Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday's Book Murder and Poisoned Tea Janet Lane Walters #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Cozy mystery #Organist #Church

Murder and Poisoned Tea (Mrs. Miller Mysteries Book 2) by [Walters, Janet Lane]

How did this book come about. In an interesting way. Since I thought the first book was a single title, I had no desire to write another, especially one in first person. Several fans wrote and asked when there would be a new adventure. I spent some time thinking about my heroine and Robespierre. For some reason, a local minister popped into my head. How could I use the church in a setting. So I went to bed for a number of nights in a row and suddenly the book was born. Some of the characters had fleeting bits of many people I know. Thus the organist was formed and some of the other characters in the book.

BLURB:
The moment she hears his mastery of the organ, Katherine covets him as St. Stephen’s new Minister of Music. Handsome, charming and vastly talented, the women of the congregation adore him. Even Katherine is swayed by his manners and ability, But Roger not only brought beautiful music, he brings poisoned notes to the choir. Katherine seeks to find the secret of why he has changed churches yearly. She prays the discovery will be in time to prevent a tragedy.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Saturday's Blurbs featuring Books By Shiela Stewart #MFRWAuthor #Demons #Paranormal


Awaken the Demon (The Demon Series Book 1)

Awaken the Demon: Bk 1
BLURB:
Abused for years by a sadistic fiancĂ©, Missy Green has had enough. Running away is her only recourse. Wanting a new life, she takes refuge with a group known as the Stargazers. Taken in by illustrator Draco Starr, Missy is elated to finally find peace. Yet, something doesn’t seem right about her host.
Born in the pits of hell, Draco Starr was once a fearsome Demon, For centuries he collected souls for Satan. Having done his time, Draco sets out to start a new life. Even with more wealth and prestige than anyone could ever want, something is still missing in his life.
Love.
Missy is about to have her world turned upside down. Discovering Draco is a demon is terrifying enough, but finding out she too is a demon is more than she can handle.
Can Missy deal with her new life, and the affection she is beginning to feel for Draco, or will the past come back to haunt her?
 Offer the Demon: Bk 2
Blurb:
Twenty-one years ago a bargain was made for her existence. Twenty-one years ago was the beginning of the end.

Born to serve Satan, Aurora Starr wishes she could lead a normal life. Being a demon, that’s not so easy to do. By night she takes the lives of those Satan chooses. Despite her hatred for her job, she knows she must continue, but all she wants is to live like a normal human.

Enter Scott Monroe.

Tall, blond, and gorgeous, he is more than Aurora can resist. Although mating with a human is taboo, Aurora throws caution to the wind and begins seeing Scott. But when Satan makes her choose between her family or the man she loves, Aurora has had enough.

Will love win in the end, or will Satan damn them all?

Conquer the Demon: Bk 3
Bad boy rock star, Mick Monroe has never had to work for anything. One of the benefits of Satan giving him a phenomenal singing voice. So when he has a chance encounter with a sexy female officer, Mick is determined to make her his. She, on the other hand, refuses to give in.

Rookie Office, Laci Harris is a single mother with a strong determination to do it all herself. Being scorned by an ex-lover, the father of her son, she’s very jaded when dealing with men. Especially bossy, arrogant men. Despite being a fan of Mick Monroe’s band, she refuses to give in to his advances. Even if he is incredible with her son.

Mick never thought he would fall in love, not just with Laci, but her adorable son as well. But how was he going to explain to them that he’s part demon? When he learns of Satan’s plan to gather souls, using his music, he refuses to give in. But Satan doesn’t take no for an answer and threatens his loved ones. Torn between saving the world and saving his family, Mick puts a plan in motion.

Even if it costs him his life.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Friday Shiela Stewart is visiting and talking About Who She was Before #MFRWAuthor #Paranormal romance #Darkness


1.      What were you in life before you became a writer? Did this influence your choices as a writer?

I’ve always been a writer. In my youth, I made up stories for friends and relatives, then in my teens I started writing them down.  I actually felt relaxed while writing, letting everything disappear around me. I continued writing and my hubby always encouraged me to submit my work, but I never felt good enough. Having had enough of his nagging, I finally did and now I thank him for pushing me to do something I only dreamed about.
What really influenced me was TV and Movies. I never wanted to be an actor like my friends. Instead, I wanted to write the stories.

