Some moments in life you remember forever.
One time, when I was five, my parents told me that we were going on a trip. I looked outside the window, at the grey November sky smothered with clouds, and decided that I wasn’t going. My dad brought me a pair of aviator shades, then he took my right hand and my mom took my left, and together we walked down a long hallway deep into our inn. At the end of the hallway an ordinary door waited. We reached it, it swung open, and summer exhaled heat in my face. I shut my eyes against the bright light, and when I opened them, we stood on a street paved with stone. Tall terraced buildings rose on both side of us, and straight ahead, where the alley ran into a street, a current of creatures in every color and shape possible surged past the merchant stalls while a shattered planet looked at them from a purple sky.
Then there was the time when I first arrived at my own inn. It was early spring. The trees stood mostly bare except for the evergreen Texas oaks that only dropped their leaves when they felt like it. I had driven slowly, looking for the right address, and when the old Victorian came into view, I almost drifted off the road. Big, ornate and nonsensical the way Victorians often are, the building jutted against the morning sky, a dark ruin left to rot. Shingles had fallen off the roof and siding peeled from the walls in chunks. Brown weeds choked the grounds. I knew it would be bad, since the inn lay dormant for decades, but I didn’t think it would be that bad.
I pulled into the driveway, got out, and circled the house, looking for any signs of life, reaching out with my magic, but finding nothing. I was losing hope with every step. And then, I rounded the corner. There, bright against the backdrop of oaks and pecans, twelve apple trees bloomed, branches heavy with blossoms. It was the moment I realized Gertrude Hunt still lived.
Today was such a moment. It didn’t have the vivid colors of Baha-char or the fragile beauty of the apple trees, but I would never forget it. Sean Evans stood in our bedroom wearing an innkeeper’s robe.
“Mirror,” I murmured.
Gertrude Hunt shifted its magic in response. The wall in front of us liquefied, snapping into a mirror. We stood side by side, he in the copper-colored robe I’d sewn for him and me in the blue robe my mother gave me.
Sean was taller than me by a head. The robe covered him from his neck to his toes, but he’d left the hood down. He was very handsome, my Sean. He’d spent a long time trying to win a hopeless war. It left scars even his body with its accelerated regeneration couldn’t heal, and the shadows of its memories still flickered in his amber eyes. But when he was alone with me, like now, his eyes turned warm and inviting, his posture lost the coiled readiness, and he relaxed the way a man would in the safety of his own home.
I studied our reflection. Innkeeper robes came in a variety of styles, but these simple ones were our daily uniform. We looked like a couple. My parents wore robes just like this, except my father preferred grey and blue.
I never thought I would have this. When I was younger, I had imagined myself as an innkeeper of a successful inn, but in my dreams, there was never anyone standing next to me. My parents were still missing, my sister left to marry a vampire marshal on a faraway planet and took my little niece with her, my brother still wandered the Galaxy, but I had Sean. He loved me and I loved him. We were no longer alone.
The blond innkeeper woman in the mirror smiled back at me. She looked happy.
Thank you. You always spoil us.
What a lovely snippet. Thank you xx
Love this. Thank you
Thank you so much for this snippet. My appetite for more Innkeeper stories has been both sated (for the moment) and whetted for more! I absolutely love your work.
Awwww Love it ! Thanks for sharing some sunshine on our weekend!
Mary Cruickshank-Peed says
Thanks! I worry about Sean… don’t look at me like that, I know he’s fictional. I spent a lot of time with vets with PTSD and really horrible memories… and worry is my superpower.
Mary: every time I see your name I chuckle. Blessings to you….
????”She looked happy.”
One of the best characters in the series is Gertrude hunt. This was a marvelous snippet. Thank you so much!
Thank you. It reminds me how much I’ve missed them and their story.
R Coots says
Eee! Very good surprise! Thank you!
Nice start for the day! Thank you.
YAY!! Love Dina and Sean!
My heart is so happy! Thank you for this!
What a nice surprise! Thank you!
Oh my lanta, thank you for this!! ????
That was the perfect start to the weekend!
Awwwww beautiful. Thank you ????????
All the feels! I love this. It reflects the way I feel about the innkeeper series. There’s a lot of unanswered questions still, but this for this moment, everything is all right. Thank you, Ilona, for this on a rainy Saturday.
Ahhh. How I missed Dina and Sean! 🙂
TIna G says
Thank you sooooo much!
