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~ Laurean Brooks ~
(from a work-in-progress, Half-price Bride)
A Humorous Scene: Clemons’s raspy voice escalated. “That woman made a fool out of me, leaving me at the altar. And I’m supposed to forgive her? I refuse!” 
The reverend groaned. “The young lady must have had her reasons. Remember, there are two sides to every story. Dr. Clemons, please sit down and hold your peace. We are in the Lord’s house.” 
The reverend finished his message quickly. “Dear Flock, turn your hymnals to page one-sixty-three and let usl sing, Take Me As I Am.”
A loud baritone voice in the back taunted, “Maybe Clemons’s bride didn’t like the way he was.” 
The congregation roared until Reverend Cole raised his hands to silence them. “Please, Mr. Evans, let’s not forget we are in the Lord’s house. Let us be respectful.”
The taunter cleared his throat, “Sorry, reverend, I was thinkin’ out loud.”
“Please…see that it doesn’t happen again,” the reverend admonished.
“Yes, sir.”

~ Jessica Marie Holt ~
(excerpt from One Minute to Midnight (Unsung Legacies Book 3) released yesterday)
Money can buy you anything.” His eyes glinted. “But that’s true everywhere.” There was a note of bitterness in his voice. “To have money is everything. To be poor is nothing.”
For some reason, Louis imagined Walter sitting outside Jim’s paddock, his slingshot poised, his face full of envy, waiting for the right moment to shoot Brutus. His chest constricted, and he grimaced involuntarily.
“What, am I wrong?” Walter said, his eyes flashing.
Louis shrugged. “I just don’t see it your way.”
Walter scoffed, and his eyes took on a hard look Louis had never seen before. “Then you’re either blind or foolish.”

~ Cherry Christensen ~
(excerpt from Love’s Full Circle)
“That’s a good sign, huh?”
“Indeed. It means you’re going to be fine. Even if he is the sneaky young man I disliked.”
Kayden gasped as her hand flew to her mouth.
“That’s right. I did some investigating of my own and found out all about Liam from your mom. However, I believe people can change, and it’s foolish to base an opinion of someone on their actions from fifteen years ago. Like I said. Pray about it.”

Scott R. Rezer ~ 
From my WIP, The Haberdasher’s Wife
I draw the worn beads of my mother’s rosary through my fingers and shake my head. Too often have I whispered to the long night of my dotage that youth is wasted on those too foolish to appreciate it. Had I bothered to learn anything from those patient friars who sought to discipline me in the faith of my father, perhaps so many things might have turned out differently, not that I regret my life, only the foolish mistakes I made, things I can never undo. But then, the depth of one’s character is measured by the mistakes we make, and the wisdom we learn from them…