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!)

 

 


 

September 19, Wednesday

THIS TIME I REMEMBERED the way to the cemetery, but it still took me a few minutes to find my father’s grave.

I hadn’t felt particularly compelled to visit today, but I’d driven a taxi run for one of Mom’s regulars to get groceries, and when I realized their home was close to the cemetery, I decided to drop by.

I guess I was feeling slammed about revelations I was having about my family, and I needed to see that one thing, as sad as it was, remained the same.

My father was still six feet under in the cold, cold ground.  My mother once joked darkly it was the longest she’d ever been able to keep tabs on him.

The red silk flowers were faded and scattered.  I made a mental note to replace them soon.

“Dad… what am I going to do with Mom?” I asked aloud, as if he might answer.  “I don’t know how to take care of her… and honestly, I don’t want to.”  My cheeks felt cold with tears.  “I don’t think she even likes me that much.”

I came hoping a sense of peace would come over me, a sense that life would turn out okay even if it didn’t turn out the way we’d planned…. but I was disappointed.  Instead the sky opened up and dropped buckets of rain.  Before I could make it back to the car, I was drenched to my Wonder Woman underwear.

I sat in the Caddy and watched the rain pound against the windshield.  I’d never felt so thoroughly alone and at loose ends.  My mother had never been the soft, happy mom who tickled me to death or read me bedtime stories.  She hadn’t enjoyed being a mother, and I hadn’t enjoyed being her daughter.  But as I’d gotten older, I’d taken solace in the fact that she was so iron-willed, she’d never need anyone.

Least of all me.

And now that she did, I was positively terrified. ~



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