OS: Welcome to Emjay Haze here to talk about her new book and a Giveaway!
Hi Everyone. I’m Emjay Haze, author of Contemporary m/m romance. Thank you for stopping by my Home is Where You Are blog tour on OpenSky Book Reviews.
Home is Where You are is my first book with DreamSpinner Press and I’m excited to share it with you.
My family lives in Burlington, and last year, right after I claimed Vermont for DreamSpinner Press States of Love Series, I went to visit my mom and sister and they took me on a tour of rural Vermont. It was still early for the sugaring season, but I was able to visit a couple of sugar houses. One was more commercial and had a large store, separate from the sugar processing equipment. I could see it through a small window, but wasn’t allowed to tour.
I contacted a small operation in Shelburne Vermont. Even though they were closed for the season, the owner opened their doors for me and gave us a complete tour of the process of sugar making. When We went into the sugar house where they had their evaporating and storage equipment on one side, with a large room filled with picnic tables for sugar on snow parties in the middle, and then a small area where they sold maple syrup products, I knew I was looking at the Bevington’s sugar house. This place was my inspiration as I wrote the story.
Ten fun facts about Vermont Maple Syrup
1. The sugaring season is only about 4-6 weeks
2. The Weather must go down to below freezing at night, but up to the low to mid-forties during the day for the sap to flow
3. Maple Trees are at least 40 years old before they begin producing sap and it gets one tap. Older trees can have several
4. Sugar Maples are the most common for Maple syrup, but you can tap many other types of maple trees
5. It takes forty gallons of sap to make just one gallon of maple syrup
6. Either buckets hanging from the taps and hand carried to the sugar house, or plastic hosing is used to capture the sap and transported through a vacuum pump
7. The taps should be moved each season to let the bark heal
8. Vermont is the largest producer of Maple Syrup in the United States
9. Sap is made mostly of water, and must be boiled in a wood or oil burning evaporator in order to turn into the rich syrup
10. There are four different grades of maple syrup, from the light, fancy grade at the beginning of the season and getting darker and more full-bodied flavor towards the end of the season.
I have a rafflecopter giveaway of 3 e-copies of Home is Where you Are, and a Grand prize of the e-book and a gift pack of Vermont maple syrup and maple candy.
Eric, recently dumped by his boyfriend, is summoned home after his dad suffers a stroke. His family farm in rural Vermont holds memories he’d rather forget, but he—with his degree in agricultural business—is needed to clear up a predicament with the bank. In trying to forget the bad, Eric has also lost sight of the good: green meadows dotted with grass-fed dairy cows and the sugar maples that once produced the area’s finest maple syrup. With Eric’s help, they will again.
A captivating farmhand named Phil tempts Eric to give the countryside another chance, but before they can consider being together, Eric must move past more than his feelings for his ex-boyfriend—he’ll need to stand up to the ghosts that sent him running from the farm in the first place….
Emjay Haze is a Pennsylvania girl living in a Virginia world, growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs and moving to Northern Virginia to follow her now husband of twenty-plus years. She has two kids in college, a year-old puppy named Max, a black-and-white cat named Tux, a gecko named Rex, a yellow tang called Reggie, and we hear the eels are coming this week.
The family pastime is baseball, specifically the Nationals. She’s also a huge Redskins fans and loves classic rock. Emjay graduated with a degree in Creative Writing in 2015 after realizing it was the only thing she really wanted to do.
She has a wide and diverse work history in the fields of travel, hotel management, high-tech communications, web development, real estate, and the nonprofit health care industry where she has held positions such as travel agent, hotel concierge, web programmer, Realtor, account manager, and many, many others, giving her a varied and unique set of experiences that she draws upon in her stories and characters.
Emjay fell in love with the m/m romance genre after discovering the world of fanfiction several years ago and hasn’t looked back. Her family keeps asking when she’ll write something they can read, but she’s still having too much fun with her boys. Her goal is to broaden the minds of those who might not normally pick up a gay romance because it’s more about the person than the sexuality. She’ll take you on a roller-coaster journey, but you’ll always get a happy ending.