My Mother’s Eulogy

When our mother passed, I realized what I truly missed the most:  listening to her working late at night at the kitchen table creating a new piece of jewelry.  It was her creativity that I will always cherish.

When she was a little girl during World War II, she walked into a local CSO, determined to knit a sweater for a GI (never mind that she didn’t know how to knit). The ladies told this child to come back when she was older.  She said, “No!  Let me try!”  She walked out with yarn and a pattern.  She taught herself how to knit and a lucky GI was the recipient of her first sweater.

Years later she had knit exceptional Irish cable stitch sweaters for her husband which were followed by beautiful sweaters for her children and then grandchildren.

There was nothing that her hands couldn’t create:  she painted, embroidered, and sewed. She made her daughters’ party dresses.  Later, she made doll-sized pillows, blankets, and rugs for her granddaughters.

Our mother joined the Red Hat Society.  When she couldn’t find a suitable red hat, she decorated a red hat with her hand-made jewelry.

She loved to hear about the triumphs and adventures of my friends.  She was concerned with my friends sorrows.  In essence, this was my mother:  she always cared about other people.  Even when she was in the hospital, she was more concerned for her roommate than for herself.

She loved to hear about the many triumphs and adventures of my friends’ children and then finally her circle included her grandchildren. Our mother loved the nightly calls  . . .

. . . Mum, you taught your children to love books, art, and needle craft. You taught your children the phrase, “I can.” Please don’t worry about us–we’ll always watch out for one another.  And some day soon we’ll fulfill one of your dreams of taking a paddle-boat ride down the Mississippi.

In a eulogy given by Mark Twain to his daughter, I quote:

“Warm summer sun, shine brightly here/Warm Southern wind, blow softly here/Green sod above lie light, lie light/Good night, dear heart; good night, good night.”

Mom, we love you.

Author Highlight: Margaret Egrot, Girl Friends

Margaret Egrot

What genres do you enjoy writing?

I write novels, short stories, and plays for young adults and adults. Mostly they are adventures set in the present and gently humorous.

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Tell us about your latest book:

Girl Friends is for young adults and is due for release by Solstice Publishing on May 6th. It is about two fifteen year old girls and the strain put on their friendship when the glamorous one (Grace) who wants to be a model, meets a young man who says he can help her. Her friend thinks she is getting into something sinister – or is she just jealous?

What inspired the story? Where did you get that first bit of “ah ha” inspiration.”

The story is told in the first person by Courtney. Nothing is really working out for her, but she does so want to have a ‘normal’ life, get an education, a decent job, nice boyfriend etc. I have met a few ‘Courtney’s’ in my life. One of them in particular seemed to have experienced more problems in her short life than I had in my considerably longer one. But she was so keen to learn! Courtney is a totally fictional back story for girls like my young friend.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? 

Courtney gets encouragement to change her life around from a surprise source and, despite her poor self-image, problems at home and worries about her friend, she makes the most of this opportunity. Along the way she meets a boy who also encourages her and, with help from him and his family she is able to rescue her friend from sex traffickers (her suspicions were justified) and help her own family.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Grace – She’s tough and brave, and the one most badly hurt in this story. When I first thought about this book, sexual exploitation of young girls was not really an issue. Now the British media and the courts have shown that it is a big problem in some areas. The facts as we now know them are far worse than my fiction. But Grace is a survivor!

How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?

Courtney’s step father, Brian: a work-shy, heavy drinking bully, with an unhealthy interest in young girls.

How much research did you have to do for this book? Any travel involved?

I drew on my experiences as a probation officer, youth worker, and social worker which have taken me to several parts of the UK.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

Letting go – I kept wanting to change things as events unfolded in the British press. I had to keep reminding myself that I

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I want readers to enjoy the story first and foremost.

What are you working on at the minute?

