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About the author:
I have been telling the stories of real people and nonprofit organizations for 36 years. My work as a journalist, grant writer and fundraising executive requires me to write compelling prose under word count and available space constraints.

The novelist within screams "Let me out!"

Most Sunday afternoons and rare weekday evenings over two years, I ignored the disciplines of the technical writer and let the author have her way. Darien, the dashing chef driven by the pursuit of culinary perfection and hungry for a life-long partner in love. Ali, successful and settled but alone and wary of trusting a lover with her heart. Their separate worlds on either side of the East River - family and friends, fears and doubts, hopes and joys - converged in my imagination and compelled me to describe what they saw and write the words they spoke.

My fascination with fiction began as soon as I could read. Piles of hardcover and paperback novels, mysteries, science fiction and fantasy and Shakespearean plays checked out from the local library entertained me through childhood and adolescence. I remember trying to write my first novel with a pencil on lined paper at about age eight. My second serious attempt many years later resulted in the first draft of a science fiction and fantasy story that I hope to flesh out, polish up and publish in the not too distant future.

In many ways, my love life mirrored Ali's. Divorced and doubtful that I would ever find the love of my life, I answered an online post from a man in Toronto, Ontario looking to share "a newspaper in the morning and a glass of wine at night." He responded. We chatted online, ran up ridiculous long distance phone bills and even bigger credit card balances for round-trip airfares between Iowa and Canada before he proposed and I accepted.

The improbability of the story we're still writing together inspired my romance muse. Happily-ever-after happens in fiction and real life.


Authored by Teresa D LaBella

Sparks fly and passion ignites between reluctant lovers Alison "Ali" Clarke and Darien McKenna who got burned when they looked for everlasting love with the wrong partners. Can chemistry and shared interests in food, wine, film and an intense desire for happily-ever-after overcome their reservations?

The solitary yet satisfying lifestyle Ali carefully crafted through hard work and determination is upended when she meets the uncomfortably good-looking Chef Darien at a charity gala to feed the hungry of New York City. Despite doubts about his availability and their obvious age difference, she makes a reservation for one at Chez Nous, the upscale Midtown Manhattan restaurant where Darien commands the kitchen, hoping to attract the attention of the handsome executive chef. The rapid pace of the lovers' fiery romance begins an improbable adventure that neither could have alone and their journey to discover if love is ageless when it's meant to be.

Publication Date:
0992169623 / 9780992169626
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary

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