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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sweet Saturday Sample: How Shocking!

An introduction to Clint Hayes and Rachel Amos my hero and heroine in The Sentence.
The book is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and at http

The Sterling Weekly
 October 10
Upstate Edition


Judge Shocks Community

By Thomas Bell          Controversial Judge Marion Lowe shocked every person in his packed
Staff Writer                 court last Wednesday when he passed sentence in the Clint Hayes case.  Hayes, twenty seven, who works for Bud Parsons at Bud’s Private Club, was found guilty of burning Saved By Grace Community Church last April. 


Originally, Hayes was arrested for arson.  His fingerprints were found on a beer bottle in the church parking lot the night the church burned, but a sheriff’s investigation revealed the fire was caused by a cigarette that Hayes threw into an azalea bed.  Authorities believe the cigarette caused the dry mulch around the bushes to catch fire, and the flames spread to the church.  The building was a total loss.


After consultation with Reverend Neal Amos, the pastor of Saved By Grace, Judge Lowe sentenced Hayes to six months in the care of Reverend Amos who in effect will be his jailor. 


“The verdict was a surprise,” admitted Rachel Amos, twenty four, the minister’s daughter.  “My father discussed the situation with my mother and me, but to be honest we never dreamed the judge would go along with it.”


Several members of Saved By Grace have expressed their support for Reverend Amos’ decision, but they admit there are some who want nothing to do with Hayes.  


Local civil rights groups have announced their intention to get the verdict overthrown, but so far Hayes says he wants the sentence to stand.


Until the new church is constructed, Saved By Grace is meeting at Sterling High School.  Sunday School is at ten o’clock followed by worship at eleven.  Anyone wishing to make a donation to Saved By Grace’s building fund may do so at People’s National Bank.


Patricia Kiyono said...

This sounds like it's a great story! I'll have to get to it soon.

Elaine Cantrell said...

Thank you, Patricia. I think you'd like it.

Lindsay said...

Interesting way to start the story. I'm going to have to get it.

Elaine Cantrell said...

Thank you, Lindsay. I like my hero very much. I thought a news article was a good way to give the backstory.

Sherry Gloag said...

I have this on my kindle and hope to get to reading it soon.

Jenna said...

This is such an intriguing premise for a romance. And great hook for the opening. Great sample.

Elaine Cantrell said...

Thank you, Sherry. I hope you enjoy it. Jenna, I hoped it would be an attention grabber.

Carrie-Anne said...

I love the unique concept of your book!

Elaine Cantrell said...

Thank you, Carrie Anne. I wanted to do something just a little bit out of the box, and I thought this would do it.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Thanks for piquing my interest! And for visiting my sample.