Always in control and the constant planner, being dumped and broken-hearted was not a part of Josie’s plan.
SMILING THROUGH PAIN is a 94,000-word women’s fiction. Josie Watkins has the friends, the career and the perfect boyfriend. When her perfect boyfriend dumps her after seven years of waiting for a marriage proposal, she is left searching for a new plan that doesn’t involve being a spinster with cats. She’s allergic.
A typical and desperate phone call from her sister, Anna, leads her back to the home where she grew up. Hoping for some consoling, Josie is annoyed when Anna shows up dumped and pregnant. If there is one thing Josie can count on, Anna always has a worse problem. Resuming the role she loathes of mothering her free-spirited sister, she slowly begins to embrace the simplicity of home.
The humiliating reality of dating again and admitting her vulnerabilities is humbling yet healing. Instead of leading with her head, she listens to her heart, enjoying the freedom from having to control everything around her. Being less controlling, she finally begins to value the bond she shares with her sister. However, when her sister ends up betraying her, she must choose to stay the person she has become or go back to the way she was. Most of all, Josie has to decide if forgiveness is possible when you love your betrayers. Can her heart survive another break and what’s the plan now?
I am an active member of The Writer’s League of Texas and have spent the last five years honing my craft and choosing the exact type of stories that I’d like to tell. I am an avid reader of most anything but find myself drawn to authors like Sophie Kinsella, Jane Green and Jennifer Weiner. I find SMILING THROUGH PAIN encompasses many of the qualities I love in women’s fiction. The decisions every woman makes throughout her life regarding friendship, family and love inspire me.
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I wasn’t sure how long I lay on the floor, curled in a way to most would have looked broken. Long enough for the loops of carpet flattened against my cheek to become painfully itchy. My back ached as my knees bent awkwardly toward my chest. I didn’t want to move and my earlier jagged sobs had subsided to slow, even waves of breath as my knees moved slightly out from my body after each one.
The phone chirped like an excited cricket, ripping me from my silent trance. I held my breath and squeezed my knees prisoner against my body again. I couldn’t lose it again. I counted down the rings, hoping the machine’s volume was low enough to allow me the little peace I had found before. Three…two…one…
After a long beep, my voice, sounding happily medicated filled the room.
You’ve reached Josie and Kevin. Please leave a message and we’ll get back to you.
I closed my eyes, squeezing out more tears. I made it sound so easy. Josie and Kevin.
“Jojo? Are you there? Jojo? I really need to talk to you and I don’t have a number for you to call back. Pick up, pick up, pick up!”
Typical Anna. Releasing my knees and slowly peeling my face away from the carpet, I crawled toward the phone. I took a deep breath before pressing the ‘talk’ button.
“I’m here Anna. What’s wrong now?”
I hadn’t seen Anna since I said goodbye to her at the airport after our grandma’s funeral six months ago. When I heard her frantic voice on the phone, all I wanted to do was hang up.