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 Follow *Virginia Country Roads* and *take a trip to love, mystery and suspense.*

CUB CREEK is now released!  Women’s Fiction with romance and suspense.

Cub Creek is Libbie Haven’s story. It takes place in Louisa County, Virginia where Libbie gets lost while on her way to visit her cousin Liz, stumbles upon the house on Cub Creek Loop that changes her life.

I love country roads, especially roads that wind through hills and forests. There is beauty, but also a sense of isolation. Whether trim houses surrounded by farmland, or crumbling old houses, now abandoned – I wonder who lives there? Or used to live there? Who were those people? What was their story?

Many years ago, while riding through Goochland County, VA, I saw an empty house half-hidden back in the woods. An unpainted two-story house, now derelict, with the window glass long gone – yet through one window opening a length of curtain had escaped and was hanging over the sill. The fabric was cream-colored and looked much fresher than the house. What story belonged to that house and the family who’d dwelled there?

I love houses and their mysteries – the character of the outward appearance and the unknown inside yet to be discovered. An old house is almost always guaranteed to offer lots of possibilities for mystery.

When I was a child, my friend and I played in a falling-down house, long abandoned. We were careful of rotten boards in the floor and climbed the stairs keeping our feet close to the wall where the support was likely to be best. I do not recommend this activity and I’m glad we weren’t injured! When my friend’s father found out, he didn’t yell, but instead told us a story. He said he’d delivered newspapers to that house when he was a kid and knew the family. He spun a tale of tragedy – and I have no idea whether it was true – but I believed it absolutely. It fit so well with the overgrown family plot and the black wrought iron fence that enclosed it, and with the rust-bucket sedan in the yard that was as much a part of the landscape as the trees and blackberry bushes, that I embraced the story and added to it.

So, take one interesting, maybe abandoned house, add people and problems, and stir…. You can never be sure what the story will be, but if you enjoy mystery and suspense, with a dollop of love thrown in, take a trip down that country road with me.

Grace

January 2014

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BEACH RENTAL took us to Emerald Isle, NC and BEACH WINDS takes us back for another visit. I hope you’ll come along!

BEACH WINDS begins in winter. A beach in winter is still a beach. The essence remains, uninterrupted by the seasons. The timelessness of the ocean, the universe of nature, and life in all of its moods remains in winter, different only in terms of who is observing the scene – what they bring to it and what they take away and what they keep secret.

Off-season at Emerald Isle ~ In-season for secrets of the heart

Frannie Denman has been waiting for her real life to begin. After several false starts, and a couple of broken hearts, she ends up back with her mother, with whom she doesn’t get along, until her elderly uncle gets sick and Frannie goes to Emerald Isle to help manage his affairs while he’s recovering.
Her uncle’s ocean front home, Captain’s Walk, is small and unpretentious, and even though Frannie doesn’t consider herself a ‘beach person’ she decides Captain’s Walk in winter is a great place to hide from her troubles. But Frannie doesn’t realize that winter is short in Emerald Isle and the beauty of the ocean and seashore can help heal anyone’s heart, especially when her uncle’s handyman is the handsome Brian Donovan.
Brian has troubles of his own. He sees himself and Frannie as two damaged people who aren’t likely to equal a happy ‘whole’ but he’s intrigued by this woman of contradictions.
Frannie’s mother wants her back home and Brian wants to meet the real Frannie, but Frannie wants to move forward with her life. To do that she needs questions answered. With the right information there’s a good chance Frannie will be able to effect not only a change in her life, but also a change of heart.

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