My guest today is Lynn Rae, an author of contemporary books at Liquid Silver Books. LSB recently published First Choice, Second Choice, the second book in the “Love Around the Corner” series. Lynn will share a bit about herself and the story behind the book.
About Lynn: I make no secret of the fact that I love to shop at thrift stores and garage sales. I have ever since I was a kid, and I still get a thrill whenever I spot a jumble of used goods sitting on a rickety table in someone’s driveway. It’s the idea of finding something wonderful for a thrillingly low price that gets me going. I also like to speculate about the origins of the things being discarded. Was that set of unused china a wedding present? Why would anyone need four sets of crutches? It’s mysteries like this that keep me going as I sort through boxes of mildewed paperbacks and stacks of stained baby bibs in the hopes of discovering that one cool thing I can’t leave behind.
I’m also a generalist when it comes to shopping. I’m usually not looking for anything specifically and my interests change over time. In the past I’ve collected linens, old cookbooks, buttons, and seamed stockings. Right now, I’m interested in Corning blue cornflower cookware, vintage rhinestone jewelry, pewter candlesticks, and tooled leather belts. But my best recent finds were a vintage 1973 mint green telephone in its original box with wiring instructions and a gorgeous Waterford crystal water glass in my pattern. I think that’s why I like thrifting, it’s totally random, nothing is guaranteed, and there are treasures waiting for those who look. Just like life.
About First Choice, Second Choice. One of the plot points in First Choice, Second Chance involves the restoration of a historic statue. That may seem like an odd thing to focus on, but it really resonated with me because it touches on numerous real-life experiences I’ve had. With my background in public history, I’ve served on committees intended to preserve monuments, as well as participated in public sculpture inventories and done research on all sorts of memorials and the people who were determined to create them.
Not only is the art and history interesting, but the way a sculpture or monument works its way into a community’s consciousness can be fascinating. In my book, the sculpture in question has different meanings for different characters. For Emily Fontaine, it’s a chance for her to prove she can handle the responsibility of caring for a prominent landmark and managing a group of volunteers. Paul Ellison is involved because of family obligations; his sister, the mayor, needs his help and he also happens to be related to the subject of the sculpture. For other committee members, the statue has the potential to be a community rallying point, or a target of vandalism.
First Choice, Second Choice
Liquid Silver Books (July, 2014)
Conscientious Emily Fontaine is on a mission to prove her marketing and public relations skills. When she volunteers to restore a historic statue, she isn’t prepared for her attraction to one of her fellow committee members.
Paul Ellison has stayed out of circulation since his wife’s death, but once he meets Emily, he can’t resist her quiet allure, despite the difference in their age.
When the statue which brought them together is vandalized, and both Paul’s daughter and sister strenuously object to their burgeoning relationship, Paul and Emily realize the sacrifices they’ll have to make for each other. Will Paul have a second chance at love?
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Thank you for visiting, Lynn. Tomorrow, About Vesuvius.