Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Straight Reading from the Library: Grant Me by Em Perna

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Neva Mathews and Jason Grant came from seemingly different worlds. She is a tattooed, single mother of one and he is a hardboiled detective who has sworn off on relationships. But when they cross paths, attraction becomes inevitable and the two find themselves falling hopelessly and dangerously in love…


Take one widowed, tattooed and pierced single mom, add in one very macho, sexy alpha police detective, garnish with a bunch of thugs out to get her for some unknown reason, shake and enjoy.

After an exciting prologue, we start the book a few weeks earlier. When we first meet Neva, she tells us all about her appearance. I'm not fond of this type of introduction (I remember Kinsey Milhone did it at the beginning of the first book in that series). Yes, we get a good vision of what she looks like, but I prefer to have things revealed organically, over time. Also, prologue aside, the first several pages are really a "meet and greet" for Neva, her bestie and roomie, Shelley and Neva's son. However, once the book actually gets moving (around chapter three), things take off and never slow down. Don't be mislead by the easy pace at the beginning.

At first I wasn't sure what to make of Jason. Crazy stalker or amazing protector? He kept turning up everywhere, and even though I knew he was the hero and love interest for the book, I was reserving judgment. He's also exceptionally pushy and alpha, and while that sometimes got my back up, it was absolutely perfect for Neva who was, I think, tired of being strong all the time. Still, over time it became clear his affection was honest and I really loved his interactions with Neva's son.

The suspense was good, too, though I knew immediately what the "mystery" thing was the moment it was introduced. I'm a huge mystery fan, and it's not always easy to hide things from me. I also thought Neva had a few "too stupid to live" moments in the middle when she can't decide what to do or who to trust, but she does what she does to protect the people she loves, so I'm willing to accept the deeds as they were intended. Indeed, Neva has one of the biggest hearts I've ever seen, and that is clear in how her friends love her right back.

Ultimately, this ended up being the type of book I wanted to keep reading because I liked the characters. Snarky but kind, Shelley was my favorite. Everyone should have a friend like her. And the romance is hot, hot, hot. Poor Jason and Neva can't keep their hands off each other, even though they know they have no business being involved. Also, the authors writing style is easy and fun to read. It's not stilted or forced, and the editing was quite good, so I wasn't pulled out of the story for grammar errors or typos, which is a big deal for a grammar nerd like me.

A good book that I enjoyed, and I look forward to the next one (foreshadowed in the epilogue in this book).

4 stars


I absently wipe my face before answering. Hmmm, how best to drop this bomb? "Well, after work last night I may, or may not, have been shot at.”

"WHAT??!! What are you talking about? And why didn’t you call me when this happened?” Ok, maybe I should have eased into that statement.

I hold both my hands up in front of me. “Shhh. Do you want Drew to hear you? I'm fine. I'm actually not sure why I was shot at. That's why Detective Grant was bringing me home. He and three other officers came to the club and questioned us after it happened, and he offered to bring me home. Seriously, I was fine and I didn’t want to wake you for something I was planning on telling you when I got home.” I throw her a sheepish expression. “Except, I guess I passed out on our way here. Did you say he carried me? Oh, by the way, do you know if my car made it back?"

"Yes, your keys are on the hook in the kitchen.” A sarcastic one quickly replaces her look of concern. “And yes to being carried. It was like ‘damsels in distress gone wild’ in here.” She goes mute, while she rolls the information I dropped on her around in in her mind. 


Em Perna is a sarcastic 35 year old with a penchant for hot pink hair. She was born in sunny Florida, but has moved several times, while following her husband as he advances in his career. When she’s not writing, she’s kept quite busy by being a wife, a boo-boo kisser, a football team mom, a dog walker, teacher of ABC’s, home chef, chauffeur, and a Superhero’s personal assistant.

She’s an avid reader, but prefers a romance novel above all others.

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Garland pulled up in front of her building, grabbed the rolling suitcase with essential stuff, smiled at Max, the doorman, and gave him the car keys so that he could have the car parked in a two thousand dollars per month garage spot nearby. She might not use it again for weeks, or even months, but it was nice to know she could.

“I’m home!” She took a deep breath and called out to anyone who might be in the flat. Since it was Sunday that would probably be either her father or no one.

