Sometimes a girl has to wait for dawn to break … to see the light.
Big-hearted Livi Daniels has close pals, a beachside apartment, and a new job in radio. She also has a not-so-secret problem at home: a troubled roommate. When Livi is forced to take shelter in a seedy motel for the night, she’s finally had enough.
Or has she? When attempts to evict her troublesome roommate falter, Livi becomes as evasive as ever–especially with her closest friends, Bri and Gaby. Soon, though, things begin to look up for Livi when she is pursued by both a handsome, albeit mysterious pastor and a former suitor with grand plans for her future.
Will Livi finally break free from the drama that has plagued her since she and her roommate were teenagers? Or have Livi’s problems only begun?
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Livi Daniels appeared in both Chocolate Beach and Truffles by the Sea. Always had a soft spot for her since she tolerated a bad roommate situation and often put her friends’ needs before her own. Yet she always dreamed of seeing Italy … and, of course, finding her dream guy. For the past few years, readers have asked for a third book in the chocolate series but I was always on contract for something else. Finally last summer I decided it was time for Livi’s story and happily wrote Mocha Sunrise.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The chocolate series is set by the beach and contains, of course, chocolate, but it’s more than that: It’s about the indelible connection of girlfriends. I was fortunate with Mocha Sunrise to have a character waiting in the wings, so to speak, to have her story told. And it was a joy to tell Livi’s!
After my morning intake of the sea’s breeze, I head into the office, a café mocha in hand. Two steps before I’m about to walk into my cubbyhole of an office Caleb corners me. I spin around until we’re face to face. “Be cool,” he whispers. “Pretend like we’re deep in conversation.”
“Well, it’s either that or you’re about to offer me a teeth cleaning.”
He grins. “Sshh.”
Mark rounds the corner, his pebble-sized eyes bulging. The Bluetooth in his ear is lit up and his palms are opening and closing with each step. “How can this be? Did you tell them who’s occupying the real estate next to theirs? Do they understand the reach?” He halts next to us, deeply wrapped up in his phone call, his shiny forehead glowing beneath the overhead lighting.
Caleb is staring at me.
“What?” I whisper.
“What’s got you brooding so, Pretty Eyes?”
Mark’s arms start slicing the air as does his thunderous voice. “Well, that’s unacceptable. After we’ve moved heaven and earth to give them a primo spot …” He moves past us like we’re invisible, his tirade continuing down the hall.
I slip away from Caleb and into my office, taking a seat behind my desk and plopping my purse on the carpet beneath it. The hot smell of cocoa wafts beneath my nostrils as I take a long, deep sip.
He follows me in. “You didn’t answer my question.”
“That’s because I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
He watches me, thoughtful. It would seem that once again I have drawn another person to myself, a pastor this time, who desires to fix my problems—even though they have no idea what they are. I myself struggle to understand why there often seems to be an Eeyore-sized cloud over me, ready to send a deluge. I don’t care to be the Debbie Downer of anyone’s life, and so I’ve carefully kept the threat of impending rain as far from my disposition as possible—even if those clouds still swirl beneath the surface. But I must be a lousy actress because those closest to me always seem to know.
And now Caleb does too.
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