Monday, June 16, 2014

#Excerpt: HER SECRET INHERITANCE by Jen McConnel

Glancing at the clock on the nightstand, she quickly calculated the time back home. Her family wasn’t likely to be up for a few more hours, but it was possible that Tammy might not have gone to bed yet. Lou crossed her fingers and dug her cell phone out of the small pocket inside her purse.
            She punched in the numbers by memory, and after five rings, a groggy voice said, “Hello?”
            “Oh, shit, Tammy. Did I wake you?” Lou frowned at the phone, flooded with guilt.
            “It’s three o’clock in the morning. What do you think?” Tammy’s voice was terse, but Lou couldn’t tell if she were just tired, or cranky, too.
            “I’m sorry. It’s morning here. I didn’t figure the time difference right.” Lou lied quickly, hoping Tammy wouldn’t call her on it.
            She didn’t. “Okay. Fine. I’m up: what did you need?”
            Lou hesitated. “It’s just—I’m in Scotland.”
            Suddenly, Tammy sounded wide awake. “Oh, God. I’m so sorry. I forgot that you were flying yesterday.” She paused. “Is everything all right?”
            Relief washed over Lou as she leaned back against the headboard. “I don’t know. It’s just, weird, you know?”
            Tammy was quiet for a minute, and Lou pictured her nodding. “Lots of memories?”
            Tears threatened Lou again, so she forced a bright note into her voice. “Some. It’s just strange to be here after so long.”
            The line was still. Tammy knew better.
            Lou sighed and admitted, “It hurts. Not just knowing that the he’s gone, but knowing that—“
            “You missed your chance.”
            Lou exhaled sharply. She knew who Tammy was talking about. “Yes.”
            “Did you think about looking him up while you’re there?”
            “No!” Lou spoke too quickly. “I’ll be too busy.”
            “I’m sure Brian would help you, if you asked him.”
            Hearing his name caused a sharp pain in her chest, but Lou shook her head. “That was a long time ago.”

Five years after the trip to Scotland that changed her life, Lou is back in the misty, magical country. But this time, she’s not on vacation.

When Brian, her old Highland fling, turns up at the scene of some depressing family business, tension mounts between the former lovers. But dealing with Brian is only part of the problem; something wicked is stirring in Scotland. Lou must use all her strength to handle the increasingly desperate situation, but will she be strong enough to battle both a vengeful ghost and her heart?

Lou may have thought that she was finished with the witch Isobel Key, but some secrets can’t stay buried forever.

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Author bio:
Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she also holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.  Her debut NA novel, THE SECRET OF ISOBEL KEY, is out now from Bloomsbury Spark. She also writes YA and nonfiction. 

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