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Cinda A. Christiansen
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Who said it would be easy for Tatum to leave her over-protective father, buy a 1911 bungalow, and start her own business at the same time? When things fall apart, literally, she hires a hunky home restoration specialist named Ryan to come to her rescue. She didn’t know he would come with his own protection manual.
“Jen, this house is my worst nightmare,” Tatum said, raging over the phone as she waded knee deep through piles of laundry on the back porch. “How could this tiny little two bedroom bungalow with one tiny little bathroom and less than one-fifth of an acre cost over six hundred thousand dollars?”
“It’s all about location, Tate.”
She tried to pull the door closed but a pair of designer jeans was caught in the door jam. “Yes, I’ve heard of location, but have they heard of the Lemon Law?”
“It doesn’t apply to houses. I told you we should have taken more time to check the house out, but no…you had to have it. It was your dream home. Remember?”
Tatum sighed. “Don’t remind me. There’s no way I want to admit I made a mistake to my father. He’s like a lion ready to pounce to prove that I’ve screwed up by moving out on my own and starting my own business at the same time.” She pulled at the t-shirt sticking to her sweaty body and tried to cool herself. Somehow now that it was her house, even the air conditioning didn’t work.
Most importantly, there weren’t enough outlets in the house, and certainly not enough in the den to run her computer equipment for her business. Maybe she should have figured that out when the switches were the old-fashioned little circle buttons, but she hadn’t had time to worry about it. She wanted this house, and it would have been snapped up by someone else had she let them list it.
“Any luck finding a renovator to start on the place?” Jen questioned.
Tatum headed for the dining room and flopped down in a chair at the table, studying her notebook. “I must have made about thirty calls in the last couple of days. Everyone keeps referring me to a…a Ryan Bulldarren of Bulldarren Renovation Specialists. They say he’s the only one in the city who will touch these old walls unless I want to run all the new wiring on the outside and enclose it in metal casings like they do now. Yuck.” She wiped at the sweat dripping from the nape of her neck.
“Sounds to me like you better call him.”
“I can hear the dollars per hour zinging up just for the word specialist.” Tatum bit at her fingernail.
“Come on, Tate. You at least have to call him and find out.”
“I already have. At least nine times in the last two days. I keep leaving messages.” She sighed. “I’m doomed. I can’t keep using your computer system. I’m independent, remember?”
“Gotta go, Jen. Somebody’s at the door,” Tatum said, screeching off the sticky, hot chair.
She flipped her phone closed and swung the front door open. The coolest drink of water she had ever seen stood before her. He was right off some hunky handyman calendar.
“Can…can I help you?” Tatum tried to stop her eyes from blinking in disbelief.
“I’m Ryan Bulldarren. Co-owner of Bulldarren Renovation Specialists.”
“But I never reached you. I never talked to you. We never actually spoke…or anything.”
“You left me twenty-one messages, all of them desperate, with your name, phone number and address. This is the soonest I could get here. I’ve even had other construction companies calling me to call you back so you’ll quit calling them.”
“Oh, sorry about that.” She looked down and played with the carpet fibers in the rug with her big toe. She desperately wanted to sneak another peek at his bulging muscles underneath his paint-stained t-shirt and his lean hips beneath his work-worn jeans. He had done a lot of physical work in his day. His skin had seen the sun; his calloused hands had earned their pay. His sky-blue eyes melted her insides, and she curbed her desire to run her hands through his curly chocolate-brown hair. She kept her vision focused on a single fiber in the rug.
She heard him clear his throat.
“What?” she said, still studying the floor.
“I…uh…do you think I could come in and take a look at the job?”
Although Cindy has always loved writing, she began her first novel after becoming chronically ill. Despite the cognitive and physical issues her illnesses bring, she finds writing cathartic and up-lifting.
You can contact her through her website at: http://c.a.dragonfly.googlepages.com.
Her previous works include: Legacy of Lies and The Royal Pain.
Cindy lives in West Jordan, Utah with her husband, two autistic children and, of course, her dogs.
Legacy Of Lies: What did I really enjoy about this book? I really like the characters that grew and developed throughout the book. I liked the fact that they faced trials and problems like real people, and that they actually had weaknesses like real people. On a personal note I really enjoyed the small town setting that was masterfully represented giving the novel an even more realistic structure. Also the length of this book is just right. The author didn’t need to write an encyclopedia length book to give a great story.
Things that I didn’t like would actually end up as being a part of the enjoyable aspects of the book. I hated characters that were so hard headed. I wished that they would just grow up and realize what the real problem they faced was. In a word this book is good. Overall well written and the start of a promising career for Cindy A. Christiansen. I give it a rating of 4 out of 5. It is worth the read, especially for readers who don’t usually delve into the Romantic Suspense category.-- Chris Williams, The Book Reviewers, www.thebookreviewers.com
Legacy Of Lies: A true chronicling of the damage done by lies. The author shows the pain and suffering inflicted by people who fail to realize keeping secrets causes damage, both to the liar and to the lied to. A young woman with a uninformed past tries to find the father she believed abandoned her when she was a child. Katelynn Dobbs returns to the town of Comstock expecting to find her father. What she finds is a love she thought not returned and a web of lies that entraps everyone in the little backwater town.
A romantic suspense mired in the bog of deceit. In Legacy of Lies Ms. Christiansen sustains the sexual and suspenseful tension throughout the book to the very last line. Fans of both mystery and romance will enjoy this tale. -- Foxpaw Reviews, Five out of Five Pawprints, http://careyfoxlady.googlepages.com
The Royal Pain: Cindy Christiansen pens a story riddled with suspense, mystery and emotion. The main characters are well developed and you feel the inner turmoil as they try to decide what to think about each other. The reader slowly begins to see through the layers of deceit and the ending is heartfelt. The Royal Pain is a triumph for Christiansen. 4.5 out of 5 Stars -- Manic Readers Reviews
The Royal Pain: Romantic suspense is Cindy Christiansen’s forté. A well-constructed plot with twists and turns and a vivid sense of place are hallmarks of this page turner. A fun read with a satisfying ending. -- Dorothy Keddington. Author of Return to Red Castle, Jayhawk, and Aisling of Eire
The Royal Pain is an intricate, multilayered mystery crossed with a love story. Ms. Christiansen has shown us the true love; one that is enduring through both joy and pain. ... The author uses terms that endear the characters to the reader. She makes you a part of the story and the folks that populate it. This book is a quick read because you find yourself eager to know what happens next. A well crafted tale that will leave you feeling uplifted. I highly recommend it. 4 out of 5 Pawprints, Foxpaw Reviews, www.careyfoxlady.googlepages.com, The Fox Lady
Quote: Household Repairs: This is one of the finest comedies I’ve read in a long while. The wit flows naturally from the characters. And though this book is written with a whimsical voice, the social message is nonetheless poignant to the times. I highly recommend it. This is definitely a keeper.
Review: Household Repairs:
Tatum Stewart struggles against her rich domineering father to prove her own self-worth in a profession not dear to her heart. In her heart she yearns to be a painter, although her father convinces her she has no natural talent. In her determination to make him proud of her, she buys a 1911 bungalow in which to begin her own computer business.
Book Publisher: Wings ePress
No. of Pages: 281
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