2.      Are you genre specific or general?

I’d say I’m specific. I mostly write paranormal romance, though I have written three that aren’t, paranormal is my love.

3.      What is your latest release?

My latest release is the last book in my Darkness series, Surviving the Darkness. There are eight books in the series. Though it’s not entirely paranormal, there are aspects of it in the book.


4.      What am I working on now?

Currently I am revamping and editing an old story I wrote several years ago. It’s not a romance, but instead it’s a suspense with twists and turns that will leave your head spinning.  It’s called Terror Incognito.  I’ve decided to post a chapter a week on Wednesdays, on my blog Shiela’s books n’ stuff. 


5.      Are you genre specific or general? I don’t mean major genres but sub divisions of romance, mystery, paranormal. (Didn't answer)

6.      Did your reading influence your choice of a writing career?

The very first books I read were from my older sister. I was 12 when she lent me Flowers in the Attic. But more so it was Nora Roberts. I loved how she told a story of romance, mystery and suspense. That was exactly what I wanted to write.

7.      Where can we find you?

You can find me in ever book store online as well as at my website: www.shielastewartsbooks.com

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Thursday Murder and Mint Tea Janet Lane Walters - Meet Some of the Characters #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Characters #Mystery

When one is involved in writing a series, there are some characters who appear in many of the books. When I wrote Murder and Mint Tea, I didn't think of recurring characters. But when I went on to create a series, I found a number who became frequent visitors.

Of course, Katherine is there in every story. Here's a bit of her.

The pale winter sun shone through the kitchen window.  I cleaned up the last of the mess from my adventure.  The caper hadn’t gone as planned.  How many do?  In my many years of life, most of my plans have taken an unexpected turn.
Merup.”  Robespierre my Maine Coon cat announced a visitor on the way.  He’s almost as good as a doorbell.  The firm rap on the door told me this wasn’t one of my female friends.  “Come in.”

A Character who became a regular is the young police officer she has known since he was a boy.

Pete Duggan strode across the room and thrust a bouquet of bright carnations into my hands.  A red hue, almost as vivid as his hair, stained his face.  “Mrs. Miller, got to hand it to you.  I’ve come to eat crow.”

To hide a smile I buried my face in the flowers and inhaled the spicy fragrance.  “How about chocolate chip cookies and mint tea instead?”
“Sounds great.”  He straddled one of the chairs at the table and picked up the local newspaper.  “Local Woman Thwarts Robbers.”  His grin made him look like the ten-year-old who had moved into the corner house on my block.  He cleared his throat.  “The guys at the station ribbed me about this.  Did you forget the plan?”
     How, when the idea to catch the real thieves had been mine?  A series of burglaries had plagued the neighborhood for months and had troubled me.  Especially when the police had decided two teenage neighbor boys were the culprits.  I knew the pair and had disagreed strongly enough to set myself up as a victim.  Then I informed Pete.
     “Did you forget?”  he repeated.  “When I crept up the stairs and saw you grappling with one of the men, I nearly had a heart attack.”

A third character who became a regular is Lars but he's only a name in the first book.

A very important character in these books is Robespierre, a Maine Coon cat who lives with Katherine and often makes his opinions known in a cat-like way.
     Just them the cat door opened.  Robespierre made a grand entrance.  Flakes of snow dotted his brown and black fur.  His gait suggested a mission.  He halted in front of Pete and banged the young policeman’s leg with his head.
     Pete crouched and scratched the cat’s head.  “Not my fault, old man.  She jumped in on her own.”
     Robespierre’s rumbling purr suggested he understood and accepted Pete’s explanation.
     “He’s been out of sorts since the thieves visited.”
     “Me, too.”  Pete hugged me.  “Never again.  Promise.  We need you around.  Think about being a silent partner.  There are times when I need someone to listen.”
     “If listening is all you need, I’ll be here.  No more active involvement in crime for me.”

In other posts on Thursday, I'll introduce you to some of the characters who make up Katherine's life.  There are two neighbors, her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Wednesday First Meeting Romancing the Nurse Janet Lane Walters #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Medical romance



Romancing The Nurse

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BLURB:
Ginny’s new job as patient care coordinator at a suburban hospital is a dream come true. She can raise her daughter and young niece away from the city.

