Spotlight: Mike Owens

IT HAD TO BE YOU by Mike Owens

PHIL Claussen couldn’t very well leave her out there in the middle of nowhere, shoeless and barely dressed, so he offered her a ride. When he asks why she’s hitchhiking on a deserted road, she says, “Waiting for you. I’ve been waiting for you for a long time.” “Impossible,” he says. “I’ve never set foot in Oklahoma before.” He asks more questions but gets very few answers. It’s two days before he learns her name, Dani.  He soon discovers that he’s driven into a realm where events seem to be all set and waiting for his arrival, a place where his own treasured free will means very little. Falling in love with DANI becomes his favorite part of the process. But if it was all arranged so carefully, how does he wind up in jail charged with two murders and Dani as the chief witness for the prosecution? 

Available at:


The Wild Rose Press

Barnes & Noble

About the author:

A native Tar Heel, Mike Owens obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, and later, an MFA in creative writing from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, where he now resides. His topics in fiction vary widely, ranging from science themes to end-of-life issues to erotica…go figure! His new release, IT HAD TO BE YOU follows a man whose self-destructive behavior leads him into a romantic adventure with a young woman who appears to have been waiting for him all along.




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