Sunday, July 31, 2022

Sunday's Book features Divided Dreams #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #romance #Author #Doctor #nurse practitioner #shared custody


Rob Grantlan has given up medicine to become an author. As a Gemini, having two careers seems just right. His quiet days are overturned by the death of his wayward sister and his taking guardianship of his two month old niece. When he learns the father of the infant is his old flame Andi Sherman’s brother a plan unfolds. Years ago, he hurt her. He still loves her and he wants to regenerate that love. Andi Sherman is now a nurse practitioner in Pediatrics. She has vowed never to return to Fern Lake. The offer of a partnership in a friend’s practice is tempting. She refuses until she learns Rob has given up the practice of medicine. She believes he will leave town. On the day after her July birthday, she returns and comes upon the accident, finds the dying woman and the baby. When she learns the little girl is her niece and Rob hasn’t left town she is conflicted. She still loves him but she can’t trust him. News from her brother brings a threat. Will Tammy’s presence in their lives find a way to allow them to love and trust again?

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

Saturday's Blurbs feature books by Eileen Troemel MFRWAuthor #Fantasy #dragons

 Dragon Descendant - Marelo

Marelo studies water dragons. Bandor studies her heart.

Driven to succeed, Marelo focuses on her studies. She doesn’t have time for males claiming her as a mate. She came here to study the dragon’s ancestral home. She will find the evidence she needs while avoiding all males especially Bandor who makes her heart rush.

Bandor takes one look at Marelo and knows she’s his mate. Her haughty demeaner doesn’t put him off. She’s his mate, he’ll do anything to win her. But he has secrets only his mate can know. Can he convince her to be his mate or will it take something more?

Dragon Descendant – Solana
Fire dragons are easy for Solana. Mates? Not so much.

Lowkas, on his own since he was ten, learned early how to survive alone. Stationed at the fire geysers, he finds home and comfort from a source he didn’t expect. When Solana shows up exposing things he’s kept secret, he’s suspicious.

Will Lowkas put his past behind him, or will it take a dragon intervention?

Dragon Descendant – Ariana
Winnod abandoned Ariana ten years ago.

Ariana’s fated mate denied her. She mourned his loss but she didn’t pursue him. She refused to chase a male who didn’t want her. She found her inner peace but her loneliness echoes from her to air dragons. They tell her to call him in the old way. If he’s a true mate, he’ll return. If he’s not, she should move on.

When Winnod returns, will his revelations tear them apart or heal the wounds?

Dragon Descendant – Bryony
What do you do when confronted with an angry earth dragon?  Exactly what she tells you to.

Newly mated young couple Bryony and Zonlet love exploring caves. During a nearly fatal catastrophe, they run headlong into Gidor an earth dragon.  Gidor offers more than just advice and with her gift they work with the other Guardians to solve a mystery.

Will Bryony and Zonlet complete their fated mission or turn their backs on the dragons? 

Friday, July 29, 2022

Friday Eileen Troemel is visiting and talking about the elements of Fiction #MFRWAuthor #fantasy #dragons

  We all know there are six elements of fiction. Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. I believe the first five lead to the sixth which for me is plot. What's your take on this?


For me, it’s usually a scene or a person who I start with – most often a scene. Things come to me in a flash of inspiration and I take it from there. Sometimes it’s a situation and sometimes it’s a character. For the Dragon Descendant series, once I used a scene I’d written for a group but it was too short so I expanded it.  The cover came next and from there it expanded into a short story.  For the subsequent short stories, the characters came to me as the world was already set up. So my top two would be who and where. Often the what and why show up later sometimes at almost the end of the book. The how of a story – this unfolds as I write.



How do you create your characters? Do you have a specific method?


My method is to listen to my characters and write them the way they tell me to or else.  I always say my characters tell me the story. Marelo was stubborn but Bandor told me all about his love and how much he needed his mate. For Solana it was the opposite. Solana told me how much she loved the dragons and how difficult it was for her to cope with her fated mate to be so standoffish. Ariana and Winnod gave me a mix. Ariana told me of her heartbreak and her loneliness after Winnod ran away from their early connection. Winnod told me about how much he loved her even when he knew he shouldn’t. I felt his desperation for even a scent of her when he was in the mountains. With the last book, the mates found each other but Zonlet came through first with his worry and his concerns. He wanted her to have play time but worried about her impulsiveness. When they experience a difficulty, it shocks Bryony and from there, she spoke with me more than Zonlet.



