Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hometown Girls Book Blast

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hometown girlLife for Marissa Lou was great. She was a popular senior in high school with great friends and an even greater boyfriend. She was on top of the world. That was until she made the greatest sacrifice of her life.

Daniel and Katie both loved Marissa Lou but neither of them could deny the intensity of their growing affection for one another, no matter how hard they tried to fight it.

Being the selfless person she was, Marissa Lou gave Katie and Daniel her permission to date. Little did she know it would be the first day of a hellish nightmare. One where, in her depression, she falls from grace and gets mixed up in a life she never would have expected.

With a growing addiction she fights to right everything that went so wrong, but will it be too late?

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About the author:

tressa-2Tressa Messenger grew up in a very small town in Eastern North Carolina called Reelsboro in a coastal county called Pamlico. Being as it was such a small area Tressa developed an immense imagination at a young age. That is where she harnessed her love for writing. To date Tressa lives in New Orleans Louisiana with her husband, daughter and an assortment of critters.

As a young writer Tressa has overcome adversity of Dyslexia and continues to exceed expectations.

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Survivor Book Review

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*Novella companion to Sanctuary

What if the Biblical End Times unfolded in a way no one told you about and the rapture didn’t happen before the tribulation began…

Aliens have attacked and Rory’s mother is missing, but none of that matters much to him. He’s safe in his apartment complex, has his friends and his twin sister, Hailey. But as supplies start to dwindle, it becomes obvious that he needs to do something to make sure they all survive…even if it means he has to brave going outside through the Shisa and the zombies people have become. As long as they are safe, that’s all that matters, right?

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My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Survivor is book two in the Sanctuary - End Times series.  This portion focuses on the group of people Mr. Harris left behind at his apartment complex.  Rations are getting low, and the teenagers are finding it difficult to find food and water.  As you can recall from Sanctuary, the aliens have poisoned the water supply and the Shisa roam the streets in the hunt for people. After thirst overwhelms Rory's twin sister, Hailey and she drinks the tap water causing a tragic outcome.  Rory, his best friends, Tion and Jose, along with Mr. Lee and Mr. Conway, begin raiding nearby homes for food and water.  At first things are looking up and they finally have enough food and water to stave off dehydration.  Then surprisingly the Shisa get smart, and things become more dire than ever before.

This is an unusual end time series with zombies and aliens.  I love the description of the aliens, it's truly unique.  I enjoyed finding out what happened to the people at the apartment complex.  I was curious what had happened to them during Sanctuary, so I'm glad that was the focal point of this novel.  There's nonstop action, heart stopping moments and even some really sad moments.  Although this is a novella, Pauline Creeden causes a plethora of emotions.  I can't wait for the next book in the series.  This is a great Christian dystopian science fiction series for all ages!

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Left Behind for the Hunger Games Generation

In a heart-racing thriller described as Falling Skies meets The Walking Dead, Jennie struggles to find a safe place for what s left of her family. But it seems as though there is no place sacred, no place secure. First the aliens attacked the sun, making it dimmer, weaker, and half what it used to be. Then they attacked the water supply, killing one-third of Earth s population with a bitter contaminate. And when they unleash a new terror on humankind, the victims will wish for death, but will not find it…

When the world shatters to pieces around her, will Jennie find the strength she needs to keep going?

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Sanctuary crosses boundaries and borders and incorporates elements of all kinds of action and intrigue, from thriller-like adventure to a post-apocalyptic tale of life after aliens invade. Thus it will delight readers seeking something truly different, while disappointing those who anticipated a shallow, one-dimensional subject and story line.”

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Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.
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Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring Into Books - Resisting Redemption Excerpt

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Facing a life of prostitution or homelessness, Rosie Scott must make a choice centered on keeping her and her sister safe in the wilds of an unforgiving Montana land. With their background, the two girls need a fresh start.

In Colby, Montana opportunities are as thick as needles on a pine tree. Savvy and independent, Rosie decides to take a chance and start a business, earning her the respect of many town residents.

She catches the eye of two men. One interested in exploiting her past and one interested in redeeming her heart.

