by Bernadette Marie
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Saying goodbye is sometimes the beginning.
Craig Turner was Coach Diaz’s star player, back in the day. He was held in high regard, until he broke the rules and dated the coach’s daughter. Young and stupid, his affection for her lasted until graduation, and then it was time to face the real world–but his love for her would never leave him.
Rachel Diaz became who her father wanted her to be, a well educated, well traveled, successful woman, but she holds a well full of secrets from the outside world. As a high school therapist, she uses her past traumas to help others overcome their own.
When the Fabulous Five arrive at Coach Diaz’s funeral, to pay their respects, a rekindling happens between them all—and between Craig and Rachel.
Is Rachel woman enough to face her demons and is Craig man enough to accept them? Or will their encounter be as brief as the affair they had a decade ago, behind her father’s back?
“Dr. Olivia Chasen,” Santa’s jolly baritone popped her mental fuzzy bubble.
She stopped as she struggled to whirl around. “Me?” She touched her chest with a dramatic flourish she didn’t know she possessed.
A powerful spotlight illuminated her; its heat burned her already flushed face.
She pressed a clammy palm to her chest. “How do you know my name?” The haze in her mind was paralyzing all cognitive function.
“My dear girl,” Santa chuckled, “you should know by now that Santa knows everything and everyone,” he tapped an index finger to his temple.
Santa Claus turned to address the waiting line. “Girls, Boys, Moms, Dads, everyone, if you don’t mind waiting for a brief moment, I’d like for Olivia,” he pointed a white gloved finger at her, “to please come up here on stage, and tell me what she wants for Christmas.”
She stood dumbfounded as the audience and the people in line clapped and chanted her name, “Olivia! Olivia! Olivia!”
Oh no! What was she going to do? She couldn’t possibly go up onto that stage. She was far too shy to address a theater full of people.
But if she didn’t go that would be so unexciting and so like the old Olivia.
But she wasn’t unexciting! She was the new Olivia, and she was exciting! And she wanted to have fun! Correction: She was determined to have fun. Besides, she’d never see these people—her fellow passengers—ever again.
Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011. Since then she has authored and published over thirty-five books. The married mother of five sons promises romances with a Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it because she lives it.
Obsessed with the art of writing and the business of publishing, chronic entrepreneur Bernadette Marie established her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, in 2011 to bring her own work to market as well as offer an opportunity for fresh voices in fiction to find a home as well.
When not immersed in the writing/publishing world, Bernadette Marie and her husband are shuffling their five hockey playing boys around town to practices and games as well as running their family business. She is a lover of a good stout craft beer and might have an unhealthy addiction to chocolate.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I am a Colorado native, and so happy to still be here. I am the happily married (28 years) mother of 5 grown sons (23-16.) I am a serial entrepreneur, currently owning 3 different businesses, including a publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing. As an author, I have been published since 2010, and in 2021, I will publish my 50th title.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
Something Lost is the first book in my new series, Funerals and Weddings. This series began during a brain storming session where I began with names and coupling them up. Then came their back stories, and viola! I had a series of books.
How do you create your characters?
Characters are interesting to me because they just develop. Sometimes I’ll go in with the slightest thought on their character, and they surprise me. I tend to write strong women and sensitive men.
What inspires and what got you started in writing?
Reading got me into writing, but so did movies. I love the art of storytelling, and when I started writing, I was writing a movie. Now anything inspires me to write. Song lyrics, a pretty place, a funny something that happened. Inspiration has always been everywhere for me.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I can, and do, write anywhere. With five kids at home, I’ve always written around chaos. They were used to mom and her laptop. Some of my first books were written in the doorways of their bedrooms when I put them to bed at night, and they wanted me close. I can close out the world and dive into my story. I have an iPad and will travel.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
They come from everywhere. I’m blessed to have that gift. If you gave me a topic, I could write a book about it, and I don’t take that for granted. I find inspiration in songs, places, names, things that have happened to people, and almost anything.
What do you like to read?
I’m a sucker for a good contemporary romance, and a well written biography.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
In order to be a writer, you must write. You must write a lot, and you must keep writing. That also means, it’s going to suck at first, and you’re going to get better. And in the process of sucking, you’re going to want to edit as you write. DON’T! Keep writing. There is a lot of time to edit, and until that story is down, don’t touch it. You can kill your progress and your desire by touching it too much. But you have to write.
Anything else you’d like to share? The Funerals and Weddings series will release each month, September through January. There are five books in the series.
Bernadette Marie will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.