.Last week we saw a little bit of J. J. DiBenedetto's story. This week, Liwen Y. Ho is visiting with her favorite scene from Chasing Romance and a little about herself. Liwen writes sweet and inspirational romance infused with heart, humor, and a taste of home (her Asian roots).
Want to know what Chasing Romance is about?
When pop sensation Chase Lockhart wants more than a room at Izzy Sutton’s Bed and Breakfast, she must decide whether it’s worth opening up her heart to him, especially when he’s eleven years her junior.
The excerpt Liwen shared has a little bit of reality in it. Here's what she said about it: "I was so excited to find out that our stories for Fall into Romance needed to include an animal that our characters would adopt. There are so many animals who need a home, and being able to write about one reminded me of our cocker spaniel who jumped into our car without hesitation the day we adopted him. I based Thor off the dog my sister and brother-in-law adopted two years ago. Sadly, Thor's injuries in the story happened in real life to my fur-nephew, but now that he's found his forever home, he's a much happier dog."
Amid the chatter of the animals, a lone bark caught her attention. It was the dog they’d heard earlier. Izzy walked over to one of the closest kennels where a black Labrador had his nose pressed against the wire door. “Hey sweetie, what’s your name?”
Whining, the dog scratched the crate with his front paws. His movements grew more frenzied by the second.
She knelt and placed one hand against his nose. “You want to come out, don’t you?”
Chase lowered himself beside Izzy. He leaned close to the crate and lifted the brim of his baseball cap to get a better look. “Poor dog. Do you see his back leg?”
Before he could elaborate, the dog began barking wildly. He backed away as far as the kennel would allow and growled, baring his teeth in Chase’s direction.
“Let's give him some space.” Izzy took a few steps away and pulled Chase with her. She spotted his name on the information card attached to his crate. “Thor. His name’s Thor.”
“Seems more like Thor’s evil brother, Loki, if you ask me.”
Shooting him a stern look, she admonished, “He’s not evil, just scared. A lot of these animals came from bad homes before they were brought here. Who knows what he’s been through.”
“I didn’t mean he was evil. Thor’s blond; his brother’s dark-haired. That’s the resemblance I was referring to.” He pointed to the crate’s left side. “You’re right; something happened to him. His back leg’s missing some hair.”
Izzy spotted the area Chase mentioned. Without fur covering it, part of Thor’s hind leg was as hairless and pink as a raw piece of chicken. Why would anyone mistreat such a sweet animal? She felt an unexplainable compassion for the dog and wanted to find out his story.
We're so excited to share this boxed set with you and for you to meet all the wonderful people of Romance!
Jessica L. Elliott
Author, artist, mom and super-genius