Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Irene Hannon & Blackberry Beach

Posted April 8, 2021 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Irene Hannon, romance / 47 Comments


The Hope Harbor series by Irene Hannon is one of my very favorite small towns to visit on the pages of a book (I ♥ Charley!), and to celebrate the release of the latest book in the series – Blackberry Beach – Irene is here today to share the top 6 places to visit in Hope Harbor!

BLACKBERRY BEACH
SERIES:
Hope Harbor #7
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Revell
RELEASE DATE: April 6, 2021
PAGES: 352

Her lifelong dream is in sight, but does a new–and better–future await in Hope Harbor?

Katherine Parker is on the cusp of having everything she ever wanted–fame, money, and acclaim. So why isn’t she happy? In search of answers, she comes incognito to Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast for some R&R. Maybe in her secluded rental house overlooking the serene Pacific she’ll be able to calm the storm inside.

Coffee shop owner Zach Garrett has found his niche after a traumatic loss–and he has no plans to change the life he’s created. Nor does he want to get involved with his reticent new neighbor, whose past is shrouded in mystery. But when Katherine and Zach are recruited to help rehab a home for foster children, sparks fly. As their lives begin to intersect, might they find more common ground than they expected . . . and discover that, with love, all things are possible?

Come home to Hope Harbor–
where hearts heal . . . and love blooms

 

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Top 6 Places to Visit in Hope Harbor

by Irene Hannon, author of Blackberry Beach

Back in 2014, when the charming Oregon seaside community of Hope Harbor appeared in my mind like Brigadoon out of the mist, I hoped it would be as magical as that fictional Scottish town, which only appears for one day every hundred years.

Flash forward seven years, and I’m happy to say my hopes were fulfilled. Readers embraced the town and its residents, giving Hope Harbor much more staying power than that Highlands hamlet.

Over the years, certain locations have become as beloved as the town itself. So much so that many appear in every book—and have earned a place on the beautiful map of the town that will be a bonus feature in Book 7, Blackberry Beach (with more to come!). Thank you, readers, for literally putting my fictional town on the map! 🙂

If you have the opportunity to visit Hope Harbor, here are the top six places to see. And by the way…each book can be read as a standalone novel, so if you’re new to the series, feel free to drop in wherever you like!

#6 The Perfect Blend. One of the newest spots in town, this Wi-Fi free coffee shop was opened by the hero of Blackberry Beach, Zach Garrett, a year and a half ago after he left his former life behind. It’s a calm oasis…which is what appeals to the heroine, Catherine Parker, a visitor to the community. And Catherine appeals to Zach. But the mystery woman doesn’t appear interested in getting chummy. You’ll have to read the book to learn more, but do stop in at The Perfect Blend on your visit to Hope Harbor. The coffee’s great, and the goodies in the case—including Eleanor Cooper’s legendary fudge cake—are delish! The town’s new coffee shop is #6 now, but this popular gathering spot for visitors and townsfolk alike is poised to move up in the rankings!

#5 Bayview Lavender Farm tearoom. This lovely spot on the outskirts of town, run by Jeannette Mason (Driftwood Bay), features an incredible afternoon tea, where you can dine on elegant fare with a view over the lush lavender beds. Don’t miss this place! The signature heart-shaped lavender shortbread cookies will long live in your memory.

#4 Pelican Point Lighthouse. Located on a promontory north of town, this restored lighthouse offers spectacular views of the sea-stack-dotted Pacific. There’s also a small museum and event center. The place was in ruins a few years ago, on the verge of being sold and demolished, but thanks to a campaign spearheaded by Hope Harbor Herald editor Marci Weber (Pelican Point), the landmark was saved. You can hike up from town (highly recommended) or take the winding drive across the headland.

