I’d originally planned to release a new book in May. After delaying it a month, I was still struggling to write it. There was something about the story that didn’t quite feel right. The last – and thankfully only other – time that happened, I ended up having to take what I’ve written and throw it into a folder in the back of my computer closet. I’m fear I’m going to have to start over this time, too, which is never a fun realization.
Instead of diving right back into that book, I’ve decided to switch gears. Ever since I wrote Marrying Raven, scenes for the next book in that Brides of Clearwater series have been forming in my mind. I did some plotting on Saturday, sat down to write the first chapter on Sunday, and the words just started flowing. I already love how Marrying Chrissy is coming together, and I’m thrilled with the cover! I hope everyone will enjoy Chrissy and Wyatt’s story.
Marrying Mandy – Mandy Hudson swore she’d never marry. Abandoned by her parents and raised by her grandparents, she has a hard time trusting that real love will last. When her grandmother dies, Mandy’s shocked to discover a stipulation in the will. Considering marriage to her best friend may be the only way to keep her family’s beloved bed-and-breakfast.
The loss of his job threatens Preston Yarrow’s shaky financial stability. Besides, he can’t watch his best friend give up the only real home she’s ever known. Frustrated by Mandy’s stubborn refusal to let him help, he’s certain they are stronger together than they are apart. A marriage of convenience might be crazy… or an answer to both their prayers.
Marrying Raven – Raven Weber hates football. As if her fiancé breaking off their engagement to follow his NFL dream wasn’t bad enough, her football-obsessed family only made things worse. Twelve years later, she pours everything into her job as a physical therapist assistant. Helping others never prepared Raven for the day her ex would hobble back into her life. How can she remain professional when spending time with him only reminds her of what they’ve lost?
The day Heath Shaw walked away from his relationship with Raven, he’d been convinced he was doing it for her. Fulfilling his father’s dream gave him the distraction he needed to get over her. Now he’s back in his hometown with weeks of physical therapy ahead of him before he can escape the past. Running into Raven was going to happen eventually, but he didn’t expect her to play a vital role in his recovery. If she’s got him second guessing why he left in the first place, what effect will she have on his heart?
Her meddling family thinks this is a second chance, while Heath’s father only wants to squelch what he sees as a distraction. Raven and Heath know they should walk away, but what if they’re better together than they ever were apart?
On another note, we’ve added a new member to our family. Meet Reeces, our guinea pig. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for guinea pigs, and had them as pets growing up. But it’s been about twenty years since the last time I had a one. We’ve only had him for a few days, but our kids are already completely taken with his cute little face. I have to say, so am I.
Do you keep small animals for pets?
Contest – I’d love to give away a $5.00 Amazon gift certificate to one random person. To enter, comment below and tell me about your small pet. If you’ve never had a small animal as a pet, why is that? I’ll leave the contest open through Monday, and a winner will be contacted by e-mail.