LASR Anniversary: Maggie Toussaint – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Summer’s a time for growth and relaxation
By Maggie Toussaint

Spring rolls easily into summer, especially in coastal Georgia where I live. During spring there’s that greening up and sparkle of new life everywhere, and during summer, nature gets busy. Summer is growing season.

All year long, I look forward to summer-fresh veggies and fruit from local orchards. I’m hard-pressed to say whether a tomato sandwich or a BLT is my favorite summer meal. But then there’s watermelon, blueberries, and peaches. Yum!

And fresh corn. Omigosh. Is there anything more satisfying than corn that slept in the garden last night? My mouth’s watering thinking about it.

Show of hands. How many folks remember sitting on the porch as a kid and snapping beans (or shelling peas)? That’s how many of my summer afternoons were spent. Well, that and swimming. Nothing better than a dip in the local swimming hole on a hot summer day.

Another favorite summer activity, especially in the heat of August was and still is reading. If you like romance blended with mystery and suspense, my books are just the thing for sultry heat and southern adventure.

My Mossy Bog series of romantic suspense/romantic mystery novels started with my interest in old historical homes. Muddy Waters, a story about a realtor and a security expert searching for a lost inheritance, was meant to be a standalone novel, but fans clamored for more from the town of Mossy Bog.

I went back to the drawing board and created my award-winning novel, i>Hot Water, book 2 in the Mossy Bog series. In Hot Water, a cop and an arson investigator are closing in on a serial arsonist.

By this time, I was hooked on the idea of returning to Mossy Bog again, and three’s a good number, right? Book 3 of this series releases Aug. 29, 2014. Rough Waters is about a florist and a former SEAL hunting for stolen treasure, and it’s peopled with the characters and setting you’ve come to love.

Thank you for sharing my love of summer and reading. I hope we meet again soon!

I have a giveaway! Share your favorite summer activity in a comment and be entered in a drawing for a copy of Muddy Waters, the book that launched the series. Be sure to leave your address if you want to be considered in the drawing.

maggie RoughWaters_w8335_750 (2)“Former Navy SEAL Rock Mackenzie wants his stolen gold sovereigns back. Time is running out on the loan repayment for his treasure hunt and unless he finds the coins, he will have to forfeit a family heirloom and all hope of finding the sunken ship carrying the gold.

Pink-haired florist Jeanie Munro learned responsibility the hard way after her ex-husband abandoned her and their two children. Once a wild child with a heart full of adventure, Jeanie finds herself falling for yet another bad boy dreamer—until thieves ransack her shop and home and Rock reveals her ex is to blame for their troubles.

Is he? Or did Rock bring danger to her doorstep? In return for his protection, Jeanie agrees to help find the missing coins. Will their thirst for adventure get them killed, or will they discover the true meaning of treasure before it’s too late?

About the Author: MaggieToussaint_Large (2)Southern author Maggie Toussaint loves to blend murder and romance in her fiction. With twelve published books to her credit, her latest release is Rough Waters, a romantic mystery about stolen treasure. Earlier this year, she released Gone and Done It, a paranormal mystery. Maggie lives in coastal Georgia, where secrets, heritage, and ancient oaks cast long shadows.

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Comments

  1. Wishing Long and Short Reviews a very happy and wonderful anniversary. Thanks for being a friend of authors and readers.

    Maggie Toussaint

  2. Jackie Stieghorst says:

    Road trips with the convertible.

  3. Maggie,
    My hand is raised! Yes, snapped beans, shelled peas, and oh yeah, fresh corn rocks!!! And, I’m a H-U-G-E tomato sandwich – toasted bread – kind of person. Wow, sounds like I’ll be at your door in like . . . 5 minutes! *G*
    I’m so proud of you, and excited about your release!!! I’m a huge fan, and if you haven’t read Maggie’s stories, you’re missing out!!! Maggie, you’re an amazing person, and I wish you every success!
    *Hugs*

    • Diana! I always knew we were sisters of the heart. Now to know that we are sisters at the table as well, man that ices it. We are forever bound!

      Thanks for your encouragement and for making me blush about my books.

      Maggie

      ps fresh corn rocks is the gospel truth

  4. Michelle Fidler says:

    Favorite summer activity is going to festivals and playing Bingo. I also used to go to flea markets.

    • Hi Michelle! I have recently rediscovered Bingo. I had no idea I was so competitive about games. Funny how it’s easy to forget that trait if you don’t play games or cards for years. I enjoy festivals and flea markets too, but I have made a pact not to buy more stuff I like unless it’s disposable or consumable! Thanks for the comment!

