Good Morning Jen, thanks so much for inviting me to guest blog today. April is a busy month for me writing-wise as I get ready to attend Barbara Vey’s Reader Appreciation Luncheon in Wisconsin and RT BookLover’s Convention in Kansas City, MO. I received the books I ordered to give away to readers at Barbara Vey’s Luncheon and two of the events I’ll be taking part of at RT: The Cowboy Corral (a Reader Event) and: Afternoon Delight (for Booksellers and Librarians).
Sooo many events during the year geared just toward Readers who love Romance. But I have noticed that there don’t seem to be any where I live. And being that I’m not a fan of flying, my hubby usually drives with me. After attending his first RT a few years ago, he discovered that he loves working behind the scenes with Johnny Jones, setting up. A HUGE undertaking, but JoCarol Jones and her crew are amazing!! So he makes sure to take part of his vacation to go with me every year. But the funny thing is—we NEVER see each other there except at night when we’re both dead-on-our-feet! Wait, that’s not entirely true—sometimes we pass one another in the hallway! LOL. He keeps telling me when I’m a New York Times Bestselling author, he’ll quit his job and drive me around. From his lips to God’s ears.
In August, I will be attending my first Author’s After Dark and have to thank the Stella for the invitation. I’m so excited to be going this year. I have a book order that I will be receiving mid-July for this event—and some really cool goodies for the Readers attending this event. I’m looking forward to it. Savannah is a beautiful city. I’ll be one of the authors hosting tables at the Elemental Masque and cannot wait for that. I have faeries all over our house—my hubby’s very understanding—very beautiful ceramic faeries that hang in my office; a few standing statuettes, pictures—OH and a faerie house my sister built for me years and years ago that sits on our mantelpiece. I’ll also be involved in a cowboy event—not sure of all of those details yet, but when Cat Johnson asked, I said yes ma’am!
I’ll be driving to Savannah by myself, but I’m hoping it’ll give me the chance to have some plots and characters make themselves known. There is normally so much going on inside of my head on a day-to-day basis that there is little quiet time, which is probably why my characters seem to wake me up in the middle of the night—that’s they only time they can get my attention…unless I’m driving and not listening to music. I’m guilty of turning up the Country Music station whenever I hear one of my favorite songs. Soooo happy to have a Country station back after years without one.
In September , I’ll be headed to Lora Leigh’s RAW (Reader Appreciation Weekend) for the third time. The first year, I drove by myself to Maryland, and it was too funny, we had snow! A light dusting, but when I got home to northern NJ, we had a foot of snow!!! On Halloween!! Oh and no power! LOL. It was funny, I thought my kids were kidding when they texted me the news—until they sent a picture of the snow and our yardstick. Last year Lora Leigh’s was in Pittsburgh and my hubby came with me, but this year, I’ll be headed to Hagerstown myself.
Will you be headed to any Reader Events this year? Will I see you at AAD?
To whet your appetite, here’s an excerpt from One Day in Apple Grove, coming in June:
Dusk lent a certain mystical quality to the air. Driving past the newly planted fields, she could just imagine faeries flitting about, waving magic wands over the earth, pond, and trees as vines, flowers, and buds burst into bloom. Letting her imagination wander, she almost didn’t see the car parked at the side of the road until she was just about to pass it.
Only one car in town had a paint job like that: Doc Gannon’s Jeep. Meg told her his friends had painted it in army camo as a joke to welcome him home after his first tour.
Why had he stopped? She pulled off the road in front of his vehicle, got out, and started to look for him.
“Hey, Doc—where are you?”
The silence had her gut icing over before she chastised herself that people only parked their cars and disappeared in the movies…like the one she’d watched trying to unwind after a long night in her woodshop .
She called out again, “Do you need help?”
When he still didn’t answer, she pulled out her cell phone. If anyone had gotten sick out on Eden Church Road, Peggy would have heard and would let her know. She was about to hit the speed dial when she heard a deep shout coming from across the road.
Turning toward the sound, she was knocked off balance by a small, black, fuzzy missile. Wrapping her arms around the animal so it wouldn’t get hurt when she landed, her backside took the brunt of the impact—so did her phone when it hit the pavement. Luckily, it was still in one piece.
“Hey,” she said, as she looked down at the quivering puppy in her arms. “Where did you come from?”
The puppy’s tiny pink tongue bathed her face, and he nipped the end of her nose. When Cait laughed, the puppy did it again. She snuggled him close and bent reached to pick up her phone.
“Don’t let go of him!”
His deep voice grabbed her attention. The tall, broad-shouldered man moving across the road toward her looked worried. Cait remembered how upset the whole town had been to hear of his injury. Rev. Smith had even started a prayer chain. Had Doc aggravated his wound somehow chasing the puppy? She took in his broad shoulders and tall frame. Yes, he was limping but trying to ignore it.
She’d known Jack Gannon all her life—well, a younger version, before he enlisted—but for some reason, she didn’t remember anything about him looking so ruggedly handsome. Had she only seen what she expected to in those brief glimpses of him those few times she’d seen him home on leave? There was definitely more here than she remembered.
Coming to stand beside her, he stared down at her for a moment before holding his hand out to her. “Are you all right?”
She had to clear her throat to answer. “Yes, I’m fine. But what about you? What happened?”
He chuckled and it sounded rusty, as though he wasn’t used to laughing. “The little rascal ran out in front of me,” he explained, pulling Cait to her feet. “I had to swerve not to hit him. I’ve been chasing him for the last fifteen minutes. Thanks for catching him.”
“All I did was show up. He’s the one who decided to jump into my arms.” She jiggled the puppy she held. “Hey, fella. What’re you doing out here?”
Jack smiled, revealing a deep dimple. “Wait a minute. Are you Meg’s sister Caitlin?”
She felt the blood rush to her cheeks and hated that she blushed. “Yes, I am. And you’re Apple Grove’s hero hometown hero. We’ve been waiting for you. Welcome home, Doc.”
A dark shadow crossed his features as his lips thinned and a grimace took the place of his smile, catching her off guard. What had she said that changed his mood?
“I’m no hero.” He let go of her arm.
Unsure of how to continue, she looked up at the sky. “They’re saying we’ll have rain by midnight.”
He shrugged and shoved his hands in his pockets. The silence weighed heavily between them. Wanting to get back to the friendly banter of just a few minutes ago, she asked, “So how was your first day back in town?”
He sighed. “I guess everyone in Apple Grove knows I got back last night.”
She smiled. “If they didn’t, Peggy and Kate wouldn’t be doing their jobs down at gossip central.”
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C.H. Admirand has always had her nose in a book, has traveled the world over, and even tested the time-space continuum, thanks to the awesome power of the written word. One of her writing quirks is that she loves to include bits and pieces of her ancestors and ancestry in all of her books. Her family centers her and keeps her sane, which is why she enjoys adding elements of family, hearth, and home in all of her romances.
C.H.’s second series with Sourcebooks began with A WEDDING IN APPLE GROVE in November, available in large print in April. ONE DAY IN APPLE GROVE releases in June, and WELCOME BACK TO APPLE GROVE in December. With 8 short stories and 15 novels to her credit, this award-winning, multi-published author’s books are available in paperback, hardcover, trade paperback, magazine, e-book, and this year digital and print comic format!