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After a horrible relationship that lasted nearly three years, college student Julie McCourt is done with dating, done with men.  University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy student Kevin Sanders has no interest in a serious relationship--until he meets Julie, that is. During the summer, Kevin takes a job in the same hospital pharmacy where Julie works, the two of them spend time together, and Kevin wants to change Julie's mind. Will he be able to, or will Julie's ex-fiance ruin everything?

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"Chain Style" Author Interview

by Donia Lawson on 09/24/14

My talented friend and fellow author Tod Langley has invited me to take part in a community of authors who are sharing answers to four interview questions. It's a great way for writers to connect with one another and to connect with our readers. Thanks, Tod, for the opportunity!

1. What are you working on?
Very recently I completed "Letting Go," my first short story. (I had no idea how difficult limiting my word count could be!) The fictional story deals with the struggles Dana endures when she discovers, quite by accident, that her husband of more than twenty years has been having an "emotional affair" with a female coworker. In case you're not familiar with the concept of emotional affairs, I'll explain a bit of what's involved. (Yes, like any thorough author, I did a substantial amount of research on the subject!) Emotional affairs rarely involve physical adultery, giving those involved in the relationships a sense that they "aren't doing anything wrong." As seen in Dana's story, that truly is not the case. Emotional betrayal can have as much, perhaps even more, of an impact than a short-lived physical affair. Technology has made emotional affairs more prevalent. Social media platforms, email, and texting allow individuals to maintain a physical distance while giving opportunities to share thoughts, ideas, and feelings that often would not be expressed by the individuals in a face-to-face situation. That creates an emotional connection between those involved. Once "Letting Go" has been critiqued by my writing group, I hope to submit it for magazine publication and/or enter it in writing contests.
Besides the short story, I'm working on another suspenseful novel that deals with the love lives of four individuals, two veterinarians, a commuter airline pilot, and a department manager of a bank. The title is True Love Waits. The story deals with unrequited love, jealousy, forbidden feelings, vengeance, and, of course, true love. Like my first two novels, True Love Waits is set primarily in my hometown. I hope to have it released sometime mid-2015.

2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?
Part of what makes my writing different is that it can fit into several different genres. My work could easily be considered general fiction. Most of my work fits into Christian, mystery/suspense, and romance genres. While my stories always have a spiritual element, I strive very hard to keep them from being "churchy." I include enough intrigue to satisfy mystery lovers, but that hasn't been the focus of my stories thus far. Most importantly, my work is far from the typical romance novel. What I tell are LOVE STORIES. (Yes, there is a difference!) My books are clean without being sophomoric. I'd rate my first two novels, Always and Of Dreams and Tragedies, PG-13, but the stories appeal to a wide age range. I'd bump the age limit up a bit for "Letting Go" and True Love Waits.

3. Why do you write what you do?
I write the kinds of stories I enjoy reading. They are fast-paced and character-driven. (I absolutely love developing characters and setting up plot details!) My plots are not so intricate nor are my character lists so long that it requires note taking to keep up with everything. On the other hand, the story-lines are not so simple that your brain turns to mush upon reading them. I always give readers something to think about.

4. How does your writing process work?
So far, my process (if you can even call it that) has been different for each story I've written. When I began my writing career, I was homeschooling my two children. Much of my writing and self-editing was done during gymnastics classes and tennis practices, with the bulk of it being done after everyone else had gone to bed. If I get a strong creative vein going, I might write through the night. I'm not a stickler for outlines, although I do find them useful at times. I am a stickler for details and make calendars and timelines and lists of traits for each character to keep all the events in my stories accurate. I often write backward from a particular plot point or from two plot points to a point between the two. The bulk of my stories are usually worked out in my head before I even open my word processing program on my laptop, but it takes time for me to fill in all the details to form a complete story. That's the fun part!

Thanks again, Tod, for inviting me to be part of the interview chain.

Tod Langley is the author of The Erinia Saga, a collection of three fantasy novels telling a timeless story of good versus evil. He has created an amazing cast of characters, including an antagonist you will love to hate. Check out his work at www.todlangley.com and on his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Erinia-Saga/356090579500?ref=br_tf.

Events for 2015

by Donia Lawson on 04/14/13

Spotlight on Local Authors and Book Festival 
Several area authors, including yours truly, will be part of this festival. It takes place on Saturday, April 18 from 10AM-4PM at Leo's Donuts and Coffee House, 605 N. Wilson Road, Radcliff, Kentucky.

Book signing and Tiny Art Group Show Finale Reception
My book signing will be part of the artists' reception at the close of the Tiny Art Group Show at ArtGypsy Gallery and Shop, 201 East Water Street, Suite 3, Hodgenville, Kentucky, on Saturday, May 16 from 5PM-8PM.
Via Colori
A special, all-day Second Saturday event happening on September 12 from 9AM until 9PM in downtown Elizabethtown, Kentucky. This is a marvelous street painting festival that benefits foster children in Kentucky.

Lincoln Days

I'll be set up inside ArtGypsy Gallery and Shop, 201 East Water Street, Suite 3, Hodgenville, Kentucky, for Lincoln Days on both Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4.

As children, Michael Moriority and Allyson White have dreams. He wants to meed his grandfather's expectations and achieve athletic prominence. She wants to escape her abusive home life and study art. Tragedies strike them both, and their lives are forever changed. When Michael and Ally meet as adults, they are overwhelmingly drawn to one another. Not only are the scars from their pasts a barrier to their relationship, an obsessed stalker also threatens them. Tragedy may crush dreams once again when one sacrifices all for the other. 
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After listening to his seven-year-old daughter pray for a mommy who loves her, Josh Peters forces himself to give up hope that he and his wife will reconcile their marriage. He's ready to move on with his life, and Victoria has a plan to give her and her dad a complete family. Patrick, a friend from school, needs a dad. His mom, Dana Bradley, would be a great mom for her. Victoria's plan seems to be falling into place when she and her dad move next door to Patrick and his mom. Josh and Dana become friends. Dana is haunted by the loss of her husband, though, and falling in love again isn't something she's ready to do. The better Josh knows Dana, the more he wants to change her mind about giving love a second chance. The problem is, he isn't the only one. Will Josh and Dana get another chance at happiness, or will Dana's secret admirer and Josh's ex-wife keep that from happening?