I am working on a collection of short stories based on female characters in Shakespeare’s plays. Basically, what they got up to before making their first appearance on stage. For example, in Journey to the Fair Country, Hamlet’s mother is traveling as a young girl to Elsinore to marry Hamlet senior – and clearly fancies his younger brother Claudius more when she gets there.  Some of these stories have already been published by Solstice.

Why do you write

I really don’t know. I’m supposed to be retired, with time to walk the dog and smell the roses. Writing feels awfully like hard work sometimes!


Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

If I work too hard on getting an outline crafted, I tend to lose the momentum when I come to write the actual story. So I usually work with the germ of an idea, and make a few rough notes at the end of each writing session to follow up (or not) the next day.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Read. Not just the ‘great’ authors, but little known ones too who don’t necessarily write very well. Then throw the book down and tell yourself: ‘I could do better than that.’

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

sleeping beauty

Readers may like to know they can sample a short story of mine for free. Called Sleeping Beauty, it can be downloaded from Amazon Books on 3rd May, and is about a young girl’s thoughts as she comes out of a coma. 

 All my recent work is available via my Amazon Author page, and Girl Friends will be available to pre-order from April 29th (release date is May 6th)      

Author Highlight: Campanelli: Siege of the Nighthunter by Frederick Crook


Campanelli: Siege of the Nighthunter

June, 2110. A serial killer strikes the populace of the City of Chicago. The first victim is a wanted man by Detective Frank Campanelli’s Sentinel Division. His body had been mutilated and, from the evidence uncovered by forensic genius, H. Lincoln Rothgery, it has been partially consumed. The unknown invader leaves a trail of corpses behind in short order, including that of a homicide detective.

To add to the mystery, the DNA evidence retrieved from a stolen vehicle indicates that the killer is former military, but special encoding prevents the murderer from being identified. Frank’s partner, Marcus Williams, seems to know more about what’s going on than he lets on, until the former Navy SEAL calls in a friend from the FBI to help.

“The Nighthunter”, as the media has labeled him, instills terror and virtually shuts down Chicago. Together, Campanelli, Williams, and the agent must work to capture the enigmatic and frighteningly efficient cannibal.

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Excerpt from, “Campanelli: Siege of the Nighthunter”

Lincoln caught Frank’s gaze. “We found two different types of blood, two sets of DNA in the car.”

“Go on,” McLain prompted.

“Herman Werner’s and the killer’s. No ID’s been matched to his,” Rothgery stated and stood from his chair. He stepped between the two detectives and stepped casually toward the sedan. “The killer’s DNA has been engineered, as has the blood, but there’s no identification to be found in the cells. He is a he and appears to be of military origin, but it goes beyond anything I’ve ever seen.”

“So, you’re telling me that the killer is a soldier. American?” Frank asked as he stopped next to Lincoln and stared at the driver’s seat of the ruined car.

“I can’t even determine that without a serial number, Frank.”

“Soldier or not, Mister Rothgery…how the hell did he get outta that?” McLain asked from Lincoln’s other side. The big man waved his hand over the wreckage as he spoke. “That should’ve been fatal…engineered genes or not.”

“I agree.” Rothgery slid his glasses from his Roman nose and rubbed his eyes with his free hand. “Gherling is still researching the DNA and the blood while Teri is carrying out more tests.”

“You said Werner’s blood was in the car,” Frank stated.

“Yeah,” Lincoln said then nodded. “Not much of it, though. A lot of the DNA we found in it was from hairs in the carpets and seats. My opinion is that he used the car for some time. Months, perhaps close to a year.”

“So, Werner was cut out of the seatbelt…then thrown through the air.” Kirby stepped up to the side of the car and studied the sliced seatbelt. In the bright light, the precision cut was much more impressive.

“Definitely,” H. Lincoln affirmed as he replaced his eyeglasses. “And…before I forget…there are teeth marks on the body.”

“We saw those,” Frank said. He leaned back on the workbench behind him and crossed his arms. “The bites on the shoulder.”

“I’m not talking about those, Frank.”

This took Kirby’s attention from the wreck to the forensic genius. “What are you trying to say, Mister Rothgery?”

