Life Rolls Along
by Linda Nielsen
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Humor/Suspense
Memorable characters move swiftly through a well-crafted plot. Punctuated with sharp humor, twenty-first-century romances blossom in spite of well-heeled parental attempts to manipulate others to do their bidding.
Terri Sue Ellen, nonsensical and faux refined, and Charles Covington, wealthy executive, have a prickly daughter, Delaney Mae Anne, who wants a husband . . . so they buy one using their wealth and prestige to seal the deal.
But after a four-week honeymoon, Skye Topple grasps the fact that he’s made a blunder in marrying the boss’s daughter.
Life’s hilarious complications follow him as he embarks on a journey to sort through the shambles of his life’s choices when he returns to his humble beginnings in Big Sur where he tries to reunite with his family.
Blending truth with hyperbole, wicked humor ensues as scheming business partners and arrogant in-laws attempt to destroy Skye’s bold plans for his future.
When the bizarre son of a new business partner covets his wife, Skye realizes he’s ready to move on but not before he gets what he’s been promised.
He joins forces with RB, the unwanted step-brother of his wacky mother-in-law, and the men take part in an eccentric ruse, hoping the final cards fall in their favor. How dangerous are they, and how far will they go?
Find out in the dramatic story that takes a humorous approach on classiness, opulence, family, and romance.
From the Author
“When did you know you wanted to be a writer?”
When I was a child I knew that telling a story was fun. Unfortunately, that often got me in trouble as I talked too much. But around sixth grade a teacher, in an attempt to get me to pay attention and stop talking, told me to write it down. Whoa! This was a new concept to me at the time as it meant actually closing my mouth and concentrating on what I was thinking. I remember telling my mother and she blinked, smiled, and told me that was a lovely idea. I believe she was relieved!
I moved forward and learned to put things together in a coherent manner. And finally, when I entered high school, I actually had instructors who cared enough to guide the way. They challenged and praised and criticized. It was like a breath of fresh air to discover that along with mandatory subjects – history, economics, and science – writing was also important. It was a definite skill and one to be developed.
“What advice would you give to aspiring authors?”
Never let someone steal your creativity. Give your mind and your heart permission to explore. Plug in what you want and go with it. Don’t sell yourself short.
My professors used to suggest mini outlines but that required a beginning, middle, and an end. Sometimes an idea is just one part. Jot it down, let it jumble around on paper, clean it up and see what you’ve got. When you offer it to friends or professors, if you’re told no, that doesn’t work, don’t delete it, save it. You may want to come back in a few months – or even years – and look it over again, maybe revise, maybe combine with a fresh idea or put it back in save. You’ll surprise yourself.
Thanks for your time! Your opinion means a lot to me!
Delaney looked puzzled. “Mother, what will you do when you get a pool? I thought you didn’t like to swim.”
“It’s an exhaustin’ exercise, and a person can get very wet, but it is a part of mah new physical fitness program, honey. As one ages, one must step up to the challenges. Ah even sought out our favorite hairstylist for advice. The secret is that due to mah larger derriere, well, Mr. Freddie pointed out that ah needed me a hairstyle that would call attention to mah head and not mah bottom.” She sighed wearily, “Even though he is a toad, he does know hair.”
“I had no idea that could be done.” Basking in her own emotional incompetence, Delaney, smiled her support.
“Why, maintainin’ mahself a good hair-do whilst swimmin’ about is essential. Ah read an article online that pointed out splashin’ around in an expensive pool was best as it produced more cool bubbles, and they could swim faster toward me so mah hot flashes would disappear quicker. To complete the picture, a pool boy is a mandatory accessory. So, ah gotta get me one. Pronto!”
“I understand now.” Delaney placed her head in her hands. “Anyhoo, what qualities are you looking for in the new hire?”
“Nice physique, good bone structure, tall fellah, pleasant manner, a bright smile . . . a young man who fills out his swimmin’ shorts.”
“Oh, my! That sound very physical.”
“Indeed it is!” She looked at her daughter in shock. “Delaney Mae Anne, ya got to learn to think before ya speak. Just how could an unphysical person instruct me on physical activities? A man with a good package is a healthy man and will have the stamina to keep up with me as ah bustle along in mah swimmin’ accomplishments.”
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About the Author
Former business woman and entrepreneur, Linda Nielsen, is involved in community work, actively supporting animal rights, no kill facilities, and finding home for senior pets.
Her mother was a writer, her maternal grandmother wrote poetry and her paternal grandmother was an artist. She jokes that artistic ability runs in her veins, but she has yet to discover her hidden ability to pain anything other than the bathroom walls.
She and her husband have traveled through Eastern Europe, Asia, South America, Russia. Australia and the Baltic with backpacks, catching any flights that were available. But now that the world has changed, she admits to discovering more at home activities.
Linda enjoys wine tasting and credits the lesser known areas such as Calaveras County and the Lodi area in San Joaquin County as having some of the finest wines in California.
She escapes from her computer by spending sunny mornings in her garden and has fun cooking but admits that not everything in the kitchen is a success.
She thanks her fans and their ongoing support for keeping her focused when she’s writing and offering their feedback on both the story lines and her characters.