Here is a friend of mine with her debut novel. If you enjoy suspense, check out the excerpt below from her new book, The Redemption of Caralynn Hayman.
About the book:
How far would YOU go to avenge a daughter’s cruel death? Cara is considered rebellious and inappropriate to befriend. Dayne is the apple of Elder Simmons’ eye—until he takes a stand against their teachings. Can his prayers and love reach Cara and show her the way to redemption? Will Cara realize God’s love and forgiveness before she goes too far?
The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman is a novel of hope shining through the darkness with strong elements of suspense and romance. This novel was a semifinalist in the Genesis contest and is receiving raving reviews! Release date was October 21, 2013 from the Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. The link for the book which is on SALE NOW is:
That night Cara tucked Leila’s left foot under the cover and stared down at her daughters. If only the faith she’d once had still lived inside her. A faith her girls innocently believed. Sighing, she knelt, but her eyes fixed on the sliver of a moon peeking into her girls’ room. She couldn’t afford to relax. Not yet. They weren’t out of the woods and might never be. The upcoming meeting with Elder Simmons on Tuesday would be here long before she wished it. Plenty of men still needed to pay for their sins.
Cara clasped her hands as cold hatred seeped into every pore of her body, stiffened her joints, froze her emotions. Her nature struggled against the paralyzing emotion.
Fought for the innocence she’d once assumed as real life.
Fought and lost.
Her palms ached where her fingernails dug into her flesh, creating bloody gashes across her hand, but she relished the pain. How could she live with herself if her scheme succeeded? Could she live with herself if it didn’t?
If only they would forget about her and her girls. Let her be the outcast to raise her daughters in peace.
I need more time. The kitty-cat clock on Leila’s nightstand ticked away—too fast. Could she stop the time? Three weeks had passed since her husband’s death.
But with Jodie’s news about Sissy the other day, it could mean only one thing. If Elder Simmons wanted the age of the girls to be broken in lowered, he’d do it. What if he decided to drop it even further? Leila was ten.
I’m taking a terrible risk in staying.
She’d have to sneak out, and the daunting task loomed before her, a specter in flowing dark clothes. Driving in plain sight wouldn’t do the trick. Packing necessities, sorting what would be taken, what left behind, and Lacy—could she handle the trip?
Run! The command was almost overpowering.
The desire for revenge reared its head. Someone had to pay for Lori’s death. Someone needed to open the men’s eyes so her friends’ lives could be made better. She’d have to guard Leila more diligently. Not let her spend any nights away from home and not let her go anywhere without keeping an eye on her. Leila wouldn’t like it, but Cara would talk to her.
She let her head drop to her hands and whispered, “I don’t believe in you, God, but if by chance you are there, will you look down on these two children and protect them?”
She waited, but no sense of relief soothed her spirit. No lightness of heart. No assurance he’d grant her any favors.
The sound of a car’s wheels crunching the gravel on her driveway interrupted her thoughts. Cara jumped to her feet and stumbled into one of their chairs. With a cry, she shoved it aside and hurried to the door. Who on earth could it be?
Dayne had a hand raised to knock again, his brow puckered, worry dulling his eyes. “Will you go with me?”
Cara gripped the door edge. “What’s wrong?”
“Richard Melton’s in the hospital.”
“Richard?” she choked out and lifted a hand to her throat. “What happened?”
“He almost died this evening.”
What had she done? Too much of the larkspur would kill. She’d only wanted to scare him.
Brown not only has her debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, available for purchase now, but a companion book called West Virginia Scrapbook: From the Life of Caralynne Hayman, filled with tidbits of information about West Virginia, quotes, recipes from West Virginia and from Caralynne’s life, pictures and discussion questions for the novel. On November 18, the first book in her mystery series, Hog Insane, released. It’s a fun, lighthearted novel introducing the characters, Denton and Alex Davies.
Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?
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Personal blog: http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com/
From December 1 through December 16, the John 3:16 Marketing Network is hosting a Christmas Book Launch and The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman is a featured book.
As part of the event, the Network is offering a $200 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky winner. For a chance to win, go to: http://bit.ly/Christian_Books and enter the Raffle copter (toward the bottom of the page. Be sure and pick up your Kindle version of The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman for $.99 at http://bit.ly/Carole_B