USA Today Best-selling Author
Book 1: Midnight in Legend, TN
She needs a new life, he’s determined to keep the status quo. If they don’t compromise, the whole town loses.
Midnight Shelby is starting over. A real estate agent’s virtual tour of a large two-story brick building on the main street of the small town of Legend, Tennessee caught her eye and she has left her smarmy ex-husband, the big city, and corporate life behind. The town is struggling, but Midnight has ideas that will give it a second chance as well.
Martin McClain was born and raised in the Legend area. His family has lived there for generations, and he feels a duty to preserve the past. The website his son Daniel created has been good for business, but although Martin is a real estate agent by trade, he’s wary of newcomers’ motivations. Especially Midnight Shelby, who seems bent on changing everything…even him.
“It’s a great story and leaves you wanting more!”
“The story is quick and talks to the heart.”
“This is a great story about starting over, taking risks and believing in your dream. Magdalena’s characters are charming and funny. This story is a great escape on a dreary day.”
Snowbound in a remote mountain cabin, Rebecca and David can’t wait to be rescued. But the help they need most is from each other.
Rebecca Mayfield is a terrific attorney, successful and respected. Her personal life, however, is currently a mess. Her most recent romance ended badly, her only son is out of the country, and it’s almost Christmas. Why not accept her friend Midnight’s invitation for a small town Christmas in Legend, Tennessee?
David McClain’s Christmas Eve tradition is to observe a solitary vigil in his remote cabin, in the mountains above Legend. It’s his special time to remember his beloved wife, whose life ended so suddenly just this time of year.
A freak blizzard intervenes, sliding Rebecca’s rental car into a snow-filled ditch near David’s cabin. Such close quarters, complete with a blazing fire, could be romantic–but Rebecca and David have nothing in common. Or do they?
“Great chemistry between these two flawed people, although they both fight it. Strongly recommended.”
She’s only back in Legend for a short while, but he’s determined to make her want to stay.
Betsy McClain left Legend, Tennessee two years ago, with a broken heart, a baby to care for, and precious little else. She’s done well in the city, and so has daughter LizBeth Ann. A heartfelt request from Dorothy McClain is the only thing that could bring them back to Legend, even temporarily.
Mike McClain wants to get to know his only child, but Betsy isn’t cutting him any slack. Good looks and the old McClain charm seem to be failing him. Betsy is not the same love-struck girl he married, nor the girl who left Legend in a flurry of anger and tears. But he’s changed too. Can’t she see that?
Mike is renovating the house where Betsy and LizBeth Ann are staying, and everyone in Legend would like to see them get back together. The only thing standing in the way is Betsy’s stubbornness…or is it Mike’s?
“Great plot full of twists and turns and lots of romance.”
“A bit of light and fun, yet, emotional reading.”
One month to build a dream, or to watch it die. It’s a renovation project that will change their lives.
Chloe McClain needs a classy art gallery, ASAP. She’s invested years of her life, and everything she owns, in the upcoming event that can make or break her career, and possibly give her beloved hometown a much-needed boost. Chloe has heard that the handsome new builder in town is the best one to hire for the job. She’ll just have to ignore the fact that his personality stinks.
Building contractor Greg Andrews thinks Chloe’s pile of bricks should be put out of its misery. But since he knows better than to get on the wrong side of the McClain family, he takes the job. His decision has nothing to do with the way Chloe’s eyes sparkle when she’s excited, or the view when she stomps away from him in her snug jeans. Women like her are bad news–he learned that the hard way.
“Building a Dream is a great addition to the series. Chloe and Greg were so much fun to read!”
Trying to escape their painful past, Anne and Pete move to the middle of nowhere…and find each other.
Anne McClain Bradley has returned to Legend, Tennessee after a tragedy destroyed her successful, well-ordered life. She moves into the apartment over The Emporium, and Anne is cautiously hopeful that her heart, and her frayed family connections in Legend, can be repaired.
