Thursday, May 16, 2019

A Magical, Mystical Visit to Vermont

Part of the fun of being a reader (and writer) is discovering the magic of lots of different places with great authors as our guides. That's what we have in store today as author Tena Stetler visits in My Writing Corner. 

Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance novels. She tells us she has an over-active imagination, which led to writing her first vampire romance as a tween to the chagrin of her mother and delight of her friends.  
With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, she sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of paranormal creatures, with a Navy SEAL or two mixed in telling their tales. Her books tell stories of magical kick-ass women and strong mystical males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales. 
So let's turn things over to Tena as she introduces us to her newest book Mystic Maples, part of the Dearbourne Inn Series:
Good Morning Rebecca. Thanks for inviting us today.  I didn’t think you’d mind if I brought the hero of Mystic Maples, Silvanus Forrest, with me. Unfortunately, Mercy Rose was up to her elbows in dirt with her new creation when we left, so she won't be here. 

That’s all right, I understand. Let’s start with Silvanus.

Tells us about you. 
I own Mystic Maples, a sugar maple grove on the outskirts of Willow Springs, Vermont. It’s been in my family since 1754.  I provide my special maple syrup to The Deerbourne Inn and several of the café’s in town. Several of the town’s people stop by and pick up the syrup for their personal use too. 

Tell us three things we’d find if we looked under your bed?  
A box of unread mysteries I picked up from the book store in town. A couple of Raga’s balls. She is always putting them under there and barking for me to get them out.<grin>

What makes you laugh out loud?  
People’s antics. You never know what to expect. Love to sit in the Sunny Springs Café and watch the locals. Tiana the owner has a way of bringing out the most interesting behaviors of her customers.

What makes you angry? 
 Individuals that take advantage of others.

What event in your past has left the most indelible impression on you? 
When my parents retired and left Mystic Maples to me. I’ve always loved the place and worked there since I was knee high to a grasshopper. My brother was extremely upset. He’s one of those people who takes advantage of others. He’s also allergic to hard work.

Those are harsh words for a family member.
I know, but you’ll understand after reading Mystic Maples.

What do you most value? 
Family and friends.  Without them, there is no one to watch your back, and you are a drift in a lonely world. I’ve recently discovered that people that know you well will give you the benefit of the doubt when things go south. LOL

What do you sleep in at night? 
 In a bed of course. LOL  If you are asking what I wear to bed, it depends on the situation. <wink>

What is the type of woman you want to spend the rest of your life with? 
A woman that knows her own mind, what she wants, and goes after it.

 What do you consider most important in life? 
Having a life partner that is willing to accept you as you are regardless of the good, bad and weird. LOL

 What is your biggest secret? 
If I told you it would be a secret anymore, now would it? But I’ll give you a hint. It resides in the original part of the barn at Mystic Maples.

Thanks you, Tena, for introducing us to Silvanus. Now let’s hear a little from Tena herself  about writing Mystic Maples, before I let you all get back at it.  
Tell us, Tena, was writing it fun or difficult? 
 It was a lot of fun. I love writing stories about small towns, and collaborations with other authors. The Deerbourne Inn series was the brainchild of The Wild Rose Press and its authors. If you haven’t read the series, you don’t know what you’re missing.

 Do your characters always act as you expect? 
Absolutely not. I think they thrive in knocking me off my stride.

Are you a plotter, or fly (write) by the seat of your pants (panster)?  
Oh, panster all the way. I couldn’t plot my way out of a paper bag. LOL

Thank you for taking time to visit with me. Good Luck with Mystic Maples.  Here's more information about Tena's new book:


Earth/Fire witch Mercy Rose's insatiable curiosity always gets her in trouble. After a break-in at her Colorado flower shop, and a court battle that comes to a screeching halt in her favor, she arrives at Deerbourne Inn for a much-needed getaway. Looking for peace and quiet, she finds just the opposite in a startling handsome but mysterious man and his dog.

Silvanus Forrest's gypsy/fae heritage is a double-edged sword. The land he inherited from his parents is rumored to be enchanted. But when Mercy discovers the truth, his well-ordered life unravels, and they're catapulted into the past to right a wrong. Along the way their lives intertwine, and they discover the true meaning of family and love. Will they change the past in time to save their future?

Let's get an Excerpt:

In the middle of the vardo an old weathered chest was completely out of place. She leaned over.

“Don’t touch that,” he barked. It was too late.

Her fingers stroked the rusted padlock. It sprang open. Puffs of dried soil sprinkled the carpet around the chest. He placed a restraining hand on her arm just as she tentatively dug her fingers into the soil. “This isn’t from your land. It’s—.” A swirl of colors sucked them in and a feeling of weightlessness surrounded her. She grabbed hold of Sil’s arm. The dog yipped. Then suddenly they were back inside the wagon.

Only something was amiss, the silence, the earthy smell wasn’t right. She shivered. What have I done? Taking a deep breath, she whirled around to face Sil.

“What the hell just happened?”

He shrugged. “You promised not to touch a thing. Let’s get out of here.” Reaching for the vardo’s handle, he pushed down, and the door opened into a small barn. He strode to the door, tugging Mercy along with him. When he shoved it open moonlight spread across an open field casting silvery shadows through the bordering trees. Off in the distance stood a ramshackle cabin.

A warm breeze swept her hair across her face. She stared unblinking. Nothing about the landscape was familiar except the stands of young trees. She bent as if to touch the soil.

His arm flew out and prevented her from reaching the ground. “It’s true,” he murmured surveying the area. His lips set in a thin line, he rubbed his temples, and stared. Mocking her. “I won’t touch a thing. Well… you did and now…”

“Now what?” she whispered.

Want to read on? Here are the buy links:

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Here are the contact links if you would like to get in touch with Tena:

Authors’ Secret’s Blog -
My Say What Blog -
Facebook Page:
Twitter Page:     
The Wild Rose Press:
Tribber -

BookGorilla -

Thank you, Tena, for being my guest today.  Any comments or questions for Tena?

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting Mystic Maples today! I really appreciate it.


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