This. Right, Here.
Love you guys
Paula Crews says
Awesome, love these snippets!
Yes! Thank you! Now for more ???? This reminds me that I need to reread the others again ????
Thank you! Love them. Such a sweet story started with peeing on apple trees haaaaa
SQUEEE!!! *LOVE *
Oh my, thank you so very much!!!!
William B says
Love it! I miss Sean and Dina.
Jim Franks says
=) what happened to no I will not wear a robe?
Thank you! This is lovely.
What a treat, and it’s not even Christmas, yet! Is this a teaser that a new Innkeeper story is starting in the somewhat near future?
Aww .. so awesome!
Thank you guys.????????????
More! I love Innkeeper!
Patti McGhie says
Cheryl M says
Oh, thank you!! Not much more I can say except that a wonderful way to start a Saturday.
Thank you. That was beautiful.
Aww Dina and Sean! Thank you for this sweet snippet.
Bill W says
Thank you. We all rejoice when dreams come true, even if they are not ours.
Eeeeeeeeek omg omg yay omg. Soooo freaking excited!!!! Keep rocking this series girl. 🙂
Yeah! Just all the warm feelings!
Wes d says
That hit all the feels.. thank you both
❤❤❤❤ I love them. Thank you!
Oh yay! More Innkeeper. I was hoping…
Susan K Nagata says
Thank you very much for the snippet 🙂 Maybe I’m forgetting, but is there a full description of when Dina woke up the Inn?
No, just a snippet about the apple trees in Sweep in Peace, maybe another snippet in Clean Sweep, but I may be wrong, and this.
Tina in NJ says
Dina explained about the apple trees to Sophie in Sweep in Peace, but I think this version is a bit more detailed.
Thank you thank you thank you! I’ve waited so long for their story to continue.
This is so sweet. Thank you!
Oh wow! Wonderful weekend treat!!!! Thank you!!!
All the feelings! This is so lovely, it’s a perfect moment for me and thank you so very much for giving me that feeling <3
HAPPY DANCE!! Have fun writing!
And i am happy too 🙂 Thank you for this!
Wonderful! Thank you!
LOVE!!! Thank you for this.
Omg sooooo good I can’t wait for more.
Tina R. says
Rita Webb says
Looking forward to what comes next!
Thank you!!! I love it!
Vicki Kelnhofer says
Thank you so very much!!! I love Dina and Maud……..can’t make a choice. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving 🙂
SQUEE!!!! (Oops, did that sound come from me???) Go Dina & Sean!
Thank you for the snippet!! I really need this today. Love Dina and Sean and everyone at Gertrude Hunt!
Hope you all have a good weekend!
Thank you ????????
Lynne B says
WOW ! Just wow!! Thank you…….
Ohhhhhhh that made my heart happy!! Thank you!!
Jean-ann Stump says
Ohhhh thank you! Love it!
Lisa M says
Todd Erickson says
Denise Neill says
Omg.. thank you my heart is doing a happy dance!
Cannot WAIT for new adventures!!!
Yay! What a pleasant surprise!
Ruth Ray says
So Sean is wearing a robe after all. I eagerly await the next Innkeeper.
Hope all the eyes are recovering.
Love it. Thank you
Very nice. Thank you.
Trying not to think what will disrupt the precious moment, and can’t wait for it, at the same time! ????
There is a code/rule for robe color (age, rating, clients) or any innkeeper can choose what he/she prefers?
Mary Foley says
My heart is bursting with happy. To revisit the Innkeeper world and glimpse happy-so-far for Dina and Sean. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!
I feel like it is my birthday! Thank you so much for the lovely snippet! Have a wondermous weekend and Happy Thanksgiving!
Amy Yount says
Wow thanks for the snippet it is much appreciated Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Oh that was lovely.
Brooke J Frazier says
Awwww, what a great snippet!!
That brought tears to my eyes!
Yay – happy day !!! Thank you so much x
Wow? Wonderful surprise snippet! Thank You! Hoping you have a blessed and loving Thanksgiving this week!
Anne in Virginia says
Oh, oh, oh. Thank you so much. Is this a hint that we will be returning to Gertrude Hunt for the next Innkeeper?
Anne in Virginia
Thank you for this joyful snippet!
This gave me such joy!! Thank you!!!
