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Dear Santa by Amelia Ryan from Greg Messel’s ‘Deadly Plunge’

000009In order to kick the holiday season off right, Literarily Speaking will be hosting authors from November 14 – December 14 with a fun way to celebrate the season called “Dear Santa.” Yep, lots of crazy, fun, sentimental, what have you, Dear Santa letters by authors of all genres. Only, this will be a little different as the Dear Santa letters won’t be from the author’s POV, but from their character’s POV. What a fun way to get inside the minds of some of these characters during the Christmas season!

Today’s guest is Amelia Ryan from Greg Messel’s Deadly Plunge!

Amelia Ryan is the girlfriend of the main protagonist in my new mystery series–Sam Slater. She is a TWA stewardess and 25 years old. She is a beautiful blonde who gets lots of attention from men and is often told that she looks like Grace Kelly. Amelia met Sam at the end of the summer of 1957. Amelia had just returned from a flight to Chicago. As she walked to her apartment in San Francisco, she was accosted by two drunks who began harassing and threatening her.  Suddenly, Sam appeared and rescued her. The two have been inseparable ever since that moment. Their relationship has blossomed and on Valentine’s Day 1958, Sam asked her to marry him. She said yes, but she’s has to keep her plans to marry Sam a secret from TWA, where married stewardesses will be forced to resign. Amelia loves to help Sam solve her private eye boyfriend solve cases. Now she has an opportunity to become an international stewardess traveling to London, Paris and Rome.

I’m sure Santa would love to have Amelia sit on his lap for a while.

1111Dear Santa,

I’ve had a great year and I’m so grateful for the great “gifts” I received this year.

By Christmas 1957, I found Sam who is the love of my life. He has totally changed my life. I was very busy and traveling all over the United States before I found Sam, but I was lonely.

I’ve always been a very romantic person but I had not met the right person. Now I have. Sam is a man worthy of my love and loyalty. He gave me a ring one day on the beach at Monterey.

I love my ring and I wear it on a chain around my neck to conceal it from the airline while I’m working.

I have two great loves in my life–I love my job and I love flying but I also dearly love Sam.

Now I have a chance to fulfill a dream I have had since I was a young girl–international travel. I can’t wait to go to London, Paris and Rome.

But if I marry Sam the airline will make me resign. It’s so unfair. No other airline employees have this restriction–just the women who are stewardesses.

All I want for Christmas is a letter from the airline that will waive the marriage ban and allow me to marry Sam but continue to travel in the job I love.

I hope that in 1958 I don’t have to give up the wonderful opportunities I get as a stewardess to marry Sam. If I have to choose I will of course choose Sam.

I sure hope there’s a way that I can have both.

About the Author:

Greg Messel 3Greg Messel has written five novels and three unpublished memoirs. He published his premiere novel “Sunbreaks” in 2009, followed by Expiation in 2010 and The Illusion of Certainty in 2011. Last of the Seals is the first in a series of mysteries which are set in 1957 San Francisco. The second book in the series Deadly Plunge will be published around Christmas of 2012. Greg grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has had a newspaper career as a columnist, sportswriter and news editor. He won a Wyoming Press Association Award as a columnist while working for a daily newspaper in Wyoming. Greg also spent many years in the corporate world as a Financial Manager. He now devotes his energies to writing at his home in Edmonds, Washington on the Puget Sound just north of Seattle, where he lives with his wife, Carol.

Visit Greg’s website at www.gregmessel.com.

Deadly Plunge 2About the Book:

Former baseball player and newly-minted private investigator, Sam Slater is hired to find out why a rich, politically-well connected San Francisco man, Arthur Bolender,  suddenly ended his life by plunging off of the Golden Gate Bridge. All those who know Arthur say unequivocally that he did not commit suicide.  However, Bolender’s body was found floating in San Francisco Bay and his car was abandoned in the traffic lane of the bridge.  Meanwhile, Sam’s romance with glamorous TWA stewardess Amelia Ryan continues to blossom and deepen. She is now his secret fiancee. Amelia also eagerly helps Sam solve his cases when she’s in town. The key to unraveling the mystery seems to be a strange old Victorian-style house. Bolender’s widow, a rich, seductive socialite named Maggie Bolender, was not even aware that her husband owned the house. What is really going on behind the doors of the mysterious house?  Finding the answers will plunge Sam and Amelia into a dangerous world of political intrigue in the exciting sequel to “Last of the Seals.”

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