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Murfreesboro author pens romance title

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Author D.F. Jones. (Submitted photos)

The last book in a locally set paranormal romance series is here.

D.F. Jones has released "Sandy's Story," her final book in the "Ditch Lane Diaries" trilogy. (Dawn is her given name, but she uses her initials as her pen name.) The Rutherford County native owns Jones Media in Murfreesboro.

While I do not normally write about romance novels, which are not my thing, I decided to do so in this case since the author is local. The series is a gripping read, and I say that as a guy.

Each of the books in the series follows the adventures of a different friend in Middle Tennessee, with Rutherford County playing a large role. The other books are "Ruby's Choice" and "Anna's Way."

Jones said the series is for ages 18 and up with what she describes as a "medium heat level" in the romance department.

Without giving too much away, reading the opening scene of "Sandy's Story" is not for the faint of heart. The story shows a traumatic experience that happens in Sandy's childhood. I would not recommend this novel for children due to the graphic nature of the scene or the romance factor.

"Sandy's Story" follows Sandy from her 9-year-old self in 1966, when she has the abusive experience, to her young adulthood in the 1980s. Jones told me she included the traumatic scene in part because children in that era "were seen and not heard," and she wanted to address the topic of childhood sexual abuse.

Each book in the trilogy reveals more and more of a part of a spiritual battle in which the three friends become involved, with each of them receiving special spiritual powers. The title character of "Sandy's Story" has a guardian angel, Baldric, who falls in love with her. The chief villain is the devil, or Luc.

"Sandy's Story" has been her fans' favorite so far in the series, Jones said.

Jones said Baldric is one of her favorite characters in the series. She said she would like to write a spin-off series from the "Ditch Lane Diaries," perhaps in 2018 after she finishes some other book projects. The future series may focus on the current characters' children.

Each book in the "Ditch Lane Diaries" features chapter titles that are named for pop songs from a particular decade; chapters in "Sandy's Story" are taken from the 1980s.

The cover of "Sandy's Story," a paranormal book written by a Rutherford County native.

Jones' website is dfjonesauthor.com. She is also on Facebook. Jones runs book specials on a regular basis. The novels are available in paperback and on the Kindle, and is part of the Kindle Unlimited plan, she said.

-- Jason Reynolds is a staff writer for the Times-Gazette. His email address is jreynolds@t-g.com.