The SAN JUAN ISLAND STORIES are sweet slices of life ~ A collection of “lunch-sized” stories about giving your first love a second chance ~
Story #1 – “Fatty Patty” is the cruel nickname that followed Pepper to high school graduation. Five years later, she’s back at her reunion to prove it hasn’t defined her. In her slim Kate Spades, she’ll show them all — her underachieving classmates and especially the boy who broke her heart.
Story #2 – “Chance of Happiness” Geeky Mia always falls for the wrong man, but that’s going to change when she confronts the bully who broke her heart.
Story #3 – “Artful Dodger” Only one man sees past the shyness to the real Katelina – and now he knows her most shocking secret. But what exactly is he planning to do with it?
Story #4 – “Swear to You” Former rock chick Seraphina is desperately trying to channel her angelic nature when the boy from her past shows up to remind her just how dirty she used to be.
Story #5 – “Promise Me” Allison’s high school sweetheart vows to be with her forever, but after a long illness, this high school reunion may push their marriage past its breaking point.
The anthology includes five interlocking stories plus bonus “making of” background matter.
Excerpt from #4 Swear to You:
Around the corner of her building, on her front mat, a strange man saw her and scrambled to his feet. “Seraphina?”
Her whole chest lifted, skip-a-dee-doo-dah. It was him. On her own front mat, like a thank you from God for her efforts, a church-boy treat to remind her why she was trying so hard to change. A smile rushed her face, unstoppable. She limped forward. “Seriously? Graham?”
He smiled back. So easy and kind. “You remember me.”
“Well yeah. You are…” He was filling out a road-worn Harley Davidson shirt and greasy jeans rather than the girlishly slender polo shirts and white golf visors of their shared past. His polite face was obscured by dangerous shades and his church-boy cut had grown into a tangled ponytail bisecting his wide shoulder blades. The Graham before her was a man in every sense of the meaning. “…really different, actually.”
He removed a glasses case from his pocket and exchanged the shades for wire frames that made him look like the gray-eyed philosophy professor from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. “You look exactly the same.”
She ran a hand through her natural, mousy-brown hair. God, it was good to hear that library voice again, but man were the words depressing. “Really? Exactly the same?”
Well, the last time she saw him at his cousin Pez’s graduation party, she had already been making an effort to change herself. Maybe she had been more successful than she had realized.
Then the memory of what she had done there, at the graduation party, somersaulted her into the past. Pow-zot, she had confessed her eternal undying love to Graham, and he had thrown her right out of his life. Now, five years later, he was here on her doorstep. Her chest shifted. Pressured. Like she wanted to laugh, or sneeze, or cry.
“So, what are you doing here?” she asked.
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A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, she graduated magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark College in philosophy and English, volunteered with AmeriCorps, taught English in Japan for three years, and resided in England and Greece. After a master’s degree at the University of Brighton, she returned to books and now works in an academic library.
She loves learning about cultures, from different families live in her neighborhood to astronauts on the International Space Station. She is drawn to the needs that unite us all—survival, family, adventure, and love.
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