Happy Wednesday everyone and welcome to another addition of A Day in the Life! Today you are in for a real treat. Have you read Bell Renshaw’s Book As Easy As Riding a Bike? Connor Pearson is here to give a glimpse of what happened after the end of the story! WOOHOO!!! If you haven’t read this sweet novella, I encourage you too. And today it’s only $0.99 on kindle!! (disclosure – it was that price when I checked, make sure you check the price before you check out!!) Let me tell you a little about it before we get to Connor’s day 🙂
Emma Holland is almost finished with the renovation of The Brown Bear Lodge nestled just off the Pacific Coast 101 Highway in picturesque Justin Harbor, Oregon. Being a business owner in a small town isn’t easy, but Emma’s got more than enough determination—not to mention an excellent eye for interior design. There’s only one problem. One of her first guests of the season is someone she hoped she’d never see again.
As a famous landscape photographer, Connor Pearson has traveled far and wide following his dreams at the cost of losing his first love. Now, back in Justin Harbor, Connor is looking for more than just a place to stay. He’s looking for himself.
As Emma and Connor rediscover their lost friendship and seek to find common ground in the present, Connor feels the tug of his small town roots. Is it possible that a man who’s traveled the world could find his home where his dreams began? Can Emma come to terms with the fact that self-reliance isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? Will their bonds from the past weather the storms of the present?
As Easy as Riding a Bike will introduce you to the salty air and calming waters of Justin Harbor, the first novella in a series featuring small town women business owners.
Now that you know the backstory a little bit, please welcome Connor to the blog today!!
A note from Bell: I thought it would be fun to do a little “sneak peek” into the life of my hero, Connor. This day takes place after the end of my novel As Easy As Riding A Bike and, while there aren’t big spoilers, there may be a few. You’ll see me mention a few of my favorite places (and people) from Justin Harbor and I’m so happy that you’ll get to see so much more of them in book 2, As Easy As Cherry Pie coming out this May.
A Day in the Life of Connor Pearson
The alarm goes off at 6:00am. I groan, stretching my arms above my head and twisting back and forth for good measure, and then finally pull myself from bed. It’s still dark, but all I need right now is a good dose of coffee and some of that frigid, Justin Harbor air on my face to truly wake me up.
It’s mornings like this, on the cusp of a storm still out to sea, that will create the most dynamic photos. A sunrise with clear sky is beautiful—stunning even—but I personally love the contrast of sun and clouds as long as the sun breaks through. Please let the sun break through!
As I head toward the Harbor in my SUV, heat blowing to warm my numb fingers, I think of the saying my father always used to tell me and my sister: Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. Red sky at night, sailors delight. I laugh because I’ll take a red sky no matter the time of day.
It’s 6:30am and I’ve made it to the pier. The wind is frigid and the air, heavy with salty moisture, hits me like a wall. I’m glad I wore a few extra layers this morning. The weather in March is still brutal along the Oregon coast but that doesn’t mean my job is on hold. In fact, some of the storms we’ve seen recently have created the best pieces I’ve done in years.
I set up my tripod for some special shots for today and get to work.
7:30am rolls around and I decide to pack up. I’m just about numb to the core but I feel good. I know I got some great shots and that’s what counts.
I rush home—okay, so home is the cottage behind my parents’ house right now, but I am planning on getting my own place soon—shower and change and then rush out the door to meet Emma.
It’s 8:15am and my breath leaves me as Emma walks through the doors of the Drive and Dine. Seeing her, a funny knot of anticipation clenches in the pit of my stomach and my fingers tingle, just waiting to grip her hands in mine. She kisses me on the cheek in greeting and we sit down at our favorite booth. I can’t take my eyes off her and she blushes. I love the pink tint to her cheeks. Alma delivers our usual orders with a grin and a wink, and we chat about our weekend plans to drive up north so I can capture more of the iconic Oregon coast. My gallery opening is only a few weeks away and I’m getting down to the wire.
9:00am and I head to my gallery. It’s time to work! I’ll be editing, sending off print orders, checking email, and making sure my contractor, Fletcher Knight, has all the information that he needs to finish up the interior of the gallery.
2:00pm rolls around and I’m starving. I snacked on my favorite, homemade granola (my mom spoils me): oats, almonds, coconut, macadamia nuts, and a light dusting of cinnamon all drizzled with maple syrup and baked to perfection. But that was hours ago. I close up shop and head to the Seagrass Café. It’s changed a lot since I came back to town and the owner, Freda, has added a great lunch menu.
2:45pm and I’m just about done with my honey latte and the book on social justice I brought with me. Time to head back to the office.
I stifle another yawn and realize it’s already 6:00pm. It’s been a long day but I feel productive. Things are coming along well for the opening of my gallery and I get to see Emma tonight at a town business meeting. I lean back and smile to myself, remembering the first meeting I attended with her. She had no idea how that would affect my decision to stay in Justin Harbor, then again, neither did I.
7:00pm We grab dinner together at a little fish shack that’s just opened up—got to support those new, small town businesses—and then head to the 7:30pm meeting. It’s filled with lively debate over the date of the Kite Festival. Vivienne McKinney, owner of the local kite shop, stands her ground for the original proposed date stating she’s already started to spread the word. When Maggie Petten throws in her two cents (in support of Viv, of course) Mayor Wentworth gives up gracefully and the dates hold firm.
I sit back and laugh until Emma pokes me in the ribs with her elbow, but I’m not laughing at the people or the problems. I’m laughing at how much I love this town. At how passionate these people are for the people not just for their businesses. I laugh because I’m one of them now.
It’s almost 9:00pm and I’m beat, but I walk out of the meeting room hand in hand with Emma feeling rejuvenated. I may not know exactly what my future holds, but I know that with Emma and the crazy-wonderful town of Justin Harbor on my side, I’m in for a wild adventure.
10:00pm and its lights out for me. I hear there’s a storm coming tomorrow—better set my alarm!
About the Author
Annabell “Bell” Renshaw has always loved books and the power of a good story. She turned those passions toward writing at an early age, finding solace and adventure in made-up worlds when her mother would read to her as a kid. She’s grown up now, but still finds herself lost in those worlds. She believes in the power of a happy ending and the fact that–no matter what–love will always find a home.
Thank you Connor for sharing a day of your life with us! Readers, if you have read this novella, please share with us your thoughts on it, and what you thought of Connor’s day! And I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for book 2!!