Date Published: 02-22-2022
20-year-old Ruby Gale has a secret. After all, unmarried women in 1895 can't be too careful. Especially when it comes to matters of business - not to mention the human heart.
After the untimely deaths of their parents at a young age, Ruby is grateful for her older brother Simon, a prominent attorney in the small town of Divine, CO, for caring for her during her formative years. However, now that she's reached 20 years of age and is looking towards marriage, Ruby wishes he could see her as the woman she's become instead of the child she once was. Eager to take on the responsibilities of adulthood, Ruby agrees to invest in a greeting card business with several of the other ladies she knows in town.
Valentine’ Day is just around the corner, so the timing couldn’t be better. However, because some of the married ladies suspect their husbands may not welcome the idea of their wives working, it’s decided that the card-marking activity will take place under the guise of tea parties to avoid suspicion.
The talk amongst the unwed members of the group - including Ruby - soon turns to prospective beaus and secret crushes and suddenly unsigned valentines begin showing up in the hands of the most eligible bachelors all over town. Rumors and speculations abound, and everyone thinks they know who’s sweet on who. Suddenly, Ruby not only has to sort out the identities of the secret admirers, but also answer the question of which man to give her own heart - and why.
What is the hardest part of writing
Time! I have over 100 notebooks & files filled with story ideas and wish I could make them all come to life at once, LOL! However, since I work full-time professionally as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and am a mommy to a young teenager, I have to pace my writing.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
I don’t have an Ipod & actually rarely listen to music. When I do, I love songs from musicals, Italian opera, & tunes from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Yes, I feel writing is an on-going learning process (which is part of what makes it so much fun!). I am always seeking feedback to learn and grow my craft.
What book are you reading now?
The Spark of Love by Amanda Cabot (the 3rd in the Mesquite Springs trilogy).
How did you start your writing career?
Writing stories was my favorite pastime as a child – that in addition to reading, of course! I still have several boxes filled with my childhood notebooks and journals. After settling into my career as a vocational counselor in disability law, my writing took the form of research synthesis – much drier than fiction, for sure! However, I always dreamed of getting back into fiction one day and continued to tuck storylines away for "someday."
Fast forward to Covid. It was my father’s 80th birthday that year. We were unable to visit him and he’s been encouraging me to write my own stories for over 30 years. I lay awake one night wondering what would be a special gift for him, and in a flash, I knew I had to write a children’s book about our memories together. I got up in the middle of the night and wrote the whole thing! My daughter did the illustrations. After that, I answered a call for submissions for a romance collection, and the rest is history.
A fun tidbit – I do freelance work on the side as a professional book reviewer. I’ve been a voracious reader all my life as well as an avid book collector! My imagination often keeps me up at night, and I now keep a notebook on my bedside table for middle-of-the-night brainstorms.
My next release is Violet’s Voice, an inspirational historical western romance:
Will her voice be the thing that saves them both?
As he lay in his makeshift hospital bed following the mine collapse drifting in and out of consciousness, Damien Cross could have sworn he heard the voice of an angel singing. Now, he can’t stand being confined anywhere – or beholden to anyone – and prefers the company of horses to humans. But he can’t forget the voice of the angel…what if she’d been real?
About the Author
Professionally, Annee works as a disability counselor where she helps her clients navigate through complex medical and legal systems while rediscovering their wholeness in Spirit.
Annee also enjoys freelance writing for Publishers Weekly and multiple publishing companies.
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