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Ditched Again [Kindle Edition]

Stacey Joy Netzel
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SUMMER CLARK: Yes, I'm excited for my ten year class reunion - I flew all the way from Florida to Wisconsin so I could rub my success in Josh Nelson's face. I know it sounds vindictive, but the jerk ditched me at the Snowball dance, left me to find my own ride home, and never apologized. He's got it coming - if I can get a tow truck to come out in this freak May snowstorm and pull my rental car out of the ditch.

JOSH NELSON: No, I'm not looking forward to the reunion. Just hearing the name Summer Clark brings back memories of a night I buried long ago and never talked about again. Seeing her means skirting the truth while trying to deliver a way-too-late apology. No, with this storm, I think I'll head home - as soon as I help this car sunk in the ditch.

Clearly, there are two sides to every story...


~*~


And that's the last I saw of him that night.  Not because I left, but because he did.  He left me all alone at the dance with no explanation, no goodbye, no ride home, and no kiss.  Jenna and her boyfriend Doug took me home, and from that day forward the casual friendship Josh and I had shared before the dance was gone forever.  He and Lyssa were back together and I couldn't even look at him in the hall.

After a couple months they broke up for good.  My humiliation of being ditched faded with the beginning of senior year, and like I said, I graduated and I forgot.  I dated in college. Even got engaged for a few months last year.  But none of my relationships worked out because I always ended things before they went too far.  In the case of my engagement, the wedding
would've been way too far.

Thinking back on the Snowball formal as I stood in my sunny kitchen with the reunion invitation, I wondered if that night had something to do with my lack of success in the love department.  Was that why I always said goodbye first?  So I didn't get ditched again?  My mouth pulled down in a frown.

Well, if it was, at least I actually said goodbye.

A thick wedge of slush pulled my rental car into the center of the road, jolting me back into the here and now.  I struggled with the wheel and tried to discern the gravel shoulder on the right side through the heavy curtain of wet, blowing snow.  Headlights cut through the gloom.  The sight of a huge black pickup heading straight toward me catapulted my heart up into my throat.

I wrenched the wheel to the right.  Slop from the truck's tires slapped onto my windshield.  The wipers swished it away, but I barely had time to be thankful I'd made it past the large vehicle before my right tires were sucked in by the mucky shoulder.  Cranking the wheel back to the left only dug me deeper as my rental lurched down the embankment and then slid to an abrupt stop.  Muddy slush splattered in all directions.

I took a deep breath, assured myself I was unharmed, and leaned my head back against my seat with a low groan.  Gotta love Wisconsin. Truthfully, I was envisioning the warm, sandy beach only minutes from my apartment.

A knock on my driver's side window made me jump.  Through the fogged glass a tall figure motioned for me to roll down my window and I thumbed the power button.

"Are you okay?" the man asked.

"Um...I think so," I replied.Then I lifted my gaze and sucked in a stunned breath.

Josh Nelsen.


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Ditched Again started as a short story in Summer's point of view, but I really missed writing scenes from the guy's point of view, so I decided to write both sides of the story.  Is it inspired by a personal experience?  Um...Okay, since I brought it up...there was this one dance that I was asked to, but because my date didn't have his driver's license yet, we met at school.  My 'date' proceeded to dance with a bunch of other girls except me, and then I had to find my own ride home with a friend.

Funny thing about that...there was a guy sitting behind me who did want to dance with me, but he never asked.  A couple months later he asked me out to a movie, and a few years after graduation, we got married.  We're still married - though I'm not going to tell you for how long.  If you're thinking, "Hey, I might like to try this story," go ahead and get a copy.  Us shy wall-flowers would really appreciate being asked to 'dance'.

About the Author

I probably said more than I should've above, but anyway, here's my bio:

Stacey Joy Netzel fell in love with books at a young age, so for her the graduation to writing them was natural. An avid reader and fan of movies with a happily ever after, she lives in her native Wisconsin with her husband and three children, a couple horses and some barn cats. She works part-time as a travel agent, and in her limited free time enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North) at the family cabin on the lake.

Her romantic suspense titles include Lost In Italy (2012 RS *WINNER* WisRWA's Write Touch Readers' Award), and her Colorado Trust Series, Trust in the Lawe, Shattered Trust, and Shadowed Trust. Contemporary titles include More Than a Kiss, Ditched Again, Welcome to Redemption Series (books 2,4,6), Chasin' Mason, Dragonfly Dreams, If Tombstones Could Talk, and her Christmas anthology, Mistletoe Rules, which also took 1st place in WisRWA's 2010 Write Touch Readers' Award.

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  • File Size: 229 KB
  • Print Length: 105 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EDNH1C
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and Sassy July 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I really liked the he said/she said format of the book. We get two points of view of the same incident. I'm a sucker for reunion stories anyway! This story is short and sweet like a Hershey's Kiss on the tongue.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute story December 30, 2012
By Ziva
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The premise of this story is a cute one and I like the author's writing style. I discovered this book after reading one of her Christmas stories. Both books were light entertainment which is exactly what I was looking for at the time. If you are looking for light entertainment in a quick read then I would definitely recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this book December 5, 2012
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I like this book enough that I looked up the author and read oth books of hers. It was funny and warm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book review April 1, 2014
By melinda
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I really liked this book, it has been a while since I read it, but loved it and would recommend it.
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More About the Author

I fell in love with books at a young age, so for me it seemed only natural to graduate to writing them. I credit my parents for encouraging my dreams of becoming a published author, as well as the very talented friends I've made in Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers (WisRWA) since joining in 2004.

An avid reader and lover of movies with a happily ever after, I live in Wisconsin with my husband and children, a couple horses and some barn cats. In my limited free time I enjoy gardening and canning, and visiting my parents up north at the cabin on the lake with the whole family.




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