I’m happy to welcome USA Today bestselling author Nan Reinhardt. Today, Nan shares interesting facts about River’s Edge, the fictional town in her new release, Falling for the Doctor.
1. It is based on the real town of Madison, Indiana, down on the Ohio River.
2. Mayor Megan Mackenzie Flaherty was River’s Edge’s first female mayor and the old boy’s network in town isn’t at all sure they’re into a woman mayor, however, she is turning River’s Edge into a tourist destination and businesses are thriving.
3. The Cotton Mill Inn used to be an old nineteenth-century cotton mill that was abandoned and became an eyesore, so Mayor Meg brought in a hotelier who turned the historic building into a much-needed hotel.
4. The Rive Walk is the place to be, especially on weekends when you’re likely to find both townsfolk and tourists strolling or even jogging along the river.
5. In spring, the Redbud Festival brings booths, arts, and music to the River Walk for three days of fun. Other events include Jazz on the Square, October Arts Festival, Summer Paddle Days, Halloween Hoopla, and the Christmas Candlelight Walk.
6. Mac’s Riverside Diner is the only diner in southern Indiana where you can get authentic French cuisine in a fifties retro-style restaurant. Chef Graham (Mac) Mackenzie is a Cordon-Bleu-trained chef who treats the town to baguettes and truffle butter and other amazing dishes.
7. Four Irish Brothers Winery is the place to be on Saturday evenings in the summer for wine and pizza night! There’s live music, laughter, and Mario Morelli provides the pizza.
8. Southern Falls State Park, just north of town, is known for its beautiful inn, great hiking trails, gorgeous waterfalls, and a pretty nice golf course.
9. St. Mark’s Hospital has just built a new full-service Heart Center where they can do all kinds of heart procedures and surgeries, including heart by-pass, so no more driving to Louisville or Cincinnati for heart care.
10. Hutchin’s House Tavern is the oldest continuously run tavern in the state, having opened as a tavern/hotel in 1832. The old walnut bar is original to the tavern as are many of the tables and chairs. Barkeep Hugh has a wide variety of IPAs, lagers, and stouts on tap and in bottles.
They were in it for the fun, but never expected the storm…
Life for hometown ER physician Dr. Max Lange has always been sweet. He loves his job and is dialed in socially with his family, friends, and community. But lately, something feels like it’s missing. When a visiting doctor pulls him in for a hot kiss and asks him to play along in order to avoid unwanted attention from a hospital administrator, Max knows exactly what he wants and needs—the lovely Dr. Mitchell.
After a tragic error shakes her confidence beyond repair, Dr. Lauren Mitchell has abandoned her career in cardiothoracic surgery and instead works as a lead medical consultant for a top cardiovascular technology company. She enjoys her simple life on the road—hotel rooms, room service, and no emotional entanglements.
When a violent storm throws her into service at St. Mark’s hospital, Max has only a few days to prove to Lauren that they belong together, while she must reevaluate her career…and her life. Will Max’s love be enough to make River’s Edge and Max her home?
The kiss was…extraordinary. Max’s brain kept repeating that word—extraordinary—even as his heart raced and his knees went weak. She was extraordinary. He kept the touch light, in spite of his mad desire to simply pull her against him and explore the wine-sweet taste of her.
She gripped his shirt, slowly tilted her head, slipped one arm around his neck, and thrust her fingers into the hair hanging over his collar. Then shock of all shocks, she touched the seam of his lips with her tongue, inviting him in, welcoming him.
Max’s heart nearly pounded out of his chest as their tongues met and played, and he slid his hand around to hold the back of her head. Her red-blond hair was as silky as he’d imagined, and her curves fit against him as if they’d been made for each other.
When she pulled away, her eyes were huge, reflecting the wonder in his own dazed thoughts. This, whatever this was, had shaken him to his very core and she appeared to be equally affected. Her hand trembled as she took her arm away from around his neck and for a moment, she simply rested her forehead against his chest.
“Wow,” she whispered, finally looking up. “Wow.”
Max touched her nose with one finger. It was a great nose, small but not snub, narrow but not patrician. A great nose. He dropped a quick kiss on it. Then he kissed each rosy cheek before putting his lips next to her ear. “Wow, indeed.” His voice quavered. He tucked one finger under her chin and when he saw yes in her eyes, pressed his mouth to hers again.
“I’d tell you two to get a room, but I’m fairly sure one of you already has one.” Tracy’s voice was like a splash of icy water.
Lauren stepped back, her cheeks turning even pinker as heat rose up Max’s neck. They’d attracted a small audience—Logan and two other servers had joined the desk clerk and ML in the lobby, offering up a round of applause when he and Lauren broke apart. Blushing furiously, she reached around him and pushed the UP button on the wall between the two elevators.
Max gave the group a fake scowl. “Don’t you all have someplace you need to be? Or a life maybe?”
Logan laughed. “Yours is looking way more interesting than mine right now, Doc.”
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Nan Reinhardt is a USA Today bestselling author of sweet romantic fiction for Tule Publishing. Her day job is working as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader; however, writing is Nan’s first and most enduring passion. She can’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t writing—she wrote her first romance novel at the age of ten and is still writing, but now from the viewpoint of a wiser, slightly rumpled woman in her prime. Nan lives in the Midwest with her husband of 49 years, where they split their time between a house in the city and a cottage on a lake.
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such a fun town with great stories
I love this little town and everyone who lives there. Your characters feel like real people. I just might have to visit Madison, Indiana, one day, to see how it compares to River’s Edge.
I love it when a town becomes a book character!
Thank you for having me today, Joanne!
You’re very welcome, Nan. Best of luck with sales. 🙂