Tour Stop: Bond of Love + Excerpt

As a picturesque mother and wife, forty-one year old Avery Richards seems to have it all. Married to a successful veterinarian named Noah and mother to a spunky daughter named Kara, her life is far from awful but she is stuck. With the recent move of their daughter, who has just flown the coop for college, this story examines the deep and often-tumultuous bond between mother and child and the lengths we are willing to go to, as mothers, to sacrifice our own happiness for the ones we love. As we watch Avery walk through her ‘new’ way of daily life, without her ambitious and stubborn child around to mother any longer, we are given a very unique opportunity to tip toe in the front row of their lives, from three very separate views. We will see life as it plays out through her mature and motherly eyes, through Kara’s young and sheltered heart, and then through ‘someone else’s eyes’ that has a vested interest in them both. 

 As Avery’s well-hidden web of lies come crashing down in an unexpected way, her secrets that she’s safeguarded for years will threaten to rip her peaceful world apart, as well as the world of the ones she loves most. As readers, we will watch how ONE single choice can alter everything. Each character will then be forced to examine what the true meaning of love and forgiveness means to them. Every gamut of emotion will be explored: humor, sadness, love, joy, betrayal, hate, and forgiveness. Bond of Love will leave you pondering the age-old question: How well do YOU actually know the ones you love most?

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Book Excerpt

Tapping my finger on the song, the music begins to roll as I start my wimpy run down the street. What Goes Around Comes Aroundmelodically thumps in my ears; my feet swishing their way back and forth over the pavement to the rhythm of the beat. Tragic as it may be to watch me, this particular song of his always makes my body want to move. I decide to refrain from scaring the living b-Jesus out of my neighbors though, and focus instead. Keeping my hips and upper body in check, I decide it’s best to save my special hip-hop moves for Bubba’s viewing pleasure only. I have tragically white dancing skills. Kara has told me so on more than one occasion.

            Letting Justin’s voice wisp me away into a land of toned bodies and drooling good looks, I round the corner going full speed ahead, paying attention to nothing but the alluring tone of his sexy voice and the fresh fall air. The sun is shining, the air is somewhat clear (which is rare for Bakersfield since we live in the valley of smog), and I am actually running and breathing. Feeling proud and elated in this amazing accomplishment alone, I don’t see him coming at me until it’s too late. Everything happens in slow motion.
            I see the leather, raven-colored gloves reaching forwards to grab me.

            I feel strong arms grip my skin.

            A dark jacket hits me smack in the face.

            And then I scream.

Meet the Author:

This is Amy’s second published work, the first being a memoir written exclusively for her children. As a former second grade teacher, and long time professional photographer, she has been writing and filling journals since she was young enough to hold a pencil and form words. Although writing brings her to a place of solace and joy, her most ambitious and fulfilling job in life thus far has been being a mother. Married for nearly two decades now, she and her husband share four daughters, who fill their lives with amusement, love, and drama daily. It is her lifelong goal to preserve her family’s history through the written word, pictures, and the human touch of love.

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