Welcome. It’s another Weekend Writing Warriors eight sentence event and I’m sharing eight from one my backlisted titles, Devlin’s Grace. Although it’s been out for about ten months now (it debuted last November from Rebel Ink Press), it’s as timely and fresh now as then. Devlin is an Iraq veteran and he suffers from PTSD. But Grace loves him anyway. Here’s the eight:
“There’s names for being this fucked up,” he said. “PTSD’s one of them.”
When he broke off, Gracie opened her mouth to say something but Devlin quoted what she thought was the Bible but wasn’t, not quite.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” Devlin intoned, “I will fear no evil, for I am the meanest son of a bitch in the valley.”
As he spoke he broke away from her, Devlin came to his feet and stood, as remote as if he were on an unknown island. He laughed, without mirth, a bitter dry hoot reminding her of rattling bones. “I don’t remember who quoted it first but I understood it. Later on, I adopted it as my motto. I have to be the meanest – otherwise, I’ve no doubt the devil will claim me as his own and damn me to hell, a worse place than the one I’ve made for myself.”
One five star review said: “Lose yourself in Devlin’s Grace, and then look for the others, although I think this is the best one yet.”
Now here’s the cover blurb:
When he rides out of the fog on his motorcycle, Gracie Alloway almost mistook him for a demon rising from the smoke and steam of hell. Except she's attracted to him from the first moment. Devlin's everything she's not - wild and a little wicked. But opposites attract because good girl, college student Gracie wants more of this bad boy.
Devlin dreamed up a fantasy woman back in Iraq a lot like Gracie and she evokes a side he hasn't shown anyone in years. She also dares to enter his personal space and take liberties no other woman's dared. Although he struggles with PTSD and other issues, Gracie won’t run and she refuses to abandon Devlin.
If she can just tame him and help him battle his demons. If he can teach her how to live a little bit more, they might just have a chance at a future together.
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