The Women of Valley View: Terri Installment 1

Coming April 12th. 

To celebrate the release of book two we are going to count down the next nine weeks with installments of the first chapter, free books, and a FACEBOOK party on April 12th. I don't have all the party details worked out yet, but I can tell you it will involve lots of prizes, and some Guest Star visitors. Watch this blurb each week for the details as I work them out.

In the meantime We'll be giving away a copy of Terri's story each Friday, starting on 22 Feb. How do you win? Come to the blog, track the progress of the party plans, and read the current installment of the story. Leave a comment. The blog post for April 12th will announce the winners. The more you visit over the next few weeks, the better your chances of winning.

Now. Here's the first installment of The Women of Valley View: Terri


Terri Hayes chewed her bottom lip and prayed. Outside her windows on this sunny Friday afternoon, the Oklahoma summer persisted in spite of the September date circled on her calendar. Her hands sweated, and she clasped them behind her back. She would have raked them through her hair, but she wanted to telegraph calm and collected, not the nervous anticipation churning like ocean waves in her stomach. The weeks of preparation, the evenings spent in class, the hours of prayer, all came down to this.

The curly black head of her visitor disappeared under the kitchen sink. Terri heard grunts and clanks as the woman shifted and examined the contents of the cabinet. Her visitor stood and yanked the top of her crisply tailored suit back into place, her stern face thoughtful as she scribbled notes on a clipboard.

Despite Terri’s desire for calm, her lip chewing graduated to nail biting. Had she missed something? “Ms. Wilson, I…”

Cindy Wilson held up a hand. “Please, Ms. Hayes, I prefer to conduct my investigation uninterrupted. We’ll discuss my findings when I’m done.”

Terri swallowed her comments with a nod and trailed behind the imposing African-American woman whose job it was to poke and prod into every corner of Terri’s home.

         She ran through her own mental checklist as they proceeded from room to room. Outlets covered, medicines locked away, cleaning supplies stored out of reach, covers on all of her trash cans. A second perusal of Ms. Wilson’s expression produced no further insight. Pass or fail? Terri shook her head. I wonder if this woman plays poker. 

***While you're here, Please take a few minutes to visit the tabs at the top of the page. Terri has an interview with Deborah M. Piccurelli. The Deborah is here to talk her novel, Hush Little Baby. Be sure to answer the question at the end of the interview. The Debroah will be giving away a copy of this book at the end of the week. Karla welcomes Dora Hiers and Connie Mann to her page for a sneak peak at their upcoming releases. Callie has a special devotion prepared for us by Marji Laine. Pam just posted a Terri's Lasagna recipe.***


  1. I would love to win,Enter me!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!!
    Sarah Richmond

  2. What a fun idea! I'd love to win. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. Terri's book sounds good. Sounds like it might be leading up to adoption! Hard to wait.
    MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

  4. I would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Diana, thanks for stopping by! You're entered.

  5. Put me in line to win this book. sounds good. Bet she does play poker. charlesjanATsbcglobalDOTnet

    1. Janet, Nice to see you here. Good luck!!