Patricia Kiyono has dropped by my blog today to share her new release, SEARCHING FOR LADY LUCK. She’s also doing a giveaway to celebrate, so be sure to check out the details at the end of this post!
She has me fully intrigued by the time period and setting of her novel. I celebrated my high school graduation in Wildwood, New Jersey, and would have loved to take a stroll down the boardwalk when turning back the clock. 🙂
Only seven years have passed since Rose Sheffield was a carefree college student, though it seems like a lifetime ago. Her father’s position at a major bank provided her with luxuries she took for granted. Now she works at menial jobs to support herself and her mother, and they live in what used to be their vacation home in Wildwood, New Jersey. Rose’s days are pure drudgery, until she meets Charlie. As luck would have it, she just happens to have the perfect place to display his artwork.
Before the Great Stock market crash of 1929, Charlie Brannigan was hailed as an up and coming artist in Manhattan. But now he’s back at his family home in Wildwood, delivering newspapers in the mornings and selling his paintings on the Boardwalk in the afternoons. He needs some luck in his life, and it seems every time a pretty lady named Rose appears, good things happen.
“I didn’t think you’d sell anything out there today,” Connor, younger than Charlie by four years, teased him as they set the table. “I know the Boardwalk has been busier lately, but I figured it was still too chilly for the society ladies to be out strolling.”
“I thought so, too. In fact, I was ready to come home when this lady came and helped me retrieve one of my miniatures that the wind had blown off the crate. I figured I’d have to chase it out onto the beach, so I was glad she caught it for me just before it blew off the Boardwalk. She didn’t buy the painting, but after she set it back, another woman came and bought that very one, as well as the ones on either side of it.”
“Wow, that’s a coincidence,” agreed eighteen-year-old Katie as she entered the dining room. She set a serving bowl of steaming beef stew on the table and went back into the kitchen.
“You must have met your Lady Luck,” said Connor.
“Lady Luck. Remember when Uncle Phineas would go to Atlantic City? He’d talk about the women in the casinos. If one of them happened to be nearby when a gambler hit it big, that woman would be his Lady Luck and he’d keep her by his side the rest of the night.”
“Lady Luck. That’s pretty much how I felt about her. It was as if she put a special spell on those paintings and that’s what made the next person buy them.”
Patricia Kiyono’s wide array of experiences tend to show up in her writing. Trained as a musician, certified as an elementary school teacher, and raised as a lifelong learner, she loves to travel, sew, craft, and play Words With Friends. She and her husband live in southwest Michigan, near their children and grandchildren.
FUN FACT AND GIVEAWAY!
Searching for Lady Luck was inspired by a magical vacation to the Wildwood Boardwalk in 2005. Since my kids were old enough to go to the beach on their own, I stayed in the cozy little cottage owned by my sister-in-law’s family and typed out the beginning of what became my first full length novel, The Samurai’s Garden!
To win a $5 Amazon or B&N gift card (your choice), please leave a comment about your favorite vacation destination. I’ll use random.org to choose a random commenter as the winner on Monday morning, May 5, so please include your email address with your answer!