I so needed that happy snippet today!Thank you…
Awwwww. Wuv, twue wuv.
…will fowow you foweva…
This makes me want to go back and reread the whole series (again). Thank you for the snippet. ????
Andrea Jennetta says
Awwwww. I wanted an HEA for those two!
Thank you. This snippet made me happy.
I wonder if Sean’s robes have Velcro, so he can shed them in battle, easily?
Andrea Jennetta says
PS Thank you!
Aww. I love that so much!
Thank you. ????
Karen the Griffmom says
Happy Wolfenoot to you and your Pack. May your meat always be roasted and your Mooncake sweet. Arooo!
Yes, Thank you.
I miss Innkeeper.
Thank you so much! This was just lovely and heartwarming!
Ahhhh! I love it!!! I can’t wait for another innkeeper story ❤️
Adaiah La Vonda says
Thank you. This was a perfect Saturday morning moment while supplying my Irish Coffee. ????
What a happy surprise! Thank you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
❤️❤️❤️ & thank you!
OMG! I am so excited! It is wonderful! I love this world of Inns and planets of Vampires!
*deep sigh* So good! Thank you ☺
Thank you xo
Kenneth Burkenheim says
I love your writing. I wouldn’t change anything on the story line ever.
Sometimes, with current spellcheck and the rush, words get left out and the book goes out. I am not here to be critical! Just sometimes i see such things and wish I could comment. I don’t care if you don’t put this on the blog! Please add the word “had” after the following I. ” I sewn for him and me in the blue robe my mother gave me.”
I FOUND A TYPO
That’s awesome. Please don’t point it out. Dedicated volunteer proofreaders will go through the section and correct grammar, punctuation, and copyediting issues. Thank you so much for your help. 🙂
Patricia Scott says
Thank you for this gift! Question: Do Sean and Gertrude Hunt now communicate with one another?
Awww. Very cute! I want more.
This makes me go and re-read the books again.
Thank you very much!
” our bedroom…my Sean…we were no longer alone”
My heart is melting !!!❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
Beautiful! Thank you.
Thank you! Wonderful gift!
Made me smile. Hope and happiness
Happy sigh. I love Innkeeper and Dina and Sean, and Beast! Thank you!
This is wonderful! Sometimes I just need to hear from you guys. 😉 I’m doing a reread (relisten) of the Edge series. Love you guy’s world building and character development!!!! Thanks for your imagination! Happy Holidays!
+1 to all comments, even the one by the new reader who didn’t read the typo rules.
Tasha A says
Thank you so much!! Love that Sean is wearing a robe after declaring that he wouldn’t! So looking forward to more of these two!
Thank you for the lovely snippet!
Thank you. I look forward to the next Innkeeper book.
Thank you! I think it is a good time to reread the series!
Wonderful surprise. They are the best. Happy Thanksgiving to House Andrews, and all the pets.
And Happy and Healthy and safe traveling to everyone at the start of these holidays. ????????????????????????????????????
Thank you, I love your universes but the Innkeepers is my favourite!!!
Does Sean have a twin brother perchance?
Yippee! Yay! Such fun! Thank you! Have a great Thanksgiving????
Lovely! Thank you for the glimpse into that moment! We should all be so aware of our moments to treasure 🙂 And all the moments of Innkeeper are worth rereading!
Thank you. Amazing. Love it. ????
karen h says
Thank you for sharing!
My heart is melting!
Billie Pardoe says
Ki. Whi. says
Yesssss! This just made my day! ????????????
Lynn Stevenson says
I love this series can’t wait for more
Jennifer Sweet says
Happy Thanksgiving to you. I woke up this morning with a my corgi trying to climb up on my chest. Looking at me with those sneaky, happy eyes. I grabbed his fur looked into his eyes and told him he was such an awesome baby boy. Yes, I did. Baby talk all the way. Every single one of us has shit we have to go through, get through, and survive. Did you ever stop to count the time that even in the midst of all this crap your fur babies made you smile.?
Your writing makes me smile. Thank you for the good feelings.
Love love love. So happy to see this
Aww sigh , so happy thank you, Happy Thanksgiving ❤️❤️❤️❤️
♥️♥️♥️♥️ Love this!
Thank you. It’s been a very discouraging week, and to come home and discover Sean has been talked into a robe just made the world a better place.
Mmmmmmm – yes! This is going to be excellent!
