Hi, Shelley. Thanks for having me on your blog today. I write contemporary romance and am the author of the Nugget Romance series (Kensington/Lyrical Press). The series takes place in a small, fictional town in California’s Sierra Nevada and is an amalgam of towns in Plumas County, a rural and beautiful part of the state.
A few years ago my aunt bought a cabin in the county. My family visits every summer and that’s where I got the inspiration for Nugget. We bring our bikes and river floatation devices and spend our days playing. It’s during those visits that I get ideas for new stories. There’s a frosty (that’s what we call one of those drive-thrus that sells burgers and soft ice cream dipped in chocolate) in the middle of her town. That became my model for the Bun Boy, the fast-food joint in Nugget. The characters, however, are a complete figment of my imagination.
I grew up in small towns and more than likely my characters are pieces of people I used to know. I like the idea that they’re flawed like real people: gossipy, judgmental, and not the most tactful. But they’re quick to rally when someone in Nugget needs help. One of my favorite parts of Borrowing Trouble is how the town comes together for strangers when their son is found dead in the small railroad town. I don’t want to spoil the plot but let’s just say Nugget residents act the way I’d like all of humanity to respond in times of tragedy. I hope you enjoy the book.
In the beautiful mountain town of Nugget, California, staying out of the limelight is easy, but staying out of love is a bit more challenging…
Back in Los Angeles, Sloane McBride was a great police detective, but after she uncovered corruption on her own squad, the job became nearly impossible. In the bucolic hills of Nugget, she can start to imagine a life after all that, where she keeps her head down, does her work, and doesn’t bother anyone. But her delicious next door neighbor isn’t going to make it easy to keep to herself…
Brady Benson’s wildest dreams came true in LA—but they were paired with a living nightmare. As executive chef of a searing-hot restaurant, he was lauded, adored… and then found himself caught in the sights of a lovelorn stalker. Now, laying low in Nugget, he finds his own heart ensnared by the beautiful new cop with her own reasons to start over.
Neither Sloane nor Brady came to town looking for love, but it seems to have found them. Trouble is, so have their pasts. And they’ll have to stop hiding from both if they hope to come out the other side together…
Praise For Stacy Finz
“Finz is a unique new voice. Nugget, California is a charming small town filled with inventive characters and sweet romance.”–Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author of the Lucky Harbor Series
“Tender and touching, Stacy Finz writes romance with heart.”–Marina Adair, #1 National bestselling author of Summer in Napa
About Stacy Finz
Stacy Finz is an award-winning former newspaper reporter. After more than twenty years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writing fiction. She is the author of the Nugget Romance series (Kensington/Lyrical Press) about a small mountain town that has a strange way of giving people unexpected reasons to start over and find the most irresistible chances to fall in love.