It's another Fab Friday today, featuring author, Darliss Batchelor. She's giving us a glimpse into her novel, The Make-Believe Wives! It promises to be exciting and intriguing. Don't forget to drop her a line. Read on...
About Make Believe Wives...
Janay and Evan Ingram have it all, a beautiful home, a loving marriage and three wonderful daughters. However, Janay feels she’s missing something from this perfect picture and needs a period of time away from her family to regain her perspective. She soon disappears and Evan wonders if/believes she’s run away from home.
Faith Richards, the children’s babysitter, steps in as a helping hand and finds herself in an unexpected love triangle with her employer, Evan and his missing wife, Janay. When Janay returns, she finds another woman in her place.
Evan has a choice to make. Who is his real wife and who is the make-believe wife?
Janay slammed the glass into the bottom of the sink and watched it break into a million pieces. She chased it with two plates and a bowl that were within reach. No need to worry about washing those. Frightened by the noise, her baby girl screamed and she joined her. Unlike Naomi, Janay’s scream was from sheer frustration. She pulled herself together and went to gather her daughter from the adjoining family room. Naomi raised her arms as her mother approached and Janay picked her up. Once comforted, the toddler wiggled to get back to her playtime. Janay returned her to the center of the toys she had spread out over the family room floor and exhaled.
Her husband, Evan, had taken Nahla and Nia out for a daddy-daughter day. Naomi was too young for today’s activity. Janay returned to the kitchen and stared at the glass and ceramic gumbo in the sink. She picked up a few of the larger pieces of glass and sat them on the granite countertop, mentally adding resealing it to her already overloaded to-do list. She remembered literally vibrating with excitement when they bought this stone. Now, it brought tears.
Janay went to the bathroom to wash her face, hoping it would make her feel better. She pulled the plush fire engine red face towel from the bar and ran cold water over it. Looking in the mirror, she noticed the frustration etched in her face and the tent city that had formed below her eyes. These had become her constant companions. She patted the area with the cold towel and went back to the family room to check on Naomi. Her routine had gotten old.
Janay watched as Evan moved bowls and plates around in the cabinet, undoubtedly looking for something in particular. Next, he searched the dishwasher. “Hmph,” Evan said as he closed the door, looking at her with both hands on his waist, which usually meant he was stumped about something.
“Babe, do you know what happened to that blue bowl? I can’t find it.”
“Which one?” Janay asked trying to figure out the best way to tell him about his favorite cereal bowl’s fate.
“We only had one. It was deep blue.”
“It got broken. Accidentally. The other day,” she replied.
Evan stepped down into the room and sat next to his wife on the beige leather sofa. “Is everything okay?”
“A lot of dishes are getting broken lately. I wonder why.” He looked at her so intently it was clear he already knew the answer.
“You think so?” She tilted her head to the side.
“I keep finding broken dishes in the garbage. What’s going on?” Evan reached for her hand.
“I drop a dish or two from time to time. The ceramic floor is unforgiving.” She shrugged, “No big deal.”
“If it was more than that you would tell me, right?”
“Yes, you would be the first to know.”
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It was on a white sand beach in Cozumel, Mexico that Darliss received the call to write her first book. Secrets was born ten years later and she hasn’t stopped. Her books Hell is a Skyscraper: A Trio of Novelettes and Something Else to Want followed. Her newest book, The Make-Believe Wives, joined her book family in June 2017. Walking in the footsteps of her Christian playwright grandmother, Darliss was also commissioned to write and witnessed the performance of her short play, One Simple Yes.
A passionate writer, Darliss desires to write stories of fiction that have a profound and lasting impact on the lives of her readers. She continues to work toward the commission to write entertaining inspirational and women’s fiction for years to come.
When she is not writing, she can be found spending time with her husband of over thirty years, Greg, her son, Brandon and grandson, Bentley. She also enjoys reading, cruising, Detroit Pistons basketball and watching court shows on television.
You can find more information about Darliss at her website at www.DarlissBatchelor.com and on social media at www.FaceBook.com/booksbyDarliss.
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