Valerie in CA says
Thank. You. I too have had a very very horrible week. This snippet took me away from my emotional pain for a few.
I so agree….so many possibilities…. bwaaaa
Joyce Wilke says
Thank you. My heart just melted a little. I wish I could kiss my hubs, but I am at work. You guys create such VIVID scenes.
Gail G says
Why am I weeping? This is how you write, with bold strokes and intimate detail. In amongst the chaos of lives well lived, there is love and humor. Thank you. Now, where are my tissues dammit?
You weep because beauty brings such joy that you have to express it. Same reason I have tears in my eyes. When this book comes out, I’ll shed tears again as I read this in context. And when I read that book for the 15th time, I’ll shed tears for this. Vivid colors or fragile beauty be hog-tied! Proof that Sean loves her enough to wear the robe she made for him is far more touching than either.
And now we have to wait while life interferes with writing the rest of what is promising already to be another book we can’t put down.
Lee Anne says
Thank you so much. This is my go to series when nothing else appeals. You are awesome writers.
Triumph! This makes me so happy! Love that Dina sewed it for him. I would love to know what changed Sean’s mind. “One thing. I’m not wearing a robe.” LOL. Thanks as always for sharing.
What Emily said . ????
The is the sweetest thing. Sometimes I turn, see my husband and I have that same feeling. The unbelievable feeling that I could be so lucky to have someone walk beside me every step of the way.
Ann Keis says
Many Thanks to House Andrew. Made my day.
Hear, hear! Enjoyed this. Still, had to giggle a bit at Sean wearing a robe. Thanks!
Dina and Sean, standing in their inn together. It’s a good image for a Saturday. Thank you!
Those moments you keep in your heart …and you guys have the gift that make us see them in Sean and Dina! ❤ Thank you!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours..
This is amazing. Love all your works. What a wonderful treat before the upcoming holidays!
So needed on this cold dreary Saturday. Thank you.
Omg!! No words. H a p p y ❤️
Sniff sniff I so needed that. Thank you so much for being willing to have happy couple that continue a story instead of saying and they lived happily ever after.
Awwww…..you have encapsulated those moments that I look at my husband and smile, treasurin the “We-ness!
Stellar! Thank you
Terrific but could we get Sean’s POV because it’s also a huge moment in his life and in Sean/Dina relationship. Arrgh that sounds ungrateful for the post you gave. Put it on the never ending wishlist.
That was beautiful. Thank you
Wow! An auspicious beginning!
Amanda P says
OMG, truly brilliant! This is fantastic, thank you both xx
Jan Nieman says
Thank You. You are one of the many writers that keep me reading/listening and dreaming.
Aly P says
Ellen D says
Thank You! ????
I love it!!! Oh man, I can’t wait to read the rest of the story this goes with. I love them as a couple.
And all is right with the world. A glimpse into Dinah and Sean. Thank you very much
Do sweet, a lovely treat. Thankyou
DeeAnn Fuchs says
Beautiful! Thank you!!
Am I blacklisted? Cuz lately none of my comments or replies have been posted.
I am showing comments on 17th, 18th, 19th, and 2 today. You are probably not seeing them right away because your browser is caching the site. 🙂
DeeAnn Fuchs says
Thank you! Such a treat!
Faith Freewoman says
Thanks! I needed a magic dose of Dina and Sean today.
Deb McCaulley says
Oh thank you! That filled my heart. I am so happy for Dina and Sean.
Thank you. That was lovely.
… 《spechless》Thank you ♡
Valerie in CA says
Thank you. I too Hades very very horrible week. This took meanest from my emotional pain for a few
Thank you. That was wonderful. I love all your books, but I have to admit that Kate and the Innkeeper are my favorite. Beautifully written.
Richiey Hayes says
I loved this so much. I want that, a life partner all my own.
This is very beautiful! Thank you
I’ve missed this. So VERY much. Thank you! You just made my day a whole lot better! (Wish I could melt into the full story … )
Marian Bernstein says
Thank you so much for the treat. Last week was awful, and you have erased it.
Powerful and heart meltingly wonderful, sniff! Thankyou so much! Xx
Lora Tyler says
Thank you both so much! I loved it!!!!
Cindy lockhart says
Such a peaceful “Ahhhh!” Moment! Thank you! Leaves me wanting to re read the innkeeper chronicles!
As with many other fans, your writing also makes me smile – please don’t change the way you write.
