Guest Post by Rosemary Indra:
Characters as friends
My current release, Everlasting Love is the third book in my Forest Ridge Series. The characters are friends and family who work for a volunteer fire department in the fictitious town of Forest Ridge, Oregon. Some of the characters have been in all three books and after working with them as long as I have these characters have become friends to me.
As a writer you learn the good and bad about your characters. When I’m writing a story they are with me day and night for some time. Even when I’m not writing these people are in the back of my mind. Once I was in a conversation with someone and about to say I know someone who’s done…only to realize the person I was about to discuss was a character not a live person. I know this is a writer thing; sometimes we become a little too involved with our characters.
I hope readers enjoy the characters in the Forest Ridge Series as much as I have enjoyed writing about them. However, it’s probably not a good idea to refer to them as friends.
About the Author :
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.
You can find her on her Website.
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?
Here's an excerpt to tempt you more!
Miranda Cummings inhaled the fresh fir scent the moment she opened the door of her Chevy Impala-the fragrance of freedom. The cold, crisp air bit at her warm cheeks yet she felt exhilarated. Gravel and slushy snow crunched under her shoes as she hurried around her car. Opening the passenger door she picked up her overnight bag and placed the strap on her shoulder then she added her computer bag. Not wanting to make another trip out in the cold, she hooked several grocery bags on each hand. With one swift hip movement, she closed the door.
Gingerly she walked up the three snow-covered, wooden steps to the deck. Focusing on her weekend of solitude, she quickened her pace to the cabin on her right.
“Can I help you?” a deep baritone voice startled Miranda causing her to fling her arms out and drop one of her grocery bags.
Intent on carrying her belongings into the cabin, she hadn’t seen or heard the man behind her. Turning around, she froze. Reclined in an old-fashioned, white cast iron bathtub with claw feet, the man appeared relaxed, content and not at all perturbed as he bathed on a deck outside.
Steam rose from his warm water into the cold air. Water dripped from his short brown hair and glistened on his muscular torso. She suppressed the desire to caress the breadth of his wide shoulders. Stubble darkened his face with a day’s growth of beard. His rugged good looks caused her heart to flutter.
“I must have made a wrong turn…“ She couldn’t tear her gaze from his broad chest. As the water droplets traveled down his body her gaze followed suit. Miranda realized the hunk of a man was not only tranquil but also very naked. His muscular arms, which rested on the edges of the tub, could easily wrap around her. She wanted to feel his strength, his support from those strong arms. “…somewhere,” her voice squeaked.
He reached down and picked up a can of beer, which sat on the deck. Tipping the can back he took a swig then set the beer beside the tub. “Where were you going?”
His pecks rippled when he moved. Look at his face not his chest, Miranda scolded herself. “A friend of mine has a cabin up here.”
She glanced at the A-frame structure to her right nestled in a grove of fir trees where she’d intended to spend a couple of nights off the beaten path. Flower boxes below the two paned windows held browned plants from winter’s frost. The plumbing’s primitive her friend had said, which would explain a bathtub on the deck. The cabin in front of her fit her friend’s description.
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I really enjoyed Everlasting Love. I didn't realize this was the third book in a series before I read it. It really didn't matter though because it was easy to follow the story. I didn't feel as though there were pieces missing. It really worked well as a stand alone story. However, I now want to go backwards and read the two previous books in the Forest Ridge series. :-)
The characters were realistic and very likable. Kevin was very sweet. I wish more men were like him. There'd be alot of happy women.
There was a lot of plot packed in between the pages of this book. I was pleasantly surprised by the extent of the details and story considering there were only 109 pages in the book. Many times less pages equals less story. Not so in this case! :D
Rosemary knows how to keep us guessing.
I recommend Everlasting Love to everyone who likes a little mystery with their romance or who wants a good story with a small amount of pages.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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