After the death of her husband, Pam devotes herself to raising their daughter. When she meets Barry, she begins to dream again. Barry would marry her in a heartbeat were it not for one problem—her daughter. Convinced her mother is trying to replace the father she adored, she takes a strong dislike to Barry. Then Pam learns her husband had a child with a woman who died giving birth, and she’s devastated. Her hurt turns to compassion when she realizes the child is living in poverty compared to her sister. Aware the man she loved would’ve wanted the best for both daughters, she considers adopting the child but worries how Barry will react. While he always knew she was part of a package deal, what will he do when he learns the package is about to get bigger and he now has to win over two daughters?
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This story picks up where Angel Wishes, Book 1 of the Tea or Sympathy series leaves off. Although the characters were also in the previous book, this is primarily their story with their viewpoints. All their other friends are there as secondary characters. I wrote it because I felt Pam and Barry deserved to have their story told as well.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Characters were secondary characters in Angel Wishes, Book 1 of the Tea or Sympathy series. In Penny Dreams, they take center stage.
Pam woke the next morning feeling more optimistic about her relationship with Barry than she had in a long time. While she’d been attracted to him from the start and hoped they’d hit it off, she was well aware that sometimes life had other plans in store. But after last night, she felt more confident about a future with him. If he wasn’t committed to seeing it through, why else had he stood up to Heather and asserted his authority as the adult in the room? She certainly couldn’t lay claim to that status, having kowtowed to the girl’s every whim for months.
In his own unique way, Barry had shown Heather he wasn’t put off by her rudeness. He was a man totally in charge, much like Curt would’ve been. Although she’d learned to do for herself whenever Curt was deployed, whenever he was home, she enjoyed having him mow the lawn, keep her car filled with gas, and discipline their daughter when needed. And, like Barry, he, too, would have put a mouthy teenager in her place. Barry was a lot like Curt in that regard, strong when circumstances demanded it, gentle and caring when they didn’t.
Last night she’d seen both the strong and the tender in action. After Heather secluded herself in her room, she and Barry sat together in the living room watching TV. And there, for the first time, they actually shared a kiss instead of him giving her a furtive peck on the cheek. At first it was a mere touch of lips. Gradually, it increased in intensity and desire. By the time the evening ended, she was more than ready to bring their relationship to the next level.
After reading women’s fiction for many years, I finally decided to take the plunge and write my own stories. One of my books, Serendipity House, was named best indie romance for 2011 by Lynn of Red Adept Reviews. As the mother of four grown daughters, I’m familiar with the problems women face finding love, raising children, and stepping back when necessary. That’s why family dynamics play a large part in all my books. Sibling rivalry, drug abuse among teens, and problems with spouses figure prominently in all my stories. Of course, there’s always a touching love story threaded through the pages. Who doesn’t love a good love story? I can be found most days secluded in my office creating new worlds and people to populate them. When I’m not taxing my brain with plot, structure, and grammar, I like to sew, particularly quilts. When I really want to rest my brain cells, I sprawl out in front of the TV and usually fall asleep. Please visit my website, http://www.joycedebacco.com for more information about my books.
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