She walked the length of the kitchen and beyond to a small, but elegant and sunny breakfast room that overlooked Central Park and was rarely seen by anyone other than the two living St. Germaines and staff.

“I say, ‘I’m home!’”, she repeated as she flopped into a chair opposite where her dad was having coffee and reading the paper.

David St. Germaine looked over the top of the Wall Street Journal. “So I see.”

“Wow. Welcome home.”

He slid a section of the Sunday Times toward where she sat across the glass top table. “I second the ‘wow’.”

Before looking down at whatever he wanted her to see, she could tell that he was the farthest thing from happy. When she’d seen him two days before at graduation, he’d been delighted. He and his date for the day. Garland didn’t remember her name. There was no point. Her father rarely saw women more than once.

On the cusp of fifty, he was still handsome, with a little silver above his ears and a tan that never faded completely because he made a point of sailing twice a month, when weather and business permitted. He’d been referred to as ‘eligible bachelor’ in the, ahem, society pages more than once, but Garland doubted the veracity of that claim. Since her mother’s death, he hadn’t given anyone reason to think he was ‘eligible’.

Garland tore her eyes away from his scowl, not his most attractive expression, to look at the paper in front of her. The front and center color image was none other than herself wearing a short sparkly dress that had ridden far too high as she fell backwards spilling a colorful beverage when she went sprawling into the laps of laughing friends.

The headline read, “Germane Enterprises Princess Out on the Town. Daddy’s little girl lets her hair down and her skirt up.”

As she stared at the page, her father said, “Nice dress,” in a tone dripping with sarcasm.

Without looking up, she said quietly, “We were just having some fun. We just graduated…”

“How many times have I told you that what you do reflects on me? And, by extension, on Germane Enterprises?”

She met his glare. “Thousands.”

“That’s right! Thousands. You would think a girl capable of graduating Dartmouth summa cum laude would get it after mere dozens of times.”


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Straight Reading from the Library - Ribbons of Death

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When a horribly scarred man knocks on the door of Stella Hunter’s ramshackle cottage in upstate Montana, she lets him in. What’s there to lose? The book critics killed her chances to warn the world about myths and legends behind the myths and legends.

But once the man pushes a book smudged with bloody fingerprints across the table, Stella sees a glimmer of hope. She may yet repair her academic reputation. She may re-establish her credibility within the scientific community and she may vindicate her ‘peace-taker’ theory. She may also be murdered by anyone standing next to her if her theory is correct.


This author is a new one for me, but I will definitely be looking up other books by her after reading Ribbons of Death. The mystery was good and I really liked the characters-- especially the two main characters, Carter and Stella. I enjoyed watching their relationship grow and how they were so different, yet managed to work together to solve the mystery behind the seemingly random attacks.

Mythology has always been one of my favorite subjects, and it was intriguing to see envision a myth coming to life in these days.

I would love to see more of Carter and Stella--hopefully there will be other cases they can work on in the future. I'll certainly stay on the lookout and will be checking out Ms. Petrick's backlist in the meantime. 4 stars.


“Of course. Why didn’t you just say so,” he said gruffly but knew she’d see that his eyes were laughing. Then something occurred to him. “Wasn’t the Benedictine order founded by St. Benedict?”

She rapped her knuckles on the back of his hand. “No. He only wrote their rule—its prologue and seventy-three chapters—commonly known as RB. It spells out basic virtues a man should have—humility, silence and obedience. It also gives details of common living and sharing. Many a broken marriage today would still be intact if the partners had only taken trouble to learn the ins-and-outs of St. Benedict’s Rule.” She let him ruminate on her lecture and turned to McEwen. “What’s in the tabloid/diary that would interest me?”

The antiquarian resumed his story. His friend Peter immediately set to translate the Latin text of the diary and, when finished, he sat back reflectively, much puzzled how such a fanciful tale could have indeed been written by a monk. Brother Lucien, the scribe at the Clairvaux Abbey, was inspired to become Abbot Bernard’s unofficial biographer when he heard that clergy in Paris had already started this noble pursuit.


