About the Author
I am, first and foremost, a wife and mom. I’ve been married 23 years to my high school sweetheart. My daughter is 21, just about to finish up her junior of college, and my son will be 16 in June. My fur baby (long-haired dachshund) is 11. I am an avid reader; I will try just about any genre, but nonfiction makes me feel like I’m back in school and I have a hard time concentrating on stuff that feels like school. Some of my current favorite authors are Lisa Gardner, Karin Slaughter, and Dean Koontz. I volunteer in a grade school library, so I also read a lot of young adult books.
I started writing when I was a little girl, but most people told me I’d never be a real writer and I should focus on something else in school. So I earned a BS in political science with a minor in psychology and later earned an MSE. I worked in the early childhood field before deciding to stay at home with my own children.
I have written twenty women’s fiction novels and a few middle grade/young adult books. I am currently finishing up edits on a romance novel and writing the ninth book in a ten book series. You can find me at http://www.broemmerbooks.com as well as Facebook!
Lorelei Bluffs Series – Book 1
Russ Wescott wants his ex-wife and his old life back. Remarried, with a new baby, Jorie Macaslan lives a comfortable life. Her ex-husband makes her crazy, and unfortunately, he seems to be around as often now as he did when they were married.
When Russ and Jorie’s eighteen-year-old son, Cody, announces that his not-girlfriend is pregnant, Russ and Jorie find themselves thrown together in a new family crisis. Cody insists that Steph is just a friend, that both of them want to give the baby up for adoption, and that he’s most definitely not in love with Steph. Jorie is worried that one day Cody and Steph will regret their decision. Then again, she doesn’t want Cody to be tied down with a baby when he should be starting college next fall. After all, she and Russ got married young because she was pregnant with Cody and look how they turned out. Russ is worried that Jorie is too much in love with her new husband and too involved in her new life to ever consider forgiving him for his one transgression that hurt her so badly.
Will Cody and Steph decide to keep their baby, or will they decide on adoption? Can Russ make Jorie believe he’s still as in love with her now as the day they were married?
Cody dragged his hands down over his face and swallowed hard. Jorie watched his struggle to not look at her or Russ. He kept his bloodshot eyes trained to the left, but the pinched expression on his face gave him away. No daydreaming. No pretending. He was owning up or trying to, anyway, and for just a second Jorie almost felt sorry for him.
Until she remembered.
What he’d just said.
“You wanna say that again?” Russ asked quietly.
“She’s pregnant,” Cody repeated.
“Amy’s pregnant?” Jorie whispered.
She’d caught that word the first time around. Pregnant.
“Not Amy,” Cody answered.
Jorie flinched. She closed her eyes, maybe thinking that Cody and Russ would both be gone when she opened them. It was barely three-thirty; she’d barely been home five minutes when Russ had knocked at the door and then Cody had bounded down the steps and said he was glad Russ was there because he had to talk to them and now this. Now someone was pregnant, only it wasn’t Amy, and Cody had just turned eighteen-
“You cheated on Amy?” Jorie asked the first question that popped into her mind, though she had more questions and maybe more pertinent questions, the first of which might have been why weren’t you careful? And maybe a follow-up might have been what the hell do you mean she’s pregnant and what were you thinking and what the hell are you going to do now?
“I didn’t cheat.” Cody’s voice was all sharp edges. Jorie opened her eyes to find Cody pacing the floor by the bay window. She saw him take a quick glance at his father. When Cody looked back at the window-there was fresh snow on the ground and still ice in the trees and Jorie thought again that she hated winter-she glanced at Russ.
“Oh, I know,” he said with a nod. “I know. Cheating means I taught him that. Got it, Jorie. Loud and clear.”
“Look.” Cody cleared his throat and drew their attention back to him. “This isn’t about you. It’s about me and that I got someone pregnant, and I don’t think it’s-She isn’t going to-” He took a deep breath and shook his head. “She doesn’t want to keep it, and so it’s not like I’m gonna hand you a kid and ask you to raise it. It’s just…it’s just been bugging me.”
Cody raised his eyebrows and shrugged. “It’s been on my mind, and I thought you should know.”
“It’s been-but-” Jorie rubbed her forehead with her fingertips. She still had her heels on. Granted, they weren’t the same kind of sexy, fuck-me heels she’d worn when she was younger, but they were heels and her feet hurt and her back hurt, and she could still hear phones ringing and her head hurt. “Cody…”
“Mom, can I go to the lake? Hockey game.”
Jorie glanced up when Ethan flashed through the room, grabbed an apple, and disappeared to the front hall.
“No,” she answered too slowly. “No, Ethan, you can not go to the lake. You’re grounded, and you know it.”
“I finished my homework in study hall,” Ethan called. Jorie glanced at Russ again. He wore that infuriatingly calm mask that had driven Jorie crazy when they’d been married. He was pissed but trying to hold it back.
A baby. Cody had gotten someone other than Amy pregnant. But don’t worry, because she-whoever she was-didn’t want to keep it, so hey, no baby. Not like anything would really change.
“Ethan Michael, I said no!” she yelled as the front door slammed.
Other books in the Lorelei Bluffs Series:
The Williams Legacy
Middle Grade & Young Adult Fiction by Broemmer Books