Until recently in my writing life, say, the last few years, I nearly winced when someone asked about my brand. Maybe that’s because I’ve been around long enough to think of a “brand” as part of a sentence, like, “Is the store brand as good as the name brand?” A brand used to be about breakfast cereal and laundry detergent. But, since I’m a twenty-first century kind of woman, I’ve become more conversant about my theme/brand: Hope, Healing & Second Chances. No matter what the story is about on the surface, it all comes down to those three themes.
In my new release, Something to Treasure, I saw the way these themes emerged as the characters played their parts.
PR consultant, Dawn Larsen, is all about hope. She’s an optimist at heart, but she’s also had her share of heartache. When her first husband falls in love with another woman, the crushing grief is made worse when her ex and his new wife have a baby. Dawn had longed for a second child, but now it seems another woman is living the life Dawn planned for herself. But she’s not down for long:
In the first twelve months of living as a single mom, she’d doubled her business income. In the second twelve months, she’d begun dating. Mixed results for sure, including with Chip, the man she’d hoped could be her second chance… Not exactly stepdad material. She’d collected all the warning signs she needed, but it still hurt to give up on what at the beginning seemed like a promising relationship.
Later, she reflects on the happiness her best friend, Lark, has found.
A miracle, Dawn thought, feeling the same surge of pleasure she always did when recalling Lark and Miles’s small but joyful wedding.
Maybe being settled in a real home would do the trick and wipe out the lingering anxiety over his new direction. In his rational mind he was certain he’d made the right decision, but on some days, he had trouble making his heart understand.
“…you won’t like to hear this cliché, but it’s not you, it’s me. I’m the one who’s emotionally numb—dead. You’re a woman with enthusiasm for life—you understand joy. I give all I can to be any kind of a dad at all. I’ve got nothing left over to give.”
If the second chance part of the brand is going to play out, then Dawn and Jerrod have some work to do. Dawn shows the courage to examine her life and her many sources of happiness. With or without Jerrod, she’s grown enough to know she’ll be okay. Jerrod gradually finds his path to healing in putting down new roots and pursuing an old dream. But, it may take a crisis or two before Dawn and Jerrod can know for sure if they’ll be each other’s second chance.
It’s my hope Dawn and Jerrod’s story will touch your heart.
January 8th was the first day of my tour with Prism Book Tours to spread the word about Something to Treasure. Check out the blogs and review sites, and sign up for the giveaway. It includes an Amazon gift card, plus some other fun items. And I love honest reviews!
Virginia McCullough is excited about the release of Something to Treasure (the second of her Two Moon Bay series. Book 1, Girl in the Spotlight, was released in June.) Like Virginia’s other novels, this series introduces characters who could be our neighbors and friends, struggling with everyday life issues.
Both a writer and a vagabond all her life, Virginia now lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She enjoys hanging out with other romance writers, walking on trails, and downing mugs of dark roast at local coffeehouses. Her other award-winning romance and women’s fiction titles include The Jacks of Her Heart, Amber Light, The Chapels on the Hill, and Island Healing.
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