Golden Leaf Spotlight on Romantic Elements: Kathleen Long

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than a month away! To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists each day until the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference held October 18-19, 2013.

Spotlight on Romantic Elements: “Changing Lanes,” by Kathleen Long (Amazon Publishing)

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The moon cast a bluish glow, lighting Mick’s face and shadowing his eyes.

He turned to face me, and I spied the traces of the teenager I’d once known. Tough on the outside, scared to death on the inside.

I fought the urge to lean against him, to close the gap of space and time the years had put between us. Instead, I looked up at the sky, amazed, as always, at the sheer number of stars visible in the night sky above my hometown.

“Do you remember how many nights we sat here trying to count the stars?” I asked.

He smiled, ever so slightly. “I never tried to count them.”

“But you sat here with me while I did.”

His smile fell. “That was a long time ago, Abby.”

I looked down at my dress and smoothed an invisible wrinkle.

“Do you still count them?” he asked.

“No,” I answered, suddenly wondering when it was that I’d stopped.

Good luck to Kathleen and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

(Work is copyright of the author; may not be reused without permission.)

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