Today multi-published author, D.R. Grady is blogging about the settings of her books---Hershey, Pennsylvania! Welcome, D.R.!
Hershey is touted to be the sweetest place on earth, according to their billboards. Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know, but I do know I love the feel of Hershey, (except during heavy tourist season, when you have to wait in major traffic) and the amazing smell!
Who wouldn’t place a romance in such an enticing locale?
Usually Hershey is redolent in milk chocolate scents and that’s definitely sweet! My books are also touted as sweet, so it seemed appropriate to set them in the sweetest place on earth.
Hershey is clean, wholesome, and sweet, exactly like my books.
All three of my series, the Me Series, the Dragon Chronicles, and the Morrison Family series are set there. The Morrison Family series is centered around nerds and Hershey, two of my favorites. Nerds Unite, the latest release, and book ten of the series, features Leo and Katy who live and work in Hershey.
It’s a fictional Hershey, as I’ve added to it and taken some things away, as we writers do. However, Hershey forms the backdrop for a sweet story about two best friends who soon discover their feelings for each other aren’t so sweet.
After they confirm Katy’s stalker is real, she has some explaining to do to BFF Leo de Vosse. Not to mention some explaining to herself. When did her feelings for Leo turn into something more than friendship? The stakes are high as she fights for her life with the stalker, and for her heart with Leo.
Sounds like a great story in a sweet setting!
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“What do you mean what’s wrong?” Katy eyed him in dismay, so certain she had managed to hide her fears.
Of course Leo had picked up on them—at least the tension in her body. He spent enough time in her personal space, more time than Trixi, who would also pick up her vibes if she wasn’t trampling Mark’s personal space so much these days.
“You’re tense, not sleeping, and you’re starting to jump at little noises.” Leo’s eyebrows nearly met over the bridge of his nose.
He led them into the living room and firmly pointed to the couch. She sat, a little belligerent.
With little fanfare, he dropped beside her. His shoulders were squared, mouth grim.
She took a deep breath, not certain she could explain what was going on. “The reason I haven’t said anything is because I’m not certain there is a problem.”
“Your instincts are telling you there is. Regardless of what your intellect is telling you.”
Katy shoved a hand through her hair. “What should I do?”
“Tell me what’s happening.” There was a thread of surgical steel hidden in his tone.
This looming dread had followed her to Hershey, so she had been carrying it a long time. Maybe it was time to unload it.
“At my residency in Maryland,” she started.
“I was working long hours, as you know.” All residents and fellows did, and Leo would have during his own final training period. “Anyway, I was there a lot, so I got to know all the people who were in any way connected to the trauma unit."
It wasn’t pleasant to relive this. “During that time there were a couple of men who made remarks, some subtle, some overt.”
“What kind of remarks?” From his tight jaw, Katy figured he had a good idea.
“Just the typical garbage jerks say to women.”
His jaw looked in danger of cracking.
“Most of the men didn’t give me trouble, a few even became good friends. But there was a small percentage that I avoided whenever possible.”
“Except it wasn’t always possible,” he surmised.
“No. Especially the one who ranked among the ‘distinguished’ specialists in the trauma field. He knew what he was doing and was excellent at his job, but...” she trailed off, uncertain how to proceed.
“But he came on to you?”
“Yeah.” Her heart dropped as a jittery energy flooded her. “His wife had died nine months or so before I arrived and he said he was ready to get out in the dating scene again. For whatever reason, I became his top pick. I reminded him that I got very little time off.”
“He assured you he could make certain you had time off.”
“Yes. Of course the catch was that I had to spend it with him.” Bile rose into her throat.
“I’m guessing you didn’t find him attractive?”
“No. He gave me the willies. There were at least two men there who did. Maybe more. Definitely him and a maintenance man were the two I avoided the most.”
“This surgeon made life difficult for you after he figured out you weren’t interested?”
She nodded, trying to forget his little campaign of terror. “The only saving grace was that there was another surgeon, the head of the department and happily married with grandkids, and he noticed. I think he talked to the other man and set him straight.”
“And it helped?”
Katy shrugged. “The lecher just took his efforts underground. He knew our boss wouldn’t tolerate any unprofessional behavior from him, so he kept it subtle afterward.”
“That’s called harassment.”
“Yes, it is.” She swallowed the bile still trying to creep up her throat.
“What happened?” A muscle in Leo’s jaw ticked.
Sweet and Suspensful! Kind of like a chocolate bar....gonna eat one now:)
BIG Thanks to D.R. Grady for guest posting today!
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