What seems like a long time ago, but in reality is just a couple of years, Mickie Sherwood opened her blog to me to do spotlights on my first published work. I'm delighted to return the favour today to spotlight her latest sweet romance which looks a lovely read. I've had no time to read it, yet, but it looks like a lovely, heartwarming read and I'm sure you'll think so, too.
So what's it about?
Loss…life…love. What a difference a year makes!
Web Designer Erika Washington's contract with her childhood best friend covers all possibilities about her pregnancy. But, one unpredictable event redirects her future. As a donor-surrogate, what does one do when fate changes the plan and claims the lives of the intended parents? If you're selfless, strong-willed Erika Washington, you mount a defense to keep your baby.
Entrepreneur Booker Templet, owner of Templet's Tasty Tails, secretly agrees to help his first cousin. However, unfortunate circumstances change the course of his life. After he learns the identity of the other donor, Booker plans to be a part of his child's life. No matter what.
Will Erika and Booker battle over custody of the baby? Will their horrible loss help them find consolation in each other's arms? Or will fate intervene yet again?
Scene: After Booker becomes her client, Erika accepts his invitation to have a firsthand look at his business operations.
Enjoy a little excerpt:
An hour after crossing the Atchafalaya Basin, Erika slowed when she received the GPS alert, looking out for the drive to Booker's place. Just like he’d told her, an orange cone marked each side. She maneuvered the tight turn with finesse.
Two of the largest dogs she had ever seen bounded out of the woods. They loped beside her car, barking in competition with each other. When the shady, treed lane widened, they took off. Exposed in the clearing, a sloped-roof, Acadian-style house shimmered white.
She guessed the dogs served as Booker's alarm system. He watched her advance while standing in the screen door, his hands braced on the doorframe above his head. "You made it."
Erika coasted to a stop as he moved his propped, silver-tipped cowboy boot and closed the wooden door behind him.
"You had doubts?" She exited and his pets surrounded her before Booker's whistle sent them racing across his property. To get her camera, she flipped her seatback forward.
"It can be difficult to find." Booker came down the stairs. He jammed his fingers into the pockets of his jeans.
Slamming her door, she strolled in his direction. "Your place is lovely."
"Obviously, this isn't where you operate your business."
"Only the administrative part of it. We'll go to the paddies in my truck." Booker beckoned with his head.
Enticed by his move, Erika took a one-handed shot with her camera.
"Hey. This excursion is to get shots for the website."
"People like to see the person with whom they might do business."
"I'll take your word for that." He grasped her elbow, directing her to the side of the house.
"Booker, before we go. May I use your bathroom?"
He tilted his head and did that ear-pull thing.
"I tend to go more frequently these days." Erika rested her hand on her stomach.
"No need to explain." He veered back to the house. "I should have offered after that long ride."
Curious about what happens next? I'll tell you where you can find a clue on Wednesday at my blog.
Mickie Sherwood is an author and novice photographer who takes nature pictures right in her own backyard. She loves to engage in her favorite pastime which also incites her creativity. Combine that aspect of her life with the enjoyment of spending time with her family, and cruising vacations, and the development of interesting characters who encounter intriguing circumstances is not very far behind.
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First Chapters: http://www.bayouloveromances.blogspot.com
Best wishes with Templet's Tasty Tails and with all of your future writing, Mickie.