Guest blogger: Sandy Curtis
Unexpected love—what would you do?
Some of my women friends have found themselves facing this problem. Problem? you ask in surprise. Well, yes, it can be. Whether through death or divorce they have had to face a future on their own, and just as they are starting to adapt to their new life, along comes someone who makes them question if they want to take the risk of falling in love again.
The Bible might say that “love is patient, love is kind”, but it’s also one of the biggest risks you can take, especially if you’ve already discovered that love can be the greatest disappointment of your life. Or that losing the love of your life can hurt like nothing you ever imagined. So opening yourself up to a new relationship can have you examining what you want in life, and whether you want to take that risk.
The main character in my recently released women’s fiction, Murder, Mayhem & Men On Pause, Ellie Cummins, finds herself in this situation. Her marriage collapses and she is forced to live with her unemployed daughter. Just as she is starting to get her life back on track and discover who she really is, Chris Ryan enters her life.
Chris is the kind of hero Ellie needs. Heck, he’s the kind of hero I’d want if I didn’t already have one in my life. But not only does Ellie now have to deal with past trauma, she has to battle the fears and insecurities that revealing herself to Chris will bring. Stretch marks, less-than-perky boobs, and power surges that have nothing to do with electricity are minor concerns. Finding the courage to be who she is meant to be is much harder. It’s a good thing she has friends Cass and Kandy for support.
Murder, Mayhem & Men On Pause
A bankrupt husband. A marriage on the rocks. A cop more sexy than the legal limit. Just when Ellie Cummins is free to shed her corporate wife image, she finds the body of a young woman in an apartment she’s been hired to re-design. Her fledging business depends on this contract, so she tries to ignore the long-buried grief the trauma exposes.
When Ellie learns that her daughter has a personal connection to the victim, and the police have no leads, she and friends Cass and Kandy decide to investigate the murder. But Brisbane’s alleyways are dark and their detective skills dubious, so how far will they go for justice?
Kandy once lived a hard life on the streets, but will uncovering her husband’s secret life destroy all she’s achieved since then? And solid, dependable Cass isn’t as content with her life as she seems.
And is the cop who responded to their call more interested in Ellie than the investigation?
For the three friends, it’s a time of change and self-discovery. And the realisation that life, like love, doesn’t play fair.