But Rosie’s secrets and who she really is shadow her hopes for happiness. Can a man love her most when her past refuses to leave?

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ridingforredemption Desperate to find her place in the world, Sara Beth dreams of applying for the Miss Wrangler Montana competition that tours with the rodeo circuit.

Riding horses has become her anchor until a near fatal accident takes more from her than she’d ever willingly sacrifice.

Determined to prove his business training, Johnny seeks out the Rourke family to call in an old favor. When he embroils himself in Sara Beth’s life, he has to prove they’re nothing more than friends.

Seeking independence, both Sara Beth and Johnny lean on each other more and more, until love threatens their friendship. Will they seek out each other or be confused by their dreams?

Can either of them leave their past and embrace their future?

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resistingredemptionHappy Release Day! This is the third book in a series where the plot points carry over. All plot points will be resolved by book FIVE – the end of the series. This is a sweet style romance.

With her heart at war with her mind, Lisa’s need to chase dangerous fun over boring responsibilities tugs at her emotions. Love is the last thing she expects to find, especially with her past revolting against her future.

The only love Ryan’s heart has room for is for his motherless son. But, when he finds himself yearning for Lisa, Ryan has to convince himself and her that he’s all the thrill she’ll ever need.

Will Lisa’s past destroy their future before either of them can accept the true meaning of love?

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Too much of himself was going into Lisa. Too much thought and nervous anticipation. He couldn’t focus on his breeding schedule for the next year because he wanted to think about the gold glints in her dark hair when the sun hit it just right. And her smile. Great, he sounded like a poorly written parody of a love song. Next thing he’d be waxing about how green the trees were or how the water sang in the creek.

He fell back to sit on his butt, wrapping his arms around his knees and clasping his hands together. Not one of Charlie’s punches had hurt half as much as hearing that Lisa’s ex had returned. By the look of it, Charlie wasn’t there for a happy-to-see-you-let’s-get-back-together kind of a thing.

 With Wanda back to see Jesse and his own confusing emotions about that and now with Lisa’s ex in the picture, maybe things weren’t supposed to work out between Ryan and Lisa. He hated complicated. Complicated ended up hurting others and Ryan wasn’t fond of pain.

Pounding hooves thudded dully on the damp field. Ryan lifted his head and sought out the source of the sound.

Speeding toward Ryan astride Pig, the veterinarian’s horse, Slate MacAllister yelled. “Heeyaw!” Reins flipped from side to side as he pushed his animal even faster through the bison speckled field.

Startled, Ryan jumped to his feet, tucking his hammer into his tool belt and moving to stand beside his horse.  Slate didn’t slow until the last minute, bounding down from the saddle before his animal had even stopped completely. Bright red splashed across his light blue button-up shirt and covered his arms and hands. Flecks freckled his face and neck.

“Ryan! Hurry! Come with me. I can’t do this alone and Robbie’s in town with Ronan.” Slate’s hands glistened with still-wet blood.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Into Books Event

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Plugged Book Blitz



Lara Crane is stuck in her mind, in an indefinite stream of timelines where her life is perfect, just the way she wants it to be. But it's not real. It's all made up to give those who want to use time travel for their own personal ambitions. To give time to finish their experiments and turn Lara into a deadly time travel assassin.

If Lara wants to survive and to stop them, she needs to risk her own mind and soul to get out of a prison so perfect it completes the one dream Lara has always had.
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I could write this in the third person. I could tell you what I like, where I was born, and what my favorite things are.

But instead, I'll say I don't want to write like everyone else. I don't want to craft stories you've read a thousand times before. I want my novels to be a cinematic experience, blending themes, genres, and situations unlike any you've ever read.

