The Most Wonderful Time of the Year ~ Outside the Margins with Shae Connor

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Okay, okay, put away your pitchforks and torches. This isn’t about Christmas. Which I love, for the record, but it’s way too early for that.

No, for me, the best time of year is the fall. October especially, but starting from the official first day in late September until the gloom of mid-November descends, I am totally in love. In Georgia in particular, October is glorious. After the unrelenting heat of the southern summer, we’re treated with bright blue skies and flaming red and orange trees that make me feel like I’m living inside a painting, and the world starts to smell like cinnamon.

One of the first heralds of fall in Atlanta is the appearance in stores of the new crop of Honeycrisp apples. These are my very favorite, sweet and crisp, and I will eat likely dozens of them over the next few months. Pumpkin treats follow soon after, led by the much-maligned pumpkin spice latte, though I’m less a fan of pumpkin-spiced drinks than I am pumpkin-based baked goods. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin donuts… and now pumpkin no longer looks like a real word. LOL

Fall is when I can break out the stew and soup recipes that don’t taste nearly so good without cool weather wrapped around them. I can go for a walk or a hike or just sit outside to write without wilting from the heat. I can hit up one of the many fall festivals for a caramel apple and some arts and crafts. I can dig my sweaters and boots out of storage and shop for new additions to my cool-weather wardrobe.

(And okay, yes, I can look forward with not a little glee to Thanksgiving and Christmas and a brand-new year to celebrate.)

So for the next few months, I’ll be wallowing in anything and everything fall-related. It’s not that long before the weather will turn grey and cold, and then we’ll be back on the cycle to spring pollen and summer heat. I’m going to live in this wonderful moment, and wish I could stay here all year long.

~Shae Connor


Title: Accidental Fall
Author: Shae Connor
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: 09/21/2016
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Genre: Contemporary, Gay


When it comes to relationships, college roommates Greg and Keith are polar opposites. A recovering addict, Greg avoids sex because it’s too closely tied in his mind with the alcohol and drugs he gave up. In contrast, Keith protects his heart by limiting sex to one-night stands and weekend flings.

As the two get to know each other better, they feel drawn together, and slowly they take tentative steps toward something real. Their attraction soon flares hot, but Greg’s fears overwhelm him, sending him running. It’s up to Keith to help Greg learn to trust in himself—and in the way they feel about each other.

Second edition (previously published as Accidental Love by Amber Allure in 2012).


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About Shae Connor

Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She’s been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe she should try writing them down. She’s conned several companies into publishing her work and adds a new notch on her bedpost each time another story is unleashed onto an unsuspecting universe.

A member of the Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Writers chapter, Shae was first published in 2010 and has a lineup of short stories, novellas, and novels available from Dreamspinner Press, Wilde City Press, MLR Press, and Amber Allure.

Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. When she’s not chained to her laptop, she enjoys cooking, traveling, watching baseball, and reading voraciously, and she’s an annual volunteer for the Dragon Con on-site publication, the Daily Dragon. You can find her hanging out on Twitter most any time @shaeconnor, but for the more direct route, you can email her at or visit her website at

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2 thoughts on “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year ~ Outside the Margins with Shae Connor

  1. I think you would enjoy a trip up north to Michigan during the fall when the leaves are changing. There is something magical here, and it’s also my favorite season to write. It always has been. btw, you’re totally on with the apples too! We have some local cider mills I enjoy picking cider, donuts, apples, and fresh pies up from.

  2. Fall is my favorite season, and usually towards the end of July, I find myself counting the days ’til the Autumnal Equinox. Was born and raised in the far south (FL) and there is very little seasonal change there. It’s hot, it’s comfortable, or it’s cold. I lived in Iowa for a time, and fell in love with all things autumn–the colors, the falling leaves, the golden light, the lovely aromas, harvesting end-of-season crops, and especially the cool and crisp feel to the air. Sigh……bring on the pumpkin-spiced coffee and fresh apple dumplings. Time to get out the Halloween decorations-yay!

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