From Christina: As I work on the third book of “The Sunset Series”, I’m going to be sharing the story here. I’ll be posting “snippets” each week on Sneak Peek Sunday, and from time to time, I might post additional snippets, as well.
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The story is scheduled for release from Secret Cravings Publishing in January. Please be aware that what you are reading here will be unedited, unrevised work from a rough draft of the story. All comments, questions, and suggestions will be appreciated.
Those who’ve read “Not the Marrying Kind” will remember Emily Sue Phillips as the annoying little sister who loved sneaking about. In this story, she’s a very grown up young lady. I hope you enjoy today’s snippet, and that you’ll continue reading as the story progresses.
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“Just making conversation.” He shrugged and threw the words out as if they meant nothing. “It’s a long drive to the ranch. Thought the time might pass more easily if we engaged in a bit of talk.” Measuring his words carefully, he leaned back. “Do you like the academy?” he asked. “How about Miss Brundage? Are you learning a lot from her?”
Emily pressed her lips together, obviously reluctant to share her thoughts with him. Her reticence hurt. In the past, he and Emily had always been open with one another, had talked freely about their lives, their hopes, their likes, their dislikes. Nothing had ever been off-limits in their conversations.
Finally, she stirred. Ben turned a curious ear.
“Actually,” she said, her voice so quiet he strained to hear, “I’ve been thinking about leaving school. I hate it.” She kept her gaze cast downward. “I don’t want to go back.”
How in hell could he respond? Ben’s thoughts skittered off in a dozen directions. Swallowing down a handful of dangerous emotions, he cleared his throat. It wasn’t enough, and he knew it. He had to speak up.
“That’s crazy, Em. All you’ve talked about for the last few years is how much you want to earn your certificate and get a teaching position. You wanted to work with the Ute children, help civilize them. You talked about doing good in the world,” he added, mimicking her in a solemn voice. “Isn’t that how you put it?”
Her blue eyes widened. “Haven’t you heard?”
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I hope you’ve enjoyed this little “snippet”.
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