“I’m saying he had a little nibble on some muscle tissue while he cut out the heart and liver. It’s also confirmed that the heart and liver were eaten.” Lincoln met the eyes of McLain then looked to Campanelli.

“God,” Kirby uttered and stepped away from the sedan as if it exuded heat.

“How do you come to that, Lincoln?” Frank asked.

“Pieces of both organs were left behind in the car. Nothing more than shreds, really. Seems he had to pick them out of his teeth as he drove.”

Frank lifted his right hand to his chin and rested it, keeping the left arm tucked. “You’re telling me that we have a soldier of unknown origin turned cannibal, running around the streets of Chicago.”

“From everything we’ve gathered so far, Frank, that’s about the size of it.”

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Frederick was born

in Chicago in 1970 and now lives in Villa Park with his wife, Rae and their three dachshunds. He began by writing fictional works all through high school, but didn’t take himself seriously until 2009, when Frederick began writing his first novel, The Dregs of Exodus, which was self-published in late 2010. This was followed up with another novel, The Pirates of Exodus in 2012.

Throughout that year and 2013, he continued writing and published four short stories in eBook form for Kindle. Runt Pulse, The Fortress of Albion, Lunar

Troll, and Campanelli: The Ping Tom Affair.

His third novel, Campanelli: Sentinel, was picked up by Solstice Publishing in late 2014. The novella, Minuteman Merlin, was released for the Kindle by Solstice Publishing in March of 2015 and followed up by his fourth

novel, Of Knight & Devil in September. His fifth novel, Campanelli: Siege of the Nighthunter was released by Solstice in March, 2016.

He is currently an editor for Solstice Publishing and working on novel number six, a paranormal historical fiction.

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KC Sprayberry’s Starlight’s Curse

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Author Interview – Marie Lavender

I’m so excited for the first (and I hope for many, many more to come) interview with Marie Lavender.  Marie, I’m very grateful for this opportunity:
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  1. What genres do you enjoy writing?

All types. I usually like to write different kinds of romance stories, but now and then the muse surprises me with another genre entirely.

  1. Tell us about your latest book:

Second Chance Heart is contemporary romance about a woman who runs into her ex during a business trip. She thinks she’s so over him, but is she? Can she forget how he hurt her?

  1. What inspired the story? Where did you get that first bit of “ah ha” inspiration.

SCH came to me as a premise, a question really. I wanted to write a completely different story, about whether someone could be forgiven for what happened in their shared past. Of course, I didn’t know the answer until I was done writing it.

  1. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Dana Nelson is an interesting woman, tough but with some vulnerabilities even she can’t admit to herself at first. Dana is a lawyer from the city, but seeing her ex again brings back the past, as well as memories of her hometown.

  1. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

I really like Dana and I can identify with her. But, in this, I’d have to say that Vince is probably also my favorite because he is handsome and mysterious. Who wouldn’t want their dream lover to grab them and kiss them against a wall?

  1. What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

As writers, we tend to put ourselves in someone else’s place. Dana’s ex-boyfriend cheated on her in the past. I lived through that in my own romantic history, so it wasn’t a stretch to show how the character experiences that kind of pain. It was, however, a challenge to show remorse from the side of the person who hurt the main character.

  1. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I guess I want to convey that forgiveness is possible, even in situations you wouldn’t imagine you could forgive someone for. However, I think the hardest part is forgiving yourself.

  1. Which writers inspire you?

There are so many! I like Nora Roberts, J.R. Ward, Chloe Neil and several others.

  1. What does your writing process look like?

After I get an initial idea for a story, I write as many scenes and chapters until I get stumped. From there I go back and write a full outline, then write until the manuscript is finished. If I need to stop and research a part of the story for details or inspiration, I will.

