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Alison Timberlane’s escape from a string of violent deaths, and an abusive husband led her to a new life in a new place with a new name. The lock on her heart is not easily opened when love tries to penetrate in the person of a young ex-soldier. When her past catches up, his secrets push her over the edge and back into danger.
Fleeing to what she believes is her only refuge, Alison creates her own prison, and unravels the horrible carnage behind her. She is in no condition to attempt escape. Can her young lover trust her ex-husband enough to enlist his aid? Will they rescue her before she becomes the next murder victim?
Alison hugged herself to keep from shaking, full of confusion and disbelief.
“I’ll go now, Jess. But there’s so much that makes sense now, and I have some shreds of proof, maybe not enough to convince the cops yet. I can’t get into them all, but one more thing--I know more about your brother’s death than you do, and so does Tony--tons more. If you think about what I’ve said, and want to talk, want to know more--Sarah can find me.”
Burk made a speedy exit from her office and passed Bill again on the stairs. He didn’t acknowledge Bill’s greeting, but kept up his rapid pace through the front door of the showroom and to his car.
Bill bounded into Alison’s office. “Say, why didn’t you pick up the phone?” He didn’t wait for a reply, or even look at Alison’s face. His gaze had followed Burk down the hallway as he spoke. “Nice guy, huh? Sarah’s boyfriend, I mean.” As he moved out of the light from the hallway, Bill got a clear view of Alison, her arms wrapped tightly about her body, her eyes closed. There was no expression on her face, no color to it. She didn’t appear to be breathing. Tears streamed down her pale cheeks.
“Ali? Ali, what’s wrong? Something happen to Sarah?”
She neither moved, nor changed expression as she sat behind her desk, suddenly looking very small in her high-backed executive chair. Her shoulders and chest rose slightly as the only sign she was alive, until a fierce trembling took hold of her entire body.
“Ali?” Bill rushed around her desk and knelt in front of her. He grabbed her shoulders and shook her.
“Don’t.” Her voice was a mere whisper. “Don’t touch me, please.” Her words were slow, deliberate.
“Alison!” Bill shouted to bring her to her senses. “What-the-hell happened? Talk to me, damn it!” He shook her again.
She made no reply, but trying to get to her feet, her knees would not hold her, and Alison collapsed in Bill’s arms. Her eyes never closed, she didn’t faint. Her spirit just seemed to evaporate. As he placed Alison on the sofa in her office, Sarah appeared in the doorway.
“I’m sorry, Alison. I had to give him a chance to explain whatever was so important to him. He didn’t tell me. I really didn’t want to know. I know who he is, and he told me he’d done terrible things to you. I care about him very much. I had to let him see you. I’m going home now. If you want my resignation, it’s yours, just call me. If I don’t hear from you, I’ll be in tomorrow.”
Bill rushed to get Alison a cup of water from the cooler.
“Want to tell me what’s going on here?” he said to Sarah as she moved past him toward the door.
“It’s not my place to say.” She continued to the hallway.
“Alison?” he questioned, as he offered the cup of water, which she pushed away.
Alison collected herself a bit, pushed back her hair and inhaled a deep breath. “It doesn’t concern you, Bill. I’m sorry I bothered you. I’m fine.” She tried to dismiss him.
“Fine, hell! Alison--” He took her shoulders tightly in his hands and knelt in front of her.
“Let go of me, Bill, and get back to work.” She didn’t mean to sound sharp, but the crack in her voice clipped her words short.
“Fine!” He threw the paper cup full of water across the room.
Alison didn’t even notice. Bill turned to leave her there in her office. He paused at the door without turning around, hoping she’d call him back. When she didn’t, he opened his fists and thrust his hands into his pockets as he left.
Diana Lee Johnson is a native of Northern Virginia. By day she’s the Purchasing Agent for a municipal government. By night (and weekends) she’s a writer.
Stories flow through her mind like movies projecting in her head, waiting for her to find time to write them down. Diana must switch them off so she can work at her day job. “I weave a little of myself into everything I write. My characters take on their own personalities and I wait like the reader to hear what they say next.”
