"As an editor and contest judge I have seen many stories in the past seventeen years...none so fine as Tempest." -Joan C. Powell, Conger Books Reviews
From the Author
Marriage has always fascinated me, beginning with the early planning stages for my perfect wedding. I think I was five. The plans included a handsome prince, a gorgeous white dress, and a horse-drawn carriage. The fascination has continued ever since. With maturity, it even moved beyond the white-dress-and-flowers stage of the wedding itself to the reality of living the vows we made to each other in front of God, family, and friends.
After more than twenty years of living with, laughing with, fighting with, and loving the same man, I can honestly say I treasure my marriage more now than I ever thought I would way back when we were starry eyed and just starting out. It's been both more wonderful and more complicated--and far tougher--than either of us ever thought it would be, but so, so worth it.
Every marriage or life-long partnership has its challenges, some worse than others. And no one outside of that partnership, that marriage, can ever really know what's going on inside it, no matter how much a friend might confide or confess or complain. There is always more to the story, more secrets in the heart that cannot even be expressed.
That's where my fascination stems from--how do couples really make it work for the long term, not just through the joys, but through the hard times? We hear all these awful statistics about divorce and break ups and how many marriages fail every year, but what about the ones that succeed? How do they? And why? Why do some relationships fail, yet others with far more serious problems manage to battle through? It's a mystery, but a wonderful one, and one that is worthy of celebrating.
Marriage is a theme in a lot of my stories, not just as the happily-ever-after end result of a romance novel plot, but often as an active part of the storyline itself. Preserving it, repairing it, working out the problems to make it even stronger.
Readers have told me my stories don't always fit the mold of traditional romances, and maybe that's true. I am often more interested in what happens after most romance stories or fairytales end--in what happens after happily-ever-after. How do they keep that magic alive?
I love figuring out the answer to that question for my heroes and heroines, and I hope my readers enjoy the journey as well. It's my way of celebrating that most wonderful mystery of all: True love.