  1. What are you working on at the minute?

Several projects actually. I always have so many works in progress at the same time, but the main ones I’m focused on this year are Upon Your Love, a historical romance and book three of the Heiresses in Love Series, as well as a sci-fi romance titled Blue Vision, which will be book one of the Code of Endhivar Series. Both of those are written and currently in edits. Two other manuscripts I plan to polish and hopefully have for release this year are Directions of the Heart, a romantic drama anthology, and Awakening, a paranormal thriller. After I’m finished with those? I might return to Blood Instincts, book two of the Blood at First Sight Series or Chasing Ginger, the start to a future romantic comedy series – The Misfits.

  1. How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

I think names are pretty important. Sometimes I don’t always have a name chosen right away, or if I do, I take the time to make sure the personality and the story fits with that character. If it doesn’t work, then I am flexible about changing the name. I often use to find the right names for a story. And yes, I often go with a name because I like it or because of its meaning.

  1. Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?

Sometimes action scenes can be challenging because things are moving fast, and each movement has to make sense.

  1. When did you decide to become a writer?

I think I am like a lot of other writers. I didn’t exactly choose the profession; it chose me. Sometime around the age of eight or nine years old, I realized this was what I wanted to do. Stories always played out in my head, and it made sense to write them down. Once I got them on paper, it felt like the most natural thing in the world.

  1. Why do you write?

I write to honor my characters and tell their stories. I write to explore other worlds, and to understand humanity a little better. How humans think and behave has always been fascinating to me. I think that’s why writers are natural observers. I write to discover these tales inside of me and hopefully give the world something to believe in.

  1. Where do your ideas come from?

My story ideas come from current events, from people I’ve met or known, from situations I’ve experienced, or sometimes virtually out of nowhere. The muse can be quite mysterious at times.

  1. What advice would you give to your younger self?

Have an enormous amount of patience. The best things in life take time, but don’t be afraid to go out and get them either.

  1. Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

I think I’d like to have met Kurt Vonnegut just once, to see how he was in real life. I always enjoyed his work.

  1. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Find out why you have this burning urge to write inside of you. Is it for money or power? Or, is it for something far greater, because you cannot imagine doing anything else, because the story must be told and the muse won’t let you have any peace if you don’t? Knowing the deep reason for your need to write will, in a sense, define your whole career, and give you the courage and perseverance to keep going when times get tough.

  1. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

You can find a full list of my 22 books here.

  1. How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Readers can find out all about me on my website at

I also have three blogs: Writing in the Modern Age, Marie Lavender’s Books! and the I Love Romance Blog.

  1. Tell the readers something about yourself that has nothing to do with writing.

I love the color hot pink!

  1. Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Be brave, despite your fears, when pursuing your dreams. Even if you’re not a writer, find that something that brings you the most joy and build a livelihood out of it.

Blurb for Second Chance Heart

After a wild storm forces her to take shelter in a small town inn, Dana Nelson thinks that all she has to worry about is a brief stay before she heads back to the city. She gets far more than she bargained for…

The last thing she expects is to run into an old flame, and even worse, the man who broke her heart twelve years ago. She’s sure that the only thing remaining between them is a strong attraction for another.

She can’t be more wrong…

The more time she spends with Vince Reynolds, the more she begins to believe she can trust him again. But, can she put her faith in the one man who captivates her, body and soul, or are some wounds too deep to heal?

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Bestselling multi-genre author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 21 other books. March 2016 Empress of the Universe title – winner of the “Broken Heart” themed contest and the “I Love You” themed contest on Poetry Universe. SECOND CHANCE HEART and A LITTLE MAGICK placed in the TOP 10 on the 2015 P&E Readers’ Poll. Nominated in the TRR Readers’ Choice Awards for Winter 2015. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. The Versatile Blogger Award for 2015. Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards. Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 10 Authors on Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands.
Since 2010, Marie has published 22 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several anthologies. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series and The Blood at First Sight Series.

Snowfall’s Secret, Chapter 5

He held the envelope up to the light as he thought about the necessity of having to help her with her school work, especially with history. He saw the outline of something small still inside. Turning the envelope upside down, he shook it until two cards fell out: a debit card and a business card. He picked them up, suspicious of this new little ‘coincidence.’

