Author Spotlight: A Note from an Old Acquaintance by Bill Walker
Brian Weller is a haunted man. It’s been two years since the tragic accident that left his three-year-old son dead and his wife in an irreversible coma. A popular author of mega-selling thrillers, Brian’s life has reached a crossroads: his new book is stalled, his wife’s prognosis is dire, and he teeters on the brink of despair.
Everything changes the morning an e-mail arrives from Boston artist Joanna Richman. Her heartfelt note brings back all the poignant memories: the night their eyes met, the fiery passion of their short-lived affair, and the agonizing moment he was forced to leave Joanna forever. Now, fifteen years later, the guilt and anger threaten to overwhelm him. Vowing to make things right, Brian arranges a book-signing tour that will take him back to Boston. He is eager to see Joanna again, but remains unsure where their reunion will lead. One thing is certain: the forces that tore their love asunder will stop at nothing to keep them apart.
“Please tell me why you’re doing this, Brian! Please!”
He tried opening his mouth, tried to tell her the truth, but the words he’d always wielded with such effortless aplomb, failed him, slipping away like smoke on a windy day. His throat felt as if it were gripped in a vise, his mind a flat, cracked slab of flyblown desert; and her muted sobs echoing through the phone’s earpiece made him want to take it all back. Every word. But how could he do that, now?
“I—I’m sorry, Joanna…for everything….”
THE PHONE JANGLED, RIPPING Brian Weller out of the dream. He sat up, gasping, sounds and images jumbling in his groggy brain until none of it made any sense.
The phone rang again, startling him.
He grabbed it, his eyes struggling against the darkness in the room.
What time was it?
Jesus, it was only 6:00. It felt even earlier due to the late night he’d spent at the computer.
Read the Reviews!
"A very touching novel that will make your heart ache."
"Mr. Walker’s book is a very entertaining and quick read...I really did find this book to be both heart-wrenching and heart warming."
"A Note From An Old Acquaintance is a beautifully crafted story of hope, determination and the belief that love can conquer all."
"Bill Walker has created a novel with interesting characters and a fascinating look at the inner workings of an artist's life...This book is recommended for lovers of romance as well as those who enjoy reading about moral choices."
Bill Walker is a graphic designer specializing in book and dust jacket design, and has worked on projects by Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King. Between his design work and his writing, he spends his spare time reading voraciously and playing very loud guitar, much to the chagrin of his lovely wife and two sons. Bill makes his home in Los Angeles and can be reached through his web site: http://www.billwalkerdesigns.com/