I want to break the rules. I want you to break out in a cold sweat as you read my books out of fear, love, and excitement. I want my books to be an experience. When you finish, I want you to feel something. Good or bad.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

SurviRal Book Review

Synopsis:
The deadliest flu season in a hundred years is about to turn a whole lot deadlier. When an accident at a famous medical research facility lets a mutated avian flu strain out, a nightmare scenario unfolds. Before authorities can react, millions are infected-and that's just the beginning. The mortality rate exceeds 80%. Leaders and elected officials soon learn the man-manipulated virus respects neither rank nor stature. The resulting chain reaction leads to a collapse of modern society-even in Colorado, where no cases of the killer strain have yet appeared.
Clint Stonebreaker, a happily-married software engineer living in Denver, doesn't like watching the news. He especially doesn't let Jake, his wacky doomsday-prepping brother, watch it when he visits. But when chaos goes viral through the entire country, Clint and his wife Jenny are forced to acknowledge reality. They find themselves hitting the road with their gun-enthusiast neighbor to escape the deteriorating city. Their goal? Reaching Clint's hunting cabin in Southeastern Colorado and trying to make a homestead of it.
They don't get far before running into a gauntlet of obstacles. Colorado seems to have become a giant sociological experiment, with dire consequences for making the wrong decisions. The spirit of American resolve is pitted against the ugly realty of criminal opportunism in every direction they turn. Ironically, Clint isn't sure which is worse: being forced to survive in the midst of civil unrest, or knowing he'll have to admit to Jake that he was right. Assuming he can find him...



My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

When an mutated outbreak of H5N1 Virus escapes from a laboratory by way of ferrets in the Netherlands, it quickly becomes a world pandemic.  Jake Stonebreaker has been a conspiracy theorist for as long as his brother Clint can remember, so when Jake begins warning his brother that things aren't what they seem and that the virus is spreading rapidly and the infrastructure is collapsing, his warning falls on deaf ears.  When things turn for the worse, Clint, his wife Jenny, and neighbor Harold, journey to Jake's cabin in Springfield where he has been stockpiling supplies for this very reason.  Little did they know that their journey would be treacherous and forever life-changing.

Surviral is an amazing doomsday scenario novel.  The scariest part is that it's extremely plausible.  This story is well written, and I found myself getting lost in the moment.  You're immediately pulled into the story as you read about how everyone reacted to the outbreak.  My only wish is that other than a brief two sentence mention of the prisons, there wasn't any mention if they were all released because there wasn't any food to feed them, or if those that joined Zane Savage's gang were escapees.  All in all, this was an awesome albeit realistic read.



About the Author:

Ken Benton appears to be your run-of-the-mill city slicker at first glance, blissfully playing with his iPhone at the bar of the local barbeque joint while sipping on craft-brewed IPA. But he has a secret passion: doomsday survival prepping. And if you ever snuck up behind him to see what he was reading, it would likely be one of those apocalyptic-survival stories set after the collapse of modern society. Yes, he’s one of those nuts. But someday soon, Ken believes, those nuts may become the new upper class in society. Until then, we’ll just have to make do with story-telling. And preparing. Cheers!
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Path in the Darkness Excerpt and #Giveaway

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The colony ship Intrepid is falling into a star.

The ship’s AI has lost control of the engines and core systems. Battling a saboteur who strives to isolate him, his last act is to wake Colonel Tanis Richards from stasis.

Tanis finds herself alone on a dying ship, unable to contact the AI. She must discover what has happened and save the Intrepid from burning up in the star’s angry red light.

Even if she is successful, the journey to the colony world of New Eden is just beginning. With decades of travel ahead, she will have to find a path in the darkness.

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Excerpt:
Beyond lay the bridge’s foyer; the place where Priscilla, or Amanda—the ship’s two physical avatars—took turns providing the main interface between the humans and the Intrepid. The avatar’s pedestal was empty and the holo emitters were offline. Even more than the main hall, this room had always been a riot of light and color—usually white, grey and light blue if Amanda was ensconced, or red, pink and violet if Priscilla was running the show. Tanis slipped through the darkness, a shiver ran down her spine and Tanis couldn’t help but feel like she was the only person on the ship.
There wasn’t a single person who hadn’t looked out into the cold, dark blackness of space and feared falling into it, lost and alone in the emptiness for eternity. Out here, far from even the most rudimentary civilizations, Tanis couldn’t help feeling those thoughts creep into her mind again and again.
She took a deep breath, pushed the tendrils of fear aside and strode down the corridor to the left, past the executive conference room toward the bridge.
Her nano arrived first and sent an image back showing it to be empty, a fact she confirmed moments later as she stepped into the heart of the ship.
She drew another deep breath through her nose. There were traces of human pheromones. Her augmented olfactory system informed her that people had been here a scant five or six hours earlier.
Tanis felt the solitude pressing around her ease back as she settled into a duty station. The holo interface sprang to life around her and she brought up the last month’s logs.




