I’ve invited romance author Maggie Christensen onto my blog today to talk to us about her new release, The Life She Deserves, which will be published on 9 October by Cala Publishing. It is the first in the Granite Springs series.
Two old friends. A new relationship. What could possibly go wrong?
Growing up in the small Australian country town of Granite Springs, Jo and Col have been lifelong friends.
Following Jo’s divorce and the death of Col’s wife, the pair find comfort in their common grief. But as they tentatively explore their new relationship, they have little idea of the challenges that lie ahead.
What they haven’t bargained for is Jo’s interfering ex, along with their three children, all of whom have their own agendas.
Can Jo ride out the storm? Will she be granted the life she deserves?
Maggie is sharing this scene with us today.
Exhausted, they stared at each other wide-eyed.
‘What just happened? Was I dreaming?’ Col propped himself up on one elbow and gazed down into Jo’s eyes, a smile slowly forming on his lips.
‘If you were, I must have been there too. I never imagined…’
‘Me neither.’ With one finger, he traced the outline of Jo’s face before pushing back her hair and kissing her cheek.
Knowing he’d never get back to sleep, Col considered what to do next. He was out of practice at this stuff. He and Alice had met at university and, since then, he’d never made love to anyone else, never wanted to – until now.
He felt bewildered. When he’d said he didn’t want to be alone last night, he had no intention of doing anything other than going to sleep and enjoying the company of a warm body beside him, tired of his cold, lonely bed. Did Jo think he’d taken advantage of her?
Looking into Jo’s eyes, he saw a similar confusion. Then her face erupted into a warm smile and he relaxed. This was Jo, not some stranger. But did that make it better? As if she was there in the room with them, he heard Alice’s voice telling him this was what she’d wanted – to see her two favourite people get together. This was immediately followed by an image of Gordon, his friend and partner. He wouldn’t be pleased.
‘I don’t think I can go back to sleep now,’ Jo said, turning into his arms again, and pulling the doona over their nakedness.
Her skin felt soft to his touch, different in a good way. He remembered how elegant she’d looked last night in her pink outfit, her hair upswept. He knew they’d lain down fully dressed, but somewhere along the line, they’d rid themselves of their clothes. Looking across the room, he could see garments lying on the floor as if tossed there carelessly.
‘You don’t…?’ he asked.
‘Regret it? No. I feel…’ She stretched her legs down to entwine with his. ‘I feel as if I’ve found something I didn’t know I was looking for.’
‘What do you think Alice would say if she could see us?’ Col knew he was saying what was on both their minds.
Jo seemed to consider for a few moments before replying, ‘I think she’d approve. Though I’m not sure this is what she was thinking of when she told me to look out for you. Do you…? Is this…?’
Col sensed Jo’s reluctance to put into words what he was thinking, too. Was their coming together a result of the melancholy they both felt the night before – or was it something more, something to build on?
Intrigued? You can pre-order the book on books2read.com/TheLifeSheDeserves
After a career in education, Maggie Christensen began writing contemporary women’s fiction portraying mature women facing life-changing situations. Her travels inspire her writing, be it her frequent visits to family in Oregon, USA, her native Scotland or her home on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. Maggie writes of mature heroines coming to terms with changes in their lives women who have learned to live and love in later life and the heroes worthy of them. Heartwarming stories of second chances. She has recently been called ‘the queen of mature age fiction’
From her native Scotland, Maggie was lured by the call ‘Come and teach in the sun’ to Australia, where she worked as a primary school teacher, university lecturer and in educational management. Now living with her husband of over thirty years on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, she loves walking on the deserted beach in the early mornings and having coffee by the river on weekends. Her days are spent surrounded by books, either reading or writing them – her idea of heaven!
She continues her love of books as a volunteer with Noosa library where selects and delivers books to the housebound.
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Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your new book, Maggie. It sounds a great read!
My new book, Single All The Way – an unputdownable and uplifing Christmas romance – is now on pre-order.