2. Does your beginning arrive fully developed or do you spend a lot of time making the right approach to scene 1?


My openings can be as little as a one liner or as long as a chapter. With the Dragon Descendant series, I didn’t start out to write the final three. I’d written Marelo and planned to write the other three later – like next year later but they sparked something in me and one led into the next and so on.  Ironically I kept saying to myself – oh I’ll just putter on the story tonight before I go back to the current WIP.  Every night I’d share how I wrote a couple thousand words.  Once I got started, the words tumbled out as if I’d opened a faucet on full.   


3. Do you know how the story will end before you begin? In a general way or a specific one?

Almost never. I rarely see the end except in a few cases. When I wrote my Wayfarer series, I saw the last four books in a big overview and as I wrote each one the ending became really clear.  With the Dragon Descendant series, I didn’t see the endings of the short stories. I knew a little on how the series would end but it was broad strokes. When it came to Bryony, I got to a point where I knew things had to change and then an idea popped and I knew how it would end. Once I did, I realized I’d have to go back and add hints of it to the stories.



4. Do you choose settings you know or do you have books of settings and plans of houses sitting around?

Because I write a lot in scifi and fantasy most of what I do is world building. If it’s a new world or new species, I have to create all of it from scratch. I’ve had to describe ships and try to avoid what has already been used. In Dragon Descendant stories, I had to create a whole planet and describe how the people were different from each other and why. Each location becomes a balance between how much do I describe and how much do I let the reader make up what they imagine.  





5. Where do you do your research? On line or from books?


My research is generally online or with people who have experience with the topic. My standard is to work on my laptop for writing and use my cell phone to go in and Google for information. However, there are some topics which I know someone who can explain things to me better than what I read on the Internet. I use them shamelessly. When I needed to set up the financial part of an entire race, I texted a friend who was an accountant (Wayfarer series). Recently I worked on a shifter series (Puma Pride due out next July), I needed information on genetics. My youngest daughter has participated in genetic research so I called her.  Many conversations later, I believe I came up with something believable but not too sciency. 



6. Are you a draft writer or do you revise as you go along and why? Do you sketch out your plot or do you let the characters develop the route to the end?


My process is to write and then the next time I go in, I’ll read over what I wrote last time (sometimes I reread the whole thing) and edit and adjust as I go.  Sometimes this means I spend more time editing/reading than writing. It depends on how much of a gap there is between writing sessions as I often work on multiple projects at a time.  


7. Where can we find you on the net?

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

 We all know there are six elements of fiction. Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. I believe the first five lead to the sixth which for me is plot. What's your take on this?


     How do you create your characters? Do you have a specific method?

2. Does your beginning arrive fully developed or do you spend a lot of time making the right approach to scene 1?


3. Do you know how the story will end before you begin? In a general way or a specific one?


4. Do you choose settings you know or do you have books of settings and plans of houses sitting around?



5. Where do you do your research? On line or from books?


6. Are you a draft writer or do you revise as you go along and why? Do you sketch out your plot or do you let the characters develop the route to the end?


7. Where can we find you on the net?

Seducing the Attorney #MFRWHooks #BWLLAuthor #romance #attorney #co-guardians #occupational therapy #Orphaned infant


Join the authors at #MFRWHooks here for some great excerpts. Mine is from Seducing the Attorney, the fourth book of the series and involves a joint guardianship of an infant.

Lauren Grant’s first meeting with Tony Carlin happened four years ago at her sister’s wedding to his older brother. There’s been an attraction but a wary one. The handsome arrogant attorney had showed disdain. At that time Lauren had been a troubled teen with streaked hair and piercings. Now, she’s working toward her Master’s in OT and has no time for more than school and her infant nephew. The death of Jamie’s parents has left Tony and Lauren as joint guardians of the baby.

Tony makes assumptions about Lauren’s current life-style. He’s as attracted to her as he was four years ago. But he’s a player and has no thought of making any commitments other than having sole custody of his nephew. He is grieving for his brother. Lauren grieves for her sister and Tony’s brother. A moment of mutual comfort sends them on a spiraling course.

Will they solve the problem of the custody and come to admit their feelings for each other?


Bright morning sunlight glinted on the stained glass windows of the gray stone church. Lauren Grant left the memorial garden where the ashes of her sister and brother-in-law had been interred. They rested inside the stone wall near her parents’ site. She rubbed her arms to chase the chill of the autumn day.