Writing poetry since the age of 6, Diana dabbled in short stories at 13, but took prose more seriously as an outlet after she turned 30. She enjoys writing fiction in several genres hoping to entertain a variety of readers with drama, suspense, humor, and romance. Her characters could be someone you know or someone so outrageous you can only imagine meeting them.
She would love to hear from you. Please visit her website:, or write her at P. O. Box 3003, Falls Church, VA 22043.
Dramatically written, this poignant tale will touch your heart. Diana Lee Johnson has penned another winner. I can't wait to read her next book.-- Judith Rippelmeyer, Editor in Chief, The Word On Romance, www.thewordonromance.com
Wrong Side of Love is a remarkable story with a clever twist that will surprise and amaze the reader. It is a meticulously compiled and authentic historical novel that takes place during the Civil War era and has an enduring theme of family love and devotion...Tina Dean, Associate Editor, Virginia Writing
Castle of Sorrows: “How skillfully Diana Johnson has revealed yet another dimension of her craft with this exciting and enchanting novel. The colorful narrative in which Castle of Sorrows is clothed, and the skeleton of events on which it hangs, all show the marks of a storyteller who writes with sensitivity and is gifted with exceptional human understanding. This suspenseful novel is a thrill from beginning to end.”--Tina Dean, Associate Editor, Virginia Writing
“Very different from Diana Lee Johnson’s previous books, CASTLE OF SORROWS is nevertheless an excellent read. Let Donald, Douglas, Dierdre, Grandee, and the ghosts of the past enchant you. Drift away to the beautiful Scottish countryside, filled with castles and tradition and enjoy CASTLE OF SORROWS.” --Judith Rippelmeyer, Editor in Chief, The Word on Romance
Tomorrow Came Early, the much-anticipated sequel to Too Late for Tomorrow, is a fabulous read! The saga of the spirited Hamiltons continues in this moving and powerfully written historical novel set at the end of the Civil War. The love, devotion, and courage of this dynamic family, especially young Andrew Hamilton, will touch your heart and soul as you read this compelling story; family secrets and intrigue will keep you on the edge of your seat. Prepare to be carried away on the wings of this highly recommended book!-- Tina Dean, Associate Editor, Virginia Writing
…Steeped in the rich history of the turbulent pre-Civil War and Civil War years, TOO LATE FOR TOMORROW sets readers deep into the heart of the issue of slavery and its consequences on this nation. Deftly intertwined with the issue of slavery, Ms Johnson adds Jeremy and Gabby's personal tale of love, deception, and obsession.
I wouldn't consider this a light read, or mere entertainment, but an attention involving novel. TOO LATE FOR TOMORROW is nevertheless a marvelously written story from the pen of a wonderfully erudite author. Readers who love Civil War period romances will adore TOO LATE FOR TOMORROW. I highly recommend it. --Judith Rippelmeyer, The Word on Romance
An exciting and heartwarming story of family love! This is a must-read book for anyone who loves historical romances, particularly those of the Civil War era. The characters are rich and full, with family ties and love being the strings that bind them all in one way or another. This is a novel of a family forced to deal with strong beliefs and opinions, frequently at odds with each other, but always with love enough to fill even the reader's heart. You will want to read every word on every page of this Civil War saga. I have just three more words to say: sequel, sequel, sequel! --Tina Dean, Assoc. Editor, Virginia Writing
Just Deserts is a sweet read. Warm and witty characters, a fabulous story, and a dollop of humor makes this recipe another winner for Diana Lee Johnson. Make room on your keeper shelf for Just Deserts. -- Judith Rippelmeyer
Pretty as she is, Carolyn isn't looking for love when she enrolls in a college course. However, in the weeks that follow she finds herself being courted by two men who are determined to win her affections while having much more in mind than just their amorous feelings.
Book Publisher: Wings ePress
No. of Pages: 407
Paper Weight (lb): 16.8
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