I have been writing furiously this month on my new book, The Shepherds of Donaldson park. It has been the best writing experience of my life. I have pushed myself to write a story with a bit of humor, a good bit of nice clean romance and a few feisty shepherds.
It can see the end of the book in sight and I thought I would share an excerpt from the book. I would and should add in a delightful cover picture here, but alas, I am not at that stage of the process.
I can see it vividly in my head. Now I just need to get it on paper and even more importantly on the front of the book.
Instead I will show a picture one of the shepherds.
I will share a little bit of information about Rachel and Drew and leave the unfolding of their story for when you read the book.
Rachel Payton woke up alone in her bed to the sound of her dogs milling around in the bedroom. The wakeup call was familiar to her since they started to stir about right at six ‘clock every morning.
She sat up; leaned back against the wooden headboard of the queen sized sleigh bed before grabbing the phone and checking the time. She might as well check for any messages from the night before. This was a habit she formed quickly after getting her new phone.
This phone had all the bells and whistles. It had quickly become her most valuable tool, her lifeline to family and friends. She could search the internet, check out Facebook and read a few emails without ever leaving the cozy bed. Taking a few precious seconds to fully wake up before heading out into the chilly morning, she made use of the phone.
Twenty minutes later Rachel was turning on the coffee pot that had been prepped last night, she shuffled around in the oversized jacket which was slug over her sleeping gear of yoga pants and a tank top. Rachel smiled looking around the cute kitchen; she felt the familiar stirrings of love for this bungalow she had recently purchased. Sure, it had taken her almost a year to save up for the down payment, but now it was hers, monthly payments, brand new expensive hot water heater and all.
A year, hard to believe it had only been a year since her world came crashing down around her ears. A year seemed so long unless you were living it, surviving it. Dealing with life altering decisions and making them work for you. Actually, Rachel thought, a year is not really so very long.
Drew walked over to the passenger door and opened it. He reached for her hand before Rachel could drop to the ground. He did not loosen his hold on her hand even after her feet landed on the driveway. He walked along side of her, enjoying the feel of her hand in his. They walked side by side down the long stone pathway and up the five steps leading to the wide wraparound porch. He unlocked the front door with his free hand, before showing her into the house.
His boots sounded loudly on the tiled floor of the foyer. He stopped so that he could pull off his jacket and hang it on one of the pegs behind the door. Leading her through the house he pointed out various doors that opened off of the long wide foyer. drew opened one of the wooden doors and they were entering a spacious brightly lit room.
At first all Rachel could see was a wall made up of three extremely wide windows that also ran from floor to ceiling. The wall of windows was framing the beautiful pastures outside, like a well hung canvas.
“Oh, Drew! What a lovely view you have! I could sit here all day and just watch the wind blow the grass and the clouds flowing across the sky. How do you leave it?”
Rachel sank into a high back chair that sat facing the large set of windows. The light flickered across the room as clouds passed briefly in front of the sun. Drew stood next to her still clasping her hand, gently rubbing his thumb over her knuckles. He loved the way her skin felt, firm and soft.
“I’m glad you like it here. It has always been a special place for me and I have never really wanted to leave here. I feel like I am bound to this Farm, and it is a very good feeling.”
I would love to hear what you think about Rachel and Drew. That is my subtle way of asking you to please provide me feedback in the comment section. 🙂