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Jodi is a college graduate looking for a full-time teaching position during a time when her mother is battling emphysema. As her mom's conditions worsens, Jodi moves back home to take care of her. The story opens just after Jodi buries her mother. Saddened by this and disheartened by her stalled professional career, she feels her life has been interrupted as she sees her friends beginning to achieve their dreams of getting their first jobs after graduating college, or settling down and getting married. Jodi harbors no regrets for the sacrifice she made, but she feels she has missed out on something. She will soon find out that she waited just the right amount of time, however, when an invitation arrives informing her of her upcoming five year high school class reunion. During her school days, she had always felt a smoldering flame for a quiet and shy classmate named Nick. In the years since graduation, she found herself thinking about him more and more. Although Nick lives in Chicago with a girlfriend whom he is rumored to be engaged, when Jodi learns that he will be attending the event she finds herself wanting to go to the reunion only to see him. She starts to fantasize that he wants to be with her as much as she wants him, and then begins to feel intuitively that there really is something special between them to pursue. Just prior to the reunion, Jodi receives a letter from a school in California offering her a teaching job. It’s and opportunity to start over, but she wants to find out if she has a chance with Nick first. At the same time, her antagonist in town, Arianna, who had been the captain of the cheerleading squad and homecoming queen, tries to thwart her from developing a relationship with Nick at every turn. The night of the reunion, Jodi and Nick meet and sparks fly, but Nick’s insecurities threaten to undermine everything before they even have a chance to get started. Can Jodi convince him that they belong together, and that their first chance at love may also be their last?
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As an author, you need to get inside a character's head to make them real and have the story be believable. In romance novels, you must get inside someone's heart as well and be able to intimately express what the character is feeling. For a male author, this can be challenging when your protagonist is female.For me, I've written a number of nonfiction books, co-authored predominantly with females. This has given me a unique perspective in understanding how a woman relates to a topic and how differently they externalize their experiences compared with that of a man. In Reunion of Souls, I drew from my previous writing projects in which I collaborated with women in order to tell the story of a young women who does not want to let the festering love she has for a former high school classmate wither on the vine without giving it a chance to grow into something beautiful and lasting.It was surprising to me how natural it was to write for woman. I found that the emotions of love and how they are felt are the same for both men and women, but how they are expressed is where the difference lies. It is no small distinction, but the gap is easily traversable.From the Inside Flap:
Jodi and Nick's chance for romance was never realized while they were in high school. Now, five years later, they meet again. Will a class reunion be their first and last chance at love? Paul Lonardo pens a sweet, contemporary romance about risking it all for love in Reunion of Souls.
-Liquid Silver Press
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1512359181