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Character Interview & Giveaway: WEDDING CAKE AND BIG MISTAKES by Nancy Naigle

Update – Congratulations to “Susan” for winning a copy of Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes and “girlfromwv” for winning a set of autographed Keeper Case Cards from Nancy! Thank you to all who participated!

Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes by Nancy Naigle released this week and I am honored to have Connor Buckham join us today for an interview to tell us a little more about Adams Grove! Nancy is also offering a giveaway of this book and some other goodies to two lucky commenters! Check out my review of Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes here.

Interview with Connor:

Amy (with So Many Reads): Thank you for joining us today, Connor. I would like my readers to learn more about Adams Grove, so can you tell us in general about Adams Grove?

Connor: Sure. It’s located in southern Virginia down near the Carolina border off I-95. It’s a small town, the kind where everyone knows just about everyone.

Amy: You grew up there, right?

Connor: Sure did. So did my Mom.

Amy: What is your favorite memory about growing up in Adams Grove?

Connor: The Fourth of July parades. This town knows how to throw a parade. Everyone comes. We’d scramble for the candy that they’d throw into the crowd. That was so much fun. By the time I was in high school I was in the parade. I got as big a kick out of throwing the candy as I did scraping knees in the scramble for it as a young kid. It’s great growing up in a small town. But then again, you can’t get away with anything, because everyone knows everyone. (laughs) I guess it’s a good thing though. Kept us out of big trouble.

Amy: What does Adams Grove have that a big city like New York doesn’t have?

Connor: I practiced law up in Chicago for a while, but I’ve steered clear of New York City. Carolanne can tell you all about New York, but I can tell you one thing that no big city I’ve ever been to has that Adams Grove has – that’s the fellowship and helpful nature of folks around here. They help because they want to lend a hand and help make light work of it, not with the what’s-in-it-for-me playing in the back of their mind. When Momma took sick I came back home to take care of her. I hadn’t realized the difference until I came back after being in Chicago. There was no way I could leave this place again. It’s home.

Amy: Where is the best place to eat in Adams Grove and why?

Connor: I’m a sucker for the bear claws down at Mac’s Bakery. I have to jog to keep them from catching up with my waistline but I think it’s a fair tradeoff. As for real food? That’s a tough one. We’ve got some good cooks in this town. In fact, just about everyone I know is a good cook, except for Carolanne. Don’t tell her I said that. She knows, but I wouldn’t want to hurt her feelings. She’s trying.

Amy: What can one expect to see while walking down Main Street?

Connor: People moving at a much slower pace than you’d see in big towns. Folks know each other, and they make the time to stop and chat, share news about their neighbors. Main Street has had quite a makeover over the last couple of years, too. The Master Gardeners have been busy as all get out planting flowers in the planters down Main Street too. Doesn’t it look nice?

We have the new banner flags hanging from the poles showing our dedication to the history of our small town and commitment to agriculture. Adams Grove is working hard to sustain the rural areas here. Almost every single business on Main Street, except for the Pharmacy which got bought out last year by a big chain, is independently owned by someone that lives here in this town. We’re really proud of that. I’ll tell you this too. You won’t see people driving thirty minutes to the nearest WalMart to save a dollar on a steak that they can get right here from Spratt’s or the Piggly Wiggly. We support our own. It’s one of the perks of small town living.

I love the historic buildings, like here where Carolanne and I have our practice. The old bank building was built in the 1900s. I used to dream about bank robberies in this building when I was a kid. When I came back to Adams Grove to take care of Mom and it was for sale, I knew I had to have it. I kept it as true to its original use as possible. The old teller fixtures and vault are even still in place. Don’t let the library fool you either. That’s a fine piece of historical architecture, but inside we have all the latest technology. We might be small, but we’re ready to help our next generation be successful.

Amy: If you wanted to impress a lady with a private romantic picnic, where would take her?

Connor: I’d take her down to the river. It’s quiet there. Little bottle of wine on one of Mom’s old quilts. Yeah. I should do that.

Amy: Tell us about Carolanne. What has you so smitten with her? 

Connor: We were friends forever. Both growing up here in Adams Grove we knew each other real well and when we went off to college, we stayed pretty close. I lost track of her after college. It wasn’t until she came back for Pearl’s funeral that I saw her again. She didn’t look like that little girl I’d known in grade school anymore. There was something about the way she took charge when Jill needed her during that time that caught my eye, but I still didn’t realize I was falling for her. It was a surprise to me when I realized it. I mean I’d known her for years. She still has that redhead hot fuse. Maybe it takes one to tame one. (laughs)

Amy: I don’t want to giveaway any spoilers to the story, but what is next for you and Carolanne? 

Connor: If I get my way we’ll be spending a whole lot more time together, but then she can be hardheaded sometimes. You’ll just have to stick around and find out.

Amy: Thanks for joining me today and telling me all about your awesome town of Adams Grove!

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Giveaway Details:

Nancy has two giveaways for us today – one a copy of Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes and one set of autographed Keeper Kase cards (two winners will be chosen).  Just comment below and tell us if you have ever had a brush with the law in a small town. Giveaway ends Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 11:59 pm central time. Winner will be notified via email and announced on website.

