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Friday, July 8, 2011

The Millersburg Quartet

When I started to write the Millersburg Quartet series, I wanted to write about the girls who had been geeks in high school, the nerds, the outcasts, the ones who were different, who never quite fit in. You know. Us.
We hung together, some of us, against the cliques and groups and some of us stayed friends for a long time after high school and college.

Ali was the smart one, taking college courses while still in high school. A meteoric rise though led to an equally meteoric fall. To add insult to injury she discovered that her boyfriend had gotten engaged. To someone else. With her life and career in shambles, she goes in search of her mother's roots in Ireland. When she offers Aidan O'Connell a lift from his broken down car, she gains a handsome tour guide. But there's a lot she doesn't know about Aidan. Is he only looking for a brief Irish Fling?

Cam Kenyon has come home a different woman than the one that left. Always the sensible one, she's now a respected psychologist. If only she could apply that new-found confidence  to Noah Denton, her old high school crush and the candidate for District Attorney. Some things haven't changed. But when she learns Noah's opponent is resorting to Dirty Politics, she can't stand aside.

Molly was the theater geek but now she's a teacher and her only forays in the theater are with the local community theater group. Then bad boy director Jack Tyler shows up, trying to wrestle his demons while rediscover his love of the craft. Getting involved with Jack is a risk. Is it one Molly's willing to take? Will she make the Director's Cut?

The wild child of the four, sculptor and welder Jesse Chamberlain has always been impulsive. For Mitch Donovan, whose world has been turned upside down, she's just the thing to shake him out of the tailspin he's been in. Suddenly he's riding Two Up and the writer's block that's plagued him has vanished. The announcement of a new M. J. Donovan novel, though, brings a fan out of hiding. What he doesn't count on is Jesse.

Here's a bit of trivia for fans. Almost all of these stories were inspired by real life, some by real people and/or real places. Like the solo trip to Ireland from Irish Fling and the grotto in the woods with its homemade hot tub in Two Up. The rest I'll leave you all to guess. I hope you all enjoy them.