When people ask how I came up with the setting for the Lakeside Porches romances, my face lights up with a smile. Like Justin Cushman, the hero of Coming Home To Love, I grew up in the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York and lived away for many years. Coming home to the lakes fourteen years ago was a dream come true. I now live in a small city on one of the Finger Lakes, and I love waking up here each morning and walking on the lakeshore each day. The beauty is both breathtaking and serene.
When I decided to set my series in the Finger Lakes, I needed a fictitious college with plenty of problems to play a major role in the books. I invented “Tompkins College,” a very troubled institution. Because I’ve worked at many colleges, each with its own problems and politics, there had to be no question that the college featured in Lakeside Porches is fictitious. For that reason, the college is set in the fictitious city of Tompkins Falls, which is on Chestnut Lake, also a figment of my imagination. The characters and issues are, of course, imaginary too. I’ve enjoyed watching Justin take on the beleaguered college and try to turn it around. Will he succeed? Well, the economy of Tompkins Falls depends on it, and Justin is an economist. If anyone can do it, Justin Cushman can!
Born in the upstate-New York village known as the Birthplace of Women’s Rights, Katie O’Boyle loves the Finger Lakes in every season. She enjoys lunch with friends at charming inns, and she cherishes the lakeside porch as a place for intimate sharing, laughter, and inspiration. To the outside world, she is a tech-savvy college professor. In her soul, she is a passionate author of warm-hearted romance. She is hard at work on book four of the Lakeside Porches romance books and novellas.
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Gianessa stepped aside as he brushed past her. She drew in a deep breath, preparing to take charge, but his scent threw her off—cloves and sandalwood and something she couldn’t identify. Justin Cushman had a force field nearly as strong as hers, and she didn’t like it one bit. His eyes were all over her, appreciating and assessing at the same time. That’s my role—to evaluate his body.
When his gaze fastened on her necklace and one eyebrow rose, she forgot to breathe. Okay, she was out of uniform, she had led a client to a shamefully tiny treatment room and she was wearing outrageously expensive jewelry. Is he making a case to fire me? Nonsense. She was doing him a favor.
Gianessa squared her slender shoulders and tapped her foot in protest.
He met her gaze, and a smile tugged at the corner of his mouth.
She blushed. Enough. No more games. She was in charge here, and he needed her finest care.
“You’ve come home to support Joel’s recovery, I assume. Do you—?”
Both eyebrows arched in surprise. “And I assume you are the physical therapist and healer my nephew brought to the Manse to reconceptualize his spa. Aren’t you overqualified as a massage therapist?”
“—know what illness is wasting your body?”
His eyes flashed a warning. “I asked for a massage.”
He’s more vulnerable than I thought. She soothed him with her voice and her smile. “I will give you a massage, but we will talk about your body, Mr. Cushman, if not today, then soon. Joel would expect it, and I’m sure I can help you. I see from your reaction that you’re not in denial about being very ill.”
He shrugged one shoulder. “Maybe I’ve lost a little weight.”
“Forty or fifty pounds.”
He looked around the treatment room. “What is this space? Ten by twelve?”
Testing. “Seven by nine. Which is why it’s never scheduled.”
“Yet you’re slender enough to move around the table.” His gaze softened. “And kind enough to go the extra mile for me.”
She admired the way he had shifted his energy, from defensive to open. She relaxed her shoulders and gave him a warm smile.
His gaze penetrated. “You know, Gianessa, I’ve been seen by experts in three countries, but if you can figure out what my doctors haven’t figured out, I’ll be glad to hear it.”
Check out Coming Home to Love on Amazon as well as the first book in
The Lakeside Porch Series, Stepping Up to Love.
Next Week the third book will be released!
Stepping Up To Love, http://tinyurl.com/qdhr8du
Coming Home To Love, http://tinyurl.com/ogxm2z8
Finding the Way Back To Love, (to be supplied on or before release date, Feb 4)