  5. Favorite summer activity is gardening, after a long winter nothing I like better than digging in the dirt and watching the garden grow.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

    • Jean, I share your love of the earth! I love to plant and poke around in the dirt, but I didn’t get my family’s green thumb. It’s usually a vegetative death sentence for me to bring a plant of any kind home with me. These days I opt for native vegetation that requires minimal nurturing.

      But I dearly love vegetables and fruits straight from the garden. Yum yum!

      Thanks for providing your email. You will be entered in the giveaway for a copy of Muddy Waters.
      Maggie

  6. Nothing better than fresh corn and tomatoes from the garden. I love summer. Good luck with your new release. It sounds intriguing.

    • Hi Judy Ann! I’m heading to the kitchen for a garden-fresh tomato sandwich right now. Thanks goodness for friends with gardens and roadside stands. Thanks for your kind words!
      Maggie

  7. Catherine Lemanski says:

    Looking forward to reading “Rough Waters”. My favorite summer activity is sitting on my front porch with a nice tall glass of ice tea and a good book.

  8. librarypat says:

    Enjoyed your post Maggie. Every summer, I look forward to the first of the crops. We savor the asparagus and the strawberries and rhubarb that are the first crops.. The first picking of green beans is always better than any other batch during the summer. As for the tomatoes, I have been living on tomatoes on toast and BLTs for weeks and loving every bite. I have done two large stockpots of tomato sauce and turned one into spaghetti sauce. It is always nice to have in the freezer for those nights I just don’t feel like fixing much of a meal. Berries and fruit in season are such a pleasure. I grew up in apple country and always look forward to Fall picking season. It signals the end of summer harvest and nothing beats a crisp MacIntosh fresh from the tree.

    • LibraryPat – you made me hungry with your post. Seriously! I would so enjoy having a fresh veggie dinner tonight. Nothing better on this green earth than that first picking of vegetables. And BLTs with a fresh mater, um, that’s to die for. I lived in mid-Maryland for nearly 30 years and I loved visiting the apple orchards. McCutcheon’s was the place to go, and I believe they have a thriving online shop of apple butters and the like. Gosh, I’d surely love me some of their apple butter right this second.

      Thank you for visiting with me here and helping to celebrate LASR’s 7th anniversary! Maggie

  9. Maggie, great post about summer memories. You know what I remember? Shucking corn. It was fun and I always enjoyed doing it. And you know your corn was very fresh!

    I really enjoyed book 1 in the Mossy Bog series, Muddy Waters. Congrats on your new release, Rough Waters.

    Smiles
    Steph Burkhart

    • Steph, I’m with you, nothing like shucking that fresh corn just out of the ground. There’s something darn near charismatic about opening up the treasure of an ear of corn and feeling those streamers of corn silk glide through the fingertips. I love the way fresh corn smells. I wonder if you could bottle that?

      Thanks for loving Muddy Waters. Hope you’ll also give Rough Waters a try! Blessings, Maggie

  10. Summer fruits like watermelon and eating BBQ.
    strive4bst(AT) yahoo(Dot) com

    • Jess,

      You’re the first person to mention watermelon. We could not have summer without watermelon. It absolutely tells the whole story. I’m remembering when we’d take the watermelon swimming in the creek with us as kids. Then when we were all swum out, we’d eat the melon and it was always delicious!

      I’m a BBQ hound as well. That smoky flavor appeals to some remnant of cave woman in my DNA, and I could probably live on BBQ and a garden. Wouldn’t that be an idyllic life?

      Thanks for the comment and for leaving your addy. You are entered in the contest to win Muddy Waters!

      Maggie

  11. Heather R. says:

    My favorite summer activity is swimming. Great blog post!

    • Heather R,

      Swimming in the summer is one of fav activities as well. When we were kids, back in the pre- A.C. days, swimming was essential! Now I can cool off in other ways, but there’s nothing like the refreshing feeling of immersing yourself in water.

      So glad you dropped by! Y’all don’t forget to leave your emails to enter the contest!

      Maggie

  12. I love the evocative setting descriptions in your books. They make me feel as though I’m right there in coastal Georgia. I grew up in NJ and remember the big Jersey tomatoes and sweet corn on the cob in summertime. My father had a vegetable patch in our back yard.

