Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share excerpts of their books or works-in-progress. It’s a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! Be sure to check out their website. Today’s selection comes from my book, Stepmothers Anonymous (the full synopsis is below). Abbey finishes up her introduction, mentioning her daughters, Nicole and Zoe, and her life since her ex-husband Todd left. And as much as a jerk as he was [which seemed to be the general consensus in last week’s comments :)], the real trouble started when she met the man who is now her husband.
Nicole was always on the principal’s list and always helpful, constantly reassuring me we were okay without Todd, but she didn’t have it in her to lie convincingly. I could see the void he left in her and in spite of my best efforts, I couldn’t fill it.
Zoë, on the other hand, was my eternal optimist–there was little I found throughout the years that could keep her down; and because she had never met her father, she was always on the lookout for an eligible candidate to take his place (I’m sure she was disappointed with the lack of worthy contenders–fat or not, I still have standards).
Then a couple of years ago, we moved to the capital city. It was a welcome change–we found an apartment in a decent neighborhood, I got a job at a downtown law firm as a receptionist and the girls were enrolled in two of the best schools in the county (the Governor’s daughter attended Nicole’s high school, a raving endorsement in my book). Life was good and I was content–lonely and longing, but content.
Then Bradley Mauer walked into my life: he was handsome, charming, and he loved my daughters like they were his own. Our story should have ended with ‘and we lived happily-ever-after’, but it was, in fact, the beginning of all things wicked…