Today my guest is author Mike Lord, who also writes romance as Adam Mann. Mike says he only writes about places he knows, but since he lived and worked in Africa, Asia and Europe, he has a good chunk of the world to set his stories in. Mike wants you to know that the word "boondocks" originated as military slang used by American soldiers engaging guerrillas in the Philippines before World War II, from Tagalog bundok, mountain, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *bunduk, or elevated ground. The word has since been used by many others to denote a remote and wild area in any country. Thanks for being here today, Mike!
Love in the Boondocks – a novel by Adam Mann.
Kim has just been divorced by an uncaring husband who was more interested in her money than herself. She finds work as a Primary School teacher in several remote villages, where she meets Dave who is working with farmer families in some of the same villages. She finds him attractive and “sets her cap” at him.
Fortunately she speaks English so she manages to meet Dave in several locations before meeting him one evening in his small cottage, on the pretext of getting a lift to a village.
You, the reader, will have to find out what happens next…
Love in the Boondocks – excerpt:
Dave held her hand as they walked into a gold and silver shop, and the lady shopkeeper smiled at them. It wasn’t until a tray of engagements rings was placed on the counter in front of her that ‘the penny dropped’, and she put her hand to her mouth in alarm.
“Ask her for a sapphire with small diamonds, darling,” he told her.
Kim’s mind was in a whirl, this was all so sudden, but she took a deep breath and translated exactly what Dave had asked.
Another tray of rings was put on the counter, and it was Dave who pointed at one.
The shopkeeper took it out of the tray and quickly polished the ring with a yellow cloth, and offered it to Kim.
Kim took a deep breath and looked at Dave, who nodded.
She put the ring on her engagement finger, and looked at the back of her hand.
There was a blue sapphire in the centre with five small diamonds all around it, and it sparkled on the back of her golden hand.
She didn’t look for any other rings, but nodded at Dave, and just couldn’t stop smiling as she held his arm with her right hand for support.
Dave paid with a Visa card, and wouldn’t let Kim see the price. It took a few minutes for Visa approval, and then the paperwork with the description and weight of the stones in the ring and the gold band, all in Kim’s name.
“Can I kiss him in here?” she wondered, but did not hesitate and kissed Dave with her arms around his neck. The shopkeeper smiled, and the staff in the back of the shop clapped.
Back in the car she asked, “Why did you ask for sapphire, darling?”
“To go with your dress,” he joked, as he wound his way out of the town centre to Kim’s parents’ house.
Mike Lord has worked for over 50 years in what is called “developing economies”. Most of the time Mike’s work has been with the thousands of small scale farmers, who have appreciated sustainable livelihoods, so that they now have enough food to feed themselves, and also some to sell so that they have a cash income. That is why most of Mike’s novels are set in these remote locations.
Three years ago Mike finally retired and started writing, and has now produced 32 fantasy romance books, nine of which have been published, and 23 self-published at Smashwords and Amazon KDP.
Mike Lord is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia.
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