MK-Growing up we had a Mother Goose book that I adored. I read it every day. The one that always stood out in my mind was of this beautiful blonde woman who was riding a horse. She was not only beautiful but had jewelry and music. I just wanted to be her! Here’s the nursery rhyme:
Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross
To see a fine lady upon a white horse.
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
She shall have music wherever she goes.
MP-There are three Pigg’s in the detective agency. Rank the three brothers who would you Marry? Dump? And Date?
MK-Jonah is who you marry. He is steadfast and will always take care of you.
Marcus is who you date because he has the fun-loving temperament that will always make good times roll!
Luke is the one I would dump. He is very silent and seems to be harboring a secret.
MP-What do you think is the way to bridge from an adrenaline rush to a permanent situation?
MK-I think the best way to bridge that jump is to just close your eyes and jump right in. I know, be serious… Often it is the lust of that first attraction that pulls two people together but when you have a lot in common and share your thoughts, feelings and emotions… you develop a strong foundation for love.
MP-What book that you have written is closest to your heart?
MK-Second Time’s the Charm is by far the book that is closest to my heart. It is the story of a woman who’s been told that she isn’t good enough and was cheated on by her husband. This damages her self-esteem. But when she takes a chance on someone she never thought she would… she finds love again.
Second Time’s the Charm is my pledge that even when life is bleakest, you will find the person you are meant for—that everyone has a happily ever after.
MP-Time for the obligatory Friday the 13th question…what’s the superstition you hold tight too?
MK-I still to this day find myself avoiding cracks. Do you remember the saying “Step on a crack and you break your mother’s back?” My mom isn’t alive anymore but I can’t stand the thought of hurting her. Or maybe it is more of a fear that the crack will open up and I will be sucked down into the earth… hmmm… could be!
Protecting her Wolfe
Betsie Wolfe was a small town girl who left her cozy little life for a job in the big city. She never expected to become a witness to a murder or face vicious threats. Detective Jonah Pigg was immediately attracted to Betsie’s lavender eyes and small frame huddled in the gray wool blanket when he arrived on the scene of the murder.
When threats on Betsie's life surface, Jonah takes her into his home under the protection of the three Pigg’s who own the Pigg Agency. It will take all of his detective work to keep her safe. Passion has a way of igniting when people are in stressful situations and lust leads Betsie and Jonah into each other’s arms. But is their relationship only a matter of desire or is it something more?
Finally fed up with the tension, she left her desk, shut down the lights in the office, and locked the door. With her small clutch purse in one hand, she started the lonely walk to her apartment, six blocks over from the employee parking garage. Someday, I’ll have enough money for a car of my own. She thought with envy. Maybe something in a green color but with good gas mileage.
So focused on the noises around her, Betsie tripped over a patch of broken concrete and went sprawling on the floor, her purse hit the concrete and one lipstick tube rolled across the garage floor. Crawling on her hands and knees, Betsie yelled at herself in her head for her accident. Oh no. Isn’t that my luck! Everything has gone wrong today! Where is my purse? What fell out?
Suddenly a car appeared around the back of the garage and screeches to a halt. The sounds of yelling and gunfire erupted in the silence of the parking garage. Diving flat on the ground, Betsie begins to say all the prayers she remembered from the past twenty-three years of Catholic Mass. As a body crashed to the ground, the black sports car with the silver trim drove away.
Betsie hid on the ground near the edge of a large blue sedan, praying no one could hear her. The silence after such a deafening noise grated on Betsie’s nerves. Without thought for herself, she rushed over to the body to see if they needed help.
“Oh, my, gosh, it’s Johnny from the warehouse. Johnny, Johnny, are you okay?” She placed her hands on his chest to see if he was still breathing, only to pull away abruptly when she felt the wetness of his shirt.
Looking down at her hands, “Oh no. Blood! Johnny!” But his death was as evident as the large hole in the front of his shirt gushing blood on the pavement.
“I can’t be caught here.” Betsie realized with the dead body beside her that the garage wasn’t a safe place.
After a long argument with her conscience over what was right and what might happen, Betsie found her purse with the office keys inside and went back into the office to call the police.
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Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn’t hoping for a career as a race car driver. Her love of books was instilled by her mother and grandparents who were avid readers. She’d often sneak books away from them so that she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines. In middle school and high school, Melissa used to write sappy love poems and shared them with her friends and still has those poems today! In college her writing changed to sarcastic musings on life as well as poems with a modern twist on fairy tales and won awards for her writing. You can find many of these musings along with her latest releases on her website and blog.
Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a book reviewer, an editor for a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature happy endings and is often seen plotting her next story.
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