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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!

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.


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!


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  1. kim brooks says:

    I love a snowy cabin for location. I don’t know why but I just do.

  2. Joanne says:

    Not sure I have a favourite setting – I love ranch stories and small town stories – equally, something set in a city like New York. So many to choose from.!!

  3. Rhonda says:

    Wow! Not sure I could pick just one setting. I do love romantic settings though, such as Kim’s response above with the snowy cabin. 😉

  4. Dawna Newman says:

    I love pretty much all settings, from the civil war maybe in Savannah to New Orleans with vampires.


  5. I love blog hopping because it adds new books to my to read list! The library is my fav escape location! LOL!


  6. Kaci Verdun says:

    I like the cover of My Nora, sounds like a great read! My favorite setting is Christmas when the characters get stranded or have to keep cozy due to the weather!

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  7. Mary Roya says:

    I think my favorite romantic setting is being trapped together. Setting doesn’t really matter, its the H & H and the story that excite me.

  8. ki pha says:

    I love to go back in time. Love a great historical romance novel!! Any great stream punk, paranormal, mystery is good too.
    Thanks for the hop!!


  9. Someplace remote — preferably in the wilderness, kind of trapped!


  10. Beckey says:

    Congrats on your release..
    I like a time traveling romance, historical romance, paranormal, and sci-fi (but I read most anything since books have a way for me to escape and personally are a way for me to relax).
    Thanks for being a part of the hop


  11. tche1478 says:

    My favorite setting is the 1920s. There’s something about the day days of flappers, speakeasys, suffrage parades that really appeals to me. tchevrestt(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. belindaegreen says:

    My favorite setting is in modern day. I don’t have a particular place. It has to make sense to the story. I love military themes. They are full of drama and excitement. They have an alpha male and a strong woman. Perfect reading!

    Thanks for the opportunity to share.

    Belinda G

  13. I have thousands that come to mind but In Laura London’s Windflower, where Merry and Devon take a canoe and find a secluded little rock pool haven on an island. I love that part….
    Thanks for the chance to meet a new author

  14. Congrats on your upcoming release, Holley. Edenton sounds like a great place to base books on.

  15. Hi Holly! I just had to follow your links through to the external sites. The Great Dismal Swamp? How awesome is that! I can’t wait to read your book.

  16. Trix says:

    Being an m/m lover, sports and college locales always strike my fancy!


  17. Lisa Walker says:

    I love all time periods, and all settings. As long as the story is well written and the chracters are well developed, I’m hooked!

  18. JanD says:

    I like the two strangers stranded in a deserted island setting.
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  19. Rionna Morgan says:

    Yay!! Just stopping by on my way around the hop! This is so much fun!


  20. Hello Holley I will be back to find out more about Nora!
    The setting of Wuthering Heights was amazing as it played well with poor Heathcliff and his tortured soul…always made me want to smack Catherine also, but there you go 🙂

  21. I don’t have a favorite setting, but I do love having a cowboy. It changes with my moods.
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  22. Brittany says:

    It is impossible to pick one single favorite!

    Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

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  23. kwanawrites says:

    I love a big city romance but there is anothe part of me that also love a great regency historical. So hard to decide. kwanawrites (at) yahoo (dot) com