Giveaway + Blog Tour: Summer Stock by Vanessa North

Vanessa North is here today talking about the research and inspiration for her latest novel, Summer Stock.

Be sure to enter to win the swag too! Good luck!

A Tour of Vanessa’s Summer Stock Research/Inspiration Board

When I’m working on a book, I often keep a Pinterest board of things that inspire me or research that I do as I’m writing. For Summer Stock, I did a lot of research into the Outer Banks—where I visited many years ago— in order to create a fictional town that could be believably set about an hour north of Nags Head. As I was researching, I pinned photos of horses running on the beach, highways, maps, lighthouses and sunrises.

And of course, I searched for the very best Shakespeare quotes—but only from the two plays performed in the book. Otherwise, it would be my “Shakespeare with a couple of beach photos” board.

I also found myself pinning an inspiration photo for Ferdinand, Trey’s Neapolitan Mastiff, as well as my favorite page from the book where he got his name. To be honest, I just liked the picture. Ferdy’s character was almost entirely based on my dog, Hank, who passed away just as we were finishing edits.

Later, when I realized just how many food and drink references were in the book, I pinned some recipes and inspiration pics to go with them. I think I might like those pins even better than the Shakespeare quotes.

You can see all the photos, the recipes, and get a peek into my inspiration and writing process on the pinterest board, here:

About Summer Stock

Tabloid scandals have driven TV star Ryan Hertzog to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where he’s hiding out doing summer stock at his cousin’s seaside theater. When a hookup with local handyman Trey Donovan results in Ryan being photographed butt naked, he vows to keep his pants on and his hands off Trey. How was he supposed to know Trey would turn out to be the summer stock set builder?

Trey isn’t looking for a relationship; he’s still recovering from the emotional fallout of an abusive marriage. But Ryan’s laughter draws him in again and again, and he’s not about to say no to fooling around.

As the summer heats up, the paparazzi catch Ryan in increasingly compromising situations. Ryan might be too much drama for a summer fling—and Trey might be just an intermission from Ryan’s Hollywood life. But if they take their cues from Shakespeare, all’s well that ends well.

Now available from Riptide Publishing.

About Vanessa North

Author of over a dozen novels, novellas, and short stories, Vanessa North delights in giving happy-ever-afters to characters who don’t think they deserve them. Relentless curiosity led her to take up knitting and run a few marathons “just to see if she could.” She started writing for the same reason. Her very patient husband pretends not to notice when her hobbies take over the house. Living and writing in Northwest Georgia, she finds her attempts to keep a quiet home are frequently thwarted by twin boy-children and a very, very large dog.

Connect with Vanessa:
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Twitter: @byVanessaNorth

To celebrate the release of Summer Stock, one lucky winner will receive a Summer Stock swag bag! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 20, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

See our review of Summer Stock HERE!


  1. Thanks for sharing insights into writing this story. After reading the delightful excerpt involving Trey's Neapolitan Mastiff, I am definitely going to check out some pics. This story sounds fantastic; I cannot wait to enjoy it. Thanks so much for a chance to win!
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  2. Thank you for the chance to win. I love the cover and can't wait to read this book. Chelcibrat16 at msn dot com

  3. Thank you for sharing about your inspiration board.
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  4. I've heard incredible things about this book! Thanks for the opportunity

  5. Thanks for sharing your inspiration board. I'm sorry for the loss of your Hank.

  6. Congratulations on the release! I loved the sound of this story and am sure I'll love it as much as your others. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.

  7. I loved Blueberry Boys so I'm looking forward to giving this one a read.

  8. Shakespearean beach photos...there's an idea!

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  9. When I read that Neapolitan part, I thought we're talking about ice cream. LOL! Guess I had to take a quick tour down to the kitchen. *chuckles* Love inspiration boards. <3

  10. I think I'm going to try those blueberry donuts... They make me hungry just by looking at the recipe.
    congratulations on the release, Vanessa. the book sounds great

  11. To me summer stock was a northern hemisphere summer. Here more beaches, Christmas, parties. Gotta love that "let's put on a show" style though.

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  12. Thanks for the recipes, I am not good at cooking but might try one or two.