Bill G says
Wonderful. Thank you, it’s a fine end for a pretty decent day.
Thank you for the snippet, thank you for sharing your gifts with us, and thank you both for being you.
Oi … I just put down my kindle 2 minutes ago after a complete reread of the series to make up for a crappy week- and was sad there was no more for now – and now there’s this…. you rock!!!
❤️❤️❤️ Thanks for the surprise!
I just did the exact same thing!
Chiara (Chandramas) says
So wonderful! I love the way Dina looks at Sean. Love love love!
I am very grateful for this tasty treat, especially o this cold rainy day.
Love in so many words. Thank you.
Thank you for such a lovely surprise! I enjoy reading this series and look forward to anything and everything you post about the Innkeeper and Kate Daniels. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks again for sharing your gift.
This was nice. I figured Sean would eventually wear the robe, even if he just sees it as the uniform for his position now. I’m glad those 2 found each other. Many adventures ahead!!!
Sarah Webber says
Cheryl Hunt says
Love it, thank you!! Happy Thanksgiving!
I just came from work. Had a totally crappy day and then ..you made my day just a bit better. Thank you
My heart needed this. Thank you so much for sharing this, I truly appreciate it ????
Thank you. That was lovely- so great to feel her happiness shine through every word
Lovely. Thank you.
Very nice, looking forward to more when you have the time and inclination. I got my laminate floor laid last month and the cats are loving it, chasing around after their toys which slide really well. The snippet put the same happy smile on my face. Off to my son’s for Thanksgiving so looking forward to that. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
I always love Dina’s perspective on the world. Thank you!
This is absolutely lovely! Thanks so much for this glimpse into Dinah and Sean’s happiness ????
Dina’s happy. Now I’m happy. Thank you!!
(And people ask me why I read so much. Pfft. Silly people.)
Dena Epp says
Thank you for this. This series is such a joy ????
Wonderful! I hope this will be a new serial. I love the Innkeepers and look forward to the weekly goodness just as much as I do my daily oatmeal (cereal).
P.S. Webs is a great company to do business with. I have a whole stack of sweaters
made from their yarns. Orders are always prompt and perfect.
Paradise Yarns ( Ice Yarns) in Turkey are also completely reliable and orders
are super fast and always perfect, too. Happy knitting, Ilona, et al.????
I absolutely love this!! Thank you! Can’t wait to read the newest book.
Thank you, such happiness to revisit Sean and Dina at the inn ????
So sweet. Thank you. And i hope you all have a happy healthy Thanksgiving!
Theodore D says
Oh My Lord! I’m dying to know more about them! Thank you very much for the snippet!
Yea! Thank you!!!!
Fan in California says
Lovely — thanks!!!
You are killing me! I’m struggling to stay interested in almost every book I pick up lately and now all I want is more Innkeeper!
Thank you for this snippet, it’s such a sweet scene ????
Thank you for the treat!!!!
HAPPY DAYS!!!!! Thank you for this wonderful surprise ❤️❤️❤️
Just what I needed today. Thank you so very much.
Colleen C. says
Amy R. says
I fucking love the Snippet!!! *-*
Perfect! Question- is the next Innkeeper book going to be written as a serial or are you writing it like you do your other books?
Aw, beautiful! Thanks for sharing ❤️
Thank you! This is so wonderful and so unexpected. You guys totally rock!
Squeeee! I LOVE this series! Thank you so much!
Steve Lucas says
Yaaay I love you guys! 🙂
What a wonderful way to brighten any dreary day.Now Fridays will become the best day of the week again!
Tais S says
John K says
awww, its so cute, i love it.
Diana Rivis says
Charlene Leader says
Thank you for the surprise. It was great for the awful day I’m having, so it made my day
Ooooh, this is such a lovely treat after a long day!
Thank you so much for sharing it! 🙂
Eloisa Statham says
Yikes. Beyond imagining.
Dina and Sean are favorites. I so hope there is more in the future.
Lovely snippet; it reminded me of how much I like this couple. I feel a reread coming on. I thought I was happy for their story to end but now I want more. Thanks for sharing x
+ 1 ❤️????????
Yippee! Another story about Dina. I can’t wait. Thank you for the teaser!
doing my happy dance!! thank you!
have a wonderful thanksgiving…
Thank you, I loved the snippet it was so lovely. I have melted into my sofa, so happy ????
