Louisiana, 1954: Twenty-two-year-old Lucia Lafleur is bound for medical school until her fiancé issues an ultimatum—marriage or a career. Crushed, she takes the summer to decide. Yet when she meets Nicholas, a dark-skinned poet who soothes her aching soul, forbidden love blossoms. Now, pursuing her lifelong dream may mean relinquishing her heart—and escaping the South alive.
At age ten, I secretly stole my mother’s copy of Clan of the Cave Bear and fell madly in love with love stories. The good ones are magic; they capture life’s richest emotions and pin them to the page like butterflies under glass. Now, as an author, I still can't get enough—the tales I spin all center around affairs of the heart. To me, that's what makes a story truly worth telling.
Besides writing, I try to stamp my passport at every opportunity. Traveling has been a lifelong passion, and I’m lucky to have done it a lot. My husband and I even spent an entire summer living in our van, touring the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and Alaska. My most memorable trips often tie in with writing: my books are usually inspired by majestic places that stole my breath.
In addition, I practice medicine, scuba dive, play the piano, and once rode my bicycle from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic. I now live in Denver with my incredible husband, our identical twin daughters, and two adorable rescue dogs. We can usually be found in the mountains, either hiking up or skiing down.
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