Fiction Fest was born in 2012 with the intent of showcasing snippets from our quality fiction releases, including today’s spotlighted title, “Pierced by Love,” which was released on Dec. 9 and is Laura L. Walker’s debut novel.
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“Pierced by Love” is available in bookstores and from online retailers.
From the author: Noelle Jensen has just discovered that her boyfriend, Chase, and her sister, Melody, who recently returned home from serving a church mission, have been dating each other secretly. Together, they finally decide to announce their engagement to her on a wintry day in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Melody and Chase looked at each other regretfully. If the situation hadn’t been so serious, Noelle would have laughed at their penitent expressions. Melody gave Chase an encouraging smile and, taking a deep breath, he turned to Noelle and said, “I’ve asked Melody to marry me.”
“What?!” Noelle exploded. She didn’t care that she was yelling now. “Melody, you’re barely home from your mission. That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard!”
Melody’s eyes filled with tears. “I’m sorry, Noelle. I don’t know how to do this without hurting you, but I feel like I have known him all my life. Chase is going to take Friday off work so we can drive down to see Mom and Dad and plan our wedding.”
“Congratulations!” Noelle spat. Without a backward glance, she spun around and sank into the interior of the car.
“Noelle, please!” she heard. “You shouldn’t be driving like this—“
Noelle didn’t wait to hear the rest of what Melody had to say. Her own sister stealing her boyfriend! Noelle slashed the hot tears from her face so that she could see well enough to drive. Traffic was clogged today and the road conditions were already bad enough with the mounting snow. Realizing that Melody was right, she turned onto Humphries and soon found herself at Wheeler Park. She parallel parked and turned off the engine. How could this happen? And with her own sister? Noelle curled herself into a ball on the front seat and wept.