Into the Orchard …

This week sees the release of Secret Vintage by the esteemed Rachel Goldsworthy, which is the first novella of the Corsair’s Cove Orchard Series (yay!).

Secret Vintage by Rachel Goldsworthy

Releasing a book is a funny thing – the act itself is brief, and it’s easy to forget the months of work that went into writing it.  With the Cove stories, there’s also the planning sessions (in this case, a super-intense session last spring) and follow up group calls (still ongoing).

On top of all that are the research moments.  This summer I visited the Merridale Cidery, which has not only a very nice restaurant but a delightful orchard that invited wandering.  Here is some of what I found …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Percy the Peacock is a terrible flirt – and his livelier cousins play a part in the story!

Coming or going?

Do you love starting a project, with all the fresh, hopeful energy that entails? Or are you one of those who enjoys putting a bow on your efforts and sitting back in satisfaction?

There are different stages to any project, and books are no exception. And, while it’s true that most writers seem to have several things on the go at the same time, starts and finishes are still red-letter occasions.

This weekend, the Corsair’s Cove Orchard Series is reaching an important milestone—the editing phase is nearing completion. The vague “what ifs” we tossed around in the spring are finished stories now, with a new cast of characters (plus some favorites), new predicaments, and brand new romances.

While I enjoy the buoyant energy of beginning (and wow do we brainstorm!), right now I’m doing a happy dance and savoring the finished product like a fine vintage. And that, readers, is a very appropriate metaphor that will linger sweetly—until next time.