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Future Perfect, by Suzanne Brockmann  (otherwise known as a blast from the past aka out of print)

This sweet little romance is Ms Brockmann’s debut novel. Published in 1993 by the now defunct KISMET Romances, Future Perfect foreshadows many of this author’s later characterization, her great use of dialogue and spare writing style.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

Bed and Breakfast
Juliana Anderson had carved out a pleasant life running a bed and breakfast in rural Massachusetts. Dressed in Victorian garb to match the old mansion, Juliana kept the place tidy, cozy, and running like a charm. Guests were treated to an old-fashioned home away from home, and “Miss Anderson” found a few vicarious thrills in their stories of travel and romance.

Unfortunately, not all visitors were model guests. Some, like Mr. Webster Donovan, came too close for comfort. From the moment this rough, handsome stranger waltzed into her kitchen, Juliana felt as if he’d taken over her home. His crystal blue eyes seemed to see through her gowns. His long, lean physique overpowered her senses. It was impossible to maintain proper etiquette with a man like Web around.

Web Donovan was captivated by the elusive Miss Anderson. With upswept red-gold curls and a fair complexion, she was a picture-perfect lady. He had booked a six-week stay at the B&B, hoping that the change of pace would end his writer’s block. But every time he thought he heard the call of the muses, it was Miss Anderson’s voice. Her face filled his daydreams. Her image haunted him at night. What would it take to seduce a reluctant beauty?

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A while back I posted about how I try to be cautious when I post something, either here or as a comment somewhere else, because it’s easy to be misunderstood online. After all, there is no body language, no fluctuation in tone, and rarely is there previous knowledge of communication style to aid the reader in interpreting my words.Therefore, I go to some pains in trying to be really clear as to what I mean.

Evidently I need to do more.

Ms Somerville, when talking about vocal authors going off on rants all over the web, I was most certainly not referring to you. I was referring to authors who go off on readers who dare either not like or review their books, but since I’m all about not giving free publicity to idiots, I didn’t want to name names nor link to posts.

Frankly, you weren’t on my radar at all.

(Then again, I could just follow my lovely s.o.’s advice, shrug and say, “if the crazy fits, wear it”)