Posted by Ing on 21 March, 2011 // ★★ 11 Comments ★★


Good morning peeps! I have a special guest post today from new author Hope Ramsay.  Her debut novel Welcome to Last Chance is set in a small town off the beaten path of South Carolina!  This is the first book in her 4 book Last Chance series.  I love books where there are connecting characters that we get to see throughout the books.  I love it even better when it’s set in a small town.  There is always that sense and feeling of community and that the people of the town have your back.  Hope was gracious enough to answer my question: Why do you think readers are so drawn to romances that have connecting characters in small towns?

When I was younger, I dreamed of becoming a singer-songwriter. I achieved some limited success, singing in coffeehouses and restaurants in the Washington, DC area. One of my more popular songs was a little ditty entitled Suburban Blues. Here’s a snippet of the lyrics:

I’ve got the suburban blues,

Suburban blues.

Driving in my microbus,


My traffic jam blues.

I’m stuck inside this tract house, with its lawn so green,

Between some neighbors I have never seen,

I’ve got the suburban blues.

And I wish that I could move.

And if I could move, I would pick a small town, not a big city, because small towns are about as far away from the ‘burbs as a person can get. In a small community there is a sense of belonging that is often missing in suburban life. And, of course, I wouldn’t miss the constant traffic jam.

In a small town, old people aren’t forgotten about or cut off from society. In a small town, a kid has many mentors. In a small town, it’s impossible not to know the names of your neighbors. In fact, you probably know their names, and every bit of their dirty laundry, too.

The connectedness of life in a small town appeals to me.

I have some experience of small towns. I spent my summers in an itty-bitty town in the middle of South Carolina that is a lot like Last Chance. Everyone in that town knew my name. I could go anywhere in that town, on my own, and be safe — even walking on the railroad tracks that ran through town.

There were old folks and young folks and black folks and white folks in that town. All those people had something to teach me. I learned how to sew a straight seam, bait a fishing hook, paddle a canoe, and mind my manners. When I started writing, of course I wanted to go back to that place and the love I felt there. Writing about it gives me a sense of coming home, even though most of those people are gone now.

I think there are many readers out there who are a lot like me. They dream of moving to a place where life is a little slower and everyone knows their name.

So, I hope you open the pages of Welcome to Last Chance and connect with the characters who live in Allenberg County, South Carolina. I hope you have some time to tarry there. Come sit for a while in one of the rockers on Miz Miriam Randall’s front porch, maybe have a slice of watermelon on a hot day, and visit for a while.
Hope, I love your suburban blues ditty.  Very cute.  So are you guys interested in checking out Hope’s small town set in South Carolina?  Well you are in luck my friends.  The fine folks at Forever Romance an affiliate of Grand Central Publishing is offering THREE COPIES of Welcome to Last Chance to give away. If you are interested in winning check out the rules and details below:

Rules and Details for Giveaway:

  • Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only
  • No P.O. Boxes please. 
  • Winners are subject to the one copy per
    household rule. This means if you win the same book in two different
    contests, Hachette will only send you one copy of the book. 
  • Books will be sent directly from the publisher. 
  • You MUST leave a comment with your e-mail address if it’s not on your profile so I can contact you if you win.
  • You MUST answer Hope’s questions: What do you think are the pros and cons of living in a small town?  Have you ever lived in a small town or if you haven’t do you want to, tell me why?
  • Giveaway ends April 1st

Here is more detail on the book up for grab and the next book in the series:

Book 1 of Last Chance series / Click HERE to read an excerpt
Cover Blurb: 

Dear Reader,

Yes, our town is way off the beaten path but strange, wonderful miracles happen a lot around here.

owned the Cut ‘n Curl beauty shop for years, and I’ve seen folks come
for a visit then stay for a lifetime. Take Jane—that pretty firecracker
of a girl who just arrived in town. I would swear she’s running from
something. She came with only five dollars in her pocket but she’s
worked real hard to make a fresh start. She’s turned my son Clay’s life
upside down without even realizing it.

And thank goodness for
that! Every since Clay left his country western band, he’s played
everything too safe. He needs to take a chance on Jane. Besides, the
more he tries to keep his distance, the more he’ll realize that he and
Jane are singing the same tune.

But I should quit ramblin’ and go
check on Millie’s permanent wave. Next time you’re in Last Chance, be
sure to swing by…we’ve got hot rollers, free coffee, and the best gossip
in town.

See you soon,
Ruby Rhodes



Book 2 of Last Chance series / Coming September 2011 

Cover Blurb:

Dear Reader,

won’t believe what’s happened. My son Tulane has come back home! You
remember Tulane? He’d set out to find fame and fortune in the big, wide
world outside of Last Chance, and I’m mighty proud. But that’s not the
half of it-Tulane isn’t only back, he’s brought a young lady with him.

Sarah-she does PR for Tulane’s stock-car team-she’s from Boston, but
she’s just about the sweetest girl you could meet. I think she’s meant
to keep Tulane out of trouble after that story in the papers, but he
doesn’t want to talk about it. Anyhow, the Ladies Auxiliary can’t wait
to start matchmaking and introduce Sarah to our Reverend Ellis. But mark
my words, Sarah is tired of being a good girl. And no one is better at
breaking the rules and raising Cain than my son . . .

to me going on and keeping customers waiting. I best get back to work,
but you come round again. The Cut ‘n’ Curl’s got hot rollers, free
coffee, and the best gossip in town.

See you real soon,
Ruby Rhodes 


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Category: Giveaway >> Tags:


  1. I love reading small-town romances even though I have never lived in one. The pros for me are the close-knit communities, the strong family relationships, and the community celebrations.

    This book sounds like a lovely small-town story.

    castings at mindspring dot com

  2. I have lived in a small town all of my life. I love the fact that everyone helps out when there is a problem. I don’t like the fact that there are a few who want to pry too much in everyone’s lives. I’d love to read this book.

  3. Living in a small town – everyone knows your business and that is not a good thing, but most likely since everyone knows each other, the people are probably close knit and helpful

    patoct at yahoo dot com

  4. I have never lived in a small town (grew up in the city) so I think I might consider living in one just because then it’ll be something different. Because I’ve never lived in a small town, like everyone else, I also think that a pro AND a con would be knowing everyone and all the happenings around town. I like the idea that because you know everyone, it becomes such a tight-knit community where everyone won’t hesitate to help each other out at times. However, I don’t know how I’ll fare with everyone knowing all my business, lol.

    Thanks for the chance to win this! I’d really love to read it 🙂


  5. I’ve never lived in a really small town. Although I imagine it would be nice to know everyone, I also think it would be hard to change your life because everyone would know you and your history. Once people’s perception of you is set, they don’t necessarily want to change it, so you’d be stuck in a role that you might have outgrown.

    I love reading books set in small towns even though I don’t think I want to live in one.

    jen at delux dot com

  6. Thanks for the opportunity to post a guest blog.

    I think you have it right about everyone knowing your business. As a kid, sometimes that felt extremly comforting — I could go anywhere in Denmark, South Carolina and be safe because folks were looking out for me.

    That also hugely reduced the opportunities for getting into mischief.

    Ya’ll have a nice day.

  7. I think the pro would be that you would know everyone. The con would be the same! No I haven’t but always thought it would be nice.

    pocokat AT gmail DOt com

  8. I think that one of the pros of living in a small town is that everyone knows you. One of the cons is also that everyone knows you. This can be good and bad.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Leave a Reply