Friday, June 21, 2013


It's a pleasure to welcome back romance author CH Admirand to Over Coffee. She has such a passion for life and I admire that. Since she loves to bake I've decided to put her yummy Black Raspberry/Rhubarb Pandowdy on the coffee bar for us to enjoy with our coffee.
Speaking of yummy, she has a new book ready to whisk you back to Apple Grove and drool over  meet, Jack Gannon, and a cute pup named Jameson. Both will steal your heart.

Good Morning, Sia. Thank you for inviting me to guest blog today with your readers, I’m delighted to be here. So many things are happening right now in my writing life—and in so many different directions! After turning in the copyedits for my 15th book, which will be the third book in my contemporary small town series: Welcome Back to Apple Grove (in stores December 2013), I had a chat with my editor at Sourcebooks and am so glad that I did. She asked what I’d be interested in writing next. The industry has many ups and downs and is always changing direction—as with all of the other aspects of my life, it seems—and keeping up with those changes while still being able to continue to write and publish your stories is definitely a challenge.

For instance, right now Sourcebooks and my editor is interested in seeing one of my favorite genres to write: Historical Western Romance!

I finally got the rights back to my Historical Irish Western Series, and after editing them to freshen them up a bit, and having new covers and a logo created for the series, I have released the first two books, with plans to release books 3 and 4 by summer’s end. They are doing really well as e-books, something that wasn't even available at the time my first book was published. Crazy thought, right? LOL!

But, what does my releasing my backlist have to do with the new idea I have for Sourcebooks? Everything.

Doesn't this mean that I’m in direct competition with my publisher? Not at all.

Let me explain. Readers who haven’t yet discovered my Irish Western Series will hopefully pick them up and realize that my stories are all connected. My Contemporary Cowboys for Sourcebooks are descendants of Marshal Justiss who first appeared in the 2nd book in my Historical Irish Western Series.

During the Sourcebooks Spotlight at RT in Kansas City, Editorial Manager Deb Werksman explained that authors self-publishing their backlist is good for their current releases because it can drive awareness and sales to their current titles. It is a win/win situation for authors and publishers.

If a reader enjoys an author’s voice, what could be better than giving our readers more options? Not a thing—IMHO. Although I’m a huge fan of Julie Garwood’s Medievals, I love her contemporary series. Whatever Nora Roberts writes, I’ll read! I am a first and always a rabid Romance fan. :-)

I am planning to have a link between my new Historical Western Romance idea for Sourcebooks that will connect both my contemporary cowboy series and my Irish Western Series that I’m re-releasing myself. Although, I’m not sure what that will be yet. But I’m working on it.

Did I mention that characters from that wisp of an idea were arguing in my head while I was rinsing the gorgeous blueberries and cherries I’d picked up at the grocery store?

Anyway…berries make me think of baking and making jam…which makes me think of the recipes my editor encouraged me to include in each book in my contemporary small town trilogy.

It seems that one of my characters is always baking something—or working out in the garden (aka playing in the dirt. LOL)! Anyway, I was delighted to include some of our favorite recipes for readers. I have pictures of them and I've been posting them on my blog, Facebook and Twitter.

So be sure to follow me and find out what I’m baking next…I recently posted pics of the Black Raspberry/Rhubarb Pandowdy I’d baked along with pics of the new recipe I’m trying to create for baked Doughnuts. Both are yummy. Just ask my guys. LOL!

Baking reminds me of the hub of gossip in my series the Apple Grove Diner which brings me back around to ONE DAY IN APPLE GROVE. I loved writing this story and having the chance to include something I’m passionate about—respecting and helping our Veterans; and rescuing dogs from high-kill shelters into the plot of the story. I don’t batter the reader over the head with dos and don’ts, and I don’t get up on my soapbox and preach. The ideas just sorta worked their way into Cait and Jack’s story and I am glad they did.

  • Do you have something that you are passionate about—besides reading Romance?

So brew a cup of tea or put on a pot of coffee, and let me tell you about my latest…

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Welcome to Apple Grove, Ohio (pop. 597), a small town with a big heart.

Caitlin Mulcahy loves her family. She really does. But sometimes they can drive her to her last shred of sanity—from her dad ("I'm not meddling, I just want what's best for you") to her eight-months-pregnant older sister to her younger sister, who will do just about anything to avoid real work. Cait just needs to get away, even if for only an hour.

When she sees someone in need of help on the side of the road, of course she's going to pull over. She might even be able to fix his engine—after all, the Mulcahy family is a handy bunch. She's not expecting that former Navy medic Jack Gannon and a little black puppy named Jameson will be the ones who end up rescuing in her.

“The talented Admirand is able to write about these serious issues realistically but in a way that makes this book still feel light and fun.” ​—RT Book Reviews, 4½ Stars


C.H. Admirand was born in Aiken, South Carolina, but grew up in New Jersey. She has been delighting readers with her Secret Life of Cowboys Series, featuring three cowboy brothers with Irish charm, and is now working on the next book in her small town contemporary romance series, featuring the town and quirky characters of Apple Grove, OH. She lives with her husband, who is the inspiration for all of her heroes’ best traits, in New Jersey. For more information, please visit


~Sia McKye~ said...

