Martha O'Sullivan has loved reading romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing her own books is the realization of a lifelong dream. She is a graduate of Illinois State University where she wrote for the school newspaper and was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. She is also a former Acquisitions Editor at MacMillan Computer Publishing. Martha writes contemporary romances with male/female couples and happy endings. Her Chances Trilogy—Second Chance, Chance Encounter and Last Chance—is available in print and digital formats at retailers everywhere. Her new book, Christmas in Tahoe, was released in December 2022. A native Chicagoan, she lives her own happy ending in Florida with her husband and two daughters.
To My Readers,
My love affair with California began at the tender age of fifteen and continues today, nearly four decades later. So it should come as no surprise that the book of my heart, which somehow turned into a trilogy, is set there.
Maybe it was the ineffable thrill of a Midwestern girl seeing the ocean for the first time. Or the unapologetically bronzed beach bums with movie-star teeth playing volleyball in the sand. Perhaps the towering palm trees swaying against the impossibly blue sky. But that was in Southern California; my Chances Trilogy takes place in Lake Tahoe and San Francisco, hundreds of miles north.
I was an only child of the '70s, growing up in a place where short, fleeting summers turned into long, cold winters seemingly overnight. In high school, I often opted for the city bus because it stopped in front of the public library. It was just a branch, but they had loads of paperback books. And I always found myself drawn to the wire rack of slightly musty and lovingly tattered romance novels. The books took me to places all over the world where effortlessly beautiful, strong-minded heroines were swept off their feet by magnetic, irresistible heroes. I preferred the books to the afternoon soap operas because I could use my imagination to mold the characters to my liking. And if I found the ending disappointing, I would simply finish the story in my head with a more suitable outcome.
Writing such ideas down, however, took another thirty years. In the interim, I went to college and met my own hero. And he took me to San Francisco on our honeymoon. And, as cliché as it sounds, that’s where I left my heart. Well, part of it anyway. Because eight years later I went to Lake Tahoe for the first time. And my love affair with California moved even farther north.
I hope my Chances Trilogy—Second Chance, Chance Encounter and Last Chance—will take you there. And you’ll leave a little piece of your heart behind too.