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Appalachian Paradise (Appalachian Adventures Book 1) by [Bishop, Maggie]
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Editorial Reviews


Maggie Bishop brings a vast knowledge of the Appalachian region . . . displays the unique ability to draw the reader into each setting with vivid description, to the point that the reader feels part of the scene. . . . well-paced, the characters deftly drawn, the chemistry . . . searing, and the romantic story teasing enough to leave the reader anxiously waiting for "the moment". - Christy Tillery French, Midwest Book Review
[D]elightful romance with strong main characters the reader will grow to like and admire. . . . Their hike through the mountains is the perfect time for love to bloom amidst the calm and beauty of the Appalachians, vividly described in colorful detail. 
- Astrid Kinn, Romance Reviews Today 
[R]romantic adventure that will touch your heart in all the right places. Ms. Bishop spins a beautiful love story that will make you laugh, cry, and sigh. It's about redemption, renewal, hope and taking a chance on finding the partner of your dreams if you're willing to take a chance on love. I'm putting APPALACHIAN PARADISE on my keeper shelf to reread whenever I need a lift. Yes, it's that good!
- Suzanne Coleburn, The Belles and Beaux of Romance
Maggie Bishop's novel "Appalachian Paradise" is a romance that gets off to a good start and maintains an exciting tension that manages to carry to the end. . . . A good part of Bishop's success is the set-up she's engineered.
- Rob Neufeld, Asheville Citizen -Times
A devil-may-care hero, a feisty heroine and rich Appalachian flavor combine to make Maggie Bishop's first romance a rewarding read.- Karen Rose Smith, award-winning author of 70+ romance novels.

From the Author

I love to hear from readers.  Here are some frequently asked questions and answers.
1. Maggie, how did your Appalachian Mystery Series come about? Tell us briefly about it. Appalachian Adventures started with romance, then turned to murder. The original concept was 4 books, 4 male cousins, 4 seasons and 4 different sports.  I had to get the romance out of my system.  "Appalachian Paradise" is romance and backpacking. "Emeralds in the Snow" is romance, downhill skiing and a cold case mystery. "Murder at Blue Falls," my third novel (3rd male cousin, 3rd season and 3rd sport - horseback riding) changed everything. My publisher, Ingalls Publishing Group, fell in love with the two main characters and the following books are based on the fictional Blue Falls Guest Ranch in the real Triplett Valley outside the real cozy mountain town of Boone, NC.

2. You've been touted as an Appalachian Agatha Christie and chosen as one of East Carolina University's Incredible Women. How have the honors shaped your writing life?
Well, after the champagne celebration, I decided to concentrate on "giving back" by teaching writing workshops. When I attended workshops given by members of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, I bought their books but couldn't find a way to express my appreciation for the knowledge and direction given in the craft of writing. Since I could not repay the individual teachers, I'm passing on the favor with the workshops.

3. You've won a number of other awards. Which means the most to you and why? Being declared one of "100 Incredible ECU Women" for literature and leadership helped me acknowledge that mystery writing is a worthwhile endeavor. Making up something that others enjoy reading can be difficult, especially when that little voice says "this is awful."  I'm honored that East Carolina recognized my work.
4. What is your typical writing day like? I wish I had a typical writing day. I write in spurts of two months. Way in advance, I begin thinking about my characters and plot. The setting is the mountains of North Carolina which is perfect with the hollars and high peaks, the visitor attractions and sports, and the unpredictability of the weather. I liken it to the pressure built up behind a mountain dam - my head keeps filling up with a sense of what the characters will be going through. No details, just the anticipation of emotions and action. Once I have the emotional space and projects in the real world can be put off, I open the flood gates and write. I awake and begin writing long hand the next scene between fixing my and my husband's breakfasts and his lunch, feeding the birds and tending to the cat. Once my husband is off to work, I continue writing either long hand or at the computer. After a few hours, I do a half hour on the elliptical machine, have lunch and return to writing. While exercising, my mind is on the story. I love it. This is the grand, expanding part of the whole experience of creating these people and events.

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  • File Size: 420 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Ingalls Publishing Group; 1 edition (April 23, 2009)
  • Publication Date: April 23, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0027FFTVG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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