CrossReads Short Takes
A Marriage of Convenience
by Debra Lynn Collins
She’s Alabama country, He’s New York City, thrown together by an inheritance they both desperately need. *** In Martin Chapman’s will, his final request is a peculiar one. Upon the day of their marriage, his caregiver Lily Meyers and his grandson Bryce Fowler will become joint beneficiaries of his entire estate, which includes the Chapman Quarter Horse Ranch.
There’s only one problem, Lily and Bryce have never met. For the past three years, Lily and her five-year-old son Joey have lived on the ranch with Martin, never knowing they might inherit anything. Will Lily uproot her son from the only stable home he’s ever known, or will she marry a man she doesn’t know to secure her son’s future?
Bryce’s decision isn’t an easy one either. Will he leave the fast pace and bright city lights of New York City to move to the sleepy little town in Trinity, Alabama, or will the cowboy life and Lily prove challenging enough to chase him back to his comfort zone?
An Insignificant Life
by Connie Almoney
She is drawn to those who might bring meaning to her world, only to find her past choices could have destroyed the one man who would truly love her.
Tiffany Lundgren is looking for significance in the world of academia, beyond being a visual distraction for men to ogle. But something stands in her way. When she removes the impediment that threatens her professional career, her world spirals deeper, and she discovers the things she once believed brought her strength, have only hardened her on the outside, leaving her insides empty.
Adam Grant, the K-9 campus police officer, wants to be taken seriously in his profession. But after having been purposely left out of the previous undercover investigation, he wonders if his new relationship with the liaison from the Maryland Drug Task Force Initiative will be an open one. Especially since he once tried to date the man’s wife. But as the drug trade heats up in the dorms, and lives are being threatened, Adam resolves to get to the bottom of the problem, even to the point of involving his former-drug-dealing pastor.
Will his deeper commitment endanger the woman he’s come to love?
Todd Watson is nearing a year of sobriety, determined to turn his life around, but will he always have the reputation as a drunken rich boy? He sets out on his own to discover who is sabotaging the buildings, because no one will believe his theory. He is constantly reminded of his depraved past by his fellow resident assistant, Alexa Woo. But is her bitterness toward him due to what she won’t forget …
… Or what he can’t remember?
From the author of “At the Edge of a Dark Forest” and “One Among Men.”
Contemporary Christian Romantic Suspense/Women’s Fiction
Though this work is set at a completely FICTIONAL campus, “Maryland State University” ten percent of current author income will go to Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) at University of Maryland, College Park.