RNIC is delighted to spotlight author Stephanie Norris’s romantic suspense, For Better and Worse, from the Trouble in Paradise series! Please welcome her to the blog!
Coming out of hibernation, Danielle Shumaker has put behind her the pain and misery she’s caused Victoria and Joshua. Blinded by her selfishness her ultimate goal is still her main one. As far as Danielle’s concerned Joshua belongs to her, always has and always will. No amount of therapy can cure her love addiction and no matter what anyone says she will fight for him, even if she has to kill someone AGAIN.
Wedding bells are in Victoria and Joshua’s future, Victoria is excited to be Mrs. Eubanks. However, when she closes her eyes at night, Greg invades her dreams, the passion and love leaves her wanting more and waking with doubt about her upcoming marriage. How will she get over this man or does she even want to?
Two days had passed, and the wedding was still set for the next day. Joshua was lying on Dantae’s couch looking pathetic.
“When are you going to call Victoria?” Dantae asked.
Joshua flipped his phone open and dialed her number. After a ring and a half, Victoria’s voice came through. “Joshua!” she yelled franticly. “Where have you been? We’re getting married tomorrow and you’ve gone silent on me. Why would you do that?”
“I didn’t call to argue with you. You’re right, I should’ve called sooner …” He hesitated. “Victoria, I want you to know, I do love you with all my heart, but I’m not ready for marriage.”
“What!” Victoria screamed. She felt like passing out.
“I’m sorry, baby, I’ve been a disappointment to you time and time again. I need to be a better man before I tie the knot, and right now, I’m not there. The wedding is off.”
Hot tears rapidly descended Victoria’s face. She couldn’t even speak. Her words were caught up in her throat, and she couldn’t seem to push them out. Her cries made Joshua sit up. He knew he was the jerk of the year, and that award would be hand delivered if it could be.
“How could you do this to me on the day before our wedding?” she cried. “Why would you put me through such pain?”
Victoria’s tears were never ending. Her face was so wet that her phone would probably be permanently damaged after this conversation.
“How can you say you love me then hurt me so bad? People don’t do this to the ones they love, they just don’t! I don’t understand,” she cried, barely able to get the words out from choking back the sadness in her heart. “What did I do to deserve this?”
“I’m so sorry,” Joshua said. “You didn’t do anything. It’s not a cliché, it is all me. I haven’t been faithful to you in the past, and I’m not faithful now. You deserve that.”
Before Joshua could catch it, the words had already escaped his lips.
Victoria’s breath caught in her throat.
“What do you mean you haven’t been faithful to me now?” She cried even harder, bending over to spit.
Standing by her side, Shay tried to console Victoria. It was unreal how much of a pain Joshua was being. The man never seemed to get it together. When you thought he had, he’d prove you wrong.
Now that it was out, Joshua felt even worse. He never meant to spill those beans, not now anyway. His head fell in his hands. He pulled the phone slightly away from his ear. The screams and cries coming from Victoria shattered him in every way possible.
Standing in the doorway, Dantae was appalled. That was also the last thing he expected his friend to say. He wanted Joshua to grow some balls and be honest with Victoria, but one step at a time. He didn’t think Joshua would just throw it all at her.
“Who!” Victoria yelled. “Who is it this time, still Danielle?”
“No. Look, that doesn’t matter,” Joshua said.
“Don’t tell me what matters! I’ll let you know when it doesn’t matter!” she cried.
“I never meant to hurt you, V. You’ve got to believe me.”
“I don’t have to believe anything you have to say! I will never believe anything you have to say. To continuously break my heart over and over again, you must not be human!”
“V, I love you. I really do.”
“Shut up, shut up, shut up, shut up!” she screamed. “I hate you!”
Victoria crumbled to the floor, shaken to her core. Joshua was her world, and it always seemed to come crashing down on her.
“Hello, hello, Victoria?” Joshua said.
Shay picked up the phone. “I think that’s enough, Joshua. Whatever else you have to say, you can keep it.”
Joshua glanced at Dantae. “Shay, tell her I’ll be over there to get my stuff.”
Shay hung up the phone.
Joshua flipped his phone closed. The only thing he could do was hang his head.
Dantae went into the kitchen and pulled out two glasses. From the cupboard, he pulled out a bottle of Brandy and put two ice cubes in each glass. He filled the glasses halfway.
In the living room, he bumped Joshua’s shoulder. Joshua looked up and grabbed the glass. There were no words between them, as they both understood what had just taken place. Victoria and Joshua’s wedding was cancelled. Joshua was moving out. He needed all the time in the world to get himself and his life back together. His mind went from Victoria’s anguish to Danielle’s lifeline. Torn between two women, one he wanted to spend the rest of his life with, and one he wanted to be friends with forever. Maybe he should seek counseling on his own. That’s exactly what Joshua planned to do.
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About the Author
Stephanie Nicole Norris is an author from Chattanooga Tennessee with a humble beginning. She, along with her six siblings, was raised by her mother, Jessica Ward. Growing up a lover of reading, Stephanie loved to read books by R.L. Stine. She always had a natural talent for writing and 2010 was the beginning of her journey. In early 2012, her debut novel, “Trouble In Paradise”, was published.
Seven months later, Stephanie released her sophomore title, “Vengeful Intentions”, which is part 2 of “Trouble In Paradise”. “For Better and Worse”, part 3 of “Trouble In Paradise” was released September 27, 2014, In the works is her first Christian fiction romance, “Catching Bees with Honey”. She has a series of short stories that releases throughout the year called The Lunch Break series. These stories are not continuations of the same story and can be read in your lunch break hour. The Lunch Break series, which features titles like “Wreckless” and “Broken”, can be found on Amazon, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. Stephanie’s words tell stories of love, drama, deception, suspense, and restoration.
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