This post's title should be Aloha to Megan Mulcahy as she is my guest today! Her creator, C.H. Admirand, lives in New Jersey and has her hands full at the moment. Megan is the heroine from A WEDDING IN APPLE GROVE - Book 1 from Small Town USA series.
Kim: Aloha, Megan! I have family in Dayton, Ohio, but I am not familiar with Apple Grove. What is your favorite sight, sound, and smell?
Megan: Aloha, Kim! Hand’s down my favorite sight is Apple Grove’s bright yellow water tower—where all of my friends read their wedding proposals painted in John Deere Green—except me…I’ve nearly given up hope waiting for my turn. I love hearing Pop laugh. We used to hear it when we were kids, but after mom died…well…my favorite sound is definitely Pop laughing. Favorite smell is one of Mrs. Winter’s hot-out-of-the-oven Cherry Pies!
Image by Benny Mazur from Wikipedia
Megan: Pop taught us how to use hand tools as soon as we could hold one in our hands. Mom used to shake her head and say what a pity it was that not one of us wanted to stay in the kitchen with her and learn how to cook. J We all wanted to go with Pop and ride shotgun in Grandpa’s shiny black 1950 Ford F1 pickup. Later on, once we proved we knew how to handle hand tools, and what to do with them, power tools! He never regretted that he didn’t have sons to pass the family handyman business to. All of the Mulcahys believe in equality—especially when it comes to work—if there’s work outside or inside, easy or hard—then a Mulcahy is on the job. Cooking’s tough, though, but that’s why there are so many “instant” options: instant rice, instant potatoes…LOL!
|How about them flowers?|
Kim: Let's remake Tim Allen's HOME IMPROVEMENT with you as the lead in your own cable show. Who would be your sidekick? Who would be the Tool Time Boy?
Megan: My sidekick would be my sister Caitlin, even though she’s six years younger than me, she grew up knowing which end of the hammer to hit the nailhead with…unlike our youngest sister Grace, she hates to get dirty. She runs the office side of the business. Hmmm…Tool Time Boy? Well, as long as my good friend Honey B. Harrington promises not to get into a snit over it, it’d be fun to have Apple Grove’s sheriff—Mitch Wallace. He’s the strong silent type. Honey B.’s had a crush on him since he rescued me as I was about to fall off the railing on the water tower…you’ll have to read my story to find out the details. Anyway, I’m grateful to him while Honey B’s got a serious case of hero-worship that morphed into a crush. Too bad Mitch thinks he’s too old for her.
Kim: Oh, the sparks fly between you and newcomer Daniel Eagan! What would you like to teach him about small town life?
Megan: That everyone in town knows what’s going on—if they don’t they soon will—but that’s only so that in times of trouble, when you think you’ve got to handle it alone…you don’t, because your friends and neighbors will know what’s going on and will be first in line to help you through it. Funny thing is, he instinctively knows this…but if I tell you what happens and why, it might spoil the story. J
Kim: What's next for your creator, C.H. Admirand?
Kim: What's next for your creator, C.H. Admirand?
Megan: C.H. just turned in edits for book 2: One Day in Apple Grove…it’s my sister Cait’s story. She ends up rescuing a little black puppy with former Navy Corpsman Jack Gannon, Doc’s son who’s come home from Iraq to take care of Doc’s patients since Doc and Mrs. Gannon have retired. Jack and I went through school together, and boy, was I glad he was my lab partner in Chemistry. Speaking of Chemistry… whenever he and Cait are together, the sparks just fly…but you’ll have to wait until June 2013 to read their story. C.H. is writing book 3: Welcome Back to Apple Grove…Grace’s story that’ll have someone you meet in my story, Patrick Garahan, former FDNY firefighter as the hero which will release in December of 2013… The Texas Garahan clan has been bugging C.H. to visit Apple Grove, and hearts will be aflutter and tongues will wag when those dark-haired, dark-eyed Texas cowboys arrive for the wedding. In between Cait and Grace’s stories you can step back in time and catch up with what happens next in C.H.’s Irish Western Series. Bring Em Back Alive, which is Michael Flynn and Megan O’Mara’s story told in Digital Comic form (a first for C.H.) which releases in March 2013. A special print version will be available at the Graphic & EBook Expo at RT in April. Oh, and I just found out that my story, A Wedding in Apple Grove, will be released in large print in April. More details to follow! Thanks for inviting me today! Aloha!!
A WEDDING IN APPLE GROVE BY C.H. ADMIRAND – IN STORES NOVEMBER 2012
He's not so sure about small town life.
She can't imagine living anywhere else.
Welcome to Apple Grove, Ohio (population 597), where everyone has your best interests at heart, even if they can't agree on the best way to meddle. When the townsfolk of Apple Grove need handiwork done, there's no job too small for the Mulcahy sisters: Megan, Caitlin, and Grace.
Specializing in hard work and family loyalty, tomboy Meg Mulcahy has left behind any girlhood reams of romance. Enter newcomer Daniel Eagan, looking to bury his own broken heart and make a new start. He's surprised-and delighted-by the winsome girl with the mighty tool belt who shows up to fix his wiring.
But Dan's got a lot to learn about life in a small town, and when Meg's past collides with her future, it may take all 595 other residents of Apple Grove to keep this romance from short-circuiting.
Praise for A Wedding in Apple Grove:
“A terrifically fun read... With quick dialogue and a homey feel, this is a wonderful book to curl up with. Small-town romance at its best!” —RT Book Review, 4 Stars
“Raw charm... one to read.” —Publishers Weekly
“Sexy and fun... Admirand’s series will be popular, especially with fans of Susan Wiggs and Janet Chapman.” —Booklist
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
C.H. ADMIRAND was born in Aiken, South Carolina, but grew up in New Jersey. She has been delighting readers with her Secret Life of Cowboys Series, featuring three cowboy brothers with Irish charm, and is now working on the next books in her small town contemporary romance series, featuring the town and quirky characters of Apple Grove, OH. She lives with her husband, who is the inspiration for all of her heroes’ best traits, in New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.CHAdmirand.com.
I posted my review of A WEDDING IN APPLE GROVE on Goodreads at this link. Sourcebooks is giving away a print copy of A WEDDING IN APPLE GROVE to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about apples - do you have a favorite kind? How do you like them best - right off the tree, baked in a pie, or some other delicious dish?
My children and I love Cracker Barrel's Fried Apples!
2. This giveaway is open to US residents ... but I'll giveaway a special Hawaiian pineapple treat!
3. Comments are open through Saturday, November 10, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 11.
Kim in Hawaii
|Colorful apples at the Hickam commissary|