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Thursday, September 4, 2014

TRAVEL WITH SERENA--AUTUMN IN MAINE WITH GUEST AUTHOR NINA PIERCE

USA Today bestselling author, Nina Pierce, grew up in a house full of readers. So becoming enamored with books was only natural. She discovered romance stories in her early teens, falling hopelessly in love with knights in shining armor and the damsels who saved them. Eventually, reading about fated loves and soul mates wasn’t enough. She now spends her days at the keyboard writing her own stories, blissfully creating chaos for her characters by throwing in a villain or two, a little murder and a whole lot of mayhem as they struggle toward their happy-ever-afters. Learn more about Nina and her books at her website.

 A Trip Through Maine’s Splendor

Maine. I’ve lived here all my life. And right up until I headed off to college I’d taken it for granted. Of course I don’t think anyone realizes what they have until it’s no longer there. I grew up with my toes in the sand, the screech of gulls in my ears, and a gentle ocean breeze blowing through my hair. We spent time at the many pristine lakes and rivers in our area, swimming and ice skating. We rode the bus to school on dirt roads and snowmobiled through miles and miles of wooded forest.

Maine is a place where summers are hot, winters are too long (in my humble opinion) and the spring brings both relief and a fresh sense of renewal. But when you talk to many Mainers you’ll find a huge majority of us love the fall. There’s nothing like going apple picking in the fresh autumn air with the foliage dressed in the vibrant colors of red, orange and yellow.


Though many people enjoy the ocean and lakes during Maine’s warmer months, the tourist industry has found the last few years that hotels, bed and breakfasts and camping areas overflow with “leaf peepers” from mid-September through late October. Until I moved away and came back, I never realized Maine’s maples, beech and quaking aspen trees created one of the best fall shows on the Eastern coast. If you’ve never had a chance to visit Maine, why not plan an autumn excursion to catch our forests in their autumn finest?

With so much to love about Maine in the fall, it’s no wonder that my newest release, a romantic thriller, In His Eyes, is set on the Maine coast in my favorite season.

In His Eyes
It’s always wonderful to be noticed … or is it?

To those around her, Maggie Callaghan appears to have the perfect life…a handsome husband, three beautiful children, and her own business. But beneath her thin veneer lies a dark past and self-doubts. When evidence of her husband’s infidelity surfaces, Maggie leases a cottage on the Maine coast and prepares for her inevitable divorce. But a serial killer is on the hunt—and he’s marked Maggie as his next victim. Now her beachside retreat is the focus of an undercover FBI investigation targeting the murderer who’s left a trail of bodies across two states. As lies and secrets are revealed, Maggie realizes her life depends on knowing who’s protecting her—and who’s got her in his sights.

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13 comments:

Angela Adams said...

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!!

Sandy said...

My favorite season in my home state and others has been fall. Your story sounds great and has similarities to one of mine; Addiction.

Nina Pierce said...

Thanks so much for letting me hang out today and share some fall foliage pictures with you! (And of course chat about my newest release. ;) )

Nina Pierce said...

Angela and Sandy - There really is nothing like having your backyard filled with the sunset hues of autumn!

Luanna Stewart said...

Autumn is my all-time favourite season - and not only because I'm a September child. The crisp mornings giving way to a warm afternoon, followed by a chilly evening that just begs for comfort food and a crackling fire - perfection!

Nina Pierce said...

You hit the nail on the head, Luanna!!

Emily Allen said...

I was born and raised in Maine. I understand not know what you have until you leave. I love the pictures! It has my wishing for fall to be here tomorrow. It's one of my favorite times here in Maine.

Nina Pierce said...

It seems to be the season for many Mainers, Emily!!

E. Ayers said...

Nina, sure you're not working for tourism in Maine? I think Maine is often ignored when it comes to places to visit. It's beautiful and I've always loved it. (Why did my husband move me south?)

Now, you've got my hooked and I'm going to have to get this book. Your stories are wonderful - maybe a tad beyond cozy but still within my reading range. Best of luck!

Nina Pierce said...

E - LOL! Not for Maine tourism. But I do love my home state! And I hope you enjoy Maggie and Alex's story. It is more thriller than a cozy mystery, but many mystery lovers are enjoying it!

Melissa Keir said...

I've never been to Maine but it's always sounded like a beautiful state. I don't know if I'd like the winters but I'm sure the fall and spring (and summer) are all so pretty. Thanks for sharing!

Nina Pierce said...

LOL Melissa! When I lived in northern Maine (just this side of the Canadian border), we used to say the 4 season were: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter and Preparing for Winter.

Yeeeeeah, winter is not my favorite season in Maine. LOL!

Stephanie Burkhart said...

Luanna, you hit the nail on the head for me. That's how autumn is for me. I grew up in New Hampshire. I miss the changing leaves, chilly evenings, bonfires. I'm in SoCal now. It's very different. I think New England autumns kind of establish a "heartiness" that helps you make it through the winter. They bring you closer by doing the simple things like hanging out at a bonfire or going leaf peeping. Sigh...

Nina, congrats on your novel! Just by telling me the setting you have me intrigued.

Smiles
Steph