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Saturday, May 22, 2021

Saturday Sample and Weekend Writing Warriors

 For a couple of weeks I'll be sharing excerpts from Rest Thy Head. First a blurb, and then an excerpt.


Running away from a fiancĂ© who betrayed her, Peyton O’Malley finds employment at a beautiful mountain inn called Rest Thy Head. She didn’t expect to live in the haunted room or to fall for the inn’s owner, a fire-scarred, war veteran who uses the inn to hide away from the world. She didn’t expect her sister to show up at Rest Thy Head either, much less her formidable mother.

Now, thanks to the aid of a friendly ghost, Peyton has a shot at true love, and so does her sister Ashley, provided the guys cooperate of course! 

Excerpt: Patrick is Jake's brother. They run Rest Thy Head together.

Jake took his breakfast and went into the office to eat. Peyton O’Malley was exactly the kind of woman he didn’t need at Rest Thy Head. She made him think about things that could never happen again. Running a hand across his face, he reflected that he’d give a year of his life to look the way he did before he got burned. Before he went to Afghanistan, both he and Patrick had had their share of female admirers, and Patrick still did, but no woman wanted a man with a face like his.

Since no one was around to see and feel sorry for him, he removed a photograph from the bottom desk drawer. Patrick had taken the picture of him in his uniform right before he left for Iraq. He remembered how cocky he had felt. Oh, sure he’d known he might run into danger, but he had been sure he could handle anything the insurgents could throw at him.

He hadn’t planned on them throwing gasoline on him and lighting him up, though. If his buddy Martin Fletcher hadn’t tackled him and helped him put out the fire he might have died that day.

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Jessica E. Subject said...

It sounds like Jake has many scars, both external and internal, that he is dealing with.

Nancy Gideon said...

So much emotion in this scene it breaks your heart. Nice job, Jessica!

Diane Burton said...

A lot of pain in this excerpt. My heart hurts for him.

Veronica Scott said...

Quite the painful backstory but I really feel for this character and want to know more about him. Great excerpt! Really pulled me into the book...

Aurora Springer said...

A sad story and quite realistic. He needs the right woman who can overlook a few scars.

Jenna said...

Such an emotional scene! He needs the right woman who will look past the scars to the inner man. They aren't a dime a dozen, but they are out there. Great snippet!

Teresa Cypher said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!