About the author:


Michael Cooper has been writing since the day he closed Return of the King and wanted more. He's written a lot of fantasy that he never tried to get published, but one day decided to try his hand at science fiction, of which he has published one book (Outsystem) and is working on the sequel, A Path in the Darkness.

Michael is a software engineer at a company which builds sites and services around the open-source CMS named Drupal and enjoys the creativity involved in building web applications.

When not writing stories or code Michael is spending time with his wife and daughter, or doing carpentry--a hobby which he has been growing over the years.

His other interests include astronomy, cars and racing, blacksmithing, movies, and just about any creative work one can do.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mr. Tumnal Book Review

Synopsis:
Everyone has an imaginary friend. Rarely do they marry their imaginary friend. Only one has ever had their imaginary family become real.

Lewis Tumnal is in his early thirties, and a teacher of English and Creative Writing, and he’s old before his time. He wears a corduroy jacket with patches on the elbows, but he’s likeable and friendly and a popular teacher all the same. He’s quiet and uncomplicated, happiest when talking around his subject area. He lives in a big, old, Edwardian house in the north of a Wren Hoe – a university town on the edge of the Cotswolds. He has a wife, and a daughter of eleven years who loves her father, and who is loved by her father. He has a passion for photography and is a member of a local photographer’s society and helps run a night course at college.

But Lewis Tumnal and his family are the imaginary lives of Louis Tumnal, a withdrawn and lonely bachelor, ill at ease with himself in social situations. With few friends, he goes to a night course in photography which he loves, but he keeps himself very much to himself. That is, until he meets Kathryn…

Kathryn Summers joins the photography class mid-term and immediately forms a bond of friendship with Louis. His uncertainty around people, and in particularly women, makes for an awkward friendship though. It is all the more awkward for Mr Tumnal, and the life he believes to lead with his wife and child. As his relationship with Kathryn develops, so his marriage falls apart, and his make believe world spills out into the real world.
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My Review:

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Mr. Tumnal is a unique fantasy novel about a young man, Louis Tumnal, a teacher that is haunted by the melody that he first learned to play as a young boy.  Ms.  Leroy, the woman who took him under her wing and began teaching him music, has now become headmistress of his former school and has given him a teaching position.  It isn't until he meets Kathryn at a photography course that things begin to take a sinister turn. Kathryn begins to question what is real and what is really fiction.

The story in and of itself completely surprised me.  In the beginning, because the story toggles between Lewis and Louis, I began getting confused and wondering if Louis was completely looney.  Once I got the hang of their being a Lewis AND a Louis, the story flowed seamlessly.   I have honestly never read a story quite like this one, and the fact that even though I was baffled at what I was reading, adding the fantasy aspect made it amazing, I would never have guessed in a million years that it would have turned out the way it did.  This was an amazing fantasy, well written through and through!


About the Author:

I was born and grew up in Lowestoft, Suffolk before moving to Cheshire to study a degree in Creative Arts. Having worked as an electronic production editor for science and academic publishers in Oxford, I now work as a Web and Digital Media Officer for a top modern university. I live in Oxfordshire with my wife Emma and our seven cats, four chickens, two bunnies and a hamster.

I'm different. I'm not your usual person. Lots of people can say that about themselves but with me it’s true. Just ask my wife! I only discovered how different in the last ten years when I discovered that I have Asperger’s Syndrome, which is on the mild end of the autism spectrum. In subtle, subconscious ways it affects my writing. For someone who is, on occasion, somewhat clueless and inept in social situations, I have been praised on my dialogue. As a person I also have difficulty reading visual cues and body-language and consequently my editors often tell me I'm telling too much when I should be showing. Show not tell they say and I have to really work hard to achieve that!
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Pius Man Book Review

Synopsis:
As the head of Vatican security, Giovanni Figlia must protect a new, African Pope who courts controversy every other day. The Pope's latest project is to make Pius XII, "Hitler's Pope," a saint. Things haven't gotten better since the Pope employed American mercenary Sean Ryan.

