Thursday, February 11, 2016

Charity's Cross by MaryLu Tyndall

Portsmouth, England, September, 1718

Charity killed her husband. She knew it the minute the pistol fired. She knew it the minute he froze and his eyes widened in horror. His grip on the barrel of the gun remained strong as he stared at her, the life spilling from those eyes like water from a glass tipped over. She trembled and sought her breath, but only gun smoke filled her lungs. She couldn’t cough … couldn’t move. And still he stood there, frozen in time, as if unwilling to accept his fate.

Jerking the pistol from his grip, she nudged him back before he used his remaining energy to strike her again. Her mind spun as she rubbed the bruise forming on her cheek. The gun clattered to the floor, though she barely heard it…or her husband’s moan as he stumbled backward, clutching his chest. He toppled to the Persian rug he loved so much and breathed out his last words, “I’ll see you in hell.”

’Twas the only truthful thing the man had said in their two years of marriage.

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Those are the first three paragraphs of my new novel, Charity's Cross.  Intrigued?  I hope so.  It isn't often an inspirational novel starts off with the heroine killing her husband. But, hey. I like to be different.  Redeeming the situation, however, was not so easy. Isn't murder one of the cardinal sins?  How can we root for a murderous?  These are all questions you must discover in the reading of the book. If you dare...

I thought you'd like to see pictures I chose that best represented the hero and heroine of the story.  The hero, by the way, is a preacher. A preacher and a murderess... how is that going to work?

Charity Westcott

Elias Dutton

As you can see, Charity is one determined lady. Desperate to avoid the noose, she must make it safely to Carolina where her family has moved.  There are two things she hates most in the world: men and preachers. And of course it is both, embodied in the hunk you see above, who is the only one who can help her.

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