Home Run – The Keller Family Series, Book 7
by Bernadette Marie
In one moment Christian Keller’s life was changed. Now as he picks up the pieces he wonders if he can possibly recoup what he lost.
Victoria Lincoln had a promising future with Christian until an accident took the life of her sister and left her as guardian to her two small children.
Scott reached for her hand and interlaced their fingers. He ran his thumb over hers in the most intimate of gestures and Victoria thought of how sweet they must look—this family dressed in their best, very cozy in Scott’s Lexus.
She let the tension roll out of her shoulders.
Scott gave her a glance and then turned his eyes back to the road. “So how long did you and Christian Keller date?”
The tension was back, but this time it stiffened every muscle in her body. The weight in her stomach was back too and it literally made her sick. She knew she’d tightened the grip she had on Scott’s hand.
“What makes you think we dated?”
He chuckled and continued to stroke her hand with his thumb. “The way he complimented your dress without looking at it. The grip he used when shaking my hand. The awkwardness you didn’t have with anyone else. Should I go on?”
“Please don’t.” She rolled her head to the side to look at him. He was handsome—more rugged than Christian with strong features and a dark completion. He was a natural in a suit—where she’d seen Christian squirm. There was an athletic build under that Armani and she’d seen it. They’d taken the kids swimming at his condo building last week. It had been the first time she’d been in a swim suit in over a year, but he hadn’t looked at the scars that riddled her body. He’d made her feel secure in her own skin.
Victoria took a breath. “We dated up until about eight months ago.”
He nodded and guilt plagued her.
“Okay, we didn’t just date. We were engaged.”
Content that never runs dry
People ask me all the time how I can come up with new stories. The answer is very simple. Just look around. Every person you pass on the street or know intimately has a story—a unique one. They have a past, they are living in the present, and dreaming of the future. Not all stories are happy. Not all stories are sad. But when you open your eyes and pay close attention, all of those elements, from all of those people, make one amazing story for a character.
When you mix the everyday with a newscast, well you might have just changed genres. I write about everyday life. I write happily ever after. But, what if you mix in a little of that suspense you just saw on the news? The happy go lucky man who has everything going his way just got robbed at the convenience store. What about the quiet neighborhood devastated by a tornado?
As an author it is our job to weave these brilliant pieces of life into a story our reader can relate with. And it is that relation that engulfs the reader.
Now, what about science fiction, you might be thinking. It isn’t every day that you find someone on the street who has met a new form of alien we’ve never encountered three hundred years from now. But human emotions are going to be the same then too. There will be trust issues, a childhood backstory, and the promise of happily ever after even if the alien and human fall in love.
So, when you think about it, the storylines will never run dry as long as there are people, situations, and feelings which authors can draw from to recreate something new.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Bernadette Marie has been an avid writer since the early age of 13, when she’d fill notebook after notebook with stories that she’d share with her friends. Her journey into novel writing started the summer before eighth grade when her father gave her an old typewriter. At all times of the day and night you would find her on the back porch penning her first work, which she would continue to write for the next 22 years.
In 2007 – after marriage, filling her chronic entrepreneurial needs, and having five children – Bernadette began to write seriously with the goal of being published. That year she wrote 12 books. In 2009 she was contracted for her first trilogy and the published author was born. In 2011 she (being the entrepreneur that she is) opened her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, and has released contemporary titles and has begun the process of taking on other authors in other genres.
Bernadette spends most of her free time driving her kids to their many events. She is also an accomplished martial artist, working her way to her second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do. An avid reader she loves to meet readers who enjoy reading contemporary romances and she always promises Happily Ever After.
5 Prince Publishing: http://www.5princebooks.com/bernadettemarie.html
Bernadette will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
Follow the tour here!