Sorry guys! You know how I keep saying somewhere in there, life gets ahead of you and you have to race to catch up? Well, even if you didn't, this is one of those times.

The short story has been out and available for over two weeks now. I am BAD! I know! I've just been so busy, trying to work on my other stories and get them ready to go to the editor after the Christmas Holidays are over.

I am really excited about Sensations! The story is coming along and I hope to have it in my editors hot little hand by the first of the year. Now, that may mean it will just sit there for a bit once it is, cause I know she has other people who are ahead of me, but still. It's always exciting to finish something and hand it over happily.

And in OTHER news, Next week, Wednesday 11/ 05, to be exact, I am takng part in a blog hop, to promote said book. Be sure to come back and check it out!

Hugs to all!
              Rowan

P.S. Keep reading, for yet another little sneak peak on Sensations... Just a short one, really



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We chatted about nothing in particular on the way into
the city. I didn’t even let myself focus on what had happened the night before
until right before we took the exit off the expressway to take us to the
hospital. At that point, our conversation had died down a little and I felt I
needed to talk about it; if only just a little.


“Mom,”I started slowly. “Do you think everything that
happened last night was the end of all that? Or do you think there’s more to
come.” I was afraid of her answer, but I really, really wanted it to be
yes.”


She gave me a side-glance as she followed the line of
traffic. “I don’t know, honey. I imagine we may very well have opened up a can
of worms, so to speak.”Then she shook her head, “But I’d be willing to bet that
by me revealing my own little gift, no one will be so set on trying to have to
admitted.” She shrugged. “Probably we just have to watch out for people wanting
us to contact Uncle Vern and find out about the location of the hidden money
everyone always thought Grandma put in the
mattress!”


Her half–joke, made me laugh, even as I scolded her. “I’m
being serious!”


She gaped at me in mock innocence as she pulled into the
parking garage. “I am too! Honey, we have gifts. Now that it is; I don’t know
how you say it, out in the open, there will be those who want to capitalize on
it.” She sighed and began searching for a place to
park.


I fell silent as images of people I didn’t know following
me around like the paparazzi do celebrities. I grimaced and let my head fall
back on the headrest.“I didn’t want that! Why did it seem that no matter where I
turned now, I was always being hit in the face with reality that my life would
never be blessedly, boringly normal again? Couldn’t I just have my denial of
that fact a little longer? Like, until I was
thirty?


I was startled away from my thoughts by my mother’s hand
resting on mine. “Let’s not worry about this, okay? It can’t be changed or
erased, so instead, why don’t we just make a deal to enjoy it while everything
is calm, and just be prepared for the storm that may very well
come?”


I hesitated, considering her words. Reluctantly, I nodded
and gathered up my purse. With a last look at each other, we got out of the car
and I followed as she led the way to the elevator that would take us into the
hospital.


My thoughts turned to Hailey. She wouldn’t remember much
of me, I didn’t think. Her poor body had been through too much for far too long
before I had found her. I hoped she was doing better and would be able to leave
here soon. I knew first-hand how uncomfortable being in a hospital could be. It
was still fresh in my mind.


When we entered her room, I had expected family members
gathered around the bed. I knew her mother and father would be there along with
maybe a friend or two and siblings. I wasn’t even too surprised to see the damn
Detective, dressed in a t-shirt and blue jeans and sporting his most brilliant
smile; the man is entirely too cute! But I don’t know why I never considered
Marky as someone who would lie in wait for me
there.


The pain I had felt when I discovered his betrayal made
my heart hurt. I almost turned and left the room, but then my eyes met those of
Hailey and I stopped. She smiled big at me and I couldn’t help but return her
grin. “You came!” she greeted me in a happy voice that was music to my
ears.


Without sparing any of the adults in the room a glance, I
moved straight to her side and gave her a big smile. “Of course I came! I had to
see for myself that you were going to be okay.” After I spoke, I felt someone
move to my side.


Swallowing, I turned and was met with a stare I was
unsure was friendly. Hailey’s mother spoke softly, “The Detective says you’re
some kind of a psychic.”


I glanced at Guy with a frustrated look before turning
back to Hailey’s Mom.“Well, no. Not exactly-” I
started.


Before I could get any farther in my explanation her
mother stepped forward and wrapped me in a bear hug. “I don’t care how you knew.
I don’t care how you found her. All I care about is you did.” She sobbed and I
found myself returning her hug. “Thank you. Thank you for saving my
baby.”

 


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