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Excerpt from A Family Affair: Spring

Excerpt from A Family Affair: Spring

As promised, here’s a mini excerpt from A Family Affair: Spring. It’s not edited and might change a bit, but you’ll get the feel of it, and read how Gloria’s up to her old tricks again… And I said I was going to redeem this woman? She’s a real pill…

This is a scene where Gloria descends upon Magdalena, unannounced, of course, and corners Nate Desantro, her son-in-law.

From Nate’s point of view:

“I don’t give a damn what you think about me. Christine and I love each other and that’s something you damn sure know nothing about.” There. He’d said it. Gloria Blacksworth paled, sputtered, then calmed so quickly, he almost wondered if he’d imagined her earlier upset. He should not have goaded her; it was low and cruel. But dammit, she’d pushed him.

“I’ll make you regret those words.” She stood, smoothed the wrinkles from her slacks and gathered her handbag. “Good-bye, Nathan.” Her tone was cool, assessing, dismissive. She turned to leave, stopped and shot him a parting glance. “Tell your mother I think of her every day.”

22 Comments

  1. Please keep me posted. I can’t wait to read it. Loved Family Affair. Nate and Christine belong together, but I see Gloria causing trouble..

    • Hi Nina!

      Thanks for the kind words…you are exactly correct – Nate and Christine do belong together AND Gloria is going to cause trouble..for a bit..some mother, huh?

  2. Looking forward to reading part two.

    • Hi Linda:

      Thanks for the post. A Family Affair: Spring is moving right along and I’m sitting down now to write more about that horrible woman we love to hate…Gloria! I’ve come up with something that might make her redeemable, but readers will have to decide. Harry is so much fun to write – he’s so unsure of himself in this whole love business!

      Take care,

      Mary

  3. Oh my God just read family affair in 1an a half days could not put it down! Can’t wait for the next instalment just hope they stay happy together. Fabulous book, Fabulous author.

    • Hi Lisa:

      Thank you! Not being able to put a book down is a good thing! I’m so glad my work gave you a few hours of enjoyment. I am honored that so many readers have chosen to spend time with my books. I’ll continue posting tidbits about A Family Affair: Spring and info on release date and such… While I’m thinking of it, I recently chose a narrator for A Family Affair and A Family Affair” Spring. Talmadge Ragan will be narrating for me and AFA will be out by December, I think. Listening to the characters come alive is really a thrill.

      Take care,

      Mary

  4. This was such a lovely read, like the gal above meand read it within 2 days on my nook. Congratulations on making such an endearing novel. I cared for each character but except the high-maintance, rich bitch left behind while the others were finally finding their happy place in the world. It was such a nice surprise to find at the end of the book you were already working on, ‘Spring’! I hope Uncle Harry is invested im this next one, I really want him to find love and live in. Thank you!

    • Hi Tere:

      Thank you for the very kind words. Fear not, Uncle Harry is certainly in this book and boy has he got a thing or two to learn about having a ‘relationship’ with a woman! Greta will keep him on his toes with her honesty and straightforwardness. He will not be able to smooth talk his way out of his dilemma (Admit he cares for Greta.) And Gloria, well that woman has more money than she can spend, but she doesn’t have the love of family – and it will take her a long time to realize what’s really important in life… Okay, I can’t give anything else away!

      Thanks again and I’ll report back with progress soon!

      Mary

  5. LOVE this story! Couldn’t put the book down. Can’t wait to read more. And I LOVE all of your characters… You truly bring them to life!

    • Hi Paula:

      Thank you…and just wait until you see what they are up to in this next book! I know this sounds crazy, but when I’m writing it, well, it feels like I’m watching a series on television. I recently made this comment to my husband when he asked a question and I was talking about A Family Affair…’Oh, that happened last season’…he looked at me like I was a bit off. I smiled and said, ‘It’s like watching a series..love this feeling…can’t wait to see what happens next!’ Watch for the post about Harry…and thanks again!

      Mary

  6. I absolutely can’t wait for the next books! A family affair is by far the best book you can get on the kindle!

    • Hi Nicole:

      Thank you! I am absolutely going to refer to these lovely comments when I receive a not so lovely review…! I am indeed smiling today! Now, off to post about Harry and his predicament.

      Again, many thanks.

      Mary

  7. I have said time and time again that I wasn’t going to start a series until all books are published. The suspense if the next book KILLS ME!!!!!! Cannot wait for book 2. Thanks for a wonderful book 1.

    • Hi Melinda!

      I’m so sorry to cause such discontent, but very soon I hope to alleviate that pain! Thank you for the very kind words. It really means a lot and to amp up your suspense, I’m going to post another snippet from A Family Affair: Spring. I have a few other posts to reply to and then you’ll read about Harry and the mess he’s gotten himself into….

      Again, thank you!

      Mary

      • My discontent with waiting for follow-ups to series is meant in a good way

        • Hi Melinda:

          And I like that kind of discontent…:) I have good news! It looks like A Family Affair:Spring will release sooner than expected! Off to the editor soon…I’ll know more once I hear back from her with edits, but October is looking very good!

  8. Thank you for writing this book. It kept me occupied on my business travel could not wait for plane to take off to continue reading the story and it travelled with me from the Netherlands where i live to the UK to Georgia and Florida in the US and just finished it on my return from Moscow. Cannot wait for the new release to be reunited with this family. Again thank you for the pleasant hours you created for me with this book

    • Hi Yvonne:

      Well. A Family Affair is certainly well-traveled! I love hearing stories like this and am delighted A Family Affair brought you a few hours of relaxation as you criss-crossed from country to country! In a few minutes, I’ll post a snippet about Harry….

      Again, thank you for making me smile.

      Mary

  9. Your book was amazing, read it in a day, cant wait for the next installment. Your character’s are all written so eel you feel you know them and what they ae going to do next. Thsnk you for a grwat way to spend a Sunday.

    • Hi Liz:

      Thank you! I know I say this often to many readers, but I am truly honored that you’ve chosen to spend time with A Family Affair when there are so many other wonderful books out there. I’m so excited to get A Family Affair: Spring in readers’ hands..very soon. And now I’m going to find a snippet about Harry from AFA: Spring that I think you’ll enjoy!

      Again, many thanks.

      Mary

  10. I very much enjoyed A Family Affair and look forward to your next book. I noticed in the book that Gloria referred to Miriam as Miriam “Blacksworth”. That was never addressed in the book and I wondered if it was a mistake. Now that I see you are writing another book in the series, I am guessing this might be answered? Waiting and wondering!!

    • Hi Lauri:

      I just walked in the door and spotted your e-mail. The use of Miriam ‘Blacksworth’ was completely my error! This book received numerous edits and has easily had over a million downloads on Amazon alone, and this is the first time anyone has mentioned this. Oh, I am not happy with myself right now! Thank you very much for bringing this to my attention – I will see it is corrected. A Family Affair: Spring is almost ready!

      Again, thank you.

      Best,

      Mary

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