At I Heart Lesfic, we believe the world could use a bit more kindness after one of the hardest and longest of years. Many authors have signed up to help IHL spread kindness in the world.
Today, the wonderful Tracey Richardson is here to share a story. Also, Tracey is giving away 1 ecopy of Thursday Afternoons. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.
Take it away, Tracey.
Kindness During Bleak Times
Kindness has been the most positive thing to come out of the world pandemic. Or maybe in bleak times we just notice acts of kindness more.
During the early Covid lockdown (April, 2020), without warning I came down with an abscessed tooth. The pain was excruciating, and so was my anxiety because dental offices were mostly closed and help was extremely limited. A phone call to my doctor resulted in antibiotics right away, but as for fixing the problem (i.e., root canal), the situation was a sticky one. My dentist allowed me in but only to diagnose the problem with an X-ray and exam. Under lockdown rules he wasn’t allowed to do anything else.
My anxiety heightened as the days and weeks went by. I messaged a friendly acquaintance of mine because both she and her husband are dentists. Through that contact, I was able to get in to see my friend’s husband for a root canal. He had completely rebuilt their dental practice with all the safest measures available, like sealing off rooms, installing air scrubbers and so forth. So off I went for my two-hour root canal.
While I was there, I asked him if he could also finish crowning a different tooth, which I had been in the middle of completing with my regular dentist when Covid hit. I had the permanent crown in my possession, I just needed someone to install it. Happily, he agreed to do this in a separate half-hour appointment.
When I finished up, I asked what I owed him. He said “nothing. Nobody should profit because of Covid.” So even though he and his assistant spent a half hour of their time installing my crown, he refused to take any money for it.
I felt like I got my life back because for weeks, between the abscessed tooth and the other tooth that needed a crown installed, I was in a real state of anxiety wondering when my dentist’s office would be able to fully open again. Kindness was very much shown to me throughout that ordeal, for which I’m so grateful!
by Tracey Richardson
Thursdays aren’t simply another day of the week for Amy Spencer and Ellis Hall. Thursday afternoons sizzle with no-strings sex for the two women, who meet each week in a hotel room to forget their past—and their present.
The arrangement works perfectly for Amy, a busy surgeon who’s still smarting from a failed relationship. For Ellis, Thursday afternoons act as a pressure valve from her cutthroat job and the mistakes in her personal life she’s trying to rectify.
But soon the pair discover that their outside worlds are on a collision course with the carefully constructed world they’ve created on Thursday afternoons. What will happen when they discover the truth about each other? Will their weekly assignations come to a screeching halt, or will they turn into something much, much more…
MEET THE AUTHOR
Tracey Richardson is a retired newspaper journalist who’s written 13 lesbian romance novels for Bella Books, two of which were Lambda Literary finalists.
She lives with her wife and dogs in the Great Lakes region of Ontario, Canada.
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