A warm welcome to author Eli Easton joining us today to talk about her new release “Tender Mercies”.
Check out Eli her beautiful pictures of her farm home !
Welcome Eli 🙂
Eli & Eddie’s Farm
By Eli Easton
I’m celebrating the release of TENDER MERCIES, the second book in the “Men of Lancaster County” series. It features a new couple and can be read as a stand-alone. The protagonists are a city guy, Eddie, who moved to the country to start a farm sanctuary, and a young Amish man, Samuel, kicked out of his community for being gay.
What this series of books has in common is being set in Lancaster County, a rural area of Pennsylvania where there are a lot of Amish and Mennonite. It also happens to be where my husband and I have a farm.
TENDER MERCIES is one of most autobiographical books I’ve ever written. The farm in the story is based on our own farm. And Eddie’s dreams about running a farm sanctuary mirror many of the discussions my husband and I have had. In this post, I’m going to share some pictures the farm that Eddie and I share. 😊
This shot is looking at the old bank barn from the farmhouse. Beyond the barn you can see the pasture where the cows and sheep hang out.
Our fieldstone farmhouse, which dates from 1732.
Eli in 2011 helping to install a new kitchen garden on the farm.
The kitchen garden months later with our bulldog, Lola.
Eli’s husband in the pasture with our cow, Trueheart, and her new calf, Bessy, in 2011. [Fred and Ginger in the book are based on True and Bessy.]
Our barn’s last stall is a “free stall”, a large stall open to the pasture just like the one in the book. The area shows here would be where the farm sanctuary visitors gather to meet the cows (with the gate on the right closed) and where Benny the pig first appeared. Benny is based on our real-life pig, Watson.
The farm pond.
Lovely cows – Tinkerbell, Bessy, and Trueheart
I hope this little tour of the farm adds to your enjoyment of TENDER MERCIES.
TENDER MERCIES – Eli Easton (Men of Lancaster County #2)
Eddie Graber’s dream of a sanctuary for rescued farm animals was about to come true when his partner backed out at the last minute. Now Eddie risks losing the twenty-five acre property in Lancaster County—and all the hopes he held for it—before the project even gets off the ground. He needs help, he needs money, but most importantly, he needs to rediscover the belief in a higher purpose that brought him here in the first place.
Samuel Miller worked hard to fit into his Amish community despite his club foot. But when his father learns Samuel is gay, he is whipped and shunned. With just a few hundred dollars to his name, Samuel responds to an ad for a farmhand and finds himself employed by a city guy who has strange ideas about animals, no clue how to run his small farm, and a gentle heart.
Samuel isn’t the only lost soul to serendipitously find his way to Meadow Lake Farm. There’s Fred and Ginger, two cows who’d been living in a garage, a gang of sheep, and a little black pig named Benedict who might be the key to life, love, money—and even a happily ever after for two castoffs.
NOTE: This title is set in the same region as book #1 but features a new couple. It can be read as a stand-alone.
Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.
As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.
Her website is www.elieaston.com
You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org