Monday, December 11, 2017

Writing Parallels #OpenBook Blog Hop



When I wrote Wolves' Pawn, I didn't set out to create a manifesto on women's place in today's society. All I wanted to do was write a story about wolf shifters with a strong female lead that defied the conventions of the genre.

Well, that's only partly true. I did want to write a strong female lead. The rest just sorta happened because that's the way Dot, my heroine, wanted it.The fact that she refused to go along with patriarchal pack expectations was true to her history.

I could see Dot taking part in the Woman's March (if she wasn't too busy running her company!) She hasn't met a glass ceiling yet that she couldn't break. And I bet she and Gavin would have more than one heated discussion as he tried—and failed—to get her to moderate her views in favor of keeping peace among the traditionalists of the pack. Dot, of course, would stay true to her personal beliefs.


Although I haven't figured out birth control for shifters yet, (Human methods are only 50% effective), I'm pretty darn sure Dot is using it. And the insurance plan she provides for her employees covers it too. Come to think of it, much of their medical care is free because they make use of the doctor who is contracted with the Fairwood pack. Not true socialized medicine, but close.


Then there's the school that Dot's company supports. None of the kids who attend pay a dime and they even get fed and clothed and help finding jobs when they graduate. And this book was written several years before the most recent US presidential election!


Although I'd guess her politics were more conservative, Tasha of Wolves' Knight also plays havoc with the traditional female role in paranormal romances. And wait until you meet Lori in Wolves' Gambit, the third book in the Free Wolves series. (the one I'm working on now.) There's no doubt in my mind where she'd be on the political spectrum.

So yes, I'm rather proud of my characters.They stand up for themselves in a male-dominated society under all sorts of circumstances. And succeed.


Now that I'm done bragging about my "friends," let's go see what everyone else is talking about. (Oh, and if you're interested in buying my books, head here for the links to get them.




December 11, 2017 – Writing parallels - parallels between events and your writing, topic or genre.
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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Book Review—The Western Star by Craig Johnson #OpenBook Blog Hop




I've long been a fan of Craig's Johnson's series of Longmire books. I discovered them several years before they became the inspiration for the TV series and own most of them. (In print.) I've had about half of them signed by the author as he makes regular appearances in my part of the world.

So I was looking forward to his new release, The Western Star. In fact, it was on my wishlist for my birthday. It took me a few days to start reading it because I wanted to wait for the weekend when I could devour it without too many interruptions.

Most of the book did not disappoint. Johnson did his usual fine job of weaving an intricate tale including both present-day and historical references. Most of our favorite characters are back,  although they take a back seat in the story line. (Spoiler alert: for those of you hoping for more action between Longmire and Vic, don't hold your breath.) The major mystery is wrapped up nicely by our favorite sheriff.




But here's where I think Johnson went wrong. He left us with a cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers and refuse to write them. For those of you who have read the books, you probably remember the underlying story arc.Without giving too much away, that's the story line that leaves us hanging. In a big way. And since Johnson only seems to release one book a year, that's a long time to wait.

As a result, I'm giving this book 4 stars. But sure, I'll read the next one when it comes out.

If you've read the book, let me know in the comments if you agree or disagree with my rating. In the meantime, I'm off to see what our other authors are reading.




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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Baron's Cufflinks #MFRWHooks



This week I'm presenting a snippet from The Baron's Cufflinks, the third book in the Oak Grove Mysteries. Harmony Duprie, my main character is up to her usual shenanigans—finding trouble.


     A couple of DUI’s and one arrest for marijuana possession do not a villain make. I was almost disappointed. Other than a few waitresses he’d manhandled, Tadd didn’t seem to have any enemies. He wasn’t necessarily popular, but no one hated him. Not on record, at least. So who had the motive to kill him?
     A talk with my favorite FBI agent seemed to be in order.

     Not that I particularly liked Agent Felton. But I only knew two FBI agents and couldn't tolerate the other one. Although Felton didn't count as a friend, he wasn't an enemy either. Still, it surprised me when he agreed to meet for lunch, no questions asked.
     I spotted him right away when I entered the small Chinese buffet place, his suggestion, near his office. He stuck out like a sore thumb amid the crowd of secretaries having lunch. It had been a few months since I’d seen him, and gray hairs were now scattered in with the brown. Meeting him on his home turf meant I'd need to be on my best behavior, but I was good with that.
     The restaurant’s Shanghai soup dumplings were a treat and I was on my second serving when Felton wearied of our sporadic chit-chat. “You didn’t call me to talk about the weather. Or to tell me you’ve realized that you’re deeply in love with me. What is it you want, Miss Duprie?”
     I could play it for kicks or play it straight. The choice seemed obvious if I didn’t want to tick him off. I swallowed and looked him square in the eye. “Information. Do you know anything about a guy by the name of Tadd Foard?”
     The agent leaned back in his chair, crossed his arms, and thought for a moment. “Can't say that I do. Why?”
     “He was murdered a few days ago.”
      “And you care why? Are you sticking your nose where it doesn't belong again?” He grinned as he raised a spoonful of the egg drop soup towards his mouth.
     “I may be a suspect.”

     We spent the next few minutes cleaning up the soup that had sprayed everywhere.




Blurb:

What starts as Girl's Night Out ends in murder, and Harmony Duprie is a suspect.
She's innocent, of course, but with no alibi, the sheriff's department won't remove her from the list of suspects. It doesn't help when a waitress from the bar gets beaten up and the only clue is a slip of paper with Harmony's name on it. Throw in a rookie deputy dead set on building his reputation and Harmony must tread carefully.

But caution isn't Harmony's middle name and she plunges head first into danger to defend her honor.

What she finds is a web of half-truths and suspicions implicating several law enforcement agencies, with Jake, her ex-lover, stuck in the middle of it all.

Can Harmony rescue Jake and find the real culprit before she becomes the next victim?


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Monday, November 27, 2017

Top Ten #OpenBook Blog Hop



Here's my Top Ten list of  things I like to do.


10. Going to work. Most days, anyway. I actually like my job and my coworkers. They joke around with me about my writing (in a kind way) and help keep my ego in check.

9. Exploring back roads in my Jeep. It's a kick to be able to go places I wouldn't dare try in a car.

8. Play on the computer. I didn't touch my first computer until I was over 30, and I haven't been without one since.

7. Talk to people. Or at least observe them from a distance. People's individual stories are amazing. We are a weird collection, we humans.

6. Needlepoint. I love how it combines both artistic and mathematical components.

5. Be outside. Whether it's doing yard work, going for a walk, shoveling snow or going for a hike, I like being outside.

4. Writing my stories. Now sharing them with my readers means they have to be edited first, (which I don't enjoy!) and that's what knocks this down from on the list.

3. Reading. I love to read. I don't read as much as I used to because life happens.

2. Play with my grandkids. Okay, play with the oldest and hold the little one. Especially as he's starting to smile.

1. You knew this was coming. Spending time in the mountains with my hubby. Whether its a couple of days or a couple of hours, I'll take it.



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Monday, November 20, 2017

Crossword puzzle #OpenBook blog hop





The challenge this week was to make a crossword puzzle with clues and answers from our books. I suggest you don't try this on your cell phone. :) If there's something you get stuck on, let me know in the comments and I'll give you an additional hint. Have fun!



November 20, 2017 – Create a game or puzzle for one or more of your books. You can do this on crosswords.com, puzzle creator and more sites and embed them in your blog so you have an online puzzle or game for readers to complete.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Stories Of Sun, Sand & Sea- Mistletoe and Palm Trees #MFRWHooks






Love on the Dunes is my contribution to the collection Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea- Mistletoe & Palm Trees.  In this scene, Carena Galloway, my heroine, is confronted by a stalker.


     What had she been thinking? Carena opened the door of the portable toilet to find a familiar face glaring at her. There was no way past the hulk lurking in the shadow, blocking her way. Jack Smith had found her, and the scowl on his face didn't help at all.
     “You got the pictures,” he growled. “I expect them in my email by tonight.”
     “First of all, Mr. Smith,” Carena raised her hands and made air quotes, “They aren't your grandparents. Second, I never agreed to give you any pictures. Third, you can't afford to pay what I charge for my services as a photographer. Last but not least, I'm tired of you bothering me. So why don't you run along to whatever hole you hide in and leave me alone?”
     One corner of his top lip curled up. “Brave words, girly. I can make your life hell if you don't give me what I'm asking for. You'll cooperate if you know what's good for you.”

     “And I suggest you get out of my way.” Carena sized him up. He was a good fifty pounds heavier and several inches taller than her. Chances of pushing him out of the way were slim. She took a deep breath and shifted her feet in the sand that covered the concrete block, looking for solid footing.



Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea - Mistletoe & Palm Trees. "Makes for ten holiday celebrations like none other. Sunny skies. Check. Palm Trees. Check. Beaches. Maybe. Family. Sometimes. Love and Romance. Double Check. Scrumptious food and a few cocktails. Triple Check. Murder. At least one.


Ten novellas written with heart felt holiday spirit that will make you laugh, bring tears to your eyes, warmth to your soul, intrigue to your psyche, with just enough romance to make you wish for more.


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Monday, November 13, 2017

Preparing for the Holidays #OpenBook Blog Hop



I'm not the kind of person who decorates for every holiday. Not New Years, not the 4th of July, not Halloween, not Thanksgiving. Christmas is my one exception,

So getting ready for the holidays is fairly laid back. Thanksgiving is just a big meal, timing dependent upon work schedules. At least, that's the way it's been for the past ten years. This year will be different because my daughter and her family will be joining us. And I don't have any idea what my son-in-law's favorite food is! So I'll probably cook extra dishes to improve the odds.  Maybe both turkey and ham instead of only one type of meat.



Now Christmas is a different story. I actually decorate for Christmas. I have boxes and boxes of Christmas "stuff." Now, I don't go overboard and decorate every inch of every surface. In fact, this year, with a little one around, I'll need to cut back on the knickknacks.

But decorating means cleaning first. Not spring cleaning level of cleanliness, but not the typical quick dust and vacuuming either. Since I usually have a long weekend after Thanksgiving, I have the time and energy to tackle the job.

The decorations come out in bits and pieces. Putting them out requires finding storage spots for all the "daily" knickknacks.  Never once have I managed to get all the decorations up in one day. I can't remember the last time I even tried!

Usually my collections of wreaths goes up first. One on the front door of course, then others throughout the interior of the house. ( I've got six or seven. And I might break down and buy a fresh pine wreath too.) Then my angels get moved from my writing corner to the upstairs. I usually add one a year to the collection.

Of course, the central focus is the tree itself. That alone will take me several days to get up and decorated. I have more ornaments than tree, so it's always a debate as to which ones to use. I suspect my older, plastic ornaments will make a reappearance this year, strategically placed on the bottom branches.



Somewhere along the way, I'll find a home for all the other holiday frills I've accumulated over the years. (I still have the little drummer boy candle holder my mother gave to us our first married Christmas!)  A few might even creep into my bedroom. I've discovered a forgotten decoration in some odd place as late as February, long after everything else has been long put away.

Putting things away is a much faster process. I can usually get that done in less than a week. The house always feels bare for a while, until all the normal things come back out of storage.

So that sums up my standard preparation for the holidays. And now, before I start thinking about what will go where this year, I'm going to hop over and see what everyone else does to get ready.



November 13, 2017 – As the holidays begin rolling in, what do you do to prepare your house, yourself and your family for the hectic days ahead?
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Release Day! Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea— Mistletoe and Palm Trees


It's Release Day!


Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea – Mistletoe and Palm Trees- Media Kit
Title: Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea – Mistletoe and Palm Trees
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: Nov. 7, 2017
Publisher: Rolling Thunder Publishing

Format: eBook
ASIN: B0763GGJBR



Inktera
Tolino: 
*****
Book Description: 

Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea - Mistletoe & Palm Trees. "Makes for ten holiday celebrations like none other. Sunny skies. Check. Palm Trees. Check. Beaches. Maybe. Family. Sometimes. Love and Romance. Double Check. Scrumptious food and a few cocktails. Triple Check. Murder. At least one.

Ten novellas written with heart felt holiday spirit that will make you laugh, bring tears to your eyes, warmth to your soul, intrigue to your psyche, with just enough romance to make you wish for more.
Celebrate with us!"  The ten authors of Indie Publishing Coalition. 
Search Terms: Multiple Authors, Vacation Destinations, Christmas Stories, Holiday Books, Romantic Suspense, Romance

*****

Blurbs: 

Judith Lucci:  Biloxi Beach Murders (Book 2)

Tag Line - The Gulf Coast Can be Deadly

Kat, who finishes her graduate degree in Art History in December, travels from Washington, DC where she is interning at the Smithsonian Museum to Biloxi for some Thanksgiving holiday fun with her friends. Everyone is there including - her former main squeeze Liam. A great time turns sour when one of her old friends from the University of New Orleans is found beaten and bruised, floating in a fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico.

*****
Lilian Robert:   Waves of Passion

Lindsey is a stunning young woman full of life, smart, efficient and ambitious, she surrounds herself with quality friends and has gained the respect of coworkers, superiors, and friends. 

Her heartbreaking separation from a five-year relationship left a void that someday would need to be filled. But at this point, romance seemed like unsafe territory.

And just about the time she thought she had achieved an impenetrable, relationship-proof fortress, Paul, a virtual friend on Facebook, sweeps he thoughts away and sets her nights on fire. If he is anything like what she had built in her mind, he would be a force to be reckoned. Lindsey is just about to find out.

*****
PJ Fiala:   Copper Moon – Colby

Aubree Norman has run Norman House Inn since she was twenty years old. Boyfriends have come and gone, not understanding her need to keep her grandparents home viable and running. Settling in to grow old in the beautiful Victorian and make her bed & breakfast the place to be, she killing it.

When fire jumper, Colby Landon comes to town he brings excitement with him. First, the hotel burns down other fires soon follow. As the flame burns hot between Aubree and Colby, will their love have a chance to grow or will the arsonist's torch turn their newfound flame into smoldering embers?

*****
Cherime MacFarlane:   Wild in Willow

The Larkin family plans to celebrate Christmas a little early due to a commitment made by the oldest son. But things are brewing in the background that may make it Wild in Willow. Irene Maddox is accompanying her friend Libby to the celebration. Can the family survive the blow up? Only time will tell.

*****
Nicole Sorrell:  The Art of Getting Away

Carlos is head over heels for his sassy girl Andie, and he wants their first Christmas together to be extra special. A romantic escape to the lake cabin where they met will be perfect. But Andie's ex-boyfriend interrupts his plans, begging her to give him a second chance. Carlos suspects the former gang member isn't telling Andie the truth, and decides he's going to do whatever it takes to keep her. And if that means fighting dirty...

*****
Angel Sefer:  Deadly Paradise

When Angelos Dimitriou a devastatingly handsome prominent attorney from Athens finds Natasha Ioannou unconscious on the steep rocks of a remote beach on Naxos, he is caught in a web of conspiracy, extortion, and greed. But the feisty and brave young woman with the emerald eyes captivates his soul, and Angelos throws caution to the wind in order to protect her. Caught in the eye of the storm, Natasha finds it hard to trust anyone. Will she ever open up to Angelos? And will he be able to save the blonde beauty from the threat hovering over her?

*****
Sybil Shae:  One More Day: Surviving the Waves

After the hurricane Chloe's life was in shambles, much like the buildings and the land around her, everything was destroyed. Her home, her family and her love all torn apart by a single wave. There was nothing left for her at Luna Beach. She moved away and spent years struggling to put her life back together. Just when she is starting to feel a small sense of normalcy, a Christmas Card arrives in the mail. What it says sets her emotions and her sanity into a whirlwind.

*****
P.J. MacLayne:  Love on the Dunes

Sunny skies, sandy beaches, palm trees and swimsuits. It wasn't like any Christmas Carena Galloway had ever known. She missed her family and worried about her relationship with her boyfriend, Aiden Wade. A picnic on the beach with friends was just the thing to distract her from her problems. Meeting a celebrity was a bonus.

But she never counted on attracting a stalker.

*****
Stephany Tullis:  Baby Boomer Bash

TAG LINE: Baby Boomers ONLY! No family allowed.

High school friends Sherry Mattison and Maddy Meriweather refuse to allow their adult children to ruin their love of Christmas and the family based traditions that are so near and dear to their hearts. Unlike Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch, they don't decide to cancel this year's Christmas, nor do their hearts harden. Instead of presenting their annual plea for an extended family Christmas like those of the good old days, the baby boomers greet their families on Thanksgiving Day with a new attitude and a feisty festive spirit that includes a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner: pot luck!
Their daughters are shocked but pleased when Christmas plans are not discussed as the family watches the Thanksgiving Day parade. Everyone is relieved that football half time focuses on another round of desserts and no mention of drawing names for the family Christmas gift exchange.
Sherry and Maddy kick off their plans for their Baby Boomer Christmas celebration with a Black Friday shopping spree. And then the thirty-day count-down begins!
Will the boomers' plans implode when someone blows the whistle on their European beach vacation?

 
*****
Valerie J. Clarizio:  Jess & Sam’s Story

After twenty years, Jess returns home to care for her ailing mother. Close proximity to the man she once loved who'd dumped her on the very day she expected a marriage proposal reawakens her broken heart and strengthens her vow to never put faith in a man.

