TITLE: BLUE LADY (The Angelica Mason Series)
AUTHOR: Stephany Tullis
GENRE: Contemporary Fiction/Romance/Shortstory
Angelica Mason is no joke. Her motto, ‘it’s my way or the highway’. You can take me or leave me she says but she’s more than sure you will take her.
No longer satisfied with her high power job in Washington DC, she returns home to Smoothville, Georgia looking for love. Specifically, the love of her life, the high school sweetheart she ditched when she went away to college.
Angelica is surprised when she discovers she loves her Smoothville Georgia City Manager position. She’s not a bit surprised, however, when she crosses paths with Shawn Mallory the man she plans to marry.
Is a Valentine’s Day wedding in the making?
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
It’s not warm when she’s away
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
She always gone too long anytime she goes away
Wonder this time where she’s gone
~~As sung by Bill Withers
Angelica Mason is no joke. In ten short years, she made a name for herself. Her designer bookshelf of awards and citations shouted her accomplishments in perfect harmony synchronized to the beat of her up-tempo ‘do it my way’ lifestyle.
After graduating from the University of Georgia, she took advantage of two of the many graduating gifts she received: a set of Louis Vuitton luggage from her god-mother and an all expense paid trip to Italy from her parents. For five months, she enjoyed the Mediterranean and authentic Italian cuisine while showcasing her five years of studying Italian. She’d never admit -out-loud anyway-that her ethereal experience at the Sistine Chapel was overshadowed by her shopping spree in Milan’s Montenapoleone. St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican were no match for Dolce & Gabbana!
Refreshed and invigorated, she returned from Italy heading to the political powerhouse of the 21st century; Washington, DC. Here she planned to match the political theory behind her Masters degree in political science with the realities of US politics. She was off to a great start when she learned just before her return that she landed a spot in the Presidential Management Fellows Program. She fast tracked through the program when the Director of Immigration learned she scripted the white paper on ‘Immigration Reform: Constitutional Issues and Exploration’.
She excelled in her position in the Director’s office earning quite the reputation for trouble shooting: the big and the small. Initially she thrived on living life in the fast lane and with the powerbrokers that refused to use signal lights or warning signs or so she thought until she learned to read their unwritten, not to be violated, rules and moves.
Suddenly, and if asked, Angelica could articulate in great detail the moment she made the conscious decision to no longer interpret the DC maneuvers and machinations: 6 PM, Monday, January 1st.
At 6:45 AM, she woke promptly to the alarm of her internal clock, pulled and laid out one of her 10 tailored black pant suits, her Monday morning professionally pressed white shirt and headed to the shower. As was the norm, she sprinted into her small but efficient high tech kitchen and poured her usual glass of orange juice and hit the TV remote. Instead of ‘Morning Joe’, a lively sing song voice reminded her to tune in later to the New Year’s Day Rose Bowl Parade. She sat at her kitchen counter staring at the high def TV ‘on again off again’ images for one solid hour.
By 7:45 AM, she curled up in her massive king size bed still wrapped in her bath towel.
At 9:45 AM, she woke to the flashing local winter storm warning alerts scrolling across the bottom of her TV screen accompanied by the lush green, pink, orange and yellow landscaped images of Pasadena, California and seeming never ending line of holiday parade floats.
At 12 NOON, she woke again; this time to garish stomach growls.
At 2 PM, she ordered Chinese takeout. When she opened her eyes at 5 PM, she realized she had a problem.
At 6 PM, she knew she would resign from her job.
At 8 PM, she acknowledged that her problem was so much bigger than her job.
At 10 PM, she speed dialed Shawn Mallory only to learn he no longer could be reached on the almost ten year old contact number because ‘this number is no longer in service’.
On February 1st, at 6:45 AM, she showered then drank her morning juice while tuning in to ‘Morning Joe’. She giggled as she opened her closet, closed her eyes, and grinned when she saw she’d pulled out a peacock colored blouse to wear with her tailored off white pants suit. All she needed were her pearl earrings and beads.
Instead of the DC Metro, she hopped into her newly financed Audi RS Q3 and headed downtown to the Smoothville City Hall.”
My spirituality is the force behind my being. In my world, there is no life without writing, traveling, family, music and my love of politics. My loves and interests are central to my writing.
I published my first novel The Master’s Plan, A Novel About Purpose in November 2013 and my first Christmas novel, 48 Hours ‘Til Christmas, in November 2014.
BLUE LADY (a short story), published in February 2015, launched my first series, The Angelica Mason Series. The first full installment in this series, entitled BLUE LADY’S Sweet Dreams is scheduled for release November 6th 2015 to be followed by BLUE LADY’S Mission Impossible in Spring 2016.
I love Christmas and all the merriment and joy that it brings! My 2015 Christmas release Love, Peace & Joy is on pre-order, scheduled for release October 30th 2015.
I live in Georgia with my family where I continue to write professionally and have published on Examiner.com as Atlanta’s Society and Culture Examiner and in various health related peer review journals.
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