There are better times for tornado sirens and severe thunderstorms to happen. I’m sure there is. But here it is, the night before Fairest of the Faire’s release, and we are getting sirens, hail, rain, and wind. We’ve had to evacuate to the basement twice when the sirens went off. Tornadoes have touched down just north and west of my home along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in northern Colorado. We never get tornadoes this far west. There is understandably a bit of freaking out going on right now. Even though I’m from the Midwest, and have only lived here four years, I have not forgotten the power of the tornado.
But I thought, between thunderclaps and sirens, I’d better get this blog post written about Fairest of the Faire. So I’m sitting here in my basement, laptop on my knees, tapping this out.
I’m so excited to finally see my book in print, and scared to death that no one will like it. This has been a long and winding road, with plenty of ups and downs, to get to this place. Maybe the thunder is an appropriate accompaniment to this momentous event in my life. I have always loved storms, and was the crazy kid standing on the covered patio watching them roll over the hills toward my childhood home.
So with thunder and lightning and everything exciting, I welcome this new chapter in my life. If you buy my book, and like it, please leave me a review on Amazon or on Goodreads (no matter where you purchased the book). I promise, I’m working on a second book, so there will be more of my work to read in the future!
I would love to hear from you – comment here, or look me up on facebook (links below). In the meantime, here is my book blurb, and an excerpt, to whet your appetite!
Back Cover Blurb:
Schoolteacher Connie Meyers is suddenly a young widow, her husband killed in a horrific car accident. Heartbroken to find out he had gambled away everything they had, she moves to her sister-in-law’s Midwest home to rebuild her life. A trip to the local Renaissance Faire with her nieces leads to a summer job as a costumed storyteller.
Avowed bad boy and fair performer Gage Youngblood is infatuated with Connie at first sight. Despite his deliberately commitment-free life, and Connie’s don’t-touch-me attitude, he soon has her in his arms, realizing quickly she is also in his heart.
When she is threatened by her late husband’s bookie, he steps into the role of protector, his fate forever sealed with hers.
“Who said anything about a relationship?” he said, standing up so he could tower over her again. “I’m just trying to have a little fun. You know, fun?”
If he’d been an animal, she was sure he’d have had hair raised on the back of his neck, he seemed so angry, and it struck her painfully. She hadn’t wanted to anger him or hurt him. She turned away from him and closed her eyes to tamp down the tears she knew would come if she let them. She crossed her arms over her chest, to hold in the pain. Being tired made her much too vulnerable.
“Yes,” she finally said. “I know about fun. Life isn’t always fun, though.”
“Princess.” His voice was soft, tender. “I won’t hurt you. It’s not in my plan.”
Despite herself, she felt the shivers of desire race down from her shoulders, down her arms and legs, and back up to that secret, soft place at her core. She bowed her head and gritted her teeth, hoping for the feeling to go away.
“And what is your plan, Gage?”
“It’s a simple plan. I want you to feel good. I want to feel good, too.”