Having successfully booted the last of my three children out the door to college (children who, hopefully, will never move home again for longer than summer break), I decided watching dust gather was probably not a viable past time. Now, in addition to working a dreaded day job as a product analyst, I ignore the state of my house and work diligently to write and publish heartwarming novels with a healthy dose of humor, a splash of romance and a heaping helping of family.
I share my (very dusty) North Carolina home with my darling husband (the most tolerant man in the universe) and the environs around my house with my incredibly feisty young cat, Kimba the O.G. White Lion. Kimba is charming and still more feral than we would like. His favorite things are fingers. He wants to gnaw them. He has many more toys than are recommended and, although he'd tell you otherwise, he gets a ton of attention (whether we want to give it to him or not).
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read a little of everything. I love romance and have lots of favorites, but I also love women's fiction, literary novels, mysteries, thrillers, carefully-curated Young Adult, memoirs, biographies, some non-fiction and historical novels. Did I mention that I love everything? I am also very curious and want to know ALL THE THINGS.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was captured in a journal I kept when I was 12. It was a very awkward, G-rated teen romance whose heroine looked a lot like me. It embarrassed me to read, so no one else ever saw it. It would be another 25 years before I showed any fiction I wrote to another person!
A desperate artist. A reclusive legend. A story no one knows. Tondra is struggling for attention on the New York art scene when a chance to ink notorious hip-hop legend Lakewood lands in her desperate hands. The reclusive rapper shares a part of his history he's never told anyone, forcing Tondra to choose between ensuring her own success and safeguarding Lakewood's secrets.
A married man. A forbidden romance. A scandal in the making. A corporate whistleblower has an unexpected affair with the attorney representing the company she works for. When she warns him someone is threatening to expose their affair to his wife, he has a heart attack and dies. She is left to face his wife, the community and the scandal they created. Then things really get interesting.
This Red Door Reads Sampler contains first chapters by best-selling authors - Renee Bernard, Jane Charles, Deborah Cooke, Caren Crane, Claudia Dain, Claire Delacroix, Susan Gee Heino, Lori Handeland, Jerrica Knight-Catania, Michelle Marcos, Deb Marlowe, D.M. Marlowe, Laura Scott and Ava Stone
Katie's life was determined by the rules and expectations of others, everything from beauty pageant wins to community fundraising coups. When her husband dies unexpectedly and a past secret surfaces, Katie must face the fact that her life isn't quite what she—or anyone else—thought it was. She sets out to determine what she wants from life, which may just include a sexy Italian restaurateur.
Connie Burns never wanted a child…until she did. Her high-powered career and serious medical condition make her less than ideal mom material, but Connie is determined to prove to her husband, her doctor and herself she can succeed. A foster child with serious issues tests her maternal instincts and pushes her to change her life in ways she never expected, toward a future she never imagined.
Cross Springs' biggest gossip, Mindy MacPherson, goes after a mysterious rose grower's secrets and encounters her lone one-night stand, Javier Morales Nieto. Mindy had only one regret from her night with Javier: that she didn't have the courage to face the morning after and see whether their feelings would last. With the Cross Springs flower show imminent, the heat gets turned up high and fast!
Linda's life stalled out in the middle of her journey, leaving her with three kids, a large mortgage and an ancient minivan. It also left her with a few great friends and a pack of nosy neighbors. When Linda goes back to school, she finds purpose and an unexpected special someone. Someone the neighbors don't approve of. Life gets a bigger Kick Start than expected and Lin had best hang on tight!