Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Lake of Dreams (The Fortune Bay Series, Prequel Novella) by Judith Hudson


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Fortune Bay, Prequel Novella



A ramshackle cabin on the lake—a haven for people at the crossroads of their lives.

This prequel novella, the introduction to The Fortune Bay Series, is the perfect summer read.

Since his wife’s death two years ago, Alex Potter has struggled to stay afloat. Now, losing his grandfather, always his rock in the tough times, is the last straw. The day after the funeral, Alex goes AWOL from the family firm and retreats to his grandfather’s island lake house in Fortune Bay, the only place he’s ever really felt at home.

Colleen Murphy’s maternal time bomb is ready to explode. When her live-in artist partner tells her his plans don’t include a family, Colleen heads home to Fortune Bay. Working in Seattle didn’t suit her anyway, away from the lake and forest she loves, so she’s back on Majestic Lake for the summer, living in the cabin, helping out at the marina and looking for Mr. Right.

A secretive drifter, Alex isn’t the solid family guy Colleen is looking for. But as together they spearhead a local environmental battle, he wonders if he might finally have found something worth fighting for.

Welcome to Fortune Bay.

Fortune Bay, Prequel Novella

It’s great to be here on Karen’s Killer Book Bench and to be able to share with you Lake of Dreams, the prequel novella of my new small-town romance series set in Fortune Bay. In fact, to celebrate the launch of the series, I’m giving away, on my website www.JudithHudsonAuthor.com, free eBook copies of Lake of Dreams.

I’m publishing four books this summer and fall, all centered around a cabin in the village of Fortune Bay on the shores of Majestic Lake in Washington State’s Olympic Mountains. In each book, someone different moves into the cabin, and through the series you’ll come to know some of the people of Fortune Bay.

Particularly the Murphy family, who have been a fixture in the town since it was a remote logging camp. Stephanie Murphy inherited her Aunt Augusta’s cabin on the lake and, over the years, it has become a haven for people needing a safe place to work through life’s challenges, usually with the help of friends and family, and the occasional nudge from the spirit of Aunt Augusta.

And if a romance grows in the process, as it always does, well, so much the better.

The first full length book of the series, Summer of Fortune, is coming out next month, on June 17th, when I’ll be back here at Karen’s Killer Fixin’s with a recipe and an excerpt from the book to celebrate the launch. So mark that date and join me then, but in the meantime, come on over to my website to find out more about the series and to download your free ebook.


Alex rowed passed a single-berth boathouse which, if he remembered correctly, signaled it was time to turn slightly away from the shore to avoid running into a dock. He pulled one oar to adjust his trajectory and glanced over his shoulder to check. There was a dock right behind him, and on it a woman with raven black hair hanging down her back was dancing to a silent song of the universe.

He lost his rhythm, his oar caught the water and the boat began to rock. Resting the blades of the oars on the transom, he turned to enjoy the show.

Thud, she stamped one cowboy boot on the dock. Stamp, clap, she swiveled her hips.

One side of his mouth pulled up in a smile.

Stamp, clap, spin on her heel— Her eyes widened and her jaw dropped when she saw him. Popping the ear buds out of her ears, she put a hand on the filmy fabric at her heart. “Cr-ipes. You really know how to sneak up on a person.”

She followed the rowboat with her eyes as it glided toward the end of the dock.

Alex’s smile broadened. “Sorry. Next time I’ll slap an oar on the water.”

The goddess put her hands on her hips and grinned, shaking her dark wavy hair back over her shoulders. An image flashed through Alex’s mind. A girl, thirteen to his seventeen years, standing on this very same dock with her hands on her hips, appealingly bold with her almost-black curls and bright blue eyes.

She’d grown into that promise in the years he’d been away, and her smile washed over him, like waves of sunlight… He patted his pockets in search of the pad he’d forgotten at home. Too bad. Lines of poetry were as elusive as, well, a woman’s smile, and were usually gone, hovering just beyond the edge of his memory, when he sat down to write.

He grabbed onto the dock to keep from drifting away. “What kind of dance was that?”

“Cowboy Cha-cha.” She gave her hips a little swivel and laughed. She tilted her head and squinted at him. “Don’t I know you?” He saw a flash of remembrance in her eyes. “You’re from the island.”

“I am. Alex Porter.” He held out a hand.

She reached down and took it. “Colleen Murphy.”

She straightened up and gave him a bold, welcoming smile. “Nice to meet you Alex Porter. Welcome to Fortune Bay.”

Meet Author Judy Hudson… Judy200pix

Judy Hudson lives in the Pacific Northwest and says she has a hard time knowing where real life ends and her writing life begins. She has a degree in art and photography and uses this background both to build her characters as well as to give insight into the landscape of her books, the deep forest and mountain lakes where she still lives.


Links to Judy’s website, blog, books, etc.


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Judith  is giving away free eBook copies of Lake of Dreams to all readers.
Get your copy at www.judithhudsonauthor.com.

Thank you, Judith, for sharing your story with us.
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!


11 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Lake of Dreams (The Fortune Bay Series, Prequel Novella) by Judith Hudson”

    1. I liked that too. I tried to get the cowboy boots on the cover, but couldn’t make it work.
      Head over to my website though for the free eCopy of that book, Lake of Dreams. 🙂

  1. Good morning, Judith, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Like Jacquie, I really enjoyed the excerpt. I do love second chance at love stories. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your book with us and thanks for making giving it to us for free!

    1. My pleasure Karen. It’s an exciting time for me with all four books coming out this year! Of course I’m not writing them that quickly – it has taken a few years to get the Fortune Bay series to this point. Thanks for the opportunity of connecting with your readers.

  2. Thanks so much for this, Karen and Judy! What a treat! I’m looking forward to reading this and more of your books! I love it and want to know the rest of the stories.

  3. The excerpt was awesome! I’m a girl who believes in second chances at love that’s how I got my hubby. Thank you for the free copy! Everyone deserves a happily ever after!

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