I’ve been debating what to blog about, and thought I would maybe do a quick introduction and give you a little backstory on my life. And what led to Second Time Around, which is coming out in December. I was born in Ohio thirty-five years ago. Small town farm girl, pretty unremarkable. In 1994 I got a job at Longaberger Basket Company. It was in ‘Weaving School’ that I met my future husband. Actually, he came up to me, looked me in the eye and asked me if I plucked or shaved my eyebrows.
No lie. That was the first thing he ever said to me.
He topped that off by asking me how many kids I had. I was only nineteen at the time. When I asked him why he thought I had kids, he said, “Well, you’ve got big hips.”
Yep, I got Mr. Suave. Actually, in spite of how it sounds, he keeps me laughing. And I love him dearly. We’ve been married fourteen years now.
I left the basket company in ’98 and joined a fairly large central Ohio Sheriffs Department. I was a supervisor in the jail for several years, then a road deputy and eventually a school resource officer. I enjoyed the work, and felt I did have a positive impact on a lot of kids.
In amongst helping other people’s kids, I had two of my own. One boy and one girl, both true smart-asses through and through. I love them dearly.
In ’06 we moved to Kentucky for my husband’s job. For the most part, I’ve stayed home and taken care of my kids. And loved every minute of it. I’ve always loved to write, but never actually pursued it until I joined my local RWA chapter. I’ve been hooked ever since.
Second Time Around is my debut book set in Kentucky horse country, and pulls a bit from a personal experience I had with my husband. When I first started at the SO, somehow or another I managed to handcuff his belt loop as we were walking through kmart. I was off duty and don’t remember why I had my cuffs in my jacket pocket to begin with, but I did. And, of course, I didn’t have my handcuff key with me. He had to walk out of the store with my jacket tied around his waist.
I wanted to adapt the situation to where the heroine actually cuffed the hero. And lived to tell about it. Here’s the blurb:
Officer Shane Caldwell responds to a routine end of shift call with some annoyance, but when she tackles and handcuffs her ex-lover and the father of her son, things turn hot in a flash. Four years before, Quinn Scott disappeared to make his fortune, and she hasn’t heard a word from him. As his touch ignites old passions, Shane is torn between telling him about the son he’s never known, and protecting young Jackson’s heart from the man who walked away without a backward glance.
When Shane storms back into his life, Quinn isn’t surprised by the incredible attraction which sparks between them. He wants to take up where they left off, but years of lies and unexpected betrayals from family and friends endanger his Thoroughbred breeding operation and his dreams of a future with the woman he never really left behind.
Will old prejudices separate them again or can love grow stronger the Second Time Around?
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