    • Hi Nancy,
      Thanks for the setting comment. Did you know that setting was the element I had to work the most to learn? Some of my early critiques nailed me on setting, and I worked five times as hard on setting after that. Now it comes so seamlessly. I’m glad I dug in and got it right!

      Nothing like those fresh veggies. Did you like to walk amongst the corn stalks? I always loved doing that!
      Maggie

  13. Congratulations, and sorry I don’t do Facebook, so can’t help you celebrate there today.

  14. Going to the beach

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    • BN100,

      You’re a woman after my childish heart. I can’t tell you how many hours I sat and gazed at the ocean as a teen. I was mesmerized by the waves, the sight of the foaming tops, the sound of the crash of water, and the percussion feel on the sandy beach. Beaching is a fav past time of mine too!

      Thanks for leaving your addy for the giveaway.
      Maggie

  15. SHELLEY S says:

    STAYING OUTSIDE IN THE WARM WEATHER. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY! calicolady60@hotmail.com

    • HI Shelly S,

      Isn’t it nice to be able to enjoy the outdoors? To feel the breeze on your face and the sun on your skin? I like that too.

      Thanks for leaving your addy for the book giveaway.

      Maggie

  16. Friends and fans,

    I will check in by noon eastern time tomorrow and announce my winner. Stay tuned!!!

    Maggie

  17. I like making ice cream and going to concerts!

    • Forgot: vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

    • Trix,
      I love homemade ice cream. Do you have a favorite flavor? Mine’s peach ice cream, and this time of year the local peaches are in full flavor. I’m headed to an Ice Cream Churn Off tomorrow at one of our historical venues, The Ashantilly Center, and I’ll get to sample the contest entries. I am very much looking forward to it!

      Thanks for leaving your addy for the contest drawing.

      Maggie

  18. Thanks everyone for such a fun and stimulating conversation about summer! Five people left their email addresses that I saw: JeanMP, Jess1, bn100, Shelley S, and Trix.

    Instead of selecting one winner, I will gift a copy of Muddy Waters to each of you. Look for an email from me in your inbox so that I can learn what digital format you prefer.

    Congratulations, winners!

    All the best, Maggie Toussaint

  19. amy bowens says:

    Hi Maddie,
    I absolutely love fresh produce straight from the garden. There is nothing like it. I remember snapping beans with my mother and now I do this with my daughter. you r book sounds amazing and I’m definitely going to add to my tbr. Thanks for sharing.

    • Amy,
      You painted such a lovely picture of snapping beans with your mother. How wonderful that you have turned this into a family tradition.

      Thanks for your kind words about Rough Waters. I hope you get a chance to pick it up and savor Rock and Jeanie’s story!

      Maggie

  20. Wow, romance and mystery are 2 of my favorite genres.

    I love to swim in the summer; alas our backyard (above ground) pool suffered a falling tree a few years back (Sandy era) and we never replaced it, so sadly I am at the whim of whoever decides to invite me to their backyard.

    • Hi Chelle,

      Sorry to hear about the death of your pool. I also enjoy taking a refreshing dip in the summer. We had a pool a few houses ago, and it was nearly decadent to slip out there and swim under the stars. I hope you have lots of friends with pools.

      Thanks for leaving a comment on my summer reflections blog.

      Maggie

  21. I am always looking for new authors to read. Thanks for the information about your books.

    • Hi Joye,

      I’m glad you found me. Please poke around a bit on my website. There are reading samples and book blurbs and reviews to investigate, along with some articles on the craft of writing.

      I hope you’re having a great weekend!

      Maggie

  22. Beach, hands down. I can smell the baby oil from here. (Can’t do THAT anymore.) And a sound of summer that I heard recently and realized I hadn’t heard it since childhood. That was the sound of a wood screen door smacking closed. Brought back a lot of memories. Great post. Wishing you the best with your new book, Maggie.

    • Hey Heather,

      So sweet to see a friendly face here. So you’re a beach baby, huh? I was too, though I can’t remember using baby oil. I’m so fair I often had to carry gauzy clothing or extra towels to wrap up in after awhile. I should have done a lot more of that, as it turns out, but that’s another story!

      I know exactly the sound you’re talking about. It’s the stretching of that old-timey spring on the door (remember the creaking sound) and then that percussive double (or so) slap of the screen door closing and the wood banging on the door frame. Did your screen door have one of those hook and eye closures to lock it inside? I remember those too.

      What fun to stroll down memory lane with you! Thanks for your kind words about my book. Best wishes to YOU in your writing career!

      Maggie

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