by Dianne Venetta
on Tour April 15 – May 17th
Book Blast on April 9th
Genre: Romantic Fiction
Published by: BloominThyme Press
Publication Date: April 9, 2013
Number of Pages: 285
Romantic Heat Index: Mild
***This is the first in a series ***
A deathbed promise and a mysterious find in the Tennessee forest bring Delaney Wilkins and Nick Harris together in a dramatic fight for the rights to Ladd Springs.
Delaney Wilkins finds herself at odds with hotel developer Nick Harris over a deathbed promise and a mysterious find in the forest. Both are after title to Ladd Springs, a mecca of natural springs, streams and trails in the eastern Tennessee mountains, a tract of land worth millions. But Ernie Ladd, current owner of the property and uncle to Delaney, is adamantly opposed to them both.
Felicity Wilkins, Delaney’s daughter, deserves to inherit her family’s legacy, but neighbor Clem Sweeney is working against her, ingratiating himself with Ernie Ladd. Clem is also harboring a secret that will make him a very wealthy man—unless the others stop him before he can bring it to fruition.
Complicating matters is Annie Owens. Ex-girlfriend to Jeremiah Ladd, Ernie’s estranged son living in Atlanta, she declares her daughter Casey is Jeremiah’s, making Casey every bit as entitled to the property as Felicity—only Annie hasn’t proven this claim. Yet.
All are fighting to get the property, but only one will walk away with the gold. Which will it be? Find out in the first installment of Ladd Springs…
Read an excerpt:
Dianne Venetta lives in Central Florida with her husband and two children–and her part-time Yellow Lab (Cody!). An avid gardener, she spends her spare time growing organic vegetables. Surprised by the amazing discoveries she finds there every day, she wondered, “Who knew there were so many similarities between men and plants?”
In addition to writing women’s fiction and romance, she pens the blog for BloominThyme.com. What began as a brief hiatus from writing has blossomed into a garden blog, children’s fiction series and more volunteer hours at school than she imagined!
At the end of the day, if she can inspire someone to stop and smell the roses (or rosemary!), kiss their child and spouse good-night, be kind to a neighbor and Mother Earth, then she’s done all right.
Spring is one of my favorite seasons. As an avid gardener, spring is when the temps warm up and the soil is ready to be worked again. Or in my case, continually worked! I’m one of the lucky few who live in an area conducive to year-round gardening. Rarely is it too cold for me, or my plants, which means the harvest never stops. It’s eternal!
Okay, that’s a lie. Harvest isn’t a guarantee. Take my corn crop, for instance. I’ve all but given up on growing healthy, robust cobs, what with all the bugs and diseases that flourish in this tropical paradise. Ants and worms, slugs and snails—it’s a nightmare. Worse than a nightmare. At least after a bad dream I can go back to sleep (sort of). In the wake of a shoddy corn harvest, I still have to pull the buggers out of the ground and lug them to the compost pile!
Sheesh. I think you can see why I’ve taken a break from corn growing. However, I have not taken a break from corn eating. It’s too delicious! And in celebration of my latest release, Ladd Springs, I’ve devised the most luscious, sweetest recipe for cornbread, cornbread so moist and delicious you’ll want to savor it clear through dessert. It’s that good. You can find the full recipe at BloominThyme.com ~ my garden blog!
I will make one important note regarding the recipe. While it’s oven-baked and worthy of the blue ribbon at any county fair, it’s not your grandmother’s recipe—not any grandmother in my family, anyway. They’re strictly cast iron, buttermilk, cornmeal, salt and pepper. That’s it. My mother will bake this concoction in a cast iron skillet, but her mother pan fried it like a pancake. Yum.
Me? I like it both ways—sweet and scrumptious, or rich and golden brown. On account of my new series being set in Tennessee, I felt I had to set the record straight.
Now that we have that settled, I sure hope you’ll enjoy my latest release as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. It’s been fun, especially as it brings me “home” to one of my family’s favorite summer destinations, the eastern Tennesssee mountains. It’s gorgeous country and if you haven’t been, maybe a read through Ladd Springs will take you there.
As I launch Ladd Springs, I’m hosting an “Authors in Bloom” Blog Hop. Beginning tomorrow, we’ll have 10 days of some of your favorite authors sharing their garden tips, recipes and of course, tons of giveaways. Our grand prize is an ereader of your choice (Kindle or Nook) and a $25 gift card to go with it. And if that wasn’t enough, I’m having a Facebook Party!
Again, beginning tomorrow, the festivities last through the weekend.
Hope to see you there and thanks for stopping by today! And as we kick off the book blast with Providence Book Promotions, I’m giving away a complete set of my debut series, Jennifer’s Garden, Lust on the Rocks and Whisper Privileges – paperback or ebook! All you have to do is leave a comment for your chance to win!
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