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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Beyond the Book

Welcome to Beyond the Book. Happy Fourth of July! Do you know what the Fourth of July celebrates? I taught social studies for many years, and to my surprise I found that my students didn't. July 4, 1776 is the date that the Declaration of Independence was signed. By signing the Declaration the Founding Fathers cut their ties with Britain, and war was inevitable. That war, the Revolutionary War, gave us freedom from Great Britain.

Okay, that's enough history. Let's have another excerpt from Flood. I hope you're enjoying them because I sure did enjoy writing that book. First a blurb, then that excerpt that picks up where we left off last week.

Drawn together by their love of animals, Aria De Luca and Caleb Hawkins burn for each other. They never suspected that malignant forces around them were successfully plotting Caleb’s ruin from the moment he entered her life. When the flood of a century strikes Aria’s hometown, an alienated Caleb is all that stands between her and catastrophic loss.

Last Week:

“This is serious,” Aria insisted even though she did smile at Lila’s teasing. She tossed her tissue into the trashcan. “The Department of Corrections partners with community organizations to place model convicts in out- of-prison job settings. It’s supposed to let the convicts learn a skill they can use when they’re released.”

“That’s no reason to cry.” Lila blinked. “Uh, we aren’t getting one, are we? Not that I dislike convicts, but still... Come to think of it, I don’t know anyone who’s been in prison. Besides, I bet your dad wouldn’t like it at all if you started staffing the clinic with criminals.” 

This week:
Aria snickered. “No, we aren’t getting a convict, but one of the big animal shelters in Pine City has several. Listen to this. They took in an abuse case, an adult dog that nobody but one of their convicts could reach.” She sniffed. “Since the dog isn’t especially friendly or pretty, nobody wants to adopt it. It’s scheduled to be put down on Friday unless someone steps up for it, and guess who’d have to walk the dog to the killing room?”

“The convict?”


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