Who doesn’t love a man in uniform? I’ve asked myself (and others) what the fascination is with men in uniform. I get varying answers ranging from they are macho to gentlemanly. My fascination for State Troopers started when I was a little girl growing up in Lake George and one of my father’s good friends was a State Trooper. His name was Sargent Hornburger… I think. Not sure of the spelling. I was probably 10 years old the last time I saw him.
Anywho, Sargent Hornburger came over to our cottage on Lake George on his Police Motorcycle. OMG. I just thought that was so cool. Even cooler, he gave me a ride on the bike. I think in today’s world I’d have to sign my life away for that ride, but imagine a 10 year-old tomboy climbing on the back of that bike and going for a joy ride down Cleverdale Road. I was badass!
Not exactly sure if the next event was before after the motorcycle ride, but my sister and I got to go for a ride in a Police Helicopter. Back then, I wasn’t so afraid of flying. Not sure you could get me in chopper now. We road around low over the Lake George, enjoying the sights. It was pretty awesome. As we rounded Huckleberry Island my sister and I got a real treat…the State Trooper Rescue SCUBA team must have been on a break from training and decided to moon the chopper in the air. I guess they didn’t know a couple if impressionable girls were in there.
If you’ve read any of my books in the NY STATE TROOPER SERIES, you will notice they take place in Lake George and they are about Troopers and the SCUBA team. Amazing the things that shape our lives. Who knew a little moon by a bunch of cops would have such a life long effect on a little girl!
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IN TWO WEEKS, which is the first book in the New York State Trooper Series is also the very first book I ever wrote. It took a while to get the story right because it was my first book. It was also the first book I ever published. I remember getting an email on my 40th birthday that an editor wanted the full manuscript. Three weeks later, on my husband’s 40th birthday, I got “the call”. 40 was a good year!
The idea for IN TWO WEEKS was simple. What if everything you ever wanted had been right in front of you, but you couldn’t see it?
The original title for this novel was RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU. But since the story took place in two weeks, thought it was more appropriate.
This story changed a little as I rewrote 3 times…each time starting completely over. A few things never changed. The main idea and my hero and heroine. Their backstories changed a little, but it was always a May/December romance. It was always healing from tragedy, for both the hero and heroine.
Jared is probably the most “Alpha” male I have ever written, but what is interesting as he pops up in many of the books following, he’s mellowed a little. But recently I sat down and re-read the story and while he’s definitely a control freak, he’s got such a soft heart and his “alphaness” is more of a wall to protect his heart. But it will only take two weeks for Ryan, a woman he’s know her entire life, to show him what love could be.
Of course, there is a suspense aspect…Ryan has a stalker.
This was the book where I learned to write. In honor of upcoming book release of TO PROTECT HIS OWN I’m offering the first book in the series for free.