Monday, May 9, 2016

House or Home?

Congratulations to "Colleen C.", the winner in Maggie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I grew up in a very old house. I don’t know exactly what year it was built, but I do know it passed the century mark some time back. My parents bought it in 1955 and then proceeded to fill it with kids. Seven, to be exact. And I bet every one of us can walk through that house and point out a place where we’d made our personal mark on it.

If you look closely at the ancient wallpaper in the front entry, you’ll find the letters O and W written there, in what was once bright red lipstick. You see, Kermit the frog had been teaching the ‘OW’ sound on Sesame Street one day, and he’d drawn the letters on the screen with his magic telestrator flipper. I wanted to be just like old Kermie.

When I started to write FLIP THIS LOVE, I knew I had to teach my real estate mogul of a hero the difference between a house and a home. Harley Cade grew up in a series of low-rent apartments. When he came of age, he made his fortune flipping modest houses for a profit. Once he’d mastered that, he took on buying, refurbishing, and reselling some of the most gracious homes in the South. But his biggest challenges came in securing the two things he wanted most in the world: Delaney Tarrington and historic Tarrington House. 

To Laney, Tarrington House is so much more than the mansion that had been in her family for generations; it’s home. Like my parents’ house, it bears the scars of her childhood. Handlebar scrapes from riding her bike indoors, pink carpeting, and a dais for a bed fit for a society princess. 

By sharing her memories of Tarrington House with Harley, she not only helps him with his plans for restoring it to its former glory, but also lays a foundation for her hopes that they can build a future together.

It takes so much more than some walls and a roof to make a place home. It doesn’t even have to be a house. My favorite television show is Gilmore Girls (Yay! Reboot underway!), and one of the scenes that gets me every time is when Lorelai is helping Luke paint the old-hardware-store-turned-diner. He shows her a spot where his dad once took an order without having a piece of paper handy. They both agree there’s no need to ‘spruce’ the spot where Luke can literally see his father’s handwriting on the wall.

Often, it’s the imperfections that make a place feel like home. So don’t pay any attention to the chunks out of our walls, or the fact that the flooring in the master bath is a bit…uneven. There’s a story there.

If your house could tell tales, what would it say about you and yours? Share a story in the comments below and we’ll choose a winner for a digital copy of FLIP THIS LOVE!

Flip This Love 

Nothing draws a magnate like a steel magnolia…

Harley Cade is back in town—and the former bad boy is downright irresistible now that he’s donned a hard hat and set to work restoring the South's finest homes to their former grandeur. While wealth may have gained Harley entry into high society, it’s going to take a lot more than a fat bank account to win the lovely Laney Tarrington.  

Laney isn't open to giving the self-made magnate a second chance—no matter how much she needs him. With her family fortune gone, Laney finally has to stand on her own two feet. The last person she’d ever lean on is Harley, the man who left her behind with nothing more than memories of the passion they once shared….

With the attraction still burning hot between them, Harley isn’t above seduction—or secretly buying Laney’s bankrupted family’s estate. After all, he no longer has to prove himself to anyone, least of all the daughter of Mobile, Alabama’s most prestigious family. But will pride keep Harley from gaining the biggest prize of all—a place in Laney’s heart?

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About Maggie Wells:
Maggie Wells is a deep-down dirty girl with a weakness for hot heroes and happy endings. By day she is buried in spreadsheets, but at night she pens tales of people tangling up the sheets. The product of a charming rogue and a shameless flirt, this mild-mannered married lady has a naughty streak a mile wide.

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  1. I remember my sister drawing on the walls... she made these odd looking stick figures that looked like the letter P. Such memories... the house was so old... recently found out that it was torn down... sad to think of it gone.

  2. comfy

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