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Diana Lee Johnson
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Worlds literally collide on a North Carolina beach. Erik Connelly is inexplicably drawn to the witty charms of chubby Jennifer Thomas after her injury, despite his spoiled sister’s interference. Pain hidden by earthy humor, Jenny succumbs to Erik until reality crashes in.
Will Erik find her before it’s too late? Will Jenny earn the money needed to assure her survival? Will Erik’s vindictive sister cause more trouble? What will be Jenny’s “Just Deserts?”
Her eyes welled up with tears, but Erik saw something else in them as well, determination, and maybe even hatred. The pain in them touched Erik deeply. The mere idea that any man could do violence to such a sensitive soul as Jennifer, and to a small child besides, was beyond his realm of comprehension.
"Why did I tell you all that? I’ve never told anyone before, I never intended to. I never even told my attorney. I wish I’d kept my big mouth shut! I’m so ashamed and embarrassed."
"Ashamed? You’ve done nothing to be ashamed of." He took Jenny gently in his arms to comfort and protect her, a luxury she had obviously needed for a long time. Her sobs of painful remembrance were lost in the splendor of his warm, expansive chest.
Jenny hadn’t felt such peace and safety since before her father’s death. Their closeness was rare. For those moments, in Erik’s arms, the entire world, with all its past hurt, slipped away as did the lines from her face the painful memories had conjured up.
Foreign feelings assailed Erik. As he held her an overwhelming need to protect her forever washed over him and he fought those feelings. He had reopened such terrible wounds in her, and he held himself responsible. But while half of him reveled in that feeling of responsibility, half of him wanted to break and run.
As Jenny’s luck would have it, in burst Nikki, and they were both thrown abruptly back to reality.
"Oops!" she blurted, "Guess I should have knocked first. My but you’re slow brother dear. I expected you to have her in bed by now, or have you already been there?"
Erik’s shock deprived him of a reply.
Nikki strolled haughtily into the room. "But then, she really isn’t your type, is she?"
Jenny dissolved inside and her heart sank to the pit of her stomach and beyond. How embarrassed could one person be? As embarrassed as Nikki was cruel, talking about her so vilely, as if she weren’t even there. Jenny darted for her room, holding back her tears, and undeserved shame washed over her.
"Nikki, this time you’ve gone too far!" Erik shouted, grabbing her by the arm. I can see you’ve been drinking, but that’s no excuse! You’re going home, right now! I won’t be embarrassed or harassed by you any more!"
"Oh, Erik. Really!" Her indignation did not impress him as she tried to withdraw her arm from his tight grasp. "Don’t act upset for her benefit. You don’t owe her anything. It’s not as if you could be serious about someone like her."
"That does it! Sister or no--get out! Don’t even bother to pack, I’ll bring your things when I come home. And you’d better get your rear back to school or find yourself an apartment before I come home!"
He could feel the blood rushing to his face, the muscles of his neck bulging with the strain of his rage.
"Oh, Erik, you don’t mean it." Disbelief shone in her eyes as she refused to believe he was really so upset.
His expression didn’t change.
"I’ll apologize. I’ll behave. I’ll even be nice to her."
"It’s too late for that now! It’s always too late by the time you decide to act like a human being instead of a spoiled brat!"
Diana Lee Johnson is a native of Northern Virginia. By day she’s the Purchasing Agent for a municipal government. By night (and weekends) she’s a writer.
Stories flow through her mind like movies projecting in her head, waiting for her to find time to write them down. Diana must switch them off so she can work at her day job. “I weave a little of myself into everything I write. My characters take on their own personalities and I wait like the reader to hear what they say next.”
Writing poetry since the age of 6, Diana dabbled in short stories at 13, but took prose more seriously as an outlet after she turned 30. She enjoys writing fiction in several genres hoping to entertain a variety of readers with drama, suspense, humor, and romance. Her characters could be someone you know or someone so outrageous you can only imagine meeting them.
She would love to hear from you. Please visit her website:, or write her at P. O. Box 3003, Falls Church, VA 22043.
Dramatically written, this poignant tale will touch your heart. Diana Lee Johnson has penned another winner. I can't wait to read her next book.-- Judith Rippelmeyer, Editor in Chief, The Word On Romance, www.thewordonromance.com
Wrong Side of Love is a remarkable story with a clever twist that will surprise and amaze the reader. It is a meticulously compiled and authentic historical novel that takes place during the Civil War era and has an enduring theme of family love and devotion...Tina Dean, Associate Editor, Virginia Writing
Castle of Sorrows: “How skillfully Diana Johnson has revealed yet another dimension of her craft with this exciting and enchanting novel. The colorful narrative in which Castle of Sorrows is clothed, and the skeleton of events on which it hangs, all show the marks of a storyteller who writes with sensitivity and is gifted with exceptional human understanding. This suspenseful novel is a thrill from beginning to end.”--Tina Dean, Associate Editor, Virginia Writing
“Very different from Diana Lee Johnson’s previous books, CASTLE OF SORROWS is nevertheless an excellent read. Let Donald, Douglas, Dierdre, Grandee, and the ghosts of the past enchant you. Drift away to the beautiful Scottish countryside, filled with castles and tradition and enjoy CASTLE OF SORROWS.” --Judith Rippelmeyer, Editor in Chief, The Word on Romance
Tomorrow Came Early, the much-anticipated sequel to Too Late for Tomorrow, is a fabulous read! The saga of the spirited Hamiltons continues in this moving and powerfully written historical novel set at the end of the Civil War. The love, devotion, and courage of this dynamic family, especially young Andrew Hamilton, will touch your heart and soul as you read this compelling story; family secrets and intrigue will keep you on the edge of your seat. Prepare to be carried away on the wings of this highly recommended book!-- Tina Dean, Associate Editor, Virginia Writing
…Steeped in the rich history of the turbulent pre-Civil War and Civil War years, TOO LATE FOR TOMORROW sets readers deep into the heart of the issue of slavery and its consequences on this nation. Deftly intertwined with the issue of slavery, Ms Johnson adds Jeremy and Gabby's personal tale of love, deception, and obsession.
I wouldn't consider this a light read, or mere entertainment, but an attention involving novel. TOO LATE FOR TOMORROW is nevertheless a marvelously written story from the pen of a wonderfully erudite author. Readers who love Civil War period romances will adore TOO LATE FOR TOMORROW. I highly recommend it. --Judith Rippelmeyer, The Word on Romance
An exciting and heartwarming story of family love! This is a must-read book for anyone who loves historical romances, particularly those of the Civil War era. The characters are rich and full, with family ties and love being the strings that bind them all in one way or another. This is a novel of a family forced to deal with strong beliefs and opinions, frequently at odds with each other, but always with love enough to fill even the reader's heart. You will want to read every word on every page of this Civil War saga. I have just three more words to say: sequel, sequel, sequel! --Tina Dean, Assoc. Editor, Virginia Writing
Just Deserts is a sweet read. Warm and witty characters, a fabulous story, and a dollop of humor makes this recipe another winner for Diana Lee Johnson. Make room on your keeper shelf for Just Deserts. -- Judith Rippelmeyer
Pretty as she is, Carolyn isn't looking for love when she enrolls in a college course. However, in the weeks that follow she finds herself being courted by two men who are determined to win her affections while having much more in mind than just their amorous feelings.
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 240
Paper Weight (lb): 10.2
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