At twenty-two, Leanne Declan has graduated from college and hopes to take over the family farm until a tragic accident changes her life forever. Unable to do the simplest everyday chores, she must depend on her family and friends as she learns to face life’s challenges. But when her fears threaten to destroy her future, can an unexpected love be strong enough to help her dreams come true?
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Putting Myself In My Character’s Shoes
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In my recent release, Accidental Romance, the main character, Leanne, loses her hand in a farming accident. While I had many resources and some of my own experiences with living in the country and on a dairy farm, I had no idea how it felt to lose a limb. So, I decided to spend a few hours (while the kids were at school) keeping my dominant hand in a fist, and trying to use my other hand to do daily tasks. It was not at all easy. And it left me grateful I still have all of my limbs. Here are the things I found hardest to do:
- Brushing my hair – I almost always use my dominant hand for this
- Getting dressed – Not easy at all. I had to limit what clothes I could wear. Jeans & bras = impossible.
- Going to the bathroom – Now this is difficult for so many reasons. It’s not the going that’s hard. It’s the wiping and getting your underwear and pants back up after. Can we say wedgie? And how on Earth are you supposed to wash your hands with only one hand? Sure, after the stump has healed, it will be easier, but until those bandages are removed…
- Writing – writing a simple note to myself as a reminder. Well, if I could read my handwriting, it would be okay.
- Tying shoes – Um, yeah right! Slip-ons only.
So, tell me. Think of all of the things you do in a day. If you lost your dominant hand, what would you find most difficult? If you get a chance, try not using your hand for an hour, and just see how much life changes.
A million needles pierced her wrist. She had to get away from the fire. Leanne flicked open her eyes, screaming, longing for the agony to stop.
White walls surrounded her. Machines beeped. Taking in the new scenery, she closed her mouth, the pain forgotten. Bags filled with clear liquids as well as blood hung from a metal pole. She followed the tubes from the bags into her left hand. Was that where the burn came from? She glanced at the other arm, the end of which was wrapped in thick bandages. The image of spinning blades and her mangled flesh flashed before her eyes. She screamed again, tears falling down her cheeks. This can’t be happening.
Bodies rushed into the room, many in scrubs. With her vision blurred, she didn’t recognize anyone. All strangers. She was in the foreign place by herself. A nightmare. Has to be.
“Shh, calm down, sweetie. You’ll be okay.”
A familiar voice. She glanced to her other side to see her mom standing beside her, her eyes glassy. She held her hand, but Leanne couldn’t feel it, only the throbbing which had returned to her other one, the one that was…gone? She groaned, turning on her side, and pulled her knees up to her chest.
“Mom, is it really…?”
She brushed her fingers over her forehead. “Don’t worry about it right now. You need to rest.”
“It hurts so bad.”
“I know.” Her mother stroked her face again. “But the nurses will help it go away.”
“Leanne,” one of the nurses hovering around her said. “I want you to take deep breaths and count backward from ten.”
“Ten.” She sucked in air and cried out in agony.
Between clenched teeth, she continued. Anything to stop the pain. “Nine.”
Ice traveled through her veins. “Eight.”
The throbbing slowly ebbed away. Seven.
Darkness swept over her and pulled her down with it.
Jessica Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.
When Jessica isn't reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.
Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.
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