Thank you for this! It’s cold and rainy outside, and this is just perfect.
I absolutely LOVE this series – both Dina’s stories and Maud’s!
Yay! This made me smile!
I love thee innkeeper both Dina series and Maud series. Thank you for the snippet. It made me happy on a gloomy day.
Your writing is so beautiful and reflects your God given talent. Thank you for taking the time to share this snippet with us. Happy Thanksgiving!
Fantastic snippet (but that is not a surprise – you ALWAYS have awesome snippets) 😀
When this book does eventually come out. Please go back to Renee for the audio book version. The other people you’ve been using haven’t been bad – but they haven’t been anywhere near as good for the most part. She totally captured the vampires (especially Arland), Helen’s voice, and the Lees far better. (and for that matter she does a far superior Mad Rogan).
I don’t think you could comment if you guys had a fight or something, but if you did, it would be great if that bridge could somehow be mended.
I’m thankful I found your books, thankful I found you website and the BDH, and thankful for this lovely snippet. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Thank you ????
Right in the feels.
Awwwwwww. Loved this!!
More more more more……..etc.. can’t wait to let Jon know. It’s beginning to continue.
Cheryl munson says
Love this. If it’s a snippet does that mean you are writing another one. Please also one with Maud and Helen.
eileen wood says
Thank you, that left me feeling so happy.
Thank you so much! A bright spot in an otherwise bad day. You guys are awesome!
This brightened a horrible day thank you for your amazing work can’t wait for more innkeeper
Terry D says
Love, love, LOVE!!!
I actually got goosebumps with the feels in this short piece! I definately needed a smile before starting my nursing shift. Thank you from Australia.
Oh and Thank you to the commenters in the BDH. It is always just as great reading you guys xo
❤️ Love ❤️
Yay, thankyou! i can’t wait to find out what happens with Dina and Sean and their search for her parents! and the cheeky George!
Wonderfull! Great snippet!! I’m so excited that you are writing more on Innkeeper, one of my absolute favorite stories!!! Thank you!!!! (Think I’m demonstrating enough ecxitement? : -)
Oh, no! If this is the start of the book, disaster will be literally just around the page. It’s inevitable.
Of course, reading about the disaster will be fun, but there will be a disaster.
Teh Gerg says
It makes me wonder: will Gertrude Hunt respond to Sean the way it responds to Dina? Will he have to wolf out occasionally?
There was another snippet a few weeks.ago? And it showed that Gertrude Hunt does just that!
Wendy S says
Thank you for this. It’s great to see Dinah and Sean happy and working together. If Sean wears the Innkeepers robe, does that mean he also can connect now with Gertrude Hunt? Or will his connection with the Inn be different? Curious minds want to know. But I suppose that will be revealed at a future time. Sigh. Good thing that retirement has given me more patience.
There was another snippet previously — the ones with the chickens? — where Sean gave a command to Gertrude Hunt and she obeyed.
Awesome snippet! So nice to see Dina and Sean again. Considering the Sebastian North clue at the end of the last Dina book and the Klaus thing at the end of the Maud book, I’m really looking forward to the next book. Whichever thread you pick up.
Oh the feels!! I love it!
Thank you for the snippet and feel free to let us look into the new book a bit more! 😉
Richard Manning says
You wrote a piece in one of your blogs about how surprised you were about the sales for the Maud’s “Book”. First, it was extremely well written even if you might feel differently, and second, everyone really enjoys both plot lines. You have managed to create a potential second series and both will be well received. Please, the both of you , keep up the great work. Thanks.
If you write it we will read.
Leanne Ridley says
Thank you! Sean in a robe! Muahahaha! Hey, he must have sat for the Innkeeper exams then. Congratulations to both Sean and Dina!
Jeffrey F. Smith says
Does that mean Sean is going to get his own broom as well? 😀
Sean and Broom???? +100
Thank y’all! This was 100% happy and I appreciate it today, when 4/5 of my family is sick. Have a wonderful holiday week!
Joy W says
Oh, I hope everyone gets well quickly, Katie!
And I hope everyone is healing well in the IA household!
Angie Papas says
It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you.
*runs around the room screaming in excitement* reads *runs arounds again*
Aw, that was lovely. Warmed my heart to see those two relaxed and happy 🙂
:):) I can’t wait for more!! Thank you for the little taste, I’m excited for more whenever that happens :):)
???????????? Thank you!