By profession, I’m an engineer and ten years ago, I left a corporate job to concentrate on writing. It was perhaps the scariest thing I’ve done. Of course, there were other considerations at the time, life, kids, economy and my mother who was battling cancer. I wrote as means of staying grounded because I had to hold it together. There was no one else to pitch in. There wasn’t a single moment that I didn’t have doubts about whether what I was doing was the right thing or not, but doubts come and go, while the need to write goes on forever. Since 2005 I’ve published 5 books and this year alone I have 6 new ones coming out. I live in Toronto with my family and our two pets – wheaten terriers. And whenever I’m tempted to look back, and start second-guessing my past decisions, I sit behind the computer and start another book. At least for me, that’s a cure-all.


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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Straight Browsing from the Library: Welcome to Temptation by Charlotte Hughes

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With a hurricane closing in on Temptation, Louisiana, Michelle Thurston fails to convince her stubborn grandmother to leave her home on the bayou. Sheriff Gator Landry arrives by boat, hell-bent on forcing the elderly recluse to evacuate. He is stunned to find Michelle, who was just 16 years old when he courted her one steamy summer.

Now, at 32, Michelle comes face-to-face with the man whose kisses tempted her to lose control, only this time there is no place to run. Although Gator is not about to leave the two women defenseless, Michelle can’t help but wonder if he is more dangerous to her than anything the storm can do.


“We need to get out of these wet things,” Michelle said, crossing her arms in front of her in an attempt to hide herself. She shivered as Gator continued to stare. He still had the power to make her body go berserk when he looked at her that way. Those glittering black eyes didn’t miss a thing. It was as though he were capable of seeing past flesh and bone to her inner workings, all of which shook at the moment as violently as the tree limbs outside the window. She was certain he knew what that look did to her. He had it down to an art. And if it had had a powerful effect on her at sixteen, it was doubly so now at thirty-two.

“That’s the best idea I've heard all day," Gator said, shrugging out of his shirt. He mopped his brow and chest with it and ran it across the back of his neck.

Michelle wondered if he had any idea how sensual that simple act was. He was all rippling muscles and taut flesh. Goose pimples stood out on his shoulders and his nipples puckered from the chill in the room. His arms were lean and as brown as the rest of him. The room seemed to shrink to the size of a shoe box. Michelle had seen enough male bodies in her job to know that the one before her was one of the best she’d ever laid eyes on.

Gator would have had to be blind not to notice her perusal. The grin he shot her was brazen. “Like what you see, Mic?”


Charlotte Hughes published her first category romance in 1987, a Bantam Books’ Loveswept, titled Too Many Husbands, which immediately shot to #1 on the Waldenbooks Bestseller list. She went on to write almost thirty books before the line closed in 1998.

Although Charlotte is widely known for her laugh-out-loud romantic comedies, she went on to pen three Maggie-Award winning thrillers for Avon Books in the late nineties, before resuming her first love, funny stories about people falling in love. She thrilled readers with her hilarious books, A New Attitude and Hot Shot, the latter of which won the Waldenbooks Greatest Sales Growth Achievement in 2003.

Her books received so many accolades that she was invited to co-author the very popular Full House series with mega-star author Janet Evanovich.

With that series behind her, Charlotte began her own, starring psychologist Kate Holly; What Looks Like Crazy, Nutcase, and High Anxiety, creating a list of somewhat kooky but always loveable and funny ensemble characters.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Straight Chatting from the Library: Angela Brown

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Tell us about your current book in 10 words.
A true nature discovered invokes a path of life unraveling.

One book at a time or multiples?
I’ll take multiples. There’s something exciting about reading a sci-fi thriller during breaks at work then snuggling up in the bed with an emotional-roller-coaster fairy tale retelling.

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)
Bookmarks for sure, mostly because I’m too impatient to hunt through the book for the page I dog eared lol!

When do you do most of your reading?
Throughout the day, whenever I have a spare moment not taken up by working, writing or spending time with my daughter (and some of those times we relax together with books in hand).

Favorite place to read?
Has to be my bed. I love getting under the blankets, all nice and warm. The soft light of the side table lamp is perfect for reading from a kindle, paperback or a hardcover.

