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Stranded Inspiration by Kacey Hammell


When it was discussed inside the Indie Author Publishing Group that I’m a part of to do a New Year’s Eve anthology, with stranded being a key-point, I was immediately inspired.

In my short story, “Natural Woman”, the weather has been terrible for days, freezing Cora in and making travel impossible for anyone. Mentioned in the story was the major ice storm of 1996 that struck many areas in Canada, and Ontario was especially hit hard. It’s a year I’ll remember well. My daughter was born 6 months prior to the storm. Pipes were freezing for everyone in town, businesses and school were closed down and driving anywhere was a particularly bad idea. When we had a slight break for an afternoon, I hopped in the car and drove for 90 mins (when it should have been a 30 min drive) to my parents place since the area hadn’t yet been hit as bad as where I lived at the time. Needless to say, the next day and many days thereafter, ice froze all of us into our homes. Thankfully my folks had an outdoor stove where the pipes run underground and into the house. And the heat also warmed the water so we didn’t have the massive headache of frozen pipes. My daughter and I stayed with my parents for 2 wks. I never thought the freezing rain and ice would ever go away. But I was very happy to be in a safe place and surrounded by family. And when my brother knew I was coming home, he made sure to hit the grocery for diapers, milk, etc., anything I would need for the baby. I’ve never seen anything like that year since thankfully.

In “Natural Woman”, I decided to do a bit of a “replay” (Yay, it’s only fiction!) of that year and it brings two wonderful and lonely people together. It was nice to have the familiarity and comfort of writing an actual incident into a story, and expanding on it a bit. It made the situation very real once again.


Book Blurb:


After a heartbreaking tragedy years ago, Cora has lived in a self-inflicted solitude, hidden away from the pitying looks of her neighbors.

But when one of the worst storms in years plows through, a stranded traveler requires her help. With New Year’s Eve fast approaching, Nick’s open honesty reassures her how beautiful she is. And his gentle hands teach her that there is more to her than the scars she carries.


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**Giveaway: One lucky winner will receive a PRINT copy of HOT SUMMER NIGHTS Anthology. To enter, simply comment below and tell me … What is the worst Winter you’ve ever spent? Contest ends 1/22 at 11:59PM EDT.

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Author Bio:
Avid Reader. Romance Author. Redhead…

Canadian-born author Kacey Hammell is definitely a book-a-holic. A romance reader from a young age, she fell in love with happily ever afters.  These days, as a multi-published erotic romance author, she enjoys adding a lot of heat, sass, and emotion to the many genres she writes.

A mom of three, Kacey has made certain each of her children know the value of the written word and the adventures they could escape on by becoming book-a-holics in their own right. She lives her own happily ever after with her perfect hero in Ontario, Canada, and is a true romantic at heart.


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Author: emilycale

Erotic romance writer. Runs on caffeine and wine. Don't feed after midnight.

13 thoughts on “Stranded Inspiration by Kacey Hammell

  1. Thanks for letting me stop by today!
    Happy Tuesday.

  2. Congrats to Kacey on the new release! Ummm… I live in the midwest, so cold and snow are expected. I guess I just got used to it 🙂 Knock on wood, I’ve never lost power or been stranded, so no “bad winters” that I can recall. Thanks for sharing!

  3. one with too much snow

  4. Great post, thanks for sharing!
    The worst Winter I had was when after a week at the hospital I came back home and found that the pipes were frozen and I could’t stay there. It was something like -22°F.

    Is it open internationally? If so, enter me please!


  5. Its never cold enough here 😀 my worst winter would be when My daughter was attacked by a dog and we ended up on a friends farm for the night eating this curry that burnt out mouth to bits and not enough warm blankets lol.

    • Never cold enough!!?? Bite your tongue! LOL
      Oh no! I hope the dog attack wasn’t too bad? Not fun at all.
      There’s nothing that makes me more angry than blankets that aren’t warm enough. I bought heated blankets for that reason. :o)

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.

  6. Growing up, my parents owned a ski shop — so there was NEVER a “bad enough” winter, unless it was that there wasn’t ENOUGH cold & snow! It’s all in the perspective, eh? When that ice storm blew through we were fortunate enough to have only lost power for a few days. Good thing about cold? Easy enough to save your refrigerated/frozen “perishables”! LOL! I’m glad you were able to get hold of enough items to get you through the time with a baby – I can’t even imagine! Now if you want to talk the worst SUMMER, HANDS DOWN, it would have been the summer of 1999. It was hotter than hell (100’s with high humidity – gotta love the midwest!!) and during the worst of it (July, August, September) I was in the final stages of a twin pregnancy. Those weren’t just “Hot Summer Nights” – they were hot summer days, too! LOL! BTW – love your writing! The first of your works that I ran across was Andy & Hunter from Club Splendor – his pain, watching her try to escape HER pain from losing her family, was just so poignant. Well, okay, so the club scenes didn’t hurt, either… [wink] So what’s coming up next? Any more Arms of Law?

    Snarky Mom Michelle

  7. I live in Miami, Florida so my ‘worst winter’ here is having to where long sleeves two days in a row 🙂

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