A Pandemic Story?

We have been in a pandemic state for more than a year. Wearing a mask, keeping distance, avoiding crowds, working from home is our new reality. Should we, authors, set our new books in this new reality? Here are a few difficulties if we try to be realistic:

1-Love at first sight would be out of the question, unless we have our heroine remove her mask for a minute—maybe to sneeze or blow her nose—long enough for the lucky hero to catch a glimpse of her lovely features.

2-We still can describe a handsome hero, his tall frame, wide shoulders, and solid chest. But how will you describe a heroine’s gorgeous features when half of her face is covered by a mask? Will the eager hero fall in love just by admiring her long, silky hair and her sky-blue eyes?

3- Where would the hero and heroine meet if they work from home, avoid public transportation, and stay away from gatherings?

4- Assuming they manage to overcome the above obstacles and start a relationship, where will they meet to sustain their flame if they can’t go to restaurants, theaters, or gym? Maybe they can stroll on the beach if we set their story in summer or if they live in Florida.

5-We should remember to have them wear their masks every time they leave the house.

6- More importantly, would my hero or heroine feel comfortable kissing a partner they met during pandemic? Should they start a romantic moment with, “I’m dying to kiss you. Did you test negative? Did you get the vaccine?

We authors have a wide imagination. I’m sure we can get around any problem when writing a great story. How about having our hero/heroine meeting during a Zoom meeting? I saw my son and daughter-in-law working from home. He donned a serious button-down shirt, but didn’t bother to change his shorts, no one could see. She wore a fashionable blouse, combed her hair, put makeup on and earrings. If these virtual meetings occur often, my hero and heroine may manage to get attracted to each other.

Still, I am not comfortable enough to write a Pandemic story. Too many people —twelve so far— I personally knew, from among my family, extended family and friends died within the past thirteen months and one is on life support. I am trying hard to forget last year and its depressing moments and wouldn’t want to relive it through my writing. So don’t count on me to offer you a Pandemic story.

Instead, I’d rather talk about the eight romantic comedies and romance novels I wrote last year or the many boxes the ABB group put together.

BETWEEN BABIES AND GIRLFRIENDS: Romantic Comedy. He’s the serious Dr. Brian Dutton. His former girlfriend is the sassy, passionate daughter of the Governor of Buenos Aires, in Argentina, and she returns to the USA to play nanny for the twin babies abandoned in his office, but his fiancée doesn’t like the babies or the nanny. Can it get more complicated? Yes when his mother thinks the babies are his, and volunteers to take care of them.

HALF A DOZEN WITH LOVE: Romantic Comedy. The Foster Care system wants to separate Tammy’s five young siblings. Her grandmother’s surgeon, Dr. Jack’s unusual solution keeps the family together but complicates Tammy’s life and could bring her in his arms. https://www.amazon.com/DP/B08HKQSRYC

UNFORGETTABLE LOVERS
IRRESISTIBLE SPRING INTO LOVE
SEXY AND SEDUCTIVE

The Unexpected

I will admit right off the bat that I am not a fan of surprises. Nope. They stress me out. Some people love them, but I’m not one of them. So when life throws a little unexpected at me, I have to figure out how to deal with that stress and keep going. We all do, don’t we?

In the last few weeks, I’ve had a whole lot of stress going on. My mother fell, she lives alone and laid on the floor for twelve hours before she figured out how to get a message to me. She spent a week in the hospital being treated for a variety of things, and now she is recovering at a rehab facility and doing much better.

But that’s a lot of stress and guilt. My life was put on hold in the middle of a very important project, and my focus was on my mother and what she needed. Then add in my husband having 2 COVID exposures at work, and being on quarantine here at home. My concern was that he brought it home with him and I took it to my mother at the hospital. Talk about overwhelming stress until I get my test back. Negative, as were both of his. Thankfully.

I spent almost two hours working on finally getting my husband, myself, and our daughter scheduled to get our shots, and I’m happy to report we all got them yesterday. No major side effects for hubby and me with the Johnson & Johnson shot. Just a headache for us both. My daughter got the Pfizer since she’s not 18 yet, and as far as I know, she feels fine. But she’s a teen with a late morning class so she’s still sleeping.

So there are some bad unexpected things that happen in life, but then there are some good! One of the series that I write is about the good unexpected things that happen, and the fifth book in the series, Unexpected Desires, releases on the 23rd of this month.

To find out more about the Unexpected Series, check out my website.

The Golden Legacy: Great Wealth’s Dangers by @_NancyRadke

April might be rainy in other parts of the US, but in Seattle this year we have had some spectacular days, warm and sunny, causing our flowers and flowering trees to burst into bloom. The birds have burst into song, and I’m waiting for the moment when I, as a writer, will burst into words. So far it hasn’t happened.

