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I'm most recently a writer.  In the six plus decades of my life, I've been a wife, mother, grandmother, Jill of all trades though mistress of but a few, and most of the time pretty content with my lot.  As a much younger person, I believed I was called to write, but life and living distracted me for most of those decades.  An unwilling transplant from the South,  twenty years ago I unintentionally landed in the geographical center of the US.  Writing came about in part due to the unwillingness, I expect.  When caring for family, gardening, and renovating a century-old house failed to provide sufficient creative outlets, I turned to the one thing I always intended to do.  Eight titles later, I'm grateful I found myself while Lost in the Plains!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Inch by Inch. . .

We're getting closer!  After more work on the cover, more edits, and the final formatting process, Shannon's Daughter is almost ready for release.  I've wondered if this time would ever come, frankly.  Life, art, and a little of my own lack of confidence have conspired to keep this one spinning on the wheel far longer than it's taken me to shape a story in the past.  In fact, I had written 75% of the Miracle at Valley Rise series in the time it's taken to polish off Shannon's Daughter.  But I refuse to be anything but optimistic about this book.  Yes, it's "different" from the series.  It isn't particularly "inspiring" or "heartwarming," which has frequently been said of the Valley Rise books.  There are no miracles to help along this unlikely romance, nothing to spare the lovers from the harshness of reality.  And the "happy ever after" is not quite what you'd expect. Still, I hope readers will be caught up in the story, ride out it's twists and turns, and come away just as satisfied. 
I'm superstitious about release dates, so let's just say in the next few weeks, you'll be able to see for yourself what all the fuss is about!

Shannon’s Daughter
The last thing he expected to find in Ireland that summer was the inspiration to go on with his life, and certainly not in the form of an adolescent heiress. 
 New York socialite Peg Shannon has everything—wealth, position, beauty and limitless prospects for happiness.  Or so the world believes. 
Aspiring London violinist Kendall Gregg is talented, handsome and charming.  While hardly well-to-do, he has connections and ambition which should take him far.  Or so it appears.
 Thrown together briefly by a twist of fate, Kendall quickly becomes young Peg’s hero, while Peg proves to be Kendall’s unlikely salvation.  Through the decades, their deepening passion and shared secrets forge an enduring bond, destining them for a love affair that comes but once in a lifetime.
 Set in the mid-twentieth century, Shannon’s Daughter chronicles the complex relationship between two people constrained by family responsibility and a tragic secret, while delving into the history of one of the most intriguing characters in the Miracle at Valley Rise series.   

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