#TeaserThursday – No More Secrets

In this excerpt from my new release, No More Secrets, Angelica meets Sergio Delfino, her future husband.

Enjoy!

June 1957

Mama approached and hugged me. “You have a good head on your shoulders and would do very well if…well, if you had been born male, there would be no question about your choosing to remain single for a while. You could stay here or emigrate on your own. But that’s not an option for you—not in this town, and, I suspect, not in too many other towns.” She sighed. “As long as your father and I are alive, you’ll be fine. But once we’re gone, you can’t remain in this house alone. You’d have to move in with Gina or Rosetta. Marry Sergio and live the life of a signora in Cosenza.”

Mama understood me very well. Moving to a city would be a step up. I would also be exposed to more culture, socializing, and shopping. I smiled and squeezed Mama’s hand. While I approached each encounter with an open mind, I could never settle for loud, overbearing men. Kindness and consideration were my top priorities. Love didn’t really matter.

I kissed Mama goodbye and headed out toward the square. While the town’s winter population was well under one thousand people, it expanded in size during the spring and summer months. As I walked toward the piazza, I encountered several unfamiliar male faces. Each time, my heart would flutter in anticipation. I was excited about meeting Sergio and hoped for a connection.

As I approached the piazza, I heard the loud, booming voice of Giovanni Barone, Maria’s husband. “Angelica. Angelica. Over here.”

I liked Maria but didn’t look forward to dealing with her leering husband. I plastered a smile on my face and approached the couple. A thin man of medium height stood next to them. He blushed as I approached. Before anyone could speak, Giovanni blurted out, “Angelica, this is Sergio Delfino. He’s the best shoemaker in Cosenza, and he has a big apartment right in the center of the city.”

I ignored his comment and extended my hand to Sergio. “I’m very pleased to meet you. I hope you’ll enjoy the festival.”

Sergio returned my smile and handed me a white rose. “I hope you like roses. I removed all the thorns.”

Maria and Giovanni exchanged amused looks. I was pleasantly surprised at the gesture and gave Sergio a closer look. This man would be gentle and not give me any grief. And he could design and create custom shoes for me. A minor detail for most, but with size 40, triple A feet, it was a major consideration for me. I took his hand and led him away from my gaping relatives. I had already decided to marry him. There was no need to be coy and pretend otherwise.

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On Tour with Goddess Fish – Day 3

It’s my third Monday on tour with Goddess Fish.

I’m visiting the “Fabulous and Brunette” blog and sharing tips on dealing with rejection. I’m also including a blurb, excerpt, and buy links for No More Secrets.

Stop by and visit for a while. Remember to scroll down and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. You could win a $20 Amazon gift card.

Find out more here.


On Tour with Goddess Fish – Day 2

It’s my second Monday on tour with Goddess Fish.

I’m visiting Lisa Haselton’s blog and chatting about my writing journey and No More Secrets.

Stop by and visit for a while. Remember to scroll down and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. You could win a $20 Amazon gift card.

Find out more here.


A Purse with an Intriguing Backstory

I couldn’t resist the “two-thirds” off sale on the light tan, crossbody bag with a furry monkey (named Marlee) keychain.

Lightweight and roomy enough to accommodate all my paraphernalia, it was the perfect summer and travel bag.

At home, I took a closer look at the logo—Kipling—and wondered if there was any connection to author and poet Rudyard Kipling. Intrigued, I Googled the company and discovered the following backstory.

Continue reading on Vicki Batman’s blog.

Touring with Goddess Fish

It’s my first Monday on tour with Goddess Fish.

I’m visiting “All the Ups and Downs” blog and sharing a letter to my younger self. I’m also including a blurb, excerpt, and buy links for No More Secrets.

Stop by and visit for a while. Remember to scroll down and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. You could win a $20 Amazon gift card.

Find out more here.


10 Anxiety Antidotes

It’s easy to become overwhelmed and/or blocked as we ruminate about past events or worry about the future. To improve the quality of our lives, we need to find and implement appropriate anxiety antidotes.

Here are ten anxiety antidotes that work for me:

1. Breathe. Whenever you are anxious, deeply and calmly breathe in and out. As you draw your next breath, focus on the rise of your abdomen on the in-breath and feel the sensation of the air as it fills your lungs and leaves through your nostrils.

Continue reading on Nancy Badger’s blog.