I can’t believe it, but I’m expecting again! Expecting a new book that is (no babies here — sorry). We’re just SEVEN months away from my sophomore book release, Practically Married. To help whet your whistle, I thought I’d introduce you to the hero and heroine of this clean, contemporary romance so you can get to know Russ and Ashley before they arrive. Here’s a quick peek:
Edgar James Russell III (Russ)
38-years-old; 6’2″; dark hair; beard
Russ grew up in his family’s fruit orchards, and he always knew he’d take over the farm some day. That day happened earlier than expected with his father’s untimely death, but with his cousin, Tom’s, help and the family’s support, he’s keeping the farm alive.
Tom calls Russ”the dirt guy.” That’s not entirely inaccurate. Whereas Tom enjoys the business-side of things — dealing with customers and distributors and keeping things organized — Russ prefers being outside. With a degree in crop and soil sciences, he’s more comfortable with plants than people. He’d rather deal with unpredictable weather than accounts receivable.
Yes, he’s used the farm as an excuse not to date, but for good reason. He’s made some bad choices about women (and he’d rather not repeat them). Besides, with three younger sisters and enough nephews (plus one niece!) to field a baseball team, there’s more than enough love and drama to keep him busy.
Ashley Elaine Johnson
35-years-old; 5’8″; long, straight brown hair
After her parents’ deaths when she was only 18-years-old, Ashley spent her early adult years living in her childhood home and spending time with her only living relatives, her Uncle John and Aunt Rose. When she turned 33, however, she discovered her mother’s journal and had a revelation: she’d stopped living after the accident.
Now, 17 years later, she’s finally moving on — literally! She sold her parents’ home, is ready to start a new career in photography, and has decided to move from Southern Ohio to Northern Michigan for her chance at starting a family of her own.
At 35-years-old, however, she’s not interested in wasting time with the modern American dating system that may or may not result in meeting the right man (which could lead to a marriage that may or may not lead to a divorce). Instead, she’s interested in something more practical, and she may have found a man who’s as practical as she is.
Practically Married is a modern day marriage-of-convenience story that started with a question: what would it take for two people today to take a practical approach to marriage?
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