#RPBP #Babyboomers Don't Miss this chance~Excerpt included~Fate's Encore A Baby Boomers Love Story @authorjj
Title: Fate's Encore: A Baby Boomer Love Story
Genre: Contemporary Romance - Baby Boomer/Mature Love Story
Cover Designer: JJ Ellis
Special article: The Importance of Baby Boomer/Mature Couple Romances
Jackson and Francesca, Cole and Evelyn: two baby boomer couples who have overcome their own personal hell to forge vibrant, lasting marriages
When Francesca and Cole pass away within six months of each other, Jackson and Evelyn continue the pen pal relationship the two women started some 52 years prior.
And with each bit of correspondence they find their hearts healing. Together, can they create a new and lasting bond?
“Hello?” When nobody responded, she said it again. “Hello?”
“Evelyn, it’s Jack…” His voice was broken.
There was only one reason Jackson would call and sound like that. “Oh Jack, oh no. I am so sorry.”
“I can’t believe she’s gone,” he whispered, tears clogging his voice.
In the forty-four years she had known the former Marine, she had never seen or heard him cry. But now, she knew it was inevitable. His beautiful wife had finally succumbed to the uterine cancer. “I know. I wish there was something I could do for you.”
“No need,” the strong, stubborn man said, his voice still distorted by the sound of stifled sobs. “She was your friend, you need to mourn too.”
“Jack, she was your wife for forty-four years, the mother of your children…”
“She was my heart,” he murmured. “She always claimed that we were together through fate. But if fate is real, how could it be so cruel? Why didn’t this so called fate just take me from her when I was injured in Vietnam?”
“Because fate likes to play with us, like a cat and mouse,” Evelyn whispered. “As you know, my Cole believed in fate too. He nearly drove me up a wall with his talk of it.”
Jack actually chuckled. “Yeah, that’s probably why he and Francesca got along so well.”
“Yeah,” Evelyn agreed. “If you need anything Jack, just call. I know a little bit about the mourning process. Cole has only been gone for six months now.”
“I will, and thank you. Francesca’s funeral is on the twentieth at three p.m. I understand if you can’t make it, it’s quite a trip.”
Evelyn wiped the silent tears from her eyes and put a brave smile on her face. “I’ll be there, Jack. Nothing will keep me away from saying goodbye to my friend.” And nothing would keep her from fulfilling her promise to Francesca. She would make sure that Jack had someone to lean on through this loss.
“Thank you,” he said, his voice getting stronger. "Can I ask a favor?”
“Of course,” she answered. “What is it?”
Jack hesitated for a moment then blurted it out. “Your sister-in-law is speaking at the funeral, could you…could you say a few words too?”
“Yes Jack. I would be happy to. “I think I’ll read the letter I was about to send her – the end of our pen pal adventure."
“That would be nice,” he said. “I know Fran would love it.”
“Then it’s settled. Remember, if you need anything, just call, anytime of day or night.”
“Thank you Evelyn. I’ll see you when you get here.”
“Bye Jack. Give the kids my love.”
The phone line went quiet and Evelyn hung up her end. She barely made it to the nearby bar stool before she collapsed into tears. Her friend of 52 years was gone. It just didn’t seem possible. They had met on Francesca’s father’s fishing boat in Ketchikan Alaska when she was eight and Fran was ten. They had been pen pals ever since. Evie’s twin brother Ethan was Jackson’s best friend, and he and his wife Charli, who they'd also met on the fishing boat, had been part of a double wedding with Jack and Fran in the summer of 1969. Through the years, they didn’t physically see each other much, but their friendship, once it had started, had never faltered. And now, she was gone.
JJ ELLISJJ Ellis is first and foremost a mom to five kids, four girls and one boy, ranging in age from 4-20. After that, she is a physically limited wife, blogger and now an author. She holds a degree in Communication Studies (Public Relations) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas but never thought she would chose writing as a career, especially at the age of 42. She once wanted to be a publicist in the entertainment industry, but never a writer. Then one day when she was in her mid thirties she was going through what can only be described as an early 'midlife crisis' and ideas just started to come to her and she felt compelled to write them down. She finished her first book relatively quickly, but life got in the way and it took her eight years to revisit it and then publish her first novel. She can honestly say that now she is finally right where she wants to be.
JJ has been married to her college sweetheart (and romance novel hero) for twenty-one years and they reside in Casper, WY with their kids and one crazy mutt named Kreuger. She enjoys reading, writing, blogging, computing, and graphic design. She will try anything that will allow her creativity to be released.
TA Ellis is married to best selling romance Author JJ Ellis and is the father to five kids, four girls and one boy, ranging in age from 4-20. He holds a degree in Secondary Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has flirted with the idea of writing for years. He however did not expect to be writing romance as Sci-fi/horror/fantasy are more to his liking. But as a sounding board for his wife, he realized he had some good ideas and the team of JJ & TA Ellis was born.
TA lives in Casper, WY with his wife and kids and one crazy mutt named Kreuger. He enjoys reading, video games and grilling. He is excited to embark on this romance journey...after all, he's been happily married for twenty-one years.
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