Today I’m excited to welcome Lillian Duncan as she talks about her book, Deception.
Lillian Duncan: stories of faith mingled with murder & mayhem!
Lillian is a multi-published writer with several Amazon bestsellers, including The Christmas Stalking and Game On. Lillian writes the types of books she loves to read—fast-paced suspense with a touch or two of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us
Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word. To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillianduncan.net or at Tiaras & Tennis Shoes, her personal blog at www.lillian-duncan.com. She also has a devotional blog at www.powerupwithGod.com.
Deception is the first in my Sisters By Choice series. I never planned Deception to be part of a three-book series but it just sort of happened. Each of the Sisters By Choice novels feature courageous women who make the choice to help “a sister”in need in spite of the danger involved.
Deception features a set of estranged twins that couldn’t be more different from each other or so it seems. Patti is a go-by-the-rulebook type of person while Jamie is a “free spirit” or at least that’s the persona she portrays to the world.
But Deception is the title of the book so there are more than a few surprises waiting for Patti as the story unfolds.
For those of you who aren’t writers, editors love to chop out what they consider as unnecessary scenes. It’s their job so I harbor no ill will toward them. This was the first chapter in my book, but my editor chopped it. However, it makes a great prologue so without further ado…
Jamie glared at the white leather sofa, the plush pristine white carpet, the white walls. Splashes of color from accent pillows provided the only relief from the white. The room was perfect. It could have been featured in House Beautiful.
Jamie detested it. All she wanted was to go back home so her precious daughter could experience a normal childhood and to meet her aunt Patti.
Jamie stopped pacing like a caged tiger and put a hand over her heart. The pain of missing her twin so real she could barely breathe.
It would all end soon—very soon.
Then she could go back home. As much as she wanted to quit right that second, she wouldn’t until the job was finished. Innocent people would die if she quit and she couldn’t live with herself if that happened.
She moved to the sliding glass door leading to her patio and opened it. The steamy Florida air rushed into the coolness of the air-conditioned house. Darkness enveloped her as she stepped out. She inhaled the scent of the tropical flowers adorning her patio.
She welcomed the quiet of the night.
Guilt tugged at Jamie once again. Sabrina deserved a full-time mother, not one who spent a handful of days with her every month. This craziness would soon stop, and then she could make a real home for Sabrina.
It would all end soon—very soon.
She hit a button and the cover of the hot tub slid away. Steam bubbled up. The warm water caressed her skin as she lowered herself into the hot tub. Her muscles relaxed. She had a ton of things to do before she left once again, but she needed this.
A slight rustling in the bushes caught her attention. Jamie turned toward the noise and peered into the darkness. Nothing. Still, she felt a chill in spite of the warmth of the water. Her senses went on alert.
Time to go in.
She stood and turned toward the patio door. Strong arms encircled her from behind. She struggled to break the hold. Too strong. Her training kicked in and she allowed herself to go limp. Her attacker’s arms went slack for a moment.
It was the moment she needed.
Slipping through his arms, she whirled to face her attacker and in one fluid movement slammed her foot into stomach. The man grunted and fell back. She jumped out of the hot tub, water sloshing over the patio.
Her gun was in the house. But so was Sabrina.
She turned, running away from the house but then out of the darkness, someone grabbed her…
I loved writing the story of Patti and Jamie which is how it ended up being a three book series. Deception (e-book) is on sale for a limited time for only 99 cents or you can buy the complete anthology as well.
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