He read the name and address on the business card: Mrs. Margot Greenfield, Education. I wonder if she’s any good. It doesn’t state her degrees. He flipped it over to the other side and read her address, e-mail, and phone number that were framed with little gold apples. The tutor was only four blocks away.

He looked at the debit card in disbelief as he read and re-read his name. He needed to turn it over twice to make sure that the card really belonged to him. Do I need to cancel it? Of course I do! What am I thinking?

Tom looked inside the envelope and withdrew a note that was stuck to the side and read it: The tutor is paid in full. The debit card is for all of Jamie’s expenses. The amount is inexhaustible.

Snowfall’s Secret, Chapter 4

When the movie ended, Jennifer and Dean took the empty bowls, glasses, and bottles into the kitchen and then returned to the living room. No one wanted to go upstairs to bed. The mood was contagious to Dahliea (now Jamie). She didn’t want the evening to end either. She knew that in the morning, she would have to be turned over to social services and this scared her. She didn’t want to leave the only family she had here. What if she never saw her half-brother again? Why didn’t he want her? She would also miss Jennifer (who was the closest thing she had to a mother on this world) and the others. Everyone dawdled. She rubbed her sleep-heavy eyes as fought the exhaustion.

Rob finally gave a very audible, very wide-mouthed yawn. “I’m heading up.”

“Yeah. It’s a good idea.” Jennifer looked at her husband and after standing, allowed herself a slight stretch. “I still have some things that I need to pack. But, I’ll do that after breakfast.”

Jamie waited for Rob and Mike to get up from the sofa before she went to the hall closet to pull out the blanket and pillow she used.

There were faint whisperings from Mike, Jennifer, and Tom in the upstairs hallway. It couldn’t be anything good. Deciding to push the dark thoughts away, she made her bed and brushed her teeth. Too tired to change, she kicked off her pants and left them on the floor next to her make-shift bed and then smoothed down the t-shirt (now nightgown) she wore during the day.

Snowfall’s Secret, Chapter 3

Tom looked over at her and saw how sullen she was as she examined her cocoa. He put his coffee down on the table. She flinched when he said, “Jamie.” He quickly followed with, “Dahli-au, want to come with me?”

“Yes,” she responded quietly, trying to fight the urge to correct him for not using her real name in the first place.

He slowly walked to the door and opened it. “We’re just going to be on the porch. If anyone is looking for us.”

She looked at him and decided to follow.

He leaned against the railing while she sat down on the swing with her cup. Careful not to make eye contact with him, she slowly rocked back and forth. She didn’t want to be alone with him even though she was curious about what he had to say. After all, he still intimidated her because of the obvious hostility.

Now she found her courage to ask the question she most needed answered: “Why do you hate me so much?” She didn’t look up at him from the swing, didn’t even look at him as he crossed the porch to close the window before returning to his perch on the railing. She would rather have the window open knowing that Mike and Jennifer were on the other side to protect her.

Snowfall’s Secret Chapter 2

“That’s a really pretty sand dollar you found.”

“What?” she asked around a bit of dry toast.

Because Jennifer was scrubbing a dirty plate, she nodded her head towards the paper towel where it rested. “Your sand dollar. It’s very rare to find a whole one like that. They usually don’t survive the tides, not even in a tide pool.”

“Oh.” Then quickly added, “Yes,” not wanting to seem dim-witted.

“We’ll need to wrap it very carefully so it doesn’t break. They’re very delicate.” Jennifer set a wet plate to dry in the rack and then began scrubbing a coffee cup. “As a gift to remember us, I could get it framed for you.”

The last statement made her force herself to swallow the forkful of egg. Understanding that she wasn’t going to stay here with them, she was going to ask anyway. “If I’m allowed to stay with you, can we keep the sand dollar on a shelf?”

