Hello, Inspy Romance readers. Ginger Solomon here. It’s been a minute—as my kids would say—since I’ve posted here at IR. My writing had faltered, and I didn’t feel like I had anything left to say. And I needed a break. I’m sure you know what I mean.
I have, thankfully, started on a fresh path. I started reading a nonfiction book, Get Out of Your Head, that has helped me realize that my self-talk convinced me that I couldn’t write any more. Yet, I still felt the call of God to do so. I couldn’t reconcile my inability to write—remember I kept telling myself that I couldn’t—with the desire deep down to do so. I’m not fully healed, but I am well on my way.
Have you ever done something that you regretted almost instantly? You know the mistakes that haunt us for hours, days, months, or even years to come. The type that not only affects us, but so many others around us.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the ripple effect. One action leads to a series of consequences. It’s not always bad, but most often when we speak of it, it is. And sometimes, the ripples are not small and harmless, but huge storm-like waves that pound us and those around us.
In my most recent release, Love Under Construction (April 2021), my heroine experiences this type of ripple effect. Her choices ultimately end in one mistake she can’t walk away from. It changes everything. It creates a storm of consequences that not only affects her but those in her life. It also affects her future.
Cassie then has to make other, more difficult choices. Her life takes a turn she never expected.
Here’s the first scene:
“I’m sorry, Cassie, but I have to let you go,” Mr. Harrison said.
Cassie Nichols stared at her boss and blinked back the tears. “I understand.”
And she did. For the last two weeks, the dread of getting out of bed only to get sick made her late every day, and while at the restaurant, the sight and smell of food forced her to spend most of the day in the bathroom. The man had a business to run, and she wasn’t doing her job.
Cassie removed her apron and grabbed her purse and jacket from her locker.
“Here’s your final check.” He handed her the slip of paper. “I hope everything works out.”
With a trembling hand, she took the check and stuffed it in her pocket. No matter how much it was, the pittance wouldn’t pay the rent. Or her car payment. Her budget required every penny, and without the next two weeks of pay, she would be short. By a lot. She’d struggled to find this job, because it paid above minimum wage and was flexible enough for school. Securing another position seemed impossible.
Cassie sighed and plodded to her car. Unable to resist the tug of curiosity, she pulled the check from her pocket.
Not even enough for a full tank of gas.
She fell into the driver’s seat, turned the key in the ignition, and drove home.
When she pulled into a parking space at her apartment complex, she struggled to remember the trip. Fear for the future fought discouragement for space in her heart.
No job and no money reverberated in her head with every stair she climbed to her second-floor apartment. What would she do now?
She couldn’t survive without her job. Rent was due in two weeks, her car payment a week after that. And school. So many classes still to take and no time or energy to do the work and no money to pay for it.
She’d need to drop out. Another failure. A heavy sigh escaped. Why should school be any different from the rest of her life?
She entered her apartment, closed the door, leaned against it, and slid to the floor, allowing the tears to flow for the first time since that night.
One night. One mistake. And now she was dealing with the consequences.
As you can see, Cassie is in trouble. She’s thrown the stone into the pond and the ripples are moving outward.
The one problem Cassie has, that she doesn’t realize that she has—yet, is her desire to be independent.
We are not designed to take on life alone. We have blood family, church family, and various friends that God has put in our lives to do life with. When mistakes are made, these people help us deal with them. They help us defeat them, go through them, climb over them, or work around them. We need each other.
I’d love to gift one commenter with an e-book copy of Love Under Construction. The winner will be drawn at random and announced in the Sunday Edition following this post.
Here’s more about this book:
One night of saying yes too many times results in Cassie Nichols being jobless, homeless, and sick. All. The. Time. With limited options, she searches for the father of her baby, who disappeared after their one night together.
Kade Grimaldi leads a boring life—get up, go to work at his construction company, come home, sleep, and then do it all over again. Until a young woman he’s never seen before knocks on his door and makes some outlandish accusations that astonish him.
Cassie doesn’t find what she’s searching for; instead, she found something better. Kade isn’t looking for a relationship, but it lands on his doorstep just the same.
Together, theirs is a Love Under Construction.
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