Golden Leaf Spotlight on Contemporary: Gina Ardito

New Jersey Romance Writer’s annual “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is weeks away!  To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists each day leading up to 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 award ceremony on October 16, 2015.

Spotlight on Contemporary: “Reunion in October,” by Gina Ardito (Self-published)

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“You were this close to marrying the wrong man because your mom had you convinced he was perfect for you.”

“That’s not true,” I murmured.

“Yeah, it is. But it’s what you’ve become since Mikey-boy left that drives me crazy. When you’re not at work, you’re cloistered at home, or mowing your mother’s lawn. You’re like Cinderella, always putting someone else’s needs above your own. Now, I’m no prince, but I want to make you smile because you deserve somebody in your life who makes you happy.”

I sank into my seat, the tears welling in my eyes. No one had ever said anything so…sweet…to me.

“And I’ll tell you something else.” Josh pointed his salad fork at me like an exclamation mark. “Mikey-boy will never make you happy. Whether you live here, or in Oshkosh—”

“Oregon,” I corrected.

“Like it matters. No matter where you live with him, he’ll fold you into his one-size-fits-all box, and that’s where you’ll stay: stuck in Stepford-Wife-mode with a closet full of beige suits and practical shoes.”

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

Good luck to Gina and all our 2015 Golden Leaf finalists!

And it’s not too late to register for the conference. But hurry, registration ends October 4th! Visit our website for more information.



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