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Last night Arden, Nick and I went to a wonderful Mexican restaurant on Alki Point in West Seattle.  I have been there many times for business lunches and I am always intrigued with the exciting and varied meal options.  It is not your typical Seattle area Mexican restaurant menu.

As we were settling in, and I looked over the menu in anticipation, a horrible thought crossed my mind. “Oh no, what will Nick like here.”  As I have mentioned before, Nick can be pretty set in his ways including what he wants to eat.  I didn’t see anything on the menu that I thought he would like.  I was worried.  He looked at me and said, “What they have, I have a taco?”  A taco to Nick is called a burrito by everyone else.  I didn’t see one on the menu.  So I said, “well, let me see.” and I began to read some menu item descriptions to him.  After each one I read, he asked, “What else they have?”  Which in Nick speak, means I don’t want that, find something else.  I was more than a little concerned.  We were meeting friends for dinner and if Nick is not happy with his meal, it can be quite awkward to hold conversations because he will loudly interrupt everyone to talk about what he is upset about.

Fortunately the server was walking by and I caught her attention.  She asked, “Can I help you?”  I told her what Nick was looking for to eat, and asked her if they had something similar on the menu, or if the chef would be willing to make what Nick wanted.  She thought for a moment and said, “I think the burrito on our children’s menu would be perfect.”  I didn’t even know that they had a children’s menu.  She was right it was perfect.

Again I was reminded that if I am willing to ask  questions, typically I can get what I am looking for.  Matthew 7:7 in the Bible reminds us, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

Nick absolutely loved his taco and the dinner conversation was very pleasant.  We all received what we were looking for.

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Announcing that I have finished a book with the working title of “The Fairy Fort.” I am currently pitching it to publishers. Keep checking back to watch the progress of my newest novel.

Here is a quick glimpse of the story.

Sarah Doherty is an 18-year-old living in rural Ireland at the tail end of the Great War. Plagued by severe epilepsy, she is protected by her parents and lives a sheltered, secluded, lonely life. The Fae, local Irish fairies, interfere with her life. She falls forward a century in time through the local fairy fort of standing stones. She had a seizure in 1918 and woke up in 2020. The 21st century world includes life-saving prescriptions, physical comforts and the independence and freedom she seeks. The locals are welcoming and Andy Mclaughlin, a handsome young historian, is intriguing. She doesn’t want to return home.

Then a letter arrives from Boston divulging the story of Sarah and Andy’s lives that are deeply entwined in the previous century. They are not yet in love but as they seek to verify the letter through online resources, they feel a growing obligation to their unborn family and to each other. What would happen to their posterity living in Boston if they don’t return to 1918? Even if they do make it back, her parents can never know what happened to her or that would change everything.

This Young Adult time-travel romance explores the question: Do we have the freedom to make choices or is free will an elaborate illusion?

This is my third book. I love reading time travel romances. I am an advocate for epilepsy awareness because my 43-year-old son has intractable epilepsy. As a genealogist specializing in Irish research, I live part of the year in the village where the story is based. I wrote the book to help young adults understand that difficult situations can change your life. Sometimes miraculously.