up in a small town listening to country music. Every Saturday, my mother would
turn on CMT (I wasn't allowed to watch MTV until I was fifteen), and we would
do our chores while listening to "Shoulda Been a Cowboy" by Toby
Keith, "Life's a Dance" by John Michael Montgomery, "Check Yes
or No" by George Straight, "Love, Me" by Collin Raye,
"She's in Love with the Boy" by Trisha Yearwood, "Strawberry
Wine" by Deana Carter...the list goes on.
always drawn to the songs about young, persistent love, so it only made sense
that my first contemporary romance novella would be set in a small town and
focus on a pair of childhood sweethearts. Westridge was inspired by my
favorite childhood memories, by love and loss. It’s a bittersweet, emotional
roller coaster, but the main characters manage to find a happy ending—despite
the secret Gabby's been keeping for five years and despite the fact Jason now
has an ex-wife and a daughter.
is about love conquering all, no matter the changes in people or circumstance.
story, Jason tells Gabby:
can still be perfect, Gabby. Just different. Different doesn't mean everything
is ruined. When are you gonna learn that? Plans change. People change.
their love remains the same.
is a re-release. The first edition was published in 2011 by Silver Publishing,
which has become defunct. But this turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I’m
taking this opportunity not only to make Westridge available to readers
again, but also to expand it into the trilogy of interconnected, standalone
novellas I’d originally planned. The next story will focus on Jason's ex-wife,
Rosa, and the third will focus on the late Mrs. Grayson's niece, Caitlin.
love small town contemporary romances with a dash of heat, download Westridge
today and keep an eye out for Rosa's Story in August 2014!
Jones and Jason Dawson were born only months apart in the small town of
Westridge. For the next eighteen years, they were inseparable, but after their
high school graduation, Gabby got on a bus to the city, leaving Jason with a
weak explanation and a broken heart. After five years of making it a point to
avoid her old flame, Gabby comes home for a funeral and, thanks to meddling
parents and circumstance, she and Jason are thrown together again.
But now Jason is an auto mechanic with an ex-wife and a daughter, and Gabby
owns a successful flower shop in the city. Even if Gabby is able to admit she
still loves Jason, and even if Jason is able to convince her to tell him the
real reason she left, will they be able to get past the changes and broken
pieces in time to start over?
Was she really that transparent? Gabby frowned
and chewed on a fingernail. She sat in a folding chair in Jason's office while
she waited for him to finish changing the tire. Country music drifted from an
old stereo tucked on a shelf. Dust coated every surface and floated in the
sunbeams slanting through the windows. But since he catered to blue-collar
workers and had never been an amazing housekeeper, Gabby wasn't surprised.
She glared out the window. The Taylors' double
wide could be seen about a hundred yards off. Who was she kidding? Just because
she had to choke down her emotions didn't mean others couldn't see her choking.
And her close proximity to Jason earlier sure hadn't helped. Apparently, she'd
only ever been good at fooling herself when it came to saying she didn't care
about him or this town.
“I don't care,” she murmured, testing the
mantra that had helped her to ignore the pangs of regret while she was away
Her heart twisted in protest. Maybe she wasn't
that great at fooling herself after all. The truth was, his familiar scent
tinged with the smell of grease and metal made her knees go weak. He was so
like the boy she'd known five years ago, but he had also changed, become very
much a man. The mixture of familiarity and the unknown not only reminded her of
what they'd had together, but it also aroused a desire to learn everything
about him she no longer knew.
The fact that there was anything she didn't
know upset her more than it should. A sudden, primordial fury came over her at
the thought that her territory had been invaded. She squashed the emotion
quickly, reminding herself that Rosa had every right to him now. Even though
they'd divorced, they had a child together and that certainly deserved a
stronger bond than any that could ever exist between a man and the woman who
left him years ago. She'd abandoned him. She didn't deserve any part of him.
lives in Delaware with her husband, cat, and yellow lab. She began writing
romance and erotica in 2008 and hasn't been able to keep her mind off love
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