Thank you! A very sweet snippet ❤️
Beautiful! One of these moments 🙂
Thank you ????
Kathy Spencer says
Thanks for this ray of hope. All your snippets are a sign you are blessed with multi tasking and amazing talents. I hope your family is enjoying your holiday season in USA and that all missadventures are over. I wish you all improved health and much joy while here in Australia we are having our most intense summer for many years. I love a sunburnt country, of drought and fighting fires, yet still we keep a smile on, hoping Santa brings the rains.
Yvonne A says
Rose Noe says
Love it. I’ve been wanting to see Dina and Sean really together finally for four books and now that moment is finally here. I can’t wait to see all the rest.
Beautiful, thank you so much
Superb – as always. Many thanks.
Patricia Schlorke says
Thank you for this surprise! I was in the car Friday night into Saturday driving to see family for Thanksgiving.
Oh my goodness with Sean in the innkeeper’s robe. Yay! It’s nice to see him and Dina so happy. Now let’s read about Maude and Arland’s wedding. ????
Kay Potucek says
And – yay – it is good to see Dina happy 🙂
Debra K Hoffmaster says
The robe…tearing up here!!
Thnk you so much for this snippet!! I finished reading through all 4 books again. I look forward to the next one that will hopefully answer a few questions you gave to us from the last two books. Love ALL your work!!
Margaret R says
I like Maude but I love Dina and her inn. The whole universe could walk through her door and get fed by a giant hedgehog! What could be better?
Debi Majo says
The promise of more to come has made my day. ????
Linda Alice Trainor says
Loved it can’t wait for Soo much more. And now I need to reread them all. I have Soo many questions about Dina’s parents???? Not the least on where they went but on the past……
Mitzi Fujs says
Me too. Always a pleasure to re and reread The Innkeeper series. ????
Diane Lang says
Lovely to see these two again. Brought a big smile to my face! This series remains one of my favorites. Thanks for the snippet. 😀
Joy W says
Sigh. Contentment. What a lovely gift! Thank you!
Rorie Solberg says
This short week will be busy as I finish up yet another term. Thank you for starting the week off well. Have a wonderful holiday with hopefully no drama.
Lynn Thompson says
Thank you, ilona Andrews for the snippet.
Love just what I needed after being sick and not feeling good for the past 3 days!!!! Thank you very much
Squeeee! Thank you! Love this series, so looking forward to more 😀
Thank you! Also one of my all time favorites of yours. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!!
Thank you!!!! I see Sean lost the battle to not wear a rov0be. <3 them!!!
Thank you for the snippet. Want to know what blackmail, inducement, bet, etc. Dina used to get Sean to wear a robe.
I do have one burning question: since Dina has her own inn, who will inherit her parent’s inn when they are finally found ? One of Dina and Sean’s children?
If I remember, the inn disappeared when the parents did.
Maybe Klaus will?
Wonderful to see another Innkeeper novel starting. Hoping that somewhere down the line, we get more on Klaus, too.
Sneaky snippet taking us to Dina and Sean…when we left Maude, Helen and Arland meeting Klaus… Thank you for this insight, though???? it makes us hungry for more????. Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!
That was amazing!
That definitely has me wanting more.
Yippee! There will be more!!
Thank you so much and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. ,->
Thank you so much….I really needed that!
That was wonderful
I think I need to relisten to the others before hand
Sharra Deniz says
Happy Dance!!! That snippet just went my appetite for MORE!!
Loved it! Thank you and have a happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Thank you. Most days I feel like I just live through, but these moments of unexpected smiles make it worth it.
And it’s not even Christmas yet. I love these two and any chance to see more of them is welcome. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for the lovely snippet.
Robert Redekop says
Beautiful. It doesn’t matter if this ever makes it into a novel, it’s a lovely moment that deserved to be written down. You rock.
Nancy C. says
a snippet featuring my favoritest character? Christmas came early! 🙂 a big thanks for sharing this. it brought tears to my eyes in the best way possible – a happy surprise
Thank you, omg thank you! Surprise Snippet Saturday for the win!
Kris Ten-Eyck says
Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving. Such a treat, and no calories!
Sophie Tetrault says
Thank you. I fell in love with the Innkeeper series first. Any snippetm novella or novel is always welcome. Dina, Sean, Maud, Helen and Arland are always interesting to read about. So anytime you write about them is a happy moment.
