When I started in Romance Writers of America our local chapter had fabulous conferences. We had speakers such as Linda Lael Miller, Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush, Debbie Macomber, Susan Wiggs, Samantha James, Jodie Thomas and Stella Cameron, just to name a few. Sorry that’s more than five.
Right now I’d be hard pressed to say what their speeches were about. They talked about plotting, character development, rejection and rewriting. However, when they talked about their writing career they all had the same underline message of perseverance. Regardless of how many rejection letters they received they continued writing. One of the writers had so many rejection letters she wall papered her bathroom with them. The other attribute I saw in each of the speakers was their love of writing. I always found encouragement in their stories of their accomplishments.
I learned that when I received rejection letters or negative comments, to set the letter aside for a while and tried to cool off. Then I’d reread the letter acknowledge the positive points and analyze the negative points to see how I could use the comment to better my writing. This was a painful process for me but a great learning experience.
What we achieve is not as important as what we learned on the journey to success.
When Miranda Cummins borrows a friend’s cabin to finish writing her long overdue book, she’s surprised to find the one-room retreat already occupied by Kevin Mathews. Though she feels a spontaneous attraction for Kevin, Miranda has recently escaped a controlling husband and isn’t ready for a long-term relationship.
Unsatisfied with his occupation, Kevin is at a crossroads. Miranda understands and encourages him to look at the direction his life is going. Fired up by her encouragement, Kevin returns to Forest Ridge to resume his firefighting career.
When Miranda is threatened by her ex-husband, Kevin realizes he will do anything to protect her. Miranda has shown Kevin a new passion for life. Can he fan the flames of passion into an Everlasting Love?
In a small town he had to be cautious. Driving too close to his intended victim would be obvious. He’d lagged back allowing more distance between his car and the one in front of him. When several vehicles exited the highway, he hung back even farther. His prey was no longer insight but he knew the Chevy was still there. He gripped the steering wheel tighter and tried to be patient.
As the city gave way to the mountainous forest, he saw his opportunity; pressing on the accelerator he started to close the space between them. Now, in this isolated wildness, he needed to move in for the kill.
No one would find a body or the missing vehicle for some time. This was the perfect set up. No witnesses. No surveillance cameras. For once and all, he could loosen the chain around his neck and live a carefree life again.
He sped up and still no sign of the other tail lights. The driver must have turned off to another road. He’d passed countless side roads since entering the highway. Finding which road the other vehicle used would be impossible.
He wiped his hand across the back of his neck. Pulling over to the side of the road, gravel crunched beneath his tires. He pounded his fist on the steering wheel. He’d quit his search for now. He’d find his victim another time. Then he’d free himself from his burden.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Ever since her mom gave her a romance book when she was a teenager Rosemary has enjoyed happier-ever-after stores. She has been writing most of her adult life. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and crafts.
She has two grown children and four adorable grandchildren. Her and her husband live in a small town in Oregon.
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