The One That Got Away

As we near the end of another year, I can’t help but notice that time feels like it’s moving faster. Mind you, that might just be because I’m older now, and I’m so busy that I don’t have much time to stop and smell the roses. I like it when my work days go by fast, but not so much my downtime.

Some moments I’d love to just freeze in time, like when my kids were born or their high school graduations. Two of mine have graduated now and the other two are in high school. That’s hard to believe. It’s even harder to believe that my graduation was back in 1996. Heck, I’m getting old. *haha*

If you’re like me and a little on the older side, can you still remember your high school years? Can you remember your first love? Some people were lucky enough to marry their high school sweethearts and are still together today. The rest of us are left wondering about the one that got away, while others may be trying to forget all about them. I can expressly remember mine. Even though we didn’t end up together, I still have fond memories of our time together.

My new release, which you can read about below, is all about second chances. What would you do if you ran into the one that got away? Would you be excited or would you go into hiding? Would you want to hit him or hug him? This is the dilemma that Emma Praught finds herself in when her first love contacts her out of the blue.

Not You Again! blurb:

“Emma Praught has everything a woman could wish for: a house, a husband, and a teen daughter who she wouldn’t trade for the world. But when she receives that fateful call, everything falls apart.

Her husband is dead. The life she knew is over. And before she has a chance to make sense of it all, death threats roll in and so does a man from her past. One she never expected to see again.

Devon Matthews, in the stupidity of his youth, broke the heart of the only woman he ever loved. Something he has never gotten over. Now he has a chance to make it up to her by protecting them. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll find it in her heart to forgive him. If he can keep her alive, that is.

Will they make it through this unscathed, or will Emma’s stubborn nature make it difficult for them both?

One way or another, he’s not giving her up this time.”

Book excerpt:

“Mom, who keeps texting you?” Skye asked.

“No one,” Emma muttered, turning back to the sink full of dishes.

“That no one wants to talk to you like super bad.”

She had tried to discourage him from messaging her by not responding to his text messages over the last week, but he was still going strong. Okay, so she’d sent the odd text back, but only to tell him to stop contacting her, and that had made him respond all the more.

Skye picked up Emma’s phone off the counter and turned on the screen. Drying her hands quickly, she snatched the phone back.“Get those prying eyes off to school,” she said, snapping the dish towel at her daughter.

Hopping down off the stool, Skye picked up her backpack off the kitchen island. “You’re so bossy.”

When the front door slammed, she thought about yelling “don’t slam the door” but it wouldn’t do any good. Skye was already long gone. Her phone dinged again, and she looked at the screen. Devon again.

>I’m serious. If you keep ignoring me, I’m going to come down there.

>Then come :p


“Oh damn,” she said, resting her forehead in her hand as she shook her head.




14 thoughts on “The One That Got Away”

  1. Hi:
    I know what you mean about time. The older I get, the quicker it seems to speed by.
    If it’s the man on the cover of your book I’d be saying, okay come on down then. Lol.

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  2. I’m one of those lucky ones, Patricia, and believe me, I know it. But I had crushes before meeting Jack, and I remember clearly what they were like and what they eventually did. Never had to wonder about the “one who got away” though! This book sounds so good!!

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  3. I am certainly old enough to see time flying by, we are only days away from hanging up the Christmas decorations, and I can still taste last year’s Christmas dinner.

    Mmmmmm, the one that got away. I think a lot of people can relate to that phenomenon. I remember a quote from somewhere, that went along the lines of… A man that has lived without regrets and not lived a full life… but I am not sure.

    One thing I am sure about is your new book Patricia, I love it. It is off to a great start, and can’t wait to read your next story.

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    1. I really can’t believe it is almost Christmas again. It feels like we just celebrated it not that long ago. I’m actually stoked about this year because we’re having a full-fledged gift-opening holiday. It’s the first time we’ve been able to put up a tree in years.

      I think I read one that said, “If you have no regrets, you haven’t lived life to its fullest.” I imagine that falls under taking chances, otherwise you’ll always wonder what could have happened.

      I’m so glad you loved my new book. That means a lot. Thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂


  4. Great post Patricia. Yes. Time is flying by. I used to laugh at the “old people” for scheduling appointments a year in advance, like there was some urgency. But, now that I’m one of them, I find myself doing the same. Lol. The book sounds great and is on my tbr list.

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    1. Maybe it’s a case of being afraid you’ll forget to book the appointment. *lol* I’m a huge one for planning in advance, makes me feel so much better.

      Thanks for stopping by and posting on my blog. 🙂


  5. I love this book and it’s so addicting . I was obsessed with it wondering what was gonna happen next. I couldn’t even put the book down every time I tried to I was itching to take it back Up. No matter how hard she tried to deny her feelings of love for him it wasn’t working . Oh boy was he determined to win her love back With tricks up his sleeves. I would like to see a sequel of this book Showing how their lives are going with their new baby and what’s next for them. Will somebody else get revenge on her or her daughter Etc.
    You got your work cut out for you my Sweetheart now that you wrote such an amazing book .


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