Lily Steps Out
by Rita Plush
Genre: Women’s fiction
Word count: 73,000
Lily Steps Out is a middle-age, coming-of-age story of a suburban housewife who is sick of making beds and fixing breakfast and decides to step out of the comfortable domestic life she knows into the business world, much to the mocking disbelief of her loving husband, Leon, now retired, and their grown son, both perfectly content with The Way Things Are.
Not only does Lily love her work in an antique store, but when she decides to branch out further and turn an old frame house into an antique center—she’ll sublet the rooms to different vendors to cut down on her costs—a good business strategy, she thinks, especially since she never thought she had a head for business. But when she tells Leon her game plan, not only does he pooh-pooh the idea, but by the time she gets to their joint savings account to withdraw the lease money, Leon has cleaned it out. “This is trust?” she asks herself. “This is marriage? No! This is war!”
With a little help from her friends, Lily steps out of the tired old habit of always letting Leon have his way. And, while she’s at it, she breaks the mold of Lily Gold. This time she turns the status quo into quid pro quo and gives Leon a run for the money. Lily’s journey is the journey of every woman who wants love, respect and personal fulfillment.
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Today we have a sneak peek from the women’s fiction book by J. Jeffrey: The Second Daughter.
It had started out well. Umbrellas tangled. A storybook romance followed. A wonderful wedding. A beautiful, sweet first daughter. They were complete, a family, happy. And then they went and had another daughter.
Everyone blames poor Debra as the family slowly, then quickly, then explosively disintegrates. But fortunately Debra Gale has unyielding determination. Fortunately she has an irrepressible capacity to love.
And maybe, just maybe, she also has a chance.
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Here is an excerpt from The Second Daughter…
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The Second Daughter
by J. Jeffrey
Genre: Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction
Word count: 95,000
It had started out well. Umbrellas tangled. A storybook romance followed. A wonderful wedding. A beautiful, sweet first daughter. They were complete, a family, happy.
And then they went and had another daughter.
Her charming fraud of a father starts disappearing, then worse, coming back. Her once sweet older sister resents her, and the sisters are at constant war. Her poor harried mother is so busy what-iffing about the life she might have had that she overlooks the life she is actually having. Everyone blames younger daughter Debra for everything as the family disintegrates. Along the way there are secrets and lies, heartbreaks and betrayals, plus the dramatic unexpected death of a central character at a pivotal moment. Debra, now a young woman, finds herself living awkwardly alone with her embittered mother when the phone rings—and her mother’s secret past suddenly crashes back into the present. Their life may be about to change forever; or rather, perhaps, revert back to what it should have been all along.
But not because of that phone call, as it turns out.
Because of the remarkable second daughter. For what Debra Gale has is unyielding determination. What she has is an irrepressible capacity to love.
And now at last what she has is a chance.
The complex dynamics of a changing family. Mother, daughters, sisters, and the father who both divides and unites them. A fair amount of banana cream pie. The Second Daughter: a funny but poignant, unusual but beautiful love story.
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