Keeper by Surprise by Laurie Larsen
Publication Date: September 2012
Genre: NA Romance
College life provides the reprieve Keith Hanson dreamed of while growing up in his father's strict household. Now, he concentrates on keeping his grades up (just enough to get Dad off his back), and loving his girlfriend Carly. He never knew life could be this good. Until a terrible accident leaves his parents killed, and Keith named as guardian over his three siblings. Although only 20, he's the one now who has to earn money to support the family and take care of the kids. Including the discipline, something his teenage sister Dana is totally lacking.
Brand new social worker Lisa Carle has a lot to prove to her boss about her ability to do a good job. But it's hard to focus on professionalism when she's falling in love with the client. Can the two of them help each other? And will their budding relationship survive screaming twins, a teenage runaway and an unethical boss?
About this author:
Since as far back as I can remember, I’ve been a writer. As a child, I wrote stories featuring my favorite characters at the time: horses. I created plays and nagged my neighborhood friends into acting, while I produced and directed, and presented them to our parents. I constantly kept a journal, a way to document my life’s events, and also try to make sense of the world around me. As a student at Blackburn College, I majored in English, and accepted my first job as an assistant editor at a small magazine publishing company.
Somewhere along the way, though, life got in the way. The salary that the magazine paid me to do the work I loved was minimal. Insulting, even. I needed to finance the basics of life – a home, a car, food. So I left the magazine, and embarked on a very different kind of career with a large insurance company. I got lots of opportunities — I paid health insurance claims, I taught the computer to insurance agents, I supervised customer service representatives in the billing department. I love my career and all the complex challenges I encounter there. During the course of my duties, I wrote memos and evaluations, but nothing that satisfied that creative urge within me to express myself.
When my life was at its busiest, juggling the responsibilities of marriage, homeownership, motherhood, and a full time career, I decided to resurrect my dream. I began writing – only in dribs and drabs, because that’s all I had time for. I looked forward to running up to my “office” (actually, my guest bedroom) every day, so I could spend my allotted one hour (the most I could convince my kids to leave me to myself) and write. The result was my first published book: Whispers of the Heart.
I was absolutely thrilled when Publishamerica, the first publisher I sent the manuscript to, loved it and wanted to publish it. Since then, I’ve been hooked. Since I began Whispers in 1998, I’ve consistently had a project underway. I now have six books published, and three more completed manuscripts which I’m shopping around, hoping to find a publisher who believes in them as much as I do. Along the way, I’ve won a couple awards, done many booksignings and appearances and met a lot of great people, both readers and writers.
Life is still busy. I’m currently a manager in the Information Technology field. My day job is a fast-paced, stress-filled environment. My husband and I are the proud parents of two sons. Seventeen and twenty, my oldest is in college and my younger is in high school. Although parenting changes the older they get, it’s still the most rewarding part of my life helping my boys grow and mature into their own lives.