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Sanctuary, Montana, brings six different stories of love by six different authors!

by on October 24, 2013

Find a little love in Sanctuary, Montana…

Sanctuary in Submission – Lara Valentine

Finding Sanctuary – Alicia White

Pleasure in Sanctuary – Melody Snow Monroe

Trust in Sanctuary – Corinne Davies

Splendor in Sanctuary – Jane Jamison

Secrets in Sanctuary – Zara Chase

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The Sanctuary, Montana series is six books written by six different authors, but all six are part of one cohesive series. Similar to the Spirit, Colorado, and Sunset Point series both released by Siren Publishing, Sanctuary follows various characters of the town as they find themselves in ménage relationships. I asked the ladies of Sanctuary, how they felt about writing a group series and Melody was kind enough to share this insight…

After having had a wonderful experience working with such talented authors for our Spirit, Colorado series last year, we decided to do another collection—only this time, we wanted to have a more cohesive plot and added in a bit of more conflict. We chose to have two ranch families who’ve been at odds since the Civil War. It was great fun coordinating across all of the books.

Alicia White told it well, when she said, “Writing is generally considered solitary. Having the opportunity to write with other ménage authors has been incredible. I felt even more inspired when writing as a team.”

I speak for the rest of the team when I say it was a privilege to work with these ladies again. We added the talented Jane Jamison, and when one member had to step down, the wonderful Corinne Davies came to our rescue.

Take a moment to look at each of the six Sanctuary, Montana books and their authors. There is an enormous wealth of talent here and I for one can’t wait to read the series beginning to end!

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Sanctuary in Submission

Sanctuary - Lara Valentine

Lara Valentine

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Six  lucky women will find out that when men fight hard, they love even harder. Aubrey Maxwell has had it with her men, Noah and Riley McLean. They’ve made promise after promise and broken every one.  She has no choice but to lay down the law and hope they toe the line. Noah and Riley know they’ve screwed up, but they love Aubrey with all their hearts. It’s time to cowboy up and act like men. Old habits die hard, however, and soon they’re back in the dog house begging for forgiveness. When Aubrey’s threatened by an admirer, keeping her safe becomes paramount. She’s not thrilled they’ve swept in and taken over her life, but they’re not taking no for an answer. Aubrey wants to believe her men will be there when she needs them, but she’s been burned so many times. It’s going to take a miracle to get her to trust them again.

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Finding Sanctuary

Sanctuary - Alicia White

Alicia White

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Sophie Miller has lost hope.

She’s on the run from her violent ex-husband with her twelve year old daughter, Alice.  They end up heading to Sanctuary, Montana hoping that her ex won’t be able to find them. With money tight and feeling uncertain about the future, Sophie turns to the only person in town she knows and trusts… her cousin.

Mason and Alex McLean come from a wealthy family.

When Mason spots Sophie and Alice at the grocery store in town his protective instincts surface. There is just something about the sad woman that calls to him. Becoming her hero is easy, Mason does everything is his power to turn her frown into a smile, even offering her a job at his ranch.

Will Sophie be able to let go of the pain from her past? Will she ever be able to trust and love again or will her ex-husband run her out of another town.

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Pleasure in Sanctuary

Sanctuary - Melody Snow Monroe

Melody Snow Monroe

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Six lucky women find out that when men fight hard, they love even harder.

When veterinarian, Dr. Hailey Hunter, takes a two-week stint in Sanctuary, Montana, she never expects to meet the men of her dreams. Ranch owner, Jackson Baldwin, not only is to die for sexy, he’s a man in control—that is until he finds out his father has cancer and his roommate, Tanner Crenshaw, has a thirteen-year-old son he just learned about.

Tanner is shocked to learn he has a son, but he’s determined to raise him and love him. Because the boy’s mother just died, the eleven-year-old attaches himself to Hailey. While she adores the boy, when her stint is up, she must find a full-time job as she has college loans to pay off. When she’s offered a job in another state, all hell breaks loose in Sanctuary, and she’s torn between earning money and being with the men she loves.

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Trust In Sanctuary

Sanctuary - Corinne Davies

Corinne Davies

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As a forensic genealogist, Jocelyn Richards spends all her time delving into other family’s histories as a way to avoid dealing with her own. She’s quietly hired to find the information needed to put an end to a centuries old feud between the Baldwins and McLeans but never expected to find her future while investigating the past.

Eric and Matt Baldwin are cousins, who have grown up like brothers. Life in the fire department hasn’t been risk free. After an accident that almost claimed Eric’s life, they both moved back to their home town to build a future and train a new generation of firefighters.