Do you loan your books?
You know, I lend my paperbacks but I don’t loan my hardcover books. I still haven’t loaned an e-book though I know it’s supposed to be possible.

Favorite book to recommend?
It depends on the conversation and the genre. Unless it’s wicked gory horror or non-fiction (I’m such a book nerdigan for fiction), I could probably come up with a title worth recommending.

What would make you not finish a book?
Oh my stars. I did a long term pause between book 2 and 3 of G.R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series because I was too distraught behind the loss of my book husband in book 1. I did go back and finish all the available books. *waiting patiently for book 6*

However, there was one book I DNF’d. I don’t mean read the first couple of pages then tossed the book aside because I couldn’t get with the writing style or the character voice, I mean dug my heels in and consumed nearly 200 pages of an 800 page book. It hurt to DNF it. But I had to. I’d given the book sufficient time to produce forward motion in the story. But it seemed the author wanted to spend time with waaaaaaaay too much introspection and rehashing from the first book. That is definitely one way to make me DNF a book.

Keep books or give them away?
I tend to share the love, unless it’s hard cover. Most likely, if it is a book I enjoy, and I’ve given it away, I’ll go buy it again for a hearty re-read :-)

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Tsunamis reduced the USA into a shell of itself, called The Fold. Surviving humans and vampires joined forces to form The Colony, where registered citizens do as they're told.

They donate blood quarterly and dream of being chosen as Attendees for the Jubilee celebrations, that is, everyone except Macie Breen. With high school graduation near, she’s anxious to ditch the rules in hopes of starting a new life with Thane, an unregistered and also her best friend.

Her hopes fizzle when Macie is selected as an Attendee, forever registered. Any future with Thane…impossible. Being chosen comes with another unexpected price.

Truths about The Colony blaze into ashes and lies when she discovers the vampires haven't kept their part of the bargain. Worst still, Macie’s life unravels as her stint in the city of Bliss forces her to face daunting truths about who, and what, she really is.

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The corner of Thane’s lips curved in his infamous smirk. “I’m here to protect you from you, silly.”

The elevator dinged our arrival to our floor. Thankfully, floors for the Attendees were guarded by other Surreption agents, to prevent citizens from accessing them by surprise––and to keep out the expected rebel against Bliss.

I fell silent, thinking about Thane’s answer. Any other day, it would have been a joke. We’d ha, ha, ha, laugh it off as Thane being the smartass he was. I’d punch him in the shoulder. He’d feign pain and we’d move on. But now, what if he was right? Not just keeping me from taking my anger out on some pink-haired guy making fun of me. But from whomever—or whatever—I really am. What if it was the world that needed protection from me?

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Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Angela now calls Central Texas home. She's a lover of Wild Cherry Pepsi and chocolate/chocolate covered delicious-ness. Steampunk, fantasy and paranormal to contemporary - mostly young adult - fill her growing library of books. Mother to a rambunctious darling girl aptly nicknamed Chipmunk, life stays busy. Her favorite quote keeps her moving: "You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result." ~ Mahatma Gandhi.


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Straight Chatting from the Library: Blair McDowell

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What is the favorite book you remember as a child?

As a preschooler learning to read, it was Millions and Billions and Trillions of Cats. I have no idea who the author was but I actually wore that book out. I seemed to make the leap to adult reading at the age of twelve, when I read and loved Margaret Mitchel’s Gone With The Wind.

What is your favorite book today?

A very unusual book by Iain Pears, The Dream of Scipio. It moves back and forward in time from the days of the decline of the Roman Empire to the middle ages to the period of WW II. It is utterly confusing at first, but as Pears brings all the bits and pieces together it is simply brilliant. It does make one realize the history is not fact, it’s the agreed upon story. When I finished this book I went back and immediately reread it so I could catch all the clues and bits and pieces I’d missed the first time round.

What are you reading right now?

At this very moment it is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I love her descriptive passages. She has the ability to pull the reader right into the scene. I’m on the fifth in the series now, and they’re about to return to Scotland. Jamie has to be one of the sexiest male characters ever written!

What books do you have on hold at the library?

Rutherfurd’s Paris. I grew up with libraries and had a library card at seven. I was allowed to take the street car to Pratt Library in downtown Baltimore once a week to change one batch of books for the next. But I must admit my library trips today are less frequent. I have 135 books on my Kindle, ranging from Dante to Nora Roberts.

