What About a Stranger?

I have a fabulous guest on my blog today. She’s such a delightful friend of mine and she and I have laughed and talked, joked and shared writing stories and I’m proud to call her my friend as an awesome writer. She’s on a great blog tour so don’t forget to take a peek and introduce yourself to more writers. Please welcome….


A soft, velvet petal seemed to glide from her forehead to her nose. Opening her eyes, she saw the stranger holding a black calla lily as it traveled to her lips, and then to her chin.

“Hey, Chel, you worked hard today. Bet you’d like a massage.”

“Who are you?” Rachel wobbled, trying to gain back the composure she’d lost.MFW Anthology Cover 200x300

“My name’s not important.”

“What are you doing in my cabin?”

“You left the door open. I saw your light when I was on the lake. I bought these in town for you.”

On her table sat a bouquet of black and white calla lilies in an iridescent vase with a silver bow.

“What makes you think I’d let you touch me? I should be calling the cops.”

The stranger stepped toward her. As his hand cradled her head, she pulled herself into his warm, calming arms.

“That’s my girl,” he whispered in her ear. “You want me to take care of you?”

“Yes,” she murmured as tears rolled down her cheeks and the delusional feeling of calm came over her again.

“I’ll take care of you.”

His warm, calloused hand stroked her back and her legs seemed to melt. In a fluid motion, he swept her up in his arms and carried her to the bedroom. Laying her down, he removed her tennis shoes and dropped them at the end of her bed. Taking her left hand in his, he massaged his way up her arm.

His strong thumbs brought feeling back into her aching muscles. Then the stranger worked on her aching feet, which hadn’t been touched since before Mark had died. With her feet in his lap he massaged Rachel as she drifted away.

His hands moved to her calves, but she was surrounded by darkness. With each digging stroke of his thumb, Rachel thought of questions to ask him, but nothing came out. The care he showed her body’s aches caused her memories of Mark to appear in her sleepy haze.


Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, and just as many love stories. Love in the Land of Lakes brings you seventeen of these stories, from two childhood sweethearts connecting on the end of a dock on a warm summer’s evening, to a city boy’s chaotic weekend at his girlfriend’s primitive cabin. We bring you the story of a savvy horse who leads her owner to love in post–Civil War farm country, and the haunting romance of an ageless gambler who inhabits a historic riverboat and charms the boat’s new owner.

A kaleidoscope of sunshine, snowstorms, and thunderstorms grace our contemporary, mystery, historical, and paranormal stories as the authors of Midwest Fiction Writers spin lovely romances that will send you drifting into happily ever afters.

Click here to see where the authors are stopping to blog and chat with you the reader.

Our Stories:

Laura Breck

Bobbers ‘N Bait – The evocative marketing gimmick at the new bait store in town has the fishing outfitter all hot and bothered.

Rhonda Brutt

A Cut Above the Rest – Rachel knew that a simple haircut had the power to change someone’s life. What she wasn’t counting on though, was how it would change hers.

Amy Hahn

Lira & Gavril – A dilapidated riverboat brings together a passionate historic preservationist and a man who called it home during the Victorian era.

Rosemary Heim

Lake Dreams – Olivia had her life all planned out. All except for that one impulsive night with her childhood crush. Can he convince her the result is worth the risk?

Ann Hinnenkamp

Hook, Line and Stinker – An LA makeover artist comes home to Minnesota and must use all her skills to tame a wild man.

Kathy Johnson

Snowbound – Caught in a snowstorm, the last person she expects to need her help is the man she loved but lost to someone else.

Rose Marie Meuwissen

Dancing in the Moonlight – Anna Thorstad never imagined reopening her parents’ lake cabin would also open her heart to love again.

Barbara Mills

Hooked – An avid outdoorswoman takes her city born and raised boyfriend for a chaotic weekend at her family’s primitive cabin on the lake.

J.S. Overmier

Henrietta’s Man – A savvy horse carries her Civil War-torn soldier north in search of healing and a future.

Jana Otto

Coming Home – A young widow’s faith and courage are tested when she falls in love with her husband’s best friend.

Michel Prince

Her Stranger – Each night a stranger comes to Rachel’s cabin door. What is it that makes her fall into his arms?

Mary Schenten

Lake Secrets – A weekend getaway at the scene of the crime has Elly struggling to keep a secret from her best friend.

Susan Sey

Unwrapped – Movie star Sloan Leighton sells love; she doesn’t believe in it. Then one frozen midnight on the shores of Lake Superior, everything changes.

Joel Skelton

The Bouncing Bobber – Will a budding romance, sidetracked by youth and ambition, be what it takes to lure Jacob and Nate back into love’s net?

Lizbeth Selvig

What’s Up Dock? – Sophie’s handsome new neighbor is burying body bags in his garden. But he’s afraid of raccoons—how could he be a killer?

Naomi Stone

Wind from the Lake – Wishing on a star? Alien contact? When childhood friends Connie and Hank meet again, they don’t need to believe in anything but each other.

Jody Vitek

Roadside Catch – She swore off relationships with doctors, until one finds her injured on the roadside and has her rethinking the possibilities.


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3 Responses to What About a Stranger?

  1. Thanks for hosting us today


  2. Jody Vitek says:

    Michel, your story was a little surprising when I first started reading it because I questioned her letting this stranger into her life. Then I caught on and loved the ending! It is a fantastic story, as are the rest of them.


  3. Nan Dixon says:

    Lovely excerpt!


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