Matt grew up with the firm belief in love at first sight. When they meet a woman in town to do research on a book, Eric is tempted to believe it too. But, there are more secrets to Jocelyn Richards then he first believes and when the feud flares to life again she is caught in the middle.  Will the history behind a centuries old feud drive them apart before they can create a future?

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Splendor in Sanctuary

Sanctuary - Jane Jamison

Jane Jamison

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Six lucky women find out that when men fight hard, they love even harder.

Tatum Baldwin has loved Josh and Will McLean since high school. But the feud between the Baldwins and the McLeans means they’re off limits. When the McLean men come back into town, Tatum’s ready to make the move and claim them as her own. But what if her family finds out?

Will and Josh McLean are tired of sneaking around to be with Tatum. Yet family and the feud make it hard to go public. Just as they’ve finally convinced Tatum to take the risk, an unexpected discovery throws their world and their families into turmoil.

Will they keep their secret? But secrets have a way of coming out, especially when they’re buried in treasure.

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Secrets in Sanctuary

Sanctuary - Zara Chase

Zara Chase

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Farah McLean is driven from Sanctuary, Montana, by the dispute that has raged for years between her family and the Baldwins, keeping her from the love of her life, Drew Baldwin.

A detective in nearby Billings, she returns home, having been shot in the line of duty, to find Drew is also back in Sanctuary, along with his buddy Isaac Kincaid. When she discovers that Drew left Sanctuary because of his feelings for her, their love for one another can no longer be suppressed.

Drew and Isaac share everything—including Farah—but their relationship can’t go anywhere without destroying their families, unless…with time and determination on her side, Farah uses her detection skills to delve into the origins of the dispute.

Will she be successful, and will the stubborn patriarchs of the two clans accept her findings, even if she is…

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For a limited time, the whole series is being offered at Siren for a discount!

Purchase all six books here: http://www.bookstrand.com/sanctuary_promo 

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5 Comments
  1. Michelle permalink

    Corinne and Melody, thank you for taking the time to answer. I know writing is a solitary one for the most part and I was intrigued as to how you went about tying it together, but still being true to your vision for your characters.

    I’ve got the series on my wishlist and am looking forward to discovering three new authors. 🙂

    Michelle

  2. I agree with Corinne. We really tried to let each author tell her own tale. Alicia’s book had very little external plot per se. Her heroine wasn’t from Sanctuary, and as such, didn’t even know the other family. My book also had a heroine who wasn’t from Sanctuary though she did have to deal with the hero believing the opposing family was responsible for some bad things happening. All in all, we worked together well and communicated often.

  3. Hi Michelle 🙂

    I was the last author to join this project so a lot of the pre-work and planning had already been fleshed out when I was invited in. That being said Lara, Alicia. Melody, Jane and Zara were incredibly welcoming and were interested in any ideas I brought forward as well. I didn’t find it at all stifling, I found working with the others to be very inspiring and it was fun bouncing idea off them when they knew exactly what I was talking about because we were all writing in the same “world”.

    I think what makes this series different is that each book is almost stand alone. What I mean by ALMOST is, the conflict of the overall story arc (the mystery behind the feud between the Baldwins and McLeans) isn’t the main conflict in every book. Each story has its own conflict between the couples that has to be resolved as well as stepping closer to the resolution of the mystery behind the feud. The stories intertwine with each other and have overlapping scenes so if you don’t read them in order there are some spoilers. When you get to Jane and Zara’s books the overall story arc is resolving. We all read each other’s books so we knew what was happening around our own story time line. Which made overlapping stories a bit easier to figure out.

    For myself, I relied heavily on the calendar that had been made. Each day had notes of what was going on in each story and I knew what my characters might see or gossip they might hear if they were in town.

    I hope this all made some sense and answered your question. I’m sure the others will be by to give you their take on the process. 🙂

    Thanks for the question!

    Corinne

  4. Michelle permalink

    I’d be interested to hear from the authors about how it worked writing inter-connected books with other authors and having to tie the storyline together through all of the books and still telling their characters story.

    For example I read a trilogy a couple of years ago by three different authors and it felt like the author who had book 1 had to set up the premise of the series and the author of book 3 had to wrap it up and that the author who was lucky enough to get book 2 was the one that had the most fully fleshed hero and heroine. I felt like the other two authors kind of got the short end of the stick because they had to use page setting up and concluding the plot rather than on the characters.

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