I love it when fiction echoes a real-life event, so I was delighted to read this post from today’s guest, Angelina Jameson. I hope you enjoy this short personal family story.
The Family Legend
I’m very new at this guest blogging thing. Who would have thought picking a topic to blog about could be so nerve-wracking. I had intended writing a post about an historical subject. I changed my mind when I received a phone call from my youngest sister after she read A Lady’s Addiction.
“Did you base the scene about the married couple breaking dishes on mom and dad?” My sister asked.
“Yes, I did!” I was thrilled she had seen the similarity of the scene to one of our family’s legends. She was thrilled I had used a memory from our childhood in a book.
I’m not sure how old I was when the ‘breaking every dish in the house’ event occurred. I do believe I was at school. My mom was a stay at home mom. There were nine of us kids in the house plus Uncle Bob, an old family friend who worked with my dad. The play by play I received of the event came from Uncle Bob.
Evidently my mom was irritated with something my dad had said and threw a plate on the floor. My dad said, “I can do that too,” and proceeded to throw his own plate on the floor. From there both my parents began to clear out all the cupboards and drawers of breakable dishes and hurl them on the floor. When there were no dishes left to throw, Uncle Bob said he got up from the kitchen table were he sat observing the spectacle and started to clean up the mess with a broom and dustpan. My parents laughed at themselves and made up. If they made up the way the characters in my book do, Uncle Bob didn’t tell me. Thank goodness.
Does your family have its own legend? I would love to hear about it. One reader who leaves a comment on this blog post will receive a $10 Amazon gift ca
A Lady’s Addiction
Can two people with very different needs find happiness together?
Anna, a widow battling alcohol addiction is convinced she is worthless unless she bears a child. She hires a lover to prove she is not frigid and may marry again and have children.
Devlyn, sterile from an accident, has returned from an assignment for the Foreign Office and inadvertently becomes Anna’s lover.
Anna and Devlyn join forces to protect an innocent child from a blackmailer. Can they come to terms not only with their feelings for each other but whether they will allow society to dictate the true significance of life?
She couldn’t remember the question she’d asked. His nearness unsettled her. Her entire body had flared into wakefulness the moment he entered her room. Cecily could be right; this man might be able to help with her problem.
Tonight she would play a part. She would emulate the sophisticated façade her friend Cecily Pickerel displayed. The scandalous nightgown underneath her thin robe was in fact a gift from Cecily. She would never have had enough courage to buy such a shocking garment for herself.
“You are discreet?”
“What is your name?” Franco asked, ignoring her question.
Somewhere in the back of her mind she remembered Cecily telling her she needn’t share personal information. She would never see this man again. He didn’t move in her circles. With the slightest of shrugs, she answered truthfully, “Anna.”
“Anna,” he said in a husky rasp. The way her name rolled off his tongue sent the lightest frisson along her skin. “It is a graceful, pretty name. It suits you.”
“There is no need to flatter me.” She felt heat on her cheeks. “It is a common enough name.”
“Despite our current situation, my dear, I do not believe you are at all common.”
I joined the US Air Force to see the world. My dreams of visiting the United Kingdom were fulfilled when I was stationed at RAF Lakenheath in the beautiful countryside of Suffolk, England. Five years later I returned to the states having acquired a wonderful husband and a love of all things British. I began writing as a hobby when my husband was remote to Honduras for a year. I found RWA and a local New Mexico chapter, LERA, and my hobby developed into a dream of sharing my stories with others. I currently live in the great state of Alaska with my husband and our two teenage boys.