July 17, 2016

New Hampshire, Why I love My Adopted State by Ashlyn Chase

No offense, Massachusetts, but when I drive just an hour south and wind up on one of your mighty eight-lane highways or city streets, I’m already wishing I was home. Home, for the past thirty-three years, is New Hampshire.

New Hampshire, where we actually use turn signals—even to change lanes!
Where a person will slow down and wave you in because they know you want to cross paths.

There are a number of times I’ve been treated rudely on the road, only to glance at the license plate and say, “Oh, of course. Another bad-ass from Mass.” (You know I’m being nice here, right? Some people call an aggressive Massachusetts driver a Masshole.)

Well, turnabout is fairplay, so I’ll acknowledge your nickname for us. Cow Hampshire. Yep. I’m chewing on a piece of hay right now. LOL

We’re simply your nice neighbors to the north. You come here year-round to enjoy our mountains. (How many above 4,000 feet do you have? Oh, none? Yeah, we have 49.)

You can laugh at our coastline. We only have 18 miles of it, but the Canadians flock to Hampton Beach like it’s their own back yard. Perhaps it’s because we say, “Bienvenue!”

I live in a great spot. Just half an hour from the coast and an hour from Boston or the NH Lakes region.

All of the six New England states together amount to about the size of many western states. Because of this, everything is accessible. New England has ocean, islands, mountains, lakes…and New Hampshire has all of these! 

Plus, we’re more laid back. Our state motto is ‘Live Free or Die.’ That may sound threatening, but it actually means; ‘You do your thing, and we’ll do ours. Don’t try to bully us though. We’re prepared to fight for our rights.’ It’s just too long a slogan to fit on a sign.

If you haven’t guessed by now. I write comedy. I love to laugh and I love love, so I write romantic comedy. Don’t tell me I can’t though, or I’ll mess you up!

Ashlyn Chase describes herself as an Almond Joy bar.  A little nutty, a little flaky, but basically sweet, wanting only to give her readers a satisfying experience.  
She holds a degree in behavioral sciences, worked as a psychiatric RN for 15 years and spent a few more years working for the American Red Cross.  She credits her sense of humor to her former careers since comedy helped preserve whatever was left of her sanity.  She is a multi-published, award-winning author of humorous erotic and paranormal romances, represented by the Seymour Agency.

She lives in beautiful New Hampshire with her true-life hero husband who looks like Hugh Jackman with a salt and pepper dye job, and they’re owned by a spoiled brat cat.  

Where there’s fire, there’s Ash

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  1. AnonymousJuly 17, 2016

    What a great blog Ash!! Love all your books and so glad to have met you in person, one beautiful woman inside and out!! Can't wait for the "Fall in love with New England" conference to see you again and meet some more amazing authors!!

    Lots of love,

  2. NH sounds like a great place to visit. One of the New England states I still have to visit.

  3. Can't wait to see you too, Lynda from MA! LOL
    And jrlindermuth...you really ought to visit! You'll love it.

  4. New Hampshire sounds absolutely lovely! Can't wait to visit someday.

    Your books sound great too, but please don't add me to the drawing. My TBR pile is way too big now-THANKS!

    Good luck and God's blessings.

  5. All of New England is a joy to me. Although I set my book, Broody New Englander in Maine, it certainly could have taken place in New Hampshire or Vermont, even the western side of Massachusetts. Eastern Mass, Connecticut, and Rhode Island offer a less bucolic but equally wonderful lifestyle. Anyone who comes from the northeastern US has been blessed. Yeah, I'll even throw New York in that comment. Of course, there is one major difference between areas besides the number of mountains and the density of populations, that is driving. Driving in New Hampshire has always seemed easier because it was more an exercise in the polite. In Maine, people just drive and ignore the niceties, except for the tourists who drive and exercise a lot of the anti-niciities. And then there's driving in Boston. Well, thankfully, I don't have to do that anymore. I did take a few hours but on my last trip "home" I managed to get out of that traffic circle in time to board my flight back to Arizona.

  6. Your sense of humor shines through. If most people in your state are like you, it would be a great escape just to visit there and meet some of the folks. But your state sounds amazing too. It's one of the states I've not yet visited. Maybe I'm missing out.

  7. LOL, Ken! Yup. You know what you're talking about.

  8. Most definitely, Mary! I hope you'll make the trip sometime.

  9. Love NH. Have climbed in the White Mountains, gone to Hampton Beach and done research in Portsmouth. My ancestor moved up from Newburyport, MA and built his home in Greenland in 1701. Still standing.

  10. That's awesome, historywriter!
    I climbed several of the 4,000 footers when I was younger. My husband's and my first dates...because it was cheap. LOL

  11. And the winner of The Cupcake Coven is...
    Mary Deal!
    email me at ash@ashlynchase.com and I'll send you whichever format you prefer. Print will be signed however you like.

  12. Sorry I missed the drawing, I didn't realize it was a one day only thing. I'm looking forward to reading the Boston Dragons series. I love finding new authors and I just happened across a comment and link about the 50 authors in 50 states blog which led me to you.

  13. I'm so glad you're trying my latest series! Enjoy!

  14. What a fun look at New Hampshire. I want to visit. I don't understand the pokes at Massachusetts, but you probably wouldn't relate to the Kansas/Missouri rivalry, either.

  15. You're right, Joyce. I wasn't aware of that 'rivalry'.
    NH and MA aren't rivals. We're just very different--yet so close!
    Now, if you're talking about rivalries, Boston vs. New York is epic!


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