It’s Sunday again, and that means another opportunity to visit with my friends and see what they’re working on. It also means I have the pleasure of sharing a few “snippets” from my own work. Last week, I shared a few lines from “Keeping Faith”, the second book of my “Sunset” series. It’s scheduled for release from Secret Cravings Publishing in July.
Today, I’m sharing a little more from the story. I do hope this arouses a little curiosity. Please, leave a comment and let me know what you think of this excerpt. It’s from the opening pages of the story.
Awful thing when a man didn’t want to see his own mother.
Tom Henderson figured he ought to be glad — damned glad — she was coming to Sunset, but all he really felt was a lot of guilt. Or maybe it was shame. Most likely, a good dose of both.
But how else was he supposed to feel? No point mincing words. Some truths couldn’t be avoided. His mother was a drunk, a whore, and she’d killed a man. Now, she’d arrived on the afternoon stage, she’d be living right there in Sunset, and it would be Tom’s responsibility to look after her. Little wonder he wasn’t exactly thrilled by the prospect.
“You’re late, damn it.” Charlotte Henderson stood at the stage depot, her hands fisted on her broad hips. “I swear, you’ve never been on time once in your life.” As her son drew near, her eyes narrowed. “Probably out screwing around to all hours last night, weren’t you?” The summer breeze ruffled her dirty blonde hair. She threw back her head and laughed. “That’s my boy, all right. At least you know how to have a good time, I’ll give you that. Never mind your poor, old mother waiting on you.” Before he could stop her, she rushed forward and clasped her arms around his neck. “So, was she a pretty one, Tommy? Or just cheap and easy?”
“Ma, stop it,” he said, reaching up to disentangle himself from her smothering embrace. “I wasn’t out fooling around.”
“Why the hell not?” Stepping back, the woman eyed the tall cowboy who stood before her. Her son. Her pride and joy. That’s what she’d called him from the day he’d been born. “Something wrong with you?”
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Book 1 of “The Sunset Series” — Not the Marrying Kind — is now available from your favorite online booksellers. During the month of March, all royalties from sales of Not the Marrying Kind will be donated to Reach Out and Read, an organization dedicated to early childhood literacy.
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