Fall Has Arrived

Fall came in ever so gently this year. The evenings cooled down some, yet the days remain hot and muggy. It’s a beautiful time of year.

Leaves from our neighbor’s trees, as well as ours, cover our yard in a variety of shades. From toned down yellow, to orange, to brown. They’re all lovely. Except when I spend hours blowing leaves from the deck. Lol

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Who doesn’t love to go apple picking? Or you can visit the nearest apple farm where apples are picked for you. You may find a new favorite apple. Whichever you choose, you’re sure to walk away with a smile.

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We have several apple farms in Georgia. Most of them make apple everything. From cider, apple jelly, jam, apple/pepper relish, to fresh apple pies. Those are only the beginning of apple recipes. It’s hard to resist farms that have a bakery. The scent of warm apple mixed with cinnamon is mouth watering. Throw out your diet when you place your order.  

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Then there’s The Pumpkin Patch! Always a pleasure to walk through with the kids. They  have so much fun and the look on their faces is priceless when they gaze at a pumpkin, sometimes, almost as large as they are. Add visiting a pumpkin patch to your calendar, and don’t forget the corn maze.
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Then, oh then is a day spent riding through the mountains and trekking up the mountain to reach a glorious waterfall. I’m so ready for a trip to the mountains.

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Can you tell I love Fall and the mountains? There’s something about Fall that’s invigorating and sets the mood for exercise.

Speaking of the mountains…The Trouble with Wishes, my upcoming Christmas story in Christmas Wishes on Main Street, is set in the North Georgia Mountains. My character is about to take her friend’s children to an Apple Farm. Yes, they’re having fun…but who knows what else could happen? Stay tuned!

How do you spend your Fall weekends?  No matter what it is, have fun and be safe!

Until next time…I wish you Music, Butterflies and Most of all…Love.

Writer Fan Girl

Every writer I know is an avid reader and a lover of words.

I’ll admit, I’m a writer fan girl. Some writers make my heart sing.

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KENNETH GRAHAME – still manages to do it with The Wind in the Willowswhich I will enthusiastically read to my grandchildren when they magically appear.

SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS, JOAN REEVES, and JULIE GARWOOD (historicals) do it for me with their heart swelling romance.

I turn to LEE CHILD, C.J.BOXAND JOHN SANDFORD when I want a thriller.

Yet, who is the true Rockstar among the writing elite? J.K. ROWLING. Why? Because she got my son to read novels and kept him reading novels with joy and the love of great storytelling.

Who are your favorite storytellers? What makes them special? Here are some pictures from our J.K. Rowling tour in Edinburgh and York (the Shambles aka Diagon Alley).

 

Happy reading,

Leigh

Seasons

Being originally from Baltimore, Maryland I was used to four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Moving to California–not so much. LOL I’ve always joked that Cali has two seasons: wet and cold and hot and dry. Nowadays, it seems like it is landslide and fire.

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I did not realize when I moved to Reno, Nevada last year that we would again have four seasons. It has been glorious. It is already becoming autumn here. Today’s high was 74, with it being barely 50 this morning. The leaves are turning colors, the wind is cool and crisp, and the skies are a bright blue with a million stars at night.

 

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The natives said summer was hot. After the years in California’s Central Valley, not so much to me. We had most days in the low 90s with a few days during the whole summer hitting 100. It was awesome.

 

 

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Spring was amazing. In the winter, everything is dormant and dead-looking, so each new bud, every little flower is a celebration of the earth waking up after a long-winter’s nap. If it wasn’t for allergies, spring would be the best season of all.

 

 

 

 

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For the first time since I was a very little girl, we live where it snows for the winter. Looking out over a blanket of white covering everything is magical, no matter how old or young you are. Where we live, the snow is a few inches overnight and in the morning. By afternoon the sun hits it and it melts away.

 

 

It has been an experience to write for the boxed sets with the Authors of Main Street. Trying to feel the heat of summer when I’m sitting in my slippers, sipping hot tea and trying to envision the chill of a snowy mountain day as I swelter with the fan on full blast. A writer’s imagination is her greatest gift, but mine is still tasked sometimes to bring to life the opposite season it is. 🙂

Coming Soon! In My Dreams by Jill James in the Christmas Wishes on Main Street boxed set.

What is your favorite season? And why?

Jill James, romance author

A wish, a dream, and a plan

Those of you who have been following my posts might have figured that I like a good plan. I write lists, I create spreadsheets, I set up schedules, I use coloured markers to note deadlines on a wall calendar.

And then I forget it all to read a book, or write one that is burning a hole in my imagination, or go out to coffee with my best beloved. Or, as in the past four weeks, spend hours digging boxes out of wardrobes and from under beds, and going through them to see what we need to burn, dump, sell, give away or send to storage before we put the house on the market.

What are your worst moving house nightmares? Or experiences?

Decluttering is the pits, but it could be worse. For the past decade, I’ve practiced the forty bags for forty days Lenten discipline. The idea is that every day of Lent, you give away a box or a bag of stuff that you don’t really need.

