Authors: D.D. Lorenzo
Published by D.D. Lorenzo
Author’s Edition 2013
Copyright © 2013 D.D. Lorenzo
Editing by Lucy D’Andrea
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Cover Design by: Regina Wamba
Interior Design by Angela McLaurin,
To Michael who loves me
To my children who teach me
To The B&Bs who encourage me
To Aleatha who reinvigorates me
To Raine who inspires me
To Lucy who looks after me
To Regina who covers me
To Mom who never stops believing in me
To my brother who assures me
To Dad who watches over me
Michael ~ They haven’t invented a word that would articulate everything that I feel for you. The only thing that would come close is for me to say publicly three simple words, the depth of which only you know; I love you.
Amy and Megan ~ You have been everything in my adult life. Your existence are miracles. I’ve learned life lessons because yours were entwined with mine. Thank you for the wonderful enrichment you add to my life through the people you have in yours. You have given me the little joys that are indescribable, especially my little “D’s”! Your loved ones are my loved ones, especially Matt who has been through so much with us.
Jon ~ Joining us was a choice. The people who love you knew that you had a place here. Through that our hearts have grown larger. I look forward to the journey our entire family will take through the years.
The B&Bs ~ Ladies! Lively conversations and lifted spirits! To the original B&B’s; Amy, Fran, & Shirl – thank you for this year. The encouragement, books, and laughter have been the best! I don’t know what I would have done without you. To the new B&B’s – I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us!
Aleatha Romig ~ Your idea turned into a book. I just happened to read it. Little did I know that a scoundrel like Anthony Rawlings would infiltrate and connect our lives in such a wonderful way. You kindly provided the ticket for a twisted roller coaster ride that reinvigorated me at a very low point. It gave me courage. Tony and Claire changed your life, but through them, you changed mine. Your writing was so adventurous I wasn’t certain if I would survive the journey of Tony and Claire. I am certain of this; you are a unique and talented woman. It was fortuitous that I chose your books, and that I gained a friend along the journey.
Raine Miller ~ You never knew what was going on in my life when we had our few “chats”. Your contemporary books were on the “hot” list, but it was your historical novels that allowed me to escape to a different time and place. I believed in “happily ever after” and had been given some unhappy news. I needed a mental vacation. When sadness set in, I wrapped myself in the comforting quilt of Darius and Marianne, and Jeremy and Georgina for my escape. They served to remind me that love and strength could overcome, and it has. Thank you, Raine. You are a sweetheart.
Lucy D’Andrea ~ Oh, Lucy! Where should I begin? I cannot thank you enough for looking over my shoulder. You are an amazing editor and have become so much more. Anyone would be lucky to have you on their team, and I’m an Irish girl, so “lucky” would be something I know. LOL I look forward to many more conversations and am so thankful for you. This journey has been astonishing, and I couldn’t have made it without you!
Regina Wamba ~ You have covered me with the perfect reflection of the story within. You not only listened, you heard every word I said – then translated it into your graphic world. There is no other word except “flabbergasting” to describe your work. I am excited to see how we evolve through the years.
Angela Mclaurin ~ Thank you for making me look pretty! Your work is flawless and I look forward to seeing what the future brings!
To My First Family ~
Mom ~ You never gave up on my stories, even in the first grade. Thank you for always encouraging me to write; sometimes even nagging me to do so. I love you for it. See? I do pay attention when you tell me to do something! I also am sorry for trashing the whole box of manuscripts when I was in high school. I was young, afraid…and stupid. I know I can never get that particular box of stories back, but they now have flash drives! Yay! I love you!
Rick ~ During a very important, and special, dinner, you mentioned that “time is going to go by no matter what you do with it.” I decided to put that advice into practice. The time is now. You’re one in a million, and I’m lucky that one is you!
Dad ~ You were an example of bravery, devotion, and dedication. Little girls may believe that their daddy is strong, but your little girl learned the evolution of strength by watching you live day to day, and year to year. Thank you for teaching me how to persevere. I will never forget your examples of love and loyalty. I miss and love you…every day.
To my Father in heaven ~ I didn’t think I met the qualifications. I always set the bar too high. I felt incompetent because I misunderstood the definition. I questioned. I argued. You didn’t give up, and you didn’t give in. Thank you for spending time with me. I finally understand. You have my heart and, yes, I accept.
The story of Declan and Aria has many layers. I believe that you, as a selective reader, will experience each emotion as they do, so I offer the following guide:
As you are reading, I have included a list of song titles with each chapter. When I write, the scenes play out in my head, at times with background music. This music came to me as I was writing Declan and Aria’s story, and it allowed me to recant their story in the proper depth of emotion. It is my hope that you will also have the same experience. This is, however, simply a suggestion. You may enjoy and experience Declan and Aria’s captivating story without adding the music. However, if you, like me, are a lover of music, you will find yourself not only engrossed in the words, but immersed in the emotion of their story.