Spotlight: Alice Orr and A Vacancy At The Inn

A Vacancy at the Inn - Cover 2 200x300 - 20.6 KBMy special guest today is Alice Orr, author of the Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series. Today she is promoting her Christmas novella, A VACANCY AT THE INN. Before we get to that, she has some thoughts to share with everyone.

My Brother’s Gifts

My brother was always late for Christmas. “Where’s Michael?” would be the question floating around. I heard a story once about an answer to that question. It may have happened or it may have been a Michael legend. There are many of those.

“Where’s Michael?” someone is supposed to have asked as the gift-sharing moment approached. “He’s over in the corner making a vest out of baloney,” was the answer. Legend or not – that would have been a knowing response in more ways than one. First – Michael did handmade gifts most of the time. Second – he did them at the last minute.

For example his wedding gift to Jonathan and me was a song he wrote titled “Take My Hand.” The ceremony was scheduled for 5 p.m. At 3 p.m. Michael was still in the field behind our house finishing the lyrics. I knew nothing about any of this of course.

I’d designed the ceremony as my gift to Jonathan. I guess Michael and I shared that handmade and heart-made gene. Still it was best I didn’t know Michael would be an unscheduled participant in the service. I was freaked out enough already by everything else.

Then Michael stepped onto the apron of the altar space. I’d seen him on many stages before – acting or singing or simply showering his charisma over everybody present. “This is my gift to my sister and my new brother-in-law,” he said.

On that day in 1972 his hair was still long and in curls always just unruly enough. He had big blue blue eyes with long also curly lashes to die for. He was tall and rangy and had a loping slightly sidewinding gait and a super-wattage smile.

He had a beautiful singing voice too and he played the six-string like a master. One chord and a hush fell over the hundred or so people in the pews. He had them in his palm immediately – just as he’d intended he would.

“Take my hand” he sang. “And walk here by my side. Take my hand and you will be my guide.”

I don’t remember the rest of the words because I lost it instantly all over the makeup job my bridesmaids had so carefully applied. As I recall there were teardrops dripping off my nose. There are tears now as well while I write this.

I miss Michael a lot – especially at Christmas. And this year I really wish I had a vest made out of baloney.Michael in Tux

Alice Orr –



A Vacancy at the Inn

Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series Christmas Novella

Luke & Bethany’s Story by Alice Orr



On a cold December day Bethany Miller and her son Michael arrive in Riverton.

She grew up on Riverton Hill in remote upstate New York where her complicated family still lives. She moved away to escape all of that and more. Now she’s back because of complications in her present life with what is best for her son. She hopes the Miller family will be a Christmas blessing for Michael. She’s less hopeful about what this homecoming will be for her.

The last thing Bethany wants is further complication. That means the last person she needs to see is Luke Kalli staring down at her from the roof of Miller’s Inn. They shared a glorious connection before she fled from here. The power of that encounter and the deep feelings she experienced came at a tumultuous moment in her life. They were yet another strong reason to leave Riverton Hill on Riverton Road and never return – until today. She has no idea this place will put her son in peril.

A Vacancy at the Inn is the first Novella of the Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series featuring the Kalli family and now the Miller family too in stories of Romance and Danger. A Wrong Way Home is Book 1 of the series. A Year of Summer Shadows is Book 2. A Villain for Vanessa will be Book 3 – coming soon.

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Alice 72 headshot[1]AUTHOR BIO – Alice Orr

“Alice Orr is a brilliant writer who has a Number One best seller hidden in her pocket. I look forward to more of her work,” says one Amazon reviewer. I say “Thanks!” I love to write. Especially romantic suspense novels and blog posts. I’ve been a workshop leader, book editor and literary agent. Now I live my dream of writing full-time. I’ve published thirteen novels and four novellas – both traditionally and independently – plus a memoir so far. I wrote my nonfiction book, No More Rejections, as a gift to the writers’ community I cherish. A revised edition is now in progress. Amazon says, “This book has it all.” About my romantic suspense, Amazon says, “Alice Orr turns up the heat.” Most of all, I like to hear from readers. Visit my website at I have two grown children and two perfect grandchildren and I live with my husband Jonathan in New York City.


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