Sunday, August 18, 2019

New Beginnings by @karilemor #RomanceGems


The Dog Days of Summer mean summer is winding down, but any time something ends, you often have something new to take its place.

Last summer I had a thirty plus year teaching career come to an end. I retired. And headed out on a new journey with my husband in an RV for six months. You can check my FaceBook, Instagram, or Twitter feeds for information on that trip as I documented it in many pictures. One of my earliest posts on Romance Gems also listed the good and the not-so-good of our trip.

So now I’m starting on my new adventure of full-time writer. I have to say I’ve been busier than ever. Part of that is the new grandson who was just added to the family. No grandmother can resist cuddling and holding a newborn baby. Such sweetness.



The other thing keeping me busy is the new series I’ve got coming out soon. So many people say, “Write what you know,” and I’ve lived in New England my whole life so I’m pretty familiar with the place. The series is a small-town contemporary revolving around the Storm family who originate from the community of Squamscott Falls, New Hampshire.

It’s a fictional town, but the name comes from the original name of one of the towns near Portsmouth. There is an actual Squamscott River and Squamscott Falls. And the Storm family is one of the best I know. They’ve all got their quirks and faults, but they love each other and stand by each other unconditionally. This is something I know also. My family are the best and have been so supportive of my retiring early so I can follow my newly discovered passion of writing.

The first story, Elusive Dreams, follows one of the older cousins, Erik Storm. He’s moving into his grandparents’ house on the coast of Maine so he can adopt and raise two orphaned children he saved overseas. But an injury has left him barely able to walk, so he enlists the help of his introverted loner neighbor, Tessa, to help him. They embark on a marriage of convenience but both have issues they need to face before they can become a true family.



The second book, True Dreams, follows Sara Storm, the youngest sister of Erik, looking to find herself in the small town of Hyannis on Cape Cod. Instead she finds TJ Bannister, guilt ridden, tortured hero, and son of major rock and roll icons, who wants nothing to do with that life anymore.  (release in 2020)


There are many more Storms to come in the Storms of New England series so keep your eye out for them. Elusive Dreams releases Aug. 26, 2019 on most retailers.

Here’s an excerpt:
By the time she got the child settled and went back to the family room, Matty lay next to Erik on the couch, his eyes closed. Erik sat sprawled, his head back and eyes also shut. She sat in the comfy chair next to the couch and waited for him to notice her.
Silence hung in the air for a few moments, then he spoke softly. “Thank you for trying to help. I appreciate it. I’m not sure anything would have worked.”
“Erik, these kids need you. I’m sorry I jumped in with that marriage thing, but it was all I could think of so you could keep them.”
“It was a great idea, Tessa. I can’t ask you to do that though.”
Her heart broke into little pieces at his words. It was a great idea. Just not with you. Isn’t that what he meant? Maybe it would have worked with some other pretty girl who wasn’t a freak of nature. Who could be in a crowd and actually talk to people without twitching and having a fit.
“Maybe if I call and ask for a different social worker.”
“Maybe.” Nothing else would come out.  
When Miss Abernathy was here and she’d mentioned the marriage thing, Erik had perked up. It hadn’t been her imagination. Obviously, it was only because of the children. When he actually thought about it, he must have realized what life with the frigid freak would be like. And even the children couldn’t make him do that.
For a few short minutes, she’d actually thought she could have Erik Storm as her husband. The elusive dream she’d tucked away since she was a teen. Not that she wanted him forced against his will. But it would have gone a long way toward fulfilling her dreams of a husband and family.
Matty slept soundly and Erik looked like he might be too. She swallowed the sorrow that rose up inside her. It wasn’t like this was any different than anything else in her life. Why should she be disappointed now? Because she’d stupidly believed for one brief moment she might have a normal life. Kind of.
Standing quietly, she walked toward the door. Would he even know she’d left? If he needed her, he’d call. Maybe he wouldn’t. It might be too big a price to pay.
When she twisted the knob, he rustled on the couch.
“I need to think about this, Tess. Let’s sleep on it and talk tomorrow.”
Translation: I’ll figure out a way to keep the kids without marrying you.


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22 comments:

  1. I love the whole premise of this, plus I love anything New England, so can't wait to read this!

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    1. Thanks, yes, New England is a beautiful place!

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  2. This series sounds sooooooo good! Can't wait to read it!! xoxo

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    1. Thanks! I do love this family! I feel like I've become one of them! They are close to my heart.

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  3. Looks like you're doing great with your new career. Best of luck!

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    1. Thanks! I'm still working on the career thing. Total work in progress!

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  4. I love tortured characters. What a great way to kick off your new career!

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    1. Thanks! I love tortured characters also! And as a writer, I love to torture them! Hee hee!

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  5. Kari, I love this excerpt! And a new grand baby is a major distraction...so kudos for continuing your writing plan. And congrats on both the baby and the books.

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  6. Thanks! The new grand baby is so precious! But writing is essential also, so must continue that.

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  7. Congratulations on the new grandbaby! Congratulations are also due on your writing career going full-time. I'm sure you're as elated as I was when I was able to quit my day job for my new, sometimes much longer, day job.

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    1. Hee hee,yes, I do spend quite a bit of time on the writing job now. But when I was teaching I was doing that PLUS the writing. A lot less stress now.

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  8. What a wonderful year you’re having!

    Wonderful blog, ladies! Well done!

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  9. We talk about doing an RV adventure like that, but realistically we'd probably strangle each other. So neat that you're doing all these wonderful things!

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    1. Believe me, there were days that I came close to strangling him. But luckily that control I had for so long from teaching kicked in.

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  10. Storms of New England - great series title on so many levels. Can't wait to read it.

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  11. Thanks! I really love the series title also! Hope you enjoy it!

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  12. Okay...CUTEST distraction EVER, Kari!! Congratulations on becoming a grandma and on your new series! I'll be reading as I love books set near home and in my favorite part of the world...New England!

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    1. Yes, I can't get upset with this kind of distraction. Holding your baby's baby is such an amazing feeling! And, yes, isn't New England great??

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  13. Congratulations on the beautiful grandbaby and the new book which sounds wonderful. Hope it flies off the cyber shelves.

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    1. Thanks!! I'm hoping the book does well also!

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