by Char Chaffin
Soul Mate Publishing
June 28, 2014
Available in: Paperback
In 1965, Tim O'Malley returns to his home town of Skitter Lake, Ohio, to clear his name and get the girl: Dorothy Whitaker, the love of his life since eighth grade. Blamed for a destructive fire he didn't set, only Tim and Dorothy know the truth; that Jesse Prescott, Tim's best friend and Dorothy's boyfriend, did the deed that changed an entire town. But Jesse died in that tragedy and seven years later, Skitter Lake still honors him as a hero, rather than Tim, the boy from the seedy side of town whose father was a drunk . . . and whose quick actions saved six people from perishing in that horrendous fire. In trying to set the record straight and finally claim Dorothy as his own, Tim-and Dorothy, too-will discover that in some small towns the legend often outweighs the truth . . . and their family and friends will forever see Dorothy as "Jesse's girl."
Char Chaffin writes multi-genre romance filled with family, rich characters and engaging plots. For her, it all comes back to the love. Born in Upstate New York, she has traveled all over the United States and can claim to have been in every state, plus parts of Mexico and Canada. She’s lived in six states during her forty-something years of marriage to hubby Don, a retired Air Force man with a love of Fifties rock n’ roll and a passion for hot, classic cars. Between them they have three children and five grandchildren, all scattered to the far corners of the country. One of their great joys in life is to sneak away and visit the kids for long periods of time. Poet, light opera company costume designer, farm hand . . . Char’s life has been interesting, to say the least. Her love of romance and erotica interspersed with paranormal, horror, science fiction and fantasy has added to the mix. Sifting through several groaning bookcases and an overburdened Kindle, Char voraciously reads in between writing novels, novellas, and short stories. She is multi-published, and always working on that next manuscript. Along with fellow authors and BFFs Callie Hutton and Cheryl Yeko, Char makes up the other third of The Power of Three, a writing collective dedicated to the promotion of romance in all its wonder. A displaced Alaskan, Char currently divides her time between Fairbanks, Alaska and a sixty-acre farm in Upstate New York, with periodic forays into South Texas and Michigan. She and Don steal away to the Last Frontier and other parts unknown as often as time allows. The Chaffin extended family is scattered all over the Lower Forty-Eight and Alaska. When she’s not pounding away at her keyboard or burying her nose in copious amounts of reading material, she likes nothing better than to hang out in her kitchen and cook up a frenzy. Mostly involving chocolate.