But there actually is a disease by that title, and it called my name. You can look up Best Disease here if you want more details, but suffice to say that it is an incurable, uncorrectable, inherited retinal disease that causes loss of central vision and acuity.
I’ve worn glasses since I was three. My left eye was the lazy eye. My right eye was the good one. As life goes, Best Disease settled in my formerly good eye but didn’t affect my formerly lazy eye. If both had been equally affected, I’d be legally blind. As it is, there’s a distinct blob in the vision of my right eye, but my distance vision isn’t bad. I can drive (safely, I promise!) and manage most things just fine. I’m thankful for a 27” computer monitor and command+ to enlarge everything on it. I’m thankful for an ereader, as I can’t read paperbacks for pleasure. The font is too small and too faint.
So, why are we having this conversation today? Is it Feel-Sorry-for-Valerie Day?
Not at all! I did what any self-respecting author would do. I inflicted my personal challenges on a character, and you’re about to meet her!
Trinity Grant is a more typical Bestie than I am. The disease manifested in her mid-twenties (I was over 50, which is extremely atypical). And… while I gave it to her in only one eye, like mine, I gave it to her worse. She’s unable to drive. Otherwise, many of Trinity’s experiences, challenges, and outlook are mine.
I wrote a blog post shortly after my diagnosis. A question I asked there is this: “If you had a limited amount of time left to see, what would you want to fill your visual memory banks with?”
Trinity answers this question by joining the annual Pot of Gold Treasure Hunt. If she’s going to lose her vision, she wants her memory full of the beauty of God’s creation. She might be a slow hiker. She might need hiking poles to help keep from tripping over rocks and roots. She might actually be incapable of making out the numbers on her GPS handheld. But, by golly, she is going to see God’s majestic creation all around her if it’s the last thing she sees.
And that’s nearly what happens…
Widower Dale Kennedy is pushed to join the Pot of Gold Treasure Hunt against his better judgment. He doesn’t do ‘church events,’ but hiking the western Montana mountains seeking geocaches does sound fun. If only his group didn’t include an old man with a limp, a woman who won’t stop flirting, and Trinity Grant, a pretty potter who shouldn’t be turned loose without a white cane.
When Dale is injured in a rockslide and stranded with Trinity, he’s forced to reassess his assumptions about her abilities and his bitterness toward God. But how can he embrace the one thing he least expected and least wanted: love a second time around?
Love’s Treasure multi-author collection releases on Tuesday, June 15. If you would like to read Ruby Radiance (Trinity and Dale’s romance), please order Love’s Treasure today. This group of authors is working toward placement on the USA Today bestsellers list, and every pre-order counts. Besides, there are fourteen stories inside Love’s Treasure, all for one low price of 99¢!
If you haven’t already, you can pick up the first Pot of Gold Geocaching Romance, Topaz Treasure, for only 99¢. In it, you’ll meet Dale and his brother, Kirk, a year before Ruby Radiance begins.
Over to you. If you knew you had a limited amount of time left to see, what would you want to fill your visual memory banks with?