Everyone’s got personal baggage, but Rusty Scanlon thinks she’s carrying more than her fair share. Owner of a trendy boutique in the outskirts of New York City, Rusty has an eye for fashion and a gift for messing up her love life. She doesn’t trust men. They’ve all abandoned her – the first being her carpenter father, who ran out on her and her mother when she was only six years old.
When she meets Walter Margolis, a guy who adores her, she thinks she has it all. Not so, she discovers when she tells him she’s pregnant and he suggests a paternity test. Rusty doesn’t know what to make of Walter’s reaction until he reveals the details of the accident he thinks he caused as a teenager, and the guilt that has tormented him all his adult life.
When a smooth-talking con man puts two and two together, ‘by the way’ mentioning that he once knew Rusty’s father, and also her mother – they apparently had a ‘thing’ some years back – she realizes he’s after something. She decides it’s time to find out the truth, and find her father. Until she does, she can’t fully commit to the life she hopes to share with Walter.
Rusty’s emotional rollercoaster ride is full of twists and turns that teach her and those around her about losing love and finding it, and what it means to be a family.
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About the Author
I began my varied career as an interior designer, where I held the job of coordinator of the Interior Design/Decorating Certificate Program at Queensborough Community College for twenty years. I remain on the faculty teaching courses in design, decorative arts and creative writing. My first novel, “Lily Steps Out” (Penumbra 2012)—twelve years in the making—earned “Published & Proud,” a feature article in Newsday’s Act II, followed by “Rita Steps Out,” in the Times Ledger. My short stories appeared in many literary journals including The Alaska Quarterly Review, before they were included in the collection, “Alterations” (Penumbra 2013). “Feminine Products,” is my most recent novel (Penumbra 2015). I love to read and write about the books I read and enjoy being the book reviewer for the Fire Island News. I like talking about writing and other topics that interest me, and as a speaker I’ve presented at libraries and synagogues, at Hofstra University and CW Post Hutton House, on topics as varied as decorative arts, interior design, the talk, "Writing and Publishing in the Modern Age, or So You've Written a Book; Now What?" and "Coco Chanel ~ The Woman-The Legend." As far as blog talk radio, I read a segment from Alterations on "The Author's Corner" for Public Radio, guested on The Writer's Dream, LTV, and The Amy Beth Arkway Show. When I think about it, there are a lot similarities between interior design and writing. "It's creativity at work. Writing is another form of design. In rooms, you put fabrics and furnishings together, aiming for that perfect note of color, texture and scale. Everything arranged in a way that instantly strikes the eye as a balanced whole. Writing is similar, except that instead of objects, you put people and plot together to create that balance. A world made with words. http://www.ritaplush.com and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ritaplush.