From the Author
My many years as a CSI put me in constant contact with "victims". Some of these possessed the inner strength of Mae Hinton, while most did not. When you find a woman who has been assaulted, or beaten, or even verbally victimized, but is able to move on and build a new life for herself, you have found a true warrior.
My hope is that this book may give hope and strength to a woman who believes she is alone in her struggle. My message would be that you are never truly alone, if you have faith.
From the Inside Flap
"I said let her go, and I meant it. I don't want to have to shoot you, mister."
The man let out a bark of laughter. "You think you can hit me, little lady, before I can take your gun away from you?"
Mae stood her ground. Her heart was racing and her insides quivering, but her voice was firm. "You can try, but I warn you, I will not hesitate."
The man had let go of Emma and now turned fully to face Mae. "You're the reason I'm here, ain't ya? You're the one who put some crazy notion in her head, like she can just up and leave and get away with it. She's got a home, and I'm takin' her back to it."
As the man reached out to grab Emma again, Mae fired. The man's arm jerked in reaction to the white-hot pain. He wheeled sharply and took a step toward Mae, then stopped. He could see she had gone pale, but her grip on the pistol was firm, and her arm was rock steady.