Conversations flowed around her. She drew a deep breath to force back the tears ready to flow. She had to leave. Hearing one more word of sympathy might release the flood. As she dashed past the steps leading to the sanctuary door, she saw him standing with the pastor, two of Jim’s colleagues and a teacher friend of Carrie’s.

Tony Carlin. Tall, broad-shouldered with dark hair seemed in his element. She felt sure his piercing brown eyes compelled witnesses to tell the truth when he grilled them on the stand. Jim’s brother and the man she had to share custody of their ten month old nephew troubled her. She didn’t know why but sharing wasn’t part of his nature.

She reached her six year old sedan. In the sunlight the car appeared more blue than green. She slid into the driver’s seat, buckled up, started the car and drove through the streets of the Hudson River village to her classmate’s house. The action gave her time to control the urge to let tears cascade. She was on her way to pick up Jamie. The baby didn’t need to see her grief.

She parked in the driveway of the white frame house and bounded to the door. She rang the bell. With Jamie in her arms, her friend opened the door.

“Tee, Tee.” Jamie’s happy cries greeted her.

She held out her arms and he nearly leaped into them. “Miss me, squirt. Were you a good boy?”

Marsha smiled. “He was a dream. Wish my hellions were so easy. I have your notes from yesterday’s class. Will you be there tomorrow?”

“Have to be.” Lauren sank on the couch. “With mid-terms looming I can’t afford to miss another day.”

“Makes two of us. I made a list of classmates willing to watch Jamie. Do you have someone for tomorrow?”

Lauren nodded. “The young man who was Carrie’s student signed up for weekend duty. He watched Jamie several times so they could go out to dinner.” She struggled to fit her squirming nephew into his blue jacket.

“Study hard tonight,” Marsha said. “I’m sure there will be a quiz.” She walked with Laura to the door.

“She never fails to have a quiz.” Lauren wished she could follow her friend’s suggestion. Hopefully there would be time to copy yesterday’s notes as well as do battle with Tony over the guardianship issue. What did a playboy know about caring for an infant?

The trip from her friend’s house to Carrie and Jim’s took ten minutes. Jamie’s chatter had ceased the moment she’d fastened him into the car seat. At least he hadn’t cried the way he had when she brought him home from the hospital. Did he remember the accident?

She turned into the circle of the development and parked in the driveway of the unit. She’d lived here since the day of the accident and the deaths so Jamie would be in a familiar environment. After opening the garage door she lifted Jamie and carried him inside.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Tuesday's Writer's Tip - Plot #BWLAuthor #MFTWAuthor #writing #plot

Many years ago, I imagine perhaps 40 or 50, I went to hear a writer give an all day talk about writing. Wish I could remember his name but memory goes as one ages.  He said one thing that stuck with me "A PLOT IS JUST A PLAN."

I've been a writer for all those years and I've spent time with new writers. Many of them worry about the plot and sometimes make it so complicated it makes no sense. I repeat those words to them. I sometimes tell them to think of a road map when you're going from one place to the other. This is essentially what a plot is.

There is the Beginning. when you set up what the story is about. Is this a romance, a mystery, a look at history, a peering into the future or finding a place that doesn't exist. The beginning is when you introduce your characters and what they have as a goal. You might hit a bit on their reasons for wanting something but you may save much of this for the reader. In the beginning you need to let the reader know about the character's worlds and how they fit into this. So the beginning sets you on the road.

Then comes the middle and this is where the road may not be straight. There are complications that may set your characters on a different path for a time but they must come back to the original road or the story becomes confused. The middle deals with interactions and also with actions and reactions to what's happening to the characters. Sometimes the road goes straight up to that point where the end is in sight. Other times this is a rocky road with many twists and turns but as the writer you know you need to drive the characters back to the road and to that peak.

The end is where all the problems are solved and the characters find a satisfactory ending. Note I say satisfactory. This means the reader will smile and nod and believe the ending of the story. The ending of a book must be just right. Not too long and not too short. Too long bores the reader and they want to yell "get on with it." Too short leaves them wondering what really happened during the story. I've been guilty of both kinds of ending and often rewrrite this part many times. Sometimes adding words and sometimes cutting them out.

