Our guest author today is Lynne Stringer who has graciously shared information on her book Once Confronted.
After a normal day turns disastrous, Madison Craig tries to put her life back together. She’s jumping at shadows and finds even familiar places terrifying. Can she forgive the men who hurt her?
Her friend Evan Mansfield sees no need to do anything but hate their assailants. He struggles with bitterness, but Maddy wants to move on. But what will she do when one of the men asks for forgiveness? Is it the only way forward for her?
Lynne Stringer has been passionate about writing all her life, beginning with short stories in her primary school days. She began writing professionally as a journalist and was the editor of a small newspaper (later magazine) for seven years, before turning her hand to screenplay writing and novels.
Lynne is the author of the Verindon trilogy, a young adult science fiction romance series released in 2013. Her latest novel, released in October 2016, is Once Confronted, a contemporary drama. Visit www.lynnestringer.com for more information.
Here’s an excerpt from the first chapter:
The day went quickly, mainly because we were constantly busy, with people in and out. I knew Michael would be pleased with how much we’d taken. I didn’t have any time to put the new books away until we were nearly ready to close.
With eleven o’clock fast approaching, Evan gave the pile of books a pointed look. ‘We need to get stuck into those, especially since things seem to have finally quietened down.’
‘Do you think Michael will worry, given that we haven’t put them away because we’ve been so busy?’
He cocked his head. ‘That’s certainly a plus, but you know that people are more likely to buy …’
‘When they can find a book on the shelf,’ I finished for him. That was Michael’s favourite mantra.
I checked to see if there were any more customers coming in. Nope. I’d been cleaning the tables constantly throughout the day, so I only needed to give one or two a quick wipe and they were all good. Then I reluctantly turned to the books I’d sorted earlier.
I glanced at Evan, where he stood looking at the cash register. ‘Maddy, I think we’re out of cash register tape. I’m just going to grab some from out the back.’
He walked past me, dodging the piles of books I’d spread out on the floor, and ducked into the back room.
As he did, two men came into the store. One looked irritated, but the other leant all over the counter and grinned at me. ‘Hi, love. Can we get some coffee?’
I walked over to the coffee machine. ‘Sure. What would you like?’
The man at the counter smiled in a way that made me feel uncomfortable. His blue eyes gave me the once over. ‘I think a cappuccino would be great.’
I tried to keep my smile in place, wishing Evan would hurry up. How long did it take to find cash register tape? I turned my attention to the other guy, who was younger and had his hair back in a ponytail. ‘Anything for you?’
He started, as though he was surprised I was speaking to him.
‘No, nothing.’ Then, when his friend gave him a sharp look, he said, ‘Actually, I’ll have a decaf.’
Yeah, I think you need it.
As I grabbed some cups I felt a movement behind me. I turned, assuming one of the men was going to ask me a question.
Then I froze.
There was a gun aimed directly at my face.