Thank you for this lovely surprise!
30 book a month reader says
I love all of your series, but there Is just something magically about the Innkeeper series. I hope you write them for years!
Oh my heart. Thank you for this snippet.
Sue Padgett says
You completely made my day. I love this couple, Gertrude Hunt and the entire cast of characters. Thanks for sharing. ♥️
OMG, thank you for that. You guy’s ROCK.
I read this Monday morning! What a great way to start the week.
Thank you so much for this. I’m ready for more.
What a delightful snippet. Give you a warm fuzzy feeling. Can’t wait to read more about Dina and Sean.
Candy Daniels says
ALL the warm fuzzies!!!
Thank you for the snippet. It’s a grey day in Seattle, and this brings up my spirits as I work on my final project due tomorrow for a class.
Does anybody want to make an InnKeeper Robe pattern? Is there already one available for CosPlay events?
Crystal Johnson says
You guys are givers – Thank you!!! Happy Holidays!
Cynthia Spiller says
Thank you. Whenever anyone asks “if you had to live in a book or fictional world, I immediately think Innkeeper.” Happy Thanksgiving.
*happy sigh* thank you IA. please enjoy a safe holiday with your loved ones.
Thank you. This series has a soft place in my heart, as it was my very first IA read. *double thumbs up*
My husband and I both love your entertaining stories. Most of ours are audio that we listen to on trips, walking the dog, or just relaxing like a child with a nighttime story. Thank you for many hours of peaceful enjoyment. We can’t wait for our next instalment for this series.
Thank You for more innkeeper goodness. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
I love all of your books, and always find myself reading them again and again. I can’t wait for the next book
Sharon Fletcher says
Thank you! I love Dina and Sean. They are dreamily perfect but also imperfect enough to identify with.
I have trouble sleeping at night, because I have high anxiety every time I try to relax. I have a wonderful life, but it is a busy one and I have a lot of things I wish I had done differently every day.
Daydreaming about different worlds helps. I can’t daydream about this one, even in a different time as a different person, because I end up with the same stresses. Your worlds are the ones I turn to most often, to help me sleep. Thank you.
Just popped in, hoping for a bit of news and lo & behold, a very welcome snippet. Thank you.
Lovely gift, as always. Thank you.
Thank you!! I’ve missed Dina and Sean.
I try to avoid reading the advance releases of this series, preferring instead to read the final draft, but this is interesting. If I recall correctly, you last left us with impending nuptials and not much time for preparation. Will Dina and Sean be attending? Caldenia? If so, shouldn’t they be getting ready to go?
Lovely. Thank you.
Just what I needed to see today! Thanks for the pick-me-up. Can’t wait to read more. 🙂
Diane D says
Vivid and touching.
Sigh! So lovely…
So sweet. Thanks for making the Thanksgiving prep time a little more fun. 🙂
Annmarie Condon-Teta says
What a lovely snippet. It just warmed my heart on a cold and gray day. Looking forward to reading the continuing Innkeeper Chronicles…Klaus’ story is going to be an adventure.! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Oooooooohhhhh…. this so warms my heart. I missed Dina and Sean. Seeing them as an established couple is #goals ????
Daphne Miller says
My heart is melting. Thank you for this Thanksgiving gift????
Thank you. I love this series and this is a ‘fix’ I needed while waiting for the next book.
Thank you! What a lovely bit of sunshine in a rather dark week.
Deborah Armstrong says
Those AuthorLords really know how to kick off the holiday season!
Thank you so much for the lovely snippet! This was so beautiful and touching. Dina and Sean are my favorite couple, so this scene fills me with all sorts of joy and squee. 🙂 I would really love to see an illustration of this scene, showing the two of them together in innkeeper robes.
Also, I’m very much hoping that this won’t be their final book–I’m not ready to say goodbye to those two! And it’s just such a warm and comforting feeling every time we get to visit the Inn.
Sally R S says
Thank you for letting us know how our family is doing.
Bliss Crimson says
Thank you! I wake up with dry eyes. Sometimes so dry they hurt. Sometimes with one stuck shut till I can rehydrate. Your writing make me weepy and give me moist eyes again. I can see! This is very good for the video games that come next. I dedicate my Overwatch snipe shots to you. 🙂
Thank you. Love this series!