Tuesday, October 28, 2014
NEW RELEASE! FAMILY SECRETS by ZINA ABBOTT--GIVEAWAY!
Jennie Graves Howell has a secret, including being thought of as a loyal wife to her husband serving in Afghanistan, a husband who has demanded a divorce.
Jennie’s family do not want her to delve into the past. Grandpa Mike refuses to talk about his experiences in the Vietnam War and the aftermath. He wants the biggest mistake he ever made to remain hidden in the past, including family members Jennie never heard about until hints of their existence begin to seep through the cracks of secrecy.
Her new friends at the Golden Oaks Family Ties club are willing to teach Jennie the skills she needs to unlock her family’s secrets, but is she willing and emotionally strong enough to learn what her family has kept hidden?
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EXCERPT FROM FAMILY SECRETS:
Jennie smiled, and hoped her face did not reveal the sadness inside. She wished her warrior husband was favorably impressed by her.
Then Jennie snapped her focus back to Quinn. She realized that he had shared something with her that was not common knowledge.
“So, Quinn Armitage Jacobson is your full legal name, huh? I fig-ured the “A” stood for Andrew or Allen or something like that. But Armitage! That is such an interesting middle name.”
“Interesting, huh?” he grimaced. “You are too kind.”
“But Quinn, that is a great name. I mean, Quinn is a pretty neat name in and of itself, but Armitage? How distinguished!”
“I’m happy you think so. The whole time I was growing up, if I ever told someone my middle name, they found some way to ridicule me.”
“Oh, that sounds like something little kids would do. They poke fun at anything out of the ordinary.”
“It’s supposed to be some family name,” he shrugged. “I don’t remember the details.”
“Would you try to find out? I’ll bet there is a great story behind it.”
The corner of Quinn’s mouth turned up in a half-smile.
“So, is that my assignment, Jennie? Do you need birth dates and places, too? You already have the nicknames.”
“That’s up to you,” Jennie laughed, suddenly embarrassed. “For now, I just think it would be interesting to know the history behind your middle name.”
Then Jennie asked herself, since when? Would Jennie have given the history behind someone’s name a second thought before her conversation with Mrs. Moore?
“And here with all your talk about getting to know historical people, I thought you might be interested in me, personally,” Quinn said with mock disappointment as he slapped his open palm on his chest.
“First of all, you are not a historical person—not yet, anyway. Second, you don’t need an old married lady like me to be interested in you other than as a friend. Aren’t all the other girls around here interested in you?”
“Well, maybe more would be if you did not throw around those big words all the time. Me, I figure it’s a test.”
“Maybe it is a test. Maybe not too many people pass the test.”
Jennie finished gathering up her backpack and slung it across her shoulder. “Maybe you should stop trying to test people and just be yourself. Try to get to know people and let them get to know you.”
“The test is more fun. Besides, I figure one thing at a time. Like you, I’m coming back to get my education. I’m not here to meet people, especially women. Maybe that’s why I like you so much. You are a woman and taken. You are safe. It leaves me free to concentrate on my priorities so I don’t get off-track like I did in my earlier days. I like being able to be just friends with you.”
Jennie felt her throat constrict. She’d been taken, all right, by her husband. At one time she would have liked the thought that she was considered “safe.” But, looking at Quinn bending his head to look in her eyes, she was not so sure now.
“I need to go, Quinn. Mom is expecting me for dinner. I’ll see you tomorrow in class.”
Jennie waved good-by as she walked away. She turned back for one last look to see how he had taken her final salvo. Quinn was still standing where she left him, watching her with his crooked little smile.
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