A Rose By Any Other Name
Posted by Babs Mountjoy
Please welcome to the blog Lyndi’s Adventurous Friend Alana Lorens!
Thanks for having me today, Lyndi. Adventure comes in many forms, as you say on your front page. Marisol, the heroine of my new novel, may not be scaling the Andes, but she has embarked on a dedicated course to support herself and her son Mark by monetizing and popularizing her blog for single mothers, called Mothering Without a Man. It’s 2005, and mommybloggers like Heather Armstrong are showing women the way to strut their stuff online. Marisol herself is too shy to use her own name, but she’s chosen a pseudonym and a sassy, chic avatar, Jerrika Jones, to head her blog.
When she gets an invitation to her 20th high school reunion, she has finally generated enough self-confidence that she decides to go, despite the reluctant feelings she has to deal with any of her history. She’d had a wonderful relationship with the star of the basketball team, Russell “Rusty” Asher. But he dumped her senior year for Tiffany Kearns, homecoming queen, cheerleader and daughter of the richest man in town. This really ruined the rest of her time at the school, and once she graduated, she couldn’t wait to get away.
Russell’s life, however, hasn’t gone as expected. He’s now divorced, and bitterly separated from his sons by Tiffany, whose money buys her better lawyers. He’s trying to stay positive and focused on his work, and he’s found a fathers’ support group to keep his spirits up. This group has heard about Jerrika Jones on the internet, and they are not at all happy with her.
So what happens when Marisol meets Russell again? Maybe things would go smoothly–except when she reveals that she is also Jerrika. Chaos ensues. 🙂
Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8qEjPOBzds&t=3s
Debbie grinned at Russell. “I was hoping you’d come. We’re just planning some events for the dance at the gym tomorrow night, the eighties splash, you know, and I remembered you and Tiffany doing the Pee Wee Big Shoe Dance.”
A flash of embarrassment ran through him as he remembered it, too. What a geek he’d been. “Oh, geeze, Debbie. Can’t you remember some of what I did on the basketball court instead?”
“We haven’t forgotten that,” Angela purred, her eyes hungry as she watched him. “Those thin jerseys didn’t cover much.”
Russell swallowed hard. “Well. I…ah…” Maybe not that much remembering. “What about that Pee-Wee thing again? What was that song?”
“ ‘Tequila,’ ” came a quiet voice from behind him. He turned slowly to see who spoke. Marisol Herrera. Marisol Herrera Slade now. He’d seen her name in one of the interim emails from the reunion committee. So she must have gotten married after she left school. At the moment, she sat alone, though.
Marisol hadn’t changed much at all: a little older through the eyes, a little tired-looking, her smile faint as if it would fade away if the light didn’t stay focused on it. But she still carried herself well, her figure slim, and her sharp white tank and skirt showed it off. Older, and better, apparently. He’d always liked her. They’d had some real good times. She was smart, kinda pretty, and always pleasant.
She just wasn’t Tiffy.
Alana Lorens has been a published writer for more than forty years, after working as a pizza maker, a floral designer, a journalist and a family law attorney. Currently a resident of Asheville, North Carolina, the aging hippie loves her time in the smoky blue mountains. She writes romance and suspense as Alana Lorens, and sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal mystery as Lyndi Alexander. One of her novellas, THAT GIRL’S THE ONE I LOVE, is set in the city of Asheville during the old Bele Chere festival. She lives with her daughter on the autism spectrum, who is the youngest of her seven children, and she is ruled by three crotchety old cats, and six kittens of various ages.
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Alana-Lorens/e/B005GE0WBC/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
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