Friday, August 30, 2013

Have you ever had a long distance relationship?

Congratulations to "Jane", the winner of Margaret's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I think we can all agree that good relationships are built on trust, honesty and open communication, but how often do we give pure happenstance the credit it deserves? Almost every connection we have beyond familial relations can be attributed to a fickle whim of Fate.

Did you share the same classroom as your best friend since second grade?

Most days we don’t give chance a second thought. We plod through our lives getting from point A to point B, but all the while Fortune is tossing options C, D & E in our paths. Sometimes we see the choices laid out in front of us, others we remain happily oblivious.

How did you meet the first guy/girl you ever dated?

I’m a fairly goal-oriented person. I’m really good at keeping my eyes on the prize. I’m not so great with picking up on nuance. It’s a good thing destiny decided to use a sledgehammer when she got around to messing with me.

My entire life changed course because my name was drawn from a hat.

No lie.

A random drawing took place in a California meeting room, and a girl from Illinois was sent to a conference in Virginia where she met a guy from Arkansas. From the moment I met him, I knew.

Fulfilling one’s destiny isn’t always neat and tidy. In fact, it’s kind of a pain. I lived the ups and downs of a long distance love affair for eighteen months. And because misery loves company, I decided to write a little short story about a couple who meet by chance and fall head over heels into a relationship despite the teeny, tiny little matter of hundreds of miles between them.

Long Distance Love started as a single short story, Concourse Christmas, which appeared in a holiday-themed anthology released by Turquoise Morning Press. In it, hunky FBI guy, Jack Rudolph, meets a spitfire of a woman named Ellie Nichols while stranded in an airport on Christmas Eve. Readers fell in love with Jack and Ellie and asked for more—a demand I was more than happy to oblige.

This collection of stories follows the dips and curves Jack and Ellie negotiate over the course of a year and the compromises they must make in order to be together. After all, Fate did her part. Now it’s time for them to pony up their fair share of trust, honesty and open communication in order to make a relationship work.

How about you? Have you ever had a long distance relationship, or do you look for love a little closer to home? 

Comment below and I’ll enter your name into a drawing for a digital copy of Long Distance Love.

Thanks for stopping by!

Love may be a many splendored thing, but it’s rarely convenient.

A Christmas Eve snowstorm leaves newly-single Ellie Nichols trapped in an airport terminal with only hunky FBI Agent Jack Rudolph for company.

Lucky Ellie.

For Jack, the passing of a long winter’s night turns into a New Year filled with possibility. State lines and hundreds of miles separate them, but the spark that flares each time they meet cannot be denied.

Can two ambitious, career-driven people find a way to make a long distance relationship work when matters of the heart bring them up-close and personal?


“I’m Jack Rudolph.”

Ellie eyed that large hand speculatively. His long fingers reached for her, his broad palm exposed and vulnerable. She glanced up and he twitched one eyebrow in silent challenge. She placed her hand in his. Those long, strong fingers closed around hers. He didn’t release her right away, so she fell back on the only weapon a vertically challenged woman has when faced with a formidable opponent and without a shield of hair to flip.

“Rudolph?” She blinked at him then fluttered her lashes. “Can I bribe you to guide my sleigh tonight?”

His deep, easy laugh rumbled through her. “Possibly,” he answered with a grin.

Ellie extracted her hand from his grasp. Her grandmother’s voice echoed in her head.

Good Lord, Eleanor, would it kill you to be a little friendly? You’re far too prickly for such a pretty girl. You’re thirty-two years old. Aren’t you ever going to get married?

Her ears burned. A rush of shame and humiliation raced through her veins. She fumbled with her sub sandwich, slapping both halves back together then flattening one with the palm of her hand.

“I’m sorry. I bet you got that a lot when you were a kid,” she murmured, sneaking a peek at him through her lashes.

A slow, wicked smile curved his lips. Her throat went dry but she’d swear her bones melted into a steaming pool of goo. His chuckle steamrolled whatever was left. “A few times, but I have to admit I’m tempted to try it for you.”

That dimple was back and flirting with her outrageously. Ellie snatched up her cup and gulped the icy Diet Coke.

“I was going to Chicago,” she rasped, concentrating on keeping her hand steady as she lowered the cup. “You?”

Tampa.” He swirled a couple of fries through his cache of ketchup. “My flight out of Oklahoma City was delayed, so I missed my connection. I’m on stand-by for the last flight out.”

“Ugh. That sucks.”

They fell silent for a moment. Ellie plucked a bit of crust from the bread and eyed her sandwich warily, wondering if there was a graceful way to eat a loaded sub.

“So, mystery woman from Chicago, what’s the prognosis on your flight? Think you’ll make it home tonight, or should I start rousting the other eight tiny reindeer?”

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  1. I met my husband through his sisters. They were (are) my best friends and my weekly card partners. He lived in another state five hours away and we ended up dating long distance for three years until we married. It takes a different kind of commitment and we talked to each other everyday and one of us was traveling every two weeks. I had a pretty busy career at the time so, in a way, the long distance worked as it allowed me to develop the relationship without the guilt of explaining long work days and commitments.

    Looking forward to reading your book and seeing how Ellie and Jack handled the distance.

    Jonettaalllen77 at yahoo dot com

  2. Thanks so much, Jonetta! Everything you said here is true. A long distance relationship is a different animal. As hard as it can be to maintain on, there are a few advantages to having that space. :)

  3. I met my first boyfriend in the recovery room of a hospital after he'd had his wisdom teeth removed. Sadly, it wasn't just the Tylenol 3s that were making him loopy. I've been through a few long distance relationships too, and I know first-hand they aren't easy. But what draws me in to this story is the fact that you don't make it easy on Jack and Ellie either. We see the ups and downs, the highs and lows, and how powerful love can be when no amount of distance can keep you apart. I've already got a copy so no need to enter me for the contest. Just wanted to share my love. :)

    1. Loopy love! Fabulous story! Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. I've never had a long distance relationship, but my cousin had one and it lasted for a couple of years before they broke up.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

    1. They are difficult to maintain. You just get to the point where someone has to make a decision. I hope they enjoyed it while it lasted. Thanks!

  5. I had a long distance relationship. It was just too hard to keep in touch. Eventually, we did break up.


  6. Sad. :( I hope you had a good time while it lasted. It's so hard to keep the good stuff going. Thanks for commenting!


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