Summer vacation has come and gone, and guess what? It was crazy, and we didn't even go anywhere. Unfortunately, my dad passed away a week after my kids were let out of school. We knew he was getting close to the end. He suffered a stroke four years ago and his health gradually declined to the point that he became bedridden. Bless my mom's heart for taking care of him day and night. Her sacrifice didn't go unnoticed by those around her and, I'm sure, the Lord. Now my dad is in a better place and hopefully at peace. Here are a few pictures of myself with my family at his gravesite. One of them shows me with my husband, our children, and my mom. The other shows me with my siblings and my mom, one of whom is also in heaven, so I'm sure they had a joyful reunion there!
Anyway, last time I posted on here, I wrote that I had a new book to release very soon--a story about two newlyweds, Ashley and Collin, who couldn't get along. Well, since then, an important thing happened. I sent the story out to several beta readers. Because, I'm guessing, of the sensitive nature of the story, my beta readers never sent the story back with their comments/reactions--except for one, who said she thought that Ashley is too abrasive, which she is. (She does soften by the end of the book.) Anyway, this beta reader also suggested, since I was planning a 3-part series with Ashley's two other friends as well, that I make Ashley's story the last in the series. I think that's a wise plan and I'm starting to flesh out what is now the first story in this series, which is about Sonja Davis, a silly 18-year-old fresh out of high school who meets some challenges that help to mature and define her.
In the meantime, I've also written a fun little summer beach romance novella called Pacific Coast Wedding. Here is the blurb:
His business partner. Her ex. When they discover each other's connection to the groom, will their fledgling love survive?
The last thing Lacey Wells wants to do is attend her ex-husband's wedding, even if it's happening along the gorgeous Pacific coast where she'd once dreamed her own wedding would take place. Now that dream is coming true for someone else, and she needs to get their daughters there in time. If only her car would cooperate...
Noah Grady doesn't expect to come to the rescue of a beautiful woman and her two daughters on the way to his friend and business partner's wedding, but meeting Lacey makes the long drive and an unpleasant visit with his half-brother worth it. Hitting it off with her makes Noah feel like he might finally be ready to begin a new chapter in his life.
But things start to unravel when Noah discovers Lacey is his business partner's ex-wife, making her off-limits unless he wants his career to disintegrate. Can he throw it all away for a change at true love?
Summer just got a little better with this sweet new romance, right?! Happy reading!