E-Reader or print? and why?

E-Reader. I travel extensively. As I write this I’m at sea, literally. And I was on a plane before that. I’m a voracious reader. To be able to carry my “library” in one thin package off-sets any feelings I have about wanting a “real” book in my hands.

One book at a time or multiples?

Multiples. I’m working my way through Dante. This came about because a book by David Hewson, Dante’s Numbers, intrigued me. I had to go back to the source. I’m also working my way through Ovid’s Metamorphoses. But that’s read during the odd moments during the day. I’m reading Gabaldon at bedtime. I always read novels before I sleep.

When do you do most of your reading?

On buses, planes, trains, and boats. No not really. I read whenever and wherever I am. In the doctor’s office, while waiting for a friend in a restaurant, standing on a street corner waiting for a bus. I hate waiting for anything. Reading is the answer. But I always read last thing at night. I can’t sleep if I don’t.

Favorite genre?

Suspense. both romantic suspense and regular suspense. Then historical, both romantic and otherwise. But if it’s historical romance it has to have some genuine history. I’m not much of a fan for the Regency books that seem to me to be mostly thinly disguised erotica with very little sense of the events of that time and place.

How do you keep your books organized?

Alphabetically by author, within type. I have a huge number of cookbooks and an equal number of travel books, and almost as many books on art. And so on. I tend to keep very few novels. I pass most on to friends. When I really like a particular author (Donna Leon, or Iain Pears for example), I collect and keep all her/ his books. I reread them.

What would make you not finish a book?

I almost didn’t finish Gone Girl. I didn’t like any of the characters. I will usually put a book down if it is really badly written, or if the story is too obvious for words, or there are NO characters I like. I also don’t like books where the story is a thinly veiled excuse for sex scenes. I like sex, both on and off the page, but not in place of story and character development. I read constantly. Almost as many hours as I write. I won’t waste my reading time on books I don’t like. And I don’t pass them on to others. They go in the recycle bin. But I must admit I rarely choose a book and then don’t like it. There are enough clues in the back blurb and the first three pages to let me know whether or not I want to read the book.


When Lacy Telchev buries her husband she finds herself in treacherous waters. Igor, much older than Lacy, had secrets. Suddenly Lacy is being chased across Europe by men who believe she can lead them to those secrets. Evading her pursuers with the aid of a chance acquaintance, the handsome and mysterious Max Petersen, Lacy travels across Germany, Austria and Hungary, to a shattering discovery in Budapest.

Along the way, she meets three women from Igor's past. As Igor's story unfolds through them, Lacy is less and less certain who her husband really was. Who can Lacy trust? Will she survive to find out?


A shadow came between her and the sun. She opened her eyes and sat up abruptly. The man, the dark skinned man she had last seen on the road from the Berkshires, sat down across from her. His partner stood behind him, his pale grey eyes boring into her.

The seated man spoke. “Mrs. Telchev, you’ve given us a great deal of trouble.”

Lacy looked around frantically. Where was Max?

“We mean you no harm. But we must have that manuscript. Your husband told you where he hid it. It only makes sense. Tell us where it is, and we won’t bother you again.”

At that moment, the waitress placed the pitcher of beer Max had ordered on the table in front of Lacy. Lacy glanced down at the beer, then up at the seated man. In one sweeping gesture, she threw the contents of the pitcher into his face and overturned the table. The second man moved to grab her, but she was out of her chair and running before he could get to her.


Blair McDowell wrote her first short story when she was eleven and has never ceased writing since, although only recently has she been able to return to her first love, writing fiction. During her early years, she taught in universities in the United States, Canada and Australia, and wrote several highly successful books in her field.

Her research has taken her to many interesting places. She has lived in Europe, Australia, the United States and the Caribbean and Canada, and spent considerable time in still other places, Iceland, the Far East, and the Torres Strait Islands off the coast of New Guinea. Now she travels for pleasure. Portugal, Greece and Italy are favorite haunts.

