Wednesday, September 17, 2014

State of Romance - California

Muir Woods - Public Domain (link)

I contribute a weekly column, STATE OF ROMANCE, to USA Today's HEA Blog.  This week I spotlight romanaces set in California, the Golden State, at this link.   Laurel at Showtime Book Trailers created a beautiful tribute to California at this link - look for two book covers in the trailer!

Coast Guard Station and Golden Gate Bridge
Released to Public Domain (link)

I grew up in Florida which engages in a "friendly competition" with California over sunshine, tourists, and Disney.   I conceded that California also offers brilliant mountains, Ghirardelli chocolate, and shining stars.   

Julia Quinn and me at RWA 12

I've met the shining stars - romance authors - at RT11 in LA and RWA12 in Anaheim.   California lends itself to adventures, mystery, and romance ... can you add to the list of romance books set in California?   Use #stateofromance on Twitter plus leave a comment for the chance to win a book choice from my convention stash.   Comments are open through Saturday, September 20, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, September 21.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Tutocanula Pass Yosemite California by Carleton Watkins
Public Domain (link)


  1. Susan Mallery sets a lot of books in California, including her Fool's Gold series. Elisabeth Naughton's Wait for Me is set in San Francisco.

  2. I'm totally blank on any particular books but surely I must have read some lol.

  3. There are a bunch of Desires set in California.

  4. Oh my gosh there are so many books with a California theme Annie Seaton's Half Moon Bay books, Alice Clayton's WallBanger, Jen McLaughlin Out of Line Series, I think I could on with my list if I really think about it.

  5. All the books I know have already been covered. I was going to mention Susan Mallery.

  6. I can't think of any that haven't already been mentioned. I love California, I grew up there and my brother still lives there.

  7. Like everyone, my first thought was Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series but there's also Brenda Novak's Whiskey Creek series.

  8. There's Wishful, California from Jill Shalvis' Wilder brothers series

  9. Fool's Gold is the only one i can think of!

  10. Hmmm I was going to say the Fool's Gold series but obviously everyone else thought of that too LOL

  11. The Sharon Mccone mysteries are set in San Francisco. Marcia Muller is great with mystery and romance all in one