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This month’s photo of my backyard is not actually set in the yard around my house, it is one of my favorite spots, Warren Dunes on Lake Michigan. A frequent summer place in which I feel so comfortable it qualifies as one of my backyards. Those feet belong to me and my husband — surely you can figure out which are mine.
Every writer knows the importance of setting in creating a fitting backdrop for his or her story. Readers understand it, too, enjoying the feelings various settings evoke. In my romantic suspense, Always and Forever Love, the heroine, private investigator Lacy Aegar, resides in a cozy neighborhood of people who know one another. Trees are large and leafy in July. Children play in their backyards. It’s a fittingly homey place in which Lacey can find her way out of grief over her husband’s murder and try to find a life worth living with hero Jackson Carter. But first she has to be willing to move on with her embodied spirit and husband, Nicholas, then face death with Jackson and come to grips with their beliefs about life and love.
Here’s an excerpt: Brought out of her reflection by the sound of a car horn nearby, she realized Nicholas’s remark was part of a developing pattern he’d been presenting lately, and she wanted to nip it. “Jackson Carter is a snake who comes from a long line of snakes. I want nothing to do with him.” Initially she’d felt self-conscious about talking to Nick in public, but he’d suggested that most people didn’t notice because they were busy with their own thoughts, and she’d found out he was right. She glanced at the passenger side and smiled. “How long have you been watching, Nick, my love?”
“Long enough. I wanted to see Tyler off. But stop changing the subject.” He set his eyes, the color of crystal blue quartz, on Lacey. “Tell me about Jackson.”
Her heart clenched. “I don’t want to talk about him. The only two men in my life are Tyler and you.” She wanted the traffic driving by to distract him but she suspected his attention was elsewhere.
“You forget, I’m dead. I’m just a ghost. I can’t even keep you warm on a cool summer evening.” The wind flowing in through the open window lifted strands of Nick’s ash- blond, wavy hair. His face turned to savor the breeze, and he looked every bit alive enough to Lacey.
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