• Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

    Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

Llama Drama. #AtoZChallenge. www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

#AtoZChallenge, April 13, 2018, Llama Drama

Llama Drama. #AtoZChallenge. www.cherylsterlingbooks.comA llama drama at Twilight Nursing Home has unexpected consequences.

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26 posts. 26 days. And 26 letters of the alphabet, one post beginning with each letter, in April.

Follow me as we visit the not-quite-normal retirement village of Twilight, Arizona, where reality clashes with the unexplained.

Llama Drama

Laura Evans parked in the first available spot at the Twilight Bells Senior Residence and leaned her head against the steering wheel. She dreaded these visits. Tom’s dementia continued to worsen. He no longer recognized her, but she continued to visit every day.

She swiped at the corner of each eye, took a fortifying breath, and opened the door.

Cool, wet air met her, one of the few times during the year when the Arizona heat didn’t knock her off her feet. They’d moved to the retirement village five years earlier for Tom’s health. His asthma cleared, but his mind slowly degraded.

A cluster of people blocked the side entrance. Fear zapped through her. Had someone escaped? Was it Tom? She raced toward one of the nurses.

“What is it? Is Tom okay?”

“Mrs. Evans, it’s good to see you. Your husband is in the courtyard with the other residents. Did you forget we have a petting zoo today?”

Laura’s heart shuddered to a normal rhythm. “Yes, I’m afraid I did.” How could she forget? She’d talked about it with Tom for weeks.

“He’s with the llamas, they seem to like him.”

Laura hustled through the residents and their families, searching for her husband, but she didn’t see him.

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knit, purl, miss, kiss. #AtoZChallenge. www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

AtoZChallenge, April 12, 2018, Knit, Purl, Miss, Kiss

knit, purl, miss, kiss. #AtoZChallenge. www.cherylsterlingbooks.comFamous doll designer Kathryn Palmer may have gone too far with her latest creation in this Twilight supernatural tale, Knit, Purl, Miss, Kiss

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26 posts. 26 days. And 26 letters of the alphabet, one post beginning with each letter, in April.

Follow me as we visit the not-quite-normal retirement village of Twilight, Arizona, where reality clashes with the unexplained.

Knit, Purl, Miss, Kiss

Kathryn Palmer moved aside her yarn to allow a fellow member of the Twilight Knitting Club to sit next to her.

“I don’t know if I’ll have this sweater done in time,” she grumbled, the pattern flying under her fingers. Garter stitch on the sides, purl across then turn and start increasing for the sleeves. “I took too long to start.”

Janice Delaney touched the miniature sweater. “It looks like a varsity sweater.”

Kathryn had based it off forty-year-old memory. Was she foolish to try to recapture the magic of the era? Why did she give this so much importance?

“I have no patience for knitting.” She glanced at the clock on the meeting room wall. “Thankfully, it’s a small piece, and I’ve done it before.”

Janice laughed and unwound a length of yarn from the skein. “I can’t imagine you without patience. World renowned dollmaker Kathryn Steward Palmer. It must take hours to sew your dolls and paint their faces, let alone make the hair and costumes.”

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Jigsaw Puzzle. #AtoZChallenge. www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

#AtoZChallenge, April 11, 2018, Jigsaw Puzzle

Jigsaw Puzzle. #AtoZChallenge. www.cherylsterlingbooks.comWidower Jim McLaren finds the missing jigsaw puzzle piece to his life.

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26 posts. 26 days. And 26 letters of the alphabet, one post beginning with each letter, in April.

Follow me as we visit the not-quite-normal retirement village of Twilight, Arizona, where reality clashes with the unexplained.

Jigsaw Puzzle

“How are you doing today, Jimmy?”

Jim McLaren looked up from the library table where he fiddled with pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. The librarian leaned over and snapped one in place. He frowned, unable to remember her name.

“Every day above ground is a good one,” he said, his trembling fingers playing with the edge of a piece.

“That’s right. We must count our blessings.” She patted him on the shoulder and returned to the circulation desk.

Hmph. What blessings could he count? He spent every morning at the library putting puzzles together because his doctor said it was a good way to keep his mind active. Afterward, he’d have soup at the King’s Table then ride his golf car home to watch depressing news until bedtime at eight.

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