Happy Christian Fiction Friday, and a big congrats to co-host Hallee Bridgeman who released the last installment of her Virtues and Valor series this week and whose novel, A Carol for Kent, is up for Book of the Month at bookfun.org.
Today, I'm posting a few paragraphs from Unplanned, my upcoming suspense novel about a college student who volunteers at a crisis pregnancy center.
“Sandy!” Carl shouted as soon as they got into the center, but all Kennedy noticed were the walls splashed with crass pictures, angry slogans, and an obscene statement or two. It felt as if someone hit her in the gut and then left his fist there to fester.
“Sandy!” Carl repeated.
“I’ll be back to ask you some questions later.” Kennedy doubted Carl heard the police officer before she went out the front door.
“Oh, thank God they let you through!” At the sound of Sandy’s voice, Kennedy pried her eyes away from the grotesque graffiti. Sandy rushed up to Carl, the extra fabric of her floral dress fluttering around her ankles, and they embraced. Kennedy thought she saw Carl’s broad shoulders tremble, but when they pulled apart, his voice was clear and resolute.
“Baby, tell me exactly what happened.”
“I came straight from church. The protestors were already here, at least some of them. At first, I didn’t even notice the broken windows. I thought they were just doing their picketing thing. You know, they’ve got as much a right to these sidewalks as the rest of us. I was going to walk my way in here and not let them bother me. Well, by the time I was out of the car, that’s when I saw the glass. And some guy starts following me real close, asking me what I’m doing around the center, making rude comments. Then another woman, one of the protestors, started shouting at him, telling him he shouldn’t intimidate me no matter who I am. Then she asks me what I’m doing here, and I tell her my husband and I opened this clinic, and she apologizes for the broken glass. Says it was like that when she got here, and if she had seen who did it she would have reported it to the police. Then she asks if I want to go in, and she just marches up with me, and tells me that we’re women and we have to …” Sandy’s voice caught, and Kennedy stared at her shoes while Sandy continued. “Says we have to stick together, no matter if we have our political differences. And once she sees me safe in here, she tells me again she’s sorry for the mess. And then she takes her Hands Off My Uterus sign and goes back out with the rest of them.”
Do you like giveaways? I'm giving away copies of Unplanned when it's released and also a few copies of the brand-new Torn Asunder audiobook! (Click here to enter)