Jennifer stopped scrubbing and turned. “What do you mean?”

She looked at Jennifer and stammered. “If I can stay here . . .” She trailed off, realizing the words were more plaintive than a request. She looked down at her plate to hide her disappointment.

Jennifer sighed. “Sweetie. Look at me.” The girl reluctantly obliged her. “This isn’t our house. We’re just renting it. And tomorrow we’re leaving.”

“I know. But I thought that. . .” She blinked rapidly to fight the oncoming tears.

Jennifer wiped her hands on a dish towel and then walked over to hug her. With pity and sympathy in her voice, she said, “I truly hope that you’re reunited with your family soon. Really.” Then she stepped back. “I know that I would be worried sick and be frantic. Or worse, if I lost Ami. We’ll need to take you to the police who’ll contact social services. They’ll help you find your family. We still don’t even know who you are.” The she returned to the sink.

Snowfall’s Secret, Chapter 1

…“I know another really good resale shop.” Jennifer led them to a street corner and across with the other pedestrians.

They walked another block and passed a used book store. The girl stopped when one of the books on display in the window caught her attention; and was so distracted that she didn’t even notice that Jennifer and Ami continued walking. The book’s picture of a round disk hovering over buildings triggered a memory of something exploding. She winced. The memory quickly disappeared when the reflection of two girls around her age appeared on her left giggling, pointing and mocking her behind their hands.

“They get weirder looking every year,” one girl said in a very audible whisper to her friend.

She turned and faced her two antagonists. The one on the right wore a thin-strapped shirt and several necklaces of varying lengths. Her hair was long and streaked with bright colors and braided in several places. Silver charms dangled at the end of each long braid. The girl’s friend had short black hair and wore several metal loops on her ears. The short-haired girl cupped her hand to whisper into the ear of her friend. The long-haired girl snickered.

“Awww. Your mommy can’t buy you real clothes?” the long-haired girl teased.

She quickly looked at her opaque shopping bag and then back at the bullies.

“Maybe she’s waiting for a flood,” said the black-haired girl, looking at her boots.

She clasped the pendant protectively when the long-haired girl saw it. She squared her shoulders and stood firmly as she gave the girls a defiant stare to show that she wasn’t going to be intimidated by them.

The long-haired girl smirked and stepped forward, reaching her hand out towards the pendant’s chain to grab it. “Thanks!”

Without consciously thinking about it, she felt electricity pulse from her shoulder blades down to her hands and then out to the two girls. They suddenly flew backwards several paces from where they stood and landed hard on the pavement. The two scrambled to their feet and quickly put as much distance between themselves and her as they were able while stealing glances over their shoulders.

If she wasn’t staring at her hands as if seeing them for the first time, she would have laughed at the silly girls’ frightened and surprised expressions.

There was a flash of a memory of a large rock in a classroom. Why do I remember this? Oh, now I know. I can do Moving.

She turned around when hearing footsteps from behind her.

“There you are! We crossed the street and then I noticed you weren’t with us.” Jennifer narrowed her eyes at the two girls retreating quickly down the sidewalk. “Are you okay?”


“I saw one of those girls come at you. It’s incredible the way you knocked them both down at the same time. You’re so fast, I didn’t see you move. I didn’t even think it’s possible in Tae Kwon Do.”

What was Tae Kwon Do? With an exhale she said, “I Moved them away.” She realized that she said ‘moved’ in S’Renen and repeated herself in English when Jennifer looked at her incredulously.

“You ‘moved’ them away.” Jennifer’s expression didn’t change.

“Yes. Moved them.”

A fleeting look crossed Jennifer’s eyes before she took the girl’s arm to lead her. “Let’s go back to the car.”

She thought Jennifer was angry with her because no other word was said until they reached a huge building and parked in an empty space with the other cars in neat rows. Even then, it sounded as if it wasn’t directed towards her.

“We’ll get everything else in here.”

There definitely was a wall between them, but she didn’t speak for fear of making Jennifer angrier….