08 May, 2015

#SpecialFeature :: #GuestPost - 'Setting The Scene' for 'Robin's Reward' by June McCrary Jacobs

'Setting The Scene' for 'Robin's Reward'

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is the most beautiful place I've ever visited, and I wanted to include the locale as a setting in 'Robin's Reward'.  I fictionalized the name slightly in the book, but otherwise the gardens are presented in their true form in the story.

A couple of pivotal scenes in the book take place in the Dahlia Garden—the favorite spot of the main character, Robin. Embedded within this post are several pictures I took last summer in the gardens. From June through late August this coastal dahlia garden is vibrant and cheerful. It is filled with dahlias of all different sizes, shapes, colors, and varieties. Robin's favorite dahlias are the pompom and dinner plate varieties.

In the photo of the wooden sign (Dahlia Garden) at the entrance of the garden included here, you will see the exact magenta pompom flower that's on the cover art for my book directly to the right of the sign. To the left of the sign, you can see white and yellow dinner plate dahlias on display. 

In the photo of yours truly standing in front of another grove of dahlias, you can see white, orange, and magenta dahlias growing very tall beside me. In the third photo of the dahlia garden, orange, white, pink, yellow, and more pompom dahlias are blooming near the wooden bench. Volunteers work in the garden daily during this blooming season deadheading the blooms that are past their optimum beauty. The pruning encourages more blossoms to grow.

The other two photos embedded in this post show the entrance of the garden in the summertime. Off to the left of the first photo you can see the wooden structure that is the Begonia and Fuchsia Greenhouse. The final photo shows some of the beautiful begonias and fuchsias in bloom. 

About a third of a mile west of this garden is the Pacific Ocean. It is a magnificent view. I will share photos of the ocean view in next week's post about a day in the life of Robin Bennett. There is no beach access from the gardens. Sometimes plants and wildflowers grow in the crevices of the craggy shoreline cliffs. I'll share photos of some of those plants I was able to capture with my camera in my next post.

If you're interested in learning more about this unbelievable place, click on over to the garden's website at:  http://www.gardenbythesea.org/

Thank you for sharing your time with me. Sincerely, June

About the Book:

Bonita Creek’s librarian Robin Bennett is heartbroken after being abandoned by her husband, Thomas. The mysterious and handsome Jeff Clarke arrives unexpectedly and touches Robin’s life with his wit and warmth. Then, without warning, Jeff’s harsh words and abrasive actions scare her off, and Robin’s hope of finding true love withers again. 
Just when it seems Robin and Jeff might have a future, Susan Stinson, whose cruel taunting has plagued Robin since they met as young teens, decides Jeff should be hers, not Robin’s. Susan’s anger and jealousy escalate dangerously. Her vindictiveness threatens the foundation of Jeff and Robin’s young relationship.
Robin’s journey through the peaks and valleys of her life meanders along the twists and turns of new challenges. Is a relationship which began with both parties harboring secrets destined to survive? Can they move past their troubles and the obstacles in their path to find love and happiness together? When their pasts rear their ugly heads, Jeff and Robin must use their faith to remain strong and true. But will it be enough for them to embrace a life of love, trials, and blessings . . . together? 

Book Links:
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About the Author:

Award-winning author, June McCrary Jacobs, was the winner of Cedar Fort Publishing’s 2013 Holiday Tale Contest for her debut novella, ‘A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom’. ‘Robin’s Reward’ is her first full-length novel, and is set in her favorite location in California—the Mendocino coastal region. This book is the first installment of the ‘Bonita Creek Trilogy’.

June’s original sewing, quilting, and stitchery designs have been published in over one hundred books, magazines, and blogs in the past few years. When she’s not writing, reading, or sewing, June enjoys cooking, walking, and visiting art and history museums. She also enjoys touring historic homes and gardens and strolling around the many historic Gold Rush towns in the Sierra Nevada foothills. In the summertime you can find June at a variety of county fairs and the California State Fair admiring the sewing projects, quilts, and handiwork other inspired seamstresses, quilters, craftspeople, and artists have created. 

Connect with the Author:
June enjoys connecting with readers, authors, aspiring writers, bloggers, designers, sewers, quilters, and crafters. Please connect with June at the following platforms:
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1 Digital Copy of Robin's Reward by June McCrary Jacobs

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