A chorus of whoa! what? say what? you’re joking rose up from the others.
“I know,” Sloane said sadly. “How the mighty have fallen.”
Spontaneously, she reached out and seized the hands of Briony and Grace, who were sitting next to her on either side of the bed.
“You seem to be the two of the Fivesome currently winning the Game of Love,” she said dramatically. “Tell me how you knew that it was real, and not a waste of your time.”
“We were talking about what we would do on our last few nights together, because we thought his stay in the Adirondacks would be temporary,” said Briony, trying to pry her hand free from Sloane’s grip. “I started crying because I was going to miss him so much after almost six weeks together. I told him so, and he told me he loved me. And it’s just gotten deeper every day since then.”
“What about you, Grace? How did you know?”
Grace winced as Sloane released Briony and tightened her grip.
“He showed me the cabin he had fixed up with me in mind, with all sorts of fixtures a man of his height could never use comfortably—a pretty permanent commitment on his part, I’d say. Then he gave me the gift of a Kintsugi bowl, a piece of pottery that had been cracked and mended with a resin filled with gold. He told me it represented how our former brokenness made us more valuable, more beautiful. And I knew that I loved him and told him so; the words just came out of my mouth.”
Sloane let go of Grace’s arm and sighed.
“Well, I hope I get a sign like those some day,” she said, putting her hand to her forehead. “It’s good to know you can fall in love without an orgasm recently in the picture. I want it to work with Marlowe, but right now my head is just spinning.”
Corinne rose from her corner of the bed and waved Grace away. Grace stepped off gratefully, rubbing her arm.
“Your head is spinning because you have a major concussion and a recently-healed, if minor, brain bleed which could have killed you,” she said sternly. “You need to lie down and rest. We’ll get the chili and the rest of supper ready, and will be back in twenty minutes or so.”
Corinne pulled back the covers, and shooed Sloane under them as the three other women headed for the door. She put her fingertips on Sloane’s neck and looked at her watch. Then, as the event planner sulkily lay down, the veterinarian picked up the fashion magazines.
“I’m taking these with me,” Corinne said as she headed for the door. “I’m also gonna take your pulse again when we come back, and if it hasn’t slowed by at least ten beats per minute, I’m gonna throw these magazines out the penthouse window and into the street below in front of the taxi stand.”
She snapped off the overhead light and left.
Sloane’s gasp of despair followed her out of the room as she shut the door.
Title: Thursday’s Child: Far to Go
Author: Polly Becks
Genre: Romantic Suspense
International attorney and human rights advocate Elisa Santiago believes she has life under control—an impressive career, a solid group of friends in Obergrande, and a handsome law partner for hot “car action” when she needs release. Little does she know that her entire world is about to burn down when she discovers that nothing she believes she knows about herself and her past is true. Can the gorgeous former CIA operative, acting as her guide and guard as she returns to Colombia, the land of her birth, looking for answers, set her world on fire in a good way?
THURSDAY’S CHILD: Far to Go is the fifth book in the eight-book series The Extraordinary Days by breakthrough novelist Polly Becks. The first book, No Ordinary Day, tells the tale of an epic tragedy that changes life forever in a small town in the wild, mystic Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, and the mystery surrounding that tragedy.
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Best-selling author Polly Becks has been making her living writing for more than twenty years, as well as working as an editor, curriculum developer, and teaching secondary-school Spanish. She has more than 350 books to her credit, mostly educational materials, as well as professionally published fiction in both the adult and YA market in a variety of genres, plus more than 30 Children’s books. She is excited about exploring the digital literature frontier and is honored to be the launch series for GMLTJoseph, LLC.
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Blog post about release: http://www.pollybecks.com/meet-elisa-our-next-heroine/
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