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Caroline Waken has several titles in publication currently; Ell’s Double Down, Reggie’s No Limit, Nowhere on the Map and the latest, Behind the fan. The latest novel, Nowhere on the Map was accepted for the 2018 Reader’s Choice Award in the Romance category. Additionally, her entry In Hiding was the winner of the Writer’s Assembled Short Story Competition in 2017. There are plans to expand In Hiding into a full-length novel in the future. This past June, Rejected Manuscripts published her short story, The Rule of Ten, on their site and it has remained in the top ten since publication.
The consensuses by readers are that her writing is gripping and the characters compelling. The women love the female characters; appreciating their spunk as well as their flaws. With a craving for action and adventure, her romance novels are not your typical girl meets boy romances. Often intertwined with mystery and lawbreaking the stories keep the reader engaged.
Look for other novels by Caroline Walken as her imagination continues to run wild!
What inspired you to write your book?
Many years ago I met Cookie in a nursing home that I briefly worked for. She was sweet and agreeable most of her days but on the occasion, she would buck up and refuse to dress, come to dinner or join in with the rest. When these instances arose, all you had to tell her was her husband was coming to see her.
She changed before your eyes, she would break into a broad smile then request that you help her into her favorite dress. The amazing thing was, no matter what she wore, If you told her this was that dress; that was what she saw! She would even touch the "pearls" that you placed around her neck! That wasn't all, the rest of the afternoon she would sit and smile, occasionally nodding or gesturing. It was clear that she had a connection to her loved on beyond our world.
Cookie's love of her husband was inspiring, I believe they could connect. Eventually she passed and I know in my heart he was right beside her, taking her hand and leading her from this life. What a love! One that not only lasted a lifetime but stretched beyond this world!
Here is a short sample from the book:
She can feel the butterflies as she rushes into her attire for her routine. She stands unseen in the shadows just before stepping out on the stage; she takes a deep breath right before the light reveals her. Clearer than any of it is the unbelievable feeling of power that she feels as she stands before the spotlight. The seductive music pulls on her. Waving her arms, a slight breeze from the fans caresses her cheek, with practice she keeps the movements smooth and graceful. These feathered wings allow her to dip in and out of light; she reveals what she chooses to expose. People wonder how she can do this; the truth of it was she feels alone on stage. She never sees them, the men that pay to see her. Never sees their faces behind the glare of the lights. She tunes out the catcalls, the whistles and the call of her stage name. She ignores everything except the piano. She allows the keyboard access to her body and soul. She escapes into the music that captures her with notes as airy as a feather or powerful with chords that drum on her like a storm. Dottie throws back her head disappearing into the music as it wraps around her, spinning her with its notes. Smiling as she loses herself in the surrender.
Giving herself to the piano notes as she would the piano player: Nick Denham.