophie’s amusement.
The idea came from an experience I had during childhood when my parents, my three brothers, and I were camping near Lake Superior. Our “abode” was a pop-up tent trailer, and we kids never worried much about wildlife until one morning when we awoke to a fairly substantial hubbub. We piled out of the camper and found most of the adults in the State Park campground gathered around our Coleman cooler. I remember the cooler looked like it had been chomped by a dinosaur. One bottom corner was gone and the Styrofoam insulation was battered and exposed. It was both sobering and exciting.
There were no dinosaurs—even WAY back then—but it turns out we’d been visited by a bear. He had to have been right next to our door since that’s where we’d left the cooler. The idea that we’d missed this marvelous creature disappointed my brothers and me horribly. Mom and Dad, however, were not nearly as thrilled. They kept us pretty close for the rest of the trip, and gave us good lessons featuring “Beware of the bears.” That’s when I learned how wild animals will come after food, and never to feed them or wish for them to get too close.
In my anthology story, Alex and his peanut butter sandwich don’t exactly attract a bear—that really wouldn’t be funny. I’ll make you read the story in order to find out what chases him, but I will tell you—in this case it takes another animal to rescue him,
The rest of the anthology stories touch on so many subjects and sub-genres—from mystery to historical to paranormal. Some are haunting, many are funny, and some are sweet and poignant—but each has a unique charm.
I hope you’ll grab a copy of “Love in the Land of Lakes,” at least to find out whether Sophie trades in her old life for an affair with an escaped convict or discovers her heart is just being guided by a wild imagination.
Meanwhile, what about you? Have you ever had an outdoor adventure fuel a story? Or do you have a favorite story you’ve read that’s based on an outdoor adventure? Inquisitive minds want to know.
Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes and just as many love stories. Love in the Land of Lakes brings you seventeen of these stories, from two childhood sweethearts connecting on the end of a dock on a warm summer’s evening, to a city boy’s chaotic weekend at his girlfriend’s primitive cabin. We bring you the story of a savvy horse who leads her owner to love in post–Civil War farm country, and the haunting romance of an ageless gambler who inhabits a historic riverboat and charms the boat’s new owner.
A kaleidoscope of sunshine, snowstorms, and thunderstorms grace our contemporary, mystery, historical, and paranormal stories as the authors of Midwest Fiction Writers spin lovely romances that will send you drifting into happily ever afters.
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Bobbers ‘N Bait – The evocative marketing gimmick at the new bait store in town has the fishing outfitter all hot and bothered.
A Cut Above the Rest – Rachel knew that a simple haircut had the power to change someone’s life. What she wasn’t counting on though, was how it would change hers.
Lira & Gavril – A dilapidated riverboat brings together a passionate historic preservationist and a man who called it home during the Victorian era.
Lake Dreams – Olivia had her life all planned out. All except for that one impulsive night with her childhood crush. Can he convince her the result is worth the risk?
Hook, Line and Stinker – An LA makeover artist comes home to Minnesota and must use all her skills to tame a wild man.
Snowbound – Caught in a snowstorm, the last person she expects to need her help is the man she loved but lost to someone else.
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Dancing in the Moonlight – Anna Thorstad never imagined reopening her parents’ lake cabin would also open her heart to love again.
Hooked – An avid outdoorswoman takes her city born and raised boyfriend for a chaotic weekend at her family’s primitive cabin on the lake.
Henrietta’s Man – A savvy horse carries her Civil War-torn soldier north in search of healing and a future.
Coming Home – A young widow’s faith and courage are tested when she falls in love with her husband’s best friend.
Her Stranger – Each night a stranger comes to Rachel’s cabin door. What is it that makes her fall into his arms?
Lake Secrets – A weekend getaway at the scene of the crime has Elly struggling to keep a secret from her best friend.
Unwrapped – Movie star Sloan Leighton sells love; she doesn’t believe in it. Then one frozen midnight on the shores of Lake Superior, everything changes.
The Bouncing Bobber – Will a budding romance, sidetracked by youth and ambition, be what it takes to lure Jacob and Nate back into love’s net?
What’s Up Dock? – Sophie’s handsome new neighbor is burying body bags in his garden. But he’s afraid of raccoons—how could he be a killer?
Wind from the Lake – Wishing on a star? Alien contact? When childhood friends Connie and Hank meet again, they don’t need to believe in anything but each other.
Roadside Catch – She swore off relationships with doctors, until one finds her injured on the roadside and has her rethinking the possibilities.