The older orthopedic surgeon who recruited her helps make the move easier. His stroke brings his son, another surgeon home to take over his father’s practice. Unfortunately, Ginny remembers him from an evening encounter at the city hospital where she worked. They had words. He also remembers that night.

They clash but beneath the anger, there is an attraction. Blake wants her in his bed and attempts to romance her. Then he discovers he wants her forever and must eat a lot of crow







EXCERPT:
     A rap on the window broke into her reverie. A grinning Annette peered through the glass. "Girl, quit your dawdling. Young Dr. Marshall has arrived." She pressed a hand to her chest. "He's a man for every woman's fantasy."
     Ginny shook her head. She pictured the older Dr. Marshall, subtracted years and added hair. Pleasant. Maybe cute, but hardly fantasy material. She rose. "I'm on my way. Wouldn't want him to accuse me of ignoring him."
     "Won't happen. He seems as nice as his dad. Run, don't walk. Rescue him before Val drowns him in sweetness."
     Ginny frowned. Val ... Sweet ... impossible. The unit's secretary was a mistress of the rude put-down.
When Ginny turned the corner, she stopped short. A barely contained urge to run in the opposite direction caused her to approach the desk with slow, measured steps. Young Dr. Marshall was tall, handsome ... and black. He was also the resident who two years ago had questioned her nursing judgment. Though she had been vindicated a patient had suffered needless pain.
     Her hands curled into fists. Dr. Marshall laughed at something Val said and then turned to Lisa. The knot in Ginny's abdomen swelled into her chest. No way, she thought. She wouldn't allow this man or anyone to detour her from her chosen road. She plastered a smile on her face that she knew didn't match the hostility she felt.

     "Dr. Marshall, I'm Ms. Barr, Patient Care Coordinator for the unit. Welcome to Hudson View."

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Tuesday's Writer's Tip - Showing place in your story #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Place #Writing

The reader needs to know where your characters are not only in time but in space. When I first submitted a manuscript, an editor wrote back saying she liked the idea for the story but the characters existed in a vacuum. She rewrote a small passage showing me what she meant. Took me awhile to rewrite that story putting the characters in places or settings. There were other problems but that one opened my eyes.

When do you need to establish the setting or place of the story. In the opening scene, if you use flashbacks, during the action scenes and when the main characters are together.

Establishing the place where the story takes pace fits with the time period you've chosen. You probably wouldn't find the hero or heroine in a dungeon if your story is a contemporary. If they are you need to let the reader see what they see through the character's whose viewpoint is being shown. Remember different characters see the setting differently.

Take the dungeon. A heroine might focus on the dark dankness of the place. The hero might see something different like finding a way out. So when you start your story, let the reader see, feel, taste, hear and all the senses about the place where the characters have landed.


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Monday, September 9, 2019

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Poem #Writing #Corn Silk #Politicians


Meander 1  Poem -- The Soul Suckers --

She sucks souls
So does he
Seeking those who need attention
Those who call to them.
Sidling dance of courtship
Circle around the flame
Reaching with adhesive hands
Attaching them with skill.
Feeding flattery, false face love
Th the receptive participant.
Petting with abandon
Grasping, squeezing, pushing hard
In rhythms pulsing throbs
Stroking with sheer passion
Endearments coming fast.
Sucking hard to empty
'Til the soul is dry and flat.
Quick discarded into the trash
And reach now for another.
She sucks souls.
So does he.

Meander 2 - Which is worse - Corn silk or Politicians -- I'm faced with a dilemma. It's corn on the cob season. It's also politician season. Corn silk clings and gets into the food and onto your clothes. Politicians come to the door and ask for votes. They don't want to leave just like corn silk. They adhere just like the corn silk. Not sure which is worse but I wish them both away.

Meander 2 Writing - Am now into the Plot draft of The Lines of Fire Challenged. This is the one that's fun but does take time. Since in the rough draft I would at the end of the story, this draft means the little changes that have occurred during the writing of the story must be amde to make sense. I know so much more about the journey now I've reached the end. Now to make the beginning point to the end.


