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Sunday, January 21, 2018

New Book Release - Friendly Persuasion, by Jo Huddleston

JUST RELEASED! Friendly Persuasion

A romance novella set in the 1950s in Tennessee and Miami is out in eBook and paperback and available at or read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited at  

Enjoy This Short Excerpt

Six weeks later, on a day after her flight schedule had returned her to Miami, she stood in the kitchen and sorted through her collected mail. She had a letter from Wayne and put it aside while she went through the remainder of the envelopes. Finally, she opened the most important mail first—Wayne’s letter.

He wrote about more trivia than usual, seemingly to fill the page: his work kept him busy, the usual hot weather for the end of July, he’d taken his car in for servicing. Then on the second page, Joyce read the heart of his letter: I’ve met someone.

Those three words hit her like a physical blow to her midsection. The letter slipped from her hands onto the floor. She instinctively hugged herself and bent over at the waist. Rushing to the bathroom, she sank onto the cold tile floor on her knees and heaved into the toilet. Afterward, she rolled off a handful of tissue to wipe her mouth and then stood at the sink. She splashed cold water on her face and then cupped a handful into her mouth to rinse it out. Absently, she reached for a towel to dry her face.

Then bracing both hands on the sink, she stared into the mirror. The image there mocked her. You told him he’d probably be married and have kids when the next reunion rolled around. Remember? He’s just followed your advice, Miss Smarty Pants. He offered his heart to you on a silver platter, and you didn’t reach for it. Like it or not, you’ve created a situation you’ll have to learn to live with if you want to keep Wayne’s friendship.

Tears ran down her cheeks and dripped into the sink. She didn’t try to stop them. Throughout the years, their friendship had never caused her to cry. Until the reunion and now after reading his letter. Until she’d admitted to herself she loved Wayne. Why did loving someone have to hurt so much? Oh, she’d been so wrong about everything. She should have resisted the fear his kiss had brought about and kissed him back. Giving into her fright and refusing his love had been her biggest mistake.

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January 9, 2018
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