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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Why I love Ligonier

Okay, I'll admit, this isn't the exact way this past Sunday looked in Ligonier. But the temps were bone chilling and the wind whipped about. Yet so many amazing people came out to have a little fun and show support of the town they love, and the town I'd like to adopt.

You see, back where I come from, Beaver County originally, we close up shop over a few snowflakes. We cancel everything and then some when the weather turns on us. Not true Ligonier folks.

My book launch party which was held at Thistledown at Seger House went on as planned. And it truly was an incredible turnout. We had homemade cookies and hot cider, punch, gifts and giveaways. We had a speaker who told us about the history of the inn, and another who told us about history of the town. When I spoke about my writing journey, everyone was courteous and receptive.

No matter what time of the year my husband and I visit your town, we've made some new friends in the different shops. My book actually uses several real Ligonier locations at the owners permissions, and I felt as if I was a character in my own book, a very surreal feeling, as we introduced ourselves around this past weekend

Ligonier has been home away from home for my husband and I. the perfect getaway for the long hours he puts in at work. The time out so necessary from our hectic lives and living in the large, busy town of Monroeville. And every nook, every storefront is a writer's delight. My vivid imagination runs wild when I am in your town.

When visiting recently, I couldn't contain my excitement. For everywhere I looked, I see scenes of my book as if they are true events and really occurred. There are two distinct chapters about the town, and I hope to convey not only to the people who love Ligonier, but to outsiders, what a wonderful place this is.

If you haven't had a chance to read the book yet, it is available at the link below on Amazon in e book format and paperback. Second Chapter Books of Ligonier also has a few autographed copies.

In closing, I want to thank you all again, those of you who turned out for the event and made it such a wonderful day, and thank you all for making outsiders feel a sense of belonging, if only for a weekend here and there.