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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sunday's Book Murder and Mint Tea Janet Lane Walters #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Cozy mystery #Hudson Valley

Murder and Mint Tea (Mrs. Miller Mysteries Book 1)
 I'm doing these a bit differently these days.  Murder and Mint Tea was my first electronic book so I'll talk a bit about how it came to pass.




Katherine is a retired nurse and a retired church organist. The small Hudson River village where she lives in her Victorian “Painted Lady” makes her the neighborhood matriarch. Along with her Maine Coon Cat Robespierre, she guards friends and families.

When amoral Rachel moves into the first floor apartment of Katherine’s house, trouble erupts. The murder weapon is one she recognizes and makes her fear for her friends and family. Finding the killer becomes her goal.

Editorial Review
Murder and Mint Tea is a gem in its genre, combining the voice of a classic American whodunit with that of a traditional British detective novel. Murder She Wrote meets Miss Marple in a beautifully crafted tale that makes the reader want to reach into the pages and dispense justice to the villainess themselves. ~ Writer Gail Roughton


May 17, 2018
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Mrs. Katherine Miller spends her days enjoying her friends and family and she's anxious for a new tenant in her downstairs apartment. Her son, Andrew, has found a woman with two children who will sign a year's lease.
The woman, Rachel, turns out to be loud, obnoxious, neglectful of her children, and seductive to any man in her vicinity.
Katherine worries about the woman's abused daughter and takes Susie under her wing.
This is more a slice of life story than a mystery. The murder happens nearly at the end of the novel, and the perpetrator surprised me.
I enjoyed the different characters in the neighborhood and Katherine is kind and good-hearted. She should have been more assertive with nasty Rachel. The woman threatened her several times, and Katherine should have reported her to the authorities for that and the obvious child abuse, which might have gotten Rachel evicted.
Of course, that would have ruined the ending. A good read for a rainy day.


So now for a bit about how the story came about. The small neighborhood where I live was filled with an uneasy tension. I had just returned to writing and wondered how I could turn this unease into a story. I began in first person
 a good choice for a murder mystery. I called it And So We Walk on Eggshells. Then I returned to work as a nurse
and put the manuscript aside. Nursing and writing aren't good buddies at least for me. A few years later when I was
able to retire, I found the manuscript.  The idea was good but I hadn't mastered first person. The heroine tended
to go off in a dozen directions and think and talk about everything. I managed to conquer that problem by not
allowing anything not belonging to the unfolding mystery.
     I finished and sent the mss winging on its way. That was in the days when manuscripts were sent via the post
office and often returned in sad condition. The book was rejected again and again. I persevered and along came
electronic publishing. The book was accepted and began its journey to publication. The reviews were both good and bad. Some people loved the book and others not. Thus began the saga of folding new publishers, publishers
deciding to specialize in one genre or another. So the book now Murder and Mint Tea found several other publishers.
Interesting things had to be done like giving the heroine a cell phone and changing station wagons into SUVs.
     I had intended to write just this one book but somehow it became a series when a second event occurred that I
felt gave Mrs. Miller a new enemy to seek out and perhaps give this widow a love interest. So that's the tale of Murder and Mint Tea. The book is now available in electronic form, print and audio.


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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Saturday's Blurbs feature Books by Andrea Cooper #MFRWAuthor #Paranormal #Romance #Gingerbread #Cinderella

Fox Trouble (Modern Fairytales Book 2)

Fox Trouble:
Can't catch me...I'm the Gingerbread Girl
In the small town of Onyx Springs, Jennifer's gingerbread confectionery is a hot commodity. Too bad her love life isn't exactly burning up, thanks to every guy she falls for turning out to be a douche. Instead of dating, she's focusing on her business.
Chad Taylor has a secret. As a rare silver fox and leader of his clan of fox shifters, he needs to find a safe haven for himself and his people. Trouble is, the spot he feels most connected to lies underneath a bakery owned by a stubborn, ginger-haired woman who won't sell no matter what he offers. Well, there are more ways to win a lady's heart and he's had years of practice. First, he just has to figure out what will make her yield to his charms.
Will Jennifer be able to outfox the fox or will he gobble up her heart?

