Sergeant Samantha Brown moves from New York City to small town America to start what she hopes will be a new life. She and her nieces, nine-year-old Beatrice (Bea Bee) and three-quarters grown twelve-year-old Antonia, leave the big city they’ve known all their lives to start fresh after Samantha’s older sister dies suddenly of a brain aneurysm.
In Potterville, Sheriff Elizabeth is returning from eight months of family leave taken after her twin sons died in a school bus accident. As part of her trauma recovery, she advertises her sons’ things for sale, beginning with their beds. Samantha answers her ad, thinking the beds would be perfect for her nieces. When she arrives two hours late to Elizabeth’s home, she finds a quiet, sad woman that she tries to cheer up. One thing leads to another and she fixes Elizabeth lunch. Lunch leads to conversation. Conversation leads to the bedroom and a delightful reaffirmation of desirability for Elizabeth and Samantha.
Fate shows its ironic side. The following Monday, Elizabeth’s first day back to work is also Samantha’s first day on the same job. They discover their official roles when Elizabeth greets her newest employee during a typical new employee meet the boss interview. This is new ground for both women. How are they supposed to act? On the job, can they acknowledge each other as supervisor-employee, sheriff and sergeant, and nothing more? Outside of the job, should they continue to see each other or end the relationship?
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B.L. has always been in love with books and the words in them. She never thought she could create something with the words she knew. When she read ‘To Kill A Mocking Bird,’ she realized everyday experiences could be written about in a powerful, memorable way. She wasn’t quite sure what to do with that knowledge so she kept on reading. Walter Mosley’s short stories about Easy Rawlins and his friends encouraged BL to start writing in earnest. She felt she had a story to tell…maybe several of them. She’d always kept a diary of some sort, scraps of paper, pocketsize, notepads, blank backs of agency forms, or in the margins of books. It was her habit to make these little notes to herself. She thought someday she’d make them into a book. She wrote a workplace memoir based on the people she met during her 20 years as a property manager of city-owned buildings. Writing the memoir, led her to consider writing books that were not job-related. Once again, she did…producing romance novels with African American lesbians as main characters. She wrote the novels because she couldn’t find stories that matched who she wanted to read about …over forty, African American and female.