Becoming general manager of The Legend Post-Dispatch was an unexpected break for Pete Garrity. Hundreds of miles from his old life, the small town seemed a perfect hideaway. But the elderly owner dies, and he’s stuck with the business, and stuck in Legend.
Anne and Pete knew each other in San Antonio. A strong attraction existed between them, but she was married, and they didn’t act on it. Then disaster struck both their lives, pushing them further apart. He wants to convince her that they have a second chance. But without changing the past, that may not be true…
“A wonderfully satisfying read!!”
“I am at home when I read these stories.”
In spite of her intentions to spend Christmas on the beach, Meg is on her way to Legend, Tennessee for a small town Christmas with her boyfriend and his family. When Christopher’s flight is delayed, Meg finds herself staying with his mother, Anne McClain Bradley, and in the midst of an old-fashioned holiday with a family that’s not her own.
But the McClains, and the other good people of Legend, Tennessee, know how to make anyone feel loved and welcomed. Especially at Christmas.
“I love books set in small towns, and I see why Meg fell in love with this one. This is also a good introduction to the characters in the author’s longer books.”
They want to escape their little hometown forever, even if that means giving up on love.
1975: Dorothy Robbins is working hard to build up her Leaving Legend Fund. But she’s waitressing at Jim Bob’s Saloon, where the only thing worse than the tips are the songs on the jukebox.
Charles McClain is back in town–just for the holidays. He’s a different person than he was when he moved away, and the family has changed while he was gone. He doesn’t belong in Legend anymore.
But it’s Christmas… The air is cold, hearts are warm, and mistletoe is overhead when you least expect it. And sometimes the path that led you away can also lead you home.
“Liked this book? I loved it and can’t wait to read more of Ms. Scott’s work. She told a tale of a charming town, pleasant people and a very special romance. That it occurred at Christmas made it even better.”
“A great kick-off to the holiday season.”
There’s no chance for happiness when your least favorite person is the love of your life.
1978: Eli McClain is in Legend, Tennessee, as an honored guest, and everybody but Jeannie Adams is thrilled about it. She doesn’t want to see his smug, handsome face, or be reminded of the kiss they shared right before he abandoned the small town they both called home.
Eli remembers Jeannie as the girl who was always competing with him in school for the best grades. Now, all grown up, she’s just as competitive and stubborn as before–but also completely irresistible. It’s almost a shame he’ll just be in Legend for a few days. And a shame he can never let her know the results of the fame and fortune he left Legend to pursue.
“Great story! Fun to read and easy to identify with the characters.”
CIR: What inspired this series?
SCOTT: Three writer friends (Jan Scarbrough, Maddie James, and Janet Eaves) and I brainstormed a series set in an imaginary town called Legend, Tennessee. We each wrote separate stories set in the town, and when our publisher went out of business in 2015 and gave us our rights back, we each created a different series title, and re-published. Readers said many times that they wanted to move to Legend–a high compliment! Many of the other titles are not sweet (clean), but vary in heat levels. All of my titles are G/PG.
CIR: What was your favorite part of writing this series?
SCOTT: Watching the characters, and the town, come to life. I’d be writing along, and a new character might walk through the door of Midnight Shelby’s shop (The Emporium), pushing himself or herself into the scene and the story. It’s always exciting, and so much better, when the characters take over the story. I’m grateful to play the part of scribe.
CIR: Who is your favorite character and why?
SCOTT: Midnight Shelby (in subsequent books, Midnight Shelby McClain). After an acrimonious divorce, and then losing the job she loved, she left New York City and created a new life, and meaningful relationships, in this small Tennessee town she’d never heard of until she found the realtor’s website online. She’s a strong character, but her strength is quiet.
CIR: What other books, movies or shows might you compare to this story?
SCOTT: Hallmark Channel movies
CIR: What message do you hope your readers take away from this book?
SCOTT: Life can throw very hard circumstances at us, but it’s possible to find a way to go forward that might even be better than the “golden days” we failed to appreciate in the first place. Close relationships make life better–whether via blood ties, or friends that become as close as family.