I’m a wife and mom of three – a teen, a tween and a toddler. Lots of different stages of life to contend with there! Hubs and I are in our forties, the second “teen years” where we are redefining ourselves. There’s the actual teen in the original angst-filled phase of self-discovery. There’s the tween, obsessed with pop culture and about to have a coronary because she can’t do everything her sister does. Then there’s the toddler, destroying random bits of our home every chance he gets and as cute as can be.
Also, I’m a full-time HR profession in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. I handle most of the familiar aspects of human resources – recruiting, on boarding and benefits’ management. However, my favorite part of my job is workforce analysis. For instance if the Cowboys make it to the Superbowl, I will recommend that our site close for the day. The number of absences and the amount of time spent in the break room couldn’t sustain the workload for those shifts. I’ll devise a work plan for the previous six days with an increase in the workforce planned on the following Tuesday because there’ll be an upswing in absences on Monday as well! I just love that kind of stuff.
Then there’s my writing…
As part of the redefinition of myself, I decided to become a published writer.
I began with a flash fiction piece entitled, Rainy Day Surprise. I published it on Smashwords with a homemade cover and Amber Grayson and Kevin Miller have become my two most popular characters.
Here’s what some readers have said about them:
Rainy Day Surprise
This is an terrific couple discovering each other. Amber was awesome in the way she tortured Kevin with how she passed the time when he was foolish enough to go to work! – 4 Star Review on Barnes and Noble
In the Moment
I love hot cowboys to go after what they want and know what to do with it once they get it! 😉 Kevin was that cowboy who just did it for me. Him and Amber were great together. – 5 Star Review on Barnes and Noble
Kevin and amber getting together was powerful and sexy as hell. So much like real life; all-controlling in the board room. And a passionate submissive in the bedroom. You go girl have it all and enjoy it. – 4 Star Review on Amazon
If you have never read either of the previous stories, you can gather that commitment to work is a theme that runs throughout both the flash fiction piece and the short story, In the Moment.
Kevin Miller owns and operates a renovation company and maintains a controlling interest in his family’s ranch. I love the cowboys, too! Amber Grayson is an office manager for a law firm in Fort Worth and a satellite office in Houston. She’s the boss and likes it that way!
Since Kevin’s the boss as well…you can see where some of the tension comes in. Mix two strong personalities, a passionate love life and an engagement ring; sprinkle with conflicts from the past and the present and you get the conclusion to Amber and Kevin’s story.
The Beginning of Forever
Amber Grayson, a conservative executive, found true love with fiancé, Kevin Miller. He infused her life with a sense of adventure and challenged her thoughts about appropriate
bedroom behavior. After such a steamy affair, Amber was expecting nothing less during their engagement.
Even with the rushed timetable for the wedding combined with the stress of merging their households and finances, Amber is excited to begin a family with the man of her dreams. However, the beginning of forever is more difficult than either of them thought.
Locked in a battle of wills, Amber and Kevin find their commitment to each other and their future tested. Is this the beginning of their lives together or the end?
I’m super excited to share not only the conclusion of Amber and Kevin’s story with everyone but to share more about them as well. There were things left out of the shorter pieces. However, the reader gets a look into their pasts in this book.
Not to give away too much, but I waffled over the ending. Let’s say I went with reality instead of fantasy. I’m sure the fans of Amber and Kevin will let me know if they agree
with my choice!
The Beginning of Forever will be released on September 6, 2013 by Amira Press.
In the meantime, you can catch up with the couple in any of the three previous works:
- Rainy Day Surprise – Barnes & Noble, Smashwords
- In the Moment – All Romance, Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords
- A Miller Tradition – Goodreads
Check out the video on YouTube for a sneak peek before the release date – forever.
And you can find me blogging on the Vallory V Blog so stop by anytime!