Last night I dragged my weary-from-workout bones upstairs, got into bed, and came face to face with the moon. Full and bright, he was about the only kind of voyeur I would tolerate; he looked at me, and I looked back at him, wondering if tales of lunacy for being bathed in moonlight were true. Pondering this thought, I listened for a while to the distant whine of traffic out on the Moose-Wilson Road, tires on tarmac, other travelers on their way. Soon the creek outside (or crick perhaps, depending on where you’re from) seeped into my consciousness, not quite a siren song, more a soft lullaby—until I turned in the bed and it rattled loudly, timpanic along with the sudden crash of the blind as the breeze blew in, also orchestrating the leaves outside. I lay there, afraid the creaky bed would wake Cristal downstairs, and just drifted off to sleep when something like a loud speaker right into my ear blasted me awake. I sat up, looked around, and found nothing—but outside an owl echoed my thought: Who? Who, who, who? I don’t think either of us can answer the question, actually. But I might be getting closer to the resolution of the moonlight/lunacy query.
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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