September 1st. A day that makes me smile and one that has my internal clock dreaming of all things fall. You know: pumpkin-flavored everything, apple cider, changing leaves, FOOTBALL, and cooler weather after sweltering heat. Oh and let’s not forget cute sweaters, open-front cardigans, boots, blankets, and a good book to curl up with!
Obviously I’d read anytime of the year, but there’s something about being underneath a blanket drinking apple cider (or insert your favorite pumpkin beverage). I took a look at my books and have a couple of series where book one happens during autumn. So I eenie meenie minie moed to pick which one to talk about. ;)
My Maple Run series is one of my most popular series. There’s something about the small town of Maple Run and it’s maple-inspired menu that is a hit with the readers. Not to mention that book one has the best fall cover (in my humble opinion).
Set in the very real county of Loudoun County, Virginia, Maple Run (which is fictional) is a small-town that has a great restaurant. The Maple Pit features food that have been cooked with maple and warm the heart. While most of us are fawning over pumpkin and apple cider, my Maple Run friends are living it up with maple.
In reality, the amount of maple offerings I see in the grocery store pale to the amount of pumpkin offerings. However, whenever I see an item I immediately think of this series. Depending on where you live in Loudoun county, you can find orchards providing pick-your-own options and festivals celebrating some harvested fruits/vegetables (I can’t remember if pumpkin is truly a vegetable).
September kicks off apple picking season in Loudoun county. There will be cider donuts, apple pie, and other yummy recipe you can think of. I’ve picked apples with my kids and I imagine my Maple Run crew will be doing that as well. Not to mention, I imagine Dwight Williams (hero in Buying Love) will add apples to the menu as a special nod to autumn.
In October, various orchards in Virginia kick off the pumpkin season with u-pick options. Some have corn mazes and festivals as well. If you’ve read the series, can’t you just imagine Mrs. Williams (Dwight’s mother) strongly suggesting pumpking-maple offering on the menu.
But more than what they’re cooking at The Maple Pit, I know all the characters will be gathered around a dining table as they share about their life. They’ll have celebrations with food being the backdrop because that’s what has connected them. Without The Maple Pit, the eight main characters would never have established meaningful relationships and form life-long friendships.
So this fall in Maple Run, we’ll be eating and doing life together. What will you be doing?
I’d like to offer the complete series in paperback to one US commentator. To enter, please leave a comment telling me your favorite thing to bake during the fall (or eat if you’re not a baker). Please leave a comment by 9/4 11:59pm eastern time. I will use a random generator to pick a winner.