Roses in December

It’s the early 1970s and Annie Aldridge is in love with poetic, whimsical Ethan Jackson. Just across the street, police detective Al Tortino admires Annie from a careful distance. Eventually, Al’s deepening, unrequited love for Annie wears away at his pragmatic nature; and when the detective’s judgment finally slips, a terrible price may come for all to pay.

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Annie Aldridge is in love with poetic, whimsical Ethan Jackson. But Ethan is a man in search of himself and is unable to decide with whom he wants to be. Just across the street, police detective Al Tortino, admires Annie from a careful distance. But for Annie, their handsome neighbor is little more than an increasing annoyance, despite his being close friends with her uncle and young niece, with whom Annie lives in the imposing old Graystone house.

The harder Annie struggles to win over the elusive Ethan, the more hopelessly entangled her life becomes with the caring, classically handsome detective. Soon, despite the lamentations of her family, she loathes the very sight of her neighbor and refuses to speak to him at all.

Yet as Annie pines for Ethan, Al has the case of his career to solve: A maniac is attacking people on the streets of North Park. Al’s deepening love for Annie wears away at his pragmatic nature; but when the detective’s judgment finally slips, a terrible price may come for all to pay.

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L. Mosz lives in southwestern Montana. She enjoys writing and the great outdoors. Her other hobbies include bike riding, hiking, cooking, reading, and traveling to Arizona to visit her 93-year-old mother. She works in a rehab center.

When she was a child, she didn’t like school and cried every day of the first grade. From a large family, she preferred to stay at home and play with her brothers and sisters. While being teased by schoolmates and criticized by the teacher at school every day, she also missed her mother. Later in life with children of her own, she tried not to pass her dislike of the school setting on to them. But they seemed to inherit the trait nevertheless and insisted on being homeschooled, which was all the rage at the time. So for many long years she work evenings and homeschooled days, an exhausting undertaking. However, the kids grew up to graduate from college and go on to graduate or law school. At long last, there was finally some spare time to write and ride her bike.

 

Thus far R. L. Mosz has published two novels, but there were many other previous manuscripts that never quite made it to publication. Currently she is working on a third, which she hopes to publish by the summer of 2015.