I’m so happy to welcome Sarina Bowen to Darcy’s Book Blog in anticipation of the release of Bittersweet, the first book in her new series, True North!
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard.
The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago.
At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.
Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.
They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.
Hello Sarina! Welcome to Darcy’s Book Blog! I’m so excited for people to read your new series, True North. Could you tell readers briefly what the first book, Bittersweet, is about?
A growly farmer and his ex-hookup are startled to meet again after five years. They think they know each other, but they’re wrong! And their chemistry still burns brightly.
Could you tell them a bit about yourself?
I’m a city girl trapped in the country. Sure we keep chickens and grow apples, but I used to be a New Yorker so I see it all with an outsider’s eye.
What inspired you to write the True North series, and specifically Bittersweet?
Farmers really are cool! I am surrounded by interesting growers where I live. The organic-or-die Cedar Circle Farm in Thetford, VT is one of my favorites, and we buy hard cider in growlers from Poverty Lane Orchard in Lebanon, NH. These are not your grandfathers’ farmers. They’re young activists who want to change the shape of our food supply, and they are really inspiring.
While reading, I noticed that before each month, there was a foodie quote (I loved those, by the way!). What is your favorite foodie quote that you’ve come across?
Sex is good, but not as good as fresh, sweet corn. ~Garrison Keillor
Did you picture anyone when you wrote Griff Shipley’s character?
I really never have a celebrity casting for my characters. Sorry!
Who are some author’s that you love to read?
I’m a big Kristen Ashley fan. But I don’t read only romance. I love Carl Hiaasen, JK Rowling, etc. I’m on a YA kick now, too. So Rainbow Rowell, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Gayle Forman.
Out of all the series you’ve written, who would you say is your favorite character?
Whichever one I’m working on at the time! Unless we’re having issues. And then it’s more like love/hate.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions!