With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I’m baking cookies for the family—my “mom” task for the week—a mouth-watering chocolate chip cookie recipe that my baby sister shared with me years ago. The cookies got me to thinking about the cookies in my new Caught Between series, which led me to thoughts about the relationship between the heroine in the first book and her mother.
Paige Calhoun’s mother abandoned her when she was only four years old, and headed to Hollywood to become an actress. Now they’re both back on Serendipity Island. Here’s a small snippet from one of their scenes…
When Paige entered the kitchen and saw an explosion of dirty dishes spilling over the edges of the sink, scattered from one end of the countertop to the other, she stopped.
Definitely not her grandma. Gram always washed dishes and tidied up as she worked.
The oven timer buzzed, the screen door swung open, and Lisa stepped into the kitchen. When she saw Paige, she froze. “Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t realize anyone else was up. I’ll just get out of your wa—” Her gaze slid toward the messy countertop, and it was as though someone had stuck her blowup body with a pin. Her shoulders slumped, her ribcage caved in, and she shrunk by almost four inches. “Never mind. If you can’t stand to be in the same room as me, then you’ll have to leave.”
Lisa grabbed the oven gloves off the countertop, swung open the oven door, and pulled out a tray of cookies. They looked like chocolate chip, and they smelled delicious.
As the other woman straightened and closed the oven door, her normally pale skin was rosy from the heat. She twisted her neck slightly and, with one exquisite eyebrow raised, stared at Paige. “Well, then, good morning.”
I’m a little bit behind in my April reads but I have a really good reason. Honestly. Truly. In fact, I have—almost—the best reason in the world.
(And no, I didn’t have another baby. Or solve world hunger…sorry.)
Book one of the Caught Between series is almost here. In fact, it’s due to hit the online bookshelves next week!
Caught Between a Lie and True Love: This book includes a family phobic heroine, a hunky hero whose luck—and love life—are about to change, lies, romance, chocolate chip cookies, nighttime shenanigans, a con-artist who swears he’s gone straight, teens with their own agenda, and a battle of the sexes secondary romance.
For April’s Goodreads Challenge, I’ve selected a book by one of my favorite authors (Cheryl Cooke-Harrington…love, love, love her fast paced writing style!) and Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest release. I’m also delving into a time travel romance (by Jennette Marie Powell) and a recommendation from last month, a fantasy novel by Tameri Etherton, which happens to be free on Amazon right now.
In March, I also squeezed in a Young Adult novel, the first in a series by H.M. Ward, so I’m including that here.
So now, let’s talk about what you’re reading now. And what books or authors do you recommend I try out next?
Next time up, I’ll share the new cover for my upcoming April release Caught Between a Lie and True Love.
It’s month three of the Goodreads Reading Challenge and I’ve read so many wonderful books. This month’s selections include a writing book and four more awesome romance books. And one book is permanently free too, which will help with your reading budget!