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Guest Post: Taking Risks by Lucy Naylor Kubash » Jolana Malkston
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Apr 152015

Thank you, Jolana, for having me here today at Serious Whimsy. It’s always a fun blog to read, and I’m pleased to be able to talk about my latest release, Taking Risks, my third collection of short stories available on Amazon Kindle. Most of the stories were published previously (many years ago!) in Woman’s World magazine, but some of them are new. This collection includes four stories: “Tears of a Clown,” “Someday Soon,” “On Wings of Love,” and “Sweet Music Man.”

04-15-15 Taking Risks

About Taking Risks

Falling in love is always a risk and sometimes there is more than your heart at stake. In these four short stories, can loving, sometimes for the second time, be a risk worth taking? In “Tears of a Clown,” Christy has hidden behind a mask for a long time, but a chance at love may make her decide to stop hiding. In “Someday Soon,” Cady has known Jake forever, but suddenly the relationship takes a new turn because of a wild horse. “On Wings of Love,” finds that Olivia has traveled to an island to decide if she wants to marry the steady reliable man back home only to meet a man who is everything she never thought she wanted. Summer becomes a trip back in time when Joanna’s old flame comes back into town, and she finds the fire still burns brightly in “Sweet Music Man.”

Excerpt from “Someday Soon

Cady hadn’t bothered to grab a coat and the sharp morning air bit through her flannel shirt. She shivered but didn’t stop till she reached the first corral behind the barn. She leaned on the fence and stared out at the mountains that rose to the east and west. Edged with early-morning light, they rose up stark and beautiful. But sometimes Cady felt hemmed in by them.

“Sometimes I wonder why I stayed out here,” she murmured to herself. “I should have left after Hank was gone. I wouldn’t have to deal with this.”

She was surprised to feel Jake’s hands rest lightly on her shoulders. He had followed her out without her realizing it.

“It would just be something else then. Maybe something a lot worse,” he said quietly. Then on a joking note added, “You ought to quit worrying. It will give you wrinkles.”

He tried to turn her around, but she shrugged him off. “Heaven forbid, I should do that. If anything gives me wrinkles, it will be having to put up with macho men.”

“Hey, why don’t you lighten up? Don’t take everything so seriously.”

Cady whirled about, and her eyes blazed up at him. She and Jake had always been at odds. Since high school, since before that. And he was pushing her to the limit now. “Well, I’m sorry, Jake, if you think I’m too serious, but I happen to take the job of raising my son very seriously. But then, I guess you wouldn’t know how it feels to be a parent—the responsibility, the fear of something happening, wondering all the time if what you’re doing is the right thing. I guess you wouldn’t know about sleepless nights and sore throats and trying to explain to your little boy why his daddy isn’t coming home anymore.”

She was on the verge of crying again, and if she argued one more minute with Jake, she would lose complete control. She didn’t mean for that to happen. Jake would never see her fall apart.

“I have work to do,” she said. “I’ll tell Charlie you were here.” Lifting her chin high, Cady went back to the house.

Jake watched her go. Then he climbed into his pickup and drove slowly back to his own ranch. Cady was right. He didn’t know about any of those things. He’d been a bachelor all his 37 years. Probably always would be. What no one knew was that he hadn’t wanted it that way. He’d wanted a wife, kids, even the sleepless nights, but Cady O’Neill had married Hank Scott, a freewheeling rodeo cowboy who had brought her more heartache and grief than any one woman deserved. Hank had been handsome and reckless…and Jake’s best friend. They’d been almost like brothers, but Jake had never quite forgiven Hank for stealing Cady away. And even six years after Hank’s wild ride on a Brahman bull had left Cady a widow, he was still standing between her and Jake.

About Lucy

04-15-15 Lucy KubashWebsite | BlogTwitter | Facebook | Goodreads | The Zeke Chronicles

I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember, and I enjoyed revisiting these stories and bringing them up to date for today’s readers. I’m a long time member of Romance Writers of America® and my local chapter, Mid-Michigan RWA. I also write a monthly column, “The Pet Corner,” for a local paper, Mailmax, in support of animal care and rescue. Reading and writing romance is a passion, maybe because I’ve been married for nearly 43 years to my high school sweetheart. We live near Lake Michigan with our furry kids and have a grown son and daughter. We love to travel so I can find new settings for my stories.

  11 Responses to “Guest Post: Taking Risks by Lucy Naylor Kubash”

  1. Congratulations on your new release, Lucy! Someday Soon sounds wonderful, and I’m sure the rest of the stories are, too.

  2. I loved your stories when I first read them in Woman’s World. I was a fan even before I met you. Best of luck with this newest endeavor of yours.

  3. Congrats, Lucy, on your new release. Love your new photo. Very classy.

  4. Your stories always go straight to the heart, Lucy. I love reading them. Congratulations on the new release!

    Loralee/Lora Lee

  5. Congrats on your new release! I love short stories. They are so much easier to read because I can enjoy them in one sitting! 🙂 I wish you all the best!

  6. Thank you, Lucy, for being my guest this past week. Best of luck with the release of your short story collection “Taking Risks”. I hope you’ll drop by for another visit soon.

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