When some friends in my Nice Girls Writing Naughty group started talking about the idea of an anthology, the idea intrigued me. We were to write a story that was a standalone, but linked to the others by an object – a piece of jewelry or an artifact. We decided to use a bracelet, and thus The Charmed Bracelet was born. Four romance stories where boy meets girl, but with a twist: in the beginning of the story, our characters find the bracelet and it brings them together. At the end of the story, they lose the bracelet, so it can be found by the next pair.
Rachel Wilder and I, who write as Noon & Wilder, wrote “Lost and Found,” about a computer programmer named Shannon who works for a large multinational firm in Chicago. Since she works with the European desk, she’s up and at ’em at three in the morning. Not much goes on at that time of day, until she witnesses a murder. The bracelet catches her eye, dropped behind a trash bin, and when she bends down to retrieve it, the bin shields her from the view of the murderer. There’s only one problem.
He finds out about her.
Enter our hero, Del, who realizes the danger she’s in. They don’t have any solid evidence of a murderous stalker, so he takes it on himself to provide protection. All that’s well and good, but not if the murderer figures out where Shannon is.
The Charmed Bracelet is available now at your favorite etailer. I hope you enjoy!
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
– E.E. Cummings