Small Town Cinderella Q&A – by Stacy Connelly – WINNERS

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* Tell us about the hero of SMALL-TOWN CINDERELLA? Why will we fall in love with him?

Drew Pirelli is as solid and grounded as the houses he builds. He puts his heart and soul into his work, and after years of turning the keys over for another family to live in the houses he builds, Drew has decided to build the home of his own. Now, he just needs the right woman to settle down with to have the family of his dreams…

Debbie Mattson has always been a good friend and the girl next door. When Drew overhears her comment that she’s looking to go out and have a red-hot fling, he sets out to protect her from herself. Before long, though, Drew starts to understand why Debbie is looking for a man to sweep her off her feet. Now, it’s up to him to convince her he can be that man!

* Tell us about the heroine? Why is she the perfect woman for the hero?

Debbie has spent too much of her life tied down to the family bakery. After caring for her mother during an illness and taking over the bakery after her mother passed away, Debbie is looking for the chance to break free and have fun. Settling down is not part of the plan…

Drew is not the kind of man she has in mind. He’s too serious, too settled, and far too easy to fall for!

*What life lessons do your H/H have to learn before they can find their happily-ever-after?

Drew has to break out of his shell a little, to stop thinking and start feeling. He’s always downplayed his emotions, but putting his heart on the line is the only way he’ll convince Debbie they’re right for each other.

Debbie has to change her view of relationships. While she wants to break free of a life that she sees as too boring, she has to realize that falling in love is the most daring risk of all.

* Is there any particular significance in the setting?

Like the rest of the Pirelli Brothers miniseries, the book takes place in a small Northern California town called Clearville. There are several fun scenes that take place in Debbie’s bakery.

* What was your favorite scene to write?

This book, for me, has so many fun scenes. I enjoyed writing the scene where Drew follows Debbie to a karaoke singles event and encourages her to break out of her shell and go up and sing. But I think the scene I liked best was Halloween night where Debbie dresses like Cinderella (of course!) and Drew goes out on a limb to convince her that he is her Prince Charming!

* What was the most difficult scene for you to write?

The scene where Debbie pulls away from Drew toward the end of the book was an emotional scene. She knows Drew loves her, but events both from her past and in the present (I don’t want to give too much away!) make her retreat into a shell and feel that she’s already lost too much to risk giving her away.

* Can you share if there were any real-life inspirations for a particular scene or character in the book?

I was fortunate to stay in a small bed and breakfast in Williams, Arizona that had its own bakery. Not only were their pies and Danishes AMAZING, I also had the opportunity to look around and talk with the owners about running a small bakery.

* Do any beloved characters from your previous books show up in this one?

Yes! Since this is a Pirelli Brothers book, both Sam and Nick, Drew’s brothers, make appearances as do other members of the Pirelli family.

Since Debbie runs a bakery, I was wondering about favorite desserts? Do you go for baked goods–pies, cakes, donuts? Or are you more of a chocolate fan? Or maybe, my favorite, ice cream?

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13 Responses to Small Town Cinderella Q&A – by Stacy Connelly – WINNERS

  1. Laney4 says:

    I can relate to this storyline, as I too took care of my mom during her final days/weeks/month/year. It was not easy. Thankfully, I had/have a loving husband/family, but it was hard to see it that way when I was so involved in my mom’s care.
    I’m glad the heroine gets her hero, as she deserves happiness (and relief)….

    • Laney–

      You have my sympathy for the time you spent caring for your mother. I’m sure she appreciated having you there in her last days.

      And that’s one of the things I love best about romance–that the characters who deserve happy endings do indeed get them!

  2. Ooo, sounds fabulous, Stacy, and the cover is beautiful, too. :D

    • Thanks, Christine! And I was very happy with this cover!

      Funny thing is that I just had a dream about the cover for my next book. The hero was about 65 and looked like he should be somebody’s butler—not at all how I picture him. LOL!. Fingers cross that THAT dream doesn’t come true!

  3. Leanna says:

    Although I love living in a large city, I love reading books set in small towns. Northern California is a great setting.

    • Leanna–

      I enjoy reading about small towns, too. The sense of community and familiarity even in a book is comforting! And I ‘borrowed’ my small town from a friend who did in fact grow up in Northern California.

  4. I agree Stacy, falling in love is the most daring risk of all.

    Your story sounds wonderful!

  5. Emily B. says:

    This book sounds so amazing and I love the cover, it is just beautiful.

  6. bn100 says:

    all of the above

  7. Dyan says:

    I love continuity stories and am glad that Sam and Nick make appearances. As for dessert, I love the Dove mini ice cream bars!!!

  8. therese lopez says:

    This sounds like a beautiful story, when my dad was dying from cancer I stayed at home and helped my mother take care of him until he passed away so I can understand her character wanting to live a little. I left and spent a month living at the beach enjoying life. This would be a wonderful book to read and one I will have to order. P.S. I like that the brothers are Italian, like me. Lol

  9. Stacy – Love this book so much. The karaoke scene sounds like so much fun!

  10. Marcy Shuler says:

    I love the sound of this book, Stacy. :)

    I like that there’s a bakery in the book. I think I’d love to work in one, but I need to lose weight and I know I wouldn’t if I did. LOL I like cookies and brownies. My hubby keeps a stash of cookies in his car to eat while driving and sometimes I’ll have one of my sons raid it for me. ;)

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