When Laura Langston, a nurse from Oklahoma City, went to Siena, Italy, to celebrate her 60th birthday, she was not looking for a man. But, there he was – 62-year-old Raffaele Balducci, a talented potter, jazz guitarist, father, and grandfather. His face was pleasantly wrinkled from many years under the Tuscan sun. He had lively brown eyes and dark wavy hair sprinkled with gray. Their attraction was swift and strong. Laura and Raffaele were old enough to know how love works and brave enough to search for their own way forward.
In Book 2 Love on Life’s Zip Line, Ashley is savoring being single in the city that she is claiming for herself one delicious day at a time. She is in control until handsome medical student Mark points at her and says, “You, call 9-1-1 now.” She makes the call and watches him give CPR to a passenger on their NYC subway train. He is focused on his career and haunted by the death of his lover. Ashley discovers that love on life’s zip line is the messiest and most complicated experience of all, but it is oh so worth it.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
For years, I avoided writing series books. It seemed like too steep a hill to climb, but I have changed my mind. A series lets me develop characters over time. For example, in my new series Love on Life’s Zip Line, some characters recur throughout the books. They are at different places in their lives in particular books of the series. In one book, a hero and heroine may be the main characters, but they may be the minor characters in later books in the series. The bottom line on series writing is that I get to know my characters better.
The series features love stories of four generations of a Texas family. The stories embody John Donaldson’s conviction: “I have come to understand that life is a zip line. The view below goes by too fast. It is sometimes beautiful, sometimes blurred, and always changing. The ride is exhilarating and scary. Love on life’s zip line is the messiest and most complicated experience of all, but it is oh so worth it.”
Who is this guy John Donaldson? If you read the sample charpter of Ashley on the Line provided here, you will begin to find out. The books can be read in any order, but it’s more fun to start with Book 1 or 2, saving Book 3 for an in depth look at John Donaldson and the love of his life.