Spring Blogfest: Judy Ann Davis


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There is something magical about springtime in Pennsylvania. Like a curious intruder, the season tiptoes into the chilly state, taking time to look around and become familiar with its surroundings. As the axis of the Earth increases its tilt relative to the sun, the days get longer and the nights get shorter.

The gentle, warm sunshine starts the musical, but familiar melody of drip, drip, plop from the gutters and roofs as ice and snow melt. Water races down driveways, streets, and hills and vales, swelling streams and rivers which have a merry song of their own.

Along those frozen riverbanks, the skunk cabbage is one of the first plants to thrive along with the red buds which take on a flaming glow against the drab gray arms of leafless deciduous scrubs and trees. In yards and flowerbeds, crocus peeps through a blanket of white, and on the south side of buildings, daffodils and grape hyacinths poke through icy flowerbeds and unfurl their yellow and purple blossom. And everywhere the air is clean and crisp, smelling of new growth and rich loamy earth.

Spring is the time when some mammals are starting to mate. If you listen carefully at night, you might hear a fox barking from the woods, coyotes calling to each other, rabbits squealing in the bushes, or the haunting hoots of the barn and horned owls. And every Pennsylvanian recognizes the familiar and welcome sounds of the peepers in the wetlands just before nightfall.

The actual migrating “snow birds” are back in the state along with the locals. The chatter of the resident black-capped chickadees, winter sparrows, and cardinals in the bushes becomes more insistent as they call to their mates and hunt for the perfect place to build a nest while warning others to stay out of their territories. Canada geese wing northward, and soon the wrens and goldfinch will follow. Somewhere up in the pines the first lean robins arrive to shiver and force out a tune while they search the thawing yards for bare spots to find nourishment.

Spring is a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors. Winter brown lawns fade into hypnotic greens and maples sprout lime-colored new leaves. Forsythia bushes spill out showers of sunny-colored flowers along the roadways. High above, bright blue skies tower over everything—except for the few minutes when glorious sunrises and even more spectacular sunsets paint the sky in ruby reds, golds and plum colors.

Spring is noisy, colorful, and magical in Pennsylvania. It’s a long-awaited season which lifts and warms the heart and soul upon its arrival—especially after a long, cold, and dreary winter.

Judy Ann Sunset 2AHired as the town’s school teacher, Maria O’Donnell and her sister Abigail arrive in the Colorado Territory in 1875, only to find the uncle they were to stay with has been murdered.

Rancher Tye Ashmore is content with life until he meets quiet and beautiful Maria. He falls in love at first sight, but her reluctance to jeopardize her teaching position by accepting his marriage proposal only makes him more determined to make her part of his life.

When their lives are threatened by gunshots and a gunnysack of dangerous wildlife, Tye believes he is the target of an unknown enemy. Not until Maria receives written threats urging her to leave does she realize she might be the target instead of the handsome rancher.

With the help of Tye, Abigail, and a wily Indian called Two Bears, Maria works to uncover her uncle’s killer and put aside her fears. But will she discover happiness and true love under Colorado’s starry skies?

About the Author:Judy Ann Davis began her career in writing as a copy and continuity writer for radio and television in Scranton, PA. Throughout her career, she has written for education and industry.

Over a dozen of her award-winning short stories have appeared in various literary and small magazines and were collected in an anthology, UP ON THE ROOF AND OTHER STORIES. To date, she has written two historical (western) romances, RED FOX WOMAN and UNDER STARRRY SKIES, and one contemporary novel, KEY TO LOVE.

When Judy Ann is not behind a computer, you can find her looking for anything humorous to make her laugh or swinging a golf club where the chuckles are few. She is a writer for The Wild Rose Press and is a member of Pennwriters and Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband in Central Pennsylvania.

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  1. Rita Wray says:

    Love the sound of the book.

  2. Wow, you paint such a wonderful picture of spring in Pennsylvania it makes me want to go there. It also makes me realize how little I know of the plants in my neck of the woods.

  3. Hello from a fellow Pennsylvanian – or as we say, PA 😉 Love the beautiful picture you paint with your description.

  4. sounds like a nice place

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  5. Great post! I almost can smell the flowers

  6. Loved reading your post about spring in PA. I certainly wish some of that spring would happen here in MI. Today it is a combination of rain/snow mix over SE lower MI. Even a couple of schools are closed and I just heard of a 3 spin-outs on NB I-75 near my hometown of Flint. Old Man Winter just doesn’t want to give up his strangle-hold on us.

  7. lori faires says:

    You paint such a beautiful picture with your words. I really enjoyed the except. Blessings & Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. So wonderful to enjoy the renewal of colors after the snowy winter. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Barbara Elness says:

    Spring sure sounds different in Pennsylvania than I’m used to. I’m from California, living in Florida now, and there really isn’t a huge change in the Spring, except here in Florida the oak pollen drives everyone’s allergies crazy. 😀

  10. Nikolina says:

    Love this vivid post, what a pleasure it was to read it! :*

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