Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Irene Hannon & Starfish Pier

Posted March 19, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Irene Hannon, romance / 39 Comments

Please join me in welcoming Irene Hannon (keep it together, Carrie – don’t fangirl too much & scare her) to the blog to chat about why she loves Hope Harbor, the setting of her popular series by the same name & the latest book, Starfish Pier!

Hope Harbor #6
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: March 31, 2020
PAGES: 352

Opposites may attract–but can two very different people find lasting love?

A year ago, ex-Delta Force operator Steven Roark left the rigors of combat behind to run fishing charters in Hope Harbor, decompress, and talk some sense into his kid brother. Business is good–but making peace with his past is more challenging than he expected.

First-grade teacher Holly Miller leads a low-profile existence–until she’s recruited to advocate for a cause that’s dear to her heart. When she solicits Steven’s assistance, sparks fly–especially after they find themselves on opposite sides of an issue that disrupts their placid seaside community.

As these two seemingly incompatible souls wrestle with their differences, might they discover more common ground than they expect–and a future filled with promise?

Come home to Hope Harbor–
where hearts heal . . . and love blooms


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Six Reasons I Love Hope Harbor

By Irene Hannon, author of Starfish Pier

While the setting for my newest book, Starfish Pier, is fictional, after writing six Hope Harbor books this charming town is as real to me as any place on a map. (Note that each book can be read as a standalone.) Readers have told me they feel the same about this special spot where hearts heal…and love blooms. As one said, “If it was real, I’d move there.”

Here are some of the reasons Hope Harbor has claimed a permanent spot in my heart.

1. The people. This is a close-knit community where residents care about each other. From the Helping Hands organization sponsored by the two local churches to the save-the-lighthouse campaign the town rallied behind, it’s an all-for-one, one-for-all kind of place anyone would love to call home.

2. The setting. From everything I’d read as I developed this series, the Oregon coast—with its rugged headlands, vast beaches, and towering spruce forests—seemed like the perfect spot for my little fictional town. My research trip confirmed that. Here’s a shot from my visit. Look at that amazing beach!

3. Charley’s tacos. The most beloved character from all of the 55+ books I’ve written is Charley Lopez, the taco-making artist and town sage. His stand on the wharf is a gathering place for people seeking nourishment for body and soul. Charley’s wise commentary and caring heart are legendary—and if he knows a little more about everyone than seems plausible? Just part of his mystique!

(side note from Carrie: I *heart* Charley! ♥ And so does my mom who just recently read book 1 in this series!)

4. A lighthouse. Who doesn’t love lighthouses? Often set in a dramatic, windswept location high above the crashing waves, they’re a trusted source of guidance in the midst of darkness, a light in the storm to steer lost souls safely home, a beacon of hope. Pelican Point light, which sits on a headland just north of Hope Harbor, even stars in one of the books in the series!

5. Tide pools. During my research trip for the series, I traveled the Oregon coast from top to bottom. One of my favorite stops was the tide pools, which are filled with colorful sea life—especially starfish. I knew they’d play a role in one of my books. In Starfish Pier, Steven takes Holly out to the tide pools at the edge of town. As they explore them, they also learn a great deal about each other. And as Steven tells Holly when the tide begins to come in and the pools disappear: “The treasure beneath the surface was worth the trip.” ♥

6. Floyd and Gladys. There’s seagull romance in Hope Harbor! On my research trip, I learned that seagulls mate for life—and grieve after the death of a partner. In the first book (Hope Harbor), Floyd had already lost his mate. But by the end of the story, he—like the hero and heroine—finds someone new to love. So even the birds have happy endings in Hope Harbor! Floyd and Gladys endeared themselves to readers and are now in every book. They’ve also earned a place on each cover!

(side note from Carrie: I also *heart* Floyd & Gladys, which is saying a lot if you follow me and know about my bird phobia lol!)

