Romping in a Crimson Wonderland (Giveaway ended)

We’ve got winnas! The grand prize winner of a $100 gift certificate is Marianne Theresa for commenting on Heather Thurmeier‘s post. $50 each to Shannon Grider with R.T. Wolfe and April Holgate with Nikkie Locke!

The random winner of a copy of My Nora was Beckey. Beckey – keep an eye peeled on your email later for instructions on claiming your prize!

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Crimson Wonderland Blog HopHello. Hi there. I’m Holley Trent and I write sassy romances with a Southern flair (even though I live in Colorado). Thanks for joining the first-ever Crimsonista blog hop! We’ve got some great prizes, right? In case you didn’t hear, at the end of the hop, we’re giving away one $100 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to our grand prize winner and two $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift cards to runners-up. You can comment once on every blog in the hop, and each stop is an entry. Be sure to check out all my Crimson sisters, because some of us are giving away an extra goodie or two.

Me? Well, one random commenter at HolleyBlog will get a copy of my e-book, My Nora after it’s 11/26 release.
cover for My Nora by Holley TrentMy Nora is a contemporary set in rural Chowan County, North Carolina. It’s a community bolstered primarily by agriculture and some tourism in the historic county seat Edenton. Chowan is one of those places that hasn’t yet been touched by big retail giants (I’m looking at you, WalMart) and it isn’t uncommon for kids to travel twenty miles to get to school (there are four public schools in the entire county).

I set so many of my romances there because the place really has its own personality. It sort of becomes a character in the way it fosters certain interactions (and disasters). When I read a romance, I want to feel grounded in the place where the hero and heroine engage. As the plot unfolds and I learn bits and pieces about the cast, I want to know a little bit more about the world they live in, too. In My Nora, I give little glimpses of Edenton’s historic downtown, The Dismal Swamp, and down on the river where Matt works. When I read books, I want to know how environment affects the characters–when they’re just bouncing from building to building and not letting me in on what they’re seeing in the world around them, I kinda want to reach through my e-reader and shake them for not being good witnesses.

Ahem.

So! Tell me, what has been your absolute favorite setting in a romance novel? I’d love to hear it. Answer in the comments below and then be sure to check out the other great stops in the hop.

Good luck!