Monday, January 12, 2015

Haley's Song

Hayley’s father has a gambling problem that’s now become hers. He lost her in a bet. Now, she must either leave the only place she’s ever known or marry a man who is only interested in a servant he can control.
On the run and scared, she finds sanctuary at a ranch with seven men and one little boy. Though hired as a cook and nanny, she quickly realizes she’s found a home. With brothers, Ben and Tate, vying for her affections, Hayley starts to believe she can have a life that doesn’t involve alcohol, abuse, and gambling. But the winner of the card game has other plans.
Ed Thompson tracks Hayley down, determined she’s going to become his wife. But Tate isn’t about to allow that to happen. He’ll move whatever mountain he has to for Hayley’s safety. And when she’s kidnapped, he’ll tear the town apart to find her. But Ed has an ace up his sleeve that could end up getting Hayley killed.

~Snippet #20~
Daddy jumped to his feet and backhanded her across the cheek.  Bright stars flashed in front of her eyes and her cheek stung. “You have no choice, girl. Don’t you disrespect me or I’ll be sending you out for your own switch.”

Scars left by previous switches crissed-crossed her body already, and the threat was enough to silence her.

“You’re lucky he was willing to take you off my hands.” There it was, the strike of the snake. She didn’t flinch at his venomous words because she had learned long ago to shut herself down from being hurt.

Hades would freeze over before she’d ever marry Ed Thompson.  She had to get away. And fast. If she didn’t, she would be married by the end of this summer, and probably carrying her first child by next, repeating the same hell her mother had lived in. Maybe she would be lucky and die too. But she didn’t want to die. And she didn’t want to marry Ed Thompson. She only had once choice left: to run.  I will be gone before the harvest.

Money would be tight without the cotton funds, but at least she would be free of rattlesnakes.

~About The Author~
Jennifer has a brain that is never quiet (even in her sleep), she uses writing as an escape to be and do anything she can create. Plotting is her favorite thing to do in her down time. Raised in southern Arizona, she was influenced by being raised a cop’s daughter (plenty of teenage angst material there), Mexican food, and the old West. She is a busy mother to three rambunctious boys, married to her amazing cowboy, a full-time nursing student, and desperately needs a long vacation. Her biggest fear in life is to be completely mediocre.

~Author Social Media links~
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