Just remember A PLOT US JUSY A PLAN> 

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Monday, July 25, 2022

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters - #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Vacation #Thoughts

Meader 1 Reading - Not as much last week as usual since I was on vacation. Did read several of Mary Balough's Regencies while on the plane and waiting for luggage to arrive.

Meander 2 = Thoughts - Had a great visit with my daughter and grandchildren in Florida for six days. So great to see them again. COVID meant three years since I saw my daughter and son-in law and five years for most of the grandchildren. They are doing wonderful and having good lives. All are working and moving forward in life. Was great to have hugs galore and also being taken care of by the children. Hopefully they';; come here. I'm eighty six and traveling isn't like it used to be. Went to Gatorland and saw creepy creatures. Interesting day. Went to Universal and went on a lot of sort of rides. Some were good and some strange and one or two not good at all. Then had a down day when all wevt to a water park. Not wanting to risk sunburn I stayed at the house and slept and wrote. Was nice. On Wednesday ate at a Chinese buffet. Great food with an enormous selection of many dishes. Several great crab ones. Ate too much but that was all right.  On Wednesday at Universal ate with daughter and son-in-law at an English pub. I had fish and chips. Really good. On Saturday evening we ordered from an Italian deli. I love pepperoin pizza but not as good as what i get here. The crust was burned so took some of the taste away.

Meander 3 - Writing - Even though I was away, I managed to write a scene and start another.  This is good. Bit I'm back and will be hitting the pen and pencil as well as the computer. 

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Thursday Meet the Characters from Seducing the Doctor #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Romance #Magazine editor #doctor

 Matt Blakefield has no desire to marry. He rides a motorcycle and flees his brother's wedding before he can be introduced to elligible women. Rain begins and vision is poor. He thinks he sees a deer and ends up in a crash. He is rescued and thinks he has met the women before.

Cassie Moore wants tohide and feelsorry forherself. Her fiance has married anothr woman while she is planning their wedding. She borrows a cabin from one of the partners and goes to think her sitiation over. The arrival of a man who wrecked his motorcycle gives her an interest. Especially when she realizes he was the boy she had a crush on in high school just before her mother remarries and they move. Now what she wonders and the attraction remains hot.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Seducing the Doctor #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #comtemporary romance #magazine editor #doctor


Jaim the authors at @MFRWHooks here for some great excerpts. Mine is found at Https://  Seducing the Doctor is the fourth book in the series.
Those words send Matt Blakefield fleeing his brother’s wedding. Marriage or even falling in love is the last of his desires. What he wants to learn is the identity of the owner of the house he wants to use as a make-over for the magazine he edits, Good Livin’. A fall rainstorm and a pine tree sends his motorcycle into a spin and into the arms of an old acquaintance, a girl he hurt in high school.

Cassie Moore has borrowed a cabin from one of her partners in a cardiology practice to come to terms with a broken engagement. The news came via an email. Her fiancĂ©e had married another woman just weeks before their scheduled marriage. The appearance of Matt at her door brings an old attraction into full bloom. She realizes love is lurking but he’s a player and she needs to forget the connection.

Is it possible that a weekend of love can become a lifetime?

Top review from the United States

Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2016
A K/U book.

This is a cute story. I loved Cassie and Matt's characters and I loved how his family
couldn't keep their noses out of their business.

Matt has sat around long enough and watched everyone pair off and get married. No matter
who is getting married, Matt always finds himself getting set up with someones co-worker or
friend. The last thing that Matt wants is to settle down and get married, but his family has other
plans. Going away for the weekend to one of his families cabins seems to be just what he needs
right now.

Cassie is a doctor and up until a couple of weeks ago, she was engaged to Tim. Much to her
surprise, Tim marries the office nurse, all of a sudden, out of the blue and on a Thursday no less.
Needing to escape, Cassie borrows one of her Senior Partners Cabins for a much needed get away.

This book is filled with surprises, some more pleasant than others.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Tuesday's Writer's Tips - The parts of a Story #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Plot #Characters #Setting #Goals #Motives

 Doing more of my take on writing a book this month. I'll get back to something else later. Stories are made of parts woven together. Making them work can be easy or hard but it's also fun to dream up a world and people it.  Bty world I mean whether your story is contemporary, his torical, fantasy or some other genre, each world is somewhat different from the realitty of the time period. The writer can choose the elements he or she wished to be part of the story.

