Monday, March 25, 2019

Spring Fever by Mary Manners


Spring Fever

Mary Manners
I don't know how the weather has been in your neck of the woods the past several months, but here in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, we have recorded one of the wettest winters on record. It seemed as if it would never pass. Days and days of dreary skies, chilly temperatures, and a stiff breeze have everyone longing for brighter days.
Sometimes writing is like a long, cold winter. Days spent hunched over a desk, nose to the grindstone, alone in an office, with nothing but a lukewarm cup of coffee and nary an end in sight. But, like the garden plants I am currently cultivating in my sunroom (minus the sun) and preparing to plant for harvest, writers must do the same with the stories we yearn to share. Plant the seeds, tenderly nurture them, take care of everyday tasks, and...wait.
Waiting builds patience. It makes us stronger...and better for the journey. So, when the days are long and cold, remember that sunshine and warmth are coming, and the dark winter days will soon be a thing of the past, a distant memory. Keep writing and trust that the seeds you have planted and are tending will grow into a delightful bounty sure to touch the hearts of many. And, should a rainy day come, you'll endure the lack of sunshine because the stories you cultivated will be the sunshine.


When a job transfer causes Jenna Palmer’s family to relocate across the country, Jenna moves away from her best friend and first love Carter Stevens. She promises to find him again. But as the years slip away and she dives into a career in pediatric trauma surgery, all that is left of her one time love are the memories—and a wish on the lucky penny Carter gave her.
Carter Stevens never forgot his first love. On their final morning together he gave her a special token along with his promise to love her forever. Though years have passed as he’s climbed the ranks of the Maple Ridge Police Department, he still longs for another glimpse of the smiling, green-eyed beauty who stole his heart and shared his love of adventure.
When an accident brings the pair together once again, memories and reality collide. Will their promise stand, or will time crush their promise…and their love?

Mary Manners is a country girl at heart who has spent a lifetime sharing her joy of writing. She lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee with her husband Tim and their rescue dog Axel, mischievous cats Colby and Rascal, 8 rambunctious chickens, and 13 fish.
Mary writes stories full of faith and hope. Her books have earned multiple accolades including two Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, the Aspen Gold, the Heart of Excellence, and the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award.
Mary loves long sunrise runs, Smoky Mountain sunsets, and flavored coffee. She enjoys connecting with reader friends through her website: