Updated: May 13
Finally! Spring is here! The grass is green and the flowers are starting to bloom. At least this is what's happening in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
And yes... it's been a long time since I last posted. But I'm going to come right out and say it - I have a hard time thinking of what to write in these blog posts. I don't want it to turn into an advertisement to buy my books. We all get enough of that thrown at us with emails and social media posts.
I've also found I'm spending a lot more time on my actual books. Now that I am working on book 9 (yeah, who would've thought I'd get to this point?) everything is more complicated. I feel like I've created a village - with a large cast of characters. And most of them want to still have their say, let you know what's happening in their lives.
After all, they're in love, and everything is all so new and exciting. So, they want to share what's going on.
Goodbye Heartbreak, Hello May, Book 9 and the latest in the series... Have you read it yet? I must say, it's one of my favorites of the series. But then again, with each book I finish, I find it becomes my latest favorite. Maybe this is because over time, I feel like I've become a better writer. Practice makes perfect, right?
Not that I'm perfect. No, I have a long way to go...
But, back to Goodbye Heartbreak, Hello May. If you've been keeping up with the series, you've already been introduced to Stephanie and know a little about her. You've also briefly met Evan, Jack, and Noah. With the group made up of such different personalities, it's safe to say things are going to get pretty interesting. And as with all the other books, the chemistry is contagious, with always enough humor to keep things interesting.
Here is an excerpt from Chapter 9 -
She chattered on, unable to stop. “It doesn’t help that I’m not used to wearing heels this high. So, when I do, I have to learn how to walk in them all over again. I’ve grown too comfortable wearing my work clogs. Or tennis shoes. For work, those are the best choice.”
His silence, along with the closed expression on his face, had her falling silent. But she got it. It was bad enough he had to come to her rescue. And now he was expected to listen to her lecture on the importance of the proper footwear?
This is when the events of the night finally caught up to her. On the verge of tears, she watched as he unlocked the passenger door of his car.
The door opened, he turned to her. Huddled deep in his jacket, her eyes were closed, her face scrunched up as though she was trying not to cry.
She looked absolutely miserable.
And just like that, something gave way inside of him, a tenderness washing over him. That he was responsible for her distress was the last thing he wanted to happen.
You need to fix this.
He moved closer.
A smile tugging the corner of his mouth, he brushed his thumb over her cheek, sending her lashes flying open. “Hmm… If I’m not mistaken, on a night not too long ago and in a parking lot very similar to this, uneven and filled with potholes, I recall sharing a dance with a woman wearing these same shoes.”
He nodded down at her feet. “This was after she claimed she couldn’t dance. But I soon found out how wrong she was. She was a beautiful dancer. The memory of that dance is one I’ll keep forever.”
Now, as a woman who loved shoes—but then again, what woman doesn’t—Stephanie zeroed right in on this.
He remembers your shoes?
A smile curving her lips, she searched his face. “You remember my shoes?”
He smiled, moving even closer. “Ah… there is so much I remember about that night. That it came at a time I was in such need of hope in my life made it even more memorable.”
He shook his head. “It was a night every man dreams of… a chance encounter with a beautiful woman. You might say it was magical… enough to make one believe in fairytales.”
Her lips parted, Stephanie stared at him. Yes, she would agree. Indeed, it had been an evening of magic. But she didn’t understand… if this is how he remembered that night, why didn’t he call her?
She shook her head. “I’m not sure if I–”
At the loud crunch of gravel, they both turned to watch a car pull into the parking lot, the headlights passing over them like searchlights in the night.
Evan moved to shield her from the blinding light before he smiled down at her. “Whoa… I think this is a sign we should leave. Come on, let’s get out of here.”
As with all the other books in the series, Goodbye Heartbreak, Hello May is available in both paperback and ebook through your favorite online or independent bookstores. You can also click onto the book cover above for the Amazon link for the series.
Also, check out bookshop.org where Twelve Months, Twelve Love Stories will be featured on their Romance homepage from May 16th to May 23rd. This is a fantastic way to buy a book (or maybe more) from the series and support independent bookstores (and indie authors) at the same time.
An update - I am currently working on Book 9. Not quite there with either the month or the title, but the story is coming together. Hopefully, it will make a debut in the near future
And I haven't forgotten about my other series, Holidays in White Oaks.
Again, Happy Spring, and keep on reading!
P. S. Please feel free to comment on any of the blog posts. Or leave a message or review for the book of your choice. I'd love to hear from you!