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Feels Like Fall

It’s grey and dreary here, and we’re expecting rain later. It looks like fall, with leaves in the neighborhood starting to change colors (or in some cases, just fall off of their trees, like my neighbor’s). I’m looking forward to more color on the trees in the next week or two, though the temps have stayed pretty nice. Today, I have plans to throw some veggies in the oven to roast while I do some household chores to get us through the week, plus get through at least another chapter of revisions. Just a regular Sunday afternoon here.

Before I get started on that to-do list I have a little story snippet for you from Light the Way Home.


Lucie didn’t argue when Nate refused her help with the dishes. Her insides still quivered from the realization that he was attracted to her.

“I’ll see you in the mornin’, Lucie!” Hayden shouted, hopping on one foot.

She smiled as she put her sweater on. “Yes, you will.” They’d already decided Hayden would join her after breakfast so Nate could cram in a few hours of work before he headed to the hospital to see his dad–and try to get his mother to come home rather than sleep on the less-than-ideal pull-out chair-bed in his dad’s hospital room again.

She wasn’t sure that was a battle he would win, but she understood his concern.

Hayden gave her a quick hug and then ran back to his book in the living room.

“I really do appreciate this, Lucie,” Nate said from where he stood at the sink.

“It’s nothing, Nate,” she said lightly. “Keeps me from having to spend endless hours on job search sites and getting more depressed than I already am.” She kept her head down as she buttoned her sweater up to her chin.

“It isn’t nothing to me.”

His firm, quiet tone snared her attention, and her mouth went dry. The shadows in his brown eyes made her curl her fingers around the edges of her sweater to keep from reaching out.

“I’m not accustomed to asking for help.” He cleared his throat. “I appreciate it.”

She swallowed. “It’s no problem,” she whispered. Dammit–hot, attracted to her, and vulnerable. Shit, that was trouble. She took a slow breath. “I’ll see you in the morning then.” She inched toward the door.

A hint of awareness darkened his eyes, but he stayed where he was. “Good night, Lucie.”

She took two more steps, clearing the doorway to the mud room, and a little relief sank into her belly. Until she heard footsteps behind her.

Within reach of the back door, she whirled. He stood at the open doorway of the kitchen, undisguised desire in his eyes this time. Her heart skipped a beat, and she felt a quick rush of excitement that she tried to squash as he stepped into the mud room. She held her breath as he took another step. One more. Until he stood a foot away, and her breath rushed out.

He studied her face for a long moment, and she wondered what he saw, what he was looking for. Impulsively, she moved closer to him, noting the way his eyes rounded, and she stretched up to brush a kiss on his mouth, lingered for a second, then stepped back.

“Good night, Nate,” she whispered, reaching behind her for the doorknob.


The day-job is ramping up this week, so I’m trying to get ahead on my revision goals for the month in case I have a few days when the day-job takes up writing time in the next ten days. But I’m also counting down to my extra long weekend after we get through this busy stretch. Then I have plans for long writing/revising stretches, as well as a couple of chores from my rotating, never-ending to-do list. Maybe a family dinner with the boys that weekend, too.

What are you doing this week? Reading something great? Fall chores? Slogging through the day-job? If you’re looking for something new to read and haven’t already snagged a copy, Light the Way Home is a quick, light read and available from all your favorite booksellers. Clicking on the title will take you where you need to go. Until next weekend, I hope you all have a lovely fall week where you are!

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