Do you believe in fate? Perhaps, you think of it as chance or luck when someone crosses your path at just the right moment. A series of small coincidences that can bring the biggest changes to your life.
But that is only part of it, isn’t it? No matter how perfect something seems, it takes hard work to hang onto it. Especially, if it’s a relationship.
That’s the basis for my newest book, Jared’s Salvation, the first story in my Crossed Paths trilogy. Jared is successful in a demanding career, one that he isn’t sure if ever really wanted, even if he has made a difference for some people. He threw himself into it in reaction to a personal loss and looking back on his life; he realizes that it isn’t enough anymore.
Then one careless moment introduces him to someone that wakes a part of him he’s been missing for far too long. Colin makes him smile and seems to fit into his life with ease. Somehow, this one man makes everything seem brighter.
Colin is just a swept up in excitement just as much as Jared is, even if he is unsure of just what he has to offer to this particular man. At least at first, then he wonders if it even matters when everything seems so wonderful.
But perfect never lasts. Outside threats bring obstacles that cause the first cracks in their relationship.
Jared and Colin learn that happy ever after only comes if you choose to work for it every day. And their efforts to get theirs will open the door for others in their circle of friends to have their own chances.
I’m a big believer in chance. You see, when I was nineteen my younger sister got her first job at a local fast food restaurant. She had applied to quite a few places, and it was this particular one that called her back.
Fast forward two months and her boss took a vacation. Well, the company asked an assistant manager that worked in a large city two hours away if he would cover for that week. They just happened to ask him out of the many others available.
One day while he was there he and the employees chatted idly about music as they listened to the radio advertising a concert stop in a month. He made a throwaway comment about it was one of his favorite heavy metal bands, and it was too bad not a lot of girls liked them. My sister said that wasn’t true. Her older sister loved that group, and she happened to be here.
So there I was, sitting at a table waiting for my sister’s dinner break when this strange guy plops down and starts talking about Metallica. During the next ten minutes, I had accepted a date, and we had exchanged phone numbers.
We were married less than a year later.
So I like to think it was a little bit of fate and luck that happened that week. Maybe that’s why I love romance so much. The way the characters find a way to their own happy ever after’s makes me smile. Every time.
But that is only the beginning. The fact that we are still married four kids and twenty-seven years later seems to surprise some people. Even one of our daughters asked me “What’s the secret?”
It isn’t a secret. You have to choose every day that this matters to you enough to work hard and compromise. Sometimes it means ignoring your own wants to put the other person first. And it means recognizing that they do the same for you. Even on the days, you both wonder if it is worth it.
It realizes that tomorrow you will the face the same choice again and so will they. And trusting you both will make the same decision again.
Hopefully, that effort also comes through my stories when the reader turns the final page and
they finish that last sentence with a smile on their face too.
Love can happen fast, but, to make it last, they will have to survive the danger that is coming for them.
When Colin Ryland risks his life to save Jared Williams’ young nephew, he earns the attorney’s gratitude and, much more surprising, his interest.
At first Jared’s only intentions toward Colin are to make sure he’s taken care of while he recovers. Yet as Jared comes to know the brave and caring man, the walls around his heart fall quickly. Colin is hesitant at first, but ultimately can’t resist his attraction to Jared, who holds nothing back where his emotions for Colin are concerned.
Swept up in the ease and passion of their quickly intensifying relationship, they are caught off guard when vague threats are made against Colin and others. But the tension it brings between them will be the least of their problems when they may not survive the danger that is coming.
Meet T.K. Paige
T.K. Paige picked up her first book to read around the age of four and hasn’t stopped since. She discovered the M/M genre in August of 2012 and an addict was hooked.
If you see her and she is not reading, then she is thinking about the books that live in her head. It doesn’t matter what else she is doing, it is guaranteed half her brain has a plot running through it.
A stay at home mom for more years than she would like to think about, she is lucky enough to be married to a wonderful guy who encouraged her to write throughout their years together. Then when she finally did it and she told him what she was writing, he turned only slightly green and asked “Do I have to read it?” Apparently, he had dreams of her being the next Urban Fantasy sensation with her taste in movies… We won’t tell him what she watches when she is alone all day folding laundry.
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