Fairy Trouble

What can a fairy godmother-in-training do when Cinderella refuses to go to the ball?

Why, go along in Cinderella's place of course!

But falling in love with the prince's brother was never meant to happen. Soon a series of events into motion that will impact not only her career but also her entire life.

The problem is, she doesn't know if the prince's brother feels the same about her as she does about him.

And giving up her wings on the chance that he might care about her in return seems reckless and foolish to the usually by-the-book Esmeralda.

Still, becoming human might be the only chance for Esmeralda to reach her own happily ever after.

Check out book 1 in this new series of modern fairy tales that will leave you breathless and craving the next one...


Claimed – Steamy, Paranormal Romance
Deadly seduction

Renee Maxwell lands her dream job as assistant to archaeologist Damon Cubins in wondrous Turkey. However, she starts seeing strange things after finding a unique crystal. For one, hot Damon now looks like the sexy demi-god and underwear model of her dreams. Her feminist ideals are challenged with each bit of banter and heart-stopping look he gives her, but she's not falling for his charm.

Time is of the essence for incubus, Damon Cubins, who must find a one-of-a-kind crystal or turn into a full-fledged demon. He has neither the time nor desire for love, but his new assistant tests his resolve. When he discovers she’s got the crystal he needs to save himself, he must make a decision to either romance it from her or walk away. But can he?


Friday, September 6, 2019

Friday Andrea Cooper is visiting and talking about Who She Was Before #MFRWAuthor #Romance #Storyteller #Paranormal romance

1.        What were you in life before you became a writer? Did this influence your choices as a writer?
I was a buyer for an air-freight forwarding company. However, I’d been a storyteller since I was a kid, just didn’t start writing novels until my early thirties. This has influenced my choices as a writer, because I’m constantly striving to better my craft.

2.        Are you genre specific or general?
I primarily write paranormal romance. Although, I also dabble in epic fantasy and historical romance.

3.        What is your latest release?
My latest release is Fox Trouble – A fairytale retelling with a fox shifter. This is a Gingerbread Girl story coming up against a handsome, silver fox.

4.        What am I working on now?
I’m working on Mermaid Trouble – A fairytale retelling of The Little Mermaid. Also, cause I can’t focus on one thing at a time, I’m revising my YA Fantasy and writing a new series under my pen name: A.R. Cooper.

5.        Are you genre specific or general? I don’t mean major genres but sub divisions of romance, mystery, paranormal.

6.        Did your reading influence your choice of a writing career?
Yes. I read a lot of books in my later teens through adulthood and still devour stories. I would have read a ton more if my folks hadn’t been so strict (no magic, no fantasy, no paranormal). And of course, that’s what I love and what I write J

7.        Where can we find you?







Author Website: www.AndreaRCooper.com










Thursday, September 5, 2019

Thursday's Fourth Scene Moon Pool Janet Lane Walters and Jane Toombs #MFRWAuthor #Contemporary romance #Paranormal


Luke shook his head.  Thea was even lovelier than he remembered.  She had cut her brown hair into a more sophisticated style.  She had remained slim.   And he still wanted her.
            So she had married a man with money, but she didn’t look happy with her choice.  Luke grinned.  Her happiness or the state of her marriage wasn’t his business.  Why should he care?  Thea had been a summer fling.  He thought of Sue and grimaced.  He’d spend a summer fending off her advances.  Was he in for a repeat of a situation he didn’t want instead of the one that held his hope?
            He needed distance so he could think.  Luke strode toward the tennis court.  Not that he intended to play.  He rubbed his right hand.  The injury that had ended his career as a surgeon kept him from taking part in most sports.
            Why had Thea come?  When he’d read the clipping about the Lodge’s final season and the invitation to former staff members to meet here this week he had wondered if she would show.  She had and he wished he had stayed away.  His life was in shambles.  He had hoped the serene surroundings would give him a new purpose.  He feared he faced a complication he didn’t need.  He wanted Thea with the same desire as before.
            Luke slumped on a bench.  He’d never forgotten the way she had denied their love.  She’d blamed him for not warning her about his age but her friend had told him the real reason.  Thea’s actions during the remainder of that summer had confirmed Sue’s story.
            Not that he’d wasted his life yearning for her.  Liar.  There had been other women but none of his affairs had lasted long.  His thoughts returned to that summer and Sue’s avid pursuit.  He’d been lucky to escape her.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Wednesday Romancing The Nurse Janet Lane Walters #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Ethnic romance #Medical Romance