I could list many more reasons why I love this special town—but we’re out of space! So I invite you to visit Hope Harbor in Starfish Pier and experience the magic for yourself.

And if you’re in the mood for fish tacos afterward, I’ll totally understand! 🙂

Irene Hannon is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than fifty contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. She is also a three-time winner of the RITA award—the “Oscar” of romance fiction—from Romance Writers of America and is a member of that organization’s elite Hall of Fame.

Her many other awards include National Readers’ Choice, Daphne du Maurier, Retailers’ Choice, Booksellers’ Best, Carol, and Reviewers’ Choice from RT Book Reviews magazine, which also honored her with a Career Achievement award for her entire body of work.

Millions of her books have been sold worldwide, and her novels have been translated into multiple languages.

To learn more about Irene and her books, visit She is active on Twitter and Instagram, but most enjoys interacting with readers on Facebook.

Revell is offering one of my readers a print copy of Starfish Pier! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What interests you most about Starfish Pier by Irene Hannon? If you’ve read some books in this series, why do YOU love Hope Harbor?

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39 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Irene Hannon & Starfish Pier

  1. Trixi

    I’ve read every single Hope Harbor novel (just finished Driftwood Bay) and fell in love with this series for all the reasons listed here. I really, really, REALLY hope that Charley will get his story told! I’m not above begging Irene, lol!

    Plus, I live on the Oregon coast and the fictional town is based on a town not many hours south of us. I think she knocks the descriptions out of the park! It’s a stunningly beautiful place to live.

  2. Sherri G

    I’ve loved just about everything in the Hope Harbor series. I’ve especially loved Charlie. When I read Trixie’s comment, I immediately agreed that I’d love to read his story but then I thought about it more. The mystery about him is part of what makes him so interesting so I just can’t decide if knowing more would help or hurt. I guess only his creator knows for sure!!

  3. Trudy

    I’ve read all of other books in the Hope Harbor series! I LOVE Charlie!! I can’t wait to read this one!

  4. Megan

    I love this series! The town and people are so comforting and welcoming. I’d mo e there if I could too!

  5. Gloria A

    I am reading/enjoying Starfish Pier right now and have enjoyed all of the books in the series. The setting sounds lovely and the community closeness with great characters makes it a nice read. I really like Charley like everyone else but Gladys and Floyd add charm too. Oh and the priest and minister are funny.

  6. Judi Imperato

    I have not read this series but it sure does sound nice to read stories around the water. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

  7. Winnie Thomas

    I haven’t read this series yet, but I’ve heard so many great things about it! It’s definitely on my wish list. I’d love to live in Hope Harbor, too! Except then I’d have to leave my mountains. Maybe I’ll just get a summer home there!

  8. Merry

    I have read one of the books in this series. I agree with you Carrie that Charlie was my favorite! Such a likeable character with such insight and sage wisdom. Hope Harbor sounds like such a caring community.

  9. IRENE H.

    Like your cover. What a rugged coastline! Your book sounds like something I’d like to read. As soon as I know there’s former military involved, I’m sold! There’s usually a reason that a strong man’s involved…

  10. Diana Hardt

    I like that the people and the town are very welcoming. I love the book cover. It sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Sabrina Templin

    I’ve heard Irene Hannon’s books are really good! I’d love to try one from the Harbor Hope series.

  12. Amy M.

    I’ve really enjoyed this series and though I’ve never been to the Oregon coast, these books definitely make me want to see it for myself.

  13. karen

    I love this author, just bought several of hers to read during our stay at home order. I love that this book takes place by the water.

  14. Amy Bradsher

    I love this series – the taco truck and birds are hilarious! – and can’t wait to read the latest installment.

  15. Debra Branigan

    I love Irene Hannon’s work, so this would be an obvious choice for me. I look forward to reading this one. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes on the latest release.

  16. Lynette

    I have not read any books in this series yet. Do you ever wonder how you’ll find the time to read all of the incredible books?!

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