Then a body fell onto the Vatican doorstep.

Soon, a pattern emerges-- people who go into the Pius XII historical archives are dying. Each time, a priest has been in the background-- a priest close to the Pope. One of the victims was an al-Qaeda operative, drawing Scott "Mossad" Murphy of Israeli intelligence to Rome.

Now, Ryan, Murphy and Figlia must join forces to unravel the mystery around the Vatican, as even the man Giovanni is supposed to protect looks like a suspect. To get out of this alive, they must discover if Hitler's Pope was a Nazi collaborator, or a pious man.
 

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My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

A Pius Man is book one of The Pius Ttrilogy.  In this story, we see Giovanni Figlia, captain of the Vatican special services trying to uncover the mystery behind the murder of a couple of people using the the Vatican Achives. As the safety of Pope Pius XIII comes in to question, the group of investigators grows along with the death toll.  As they begin to question what was so important to stay hidden to warrant murder, they uncover a conspiracy that spans World War II to present day, with mercenaries that will stop at nothing to keep their secrets hidden.


I must admit that this story was awesome.  It's far from a very light read, but I promise that if you stick with it, you'll be quickly engrossed in the plot.  There's even a couple of twists that completely caught me by surprise.  There is nonstop action and the story does seem plausible and the scenes quite realistic.  I hated to see this story end, but check back in the coming weeks for my review of books two and three in the series.



About the Author:
Declan Finn lives in a part of New York City unreachable by bus or subway. Who's Who has
no record of him, his family, or his education. He has been trained in hand to hand combat and weapons at the most elite schools in Long Island, and figured out nine ways to kill with a pen when he was only fifteen. He escaped a free man from Fordham University's PhD program, and has been on the run ever since. There was a brief incident where he was branded a terrorist, but only a court order can unseal those records, and really, why would you want to know?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Slumber Book Blitz and #Giveaway

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Genre: YA Fantasy
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24517353
Not all princesses get their happily ever after…


Synopsis:
They tell me I killed my boyfriend Phillip in cold blood. I stabbed him twenty one times. I’m only seventeen years old, and I am serving life in Spindle Ridge Asylum for the Criminally Insane.

I don’t remember killing him, so it’s really hard to believe I’m capable of murder. In fact I don’t remember anything before I came to Spindle Ridge, not even my boyfriend.

I can only grasp onto my realistic dreams while the madness of the asylum threatens to pull me under. I dream I’m a beautiful princess and there is an evil faerie named Maleficent who is bent on my destruction. The dreams are the closest thing I have to memories of my life, except they aren’t real.

I’m crazy. I’m not a princess.

They’re the mad illusions of an irrational teenage girl, right?

They’ve assigned me a new doctor, and she says I can trust her, and that she’ll help me see the truth of who I really am.

When she arrived she brought a new patient, Sawyer, who is everything Spindle Ridge isn’t: exciting, mysterious and beautiful. He promises he’s here to rescue me. Trusting either of them frightens me.

Could it be possible that my dreams are more than just the imaginings of a delusional girl? Could they be truth?
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About the Author:
Christy Sloat
Christy Sloat is a SoCal born girl who resides in New Jersey currently with her husband, two daughters and Sophie her Chihuahua. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother’s loving support. Christy passes that love of reading, writing, and creativity to her daughters, family, and friends. When you do not find Christy within the pages of a book you can find her being mommy, wife, crafter, and dear friend. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. Be sure to venture into her Past Lives Series, The Visitor’s Series, and watch for many more exciting things to come.

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Chapter 2:  Dr. Altman

  “The patient seems to be developing more symptoms. Her dreams are showing no improvement. May need to look into her medication and alter it slightly—”
“Dr. Altman?”

