Thanks for having me, Tempeste! I’ve been having a great time visiting blogs and talking about my latest book, Finding Home. It’s the second book in the Dropping Anchor series, and I’m most of the way through writing the third and final installment. It’s bittersweet for me, since I’ve really enjoyed writing these awesome guys.
All three books in the series revolve around the main character settling down in some way, hence the series title Dropping Anchor. They’re all roughly based around sailing as well, but that connection’s a little more tenuous. * g*
In Finding Home we have Ian Mackay, a self-avowed playboy who doesn’t ever intend to buckle down and grow up. He’s had a lot of advantages in his life—an Ivy League education, a great job, and later, an inheritance that allows him to throw all that away and move to an island to become a beach bum. He’s charming and debonair, and he’s most definitely not used to his potential conquests ignoring him when he hits on them. But that’s exactly what Luke Keys does.
Luke is Ian’s polar opposite in a lot of ways. He didn’t go to college, and he works about half a dozen part-time jobs to make ends meet. He’s driven, but in a different way than Ian. Of the two, I definitely relate more to Luke. He gave me the opportunity to live out some of the careers I think I’d like to have if I wasn’t a writer.
I like research for research’s sake, but I really enjoyed the things I got to learn for Luke’s jobs. I’ve never been a bartender, nor have I ever brewed craft beer or taught a yoga class, but I got to delve into all of those things while I was writing Luke. If there was one character in Finding Home that I could sit down and have a drink with, it would be Luke. (And not just because I’m sure he’d steer me toward an awesome microbrew!)
When an inheritance fell in Ian Mackay’s lap, he fled the high-pressure banking industry and didn’t look back. Since then, he’s spent four years living carefree on the island of Tortola, his life a series of hookups and hanging out with friends.
After his best friend moves to Seattle and gets married, Ian finds himself lost. His unapologetic existence doesn’t hold the same appeal, and he wonders if he’s throwing his life away. After visiting Niall in Seattle, Ian decides to stay, but that means taking his life off hold and finding a real job. Meeting Luke Keys, who is about as far from a player as possible, isn’t the plan but might be just what Ian needs. Luke and his values intrigue Ian, and he pursues Luke ruthlessly until Luke agrees to a date.
Their courtship sweeps Ian off his feet, and when the relationship gets complicated, Ian has the chance to cut and run. Habits born from years of being on his own are hard to shake, and self-proclaimed playboy Ian must decide if love is worth fighting for.
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Bru Baker is a freelance journalist who writes for newspapers and magazines. Fiction makes her happiest, whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s. She and her husband live in the Midwest with their two young children, whose antics make finding time to write difficult but never let life get boring.