The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is just over a month away! To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists each day until the conference.
The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or Romance Writers of America (RWA) authors who live in Northeastern U.S. or Canada. Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 14, 2016.
“Energized” by Mary Behre (Berkley)
Shame to have to destroy such a beautiful body. A strange emotion crawled through her as she stared at his handsome face. It poked at her with sharp claws, ripping her apart from the inside. It almost tasted like regret.
Did she have to kill him? Was it truly mercy she granted?
Or had she made a mistake? Again.
The questions stole her self-confidence until the urge to plunge the knife into her own chest was almost too powerful to stop.
Mercy turned the bloody knife until the ice-cold tip pricked the bare skin of her exposed chest. She could join him in eternal peace. End her suffering. Grant herself the mercy she gave him.
But what about all the others who needed her? Who would grant them mercy and release them from the evils of this harsh world if she were gone? No one. They’d be all alone and suffering. Like she’d been. So many still needed her.
Mercy should not be denied.
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Good luck to Mary and all our Golden Leaf finalists!
It’s not too late to register for the conference. Visit http://www.njromancewriters.org/ for more information and to register. Registration is open until October 4th.