Long Time Coming is a reunion story, one of my favorite themes. I am fascinated by the idea that long dead feelings can rise to take over a life. We hear it all the time: someone friends an old flame on a social networking site and private emails begin to fly, connections are made and those old feelings can’t be denied. Marriages falter, some even fail in the face of early love reunited.
I know of an instance where the new-old romance fizzled like day old soda and another where 30 odd years later, he left his cancer-battling wife and married his first love. Huh…turns out a guy who’d leave a woman to fight that battle alone wasn’t much of a catch. Second wife found herself married to a real jerk. She’d been gone once…she should have stayed gone.
But then, in my family, there are lots of stories of men who got wind of a suddenly single female that they used to know…and they all lived happily. My own Grandmother (about 50 years had gone by), a cousin (a decade or so) and yes, even my daughter. (who married him in June)
All this to say that no matter how old we get those warm (or hot) feelings, can be fanned back to life.
And so, I explore reunited love. In Long Time Coming, Kurt McCord and Leigh Douglas walked into my head a couple decades ago, but I never found the right framework to tell their story. When the opportunity came to have a short story in The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance, I knew Kurt and Leigh would be perfect. Their story was really a Long Time Coming.
Kurt McCord has waited far too long to see Leigh Douglas again. Once, they’d shared a foster home but at 16, he knew it was wrong to want her the way he did. But that was another time and today, he has Leigh right where he wants her: in his home with her eyes full of promise.
Can they shake off the shackles of the past and finally have all they’ve ever wanted?
I’m pleased to offer the story as a single via Amazon Kindle for now. I plan to offer it on other platforms like NOOK, and Kobo and iBooks later this fall.
If you have any “reunited love” stories to share, I’d love to hear them!