Saturday, February 12, 2011

When Love Sneaks Up On You

Sometimes, like in life, a character is blindsided by love. An unexpected attraction throws the heroine into the arms of her true hero. This happens for Lily Champion, the heroine in Renting to Own (2010, Class Act Books).

Lily is a twenty-three-year old, single mother with one goal in mind--to get a decent job, purchase the house she is renting to own, and stabilize life for herself and her four-year-old daughter, Chelsea. A romance is the last thing on her mind. But she soons finds herself with three men in her life: Beau, who invites her out on her first date in years and takes her to dinner on his private jet; Rick, her new boss and a confirmed bachelor who is quickly wound around Chelsea's little finger and drawn into Lily's life; and, Tyler, the father who has never seen his child and now shows up on Lily's doorstep. Tyler scares the life out of Lily because she doesn't know his agenda. Beau gets her hot and bothered. But Rick makes her heart skip a few beats. In this scene, Lily is on Beau's jet, and Rick has offered to babysit while she goes out on her date.

~ * ~

Beau's kiss was sweet and stirred feelings she'd locked
away. But her thoughts kept returning to Rick. She
wanted to go home, sit on the sofa, and tell Rick how
beautiful the sky looked from up there, listen to his laugh
as he told her about some funny thing Chelsea had said or
done that evening. It figures. Two guys, and I'm falling for
the one who's not interested.

Available now from Class Act Books.

Linda Rettstatt


Elie said...

This sounds really cute, something I could relate to a bit. Thanks for sharing.

linda_rettstatt said...

I had a couple of women who have had the experience of single-parenthood read this book before I sent it off for publication. I needed to know I had captured the single-parenting experience--that the mother and child are often one character, joined at the hip, so to speak. I got a lot of affirmation from those readers, enough to trust I was on the right track. When you're writing an experience that's not your own, I think it's important to test the story out with those who know.


Cindy L said...

There aren't a lot of books out there with single parents. Sounds like a good read!


Jean P said...

Sounds like a very good story, it sounds like it is a believable story too.

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Kasey said...

Sounds interesting. Enjoyed the excerpt

linda_rettstatt said...

Thanks. I had fun writing this book. I fell in love with Lily and Chelsea. It's been a while since I was twenty-three, so getting into the head of a mature-for-her-age twenty-three year old was a challenge.