Shannon Stacey
Maine road trip: knights and flying moose

Last month, my husband and I took a road trip to Moosehead Lake region of Maine to do some snowmobiling. When we travel, I often see things that pique my curiosity and I look them up on my phone. But there are still places with no cell coverage at all and we were in one of them.

I knew it was going to happen like this: See interesting thing. Can’t look it up. “Oh, I need to remember to look that up if/when I ever get cell reception again.” Forget the thing. Spend the 2am hour trying to remember the interesting thing I wanted to look up.

So I made notes on my phone of things I saw that I want to know more about.

 

Sangerville, Maine: A Town of Two Knights

That welcome-to-town sign definitely caught my attention because when you think of knights, remote parts of Maine don’t generally come to mind.

From the town’s website: The town was named after Colonel Calvin Sanger, an early settler and landowner.  It is the birthplace of Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim (1840–1916) and Sir Harry Oakes, 1st Baronet (December 23, 1874 – July 7, 1943).

Apparently, Maxim created the first portable fully automatic machine gun.

Oakes appears to be slightly more interesting. From his Wikipedia page:

He earned his fortune in Canada and in the 1930s moved to the Bahamas for tax purposes, where he was murdered in 1943 in notorious circumstances. The cause of death and the details surrounding it have never been entirely determined, and have been the subject of several books and four films.

Huh.

Abbot: Maine’s #1 Town

Another welcome-to-town sign. I remembering at the time wondering if it was voted the best town to live in, but that seemed unlikely. (Sorry, 700 people of Abbot. It’s lovely, but you’re competing with Ogunquit and Bar Harbor and that’s just on the coast.) And it’s too far from the ocean or Massachusetts to have been the literal #1 town (which was Kittery). So, then I wondered if it was the first town after the split from Mass. Nope.

I can’t find a source for the #1 designation. (Also, I spelled it wrong in the Notes app because the town at some point dropped the second T.)

OH WAIT. It’s alphabetically the first town listed for Maine. Okay, then.

Misery Gore

Just a gore with a cool name, I guess. (Gores are little bits of land that fall through the survey cracks, which you can read more about here if you’re so inclined.) Despite it being Stephen King’s state, Misery Township predates the book.

Pegasus Moose

I wasn’t able to get my own photo because my husband drives fast and the snowbanks on the side of the road were very high, but I caught a glimpse of a moose statue with wings. I was able to get a stock photo for y’all, though.

A very large moose statue with gold antlers and huge gold and white wings

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You can see why it caught my eye. Apparently the statue honors an old Abenaki legend. You can read a good (short) article about it here. Maybe someday (when they have cell coverage and fast food restaurants) I’ll go back when trying to get to the statue doesn’t involve scaling a wall of snow they could use for filming Game of Thrones.

And now I know.

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It’s FLARE UP release day!

I know a lot of you have been waiting for Grant and Wren’s story, and it’s finally here! Flare Up  is an emotional reunion romance, but it still brings the heat and the humor that readers expect from the Boston Fire series. Early readers and reviewers have really enjoyed Grant and Wren’s road to happily ever after, and I hope you will, too!

“A hugely enjoyable contemporary romance that sizzles with passion, humor, heat and heart, Flare Up is a fantastic tale of second chances, settling old scores and taking a chance on love that readers will find absolutely impossible to put down. Shannon Stacey pens first-rate contemporary romance that grab readers’ attention from the very first page and keep them engrossed until the very last full stop and Flare Up is certainly no exception!” – Bookish Jottings

Nursing a broken heart while everybody around him seems to be drowning in happiness has Grant Cutter wondering whether staying with Engine 59—or even Boston Fire—is in his future. It’s tempting as hell to pack up what fits in his Jeep and hit the road. But then a 911 call brings the woman who shattered his heart back into his life, and he knows he won’t ever be able to fully leave her in his rearview mirror.

For a few months, Wren Everett had thought the nightmare of her past was behind her and she might live happily ever after with Grant. Until she got the phone call letting her know the time her ex had spent in jail for assault hadn’t cooled his temper or determination that she belonged with him. Cutting ties with Grant was the hardest thing she’d ever had to do, but it was also the only way to keep him safe.

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Happy reading!

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