Welcome to Sneak Peek Sunday, a blog event that happens every Sunday, giving authors a chance to highlight their work. Today I'd like to introduce you to Pippa's children from my soon to be released novel, Hearts In Harmony.
A little set-up—Pippa has woken up grumpy because she tossed and turned all night thinking about Clay. And Mason, her son has a bit of a melt-down because she forgot to get his pine tree seedling.
And here's my snippet:
His whiny tone pushed Pippa right over the edge. “Stop it, Mason.” She cringed at her strident tone and took a deep breath to modulate the harshness in her voice. “Mia is being kind by offering to share. That isn’t the way you say thank you to your sister for her generosity.”
“I’m not kidding, Mason. I don’t want to hear any more about that darn tree this morning. Do you understand?”
His crestfallen look tore at her. She knew she’d overcompensated for the lack of a father by indulging her children on simple requests. And there was an easy fix to this problem.
At least she felt that way until her normally sweet son stomped his little foot.
“Mason Sanders! That is unacceptable behavior. Get your stuff and get in the car. Now.”
“It’s not fair!” Her little man scowled as he snatched up his book bag and pulled the science project roughly from the table.
“Don’t break it, Mason!” Mia hunched her shoulders and followed him out the door. Through the open kitchen window the sound of the Jeep door slamming was almost as harsh as Pippa’s voice had been.
Pip took a deep breath, grabbing her purse and briefcase off the back of the kitchen chair. She was frustrated enough over the entire situation, her lack of sleep and her reaction to the encounter with Clay last night, that she gave in to the urge to slam the door shut behind her as she left the house.
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