For Better and Worse by Stephanie Nicole Norris Excerpt & Giveaway

For Better and Worse (Trouble in Paradise #3)

  • By Stephanie Nicole Norris
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Published: August 30th 2014
  • Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
  • 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?
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    On the corner of Central Avenue and South Reese Street, Sheila Carmichael watched Danielle’s house with patience. It had been a long time, and she wouldn’t ruin it by acting hastily. All of her planning was finally going to pay off, and excitement bubbled up inside of her. So far, she’d watched Danielle go inside the house with a little girl. Who in the world would leave their child with her? Sheila wondered. At the gas station, Sheila had bought a five-hour energy drink. She swallowed it, making sure not to waste a sip. It was crunch time.
    Last night, Sheila had gone through with changing her name. After researching until the library closed, the decision made sense. Although she loved her name, her quest was more important than anything. Leon would not be a statistic, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Now, her name was officially Christina Talley. This was not the end of her changing her identity. Sheila had connections. She would make sure her whole life was turned into this person. It was a must. After she did away with Danielle, she would be on her way out of the country. Changes were already in place, but her main purpose was set in front of her.
    Danielle Shumaker walked out to her car and backed out of the driveway. The little girl wasn’t with her, which was puzzling to Sheila. Without wavering, Sheila pulled out behind Danielle. They drove for fifteen minutes before Danielle pulled into a Burger King. On her way out, she circled back towards Reese Street. When Danielle pulled into the garage, Sheila pulled in behind her.
    Danielle grabbed the food and slammed the door. When she turned around, she ran into Sheila head on. Danielle paused, trying to pull her face from her memory.
    Dressed down in all black, gloves included, Sheila mocked her, turning her head side to side like she was confused.
    Recognition hit Danielle like a ton of bricks. Terror spread across her face and she dropped the food.
    “Yessssssss!” Sheila said. “Did you miss me?”
    Danielle threw her hands out, pushing Sheila in her chest. Sheila stumbled back, but caught her balance and ran after her. Danielle made it to her front door, and frantically inserted her keys, but Sheila grabbed her from behind. They wrestled with each other, spilling out into the driveway.
    Danielle backed Sheila into her car and turned on her. She stepped back and swung, connecting with Sheila’s jaw. Blood spurted out of her mouth and Danielle swung again, trying to connect with the other side of her face.
    Sheila ducked down and rushed Danielle like a defensive lineman. Danielle fell back into the side door, bumping her head hard. There was a sting then dizziness fell in on her. She tried to stay conscious, but it was no longer up to her. The next thing she saw was darkness.
    Sheila spit in the grass; blood was in her saliva. She had not expected Danielle to put up a fight. She seemed to be an easier target in the past. Sheila had to give it to her; the girl had skills, but not enough.
    Sheila looked around to see if their commotion had stirred any of the neighbors. With everything looking calm as usual, she got in her car, turned it around, and backed into the garage. The trunk flew up after she hit the release button.
    Danielle was heavy. She must have picked up some weight, or Sheila had fallen off. The latter couldn’t have been the case, because Sheila made it her business to stay in shape.
    Gripping Danielle by the ankles, she dragged her to the trunk and put her in. She slammed the door, got in and pulled off.


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    Stephanie Nicole Norris
    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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