Thanks so much for having me here today. My newest book Campaign will be live Monday, July 21, 2014. It's my seventh
novel. River City River
City is a fictional mid-sized city in the
eastern United States.
I love writing the
novels because they aren't exactly a series, although it's fun to read them in order,
just jump in and try one. The glue that holds them together is the city. Yes, many
of the characters know each other. Some work together, are friends, or are business
associates. So there can be some loose ties between them. River City
In my head, I have some criteria for
novels. The couple has to be doing something
to make the city better. It doesn't matter if they donate to a cause, or actively
participate in some sort of activity/volunteer program, such as coaching soccer.
Plus there has to be something about that story that needs to be told. Something
different that sets it apart. River City
I'm going to say that all the stories are PG-13. Let's face it, teens today know more about sex than their grandmothers did after they were married! That might sound horrifying to some people, but I don't think it is. Knowledge is power. It's also protection!
So that said, I'm PG-13. I don't write anything too sweet or too hot. I'm right down the middle. I let my characters and their personalities drive the heat of the story.
Writing Campaign was a roller coaster ride. It's an emotional story, filled with highs and lows. And just when I thought I had a grip on it, my heroine, Kathryn "Ryn" Demary would toss another problem at me, because she wasn't the average heroine. And Brad Shoemaker might have fallen in love with her, but he had a career choice at stake.
So while the story seems simple enough, Ryn wasn't. She's mute and that is a huge factor throughout the story. Yes, there's dialog. She talks with her hands, she uses a computer gadget, and occasionally pen and paper. That alone created a grammar nightmare. So after spending some time at one of the local colleges discussing the situation with the grammar gurus, it was concluded that she signed or she typed was to be treated exactly the same as she said.
The other problem with signing is that folks who sign don't exactly use each word and there is no past or future tense. They sign you go store eggs milk bread I cook food we food. That could mean you went to the store so I cooked the dinner – let's eat! Because Ryn can hear, and once upon a time, had a voice, she might sign in the abbreviated form, but in her head, she's saying the whole sentence. I used the whole sentence.
The truth is people don't know what to do when faced with someone who is disabled. Fear that they can't communicate, or that they will do, or say, the wrong thing keeps people at a distance. And that can be heart breaking for the person with a disability.
I hope when people are done reading Campaign, they will understand a little more about disabilities, and they will see Ryn as a young woman who is surviving in a vocal world. She loves Brad and wants to be his wife, but she wants to be more than a silent smile at his side.
Campaign Brad and Ryn's
Novel Story A River City
Brad Shoemaker was blindsided when he discovered that love could be silent, and Kathryn "Ryn" Demary is mute. But when Mayor Bruno Giovanni is forced into early retirement, he chooses Brad to run in his place. Ryn is determined to campaign at Brad's side, but instead of being an asset, she just might be his biggest liability. Ryn finds herself campaigning not just for Brad to become mayor but also for his love. Politics can get dirty and Ryn's caught in the middle.
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"That bitch thinks she's too good to even talk to anyone. Her and her fancy clothes all cuddled up to Brad Shoemaker. She's going to rub everyone's nose into the fact that she's got the best catch in town." A breathy female voice could be heard from someplace behind Ryn.
Brad wrapped his arm around Ryn and held her close as the pain of what the woman said chewed at her insides. She curled her fingers around Brad's hand as she watched
Dallas cut her gaze in the direction of the voice.
"Would you like me to set the woman straight?" Brad asked in a whisper.
Ryn shook her head.
"Well, I'm not going to sit here and say nothing."
frowned. "I won't tolerate a guest in my house being rude."
Ryn held up her hand and shook her head. She mouthed. "Please, no."
Maybe Brad was right and walking around with a placard that said I'm mute would make it easier for both of us. Layers of anger, aggravation, self-pity, denial, and depression wrapped her heart as it pounded in her chest.
She never thought of herself as living a sheltered life, but she realized she had. Wealth had blanketed her, protecting her from the real world. Sitting on a picnic bench with Brad while a jealous female made obnoxious comments was about as far from her world as she could get.
How many times had she told her students that they could do anything they wanted to do and be whatever they wanted to be? Beethoven continued to write music after he was deaf, Marlee Matlin was deaf and won an Oscar, Stevie Wonder and Jose Feliciano became musical superstars, Julliette Gordon Low, the poet Homer... names of famous disabled people who had accomplished great things flowed through her mind.
What a fraud she had become. She wanted to turn tail and run. She didn't have the guts to stand up to a lone female.
E. Ayers is a multi-published and Amazon best-selling author of western and contemporary romances. Her books are never too sweet or too hot. She writes down the middle. She is proud to be part of the Authors of Main Street, an elite group of award-winning and best-selling contemporary authors.
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