By his own choice, Sam's the most elusive bachelor in town, his walls of defense firmly in place. But when the feisty little brunette he dated in high school and college moves back, Sam needs to step up his game, stiffening those walls to concrete. True love? A forever union? What kind of idiot believes in that?

No matter which way Sam and Jess turn in their little home town, they run into each other. And stumbling under the mistletoe isn't what either one needs.

*****

About the Authors

Judith Lucci:
Judith Lucci writes what she knows.....Hospitals, Patients, Physicians and Health Care. She adds suspense and intrigue along with well developed plots, vivid descriptions and memorable characters, and produces medical thrillers that few readers can put down.

Dr. Lucci is the author of the Alexandra Destephano Series, a series of medical thrillers that offer fans an escape into the busy world of a fictitious world-class hospital in New Orleans.

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Lilian Roberts:
Lilian Roberts is a corporate engineer. College, and the corporate world kept Lilian's writing on the back burner for a few years. It wasn't until later on in life that she decided to sit in front of the computer and finally put her thoughts on paper. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an avid reader and loves novels that feature characters draped in passion, mystery, and adventure. She is especially fascinated with the concept of immortality.

Lilian is the author of the Immortal Rapture series, eight paranormal, captivating, romance novels. A young British girl Arielle Lloyd with special gifts and an immortal man Sebastian Gaulle find their way to each other and want nothing more than to pledge their undying love to the world. For five centuries Sebastian has sought the one soul who can fulfill his dreams of everlasting love. Then he meets Arielle, whose heart calls out to him like no other.

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PJ Fiala:
Writing has been a desire my whole life.  Once I found the courage to write, life changed for me in the most profound way. Bringing stories to readers that I'd enjoy reading and creating characters that are flawed, but lovable is such a joy.

When not writing, I'm with my family doing something fun.  My husband, Gene, and I are bikers and enjoy riding to new locations, meeting new people and generally enjoying this fabulous country we live in.

I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather, father, brother, two sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.

Author web links:
Website: www.pjfiala.com            
Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/author/pjfiala  
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Cherime MacFarlane:
Meet Award-Winning, Best-Selling Author Cherime MacFarlane. A prolific multi-genre author, she has a broad range of interests that reflect her been there-done that life. Romance, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, all sorts of characters and plots evolve from a vivid imagination.
I came to Alaska kicking and screaming in 1975, and I never want to leave. I cut firewood on shares for money to get through the winter. I swore I would not live above the Alaska Range because it was too cold there and wound up in the Copper River Basin where it got just a cold as Fairbanks.
My second husband, a Scot from Glasgow, was the love of my life. When I write Scots dialect, I experienced hearing it from my in-laws. Each time my husband got on the phone to Scotland after five seconds, I could hardly understand a word. I was my second husband's chief mechanic's helper and roadie.
I live in a cabin which is slowly being surrounded by the city and wish I were further out. My two cats and Husky-Collie mix dog are happy in our little slice of heaven called Alaska. In the silence of winter dreams of people and places provide a rich pool of ideas to explore.

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Nicole Sorrell:
My first love was reading. From the age of ten I read everything I could get my hands on. I was seventeen the first time I closed a book and thought, I want to do that. Write a story that good. It took a few years, but I finally published my first novel, joining the ranks of contemporary fiction authors. I included everything I love in a book. It's a romance story, has suspense and surprise, and with book two, became a women's fiction series.  

 I'm still a voracious reader, currently residing in a rural area of the mid-west. After living in various parts of the U.S. and traveling abroad, I recently moved into the very same home where I grew up. I enjoy country living: ours is a small community, and everyone knows everybody. The culture of the city also draws me in: the shopping, dining, and the opera and ballet. 
I love traveling, especially to other countries, and I speak Spanish. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Literature, and a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising. Home decorating is one of my favorite things. Of course I love to read, and I'm a published poet. I like baking pies and drinking ale. Oh, and I like playing cornhole, and I spend way more time than I should playing computer games.

My sidekick is a tiny Yorkshire terrier named Georgie Doodlebug. I call her GiGi. She's my fur baby.

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Angel Sefer:
Multiple award-winning, bestselling author Angel Sefer was born in Athens, Greece and has studied and worked on both sides of the Atlantic. She holds a degree in Economics and divides her time between the corporate world and her true passion: writing mystery, thriller, and suspense romances where passion flares and danger lurks around every corner.

