Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for The Bird and the Bees by Neena Gaynor, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to have Neena on the blog today to share some little known facts about herself & the book – plus a yummy recipe!
Title: The Bird and the Bees
Author: Neena Gaynor
Publisher: Mantle Rock Publishing
Release Date: April 21, 2020
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
When Larkin Maybie buries her mother in the foothills of Appalachia, she is left all alone. Her only inheritance? A crazy aunt, a mountain of debt, and a run-down, secluded cabin left by a mysterious benefactor. While Larkin thinks an escape to a cabin miles from anything familiar might be exactly what she needs, the quick answer to her problems only leaves her with more questions… Questions concerning her true identity.
As Larkin searches for her link to the Lewandowski Estate, she begins to accept the kindness of strangers on Presque Isle and the affection of professional baseball player, Ketch Devine. Charged with caring for the cabin’s honey bees and haunted by past choices, Larkin struggles to move forward in a new direction and is running out of time. With summer and baseball season coming to an end, she must decide: what is the value of true love?
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little-known facts & a recipe
by Neena Gaynor, author of The Bird and the Bees
I’m pretty sure I’ve watched more baseball games from the bleacher seats than any other gal in America. (My dad was a baseball coach, and my brother played collegiately and is now a coach, and he also introduced me to my husband who played professionally in Detroit’s system. Now, my two boys are playing peanut baseball. Play ball!!…right?)
Despite all the athletic prowess in my family, I have bragging rights for the biggest trophy. In elementary school, I won a conservation essay contest. I still remember the title, “S.O.S.: Save Our Soil!”
I became a Master Gardener in 2019. It’s a designation given to volunteers trained by local cooperative extension offices on the science and art of gardening. Basically, I geek out over plants.
I’m really proud of my sourdough starter.
I love a good period drama like Downton Abbey or Poldark.
Like so many others, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers holds a special place in my heart. It was the novel that made me want to write Christian fiction and bring the love story of God and His people to readers.
Of course, I love getting lost in a good story… but it’s that coming back to reality changed and better that is worth the tired eyes and the hours spent. When I reach that “About the Author” page, I devour those and any hints of experiences that he or she must have had to pen something worthy of another’s time and mental space. What a gift to have a hand in creating!
First book I loved – The Diary of Anne Frank. Anne’s words gave me and a mission. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Ever since, I’ve been silently praying (and then a desperate pleading) to our Lord that He help me write something that would glorify Him.
One of the characters in THE BIRD AND THE BEES is an artisan baker. I only wish I could bake the almond croissants and pastries mentioned in the book, but I do have a wonderful cinnamon roll recipe that my neighbor gave me and is a Christmas staple in our home… and neighborhood:
Neighborly Cinnamon Rolls
1 cup warm milk
2 eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup butter, melted
4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
½ cup sugar
2 ½ tsp yeast
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 ½ Tbs cinnamon
1/3 cup softened butter
3 oz softened cream cheese
½ cup softened butter
1 ½ cup powdered sugar
½ tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
Dissolve yeast in warm milk. Mix sugar, butter, salt, and eggs. Add flour and mix well. Knead in a large bowl. Cover and let rise 1 hour.
Turn dough out onto floured surface. Let rest 10 min.
For filling, mix brown sugar and cinnamon.
Roll out dough into a rectangle.
Brush with softened butter, sprinkle with filling mix. Roll up and slice.
Place in a lightly greased 9×13 pan, cover and let rise for about 30 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Mix icing ingredients while rolls are baking.
Remove from oven and ice.
Makes 12 large rolls.
(1) winner will receive a $15 Chick-fil-A gift card!
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What about you? What makes you want to read The Bird and the Bees by Neena Gaynor? Which ‘little known fact’ that the author shared interests you the most?