Lead The Way
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: April 22nd 2019
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Fresh off the high of college graduation, Melody James is back in her Podunk town. She needs a job, but first, she’ll spend a lazy summer with no agenda at all.
But life’s got other plans for Melody, ones she’d sooner ignore. When the next-door neighbor passes away, his son returns home to take care of his affairs. Thane Cohen hasn’t been home in ten years. The last time he was, someone accused him of murdering Melody’s parents. Now, after major efforts to recover his self-worth and start a construction company, Thane wonders if enough time has passed for him to clear his once good name.
At the time of the murders, Melody was the only person who didn’t believe Thane was responsible. But how could she even suggest otherwise when just about everyone in town was convinced of Thane’s guilt? Her brothers would never allow it. With nothing to lose before, Thane packed up and left, leaving the town and Melody behind. Now that he’s back, rekindling an old flame in Melody and proving his innocence are critical.
When several car windshields get broken and fires start unexpectedly, the world inside their little town is tossed upside down. With Melody’s brother against her, and Thane fighting every attempt she makes at breaking down his walls, Melody’s push for answers leads her to a frightening conclusion. Thane may actually know more about her parents’ death than she was lead to believe. Can she trust him, or has everyone else been right about him all along? Only time will tell if she can let love lead the way.
*Author previously wrote under the name, Alla Kar
Brittany Booker Carter previously writing as Alla Kar. I'm a Christian, lover or romance, a wife and mother to a wild-child!
-What is there about small towns that inspires you?
I tend to write what I know, and boy, do I know about small towns. I grew up in a tiny town in Arkansas with a population around 800 people. When I was young, I hated the town, and couldn’t wait to get the heck out of dodge. I did leave to go to college when I graduated, and I live in a bigger city now, but the idea of the small town appeals to me so much more now than before.
The idea of a small town romance is more intimate than a town full of thousands of guys. I think the idea of a small town man is more attractive now that I’m nearing 30. The rough hands, torn jeans, hearty work ethic, those are things that attracts a lot of women. It’s the knowing that she’d be taken care of in certain situations. I LOVE a strong man that is satisfied with a simple life. It’s the easy life and free spirit that comes with being outdoors in a field full or flowers with horses around you, and being able to sleep in the bed of a pickup truck and actually see the stars because there isn’t another house for miles.
It’s also the array of characters you find in such small southern town. It’s the feisty grandma that still tends to her chickens in her eighties, and a small town clerk that knows all of the gossip. It’s tailgates during the afternoon and late night swims in the pond before her house. The intimacy, the privacy a small town can give a couple in love is endless to me.
Also, southern towns are known for being mysterious, cliquish and full of history. This gives an author so many choices on where to take a romantic thriller or gothic romance. A murder in a city is tragic still but a murder in a small town cast secrets that spread like wild fire. The possibilities of a fiction romance set in a town under one thousand has the ability to be so rich and full of depth. I think any author would agree.
It’s just the simple life to give it to you straight.