Angel lives in Athens, Greece, with the two loves of her life—her son and her husband—and is a member of several writers groups.

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Sybil Shae:
For Love, Real Love, The Kind Of Love That Lasts Forever….Sybil

Sitting in a chair, at a desk with headphones on, typing away...That’s where you’ll find Sybil Shae most days. She loses track of time and reality as she dives into her romance world, becoming one with her characters and growing with them as they appear through words on the tablet screen in concert with the imagery of a fool’s paradise we all visit in our dreams.
Sybil Shae writes romance, both spicy romance reads and clean reads. She feels it, breathes it, and has built her world around it. Love is at the center of all things. Welcome to Sybil’s world.

Sybil Shae DOES NOT write Erotica by any means, even the Spicy parts aren't as spicy as most others on the market. She writes with Love as the central plot rather than adult content.

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P.J. MacLayne:
A computer geek by day and a writer by night, P.J. MacLayne grew up in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania and sets much of her writing in that landscape. She currently lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Interview with Jake #OpenBook Blog Hop




Today I'm interviewing Jake Hennessey, who appears in the Oak Grove Mysteries. I ran into Jake at one of the small corner bars in Oak Grove when I was there on other business. And I mean literally ran into him. I had my face buried in my phone texting my mother and wasn't watching where I was going when I bumped into him. I knew who he was because of my previous interview with Harmony Duprie, the main character of my Oak Grove Mysteries. Of course, I offered to buy him a beer to replace the one that got spilled. And to keep him company while he drank it since he was alone. Which was surprising, because I noticed other women in the bar eyeing him the whole time we were together.

After we got introductions and pleasantries out of the way, and after I bought him a second beer, I got down to business. He agreed to answer my questions as long as I didn't ask about any of his legal issues. I reluctantly agreed.

Me: So is this your night off or are you still job hunting?

Jake: It's the middle of the week, so I have the night off. The club I'm working for doesn't get enough business to justify a bouncer except on weekends. Luckily, they let me bartend a few nights too, but when I'm not working I like to scope out the competition.

He flashed a toothy grin and I couldn't help but smile back. His eyes followed a waitress as she wandered past.

Jake: (with a wink.) I especially like checking out the staff at the competition. The waitresses at the club are off-limits.

Me: Your rule or theirs?

Jake: By mutual agreement. They're fun to flirt with, but I wouldn't want any of them to think I was seriously interested in them.

Me: Is there anyone you are interested in?

Jake: Nope. I'm still letting my broken heart heal after being dumped by Harmony. (He thumped his fist against his chest, and flashed his grin again. I wasn't sure whether to take him seriously so I switched topics.

Me: I know you've traveled a lot. What is your favorite city?

Jake: San Francisco. So many cool old houses. A lot of them have been restored, but there are still more falling apart. I wish I had the money available to buy a couple and fix them up.

Me: Doesn't Oak Grove have houses needing restored?

Jake: Sure. But the real estate market here is slow, and there's no guarantee I'd be able to sell them at a profit. In San Fran, they'd get gobbled up in a heartbeat. Besides, no one there knows my reputation and I could start over again. Oak Grove is too small for that.

Me: So why do you stick around?

Jake (shrugging his shoulders) : For Harmony. She needs someone to look after her. That girl attracts trouble like no one else I've ever known. Me included, of course, but at least I'm trying to make up for it. I wish Eli was here to take care of her, but he's too busy down in Florida.

I notice him studying my ring and knowing his reputation as a jewel thief, moved my hand into my lap. He shook his head, smirked, and took a drink of his beer.

Jake: See what I mean? Even you do it. I can't admire someone's jewelry without them getting all uptight. Nice ring, by the way. Was it passed down to you? Looks antique.

Me: Thanks. It was my grandmother's. And sorry about that.

Jake: Yeah, I'm used to it, unfortunately. By the way, you might want to ask someone to check the setting of the opal. It looks loose. I'd hate for you to lose the stone.

Before I asked him how he could tell, he downed the rest of his beer and stood.

Jake: I'm headed out. Enjoy the rest of your visit. Tell Harmony hi if you see her again.

Then, without a backward glance, he swaggered to the front door of the bar,  without even stopping to flirt with a waitress, and disappeared.






The Oak Grove Mysteries are available here https://www.amazon.com/Oak-Grove-Mysteries-3-Book/dp/B072F4WBWH  or check out the My Books page of this blog.

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