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Ever wondered what places inspired the settings for my books? Here are the real-life towns that Eternity Springs, Cedar Dell, Brazos Bend and other story settings are based on:

Lake City, Colorado
Eternity Springs’ own Mocha Moose Coffeehouse and the hand-blown glass gallery that will be featured in Dreamweaver Trail come right out of the quaint town of Lake City, Colorado. Don’t you just want to sip a cup of coffee on that adorable wooden bench?


Ouray, Colorado
The healing waters of Angel’s Rest Resort & Spa in Eternity Springs are based on the hot springs that can be found in Ouray, Colorado.


Mineral Wells, Texas
The natural beauty of Mineral Wells, TX definitely harkens to the raw splendor that Eternity Springs has to offer. The town also has a neat bowling alley, complete with a restaurant and lounge, just like the one in my Cedar Dell books.


Graham, Texas
Downtown Graham, TX is how I imagine the town square of Cedar Dell or Brazos Bend -- complete with restored buildings, antique lampposts, colorful banners and flower-filled planters. Perfection!


So there you have it! If you find yourself wishing you could visit Eternity Springs, take a trip to any of these towns for a taste of life the small town way (you can also take a virtual tour of Eternity Springs anytime you want on my website!).

So here’s a question… If you were writing a book, what places would be the inspiration for your setting?

8 comments (Add your own)

1. Virginia Horton wrote:
I live in a small town and wouldn't have it any other way!

Tue, February 25, 2014 @ 3:29 PM

2. Jessica L. wrote:
I think you got it right. I am lucky enough to have been to all those places. In fact, I will be heading up to Colorado for vacation again this year and was planning a trip to Ouray. Now I will be thinking of Celeste and the rest of the gang in Eternity Springs.

Tue, February 25, 2014 @ 3:40 PM

3. Cristina wrote:
I've read all of your books from way back when I discovered The Bad Luck Wedding Dress. Not only do I love the writing but I've always felt like the characters could be my neighbors. Now I know why!

Tue, February 25, 2014 @ 4:44 PM

4. Annie Trauernicht wrote:
Both of the Colorado towns are favorites of mine. I lived in Western Colorado for a few years and visited often. I wish I had the Ouray Hot Springs near me now. Your books remind me of the wonderful time I had living out there in Pitkin.

Wed, February 26, 2014 @ 8:32 AM

5. Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard wrote:
It's great to see some of the locations you've used as inspiration! I have to admit that I already saw Ouray as a possible inspiration for both Eternity Springs and RaeAnne Thayne's Hope's Crossing.

If I were writing a book... well, it would depend on the book. I have an idea for a mystery or small-town romance series set in a small town inspired by various places in Virginia's Culpepper, Sperryville, Orange, Madison, and Gordonsville. (Whether I'll ever write it is another question.)

I'm also fond of Great Britain, and would love to set something in the Cotswolds, Yorkshire, or north Wales. And if I were writing fantasy, I would draw inspiration from some of the wonderful castles, abbeys, cathedrals, and fortified manors I've seen in Britain - and others I haven't seen throughout Europe.

Wed, February 26, 2014 @ 9:21 AM

6. Jessica Johnson wrote:
I live in a small town called Annapolis royal nova scotia canada it is full of history and is a beautiful place to live that is where my novel or maybe your next one would take place thank you for taking me to other places in my imagination.

Thu, January 8, 2015 @ 7:50 PM

7. Annie Trauernicht wrote:
Since my first visit to Eternity Springs I have cherished my memories of the southern Colorado Rockies and their small cities. I spent some wonderful time in Lake City, Ouray and Gunnison. Gunnison being a large city by comparison to the other two. For years I had a house in a very,very small town 28 miles east of Gunnison and spent many hours in the Eternity Springs area. Imagine my excitement when reading the books about my favorite area. Living at a much lower altitude now I love my literary visits to the mountains and Thank You so much for taking me there.

Sun, July 12, 2015 @ 9:45 AM

8. Sallie wrote:
I have been to them all! And recognize parts in all your books. The Brazos Bend series are my current favorites and recognize the Wichita Falls Pioneer restaurants in those. Please more Texas books.

Sun, August 9, 2015 @ 3:49 PM

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