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Thanksgiving is a time to get together with family and friends and be thankful for the good things that have happened in our lives. I feel especially blessed. Forty-eight years ago I met a man who over the years has been everything we romance writers want in a hero: lover, friend, protector, and encourager. Together we’ve raised two children of whom we’re proud and are enjoying two granddaughters of whom we’re equally proud. It was my husband who gave me the courage to pursue my desire to write, so yes, there’s always a little bit of him in the heroes of my stories.
This fall I revisited Destiny Unknown, a romance with a touch of mystery, published by Loveswept® in 1997. In many ways the hero, Cody Taylor, reminds me of my husband. Cody isn’t trying to impress anyone with the way he dresses, he thinks outside of the box, and he shows up just when a damsel in distresses needs him.
Bernadette Sanders is that damsel and Cody’s opposite. She believes if she stays in control she won’t be hurt, but within a day of being put in charge of her brother-in-law’s two major department stores, she’s losing control. Merchandise is disappearing, the security alarms aren’t working, orders have been cancelled, and a major ad is all wrong. Most baffling is her signature is on a bank account she knows she didn’t open, and it appears she’s skimming.
It’s when her sister’s dog, that Bernadette is watching, swallows part of a sponge and must be rushed to the vet’s that Bern runs into Cody. Poor Bern. She really never knows what hits her. She’s a woman who believes how a person dresses is very important and indicates a person’s status in life. It takes Cody to show her things aren’t always as they appear.
I did have to do some updating with Destiny Unknown, mostly in terms of how important the Internet has become for retailers and how cell phones are now a part of our everyday lives. Otherwise, the story is pretty much the same.
I never liked the cover on the Loveswept® book. In fact, if I’d met that guy in an ally, I would have run the other way. So it took me a while before I found the man who, in my mind, most resembled Cody. Since he’s in construction, it seemed appropriate to put him in a truck. You’ll have to tell me which cover you prefer.
Meanwhile, in celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday, from today (11/25) through Monday (11/30), the e-book for Destiny Unknown (which usually sells for $2.99 on Amazon) will be available for .99¢ (check out Destiny Unknown )
And if you enjoy the story, please take time to add a review.
Thanks so much. HAPPY THANKSGIVING