Romancing The Nurse


Join the great writers at #MFRWHooks here   http://mfrwbookhooks.blogspot.com for some great excerpts. Mine is special to me. Written for my adopted daughter. f you look in the background, my granddaughter is shown

BLURB:
Ginny’s new job as patient care coordinator at a suburban hospital is a dream come true. She can raise her daughter and young niece away from the city. 

The older orthopedic surgeon who recruited her helps make the move easier. His stroke brings his son, another surgeon home to take over his father’s practice. Unfortunately, Ginny remembers him from an evening encounter at the city hospital where she worked. They had words. He also remembers that night. 

They clash but beneath the anger, there is an attraction. Blake wants her in his bed and attempts to romance her. Then he discovers he wants her forever and must eat a lot of crow



EXCERPT:

Prologue
"How long are you going to leave her with me, Joey?" Ginny Barr stood in the apartment doorway and watched her younger brother's retreat to the stairs. She wrinkled her nose against the acrid and musty odors that assaulted her. As usual, the bulb at the head of the stairs was out. Her brother vanished into the shadows.
      "A month, maybe two."
     "Are you in trouble?"
     "These past couple of weeks have been rough," he said. "I really loved Pookie, you know. I need to get my head straight
      She wanted to believe him. He sounded like he meant his words, but their relationship was studded with broken promises. "I'll stay clear of the gangs." He hadn't. "No boozing for me. Look at Mommy." He had. "College will be a breeze. I'll make my mark just like you did." Then he'd dropped out.
At one time, Ginny had believed he would be the second of the Barr kids to escape the spiral of poverty. Maybe this time, he would keep his promise.
     After closing the door, she slid the dead bolt home. Her plans for the evening had included an hour's work on the first of her Master's projects. Joey's arrival with his infant daughter had shot down that idea.
Then, before he'd told her why he wanted to leave his baby with her, Annette had arrived. Joey wasn't her friend's favorite person.
     For several minutes, the temperature in the apartment had soared above the already abnormal September high. The sharp words between the pair had ended Ginny's chance of learning the entire story behind her brother's flight and his decision to leave his daughter behind. Part of her didn't want to know.
     "What kind of name is Pookie?" Annette stroked the baby's light mocha skin with her dark brown finger.
     Ginny shrugged. "A pet name. That's all he ever called his wife."
     "Were they married?"
     "He said they were."
     "Ever meet her?"
     "No." Ginny lifted Manda to her shoulder and rubbed the baby's cheek with hers.
"What's wrong with you knowing the girl's name? He afraid you're going to approach the grandparents?"
"You heard what he said. They forbade her to see him and when they learned she was pregnant, they tossed her out. They refused to have anything to do with a biracial grandchild. Guess they didn't think Joey was good enough."
     "I don't think he's good enough and I never met the girl. You're blind and deaf where that boy's concerned." Annette held up her hand. "Girl, you're crazy taking this on. Don't you have enough on your plate with Honor, work at the hospital and a double Master's program? You'll wear yourself to the bone and you ain't got that far to go."
     Ginny fumbled in the brown bag Joey had left beside the lumpy gray couch. She pulled out a bottle. When she looked up, she saw concern in her friend's dark eyes. "You heard him. Just a couple of months. I have to trust him."
     "Sure you do ... not. That's like believing I'll be elected president next November. What's wrong with him taking care of his own kid?"
     "He's young. He's a guy. What does he know about raising a child?"
     Annette straightened. "I'm going to pretend those words never came out of your mouth. What's wrong with a guy raising a child? He sure helped make her. I know he's your baby brother and you've always cleaned up his messes. Don't you think it's time he stood on his own?"
     Ginny sighed. "And if I didn't take Manda, he was going to ask Mommy to keep her."

Annette laughed. "He got you again. That boy sure knows how to twist your knobs. Your mother would have 'bout as much care for the baby as her other grandmother. You know how your mother is?"




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