Her books are set in places she knows and loves and are peopled with characters drawn from her experiences of those places. The Memory of Roses takes readers to the Greek Island of Corfu, where a young woman finds her future while searching for her father's past. In Delighting in Your Company, the reader is transported to a small island in the Caribbean, with a heroine who finds herself in the unenviable position of falling in love with a ghost. The setting for Sonata is the city of Vancouver, with its vibrant multicultural population and its rich musical life, and the heroine is a musician who finds herself in unexpected danger.

In her most recent release, Romantic Road, Lacy Telchev, is pursued along Germany’s famous Romantische Strausse as she follows clues left by her late husband in order to solve a mystery that she doesn’t understand, while being chased by dangerous and cunning adversaries.

She hopes her readers will enjoy reading these books as much as she enjoyed writing them.

Blair is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Romance Writers of America (Greater Vancouver Chapter), the Romance Writers of America (Women's Fiction), and The Writers’ Union of Canada.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Straight Browsing From the Library: The Chapels on the Hill by Virginia McCullough

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When tragedy struck, Sonia and Aaron’s reason to be together seemed to slip away, along with the love they once shared. Both believe they’ll find closure at an event dedicating a music pavilion to their son, allowing them to say a final goodbye and freeing them to commit to new relationships. But instead of finding peace, memories of the life they shared with their son, Matt, stir up unexpected feelings, prompting them to relive both sweet and painful times of their shared memories of the life they shared…

And they can’t forget Matt’s special gift…

By age five, Matt’s cello teacher declared him a child prodigy. But life with a prodigy can become complicated and even strains Aaron and Sonia’s marriage. Sonia is forced to balance her commitment to Matt and his music with running Chapel’s Botanical Garden, a business she created to save Aaron’s family’s land. Aaron’s law practice leads him to high-profile cases all over the country. Aaron is concerned about music dominating Matt’s childhood, but he eventually understands his son’s gift is already leading him to a life far away from their home in Lady’s River, Wisconsin.

When Matt is taken from them unexpectedly, Aaron and Sonia turn in different directions, eventually going their separate ways. It seems to be working…or is it? For Sonia and Aaron, only a trip through the past will allow them to redeem the future—perhaps even find a shared future again.


He had to make a decision and stick to it. For days, Aaron had shifted back and forth between a firm choice to attend the dedication of the pavilion and an equally strong conviction to skip the event altogether. Nothing worked harder on the knot of tension in his gut than indecision.

He picked up the announcement and scanned it once again. It had Sonia’s fingerprints all over it. Well, not literally, but the neat, easy-to-read embossed lettering matched her taste. Aaron no longer followed the Unity Flight Family Group’s activities as closely as he once had, but when he’d first heard their plan to build an open-air pavilion on the site of the plane crash he’d known instantly it had been Sonia’s idea. The dedication of this final memorial also marked the five-year anniversary of the day they lost Matt forever.

Aaron pushed his chair back from the desk and made his way to the window that spanned the outside wall. On a clear day, he could look down from his twentieth floor office and see the Chicago River below, but that afternoon heavy rain pelted the glass, blocking the view he usually found comforting. He’d lived most of his fifty years in a small town where a river served as the one constant, a reference point for home. Maybe that explained why he’d been drawn to the river in his adopted city, the place where he’d resolved to start over and build a new life.

Absently slapping the announcement into the palm of his other hand, he rationalized that he could use the weather as an excuse not to go to the dedication ceremony. Or, he could beg off because of scheduled weekend depositions.


Bestselling author Virginia McCullough’s fiction titles include Amber Light, Greta's Grace, Island Healing, Book 1 of her St. Anne's Island Series, and The Chapels on the Hill. The Jacks of Her Heart, which releases in May 2015, offers a lighter take on romance in middle-age. Her novels offer hope, healing, and plenty of second chances—and her characters always share some fun and laughter along the way, too. A lifelong writer, Virginia has written over 100 books as a ghostwriter or coauthor. Her clients include well-known doctors, lawyers, professional speakers, and individuals with a story to tell. She’s come to see that her nonfiction work also offers readers hope and healing. Virginia coauthored (w/Lynda McDaniel) Write Your Book Now and Storytelling Toolkit, both available on amazon.com. She currently lives in Wisconsin. Visit Virginia online:

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