Readers begin their journey through this collection of three short stories by immersing themselves in the world of eighteen-year-old Cotton Landry. Her loving father makes his living as a gambler, but Cotton dreams of becoming a doctor. She fears she’s destined for a career at Guidry’s Handi-mart and Bait Shop unless she can permanently leave her rural Louisiana hometown. When all seems lost, Cotton is forced to face the truth and uncover the real meaning of love and devotion that will both break her heart and set her free. Trained from a young age to work as an assassin, Victor Jones believes in his duty to eliminate targets in order to protect the safety of others in the world. His life is forever altered when the one person he allows himself to truly love is killed because of his family’s involvement in the Intelligence Community. As a result, Victor loses his focus and purpose. He finds direction in a most unlikely place and discovers that the person he loved and lost left him a much more rewarding legacy. Emma Jen had an unusual upbringing in her Mississippi town and envisioned an exciting future with a smart, handsome, romantic man. However, that future was not to be. Now middle-aged and a widow for many years, she is raising her granddaughter alone. Longing for the life she never had, she decides to discover if it’s not too late to attain the dream that she sought as a girl. Emma Jen journeys toward fulfilling her potential and uncovers new possibilities without losing sight of her renewed hope.
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Barbara Cutrera has been a writer since childhood but didn't begin writing novels until 1999. Her first novel to be completed was Over, Under, Across & Through), which is the initial book in her Real World fiction series. Not satisfied to be limited by writing in only one genre, she next penned a mystery called In a Manner of Speaking. Cutrera took a dare from friends who suggested she write a romance and wrote The Healer's Gift, a romantic fantasy. She released True: 3 Short Stories in October, 2013. A Good Man's Life, Book 2 in The Real World Series, will be released in February, 2014. Novels in queue for publication include Mercy, Book 3 in The Real World Series, A Lovely Dream, a romantic thriller, Prim and Proper, a contemporary romance with a touch of mystery, and Lucky, a thriller set in the not-so-distant future in post-plague Earth. Cutrera has also completed another work of fiction entitled Compromising Positions. She has started writing a contemporary romance entitled Sight Unseen, and a sequel to The Healer's Gift, which she has decided to call Jordan's Way.
Cutrera, a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Florida Writers' Association, and the Tampa Area Romance Authors was born and raised in Louisiana and moved to Florida with her family in 2004. She works with the visually-impaired and is visually-impaired herself. She firmly believes that our minds are only limited by the restrictions we place upon them. Her literary credo? "Transcending reality by exploring it one story at a time...."
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