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.
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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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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