First, let me say Happy Book Birthday to my author sisters, Karen Rock, Syndi Powell and Linda Hope Lee. It’s a glorious month for our launch. The story timeline in my book, FEAR OF FALLING begins in the month of March, so I love that the release date and the book coincide. Spring is just itching to pop and I’m so ready. I’ll bet you are, too.
Here’s my super amazing cover---thank you again to our design team. What talent! Check it out…there are even some spring flowers over there on the left.
Since the story is all about Thoroughbred racing and our hero, Rafe Barzonni’s dream to run his prize horse in the Kentucky Derby, I thought I’d share some inspiring snippets with you. \
Rafe’s dream nearly vanishes when his father, Angelo, suddenly dies of a heart attack. Grief- stricken and determined to do all he can to make his dead father proud of him, Rafe reminded me very much of the brooding and intense Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. My inspiration was Matthew MacFayden with those sultry, hope-filled, blazing blue eyes, much like Rafe’s.
Here’s an excerpt from the book:
Just then Rafe walked in, wearing old jeans and a faded T-shirt that stretched across his broad chest like a second skin. His cowboy boots were scuffed. His black hair was windblown and ragged, but apparently, he didn’t notice or care because he didn’t make the first effort to smooth it.
“Hi,” he said, going to the refrigerator and taking out a protein shake. He popped the top and slugged it, tilting his head back as he drank.
Olivia watched his Adam’s apple bob up and down. Beads of sweat trickled down from his temples, past his strong jaw. When he finished, he wiped his mouth with his tanned forearm. Rafe was arrestingly handsome, yes, but there was also something dangerous and wild in his expression. He must be hurting so much right now, Olivia thought, remembering what Katia and Maddie had said about his relationship with Angelo.
“Raphael, did you wipe those boots outside?” Gina scolded him. Olivia got the impression her comment was out of habit more than necessity.
“I did,” he replied flatly.
“I’m sorry, sweetheart. How was your ride?”
“Good. Rowan really poured it on. It was as if he was running to show Pop how he could measure up, you know?”
“I do,” Gina replied, walking over to Rafe and putting her hand gently on his cheek. “He loved you a great deal.”
Olivia felt like an intruder as Rafe’s eyes filled with tears. She winced at the pain she both saw and felt. Gina seemed to have forgotten she was there, and she wasn’t sure Rafe had noticed her at all.
Oh, that I were Jane Austen! We all aspire to her excellence.
Olivia Melton has looked at the world through a camera lens since she was a child. She has an artist’s eye and is a talented photographer, but she’s never taken the risk to send her work out to publishers. Her father was a gambler and gambled away the family savings and even Olivia’s college fund before he abandoned her mother. Olivia’s mother, Julia, had no education and could not find a job, but she was an excellent cook. Together they started the Indian Lake Deli and grew it over the years into a catering business as well. Olivia has told herself that she’s been too busy to pursue her dream of a career in photography. The truth is, Olivia suffers panic attacks when she so much as thinks about gambling---especially the gamble she’d take if she sent her work to publishers who might reject her. Now she's started falling in love with Rafe, the one man she can never be with.
My inspiration for Olivia came from Sabrina, the 1995 movie, in which Sabrina finds her talent as a photographer.
As some of you know—if you’ve watched my Facebook and Twitter posts, I give a Kentucky Derby Party every year, first Saturday in May. On my Heartwarming Blog March1, I posted my mother’s mint Julep recipe. All the ladies at my party wear hats, just like they do at Churchill Downs and we bet on the horses to win, place and show. It’s just a dollar a bet, but it’s amazing how excited everyone gets cheering for their horse. You’d think they’d bet a hundred bucks on their horse!
So, here’s a couple photos for fun.
On Monday, March 7th, my Prism Book Tour begins. “Looking Through The Lens Tour” we’ve titled it in honor of Olivia. Free books, giveaways and Amazon Gift Card through Rafflecopter.
Have I enticed you to celebrate Kentucky Derby Day? Stop over for a mint julep!