COMEBACK GIRL: A NEW Daily Serial

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Home is where the hurt is.

Hello.  I’m Jane Hunnicut, aged twenty-eight.
I grew up in Accident, Alabama but I’ve lived the past few years in London, England with the man I followed there from college.  To say I’ve distanced myself from my upbringing would be a bit of an understatement.  I love being a city girl and I’ve had my share of good fortune, but lately I’ve found myself in a bit of a slump.

I’m a novelist whose first book sold gangbusters, but the second book—notsomuch.
My relationship with my fiancé was flying high… until it wasn’t.
And to top it all off, my best friend disappeared... like before.
When I was at my lowest, the phone rang and in an instant, my life changed—
my family needed me.

After escaping the suffocating situation of my childhood, I am reluctant to return, especially since I’m already late on a big deadline.  In the small town where I grew up, I never quite fit in, but now after years away, I’m really going to stick out. And I’m not ready to face the ghosts of my past.

Meanwhile, my family and friends in Alabama think my life is perfect.

I’m in dire need of a comeback.  But my plan didn’t include coming back home.

Something tells me my life is going to get worse before it gets better.

 


 

 The COMEBACK GIRL daily serial will run July 1 - December 31, 2018.  The current day's episode will display for 24 hours (approximately 4am eastern to 4am eastern).  Set a reminder on your phone, fridge, or calendar so you don't miss a single day of COMEBACK GIRL!  And please share with all your reading friends! 

(As with the previous serials, 6 monthly e-novellas will be available for readers who want to catch up, read ahead, or binge read!)

 

 


 

October 22, Monday

MY OLD BEDROOM was revealing itself to me in more ways than just being nearly clear of the hoard Mom had put there.  Underneath all the junk, she had indeed, as Tyler had first said, left everything just the way I’d left it.  I ran my fingers over the spines of the young adult novels I’d read and reread, pretending I was the heroine with paranormal powers, and the angst-ridden handsome loner guy in school was secretly in love with me.

I smiled, thinking back to the nights I’d lain awake worried about something that now I couldn’t even remember.  Time had a way of diminishing problems I’d once thought so dire.

I dearly hoped I would someday look back on this chapter in my life and marvel that I’d worried over the outcome.

I pulled one of the books from a shelf and thumbed absently through the pages, then frowned when a slip of paper fell to the floor.  When I picked it up, I recognized my teenaged handwriting.

Joe P blew me a kiss today in Microbiology.

I smiled, having no recollection whatsoever of Joe P.

But I suddenly did remember the notes.

After my mother had found and burned my journals, I’d started writing little notes to myself and sticking them in my books.  It seemed less likely to be found, and to get me into trouble.

On a whim, I pulled out all the books on my shelf and turned them upside down while flipping through the pages.  By the time I reached the end, a small pile of notes were stacked on the floor.  I flipped through them, amused by the nonsensical nature of the messages—boys I liked and thought liked me, someone calling me a name, or something funny a friend had said.

I loved that not even my mother had been able to keep me from writing.

I turned over another note to read I think Tyler has a crush on Deidre—ew.

I bit into my lip.  Yes, ew.  And dammit.   ~



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