The Farmer’s Daughter
One of many reasons I loved writing Promises Under the Peach Tree was for the chance to revisit an old farming community. My debut book for Harlequin Superromance is set in a fictional town in Tennessee, in the general area of Franklin, but more remote. Readers will find lots of nods to old farmhouses, farm stands and the way of life I grew up with that is—wonderfully—experiencing an American Renaissance right now.
I grew up on a farm along the Hudson River, on acreage that my father’s family planted when he was a boy. There’s something wonderful about coming of age in that kind of environment, although I would have denied it strongly as a teenager. But in those magical years between five and ten years old, I wandered every path and trail that we worked, sometimes to help pick beans or tomatoes, more often to explore. There was always something interesting to see as the fields changed daily, and I got the chance to drive a tractor, mix planting soil with my bare hands (mud pies, anyone?), linger in a warm greenhouse, throw seeds in the ground off the back of a tractor (no clue why I loved that) or wander off while I was supposed to working, lured by butterflies or interesting flowers nearby.
You won’t see all those things in Promises Under the Peach Tree, but the memories are between the lines as the heroine fills an old barn with her belongings, filling the space between old cultivators and plows. It’s in the orchard when peaches are being picked, and in the hero’s point of view when the scent of peaches reminds him of his high school sweetheart. There are rambling farmhouses (are there any other kind?) and roadside stands where produce and jams are sold. All of these things are part of my past on a fondly remembered farm.
Even better are the hints of new “farmers” taking over the old family businesses. I’m enjoying the trend of buying local and farm-to-table restaurants where the emphasis is on using the freshest possible ingredients for cooking. Decades after Farm-Aid, we see a resurgence in small farms. When Williams Sonoma carries chicken coops, you know that eating fresh is making a comeback! I hope my new book brings to life the world I remember growing up in. At very least, I hope it makes you hungry for fresh peaches and the sweet taste of self-sufficiency that a family farm instills!
This is my stop during the book blitz for Promises Under the Peach Tree by Joanne Rock. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 2 till 8 September, you can view the complete blitz schedule here.
By Joanne Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 2 September 2014
The trouble with Heartache
Nina Spencer swore she was done with Heartache, Tennessee, when she left the town—and her sexy ex, Mack—in her rearview mirror. But when her bakery business is rocked by scandal, she needs a place to regroup. What she doesn’t need is Mack Finley reminding her of peach-flavored kisses and the hold he still has on her.
Mack never forgot Nina—not that he didn’t try. Yet between caring for his family and organizing the annual Harvest Fest, he’s overwhelmed and he needs Nina’s help. They can work together without getting swept up in memories and the rush of brand-new passion…right?
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Three-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock never met a romance subgenre she didn’t enjoy. The author of over sixty romances from contemporary to medieval historical, Joanne dreams of one day penning a book for every Harlequin series. A former Golden Heart recipient, she has won numerous awards for her stories.
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There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Promises Under the Peach Tree, with one US only and one international prize! These are the prizes you can win:
– Romance and More prize pack, which includes 4 classic blaze title by Joanne Rock, The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich, a keepsake vintage Harlequin notebook, sticky-note weekly calendar, lotion and nail polish (US only)
– Paperbacks from The Bookdepository of Shelter Me by Catherine Mann, Someone Like You by Karen Rock and Promises Under the Peach Tree by Joanne Rock (International)
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