Our guest author today is Dianne Venetta who, when not whacking away at her keyboard crafting her next novel, can be found chasing grasshoppers and plucking hornworms in her organic garden and drawing wild analogies between kids and plants and men. Learn more about Dianne and her books at her website. -- AP
Tennessee is an interesting place. Not only a great vacation spot for hiking enthusiasts, but the rivers and streams are a huge lure for fisherman, the whitewater rapids a strong draw for the kayaker and canoe lover. It’s also a great setting for a novel! But did you know it’s said the word Tennessee comes from the word “Tana-see?” That’s the Native American word for “the meeting place.” Whether or not this is true, it’s a fact that many Cherokee people inhabited the area before Europeans came through.
One of those famous Cherokee people was Sequoyah. Although exposed to the concept of writing early in his life, Sequoyah never learned the English alphabet. Unlike the white soldiers in the war of 1812, he and the other Cherokees were not able to write letters home, read military orders, or record events as they occurred. After the war, he began in earnest to create a writing system for the Cherokees. In 1821, after 12 years working on the new language, he finally reduced the thousands of Cherokee thoughts to 85 symbols representing sounds. He made a game of this new writing system and within a few months of introducing his alphabet, thousands of Cherokees became literate.
Today, Tennessee is host to the world’s largest freshwater aquarium, located in Chattanooga. It also boasts the largest underground lake, located in Sweetwater, TN. Speaking of “large,” Reelfoot Lake in northwestern Tennessee was created by the largest earthquake, the New Madrid Earthquake, which occurred in the winter of 1811-12.
But I like that it’s the birthplace of country music, the Krystal burger, miniature golf, the typewriter and a host of other inventions. It’s also one of my favorite summer destinations which is how Ladd Springs came to be. I drew my inspiration from the canopied trails, the cool water rivers and waterfalls, but most of all, from family and friends. We have some crazy feuds going on out there in this world and I just had to put pen to paper and start stirring the pot!
Ladd Springs is a work of fiction, but it was sparked by some interesting characters I’ve observed in my travels. Add a little embellishment from me, and you end up with a story full of mystery, drama, and of course, romance. I hope you enjoy!
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 Tennessee 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...