Sunday, September 14, 2014

Chasing The Sun...



When Ian Radcliffe gets the opportunity to leave town to consult on the project of his career he’s doesn’t think twice. He loads his dog and guitar into the back of the Jeep and flips Dallas the bird as it becomes a speck in his rearview.
A change of scenery, that’s just what he needs. His heart isn’t broken anymore, just sore. He thought he’d found the one in Katrine MacNamara, but unfortunately she thought he was number two.
He wasn’t a rich businessman, or a rockstar...he was just an architect. He believed in love, family, and friendship. Some might call him the ‘nice guy’. He always thought so— do the right thing, protect the bullied, return your mom’s calls.
When two dynamic women enter his life in this new city the lines of friendship, sex, and love are blurred, his world of black and white becomes a little more gray.
Will the heartbroken become the heartbreaker?
Readers fell in love with Ian in Rebound and Resilient. This is his story and his chance at a love of his own. It won’t come easy, like he always thought it would. But nothing good comes easy...at least nothing worthwhile.
Hold onto your hammocks girls, your favorite nice guy is taking center stage. It’s Ian’s turn to get the girl...or two.

Chasing the Sun is a 40,000 word novella, and although this is a spinoff of the Rebound series, it can be read as a stand alone.
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This is Lena Hamilton. She just moved here from Nebraska. Please do your part to make her feel welcome.” She turned to Lena, took her by the shoulders and walked her to the empty desk in the back left corner of the classroom. Right in front of the Benjamin Franklin projects that were posted on the wall.
Ian noticed the energy in the room shift. Two little girls whispered in the front row, a soft giggle came from one of them. Abi Reynolds. She was a little curly red-haired girl that was probably mean right out of the womb. He heard a snide remark about her glasses from one of his buddies that sat behind him. Ian was uncomfortable, this new little girl was obviously scared and shy. He wondered why they were unkind without even knowing her.
Mrs. Hardin started to prattle on about verbs. Ian was jolted from his daydream when the bell rang for lunch which was followed by recess. These two events were the great equalizers for a young kid. You could be shunned into pariah-ville in the cafeteria— forced to sit alone, eyes on the table as you chewed your PB&J. And one could only hope to be ignored on the playground, where the weakest of the herd were separated and eliminated. That was black top warfare and he was worried about little Lena Hamilton, she had baby gazelle written all over her.
Ian was with a few friends, they were playing basketball on the blacktop when sure enough he heard crying. He threw the ball to Jeremy Teasley, trying his best to ignore the sniffs.
I’ll be back.”
He walked into the shade where Lena sat on the ground, dirt on her pale knee.
You okay?”
She didn’t answer and first. She sniffed and cleaned her glasses on the bottom of her dress.
Yah, I’ll be alright,” she said her voice sure.
Which one pushed you?”
I think it was the tall one.” Lena said, wiping her eyes with her arm. “They made fun of my dress and then the tall one had a very original four eyes comment.”
He laughed. This girl was tougher than she looked and he liked how she talked. She was different, in a good way.
I’m Ian.” He offered his hand and helped her stand up. She brushed off the front of her dress and stood tall for the first time that he’d noticed.
Lena.”
Don’t let those jerks get to you. They’re mean to everybody, even each other…You see that girl over there with the purple shirt?” Ian pointed towards a group of girls, one hanging from a metal bar.
I see her.”
Well that’s my neighbor Jennifer and she’s pretty nice. Go play with them.”
Lena took a deep breath and started to walk in that direction. She’d taken a few steps when she stopped and turned back towards Ian.
Hey, thanks.”
No problem.” He watched as she approached the jungle gym where Jennifer and her two friends played. They stopped and smiled as Lena spoke. Then they all started to play together, one yelled “you’re it!”
Satisfied, he went back to join his pals. Of course they made fun of him and asked if he was in love with the new girl. Ian just ignored them and took a shot from the outside.

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Nikki Mathis Thompson spent her formative years singing, dancing and creating her own world of make-believe. From an early age she developed a love of reading that has grown exponentially to near addiction. She has a business degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her degree looks great in the frame, but hasn't been utilized in years. She gladly left the cubicle life behind to raise her daughter and a son was added to the mix some years later. You can find her devouring a book while drinking a glass of wine, doing her part to save the planet or lip- synching to her favorite songs while running through her suburb. She lives outside of Dallas with her family. Rebound is her first novel.
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