Exerpt 2 of Shame is finally here…

July 27, 2008 at 11:00 pm (Uncategorized)

Hi Everyone,

 

I’ve been a little lax in posting excerpts this last week.  Life has taken over : )

 

I promise to do better.  Here is excerpt 2 of Shame…

 

Alex walked down the long hallway, running a hand through her hair. 

Why hadn’t she insisted that she take a cab? 

Why hadn’t she blatantly refused her mother’s request? 

Of course both questions were irrelevant at this point, she was here, and she had no choice but to face the one man who had haunted her dreams and her life, the one man who had haunted her.  Her breathing quickened and her heart began to race as she thought of the man who stood at the other end of the gate.  The one man who had caused her exquisite bittersweet joy and excruciating heartache all at the same time. 

She wasn’t sure if she could handle this.   

People pushed past her glancing back in irritation as they frantically pushed for the gate. 

No, she would not let him get to her this way.  He didn’t deserve to hold this level of power over her.  He didn’t deserve anything from her anymore.  She took a deep breath as she realized that she was the only person left in the tunnel. 

There was no turning back now. 

The time had come to face the man she had tried so desperately to forget. 

For the first time in nine years, she would come face to face with David McAllister.

And then, he was in front of her.  In an instant, she noticed the changes in him.  The leanness of his youth had been replaced by muscles built of steel.  His chest seemed broader, his polo shirt stretching across it.  His khaki slacks revealed the lean shape of his legs through the fabric. 

The years had definitely been kind to him in ways she could only wish for.  But the years were still there in his eyes.  The green eyes she remembered appeared sharper now.  The face she was looking at was no longer that of a boy.  His jet black hair gleamed in the light and was cut a bit shorter than the mental picture she still held of him from years ago. 

Her feet refused to move as she watched him walk toward her.  When he reached her, he stopped.  His gaze traveled over her body for a moment, before he grabbed her bag.  Flinging it over his shoulder, he spun on his heel.  

Alex felt her anger bubble to the surface as she watched him disappear down the hall with her bag.  If she had expected any semblance of a warm welcome, she had been sadly mistaken. David McAllister was just as much of an ass as she remembered.  He hadn’t changed at all. 

When he noticed she was not with him, he turned to stare at her, his eyebrows arched.  Alex stared back at him, a steel determination shining in her eyes.  She was not a child anymore, and she would not tag along after him as if she was. 

“Are you coming?” 

Stay Tuned for more of Shame…

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The Excerpt of my new blog book is finally here!

July 17, 2008 at 2:07 pm (Uncategorized)

 Hi Everyone,

Below if the first excerpt in my new blog book, Shame.  This is the first book I ever wrote.  It is a little bit off the mainstream, but those who liked V.C. Andrews when they were growing up will love it.  I hope that you all enjoy it.  Let me know what you think…

God, why had she come? 

The question reverberated through Alexandra Pierce’s mind as she sat in the coach section of the airplane listening to the same mundane instructions on how to buckle her seatbelt.  As soon as she strapped herself into the airplane, she had known without a doubt that this was a mistake. 

If only her mother hadn’t sounded so desperate, she could have ignored the call.

When she’d woken up this morning in her nice comfortable bed, John McAllister had been the last person on her mind.  She had been trying desperately to avoid her stepfather for years, and up until now, she had done a pretty good job of it.  Her mother’s words drifted back into her mind reminding her of the moment her day had suddenly taken a drastic change. 

“He’s dead, Alexandra” and then the inevitable “I need you” had been sure to follow. 

Her mother had never been very good at keeping things under control, although the death of a husband was sure to shake even the steadiest of hands.  Still, no matter how hard she tried she could not summon any remorse for the loss of a man like John McAllister. 

If it were up to her, she wouldn’t be on this plane right now on her way back to Evansville.

Just the thought of going home made her chest ache.   

Things had never been the same since she left.  She had never been the same. 

Maybe she never would be again?

Maybe it was impossible to erase that kind of pain. 

Taking a deep breath, she drummed her fingers on the arm of the chair.  Going home would mean he would be there.  She hadn’t seen David in years.  Not since things had gone so terribly wrong.  She reached over to grab the In Flight magazine from its snug pocket in a desperate attempt to still her disturbing thoughts.  As she leaned back in her seat, the gold locket fell between her breasts reminding her of its presence. 

Why had she worn it? 

Quickly, she hid the locket inside her shirt.  She didn’t want to face him, but her mother told her that he would pick her up at the airport. 

One big happy family, she thought sarcastically. 

It had never been close.

Perfect was not a word she would ever use for what they had all become. 

Like so many other things, it had been another one of her mother’s fantasies. 

She looked down at her watch.  They would arrive in Evansville soon.  As the plane began to descend through the clouds, one thought persisted through her mind. 

Some things were meant to be forgotten, and some people along with them.

****

David McAllister sat in the small uncomfortable seat feigning interest in the magazine he held.  Alex was the last person that he wanted to see right now.  If only Sandra, his step mother, hadn’t looked so fragile he might have been able to carelessly disregard her request to pick Alex up from the airport, but something in her eyes told him that she was close to falling off the edge. 

He hadn’t seen Alex in forever. 

 

In truth, he hadn’t wanted to ever see her again, not after what she had done.  Finding out that his father had passed away was a blow that he still wasn’t able to deal with. 

Adding Alex to the mix was a lethal combination. 

God, those days seemed so long ago.  Days when he had actually believed that everything would be okay, days when he had actually thought that love conquered all. 

He knew better now. 

Things and people weren’t always what they seemed, and you could never love someone enough to change that. 

In those days, his father had seemed like his worst enemy, always fighting him.  In truth, he had never gotten over the fact that his father had been right about Alex.  That he had seen through her when he had been too blinded by love to notice the truth.  It had damaged his pride as nothing else could have. 

Still, he wasn’t that same boy anymore.  The hard lessons he had learned that summer had changed him forever and made him the man that he was now.  A man who wasn’t likely to fall for the same tricks she had tried to play on him before.  The guise of innocence she had used so effectively would not work anymore.  No, he wouldn’t be played for a fool again. 

He had his scars if he ever needed a reminder of how cold she could be. 

Movement out of the corner of his eye caught his attention, and he turned to discover that the plane was pulling up to the gate. 

The time had come to see her again face to face. 

The time had come to settle some old scores.

****

 

Stay Tuned for more of Shame…

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