When a publisher call came for stories with an “All Aboard” theme, I pulled from the local history for the opening to the story, “Station to Station.”
The area of the country I live in has a long and storied rail history and it’s hard to find a family with roots in the community that doesn’t have a connection to the rails. My great-grandfather was a railroad man, as were two of his five sons. Even today, the CSX, Norfolk Southern, and the Winchester and Western Railroads roll through town on a regular basis.
As long as I can remember there’s been talk of building a commuter rail from the county seat to the Baltimore/Washington area. It’s anyone’s guess if it will happen here, but in my little world of fictional Marionville, it was easy to make happen. All I needed were the right characters - Scott and Dakota.
I hope you enjoy Station to Station.
Scott Thomas welcomes the assignment when he’s tagged to oversee the new commuter rail line from Easton to Marionville, a high-profile project that demands expertise. His love of trains makes him a natural for the job. When a friend invites him on a Mystery Train Dinner Adventure, Scott’s onboard for an evening of fun, and gets more than he ever dreamed about when he meets his ideal tall, dark-haired stranger on the train.
Dakota Reece views the new commuter rail as the opening he’s needed for him and his brother to build their own firm and future. Planning a start-up company while toiling on the commuter rail project is hard work, and Dakota takes an evening off to relax on the Mystery Train. When the train stops to serve dinner, Dakota is boldly cruised by a fellow passenger. He has to get to know this smart, sexy man and asks Scott to join him for a drink.
Scott and Dakota hit it off and a quiet cup of coffee leads to unexpected possibilities—and consequences. Their budding relationship could cause a multimillion dollar conflict-of-interest charge. When Dakota makes a sudden decision to advance his timeline, Scott will do whatever is necessary to keep them together, on track, and avoiding derailment.
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