Athletic career woman meets good-ole-boy for a five-day backpacking trek in the rugged North Carolina mountains. Appalachian born Wes triggers Suzanne’s resentment and her desire amongst boars, bears and Girl Scouts. Suzanne’s pack and old hurts lighten as Wes’ easy charm helps her truly see the hope and allure of spring flowers, love and forgiveness. This Appalachian hiking novel is a good read for any vacation – beach, mountains or back yard. Critical Praise: 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 50+ romance novels. . . . humorous, endearing. . . romance blooms as profusely as the Rhododendron and leaves you begging for more.– B.J. Foster, award winning author of Bayou Shadows Wish you could spend days trekking over pristine North Carolina mountains? Put your feet up, instead, and follow this pair on their Appalachian climb with camp-out nights, bear sightings, and love-making under the stars.– Marian Coe, award-winning author of Once Upon a Different Time Along the trail, Wes and Suzanne quarrel, bicker, banter, tease, learn, and, in the course of natural science, fall in love (and lust). Suzanne̓s flaws are such that we root for her to work them out, for Wes to wake her up, and for both of them to make each other happy. I can think of few better ways to spend a snowy day. A wonderful Mountain Beach Book. – Carolina Mountain Living.
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I am the author of a mystery series, Appalachian Adventure Mysteries, and two romance novels set in the Mountains of North Carolina in the Boone area. "I started with romance and have turned to murder."
The Start: In MURDER AT BLUE FALLS, when her horse finds a body, CSI wannabe Jemma starts to investigate, Detective Tucker comes in and it twists and turns from there. (Also available in audio, narrated by Norma Guerra-Steuber.)
And Then: Since pay is low in the mountains, Jemma has more than one job and is also a carpenter. In PERFECT FOR FRAMING, trouble's a-brewing in the Property Owners Association where greed and a lust for power lead to murder in a clash of personal versus public needs.
Now: The photography group meets at Blue Falls Guest Ranch and soon there is ONE SHOT TOO MANY which features Detective Tucker with yesterday's regret haunts, leading to today's deadly fix.
In the Appalachian Adventure Romance series, Award winning APPALACHIAN PARADISE takes place on a five-day backpacking trip in the spring amongst the bears, boars and girl scouts. With this book, you can take the hike without physically taking the hike. EMERALDS IN THE SNOW involves downhill skiing at Sugar Mountain, an emerald mine, and a cold case mystery.
The fun book, Meow Means Me! Now! is a rhyming feline allegory with poetry and photos. This gift book is a departure from novels but sprang from a love of cats . Think Dr. Suess meets Marley & Me.
I like to hike, ski, climb, swim, explore and write in the mountains of North Carolina where I settled in 1993 with my husband and cat. Every time we travel, we seek out other mountains but none are as exciting as the ancient Appalachians. When asked, "What do you do?" my answer is, "Entertain with word pictures."
I was awarded the honor of being one of "One Hundred Incredible East Carolina University Women" for literature and leadership. I'm an Air Force brat who put myself through East Carolina University and received a MBA degree, a former manufacturing executive, founder and past president of High Country Writers, past Secretary of Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers, and am a member of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
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