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Kay Layton Sisk
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When Clarissa McBride leaves a year of tragedy behind her, she never expects to find her heart endangered by a man who is the antithesis of all she believes.
Mick Carruthers leads a double life and has no room in it for Clarissa, especially not when he finds he holds not only her heart, but also her life, in his hands.
Clarissa McBride stood at the edge of the Gulf waters and hesitated. The moon gave little light to her present endeavor and that was just as well. If she hadn’t had the nerve to forgive the sea in the light of day, then she should just have to forgive it in the dark of night.
She scooted her right foot forward, felt the tide tickle at her toes, suck them into the sand in its wake. The surf was gentle now, not roiling, not angry as when she had last felt it around her.
She took a step backward. Coward! she chastised herself and took two steps forward, let the water bubble around her ankles, invite her to go further. She wrapped her fists in her nightgown and lifted the fabric to her knees. She didn’t have to plunge herself in to complete this healing process, but she did have to get wet.
Casting a look over her left shoulder, she could barely see the lights of her condo complex. She’d wandered much farther down the beach than she had intended. What had started as a march-to-the-water-put-your-big-toe-in-and-hightail-it-out-of-there had devolved into a one-sided conversation with herself as she paced further down the beach, a will-I-or-won’t-I that had found her far from home when the I-will won.
Now or never, Clarissa. Just get it over with--and then go back to living! How much time has God given you to waste?
She knew the answer: she had wasted one year of her unknown future--and she didn’t figure how God could be pleased.
Clarissa straightened her shoulders, took a deep breath, and spoke to the open water: “I’m better than this. I swear I am. I’m going to beat the fear. I am going to win.”
Taking a child’s game “big step,” she walked into the next wave.
Writing is second nature to Kay Sisk, and she’s been doing it since she wrote stories with her fourth grade friends as heroines. She enjoys writing about her native Texas, where she lives with her husband of 35 years and “third family” of three cats, the first family of dogs and second family of sons, having left the nest years ago.
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 266
Paper Weight (lb): 11.4
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