On a day when we’ve driven 310 miles, there are no pretty pictures to share. Our aim was to get to Charlotte, NC, from whence I write, preceded by a visit to antique shops and a furniture outlet mall in the search for furnishings for Cristal’s newly renovated apartment. We’ve been successful in getting her a new mattress for her new bed, and extremely efficient in tiring ourselves just enough to enjoy a superlative dinner and bottle of wine. Lunch, however, was literally on the hoof. At a farmer’s market in some unknown town off the highway, we bought bread, cheese and fresh blackberries to gobble in a car whose temperature must have been in the high 90s. The bulletin board in the market advertised piglets, guinea hens, and chickens for sale, along with Bail Bond and Auto Body Repairs. This last did not imbue me with a great deal of confidence in my fellow drivers on the North Carolina highways…but we are safe in Charlotte
About the Author
Andrea Downing likes to say that when she decided to do a Masters Degree, she made the mistake of turning left out of New York, where she was born, instead of right to the west, and ended up in the UK. She eventually married there, raising a beautiful daughter and staying for longer than she cares to admit. Teaching, editing a poetry magazine, writing travel articles, and a short stint in Nigeria filled those years until in 2008 she returned to NYC. She now divides her time between the city and the shore, and often trades the canyons of New York for the wide open spaces of Wyoming. Family vacations are often out west and, to date, she and her daughter have been to some 25 ranches throughout the west. Loveland, her first book, was a finalist for Best American Historical at the 2013 RONE Awards. Lawless Love, a short story, part of The Wild Rose Press ‘Lawmen and Outlaws’ series, was a finalist for Best Historical Novella at the RONE Awards. Dearest Darling, a novella, part of The Wild Rose Press Love Letters series, came out Oct. 8th 2014 and won Favorite Hero as well as several honorable mentions in the Maple Leaf Awards. It has also won the Golden Quill Award for Best Novella. Dances of the Heart, another full length novel, came out Feb. 2015.
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