Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Guest Post: Ladd Springs by Dianne Venetta

Ladd Springs
by Dianne Venetta
on Tour April 15 - May 17th
Book Blast on April 9th


Where does an author derive their inspiration? So many ways, including a simple trip to the mountains. Not just any mountains, but the oldest range in the United States, the Appalachians. Beautiful, peaceful, these rolling hills and bold rocky faces make for a memorable visit. You only hike the Appalachian Trail, dip your toes in the crystal clear streams, or canoe the whitewater rapids to discover the thrill for yourself.

It’s magnificent, an entirely different world hidden away beneath the canopy of maple and hickory, birch and pine. Walking as one with nature will open your mind, your senses, slow your pace and connect you with the simple things in life. For me, it does all that right before it kicks my imagination into high gear whereby I start imagining all kinds of things—people, places, adventures—what can I say? I’m the creative type.

But it’s true. When my body calms, my mind starts to spin and craft and next thing you know, Ladd Springs is born. Set in the eastern Tennessee mountains, this series takes you deep into the heart of mountain country, from the scenery to the food to the people and way of life. I’ve added a bit of mystery and intrigue just to make it fun, but most of all, Ladd Springs provides a pleasant escape. Kind of like the way I feel when I visit the area. I’m once removed from the monotony of day-to-day living, transported to a world of beauty and fun and of course, romance. Who doesn’t love a HEA?

I do, most definitely! And Ladd Springs will give you that, along with a hankering for cornbread and good old-fashioned southern cooking. Mmmm… You might want to get that garden started, too. Spring has sprung and the okra and black-eyed peas are calling your name. And don’t forget the blueberries. While you’ll find plenty of wild berries on your hike through the mountains, these beauties will grow most anywhere in the country. For tips, check out my garden blog,! You’ll find the recipe for cornbread there as well. Just in case.

In the meantime, enjoy your mountain escape with Ladd Springs and thanks for allowing me the opportunity to stop by for a spell!

Book Details
Genre: Romantic Fiction
Published by: BloominThyme Press
Publication Date: April 9, 2013
Number of Pages: 285
ISBN: 978-0-9884871-2-3
Romantic Heat Index: Mild
***This is the first in a series ***
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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...


Author Bio:

Ladd Springs_AuthorDianne 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 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.

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  1. Terrific post! That cornbread looks awesome!

  2. It is. So easy in the pan or you can bake it in the oven, too! Thanks for having me today!


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