Dr. Altman hit stop on his recorder as a nurse walked into his office.

“Ah, Nurse Mary, how can I help you?” he asked the nervous nurse standing in his doorway. She bit her lip as she opened the door further.

“I’m just checking on Rory’s progress. I was sent by the director,” she informed him.

He swiveled his chair around, looking out onto the grounds below. He had been working for the Spindle Ridge Asylum for one year now, and he was constantly asked about certain patients by the director. It’s a part of his job he was used to, yet normal routine would be the director waiting until he was done with his reports. He would then hand deliver them to the director and wait for her to schedule a meeting. This director had more say, an annoying approach. After each session with a patient, either Nurse Mary or one of the other many nurses came to his office and interrupted his recording sessions.

“Doctor, did I come at a bad time again?” Mary asked. She knew how impatient he could be. She stood there waiting for his reply.

Finally he turned his chair and stood up. He walked to Mary and patted her on the shoulder. “No. I’ll go to the director myself, Mary. Save you a trip.” Accordingly, he walked out the door and up the flight of stairs leading to the director’s office, leaving a confused Mary in his wake.

He reached the door of the director of the asylum. Her office sat on the top floor overlooking the ocean view that sits just outside the asylum walls. She, by far, had the best view of the place; even better than his view of the gardens. He knew she was unprepared for his arrival, but he knocked anyway.

“Come in, Mary, you idiot—” She stopped short seeing Dr. Altman at the door. “Oh, I am terribly sorry, Dr. Altman. Do come in.”

Dr. Malisa Fenwick, or Dr. M for short, was a tall woman with raven black hair that she kept pulled so tight that he feared for the safety of her eyes. She smiled at him. It was always a disturbing smile, never quite reaching her eyes.

“I came about my session with Rory; you wanted to know about it. So instead of sending nurses to my office, I will come to you,” he said matter-of-factly. “I feel it’s better this way.”

Her smile faded fast, and she nodded her head motioning for him to take a seat. He did but kept his eyes steady with hers. Dr. Altman was not scared of Dr. M, not for a second. The staff may flitter around her like scared little children, but he was a man of science and would not be intimidated by her.

“Well?” she said impatiently.

“Rory’s progress is slow. I can tell you that much right now. I was in the middle of my recordings when I was interrupted by Mary. I was going to give you the full report after lunch,” he explained.

“Peter, let’s be frank, shall we?” she asked even though she really didn’t want an answer. “Just tell me what your suggestion is.”

She sat back into her plush, white leather chair. It matched all the other pure white furniture in her office.

“Okay then, I think you have an unhealthy obsession with my patient,” he blurted. “You can’t wait for my official report, ever. It’s not fair to me as a doctor and it’s unfair to the patient.”

Dr. M stood fast, her chair flying out from behind her. She was mad and that anger had no problem reaching her eyes. They flared with hatred for him as he sat in front of her.

“How dare you come in here and diagnose me! You know what that girl did! I am merely keeping track of her progress. Progress that she is apparently not making, according to you.” Dr. M stopped, took a deep breath and continued. “I’m afraid that if you can’t make some sort of progress with that girl within two weeks’ time, I will be asking you to step down as her doctor. Do you understand?”

She said this as calmly as she could.

Dr. Altman’s face turned red with fury.

“You’d take her away from me after all this time? Do you know what that would do to her? What that would do to me? She trusts me!” he shouted.

“Dr. Altman, I’m not worried about her missing you when you’re no longer her doctor. I am, however, worried about whether or not she starts remembering why she is here in Spindle Ridge. It’s detrimental that the girl gets better and understands what she did to land herself here.”

“This is not a jail, Malisa. This is a hospital for the criminally insane. She doesn’t need to remember the awful things she did. She just needs to understand that what she did was criminal and the difference between right and wrong.”

“And you have two weeks to get her to do so. Now, Peter, leave my office and never come here unannounced again,” she said as she fixed her skirt and recovered her chair.

“I’ll do my best, Malisa.”

Just before he slammed her door he heard her say, “You’ll do your best or you’ll be sorry.”


 
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