When I started traveling internationally, I had no idea that I would use my travel experiences to create JJ Cavendish, the main character in my latest novel, The Miracle Girl. I can’t pinpoint the moment when I first met JJ. But I can remember my first major international trip with my partner.
Back in 2007 we went to a resort located at the bottom of the Pico Bonito National Park in Honduras for a week. Actually, we were there for eight days, but we only planned for seven. Near the end of our trip, I was making arrangements for our ride to the airport and I was completely flummoxed when the concierge said we were staying an extra day. I read the itinerary wrong, which is awfully embarrassing considering I have a history degree. You’d think dates would come naturally to me. They don’t. Don’t ever ask me about birthdays, anniversaries, or holidays. I have Christmas and New Year’s memorized, but that’s about all. Oh I know my birth date, but if you ask me how old I am, I have to stop and think. Once I argued with a doctor about the current year. I was wrong. Thank goodness it wasn’t during a psych eval.
When I heard the news from the concierge, at first I was excited to spend another day in paradise.
Then I remembered our dog and cat. Our sitter had to leave the night I thought we were returning. This was bad.
Luckily I had access to the hotel’s computer and I started emailing our friends and neighbors. And then I ordered a couple of drinks.
I met The Better Half at the pool to announce the news. Can you see why we were happy to stay an extra day?
She was just as excited.
Within an hour we had managed to make arrangements for one neighbor to watch Miles (dog) and Atticus (cat) for the night and for another neighbor to take Miles out during the day. Seriously, the Internet is amazing.
And we had another day. It was on this day my partner was startled by a snake, which inspired a small snippet in The Miracle Girl.
The Miracle Girl was released yesterday and so far it’s doing well. As of this morning, it was ranked number four on Hot New Releases for Lesbian Romance on Amazon.
Newspaper publisher and world traveler JJ Cavendish continually feels pressured to live up to her Miracle Girl nickname. Not many people know she’s living a carefully crafted lie. She may not hide ties to the LGBT community, but she does hide past struggles with addiction.
When the Colorado native is handpicked to take the helm at a dying Denver newspaper, she ends up reconnecting with her long lost love in this contemporary lesbian romance. Only there’s a catch. If JJ fires the most belligerent editor at the paper, she risks losing the love of her life.
Mid-afternoon office romps abound in this romantic comedy while also focusing on what it takes for a newspaper to remain relevant in this age of social media.
Must JJ lose everything in order to gain a life more fully her own?
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