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Two framed photos anchor my desk. The first is of my husband taken early in our marriage. He’s holding what he would call a keeper doormat fluke. That means, it’s a pretty damn big fish, as is his smile in the photo. On the other side is one of my favorite photos of my daughter. She is 11 yrs. old now, but when the photo was taken she was 6 months old, barefoot and laughing. I realize now, both of these images made their way into Return to Audubon Springs. This really comes as no surprise since the theme of my Humorous Contemporary Romances are Home and Family. When crafting a story, it seems I’m always writing to a happy ending that looks a bit like the photos on my desk.
What you don’t see in this picture of my office is how messy it can become at times. Try not to be shocked, but this is relatively uncluttered for my desk. I recently spent two nights cleaning out my office which has become somewhat of an annual event. Several years ago I cleaned out 6 bags of trash and really organized my things. I created a binder at the time with treasured workshop notes from speakers whom I greatly admire. The tabs are labeled with items like POV, emotion, dialogue, setting, plotting, and so on. The desk itself is a constantly shifting space and reflects the moving parts in the sea of my work, mom and writing life.
Regardless of all the changing folders, notes and books over the years, the two photos have always remained the same. My husband and daughter are my constants in a sea of clutter, and the reason why, regardless of the demands of work or life, I sit down at my computer night after night, and sometimes in the wee early hours of morning before heading to work, in the hope of creating something that will make them proud.
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Rafe Iuliano has other plans. The wealthy Grants tried to bribe him out of Emma's life years ago, but he's determined to prove once and for all that a master carpenter is worthy of Emma and the house.
Their ridiculous and steamy battle for the house reignites the love and passion that bloomed between them years ago. But when Rafe discovers she's kept their daughter a secret for two years, can he overcome anger and pride to claim his family and the love of his life, or will the deception drive a final wedge between them?
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