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AN UNLIKELY BEGINNING by Patty Wiseman
A blue feather is the only clue she has, which leads her down on the docks to a seedy nightclub.
The risk to save Peter Kirby is enormous. Can she rescue him, or will she only put him into deeper danger?
Disguised as a jazz singer, Ruth steps on the stage, knowing her life is on the line…
Knowing she may never escape…
AN UNLIKELY BEGINNING by Patty Wiseman
In the far corner of a seedy speakeasy known as the Blue Feather, seventeen year old Ruth Squire tried to avoid the interested eye of a repugnant patron. The impatient bartender waved his hand toward the stage—it was her turn to sing, but the metallic taste of fear drenched her tongue and slithered downward until her stomach burned. She took a step back.
A female voice whispered from behind, “Remember why we are doing this Ruthie. You can’t abandon him now.”
Slowly, courage overtook the fear. One step—another, until she stood center stage. The piano began the prelude, and she closed her eyes. A few tremulous notes exhaled through ruby lips, but strengthened as memories of the murderous carnage at home unfolded and steeled her will. The choice to save him was hers. Instead of a pack of crude, bawdy men in a smoke filled room, she envisioned Peter, the man she came to rescue. Her eyes opened, and she remembered…
Late Friday afternoon, February 1929
A shard of light punctured the somber, country scene, a flash that vanished so quickly, Ruth Squire wondered if it was imagination or reality. The next instant, a well-dressed man emerged from behind a far off willow tree and disappeared down the dirt road, alone. From that distance, she couldn’t tell his age, but noticed the black fedora hat, the dark suit, and shiny black shoes. In light of the recent murders, not only in Detroit proper, but even in her own house, fear reminded her it wasn’t over.
The snow fell silently, covering the dead grass, and dusting the grave stones in the antiquated cemetery on the edge of town. Winter decided to creep into the quiet necropolis as if to remind its temporary occupants who remained in charge. There was no rhyme or reason to this murder, no logical explanation, yet here they stood in front of a casket about to be lowered into the ground. Ruth’s heels sank into the lifeless sod, but at her side, Peter Kirby gripped her elbow a bit tighter. She wanted to cry, tried to force it…almost willed the tears to spring forth, but when she blinked, the rough sandpaper she called eyelids dissolved any thread of emotion. So far, the year 1929 was a complete disaster.
Patty Wiseman is the author of An Unlikely Arrangement and An Unlikely Beginning, a romantic, historical suspense series she calls the Velvet Shoe Collection, published by Desert Coyote Productions. The third in the series will be out in spring of 2013.
After 24 years working as an administrative assistant to a financial advisor, Mrs. Wiseman is now retired and devoting her time to her writing career.
Ms. Wiseman has co-authored a novel, published numerous short stories and poems in an ezine magagazine, Angie’s Diary, writes for her blog at www.pattywiseman.com and www.venturegalleries.com, contributes to her author page at goodreads.com where she boasts over 3,000 followers, as well as her Author Page on Facebook. She also contributes to Gather.com. She enjoys an Author’s Page on Amazon.com where she features her books in paperback and Kindle. Her books are available and Barnes & Noble and Nook, as well. Ms. Wiseman served two years as secretary at East Texas Writers Association, is a member of NETWO (Northeast Texas Writers Organization), attends many book signings, and book fests, and has been a featured speaker at the local Lions Club and other venues. She entered the NaNoWriMo challenge in 2007 & 2011 and won both times. She is an avid league bowler and enjoys treating her compatriots to monthly book signings.
Patty is also a distinguished member of the Worldwide Who’s Who for the Women’s Network of professionals and entrepreneurs, and a member of the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs, a motivational speaker, and a member of the Waskom, Texas Friends of the Library.
She is married to husband, Ron, and has two grown sons and eleven grandchildren. Ron and Patty live in Woodlawn, Texas with their crème lab, Cutter.
Links to Patty Wiseman’s website, blog, books, etc.
Website – www.pattywiseman.net
Blog – www.pattywiseman.com
Amazon – http://amzn.to/OelLXo
Kindle – http://amzn.to/KlOj0F
Barnes & Noble – http://bit.ly/GQJt6Y
Nook – http://bit.ly/IVOXBV
Amazon – http://amzn.to/RLdpI6
Kindle – http://amzn.to/MGILel
Barnes & Noble – http://bit.ly/QIFOxj