The only way to write is to start writing, so that is what I’m trying to do, but I find my story has gone south the way of the geese and hasn’t flown back north yet. One of the reasons might be that I just finished a book, Dangerous Inheritance, which is my second book as part of the Golden Legacy series.

The Golden Legacy

 

Now Selling on Amazon

The set, The Golden Legacy, is now available for Kindle readers. This set consists of five books, with two of them (contemporaries) having been written by me. These are all rags to riches stories, almost Cinderella types, where one of the protagonists comes into a fabulous legacy. The riches have a curse attached as well as a blessing, requiring the inheritor to spend the money in certain ways. Use it wrongly, and you lose the money as well as what you already have. Because sudden wealth is often looked on with suspicion, the theme has a built-in element of danger.

The authors in this series have spanned time from the 1700s up to modern day. Suzanne’s book has a seaman getting part of the treasure. He uses it after a slave rebellion to rescue a woman he admires.

Twist of Fate

Rebecca’s story centers around a young man trying to raise his daughter and save his race horse business. The book is set in the 1800s. The young woman who helps him becomes the fulfillment of his dreams.

Race for the Gold

My two stories are contemporary, with people trying to get the woman and the money. Dangerous Inheritance (not published anywhere else) forces the hero to choose between the legacy and the woman he loves.

Nancy Radke The Golden Legacy

Katy Walters book bounces between two centuries, using a time portal and the legacy as a common item.

the price of love

Click the image below to learn more about this series and buy all five books for just 99¢.

The Golden Legacy

A Cross-Atlantic Cruise

Two weeks ago we heard on TV that the Iceland volcanoes erupted for the first time in 6,000 years. I saw these volcanoes in 2013, during a Cross-Atlantic Cruise!

I live in Florida and have always been fascinated by the ocean. My bucket list included a Cross-Atlantic Cruise —Yes, crossing the Atlantic and other oceans, the way buccaneers  and pirates had braved the high winds and raging waves. Think of Christopher Columbus on his way to India, crossing the Atlantic and ending up on the Caribbean’s shores.

We started our Cross-Atlantic Cruise from Southampton, England and ended in New York. From Southampton, we sailed north to Bergen, in Norway, a thriving North Sea Port where we visited King Haakon’s Hall and the Old Bergen Museum, an open-air museum featuring a collection of 18th and 19th-century houses.

Next our ship headed to Iceland, Land of Fire and Ice. We docked in a modern, spotlessly clean small city, Akureryl. The weather was warm for early September and flowers bloomed everywhere. One-third of the world’s volcanoes are in Iceland. Bubbling geothermal springs and richly colored mineral deposits reminded us that the center of the earth was closer than we would think. Some of the craters we saw were not true volcanoes but rocky basins formed when the hot lava bubbled onto water logged ground. We spent hours admiring the Godafoss or Falls of the Gods.

We continued to the West Fjords, nature splendor. We saw glaciers and springs, and winding arms of the sea, and reach Isafjordur –don’t ask me to pronounce it– where volcanic soil is fertile and productive.

Reykjavik  is the capital of Iceland, a gorgeous city, and a unique place where you find ice fields, boiling thermal unit, geyser, waterfall.

People swim in the Blue Lagoon pool all year round.

The Icelanders use their geothermal energy to heat swimming pools and generate electricity. Geothermal water is used to heat around 90% of Iceland’s homes, and keeps pavements and car parks snow-free in the winter. Hot water from the springs is cooled and pumped from boreholes that vary between 200 and 2,000m straight into the taps of nearby homes, negating the need for hot water heating.

On our last day in Reykjavik we visited a real Viking boat.

Leaving Iceland where the weather was far from icy, we sailed to Greenland through the Arctic Ocean and crossed the Arctic Circle. We met with freezing weather and real glaciers floating in the water. In winter, you can’t navigate through this area. Greenland is part of the North Pole inhabited by Eskimos. The people were friendly and hospitable, laughing with us and entertaining us with songs as if they were trying to make amends for the glaciers with their own warmth. For transportation, they use sleds in winter, and kayaks in summer.

At the end of a two-week cruise, the captain gave us a special certificate and the Statue of Liberty welcomed us in New York. Although the Cross-Atlantic was very different from my expectations, we had a wonderful time and discovered uncharted territories.

A BODYGUARD FOR THE PRINCESS

A princess incognito at Harvard. A roommate killed in a residence of 18 students.

Can Chloe trust her neighbors? Some of them are not who they claim to be. But they all have one thing in common. They’re terrified of being the next victim and strive to discover the killer while going around their daily business—attending classes, lunching together and dating, and even lying to or cooperating with the detective in charge of the case. Danger looms in every corner. Fear sizzles in the building.

Who is the murderer? Who will be the next victim?