Book: Speeding Tickets (The Rocky Road Series) by Valley Browncategories: Book, Motorcycles, Quilting, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, Romance, Fiction, Cats, Widow, Honda Motorcycles, Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, Secretary, Biker, Romantic Suspense
Valley Brownabout this book: Christine Cassler is bent on renewing her life after the loss of her husband. She wasn't particularly looking for a second chance at love, but it came to her rescue anyway. Christine's new beau, Doug, is a mysterious motorcycle-riding hunk, and like her, he has a troubled past. Their mutual attraction is nothing short of spontaneous combustion, unnerving for a young widow struggling to reestablish her personal identity. Christine's life seems ready to zoom into high gear until she winds up snared in a big problem at her job – one that could literally prove fatal.
From the Author:
Speeding Tickets is a romantic suspense with a touch of poignant humor. Christine is not your typical middle-aged blonde, and while she's ready to face life again, she's not so sure about having a new man in her life, even if he does make her mind go to "mush" just thinking about him. Doug, on the other hand, knows exactly what he wants from this relationship, and he's determined to win Christine's heart.
Both of these characters harbor issues they have buried deep inside, and both have varying degrees of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from the skeletons in their closets. A lot of Speeding Tickets is about how they come to grips with each other's flaws and quirks to celebrate life and love.
It took a while to write this book – almost five years of letting it grow and doing research on PTSD. Whenever I thought I had it nailed, the story would give me a reality check and force me to make it stronger, clearer. Friends and family gave me strong feedback and technical support. The ladies in my writing group let me bounce chapter after chapter off them, drilling through the layers to get to the core of what I wanted this story to be. There are a number of life lessons at the core, including not giving up on yourself, learning to take some risks, and loving with all your heart. That last one is a biggie, especially if the one you love has PTSD. It's a poorly understood condition with no real treatment, and affects millions of people, from victims of violent crime, to members of the military, to those who suddenly lose a loved one. What I've come to learn from the individuals and groups I've contacted is that the one thing desperately needed by sufferers is love of the unconditional, committed, forever-kind.
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