I'm so glad to have you visiting us again.

I don't suppose you'd like to share that Pandowdy recipe with us, would you? I did look but couldn't find the recipe.

I enjoy historical westerns. I haven't read your backlist but I intend to check out your Celtic heroes.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a lovely post to start my day, wonderful to read and that food sounds great.


Mason Canyon said...

C.H., I enjoy the fact that your Contemporary Cowboys are descendants from the Historical Irish Western Series. That just adds to their intrigue. The cover of One Day in Apple Grove just draws you in. Best wishes with all your writing.

Sia, that patio photo is soooo inviting.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I know several authors who have done that with their older titles and increased sales of all titles.

Dana Fredsti said...

I loved the post, but now I am starving and craving baked goods!

Jo said...

What an excellent idea putting your backlist into ebooks. I know one other author who has done that with one of her books, I hope she does more. I can store a lot of ebooks but am running out of room for paper books.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I've never heard of Pandowdy, but raspberries and rhubarb? I'm there!

Carol Kilgore said...

Both your series sound so interesting. And your new book with veterans and rescue dogs - one of each of those are part of our family.

Sia, thanks for hosting her. And I would LOVE to have that patio :)

C.H. Admirand said...

OMGOODNESS, SIA! I am so sorry but life got in the way yesterday and I wasn't able to comment.

I am delighted that you've asked me to guest post on your blog again, I always enjoy visiting with you and your readers.

C.H. Admirand said...

Hi Yvonne ! Thanks my life can be really crazy at times, like yesterday. Sorry to have missed your comment.

C.H. Admirand said...

Hi Mason: I agree the patio pic Sia posted is delightful...I want to go there!

I've always used family names in all of my books, and when I switched to writing contemporary romance for Sourcebooks, my characters just wait a minute--we had children you know, and our children had children...and well you get the idea :)

Thanks for understanding that life got in the way yesterday.

C.H. Admirand said...

Hi Alex: It is something I've wanted to do for a long time because my Irish Western Series was originally published in the library market and in gorgeous hardcovers--but I'd hoped to make them available in paperback format, then along came the e-book explosion with more readers than ever wanting to download books.

I've enjoyed revisiting these characters, freshening them up and in the case of the 3rd Bk Pearl's Redemption, toning down the love scenes to reach a broader range of readers who might like to get to know the resilient Miss Pearl. :)

Thanks for understanding about yesterday.

C.H. Admirand said...

Hi Dana! I know! I have 2 sticks of butter on my counter waiting for me to make them into something simpler today...chocolate chip cookies. I had a yen for them recently.

I do love to bake...and if you've met me you can tell I love to eat what I bake. LOL!

Thanks for understanding about yesterday.

C.H. Admirand said...

Hi Jo, you are so right about the problem of storing favorite reads. I have books everywhere! The great thing about having a platform bed, is that there is a little ledge under the edge where I can store paperbacks...I actually have them on both sides...much to my hubby's dismay LOL! He is a great sport about my passion for reading romance.

Thanks for your patience yesterday when life got in the way.

C.H. Admirand said...

Hi L. Diane - OMG...I know it's an old-fashioned type of dessert, but soooo delicious. It's a simple recipe too...berries on the bottom --lightly cooked to soften...and a yummy cake dropped in big spoonfuls on the top :) Great warm out of the oven with the berry/fruit of your choice.

Thanks for understanding about yesterday!

C.H. Admirand said...

Hi Carol - I am passionate about not forgetting those who have served our Country so that we may live in freedom...but I don't like to get up on my soapbox about it. I hope to encourage romance readers--the most generous people in the world--to open their hearts and help where they can. A little kindness goes a long way to one who is suffering...and that goes for abandoned dog and cats--any animal.

Thanks for your patience while life got in the way yesterday!

C.H. Admirand said...

Thanks again Sia--BTW...I am LOVIN' the music on your site :)

I really miss those 12 years our daughter competed in Irish Step Dance...we'd hear music similar to what you have on your website every weekend.

Thanks for having me!

~Sia McKye~ said...

No problem CH. I figured something came up and I meant to drop you an email but I was in and out with car issues and garage work.

My brother and I were in a Scot Pipe band. I love Celtic music. I used to be able to dance to the music but, now, I think I'd fall into a heap after 2 bars, lol! said...

I can't help but stare at that cover for a while. It's really appealing, as are the yummy photos. I like the idea of working recipes into novels, too.

Thanks for the interview, Sia and CH. I enjoyed it.


Mark Koopmans said...

No messing around, I think that cover is one of the best ever! Talk about nailing the concept of the book:)

Congrats to C.H. and I *love* the idea of reaching into the past and re-publishing some "old" novels.

I just need to write them, first :)

Happy rest of the weekend to Coffer lovers everywhere:)

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Great interview! Love the idea of turning those earlier books into e-books. Good luck with the promotion!

Mary Montague Sikes

Empty Nest Insider said...

Beautiful cover, and I also admire your baking skills! Congrats CH! Thanks for hosting Sia!