KISSES IN THE RAIN – 2015 Whitney Awards Finalist
Georgie Tate is a survivor. She survived an abusive relationship. She survived the car accident that took the life of her controlling fiancé. Now she just needs to survive the memories that haunt her. Escaping to her aunts’ cozy home on a tiny island outside of Seattle, Georgie finds just the change of pace she needs to pick up the pieces of her life. Taking a job at a local seafood restaurant is the first step in reclaiming her sense of self, but she is completely unprepared for the battle that awaits her there.
Jace Lowe has loved and lost, and he’s determined that it will never happen again. Hardened by heartbreak, he stays focused on his work as sous chef at one of the island’s top seafood restaurants. When beautiful Georgie takes her place on the restaurant’s staff, Jace is resolved to keep her at arm’s length, and his downright rudeness her first week goes a long way in achieving that goal. Georgie, on the other hand, doesn’t want anything to do with Jace anyway and prickles against his abrasive behavior. As the combative pair comes together on a joint project for the restaurant, they find their distaste for one another dwindling. The connection is undeniable— and it terrifies them both. Can two people jaded by the past be softened by the promise of once-in-a-lifetime love, or is this just another recipe for disaster?
Krista Lynne Jensen
. . . I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was born in Utah, raised in Washington, married in Oregon, and now spend my perfectly temperate summers and very long winters in the mountains of Wyoming with my brilliant educator husband and four amazingly loud children. Really, I don’t know where they get it because I didn’t raise my voice until my second son was born. The child was a happy tornado who thought “No” meant “Oh what an angel”. I enjoy cooking, gardening, camping, travel, all kinds of music, and my friends and family.I have always loved reading and writing, as so many writers do, and it’s always been a part of me. I was naturally shy, but found I could say exactly what I meant if I wrote it down. At times, my only outlet was a pen and paper. I pursued an Art Major at Brigham Young University, with a minor in either Ballroom Dance or English. I was one of those people who had no idea who they were at that age.
In 1992, I married a scholar/football player and we started our family. I was at home while my husband taught, coached, and furthered his endless education, as so many educators do.
Life hit, rocked, and rolled us, we managed to survive. My family was my life. Several things happened over a very short period of time.
- An incessant pull to write down our experiences for our posterity constantly nagged me, growing stronger with each passing year, but I didn’t have time, didn’t know where to start. My journals, though, weren’t enough.
- In 2007, my youngest child began full-time kindergarten. This was devastating to me . . . for two days. I got over it.
- President Henry B. Eyring gave his talk in October General Conference, 2007, in which he shared a prompting he felt, and I memorized. “I’m not giving you these experiences for yourself. Write them down.” Quiet lightning.
- That same Fall, my friend started a writing group. My heart pounded as I signed up.
Suddenly, I was given the time, the heart, and the guidance. And I was hooked.
Since then I’ve written a personal story, an award-winning short story, six novels, and I’m working on the seventh. Three of those have been accepted by Covenant Communications, and I’ve been assigned a supportive and wonderfully enthusiastic editor in Samantha Van Walraven. I write inspirational romance with an LDS thread. I love it. It seems to be who I am, though I’ve been thinking about exploring other genres, just to see!
I’ve been blessed with a huge support group inside and outside my family. Writers are the most unselfish, funny, supportive, insane people I know. Which is why we bleed onto paper and then send it out into the world for all to judge.
I am learning everything I can. I’ve found a passion for a lifetime. I would have never thought. Life is a surprise. But I finally know who I am. I’ll do my part.
I recently told a friend, “Life can be really short, so if you can swing it, do the big things.”
I meant every word.