Plot for me is where the story begins. I always have a series of steps designed to bring the story to the end. Someone once told me or i read it somewhere that a plot is just a plan. I look on it as a road map taking me from the beginning through the middle to the end. When designing the plot, I also am creating the world in which my characters dwell. Some writers through in the political events surrounding the characters. Sometimes I do this and sometimes not. This is the writer's choice.

Characters and here I often depend on Astrology for giving my characters traits and depths. Sometimes the character arrives fully developed during the time I spend at night telling myself a story. There is usually a hero, a heroine and a villain. The villain might not be really a bad one but always one whose goals are different from the other characters. There are usually secondary chaaracters who have a role to play in the story. I try not to make them cardboard characters but give them a bit of life. In doing this sometimes they then want their own story. I spend time looking at their view of the world of their existance.

Setting - This is the world in which the characters exist bu it's also the individual places they visit. The weather always plays a part. The book I'm working on now has seasons that give character to the book. It's an interesting bit of fun. I often forget in the rough draft to put my characters in any setting. Then I must go back and develop their world.

Goals are another part of developing the story. Each character, even the secondary ones have goals. I try to keep the secondary character's goals geared to one of the main characters.  Developing this area often makes me scratch my head. She wnats a man. He hs no desire to marry. These general ideas have to be boosted and changed to the why and the how of the story.

Motimes - This area goes into the characters backgrounds. This is also an area of why does he or she want a particular something.  The motive needs to be clear in my mind as I work on the story.

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Reading #Writing #Thoughts

 Meander 1 Reading - Finished Mikki Sadil's new release Murder and Macchiatos - Yes a mystery that starts with a missing teen and then the discovery of a body belonging to n little known relative. Lots of twists and turns in this book. One inept sherrif enters the mix. The heroine's stubborn pursuit finally brings the ending to the story. Lots of fance coffee and dessert. Book is also about three friends.

Also read H. Paul Douchette's latest - Robie's War - a well written book and a return to characters already known and enjoyed. The high-jacking of vital supplies for the troops in this story about WW2 was quite interesting as is the author's way of putting Robie's part in first person and the rest in third person. Enjoyed a lot.

Meander 2 Thoughts - Yesterday was my birthday and was a strange and enjoyable day. Ashley is off to a concert. Keith is at work. Didn't hear from Scott. Dawn and Elf are coming to take me to lunch. Several others wouldhave come but life has grabbed them tightly. The time will be enjoyable. I am now 86 and that seems strange.

Meander 3 Writing - Am in to the second writing of the book and have nearly finished chapter 1. Much expanded and things like setting and character's thoughts are expanded. Enjoying the journey with these new characters.

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Sunday, July 17, 2022

Sunday's Book Rekindled Dreams #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Romance #Aecond chance # old love #new baby


Returning to Fern Lake after ten years for the funeral of his cousin and teenage enemy, Simon Parker learns his high school sweetheart is nine months pregnant and seven months divorced from his cousin. Their meeting is complicated by her labor and driving her to the hospital. An attempted cheek kiss lands on her mouth and those old feelings resurface. Dana Collins responds to the kiss but Simon walked away ten years before when she refused to go all the way. In those ten years he has never tried to reach her. Her marriage to his cousin lasted less than two years and she knew she’d made a mistake. Can this pair put the past aside and let the embers of an old love be rekindled

Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2016
Orphan, Simon Parker, walked away from his dysfunctional uncle, aunt and cousins, as well as Dana his childhood sweetheart. He joined the marines, and the police force. After an incompetent superior officer made a mistake that resulted in Simon’s partner being killed and Simon being shot in the leg, Simon resigned.

Simon’s aunt asks him to return to the town where he grew up for his cousin Randy’s funeral. When he does, he meets Dana whom he has never stopped thinking about.

Dana and Randy have divorced but, when Simon meets her, she is pregnant. Randy, the father, wanted nothing to do with her or the child. He claimed he was not the father.

When his cousin Randy’s daughter is born Simon falls in love with her, and wants nothing more than to marry her mother and become the baby’s stepfather. But Dana doesn’t know if she can trust him.

I hoped this spicy novel would end happily for Simon and Dana in spite of threats made to Dana concerning the custody of her daughter.

Reviewed in the United States on October 9, 2016
Simon Parker walked away from Dana Collins, the love of his life but he never forgot her. Now he has come home to Fern Lake for his cousin's funeral, the cousin who married Dana and had a child with her. Family dynamics, old and new, drive this story with some surprises along the way. A good fireside read.

Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2014
Can Simon Parker right the wrong and pain he caused Dana Collins? When he drives her to the hospital to deliver her baby, the attraction is still there between them. Can Dana learn to trust Simon again? Will her ex husband’s twin sister complicate their lives? If I say more I’ll give away the entire book. Ms. Walters weaves a tale of a dysfunctional wealthy family, compassion, and love.

Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2014
Reunion romances are my favorite kind of stories. The chemistry sizzled from the beginning and never lets up. Nice escape for a summer night.

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Thursday, July 14, 2022

Thursday Meet the Characters from Melodic Dreams #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #music #occupational therapy #child revealed

Maria is a new occupational therapist. She is beginning a new job and she chose this place because she wants to unite her young nephew with his father. After graduation and her mother's death, she packs the house to sell it and finds about her sister's marriage and the father of her son. Her sister died in a auto crash and the child waremoved from her womb, small but he thrived.

Jay is composer and he's busily working on the score for a musical. He has finally recovered from his disasterous marriage and sseveral yearsof not being able to write music. When Maria and the child appear on his doorstep, he believes this is a scam. He'd been informed about his ex-wife's death and believes she had an abortion. The problem is the child has green eyes like his and his sister's. Can he truest this woman and accept his son.

Carlos, Maria's brother pushed his dead sister and believes he can make money from telling the child's father the truth. He also wants custody of Jamie and threatens Maria.

Jamie is five years old. The child is musically talented and a charmer. 


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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Seducing the Innkeeper #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #romance #Vermont #inn #hidden child #magazine editor

Join the authors at #MFRWHooks here for some intriguing excerpts. Mine is found at and is from Seducing the Innkeeper. A second chance for love and a hidden child


A chance photograph sends Mark Blakefield to Vermont to find something he lost and didn't know about. He has a son. He also has a way to find the woman he fell in love during his last year of college. Her disappearance when he went to pick her up for dinner puzzles him. Though he searched for Christa Parsons for months and never found her. The photograph taken by one of his writers for Good Travelin' shows an inn in Vermont. He rushes off to solve the mystery and claim his son.

Christa Sommers runs the family inn left to her by her mother. Besides making the inn successful, she is raising her nine year old son, Davy. She has to deal with her younger, selfish half-sisters and she has reached the end point of her patience with them.

When Mark arrives she is stunned. Now she has to explain who she never told him about Davy. Part of the reason was her attempts to find him were foiled by a secretary and the other was being swamped by work. One sight and she fears falling in love with him or losing custody of her son.

Can Mark figure why he was looking for someone with the wrong name? Can he persuade Christa he has loved her for all those years and convince her to share her life and her son with him?


Mark turned the photos over one by one. The leaves on the hillside had just begun to turn. Another showed a lake shimmering in the sunlight. He studied several shots of a large inn. Another showed a garden, a two story house and several cottages. Buried near the end of the stack he found a picture of a boy around nine or ten mugging for the camera. He stared at the next picture. A woman stood beside the boy. Mark’s jaw clenched.

“Damn her.” What was Christa Parsons doing at this inn? Mark opened his laptop and started a search for directions. Was the woman really Christa? Could he be mistaken? Had he forgotten what she looked like? Not possible. Her face and her body were engraved in all his cells. He printed the directions. With the photo of the boy in one hand and his laptop in the other he strode to the door. He stopped at his secretary’s desk. “I’ll be out of town for several days. Maybe a week.”

“Where should I say you are?”

“Just a phone call, a text or an email away.”

He didn’t wait for the elevator but took the stairs to the basement parking garage. He sped from his spot into a traffic nightmare. Honking horns, screeching brakes and raised fists and middle fingers sent him on his way until he reached the saner major highway. When he reached his condo he felt as if he’d fought a war. He dashed inside, packed and settled at the kitchen table. After zapping a frozen burger he headed to the living room and removed a picture form the photo album on the coffee table.

Back in the kitchen he stared at the two pictures. Had to be. Why hadn’t she told him? He intended to learn the answer to that and to a dozen other questions. He tucked the photographs in his jacket pocket, grabbed a six pack and a tin of cookies. With the burger in a hand he loaded everything in the trunk of his silver sports’ car. He slid behind the wheel. Christa Parsons had some explaining to do.


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