Rising Darkness Release Week Guest Post: Shannon Stacey

From Thea: Iā€™m thrilled to have guest author Shannon Stacey visiting on my blog this week. Shannon is another one of those writers I have connected with through the magic of Twitter, and she is absolutely wonderful. Take it away, Shannon!

Mud Season

Spring has definitely sprung here in the northern hemisphere, even in New England. Dairy Queen has reopened for the season, there are only a few stubborn patches and piles of snow left, and green things I’ll inevitably have to weed are poking up out of the ground. Yay, right?

Not so much here at the Stacey household. Spring is the most excruciating season of all for us. There’s a common thread in my Kowalski family series (besides, obviously, the Kowalski family) and that’s the OHRVs (Off-Highway Recreational Vehicles). There are four-wheelers in Exclusively Yours, Yours To Keep, All He Ever Needed and All He Ever Desired, and snowmobiles in Undeniably Yours and All He Ever Dreamed. And there will be four-wheelers in the upcoming seventh book in the series. That’s because my own family spends as much time as possible on our ATVs from May until November and then my husband is out snowmobiling from November until the beginning of March.

All He Ever Dreamed coverBut March, April and half of May are long longest two and half months in my house. It’s called the dreaded “Mud Season”. I know that sounds like an ATVer’s dream. An entire season of MUD! But what it means is that, with the spring rains and the snow melt-off, the ground is so soft, we’d tear it up. Most of our trails are on private property and, out of respect for our generous landowners, there is no riding. At all. Waiting for the trails to open is worse than waiting for Santa to come ever was. (Except that year I knew I was getting a Princess Kneesaa Ewok doll.)

But spring is also going outside without a coat and Easter candy on clearance and M&M Blizzards from Dairy Queen! Tell me what your favorite thing is about spring and I’ll give a digital copy of any one of my titles (winner’s choice) and a $25 gift card to the online bookstore of choice to a random commenter!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and riding her four-wheeler. She can also be found blogging (almost) daily on her website, shannonstacey.com, and is often spotted running amok on Twitter and Facebook. Her latest release, All He Ever Dreamed is available now at your favorite ebookstore.

24 Responses

  1. Warmer weather. Yes Dairy Queen is a big event for my husband and my son, they usually plan a trip in late Feb when they open limited times. The flowers sprouting is a big one, I have Dafs and crocus planted everywhere.

  2. Not sure where my post went? I want to win…I love Shannon Stacey. Spring is my Favorite season, in CT we don’t always see a lot of spring it seems to go to summer right away. I love the flowers sprouting…lsscarchuk@att.net

  3. Lisa J says:

    The best thing for me is when the bulbs puch up through the ground and I can see the tulips and hyacinth in my front garden. Bulb plants are all I can grow, so it’s a good day.

    It’s also great when it dries up and the dogs don’t drag all the dirt in my yard into the house. I love my Roomba!

  4. Cara Heard says:

    My favorite thing about spring is that first warm day when I can wear flip flops, sit in the sun, and drink a cold beer to kick off the season.

  5. library addict says:

    My favorite thing about spring is no more snow. I like winter, but by March I am more than ready for it to be over.

  6. Amy R says:

    My favorite thing about spring is opening my windows.

  7. Julie says:

    It used to be all the greenery, but now that I seem to have developed seasonal allergies, I’m not so sure lol. I’d have to say my favorite thing about spring are the warmer temperatures.

  8. Amy R says:

    My favorite thing about spring in Illinois is being able to open the windows and let fresh air in! It has been too cold for that still but I look forward to that day! It also means camping for us. We tent camp (no camper since we don’t do it often) so we are looking forward to camping on Memorial Day weekend!

  9. Becky says:

    I tried posting once but it didn’t show so I’m trying again. I love Spring b/c of the warmer temps I can open up my windows and let some fresh air in. Plus no more high electric bills šŸ™‚ I also like to go four-wheeling and riding in the Jeep with the top down. I’m a sucker for the waterfalls and sweet wood smells me and my hubby encounter when we are out exploring.

  10. Viki S. says:

    My favorite part of spring is the flowers and thunder storms. Yes, I’m strange but I love a good storm.

  11. bn100 says:

    like all the flowers

  12. Teresa says:

    Warmer weather and slightly less rain!

  13. Chelsea B. says:

    Mine is… Ummm… wishing fall would come? HAHA! Sorry. I’m a cool-weather person šŸ˜‰

  14. Kimh says:

    Hot weather flowers and summer vacaton
    congrats on book and greT prize

  15. Michelle K says:

    Going to work without a coat is the best thing, and also having daylight savings change back to being reasonable. I hate winter!

  16. JenM says:

    I live in CA, so winter is pretty mild here, but I still love springtime because of all the flowers and fresh green leaves on the trees. It’s so beautiful to watch everything bloom.

  17. Brandy Kruse says:

    I live in Kansas where we have had the ‘snowiest winter’ on record. So I have been counting down and watching my yard every time I pull in and out of the driveway, waiting to see my daffodils stick their heads out!

  18. Timitra says:

    The weather!

  19. Marianne says:

    I love the blooming tulip trees! They’re gorgeous (just like the Kowalski’s)!

  20. Linda Townsend says:

    I love the beautiful weather here in Florida in the spring… it’s not too hot and not cold. AND I enjoy the Flower & Garden Festival at EPCOT which occurs each spring too… Tonight I’ll be enjoying the music of the Turtles after we stroll thru the park. WooHoo! Thanks for the contest!

  21. Sarah Weaver says:

    My favorite thing about spring is that its screen door weather. I love feeling the fresh breeze filter through the house and listening to the birds and frogs outside. It is a very peaceful and relaxing reading setting.

  22. donnas says:

    Warmer weather and the colors.

  23. hilly says:

    Wow, Shannon Stacey AND Thea Harrison on the same blog! Excellent! Two of my fave authors — of vastly different genres! LOL!

    My favorite things about Spring are the LONGER, warmer days and the chorusing peepers! Yay, more daylight! Yay, cute tree frogs!

    Thanks for hosting, Thea! Thanks for visiting, Shannon! (Nice prize offer, too. Very generous!)

  24. Skye says:

    Spring is the time of my birthday, this year I turn 23. The time of my sisters birthday she turns 24. The time associated with new start, new growth. Its also my stepfathers last name. Spring the word, the season are many things but above it is often an inspiration. It is new growth after the cold. I cant fully put it into words at the moment *chuckles*