I wanted to send a little Saturday inspiration your way. It's something I need to remind myself of these days as well. I've been struggling a bit since the pandemic began, creatively, and trying to get back on track with my writing projects.
The Take Two anthology is available until September 30th so don't delay, pick up your copy today! The big paperback is also available.
25 second chance stories that will warm your heart and make you believe in love again. Click here to get your copy while you still can.
Here's an excerpt from my story, All Roads Lead to Shepherd Grove.
She took a fortifying breath and stepped inside Pearl’s Diner, not sure of what to expect. It too had been updated with new black and white checkered floor tiles, red booths, tables and chairs. She observed servers taking orders using computer tablets instead of paper order pads. Probably also Mattie’s doing. The delectable aroma of Pearl’s burgers and fresh cut fries made Melissa’s mouth water.
The diner was filled to capacity with many faces Melissa recognized and many she didn’t. She zeroed in on two tables that had been pushed together where Daisy, Mattie, and her childhood friends Becca Swift, Charlene Baker, and Kelly Bishop sat.
Daisy looked adorable in a flowered, summer maternity dress. Her blonde hair was flowing around her shoulders and her skin was radiant. She had that pregnancy glow everyone referred to.
When Mattie noticed her, he smiled wide. He resembled his older brother so much, her heart ached. “There she is!”
Melissa raced to their table as everyone in the diner who knew her squealed or made a fuss. “Becca! Charlene! Kelly! I had no idea you’d be here today.”
“We wouldn’t miss your homecoming, Missy,” Becca said as they gathered in a silly four way hug and giggled like school girls.
Melissa hugged Daisy as best as she could and backed away quickly when she felt something push against her stomach. “Did Holly Ann just kick me?”
Daisy shrugged. “She’s excited to finally meet her Auntie Missy.”
She caught up with old friends and met new residents. It did her heart a world of good considering the circumstances in which she had left. Maybe these few days in town would be just what she needed, even though at some point things would become contentious when she’d face off with Noah and his parents. For now focus on Daisy and the baby shower.
Melissa stood, facing away from the diner’s entrance, but she sensed the moment Noah walked in. Around her, the good-natured chatter died down. Her traitorous body heated, and her heart fluttered.
She turned slowly to face Noah Shepherd. The man she’d been forced to give up ten years ago to protect her family. The years had transformed the good looking boy into the most handsome man she’d ever seen. Thick blond hair and a chiseled jawline with a dusting of stubble. A wide muscular chest in a button-down shirt that brought out the blue in his eyes and slim hips in snug jeans was enough to make any woman’s mouth water.
When Noah made slow work of appraising her, it didn’t bother her like it had with Todd. She knew she looked pretty. His eyes widened when his gaze landed on her navy blue plaid shirt. So he recognized that she was wearing his shirt.
Take Two: A Collection of Second Chance Stories (Writers On The River Charity Anthology) is now available!
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Take Two: A Collection of Second Chance Stories is an anthology of from the authors of Writers on the River. Love and life get another chance in these tales that will warm your heart and make you fall in love again. 25 amazing authors are participating.
My short story is All Roads Lead to Shepherd Grove. You'll meet Missy and Shep and the gang from Shepherd Grove, Texas. It's a contemporary, small town romance and the start of a new series. Missy and Shep are childhood sweethearts who are torn apart by Shep's spiteful parents when they're 18 years old. Missy returns to Shepherd Grove after 10 years for her sister's baby shower. Can Missy and Shep put the pain of the past behind them and get their second chance at love or are the wounds too deep?
The proceeds of this anthology will go to Thistle Farms, a non-profit organization located in Nashville, Tennessee that helps women survivors of violence, sex trafficking, prostitution and addiction.
I'm participating in the Writers on the River raffle. The picture to the left shows most of what you'll receive if you win. I have a few surprises I'm going to include as well. Here are all the details:
All raffle ticket proceeds will be donated to Thistle Farms, a non-profit located in Nashville, TN that helps women survivors of violence, sex trafficking, prostitution and addiction.
All entries for my "basket" need to be submitted to PayPal (PayPal email: email@example.com). They are $1 each or $5 for 6 entries. In the comments of PayPal remember to include your full name and WOTR Raffle Basket. If you don’t, it could hinder the winner selection process.
I'll be posting on the Writers on the Rivers Facebook page so the winner will be announced there. If you enter, make sure to comment on my post there after Wednesday evening 6pm EST.
The winner will be selected on Saturday July 18th after 4pm EST. Good luck!
My "basket" includes:
- Windy City Nights tote bag
- $50 Visa gift card
- Slice of Love pizza cutter
- China cup votive candle holder
- Membership to the Twisted Tea Society
- Membership to Club Envidious
- On the Ropes signed paperback
- The Warrior's Whisper signed paperback
- Hannah's Bliss signed paperback
- Love Heals Lavender Lip Balm from Thistle Farms
- Mini Love Heals Lavender Nourishing Body Butter from Thistle Farms
- Mini Love Heals Lavender Body Wash from Thistle Farms
- Mini Love Heals Lavender Body Lotion from Thistle Farms
- Book swag, book marks, magnets, etc.
- a few surprises
I wanted to let you know since many of us are now staying inside, being safe, and staying as healthy as we can, Smashwords has my titles on sale for 30% off. It's a great time to catch up on some reading. I know I sure am! Click here to save 30% until 4/20.
I hope you and your family are well. Each day that goes by is closer to the day we can get back to "normal". Stay safe!
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