About a year after my father passed away, my mother moved from Florida, where the two of them had settled after he retired, back to Illinois to live near me. Another year, and we learned she had Lewy body dementia. (You can read about that on my blog at http://www.angelaparsonmyers.blogspot.com. See the entry called My Mother’s Mirrors.) In another year, she was dead.
We spent a lot of time together during those last two years. One day I picked her up in my new black car to take her out to dinner. She looked it over and said, “(Man’s given name) always bought black cars. A new one every year. His parents were rich, you know.”
I’d heard about (Man’s given name) before—she dated him off and on before she met my father. But for some reason, maybe because she died not long after, it stuck with me this time. About a year after she died, I dreamed a good bit of the plot of this novelette—the will, the mansion, the paintings, the dogs, the love interest… I thought about it a couple of weeks. It seemed like a sign. After all, my novel, When the Moon Is Gibbous and Waxing, started with a dream. But it seemed like a romance, and I don’t write romance. I write urban fantasy. So I called my daughter, Katriena Knights. She has a long string of romances to her credit, including an Amazon contemporary romance best-seller, Where There’s a Will.
She listened politely, but she was all wrapped up in hockey-playing vampire erotica, so she didn’t do anything with the story. Then, after about another year, I dreamed the title.
I had to write the story.
My novelette, The Will to Love, is now available from Amazon.com. The e-book can be purchased for only $2.99 at http://www.amazon.com/Will-Love-Angela-Parson-Myers-ebook/dp/B00KRQ3EG4/, and it’s also available as a paperback.
Amada Payne is a struggling artist in Central Illinois. When her family’s lawyer calls to tell her a man she knew only by name has left her a mansion, a ranch, and a fortune in Texas, she thinks it’s a mistake. She doesn’t know that her benefactor’s ghost and the spirit of her dead grandmother are conspiring to fulfill the destiny they set in motion nearly 50 years ago.
A modern-day Cinderella story with a fairy godmother who’s a dead Texas oilman, a handsome prince who’s very much alive, and rattlesnakes.