As a writer, one of my favorite things to create is a couple with history.
Take Dr. Jocelyn Promise and Air Force Veteran Caleb Davis, my heroine and hero from my newest release Deep in My Heart.
They weren’t high school sweethearts, honestly they were far from it. He was the sheriff’s son and all around big man on campus. She, the academic and daughter of a felon. All she wanted was to simply survive without being smothered in the social chaos that was high school, but an incident in high school sent her and her mother packing for California and Jocelyn had no intention of ever returning.
Now fifteen years later, she’d ended up back in their hometown of Tuscany, Texas with a veterinarian degree and a solid head on her shoulders.
He, retired from the military and a single father to four children.
Both are trying to recover from wounds of the past, but the funny thing about past events. The more you try and out run them, the more they seems to stay right beside you.
Here’s an excerpt where Jocelyn is in the emergency room after saving Caleb’s daughter, Riley, from being bitten by a rattlesnake after she stepped in between the child and the reptile.
Caleb took a deep breath and headed toward Jocelyn’s room. Here goes nothing.
Through the glass, he could see her sitting in the bed, looking up at something over the door. He assumed it was the television. He knocked and stepped in. “Mind a visitor?”She sucked her bottom lip a few times before answering. “Sure.” After pushing the button on the remote, Jocelyn placed it next to her on the bed.
The soft click of the door closing behind him filled the room. He turned his hat in his hands, waiting for her to say something.
Nothing. She stared at him, her arms crossed.
Caleb waited until the awkward silence became unbearable.
Taking matters into his own hands, he stepped forward, his hand extended. “I’m—“
“You don’t need to introduce yourself, Caleb. I more than remember you.” Her words came out with staccato precision and cut him to the core, stopping him at the end of the bed.
“Right.” Pushing an imaginary object around on the floor, he stuffed his hand into his pocket. “Well, no matter what you thought of me in high school, I do want you to know I’m grateful for what you did out there today.”
She swallowed hard and softly re-crossed her arms. “You’re welcome.”
“Honest, I don’t know what I’d have done if Riley—”
“Caleb, I said you’re welcome,” she snapped and flipped her hair over her shoulder. “I was in the right place at the right time, that’s all. It’s nothing anyone else wouldn’t have done.”
“I think you underestimate yourself. That was damned heroic.”
Her scowl softened and her arms relaxed. “Thank you. I appreciate that.”
“You’re welcome.” He studied her for a moment. The rich red of her hair stood out more
in this lighting. A stark contrast to her turquoise-colored eyes. The tanned color of her skin and her toned body showed him she wasn’t afraid of being outside and working up a sweat. “Boy, you sure grew up.”
Only when she gave him a fierce glare, did he realize he’d said it out loud.
“And that means what? I grew up.”
Shit. Think Davis. Caleb leaned against the footboard, placing his hat on the bed in an attempt to look causal. “It means that you aren’t taking crap like you did in high school.”
Jocelyn cleared her throat a few times and broke eye contact. “Yeah, well, I didn’t feel like being a doormat forever. Kind of a sad life if you think about it.”
“You did put up with an awful lot more than you should have.” He tapped the bedrail with his knuckles. His heart beat wildly as she ran her fingers through her long hair. “High school politics were never fair or easy.”
“No shit, Caleb, but easier for some.”
“True.” Her quick wit made the corner of his mouth curl up.
I like this woman.
She had an honesty about her he’d always respected in others. That and the fact she stirred an interest in him he hadn’t felt in a long time.
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Deep in My Heart is available at Kobo, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble.
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Bio: During my journey to be a full-time storyteller, I made several stops along the way to be a waitress, bartender, bill-collector, bank teller, clerk at Blockbuster Video, dishwasher, prep-cook, a wanna be crypto-zoologist, and finally settling in as a pediatric and adult trauma/critical care nurse for 10 years before starting my career as a writer.
Now, I spend my time in front of a keyboard, coming up with (hopefully) fantastic and entertaining stories to pay for my buying too many books habit and the endless cups of coffee I drink on a daily basis.