This is the first seven paragraphs of my current project, The Marshall’s Lady. This is book four in my Winter Creek series with Beachwalk Press. I’m about half of the way finished with it. Be aware this is the first draft, unedited version. Research is still needed to find out the name of the assistant living facility, and to see if I ever gave her grandfather’s last name. It’s the heroine’s mother’s father, but I have it written as her father’s.
First Seven Paragraphs
She wanted to be anywhere but here.
As soon as Kimberley Ferguson walked out of the main building of the NAME OF ASSISTANT LIVING toward the line of apartments behind it, she sensed coming here today might be a mistake. Would her grandfather even remember her? Would he want to see her if he did? Forcing a breath into her empty lungs, she stopped near a bench and wrapped her unbuttoned coat around her. You need to leave, Kim, before Jen or Ed show up—or Dad. Her visiting would only confuse grandfather. He wasn’t well now.
“Ma’am, can I help you?”
The voice tore through her uneasiness, twisting her around and away from the bench. She spied a nurse standing near one of the apartment doorways. Dressed all in white with a stethoscope hanging around her neck and a clipboard in her hand, the woman studied her with suspicious eyes. “Are you alright?”
“Yes, I’m…fine.” Kim traveled her hands down her knee-length coat, wiping the dampness from them. She’d never been this nervous before, so unsure of her next move or word. She hated feeling this way. “I’m…visiting my…grandfather. Edward Ferguson.”
“Oh,” she said, eyes narrowing as if not believing her. “You’re one of Professor Ferguson’s granddaughters? I thought he only had the one, Jen.”
“I’m Kimberley,” she answered, not allowing the nurse’s attitude to upset her. Jen and Ed, as well as her father and her Aunt Mabel, were regular visitors to grandfather’s assistant living apartment. This was her first time. If she’d arrived with her aunt today, she wouldn’t need to go through this nurse’s interrogation. It would be easier on all concerned.
The heroine is the younger sister of Jen from the first book of the series, Forgotten Memories. The hero is one of the three working board members, Jack, who plays the Marshall and is an ex-cop.
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