 

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  1. Kelsey Browning (@KelseyBrowning)

    Nan – can’t wait to read C&C’s story. Maybe I’ll get lucky and have time at #RWA13! Hugs on this newest release.

    Amy – thanks for the great interview!

    Kels

    1. Amy

      Thanks for stopping by, Kelsey! I told Nancy that I asked Cameron similar questions about Shelbyville. If I am going to move to one of these small towns, I have to figure out which one is the best. 🙂

      1. nancynaigle

        I’m dying for 8/26 to get here so we can all go to Shelbyville! I think maybe we should winter in Shelbyville and summer in Adams Grove….deal?

        1. Amy

          Works for me! Oh, and I just found out my cousins that lived in Brussels for awhile are moving to Northern Virginia. I thought of you!

          1. Kelsey Browning (@KelseyBrowning)

            Y’all are cracking me up. Amy – your decision might depend on whether you want to be naughty or nice ;-). Then again, those folks In Adams Grove get up to some trouble too!

            K-

    2. nancynaigle

      Oh, honey, you will not be reading at RWA13!! That’s the busiest conference ever. We’ll have fun though….and I’ll give you the inside scoop 😉

      1. Kelsey Browning (@KelseyBrowning)

        You know I have to wind down before bed – it’s either that or spider solitaire!

        1. nancynaigle

          Oh yeah….I forgot about that! click click click heheheh.

  2. Michele Dewelk

    Never had a brush with the law.

    1. nancynaigle

      That’s good….although Sheriff Scott Calvin is pretty darn cute. I think getting in trouble with him might add up to okay 😉

      As for lawyers…the only kind I’ve had to deal with were divorce lawyers and that’s never fun.

  3. nancynaigle

    If you haven’t read the first book in the series, SWEET TEA AND SECRETS….it’s on sale for just $1.99 for kindle all month. AND…all my books are in the Kindle Owner Lending Library if you’re an Amazon Prime Member. (Love that feature!)

  4. Jean Segal

    I’ve never had a brush with the law in a small town or any where else thank goodness! I would love to win Nancy’s book and Keeper Kase cards.

    1. Amy

      I am always worried about being pulled over by a friend’s husband and being embarrassed. Hopefully I am never pulled over. 🙂

  5. susan h. mitchell

    Can’t wait ro read this book.. I live in Emporia and know Adams Grove well!!!! And my brush wir h rhe law was a warning ticket just west of Adams Grove!!!

    1. nancynaigle

      …where the speed limit is strictly enforced

  6. Alyssa White

    Brush with the law?!
    More like crush on the law 😛

    I did put a man in prison though, does that count? lol

    1. Amy

      Holy cow, Alyssa! I want to know that story, but I am sure you don’t want to share it with complete strangers. 🙂

  7. mckeill

    The Eastern Shore is made up of All small towns. When I first got my Driver’s license (many many moons ago), I was pulled over by the town cop in Onancock. He was just checking to see if I had a driver’s license, who I was, and who my parents were! Welcome to Small Town America! 🙂 P.S. I Love Nancy Naigle! <3 Thanks for the Giveaway! ~Brenda 🙂

    1. nancynaigle

      I love it. Folks just don’t know how lovely the Eastern Shore of Virginia is. I love your neck of the woods!

  8. girlfromwva

    Yes; I was driving from Jonesboro, AR back to Blytheville, AR and he pulled me over. Said I was speeding and I was not. He was driving towards me, and he said he used the radar gun to get my speed. I had to go to court, and everything was dismissed. Crazy!

    1. nancynaigle

      Good for you. I bet a lot of folks just pay to avoid the hassle!

      1. girlfromwva

        he was being so mean and nasty about it, so i was mainly going to tell the judge that he was being an A*$. he scared the kids and it was all unneccesary.

  9. Wanda Barefoot

    I have never had a brush with the law anywhere but this book sounds so good it might be down right criminal! 🙂

    Wanda Barefoot
    flghtlss1(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Amy

      It is much better to live out the crimes in books rather than real life. 🙂

      1. Wanda Barefoot

        I totally agree!

  10. Becky Carr

    Never been in trouble with the law (knock on wood) 🙂

  11. Brooke Bumgardner

    I haven’t ever been in trouble with the law…yet LOL. 😉

  12. Trudy

    Known quite a few lawmen, but never in trouble myself. I always say, it is no fun, when people tell me to stay out of trouble. Lol.

  13. Ashley Robbins

    Thankfully, I’ve never been in trouble with the law. (At least, I’ve never been caught doing anything wrong. 😉 )

  14. Ola Norman

    This sounds like a great story and true to small town life. Looking forward to reading it.

  15. Kelly

    I am reading Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes now and I love the small town, I would love to raise my kids in such a place where everyone pitches in and helps each other out. I firmly believe that it takes a village to raise children. I cannot wait for more books to come out 🙂

    1. nancynaigle

      It sure is nice living in a slower pace. I feel so lucky to live in a small town myself.

  16. Kristine R

    Great interview and I love how this book sounds

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