For September, I’m going to pull from my novel, The Lone Wolf, which was released last fall.
After her husband’s infidelities are revealed, Kasey Sanford just wants to rediscover who she is. After an abusive childhood and years as a career soldier, Andrew Adams just wants someone to tell him that he’s doing the right thing with his life. When their paths cross, Kasey and Andrew embark on a tumultuous journey that demonstrates just what they’re willing to do to save the ones they love.
In this scene from Kasey and Andrew’s first meeting, she’s just bumped into him at the local bookstore. Literally.
I tried to think of something witty to say, or quirky, something that would make him laugh, make him want to get to know me, while he regarded me with a mixture of polite boredom and expectation.
I gestured toward the section behind him and asked, “So, you like military history?”
“I think it’s interesting, but I always get frustrated by the policy decisions because it seems we go in and do whatever we think is best for a country, without consideration for what they want, and so no wonder they hate us so much, if all we do is use violence to enforce our will.” I paused, realizing I might be ranting, and gave him an apologetic smile, then said, “My dad fought in Vietnam, so I grew up exposed to all this; I’m a pretty strong pacifist.”
“Career military,” he said, and all traces of the smirk, or smile, or whatever it had been, were gone.
“Oh,” I answered, sure my face was definitely on fire.
“If you’ll excuse me?”
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