It’s a pleasure to welcome Patricia Preston to my blog today. Where were you born, Patricia?
I think I’m harboring a soul that was born in another universe.
What do you like most about where you live now?
I live in a small town in the foothills of Appalachia and I love that we have don’t have traffic issues. I would have no patience for waiting in traffic. That would probably equal road rage and end up viral on the internet. Plus the landscape in this part of the country is beautiful and everybody always knows everything that’s going on, too. Trust me.
What’s your favorite season?
Autumn. I love everything about the fall. The colors, the smells, the weather. I’m very much an autumn person. The book I just finished, Everything His Heart Desires, was set in late fall and I loved it so much. Sometimes, when I came out of my writing cave, I was surprised to find out that at the time, it was spring.
Do you have any personal heroes?
I do. A lady I know has a store downtown, which was founded by her great-great grandfather, and she works every day. She is 90 years old, lives by herself and is one of the most intelligent people I know. I hope I can be like her if I live that long.
Do you have any hobbies?
Years ago, I dabbled in making arts and crafts, which I loved. Then I started writing and it overtook my life.
I can relate to that! What would people who read your work be surprised to find out about you?
Compared to my bold characters and stories, I am quiet person. I tend to be observant rather than outgoing.
To what do you attribute your success as a writer?
I stuck with it. That is what it takes. For me, I thrive on storytelling, so I’m always writing. I finished stories and books, submitted them, put some of them up on Amazon and sold some to publishers. The most important thing a writer can do is finish their project.
Tell us about your latest release. Is it part of a series?
My newest book, ONE WEEK IN YOUR ARMS, is mainstream contemporary romance filled with witty, charismatic characters and a fun, fast-paced plot featuring a secret baby, a billionaire hero who needs a pretend girlfriend for a week, and a pretty doctor who is desperate to keep her child a secret. Unfortunately for the intrepid heroine, Marla, she needs money for her community clinic so she has no choice but to spend a week in paradise with the one man who can destroy her life. How can she say no?
ONE WEEK IN YOUR ARMS is the first book in Love Heals All series where romance causes havoc, heartache, and humor for a cast of unsuspecting doctors until they realize love heals all. published under the Lyrical Shine imprint of Kensington Books. Each book can be read as a stand-alone. They do feature the same location and continuing characters. The next book in the series is EVERYTHING HIS HEART DESIRES, coming in Jan 2017.
She picked up the letter opener. Her heart palpitated in sheer terror as she slid the opener under the flap of the envelope. With the envelope open, she peeped inside to see one folded sheet of stationery.
After six years, what could he possibly have to say?
She pictured him, standing beside a black truck in the drive of Royal Oaks, an old estate belonging to his grandmother. She recalled the date. June twenty-eighth. The day they had said goodbye had been a warm, blustery day in Tennessee. A summer storm was heading toward the rolling hills near Nashville.
The wind made a mess of Carson’s unruly dark hair. His dark blue eyes were hidden by a pair of mirrored lens aviators, and his alpha-male physique tested the seams of his polo shirt.
“If I’m ever back in town, I’ll look you up,” he promised as their casual affair came to an inevitable end. For three weeks, they had been together and finally, the time had come for them to go their separate ways. She hadn’t realized it would be so difficult.
“Sure.” She forced a smile of goodwill. After all, they weren’t parting in anger, or in love for that matter. And it was unlikely that she would ever see him again.
“I had a great time,” she confessed boldly. She’d loved every minute of their brief, steamy affair. Talk about a summer break to remember. She grinned.
He gave her cheek a stroke. “You’ll make a great doctor.”
“You think so?”
“Yeah.” He grinned. “You certainly know all there is to know about male anatomy.”
“Yours, at least.” She laughed. Then she hopped up on her toes and gave him a quick kiss. “Goodbye, Carson Blackwell.”
She stepped away from him. Now was the time to face what was ahead. A grueling three-year residency. There would be no more time for long summer nights, tangled sheets, and sighs against swollen lips. She walked toward her small, sturdy hatchback. Before she opened the driver’s door, she looked up and met his gaze.
“Goodbye,” he called.
At that moment, she’d had an odd sensation in her chest that her life was never going to be the same. Then she laughed at her silliness. A summer fling with a guy just passing through was not something that changed your life. For her, completing her residency would be the life changer.
She had watched Carson drive off into the sunset.
Never to be seen or heard from again until now.
Patricia Preston writes witty mainstream romances. You are her reader if you like fun, passionate, HEA reads. Must haves in her writing cave include sweet tea and epic music. Besides writing, she loves music, history, taking road trips, and anything containing chocolate. Her dream-come-true would be a townhouse in the French Quarter. She never misses Supernatural or the Walking Dead. She is repped by the Seymour Agency and currently working on a contemporary romance series, Love Heals All, for Lyrical Shine imprint of Kensington Books.
Available titles include Amazon best sellers, “The Yard Sale” and “Laid to Rest,” as well as historical romances: To Save a Lady and Almost an Outlaw. Coming in September is the first book in the Love Heals All series from Kensington Boos, One Week in Your Arms. Also available for pre-order is the second book in the series, Everything His Heart Desires.