Friday, August 30, 2013

A Smokey Mountain Romance

My upcoming short story Clutching a Beating Heart is a little different from my normal fare. It's a
romance with a little mystery and a touch of paranormal. It is set in two places in the Smokey Mountains: Old Fort, North Carolina and Townsend, Tennessee, home of Leonora Whittaker (aka) Christy.
I spent some time in Old Fort as a child. We lived in Asheville and my mother would take us kids with her to visit a friend. A couple of times we even hopped a train and jumped off when we reached Old Fort. (It was a very, very slow-moving train, of course:-)) Today the population there is around 900, so it's still a very small town.
I have always been a fan of the Christy series. Never read the books, but I loved the television show. (I was actually pretty bummed to find out she really married the preacher and not the doctor.) "Cutter Gap" in the book was actually Townsend, Tennessee. The history of the area is pretty fascinating.
I thought it would be interesting to write a story set in these two places, and it was. I hope readers will enjoy it.

About the Book
Sonora Kingston is a loner. She also carries a secret. After losing her mother, her younger sister takes off. When Sonora is kicked out of her home by her older sister, she starts a new life, determined to make it on her own. She has never known the love of a man and has no interest allowing one to get that close.
But that was before Kellen Youngblood.
New secrets soon surface that connect Sonora and Kellen in ways they never imagined.