#3 Starfish Pier. This isn’t the prettiest beach in the area, but the tide pools are amazing! Be sure to go at low tide. The area’s other claim to fame (aside from the ruins of an old pier) is the antique cannon that washed ashore here not long ago. It caused quite a controversy in town (Starfish Pier)—but it’s now ensconced in the pocket park on the wharf with a historical marker (also worth a visit).

#2 Sweet Dreams Bakery. Everything here is good—but this little shop on Dockside Drive, facing the harbor, is best known for its luscious cinnamon rolls. If you go early in the morning, the scent will send your salivary glands into overdrive. And don’t be surprised to find a line forming at the door!

#1 Charley’s Taco Stand. Charley Lopez sells the best fish tacos in the universe from a little trailer-truck beside the pocket park on the wharf. But people don’t come here just to eat tacos. They also come because of Charley. The beloved taco-making artist/town sage dispenses wisdom, kindness and tacos in equal measures. Charley is a Hope Harbor fixture and appears in every book. But don’t take my word for his popularity. Consider the facts. Charley has generated more reader comments than all of the characters in all of my 60+ books combined! If you can think of no other reason to visit, come to meet Charley. You’ll never forget him. Here’s a little graphic of his taco stand from the whimsical town map:

So now you have my top six! I hope you’ll stop in soon—and please stay a while. The Seabird Inn (Sea Rose Lane) is a great place to drop anchor…if you can get a reservation. Visitors are always welcome in Hope Harbor, and I promise everyone in town will make you feel right at home. In fact, you may never want to leave! 🙂


Irene Hannon is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than sixty contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. In addition to her many other honors, she is a three-time winner of the RITA award—the “Oscar” of romance fiction—from Romance Writers of America and is a member of that organization’s elite Hall of Fame. Millions of her books have been sold worldwide, and her novels have been translated into multiple languages. She is active on several social media sites, but spends most of her time on Facebook, where she loves to chat with readers.

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Revell is offering a print copy of Blackberry Beach by Irene Hannon to THREE of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Blackberry Beach by Irene Hannon? (and/or) If you visited Hope Harbor, what’s the first place you’d want to see?

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47 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Irene Hannon & Blackberry Beach

  1. Roxanne C.

    Hope Harbor sounds so lovely, and the first place I would want to visit would be Bayview Lavender Farm tearoom.

    • Bernice Kennedy

      I would love to read Blackberry Beach to see if Katherine finds her answers and if she and Zach have a future together. I have read several of Irene Hannon books and enjoy them. Thanks for the chance!

    • Susanne

      Love this series! Charley is definitely a favorite, and I really want to try those tacos! 🙂

  2. Lynn Brown

    Sounds good. Two people that find love that aren’t even looking. I like it. Thanks for the chance.

  3. Pam

    I’ve loved each book in the Hope Harbor series and I’m looking forward to reading BlackBerry Beach.

  4. Faith Creech

    I would love to visit Bayview Farm Lavender Tearoom. Sounds like a fun place!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. I’ve “visited” Hope Harbor before and am excited to go back. If I could go there in person, I’d visit the Taco Truck.

  6. Suzanne Sellner

    I remember Charley’s Taco Stand from other books by Irene Hannon. I’m excited to read this one soon.

  7. Cherie J

    I want to read this because I love the small town setting. The first places I would want to visit would be the tearoom and the bakery.

  8. Anne

    This story is a real treasure filled with hope and beauty. I would visit Sweet Dreams Bakery and Lavender Farm tea room.

  9. Amy M.

    I’d head straight to Sweet Dreams Bakery and then after binge eating my weight in sweets…hike to Pelican Point Lighthouse.

  10. Megan

    I so enjoy this series as I’ve read a few of the earlier books. Its such a fun place and one I would love to visit!

  11. Perrianne Askew

    I want to read Irene Hannon’s newest release because I always enjoy her stories. If I were to visit Hope Harbor, I would definitely make Sweet Dreams Bakery my first stop.

  12. Diana Hardt

    Nice cover. I liked the blurb. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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