I can’t believe that we still have so much, even after all that! I gave away boxes of towels and sheets and blankets, sent more boxes of craft stuff and material up to the local pre-school centre, disposed of a tottering pile of sewing magazines to the used bookstore, and presented my unwanted wool to a group who knit blankets for a charity in the Ukraine. Nearly finished. I have some old electronics, videos, and disks to sort through, and several more kitchen cupboards to clean and tidy, and we’re done.

So writing has taken a bit of hit. Not that I’ve stopped, but I’ve certainly slowed down. The planning isn’t wasted. All those schedules help me to know what to drop and what to squeeze and what to stay up all night to finish.

And top of my list for August was Abbie’s Wish, my contribution to the Authors of Main Street box set, which made its way to our wonderful Marjorie at Indie Artist Press at the beginning of this month. After I completed Paradise Regained for the Bluestocking Belles’ Christmas set, Abbie’s Wish was on top of my list, nudging out my novel, Unkept Promises.

Let me show you the cover!

Three men. One’s a monster. Can Claudia figure out who before it’s too late?

After too many horrifying experiences, Claudia Westerson has given up on men. She’s done everything possible to exorcise the men in her life, short of changing her name and appearance. They’re unpredictable, controlling and, worst of all, dangerous. Besides, all her energies are devoted to therapy for her daughter, Abbie, who is recovering from a brain injury.

But after Abbie is photographed making a wish for Christmas, Claudia begins receiving anonymous threats, proving her quiet refuge is not nearly hidden enough.

Who can she trust? Three men hope to make her theirs:

  • Jack, the driver from her daughter’s accident
  • Ethan, her daughter’s biological father
  • Rhys, a local school teacher and widower.

They all sound sincere, but which one isn’t?

But wait. There’s more

Remember I mentioned the Bluestocking Belles’ box set above? And Lizzi Tremayne talked about it in her post last week. She was a couple of days too early to talk about the cover and the title, which we revealed on Sunday, so here’s some more about Follow Your Star Home.

Paradise Regained, my story, tells of a couple who have drifted apart in their marriage. It is set in Central Asia, in 1794. Here is my blurb.

James yearns to end a long journey in the arms of his loving family. But his father’s agents offer the exiled prodigal forgiveness and a place in English Society — if he abandons his foreign-born wife and children.

With her husband away, Mahzad faces revolt, invasion and betrayal in the mountain kingdom they built together. A queen without her king, she will not allow their dream and their family to be destroyed.

 

So with those done, it’s on to The Beast Next Door, due to first beta read on 1 October. Wish me luck!

Jane Austin Exhibit? In HAMILTON, NZ?

Do I have a special treat for you today!

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Today we went to the  Jane Austin Exhibit at the Hamilton Museum in Hamilton, New Zealand. And that means you get to see what we saw.   

 There were various items of clothing from an Australian collection of British clothing from the time of Jane Austen’s writing, around 1815. We met with our local Coast to Coast Chapter of the RWNZ. It was great to see some of the names of certain items of clothing which had previously eluded me!

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Another surprise treat for you,

The Bluestocking Belles, of which both Jude Knight and I are also members, are having a launch party for our own upcoming Christmas Boxed Set, too!

Help the Bluestocking Belles celebrate the release of the cover of their 2018 joint project. Games, prizes, pretty dresses, and books. What could be better? There will be heaps of prizes, books, and lots of fun. And you’re invited!  It’s TOMORROW!

Right here! 

https://www.facebook.com/events/2089367241318177/

Saturday, September 8 at 2 PM – 9 PM EDT (Sunday in NZ!)

Hope to see you there!

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I’ve just completed a story for the Bluestocking Belles and immediately got stuck into my two current WIPs, one for Authors of Main Street, and one for ME… or rather… more than one for me…

You see, it’s a little like this… Tatiana (unusual… lol…  for me) has become… slightly… long. STOP laughing and just read on.

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The long-awaited Tatiana, another book in The Long Trails series, will become a series of its own. As Matt has repeatedly told me, it WILL be long… like… War & Peace long, so it will be multiple volumes. Too crazy to print, otherwise! The good news is that the first volume is expected out in time for Christmas!

Here’s the blurb!

When the tsar holds the reins, nothing is sure— even life itself…     

Stableman’s daughter Tatiana rises to glamorous heights by her equestrienne abilities, but the tsar’s glittering attention is not always gold.

She and her husband Vladimir become pawns in the emperor’s pursuit of a coveted secret weapon. While Tatiana and their infant son are placed under house arrest, Vladimir must recover the weapon, or lose his wife and young son.

With the odds mounting against them, can they find each other again—half a world away?

Watch for it for Christmas!

This book will follow my New Zealand Historical Fiction,

A Sea of Green Unfolding

available everywhere!

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AOMS Christmas Boxed Set

My current AoMS Christmas contemporary is set in rural North Island New Zealand in the 1990s. It features Lena from the Once Upon a Vet School series, but several years on. It will later be part of the OAVS series, but for now, it is an AoMS Christmas Boxed Set novella!

Watch for it, it will be out in the next few months!

Here’s my part of the boxed set!  (and no, you cannot see the cover yet!)

Have a wonderful month, all! Take care and happy reading and writing!

xx

Lizzi Tremayne