Maggie lives as a recluse in the home that she and her dead husband, Jimmy, built together. It's all she has left of him. She has her friends, but has turned her back on the world and any possibility of spending her life with another man.
Five years after Jimmy's tragic death, Maggie's world is once again turned upside down when the last hold she has to her husband, their home, is destroyed. Maggie is thrown into the path of a man, the only man, that can bring her back to life. Elk Bend Chief of Police Michael Rogers is there to help her pick up the pieces and move on.
Rafferty, a close friend, has loved Maggie for years. He has been waiting for her to get over the loss of her husband and knows that in time she will be with him.
Rafferty has inserted himself into Maggie's life so deeply that she doesn't see his obsessive behavior. She doesn't realize that she has been stalked by Rafferty even before the death of her husband or the danger that Rafferty represents to her. Maggie is his and he will do whatever he has to in order to keep her.
Will Maggie be able to start a new life with Michael? Or will she be so consumed with the fear of losing him that she is paralyzed to move forward with her new life?
Will Rafferty have the power over Maggie to extinguish any feelings she has for Michael? Or will he destroy her trying to wrestle her away from her fate with another man?
This book will make the readers weep uncontrollably when they read about the tragic murder of Maggie's husband, Jimmy, and laugh with the interactions of Maggie and her friends. They will take a journey into the life of the characters that will make them escape and feel the wonder of love transcending death.
Maggie from my book, Maggie Mae
What do you think makes a good story?
Being a writer myself, I think the characters are the most important aspect of any book. The reader must be emotionally invested in the characters enough to care what happens to them and want to continue getting to know them. Even if the character is despicable, you want your reader to hate that character enough to continue reading about him/her to see if he or she gets their due in the end. You never know in my books if they will or if they won't.
Since I write romance, I also love that all important first moment when the characters meet for the first time. Some of my characters have an instant attraction to each other and flirt shamelessly. Sometimes the characters have an instant dislike to their potential suitor, but they are put in the position of having to fight with every ounce of their self control against an extremely serious sexual attraction they feel for the other.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
If you would have asked me this question a year ago, I wouldn't have been strong enough to answer it.
A few years ago, I married the love of my life, Jimmy. I wish you could have known him, Laurie. He was such a special person.
We were together for two wonderful years before he was murdered. Part of me died that day. It changed my life. I became a shell of myself, a recluse. I just didn't want to live my life without him. Until one day, I came home to find the beautiful house we built together destroyed.
Michael came into my life that day, I believe by divine intervention. I wouldn't have been able to survive that last blow, losing everything Jimmy and I had built together, without Michael's strength to hold me up. He brought love and joy back into my life. Michael was my second chance at life and I grabbed on with both hands.
I believe that everything happens for a reason. There are no words to describe what losing Jimmy did to my soul. It took me five years to finally be in a position to move on with my life. The major lesson that I learned throughout that devastating period is that we all grieve differently. I've spoken to many people since I was finally able to move on, and I find it very cathartic.
When I speak of this period in my life with people, my main goal is to help others with their loss. There is just no right or wrong to grieving. I've since learned that while I couldn't see or touch Jimmy, he had never really left me in the first place. Our love was just too strong to end so abruptly. I still feel him around me at times.
What makes you happy?
After spending so many years of my life in limbo over the loss of Jimmy, everything makes me happy now. I don't take anything for granted anymore. I know that it could all be gone tomorrow, so I now savor every moment in my life.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I live in what I believe to be the most amazing place in the world,
Northern Arizona. Michael and I have the most beautiful meadow on our property. It's my special place. When I need to unwind or just think, I'll go down to the meadow with my critter bag and wait for the wildlife to show up. We've seen deer, elk, antelope, black bear, hawks, you name it. It's the most peaceful place on earth.
What is your favorite meal?
My all time favorite meal is fried chicken, fried okra, mashed potatoes and white gravy with homemade rolls. It's my special birthday dinner I have every year.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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