Weekend Writing Warriors: Not in Front of Her

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. oToday’s selection comes from my book, Stepmothers Anonymous (the full synopsis is below). Abbey meets Bradley’s family for the first time and it goes as badly as she thought it would. In a quiet moment, away from everyone else, his mother, Grace, makes her opinion of Abbey known.


“Young lady, let me make this plain for you: Bradley has a great career and a fine future in politics. Quite frankly, you would only be holding him back; you should end this relationship now, before it goes any further, you would be doing him a favor.”

I was too shocked to say anything, though looking back on it now; I probably should have taken her up on her advice.

Bradley stuck his head in the doorway and asked, “Anyone up for coffee?”

“That would be lovely, son,” she said, smiling, as though he had only interrupted a rousing discussion on needlepoint. Bradley looked at me and I nodded weakly; then he went back to the kitchen. Grace didn’t say anything else. I wanted to cry but I wouldn’t – not in front of her.



Abbey wasn’t always a wicked stepmother. Once upon a time, she was just an average, single mother, whose life revolved around her two daughters. Then the handsome and charming Bradley Mauer came into her life and swept her off her feet. Abbey was ready to live “happily-ever-after” – until reality set in, bringing with it an incorrigible stepdaughter, newfound telekinetic powers and betrayal by friends and family. Not even the support of her stepmothers’ group was enough to belay her life from meeting the same fate as the fairy tale villainess. So with few options left to her, Abbey decides to embrace her role as a wicked stepmother and make her own happy ending.

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10 thoughts

  1. Now that’s the MIL from hell. Why would she give such “advice”? Did Abbey do/say something that didn’t set well? Curious.

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