This Ring by Jacqueline Paige
Genre: Paranormal / fantasy romance
Attempting to pick up the pieces of her life and heart, Emma flees to an isolated cottage on a lake. Not knowing what to do or where to start, she needs time to decide on her new life.
An invisibility curse has given Bryce forty years to reflect on past mistakes. The arrival of an intriguing woman brings him someone to watch, who just might be the first to see him in decades.
Together they may find their chance to live again…
This Ring was previously published in 2011 as one of the stories in the Curses book
About the Author:
Jacqueline Paige lives in Ontario in a small town that’s part of the popular Georgian Triangle area. No one has ever heard of Stayner, so she usually tells people she lives “near Collingwood” and no, she doesn’t ski at Blue Mountain or at all, in fact she’s not even fond of snow.
She began her writing career in 2006 and since her first published works in 2009 she hasn’t stopped. Jacqueline describes her writing as “all things paranormal”, which she has proven is her niche with stories of witches, ghosts, physics and shifters now on the shelves.
When Jacqueline isn’t working at her ‘reality job’ or lost in her writing she spends time with her five children, most of whom are finally able to look after her instead of the other way around. Together they do random road trips, that usually end up with them lost, shopping trips where they push every button in the toy aisle, hiking when there’s enough time to escape and bizarre things like creating new daring recipes in the kitchen. She’s a grandmother to four (so far) and looks forward to corrupting many more in the years to come.
Interview with Bryce Lawson from This Ring
J: I’ll try not to take up too much of your time today, I know you’re a busy man.
B: Not so much busy as trying to catch up on the last four decades. A lot happened.
J: I have to ask, where is the ring now?
B: *laughs* Well, Em was wearing it, but we decided it would probably be best if it we kept it in a safety deposit box.
J: No plans to pass it onto any children you might have then?
B: No. No, I can’t imagine wanting to do that to one of my own kids, to anyone’s kids.
J: But your father…
B: Yeah. He did and all I can say is I may have actually deserved that. I was so determined to be the way I wanted, I didn’t give a damn what my family wanted.
J: So you forgive him.
B: That’s a tricky question. Do I forgive him for taking away almost forty years of living? Mmm, not quite, but at the same time I wouldn’t have Em if he hadn’t done what he did.
J: I understand. So, what are some of the major differences between the seventies and today?
B: *laughs* What’s not different. The first few months were … I can’t even explain how shocking some things were. Uh, computers and the internet, now there’s something that still blows my mind. I mean the things you can see on your computer or phone are just … well, wow might not be the right word but it’s just crazy if not some completely illegal or should be.
J: I didn’t think you’d feel that way, I thought the seventies were a time of free love and such.
B: Free love and all that, it wasn’t exactly free for me was it? It cost me a lot of living.
J: I suppose it did. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today, Bryce.
B: Hey, no problem, Jacqueline.