Each Wednesday this month, starting today, I’ll highlight a story from Spring into Summer, the companion piece to my first book, Fall into Winter.
It’s comprised of four distinct novellas; two take place in the spring and two in the summer.
I’ll also give away a FREE book each week. Four chances to win! Find out how at the end of this post.
Now, let’s learn more about the first story in the book.
A Season For Everything
My love of poetry has connected me to some amazing poets, and their words have seeped into my subconscious. “A Season For Everything” was heavily influenced by my affection for poets, older men, and important life lessons I’ve learned.
“… I can’t begin to tell you how much the first story “A Season for Everything” touched me. It was so poignant and passionate that it stayed with me throughout the entire book … The love between Claire and Stephen was just so real and I felt it in every part of me. I mean, it truly was the best story in my eyes. I read it three times because I just couldn’t let it go. Call me a sap, because this story was wonderful…” ~ Diantha Jones of Masquerade Crew
Flipping the pages of the book, I chuckled when I realized I’d picked up one of the many iterations of the Kama Sutra, widely regarded as the most famous work on erotic pleasure ever created. I blushed as I stared at the pages of explicit sexual positions, each beautifully illustrated with stunning color photographs and step-by-step instructions.
“Are you learning anything?” said a deep voice near me. I slammed the book shut like a teen-aged boy caught with his first dirty magazine. Slowly, I turned around to stare into the dark brown eyes of the man behind me. “Sorry, I didn’t mean to startle you,” he said and smiled; tiny crow’s feet only made him more alluring.
“I was just flipping pages.” I felt more heat rush to my cheeks and hoped to god I was not turning beet red. I slid the book back into its place on the shelf.
“My name’s Stephen Taylor. Brenda said we should meet.” He held out his hand but couldn’t even extend his arm fully as he stood too close to me. I took a step back until my body hit the bookshelf and I could move no farther.
“I’m Claire—Claire Pelletier.”
“Nice to meet you Claire,” he said. “You don’t have a drink. Would you like me to get you one?”
“No, that’s fine.” I cleared my throat. “I haven’t eaten a thing today. I’ll get one later.” I noticed he didn’t have a drink either.
“That’s a good idea. There’s a line-up for the wine, but I’ll push my way in if you want me to.” Laugh lines creased the corners of his full lips.
“Thanks, that won’t be necessary,” I said, my eyes downcast. “Are all English men so chivalrous?”
He threw his head back and laughed. “I don’t know about that, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some pushed in line for a drink.”
I snickered, feeling more at ease. “Brenda told me you’re a professor?”
“I am, but I’m currently on leave.”
“I see.” I didn’t want to be forward, but my curiosity got the better of me. “What subject do you teach?”
“English Literature and Poetry—18th Century Romanticism.”
“Hmm … ” I bit my lower lip. “Of course you would.”
Win an ebook of Spring into Summer
Since “A Season for Everything” is a story about poets, tell me your favorite poet or poem, or feel free to comment on this post in general.
You have until May 13th to comment.
I will assign each comment a number and use Random.org to choose the winner and announce it next Wednesday when I blog about the second story “Unlocking the Mystery.”
Remember, you don’t need a Kindle to read ebooks, FREE Kindle Apps allow you to read them on all devices.
Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck!