Saturday, October 27, 2012

Highway to Love by Dani Burke

Our prolific class--we have another published author!

Just found out Danielle (Nanni) Berkemeir published her first novel in July, 
Highway to Love (pen name Dani Burke). Here's some info about the book:

Soon-to-be-married Alexis Parker and her flirty friend, Stephanie Bradford, find more than they dreamed of when Alexis' Lexus sputters and dies on a Chicago expressway. The hilarious and disconcerting events that follow introduce both of them to construction workers Joe Baker and Mike Murphy. Readers bounce up and down on their bumpy road to love. 

Stephanie Bradford's attraction to Joe Baker initially blinds her recognition of Mike Murphy's charms. When Joe and Alexis arrange a “by chance” meeting, their romance is kindled.

Alexis Parker's engagement to Richard Churchfield causes her to ignore his selfishness and personality flaws and repeatedly question her attraction to very generous and noble Joe Baker. Highway to Love takes the reader on a pothole-filled journey as Alex repeatedly denies Joe’s love and her own feelings. Joe possesses the extraordinary patience of a man in love. His kind and charismatic friend, Carolyn, often shares her feminine perspective with him along the way. As Alex's emotional and moral beliefs are tested, she is forced to create a new and more appropriate definition of true love as she sprints to the finish line. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Dani Burke has always been an avid fan of women's fiction. She finally decided it was time to try her hand at a little story telling of her own. Having resided in the Chicago area the better part of her life, it seemed appropriate to use this location as the setting for Highway to Love. Dani has spent her career with various legal teams in several real estate industry related companies. Currently she is a Legal Administrative Assistant for a Chicago real estate developer and resides with the love of her life in a Chicago suburb. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Very Little Mini-Reunion

Eleven of us dined together Wednesday evening thanks to Linda Verin while visiting from Birmingham, sort of a 45 year mini-reunion. Once again the years seem to mostly disappear when we talked about important things like Andy Simon's Rambler seats that collapsed all the way back; and Kay Speyer and Susie Shure seeing the Beatles 1964 concert at the Amphitheatre.

Some Elm Place alumni have already started planning for a 50 year celebration in 2013. Will Edgewood and Northwood follow?