If you've read With Baited Breath, the first Lotus Bay Mystery novel, you know that Noreen is part-owner of The Bay Bay, which is right next door to the wreck of a house Kathy Grant wants to turn into a B&B.
Noreen was an office worker who rode a motorcycle. (Although, she's not into tatts, so don't ask if she has any.) She met Paul Darby, owner of the bar, on a Poker Run, and it was love at first sight. She traded in her job and now she'd the short-order cook at the bar.
Wow, what a change. She went from filing papers to flipping burgers. From eight hours a day to whatever it took to keep the customers happy, and since the bar also takes in fishermen (they've got two rooms to let), she's also in charge of keeping those rooms clean and ready for the next guest.
She liked her life, but it got better when she met Tori Cannon, her BFF Kathy, and Tori's childhood friend, Anissa. What do they all have in common? Being business owners .... or at least they have that goal in mind.
It was Noreen who held out the hand of friendship.
“It’s a tough life. Not only do I cook, but I keep the rooms clean, too. And let me tell you, some of our guests are real pigs—and they’re not all men.”
“I hear you,” Kathy said, taking a sip of her neglected drink. The ice had melted, leaving it watery. “We’re starting with the bait shop. We’ll scrub the outside walls and start painting it tomorrow.”
“We’ve got a power washer. We’d be glad to loan it to you guys.”
“That’s very generous of you. I’ll take you up on it. Thanks.”
“Anything to help out Herb,” Noreen said. “I’ll be back in the kitchen about eight in the morning. Knock on the door and you can pick it up then.”
That was the beginning.
So you can see that Noreen is a real sweetheart.
I'm currently figuring out the next adventure for these entrepreneurial ladies, including fleshing out Noreen's character. What do you think? Should she have a funny hobby? Collect something strange? Knit sweaters for birds with no feathers? Come on--share your ideas.
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