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Guest Blogger…Valerie Maarten!

From her current WIP: Forget Me Not

Chapter 3

The moment the receptionist came into the room to retrieve Violet DeGrace and escort her to see her mother, Joseph sat back in his chair and combed his hands roughly through his hair. His meeting with Mrs. Willis’ daughter did not go anything like he was trained and prepared to deal with.

He expected hysteria, grief, pain. Those were the emotions he could handle. Instead, he was met with the cold indifference of an intimate family member that should have cried or bemoaned how life was not fair…not the flippant response he received about one of life’s ultimate challenges.

In the few short years he’s come to know Mrs. Willis, he’s only known her to be a loving, caring and doting mother to her son Benjamin. Although He can’t ever recall the mention of a daughter until a few weeks ago when Mrs. Willis had come to terms with her mortality and accepted the reality that she was going to die. It was at that point that she asked him to make contact with a daughter he knew nothing about to inform her of her condition.

“What have you gotten yourself into?” he asked himself aloud. One thing he knew for certain, he was going to get to the bottom of it. The last thing he was going to tolerate was for Violet DeGrace to make her mother’s last days miserable and uncomfortable.

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Kadi Crowe has spent her entire life believing in her father’s innocence, even after he’s served his 20 year sentence. But when another young girl is discovered brutally murdered, her father is the prime suspect. She knows he’s innocent, but can she prove it?

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Then a chance meeting with Kadi slowly begins to sow the seeds of doubt in his mind. But, is Dain’s growing feelings for Kadi stronger than is hatred for her father? Or will his disdain deny any of them the hope of second chances?



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A lover of words and writing since they entered my life as a young child. Now a devout lover of men (especially late teen, college and mature men) to write their stories.

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