Monday, April 09, 2018

Handbag and Book w guest author Jana Richards. Confession-I don't have a lot of handbags #readromance #RLFblog #traveling

I don’t have a lot of handbags. I’m more into practicality than pretty. I have an every-day handbag that I often use until it falls apart, or until one of my daughters decides I need a new one. The every-day handbag I’m currently using was bought for me by my youngest daughter. She bought it online and didn’t realize how big it was till she saw it live. Honestly, the thing is huge. I have to be careful not to put too much stuff in it or I can’t lift it. But it suits me fine. It’s big enough to carry everything I need, plus a paperback or a tablet. You never know when you’ll have a few extra moments to read.

My Just Fab purse is great, but today I’m going to talk about my travel purse. Okay, I’ll admit, not the prettiest handbag in world, but to me it represents travel and a little bit of adventure. I purchased the handbag at CAA, the Canadian equivalent of AAA, shortly before my husband and I went on river cruise in France in 2014. It’s got a long adjustable strap that I can wear across my body, which leaves my hands free. There’s a little lock on the top zipper which acts as a deterrent to anyone trying to stick their hand into my purse. We’d heard so much about pickpockets in Paris that I wanted to be prepared. The inside has several pockets and zippered compartments, and even a tiny LED light attached to a cord. I’ve never used it, but I suppose it would come in handy for finding a keyhole or an ignition. I just think it’s cool.
Last year I used the handbag in June when we drove to Minneapolis to see Tom Petty in concert. It was a fabulous concert, and sadly, one of Tom Petty’s last. Then in September my trusty handbag accompanied me on our trip to Nova Scotia. As they say, don’t leave home without it.

I’m hoping for many more opportunities to go on adventures with my handbag. Maybe back to Paris, or perhaps a couple of weeks in Hawaii during a long Canadian winter. Yes, I think Hawaii. Handbag and I could use some warm ocean breezes. Aloha!  

She can’t live with one more lie. He can’t tell the truth.
Harper Lindquist is convinced she’s found the answer to her financial prayers. Unless she pours cash into crumbling Solace Lake Lodge, she’ll lose her family’s legacy. Her would-be savior arrives in the middle of a Minnesota blizzard and she’s determined to prove to her reluctant, and trapped, financier the lodge is a sound investment. But Harper isn’t completely honest with him. And she has no idea the lake is hiding secrets of its own.

Ethan James is a liar, but his money is very real. He isn’t convinced a broken-down inn is a smart investment opportunity. But the more he understands Harper’s dreams and desires, the more he wants to be the man to make them come true. The trauma in both their pasts means neither can fully trust the other. They must find the courage to love, to trust, and to accept, or yesterday’s sorrows will keep them apart.

Though he was sure Harper didn’t realize he was THE Mr. Hainstock, he wondered what kind of relationship they’d have if he didn’t represent the accomplishment of her most cherished dreams. If he was still an ordinary working stiff, living from paycheck to paycheck, would she have the time of day for him? He couldn’t help feeling used, like he was nothing to her without the money.

Yet, her happiness meant everything to him. If rebuilding the lodge and turning it into a viable business again would make her happy, then that’s what he’d do.

More fool him.

He hated lying to her, but he was so deep into this lie he couldn’t find his way out. He couldn’t hide his true identity from her forever. Eventually, she’d figure it out. Or someone would tell her.

Cold fear twisted his gut. When she discovered the truth, would she be angry at him for lying and want him out of her life? Or would she throw herself at him, tossing aside her former concern about mixing business with a personal relationship?

Ethan didn’t know which scenario he feared most.


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Angela Adams said...

Jana, happy Monday! When it comes to handbags, I have my "every day" bag, and my "evening out" bag, and that's pretty much it. But, speaking of handbags, I really like that bag in your photo.

Linda Tillis said...

Glad to know I'm not the only gal not so into bags! Good luck with your book.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Linda, Angela, and Jana! I didn't have many handbags for a long time. A blue, black, and brown clutches and an evening bag I paid $2.00 for at a flea market. Friends have given me bags. I've found some for next to nothing at all kinds of sales. And rarely do I throw any away. But I have.

Melissa Keir said...

I'm like you. I don't have many handbags... alright I have two. But I certainly know how important it is to have one where you can stuff a book or ereader! You are right about never knowing when you have a moment to read! All the best with your book!