Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Author Interview & Giveaway: The Trouble in Willow Falls by Pat Nichols

The Trouble in Willow Falls JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Trouble in Willow Falls by Pat Nichols, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


The Trouble in Willow Falls by Pat Nichols Title: The Trouble in Willow Falls
Series: Willow Falls #2
Author: Pat Nichols
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: November 8, 2019

After a scathing blogger review and a negative Atlanta television newscast tarnish Willow Falls’ reputation as a secluded North Georgia tourist destination, the town council votes to use the remainder of its annual budget to hire a PR firm to restore the town's image. At a town-hall meeting, angry residents brainstorm ideas to boost Willow Falls’ appeal. When a second Atlanta television station announces plans to film a segment for its Around Georgia series, residents invest their time and limited resources to spruce up Main Street’s appearance. Willow Post editor Emily Hayes can't help but shake her head at her town's desperate efforts.

For months, Emily has submitted her novel to numerous publishers but received only rejections. When famous artist Naomi Jasper offers Emily much-needed cash to finish writing, then cast and direct a play about Willow Falls’ colorful history, Emily faces a difficult decision—postpone the rewrite of her novel or accept the project. After convincing her sister, Rachel Streetman, to partner with her, Emily puts her dreams on hold and agrees to take on the play. Failure to deliver is not an option.

All her life Rachel has dreamed of becoming a stage actress, so when she receives an invitation to audition for a respected Broadway director, Rachel abandons her sister and the Willow Falls play. But an incident with the director sends her reeling back into the arms of Charlie Bricker, her one true love. Out of options, Rachel reluctantly accepts her part in the town play with the slim hope that her performance might kick-start her career.

If anyone understands broken hearts, it's Willow Inn’s beloved innkeeper, Sadie Liles. Sadie has learned to live with the fact that love is the last thing she'll ever find. Then he walks through the front door.

As the town prepares for Redding Arms’ grand opening, five newcomers and one British tourist test the town’s quirky, lovable, argumentative residents’ souls. Digging deep to deal with the strife, bickering, and personal backstabbing will test Willow Falls in ways the small town never imagined. Could it be that the trouble in Willow Falls is the very thing that reminds its residents that honesty, love, and loyalty to one another is what binds them together?

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Pat Nichols

Retired from a twenty-seven-year corporate career, Pat Nichols draws on her experience in seven different management positions working with hundreds of amazing women from all walks of life to create stories about women facing tension-laced challenges and heart-warming triumphs in the pursuit of their dreams. Her debut novel, The Secret of Willow Inn, Willow Falls series book one, released January 2019. Book two, The Trouble in Willow Falls, released November 2019 and book three is slated for 2020.  She received the 2017 CRW Woman of the Year Award and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Word Weavers International.

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Did a specific event, idea, or person inspire The Trouble in Willow Falls?

Pat: The Trouble in Willow Falls is the second novel in an ongoing series, so the story follows Emily’s and Rachel’s and failures and successes as they develop their relationship and pursue their dreams. It expands on Willow Falls’ struggle to survive and residents’ reactions to unexpected challenges, while introducing new characters to the already quirky cast. 

How long did it take you to write this book?

Pat: Because my current work in progress is book four in the Willow Falls series, it’s difficult to remember how long it took to write the second. What I do know is began writing book one early in 2017 and finished book three in August 2019. 

Who is your favorite character in The Trouble in Willow Falls?

Pat: Sadie is perhaps my favorite character because she’s had so much to overcome following thirty years in prison for killing the town hero.

Would you share a quote that you love from this book?

Pat: "Don’t knock it, sonny. Back in my day, we’d walk a country mile for a scoop of ice cream, chocolate syrup, and carbonated water topped with whip cream. Why it’d even make grumpy old codgers pop off their duff and do a happy dance."

What are you currently reading?

Pat: The Bridge Between by Lindsay Brackett and Murder in the Family by Ramona Richards.

What hobbies do you enjoy when you aren't writing?

Pat: Although I don’t have hobbies, I like to watch movies with my husband and every so often we pull out a jigsaw puzzle. When I’m riding in the car, I like the challenge of Sudoku. When it comes to socializing, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and speaking to groups and book clubs.

Who is a favorite author that you would recommend to anyone and everyone?

Pat: There are so many, however one that pops into mind is Francine Rivers.

Anything else you would like to share about The Trouble in Willow Falls?

Pat: Perhaps the following reader comments sum it up best? “Willow Falls is a character in itself. A lovely little town with a HUGE heart.”   “Finding true love, fulfillment, community, enduring friendship, home and family in the midst of adversity, this book is about what we all truly want at the end of the day.” “The thing I have loved most about these two books is the town itself. The sense of community; the willingness of neighbors to reach out and help others; the grumblings that sometimes will circulate through the citizens; and the pace of daily life that’s different in the small town as compared to the larger city.” “I love this series and these wonderful folks of Willow Falls. They make me laugh and they make me cry.”
Thank you for joining me to share about your book, Pat! 😄


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  1. Good awesome book, interesting interview as well.

    1. So glad you enjoyed the excerpt and interview. Thank you for commenting.

  2. Yay! Thanks for sharing! - JustRead Tours

  3. Looking so forward to reading this.

    1. Awesome. If you haven't read book one in the series, The Secret of Willow Inn, may I suggest you start with it to learn how the two main characters meet.

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Heidi. I'm delighted you enjoyed the interview.

  5. Thank you for sharing the interview

  6. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I enjoy these tours and finding out about many terrific books.

    1. Thank you for commenting. If The Trouble in Willow Falls appeals to you, I suggest you read The Secret of Willow Inn first to learn how the two main characters meet.

  7. Thank you for the interview! Sounds like a really cute book!
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    1. You're welcome. If you haven't read book one in the series, The Secret of Willow Inn, you might want to read it first to learn how the the two main characters meet.

  8. I enjoy small town settings! Thank you for the interview.

  9. It's fun writing about Willow Falls and its quirky residents.

  10. I loved reading the behind-the-scenes of the story.