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Today, I'm showcasing book #3 of my Arbor University series, simply because I believe it's better written and you can easily 'catch up' with both Amy and Elicia from the first two. So in the interest of keeping this short, here's the blurb:
Meet Keri Patterson, a sophomore at Arbor University, pursuing an Auto Technology career in the middle 1980s. The college is located in the fictional town of Arbordale, Indiana, and Keri’s dream is to one day be a part of an Indy car racing team. Along the way, she meets and falls for an older man, Kyle Sampson, who happens to be going through a divorce. With the innocence of her first love, Keri tries to balance her ambition to be the first female member of a racing pit crew and her awakening femininity. Will Keri and Kyle’s romance survive the hairpin twists and turns, or is disaster looming?
Kyle is not without problems of his own. He wasn’t expecting to meet the girl of his dreams so quickly, before the ink is even dry on the divorce petition. Trying to keep the two facets of his life separate, he discovers there is a fine line between love and hate, as well as deception and protection. But life doesn’t always get wrapped up in neat packages. Sometimes it blows up in your face.
I sat down with Kyle Sampson, leading man of Fobidden Love. He's fresh from his shift at the hospital, and decked out in green scrubs. His vivid blue eyes are tired, but they light up whenever Keri's name is spoken.
M: Welcome Kyle:) It's been a long time.
K (nodding his head): Yes it has. How've you been?
M: Doing well. Inquiring minds want to know: What possessed you to get involved with a college coed eleven years younger that you?
K: Ever walk into a room and just know you're meant to be with someone? That's what I felt when I looked into her eyes.
M: Wow....that's romantic! But another question I've been getting is why did you try to keep Keri a secret? I spoke to her yesterday and even she doesn't fully understand.
K: At the time I thought I was doing the right thing. Lisa, my ex-wife, has a nasty streak in her, and I didn't want Keri to be the target of her wrath. And with my son Rusty to consider...I just did what I could to protect Keri from all that. She had enough to worry about, with school, her job, and working at the 500. She didn't need any extra baggage; not when she needs to concentrate on the team. What I regret is not meeting her before Lisa and I married....but she would have only been fourteen, so that would have been a definite no-no.
M: Yeah....let's not go there.
K: I appreciate you giving me a voice in this book; it shows I have a heart instead of just wanting her for her body.
M: I decided it wasn't fair to you, to only show her side of the story. I hope I got it right.
K: I just wish you'd left in the early parts. Couldn't you have squeezed it in somewhere?
M: When I wrote Elicia's story, I didn't know I'd be cutting the first six chapters of yours and Keri's. And then I had to cut the last few chapters because it bled into Gretchen and Caty's, so I felt it didn't need to be told three times.
K: 'Bled into'....I'm assuming you mean our story does continue?
M: Oh yes. Anyone who reads books 4 and 5 will read more. She doesn't graduate until book #6...I think. I might have graduated her in #5. If she is in #6, she only plays a minor role. Moving on...so her age didn't bother you?
K: Not in the least. She doesn't act young; she's focused on her studies and future career; and I'm thrilled she chose me to be her first lover. You have to remember; I grew up during the 70's, when sex was synonamous with 'Hello'. It was actually refreshing to meet someone who had never even had a serious boyfriend before. I was able to show her- teach her, if you will- how to live with a member of the opposite sex, and encourage her to explore her sexuality. I borrowed the Kama Sutra from Sid's girlfriend Carole and-
M (holding up hand): I get the picture! Thank you for sitting down with me today, Kyle.
K: Thanks for giving me another chance to explain my side of things!
Forbidden Love is available now at SCP
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