I’m very proud to be a part of Wishing Cotton’s blog tour. Many of you might know from my previous postings that my featured author today is my beloved Editor and Sensei. As a newbie in the writing world, Elizabeth was kind enough to take me under her wing. I count myself lucky for having the chance to learn from a great teacher who never ceases to amaze me with her knowledge. patience and wit.
Throw a penny in a well, wish on a star, find a four-leaf clover . . . No matter which rituals people follow, none ever seem to work. But what if there were a way to make wishes come true? For best friends Olive Alexander and Blair Adams, a beach holiday provides the perfect opportunity to see if they can find the secret. Could fellow vacationer Peter Keyes hold the key to solving this puzzle?
Pulling a piece of cotton candy from its cone, Olive rolled it around in her fingers, letting it get sticky and matted. She glowered down at the mess she was making without really seeing it and thought, “All I want is a man who will love me for who I am. Someone I can talk to and laugh with and be friends with. I just wish I could fall in love and know that it was real and true and forever. A man I can grow old with and go exploring with and just . . .”
Olive jumped about half a foot. The unexpected greeting came from her left, where a man of about thirty sat grinning at her. She was certain he had not been there a minute ago. Even in her funk, she would have noticed the kind, dark brown eyes, expressive eyebrows, and generous lower lip that gave her some rather interesting ideas about potential nibbling. His hair looked almost as though he had been electrocuted, sticking up in all directions in a way that should have been a disaster, but he managed to pull it off somehow. It suited him.
She attempted to regain her composure, but her heart was still hammering in a rather determined manner. “Um . . . Hi.” Brilliant. Someone should give her the Pulitzer.
“So,” her new acquaintance continued in a smooth British accent, “are you having some sort of existential crisis, or are you just not a fan of funfairs in general? You looked quite cross when I sat down.”
“I suppose I did,” she agreed, not really wanting to tell this man that she’d been indulging in a bit of a pity party.
Wishing Cotton is one of the three short stories featured in the Heat Wave Beach Reads. When the publishing house offered a chance to read and review Ms. Lawrence’s story, I knew I had to jump at the opportunity. Although the author gave me a fair warning that this might not be the sort of material I would usually read, my main focus was to get my hands on any material the woman I consider my Sensei has written.
Without any idea what to expect besides the running joke between the author and myself, I went ahead and finally sat down to read. At the very beginning, I can see how the author’s crafty mind began spinning the story with light moments filled with funny interjections. I plowed on, wanting to see where the plot would turn, long after the three characters had been introduced and their personalities had emerged.
Olive and Blair are friends looking for a quick getaway and Peter is trying to forget his professional debacle. All of them made a wish without realizing that they had done so until each of their deepest desires came true. Does wishing on a dandelion puff, throwing a coin in a wishing well or birthday candles actually work? Or is it just sheer willpower to accomplish the reality they seek?
The author might have intended for this story to be an easy read, but she somehow managed to make me think deeper, and consider whether things I deem trivial actually hold the key to my happiness. All I have to do is invest a little time projecting the goal I’m aiming for.
Congratulations on your book, Elizabeth!
Elizabeth M. Lawrence is the author of both contemporary and period romances. Each book incorporates its own unique blend of humor and reverence, the paranormal and the mundane, innocence and insanity. In addition to her novels, Elizabeth serves as Editor-in-Chief for Renaissance Romance Publishing. A lifelong writer and former paralegal, Elizabeth divides her free time between her husband and two sons, her three cats, her collection of cozy murder mysteries, her slight Doctor Who obsession, and her mildly severe caffeine addiction. A native of Lawrence, Kansas, Elizabeth now works from her home in Cleveland, Ohio.