Author: makennalee

Using Personal Experiences

I have been the mother of a special needs child for almost twenty-two years. My sweet boy has Down syndrome and a beautiful smile that can light up a room. He’s taught me to look at life in a different way and appreciate the little things.

Every parent has ups and downs, but we’ve had a few added challenges such as heart surgery, intensive speech therapy, OCD, searching for the right schools, and trying to pave the way in a world that is not always accepting of people who are different. Using my personal experiences, I’m working on my latest romance novel. Below is a blurb for Accepting Hannah.

When Tess Harper takes a temporary job in the Texas Hill Country town of Celts Creek, a romance is the last thing on her mind. Ever since her husband left after her amniocentesis showed their baby had Down syndrome, she’s been focused on raising her four-year-old daughter, alone. She’s also preparing for Hannah’s heart surgery and doesn’t have time for dating distractions.

Experience has taught her that men leave when things get tough—or they die in the line of duty. But her landlord and next-door neighbor, Chief of Police Anson Curry, challenges her focus and her decision to do everything on her own. 

Anson has been burned twice. He was left at the altar by one woman and deceived by another, who is now his ex-wife. Even though he longs for a family, he’s vowed not to start another relationship unless it’s the real thing. The forever thing. Until his temporary tenant and her adorable daughter quickly find their way into his life…and heart.

Can Tess’s special needs child teach them both what’s important, or are some scars too deep to heal?

My son during his recent hospital stay.
He loves Christmas magic!

Stiletto Contest Finalist

Focused on a Cowboy is a Contemporary Romance Writers 2018 Stiletto contest finalist!

I’m so excited to attend the awards ceremony at the RWA conference in Denver. This year I’m in the unpublished category. Now, I will set a goal to one day be a finalist in the published category.

I wish I had discovered my love for writing earlier in life, but I guess everything happens when it should. Time to open a new document and start my next manuscript!

What I’ve Been Up To

I’ve been a busy bee the last few months working on edits and getting a couple of books ready to go out into the world. Some recent contest judges gave me great feedback that has helped the process.

I’m excited about several editor and agent requests! Fingers crossed as I wait to hear back.

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What’s on The Horizon?

Focused on a Cowboy

Ambitious photographer, Marie Turner, returns to Celts Creek, Texas on a freelance job for a land developer, an assignment to earn a world-traveling position with National Geographic, and to buy back her grandparents’ farm. She discovers her family land is owned by wealthy cowboy, James MacLachlan—the high school love who made promises then broke her heart.

And he’s not willing to sell land to anyone.

James is content running his massive family ranch, training horses, and starting an equine therapy program for special needs children. One of his frustrations is protecting his small town and family ranch from devious land developers. After his mother died in childbirth, and witnessing his father’s pain and destruction at the loss of true love, James sticks to only casual affairs. He vows never to risk that pain for himself. A forever romance is the last thing on his mind—until the girl who got away comes back.

Is a second chance—for both of them—worth the risk?

James invites Marie to stay in her grandparents’ cottage, now part of his 4,000 acre ranch. He believes he can convince her that owning an old house will be too much work. He assumes she doesn’t plan to have children because of her world traveling career goals and desire for wild adventures. She’s a safe option for the part-time relationship he’s looking for.

After disastrous romances, Marie has promised herself she’ll take a hiatus from men and focus on her career. Marriage and the babies she longs for can wait. She agrees to spend time with James to convince him to sell her the cottage. When old flames ignite, she decides she can live out a short fantasy fling then leave town to pursue her dreams.

Their passion grows into something real, interrupts Marie’s plans, and begins to heal James’s heart.

But love doesn’t play by their rules.

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