Losing It All by Marsha Cornelius
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: April 1, 2013 / 1st Publishing: March 8, 2013 - Hickory Flat Books
Format: Paperback & eBook - 359 pages / Kindle - 602 KB
Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Romantic Suspense
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Author Marsha Cornelius Discusses Losing It All
LOSING IT ALL - COMING APRIL 1, 2013
I’m a fan of stories like The Hunger Games, where Katniss must hunt for food to keep her family alive, or The Glass Castle, where a family lives in a deserted train depot. Stories about how people survive without money.
When I first moved to the country north of Atlanta, I came across an abandoned house along a dirt lane. The structure itself was nearly covered in vines and weeds. The windows were busted, the front door was hanging; but inside, the floors were sound, the roof was dry. And I thought to myself, who would appreciate having something like this?
Frank would. A former Vietnam POW, he’s been living on the streets of Atlanta for the past 12 years. He’s happy eating at a soup kitchen; he sleeps in a lean-to of boards cobbled together. His only indulgence is smoking, but he manages to scrap up enough nickels and dimes by collecting aluminum drink cans from the trash to buy a pack.
Now Chloe’s a different story. Her pink nail polish has to match the pink in her blouse and she spends a lot of time on her hair. Her two young children are well-behaved; she keeps an immaculate home for her husband.
I decided to write about what happens when bad times hit these two people at opposite ends of the spectrum. For Chloe, her misfortune drags her into homelessness, while tragedy drives Frank off the streets.
They meet at the soup kitchen and make a connection. It isn’t a slurpy love-at-first-sight moment, but he feels sorry for this woman in her still-fresh clothes and curly-clean hair. And she sees a kind face beneath his straggly beard. She hears the reassurance in his voice.
Too bad their paths won’t cross again until Frank is living in that abandoned house, and Chloe has hit rock bottom.
When they bump into each other at the soup kitchen, Frank offers Chloe a glimmer of hope that she can pull her life back together. She rekindles his lost sense of self-worth by taking his mind off his own problems. But they will not meet again until Frank is riding high as a working man, and Chloe has hit rock bottom.
By helping Chloe rebuild her broken life, Frank banishes the demons from his own past. Unfortunately, the past comes strolling back into their lives, threatening to destroy the happiness they have finally found.
Because Losing It All is written from two POVs, we're including excerpts from the first two chapters, which introduce Frank and Chloe.
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