Listen To Your Mother
By Lynn Rae
Moms have an incalculable influence in their children’s lives, both by their presence and in their absence. In my latest book, Playing the Part, two moms occupy a small but significant role in the plot’s unfolding. My heroine, Melanie, lost her mother while she was attending college. This necessitated her leaving school and returning to her small town since her father’s solitary income wasn’t sufficient to help her continue her education. She works odd jobs and takes care of her father, not daring to dream about making her way in the wider world again. Perhaps her life would have been less difficult if her mother had lived and been there to provide the support and guidance every young woman needs.
My hero, Thomas, is lucky enough to have a good relationship with his mother. He confesses the misunderstanding that keeps him from Melanie to his mom when he’s feeling melancholy at the family Christmas party. After a few insightful questions to gauge the quality of the woman her son loves, even if he doesn’t realize it yet, his mother takes action. She advises him in a no nonsense manner he should make the effort to contact Mel, at the very least to mend their strained relationship so each can move on. She then sends him off with encouragement and a basket full of leftovers, as mothers are wont to do.
Even though my characters are adults with independent lives, their mothers still make an impact on their decisions and futures.
About Lynn Rae: Lynn Rae makes her home in land-locked central Ohio after time spent in the former Great Black Swamp, beside the Ohio River, and along the Miami and Erie Canal. With professional experience in fields ranging from contract archaeology to librarianship along with making donuts and teaching museum studies, Lynn enjoys incorporating her quirky sense of humor and real-life adventures into her writing (except the naughty bits). She writes sci-fi, contemporary, and historical romances. You can find her posting frequently on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lynnraewrites or at her webpage http://www.lynnraewrites.com/
Blurb for Playing the Part by Lynn Rae
Independent Melanie Sheraton has to hustle for odd jobs in her small town to eke out a living. When the opportunity to act as a driver for some movie folks comes up, she jumps at the chance to earn an extra paycheck. What she didn’t bank on was one of her passengers invading her imagination, something she resists since no movie star would ever be interested in her.
At a crossroads in his professional life, action star Thomas ‘Wheeler’ Locke is in Ohio for a role he hopes will launch his career in a new, serious direction. Instead of concentrating on his acting, he finds himself growing more and more distracted by his feisty driver and her irascible ways.
Dancing around the attraction growing between them, both Mel and Thomas struggle to maintain their distance as the time for filming grows short. Will a reunion at the movie's London premiere bring them together, or will their disparate lives keep them apart?