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Write What You Know. Of Course, But There’s More

Write what you know, a main tenant of the writing profession. Use your own experiences, your preferences and interest because, let’s face it, if you tried to write about something you knew nothing about, you really would have nothing to say.

Saturday In Serendipity is three stories of love rediscovered at a twenty year, high school reunion.
Three Strikes Thursday showcases professional baseball’s former golden boy, Barry Carlson who has some serious making up to do to Amanda Marsh, the one who got away. For Barry, winning Amanda back is remarkably easy. Too bad keeping her with him proves difficult. Two On Tuesday has venture capitalist Matt Durand with the money Blane Weston needs to keep her struggling construction company afloat. Both soon learn, though, money isn’t everything and some people aren’t always what they seem. One Fateful Friday brings hospital CEO Jake Holbrook and family practice physician Bethany Thomas, MD together following the untimely death of her husband. Forever friends who so desperately want to become more, Jake and Bethany have a lot of baggage regarding each other to get through first.

These three different couples each take very different passages to find their own happily ever after.

But back to the write what you know statement I started with. I did attend, and graduate from, high school. Even attended a reunion or two in my time. The high school years are, by and large, a universal experience. One we alternately consider the greatest time of our life and very worst. Being in high school, a shiny bright future stretches out in front of you. Some years later, those sterling promises may have become a little tarnished. The life we actually lived might not be the one we truly imagined.

In that spirit, Saturday In Serendipity is three stories of love rediscovered. Former classmates who come together to revisit their pasts only to find their unexpected futures.

Genre: Contemporary Romance – Anthology
Release Date: August 11, 2014
Length: 427 Pages
Get it at: Amazon

A twenty year high school reunion changes the lives of former classmates and leads to unexpected futures.

Three Strikes Thursday
Barry Carlson, a pro baseball success, could have any woman he wanted. Except one. Twenty years before, Barry won Amanda Marsh’s love, only to crush her heart. He’s returned to Serendipity, determined to win her back. Recently divorced, Amanda is happy—until Barry slides back into her life. Can they put aside old wounds and new misunderstandings to find a forever love?

She snuggled closer to him under the covers. “Whatever you want is fine with me. We could go to the courthouse in Burlington for all I care. Find a judge with a half hour open on his schedule.”

Barry wrapped her in his arms and closed his eyes on a contented smile of his own. It was an unspoken bond between them, the fact that she didn’t give a rip about the huge amount of money he had earned in his career. Nor did she care about his extensive real estate holdings and other accumulated wealth. She cared about him.

“You know I’ll do whatever you want.”

“Money is no object.” She lowered her voice to mimic his. Reaching up, she placed a tender palm against his cheek. “I understand that, my darling. And I don’t care.”

He brought her palm to his lips. “You’ll have to forgive me.” He placed a kiss in its center. “No woman’s ever told me that before.”

Two On Tuesday
Blane Weston’s construction company needs the venture capital Matt Durand has. With his reputation for hostile takeovers, she wants no part of him. Mixing business with pleasure, she’s off to Serendipity to hook up with a former flame. Not used to being denied, Matt follows. How can Blane enjoy a journey to her past when Matt is determined to dictate her future?

They didn’t talk much after that. She had her head rested against the seat and looked to be sleeping. He would have needed to unclench his jaw in order to speak intelligently.

Her eyes remained closed as they drove along the picturesque shoreline. Further out on the water, two wave runners raced side by side. After one swamped the other, the conqueror made a victory lap around the vanquished. Briefly taking his concentration from the road, he helped himself to glimpses of the beautiful face angled his way. Long lashes brushed cheeks tinted pink by the few hours this morning spent in the sun. Her lips were slightly open as she breathed through her mouth.

A definitely kissable mouth.                      

He exhaled a sharp breath as his attention returned to his driving. Passing through the next green light, hand over hand, he made a right turn onto Quincy Avenue and immediately saw Anderson Memorial Hospital. He cruised by the first driveway entrance before turning into the second. Their change in direction must have roused her. She stirred in the seat and opened her eyes, but said nothing.

One Fateful Friday
His high school reunion in Serendipity over, hospital CEO Jake Holbrook regrets his single state. When a special woman from his past tumbles back into his life—and his bed—he’s determined to keep her there. Family practitioner Bethany Thomas avoids an entanglement with her new boss, but unknowingly betrays him. As the holidays approach, can they overcome a lack of trust to find their Christmas miracle?

“Where have you been?” Jake issued the demand as Bethany approached.

“I beg your pardon?”

“Where have you been?”

“That’s what I thought you said. If your question deserved an answer, I’d be happy to give you one.” She reached around him to open the entrance door.

He brought his arm across to hold it shut. “I deserve an answer regardless. But, okay, how about this? What the hell have you been doing with that clinic I put you in charge of?”

At the vehemence within his words, she stopped her attempts to push by him. “Taking care of patients.”


“And what?”

“And what else?”

“There is nothing else. People come in sick, and we help them get well.” She poked a finger into his chest. “The mission of this place, remember? Your words, not mine.”

“There’s more to it than that.”

“Like what, Jake?” She spread her arms wide. “You have this giant healing resource at your disposal.”

“With lights and heat to keep on, which is putting those fiscal responsibilities in their most elemental terms. In addition, there is what amounts to a gigantic mortgage to pay.”

“That’s your job. And I’m trying to do mine, so move out of my way, please. I need to get back to work.”

When he continued to stand before her with his brow still furrowed and arms crossed, she put one hand on each shoulder and stood on tiptoe to meet him eye to eye. “Move, Jake. I have a patient to admit.”

“On the hospital’s dime or theirs?”

About the Author:
Like many writers, it’s hard to determine exactly when my fiction writing career began. I remember composing a short story in grade school (I have no idea about what) which was chosen for publication in an all school anthology. A journalism class taken in junior high school led to a job on the school newspaper and a weekly column.

I always loved reading. I loved writing too. Someday, I thought, maybe when I grew up and received the right training, I could actually write a book. After all, I was often told, laughingly most times, I had an extremely vivid imagination.

Through the years, the desire to write was always there. I had so many ideas and characters roaming around in my head, so many stories. But the business of living—going to college, getting married then raising a family—took precedence over something as frivolous as writing a book.

Then one day out of the blue I was downsized—effective immediately—from a job I’d held for over thirty years. What seemed so unfair at the time, I now recognize the tremendous gift I was given that day. As I’m now able to spend more and more time doing what I love—writing romantic fiction—I find I really do have an abundance of stories to share.
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  1. Thank you for participating in Margo's SATURDAY IN SERENDIPITY blog tour, Allison - As always, you ROCK awesome!!!

  2. It's great to be here today. Thanks for having me. Hope everyone enjoys some of my insights. And, of course, my work.

  3. Just surfed in from another site. Glad I did. You write the kinds of books I enjoy reading.
    I have added your name to my TBR list.

    1. Joye, Thanks for stopping. Music to my ears to hear you enjoy the kinds of books I write.

  4. I love contemporary romance. (that's what I like to write) I will check yours out. They sound right up my alley.

    1. Great news, a Wand Kay. Thank you. I'll have to check yours out too.


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