Location As Inspiration by Stacy Hoff

People ask me all the time how I chose the unique locations for my novels. Some of the locations I’ve picked were perfect for action and adventure, such as the Arctic Circle and the Everglades (DESIRE IN THE ARCTIC and DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES). Some are places I’ve worked, such as Hartford, Connecticut (LAWFULLY YOURS). Others are places I’ve conducted book research, such as Saratoga Springs, New York (JOCKEYING FOR YOU).

I have actually visited all of these places, with the exception of the Arctic Circle. When I write about places I love, I relive happy memories.

For my Building Love series, I decided to focus on places I’ve taken my more recent vacations. Places where I spent quality alone time with my husband. (In other words, no kids.) I chose Las Vegas for book # 1 of this series. I chose Condado Beach, Puerto Rico, for book #2.

Puerto Rico was a surprise trip I arranged for my husband, my gift to him for his 40th birthday. (My mother’s gift to him was babysitting for a week.) We traveled throughout Old San Juan, a remarkable, ancient place full of wonder.

The hotel we stayed at was on Condado Beach. Specifically, we stayed at the Marriott. Why is this relevant? Because, as a complete coincidence, the artist my publisher hired to design the cover for Building Love book #2, HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN, included the Marriott in the background.

Can you recognize the hotel when placed side-by-side with the book cover?


When I got the cover art, my jaw dropped. I had received from my publisher not just a book cover, but a permanent memento my my trip. A trip that meant a lot to me. Celebrating the birthday of my real life hero.

I hope HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN makes every reader feel like they have been to the Caribbean, too.

Lastly, here’s a shout out to the people of Puerto Rico, who suffered Hurricane Irma like so many others. I wish them the speediest of recoveries.

HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN will be released October 11, 2017.


In the Caribbean, the secrets, sex, and scandals are hotter.

Book blurb for HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN (Building Love #2)

Luis Serrano, the unwanted love child of a hotel construction magnate, is determined to reach his father’s level of success. When Luis finds himself pitted against his half-brother for control over their ailing father’s company, sibling rivalry comes to a head. The stakes are high—the brother that best completes their portion of the Caribbean construction project will gain control over the entire company. To win, Luis hires an interior design firm. But the firm will have to perform difficult work under serious time constraints.

Melanie Merritt is used to sibling rivalry. She’s always been second best to her older sister, the “golden child” of their parent’s interior design firm. Melanie’s desire is to be an artist. She works for her family to appease them. Her newest task is to implement a complex project for Luis Serrano in an impossibly short deadline. If she fails, her family’s company may go bankrupt. But Melanie can’t keep her too-creative ideas away from her family, and the client.

Completing work on time won’t be easy. Especially when dual sibling rivalries threaten to destroy the project—and a passion hotter than the Caribbean.

BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS – Love is the biggest gamble of all

Book blurb for BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS (Building Love #1)

Catherine “Cat” Warner has problems. The profits from her inns are down. The pressure from her parents is up. Her love life is non-existent. But Cat did manage to get the attention of tough, powerful, gorgeous hotel magnate Ty Orland. Unfortunately, his interest in her is for all the wrong reasons. Instead of wanting Cat, this debonair CEO only wants her land—a parcel he desperately needs for his next big development deal. Too bad, it’s not for sale. A people pleaser by nature, Cat knows to stand strong. If she caves in to the demands of this sexy, alluring man, it will be her own neck on the line.

Ty Orland has a lot of things going for him. Success. Power. Respect. Unfortunately, he’s also got an old chip on his shoulder and a new financial nightmare. His development deal is going down in flames—and fast. His only way out is if Cat sells him her strategically located parcel. But romancing the land from her is not easy when love gets in the way. The woman is as beautiful as she is beguiling. And Ty no longer knows which prize is more valuable.

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NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT: https://www.amazon.com/Betting-Love-Vegas-Stacy-Hoff/dp/1682913422/

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JOCKEYING FOR YOU print version http://amzn.to/2eanq2o

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DESIRE IN THE ARCTIC print version http://amzn.to/2cubwCf

DESIRE IN THE ARCTIC kindle version http://amzn.to/1KjfP9V

DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES print version http://amzn.to/2dXO1zV

DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES Kindle version http://amzn.to/1YEseie

LAWFULLY YOURS print version http://amzn.to/2e6Ug8k

LAWFULLY YOURS Kindle version http://amzn.to/1Ky5CZm 






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