Friday, September 11, 2015

Who's Ready for Fall? by Anna J Stewart

Fall is, by far, my most favorite time of year. The heat of summer is (hopefully) gone and soon we'll be settling into cooler temps, that crisp pre-winter chill in the air and I can unload my cozy clothes that include Mickey Mouse fleece pajama bottoms and snugly sweatshirts. (Please note, I've written this during a week where we are expecting 7 days of 100+ temps. Ugh).

My tea selections move from the fruits of summer (raspberry and vanilla) to toastier selections like apple spice and peppermint and...of course, we'll be getting ready for all the holiday goodies about to land on us like a ton of bricks! This year, I purposely arranged deadlines so I wouldn't be bogged down with a book due just after the first year (next year will be another story).  I'm living for October 15th, first and foremost because I'll finally be able to catch up on my reading!

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What else will this time of year bring? I'll be gearing up for the release of my first full-length Harlequin Heartwarming romance. THE BAD BOY OF BUTTERFLY HARBOR will hit e-readers on December 1st (select Walmart stores in January) and launches my Butterfly Harbor series which takes place in a fictional coastal town inspired by Pacific Grove, CA.  I've often heard most authors have their own personal "themes" when it comes to the stories they write. The more books I finish, the more I realize that's true, at least for me. My books tend to revolve around two recurring ideas: family and coming home; finding that place where you (or my characters) belong. That's the journey Luke Saxon will be undertaking when this bad boy comes back to the town he left in disgrace. Only now...he's the new sheriff. Love how life brings us full circle sometimes albeit with a touch of irony.

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So...what's your favorite season and what are you plans for the fall? Any special brews of teas you'd like to share? Or how about books you're looking forward to? I'd love to hear all about them. Thanks for stopping by and of course, as always, happy reading!

~Anna J

A geek at heart, national bestselling author Anna J Stewart writes "refreshingly unique, quietly humorous, and profoundly moving romance" (RT Book Reviews) for Harlequin Heartwarming and Berkley InterMix. Visit her online and make sure to sign up for her news only newsletter. She gives away a surprise gift box to one lucky subscriber in every issue!

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9 comments:

  1. I love all seasons except winter, but my favorite is early autumn - when the nights are crisp and cool and the days warm and lovely.

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    1. Yay! Another fall lover. :) Hi, Shanna! *waving*

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  2. I might have said summer, if we weren't still in summer and it was going to be 106 here today. Maybe I'll say fall?

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    1. I know, right?! ONe bright side to being on deadline--I haven't left the house this week, LOL.

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  3. I love your theme- so perfect for Heartwarming:-) I'm not sure what mine is, though I tend to put my characters in situations where they are forced to confront difficult pasts and gain a new perspective that includes forgiveness and growth... As for seasons, I love fall! I live in Macintosh country so we have apple picking, cider donuts, wagon rides to go pumpkin picking, fall craft fairs, leaf season, Halloween and Thabksgiving.... The best time of year :-)

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    1. I struggle so hard making my characters suffer, LOL. I just want everyone to be happy! I'm getting better at it, tho. And yay! Fall is in the lead! Thanks for posting, Karen .

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    2. I think I'm just a tortured soul, Anna! Everyone should be happy :-)

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  4. There's something good (and bad ) about every season. But I think my favorites are spring and fall. I'll spend the autumn months writing.

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    1. Hopefully I can take a bit of break this year during the fall...last year I had 2 books due by January...not doing that again! :) Happy *almost* fall, Donna!

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