It goes by many synonyms or expressions: airing one’s dirty laundry, the clothesline, slander, heard it through the grapevine, flapping h/her gums, and many others.
Ever deal with gossip? I’m sure you have; most of us do. Whether you’ve dealt with it in high school, in your neighborhood or even in a tiny town where everyone knows one another on a first-name basis, there’s always one person who starts running their chops about someone else. Back in the 1800s, if someone started a rumor, the person the rumor was about usually had to leave town. At that time, there was a verbal code of honor—a person’s word. People back then didn’t spread rumors unless he or she wanted to get rid of a person or even a family. During that era, a person’s word was honorable. However, if it turned out that the rumor starter was caught in a lie, they could never hold their head up among their neighbors again.
Deirdre, Darkest Kiss, Darkest Bliss’s heroine, deals with many problems. One such dilemma is the talk about her grandmother and, in the end, Deirdre, too. Was her grandma a witch, and if so, did she practice black or white magic? Is Deirdre’s husband running game and does Deirdre know about it? The rumors escalate and it all comes to an explosive head that rocks the town.
Deirdre can deal with the gossip, but what she can’t handle is having her love thrown back in her face. Once she discovers some of her mamaw’s magic, she uses it to not only settle a score but she inadvertently releases another man who will love her forever. And that man was the victim of gossip, too.
Hmm, maybe in every bad thing there’s some good, too. Why don’t you decide for yourself and read Deirdre’s story?
Deirdre loves Malachi, but the warning about his wandering heart has come true.
Shoved into a situation that tears Deirdre apart, she prays her suspicions about her husband are wrong. Glimpses of a powerful, handsome black man tantalize her, and his deep voice comes to her at unexpected times. Who is this stranger and how does he seem to always know when she needs him? The more Malachi follows his wandering heart, the more Deirdre finds herself drawn to her ghostly companion.
Soon it’s clear her husband has no intention of rectifying his playboy ways, so Deirdre turns to her grandmother’s book of Voodoo and faerie magic for help. Can she summon the power to keep Malachi with her…or will true love and magic from long ago release a new and powerful love?
Azura Ice's work has appeared in a wide range of genres and publications such as: Would That It Were, Touch, GC, and Ohio Writer magazines as well as with publications in Canada and Turkey. Under her pseudonym, Molly Diamond, she was a regular contributor to Gent and Ruthie's Club and has had fiction published in Hustler's Busty Beauties, Penthouse Variations, and Twenty 1 Lashes. Ms. Bicknell is the author of many e-book and print titles, also writing as F.L. Bicknell and several other pen names. She has served as co-editor and managing editor for three different publishing houses. She is represented by TriadaUS Literary Agency.
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