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When We Were Married - 2 - Second Acts

When We Were Married - 2 - Second Acts

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by Daniel Steele
Four words ended their marriage.
In the wake of those four words, the 18-year marriage of Jacksonville Assistant State Attorney William Maitland and University of North Florida Associate Business Professor Debbie Maitland ends in a painful and hard fought divorce.
As Volume Two begins, Maitland faces the greatest challenge of his professional life as he


Four words ended their marriage.
In the wake of those four words, the 18-year marriage of Jacksonville Assistant State Attorney William Maitland and University of North Florida Associate Business Professor Debbie Maitland ends in a painful and hard fought divorce.
As Volume Two begins, Maitland faces the greatest challenge of his professional life as he must stand against the African American community, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and his own boss in his prosecution of a heroic black cop who killed three men during a home invasion.
AND he must decide whether to undertake a court case he almost certainly cannot win against a cold blooded murderer who beat his ex-wife and his unborn son to death, and probably will become a rich man as a result of the murder.
AND he must prepare for a possible prosecution of a kingpin in a Mexican drug cartel, a vastly powerful organization which has already slaughtered the families of two prosecutors in the Northwest, and will target his family if he takes up their challenge.
But for their part, the shadowy men in Mexico who have thrown down a challenge to the U.S. legal system must make a decision on whether they are prepared to take on “The Angel of Death,” as Maitland has unwillingly become known internationally. His new, and unwanted, fame is the result of a devastated daughter’s words and a well-written news story that is picked up around the world.
Not only must the leaders of the Mexican cartel challenge a man whom death seems to follow, even if most of that is merely PR, but they will soon find they are challenging a man at whose back stands a deadly criminal organization.
The Columbian Crime cartel is headed by the legendary Old Man who does not fear the Mexican cartel, their assassins, or any government in the world. And if they strike at Maitland, the Colombian crime lord has put the Mexicans on notice that he can and will reach into the deserts of Mexico to strike at their heart.
In his personal life, Maitland has transformed himself from the flabby couch potato who lost the love and lust of his wife, Debbie Maitland/Bascomb, to a younger man.
But torn adrift from the anchor that was his married life, he now finds himself facing the question of what to do about Aline des-Jardins, the married French woman who is the only woman he has ever loved, with the exception of Debbie Bascomb.
Aline has followed him to Jacksonville. He walked away from her once before, after she gave him back his manhood, because she is married to a French federal prosecutor he considers a friend. Maitland was unwilling to do to Philippe Archambault what UNF professor Doug Baker did to him when he stole Maitland’s wife.
But now that Aline is in Jacksonville, can Maitland send her away again? Can he do the right thing, especially when he isn’t sure anymore what the right thing is?
And he must do his best to keep his new love away from his old love, which in a city of a million people might not seem that difficult except that Aline is nitro and Debbie is pure flame and when they meet, Maitland doesn’t want to be around.
While Maitland is preoccupied with professional challenges and Aline’s presence, Debbie is finding that beauty is no shield against loneliness and pain. A woman who has never lacked for male attention, in the wake of her divorce she’s lost a husband and a lover, is estranged from her children, besieged by would-be seducers, and trying to find her footing in a new career.
She’s done what she knows to be the right thing in seeking a life apart from Bill Maitland, but doing the right thing hasn’t protected her from psychosomatic illnesses, nightmares involving a dead aunt, and emotional distress that leads her to the office of empathetic psychiatrist Dr. Ernst Teller.
Teller, who is also the main criminal psychiatrist for the Third Judicial Circuit, plays psychic detective seeking to discover the roots of the emotional turmoil that is bringing up nightmares of a brutal sexual assault and a burning rage in Debbie toward a husband she claims to have lost all feelings for.
While she struggles with rage, she tries to understand why she can’t break the emotional ties to a man she believes left her long before she left him and finds herself becoming increasingly closer to writer Clint Abbott. He is becoming her best friend, but might be a lot more…if she could let it happen.
As the world of crime and brutal violence circles closer to their life in Jacksonville, Bill Maitland and Debbie Bascomb are learning that sometimes being divorced and apart can be as painful and confusing as being trapped in an unhappy marriage.
Is it possible to have a a Second Act in two lives ripped apart by neglect and obsession and betrayal and lies? Or is it too late to ever go back?

Editorial Reviews

Lauren Richins
This book is fantastic. It haunted me, the situations, the characters, the dialog and the overall plot reached into my emotions and hit them hard. You could argue that the protagonist comes off as being a little bit unreal (in the book he is portrayed as being Dudley Do Rite to the Nth degree) but that is the hallmark of any kind of romance that is written, and one of the delights of the book is contrary to his goody two shoes appearance, he is quite human and flawed.
Bill Rockman
Highly recommend. plot twists and turns worthy of the best of his genre.

I have read Mr. Steele's first book in his series, and eagerly await reading the balance. There is a rich texture to his work, and he fills characters out with descriptions that seem to put them exactly in the situations he intends them to be. There is a complexity to his story telling, yet the characters are simple people with everyday, simple needs and aspirations.

It is a "can't put down" piece.
Erik Garnor
Good writing and fast paced story. It´s long but never loses my interest, even after reading it two times.
My next trip to the US will have to include JAX to visit all the sites; if I´m lucky I´ll meet some of the characters and see some of the type of action described!

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When We Were Married , #2
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Meet the Author

Daniel Quentin Steele is a Jacksonville author and native Floridian. A former educator, he has been a journalist and public relations professional. He has covered and reported on crime and cops, courts and trials in several Florida cities. He has worked as a speech writer and political and media consultant. He has had one novel published in the U.S. and Great Britain as well as short stories published in the U.S., Canada, Australia and England.

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When We Were Married - 2 - Second Acts 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
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But most of the book was the first part of the story (that was read on another website for free). I hope the last book is a more finished product, but all in all your an exceptional writer. I can kinda relate to the geographic area since i spend alot of time in Florida. Please don't make us wait to long for the last book! Thanks Chris
SuperReaderDP More than 1 year ago
Here we have a story that will not allow the reader to stop reading. Though I would not call it compelling but addictive. The story creates a curiosity and anticipation for a resolution. There are enough twists and emotional curves to rate very highly with this reader.
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Not a whole lot new in this book. When Is book 3 coming out?
BellevueGuy More than 1 year ago
I'm waiting for the next2 installments of the book. I read the first 2 parts on another web site, but enjoyed the added portions of the 2 ebooks, Great book and waiting for the movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And still couldnt put it down !
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ColoradExile More than 1 year ago
Another masterful job by DQS. As usual, he leads us on a non-linear journey through the psyches of very interesting people living very complex lives. Does Debbie really want to get back with Bill even though she claims not to? Would Bill even entertain the idea? And what of Aline, the mysterious Parisian who seems to be under some coercion from her husband? Will the "big man" ever get elected governor and will the "old man" succeed in preventing the cartel from silencing the Angel of Death. . . All questions that have us waiting anxiously for volume #
Spinmaxy More than 1 year ago
More Bill! , More Debbie! More Aline des-Jardins More Paul! ,More "Old Man" You have done it with book 2 ... the character in this part Are simply amazing in 1 day i read this part 3 times ... the Book is simply brilliant Great job man !! sitting back and waiting for the 3 part !!!! THIS IS A MUST READ IF YOU LIKE LW STORIES
jerrymac More than 1 year ago
A winner from page one to the end which came all too soon. Plot line that grabs you and for me, just won't let go! Believable characters, just trying to get on with life. Great read. It is going to be tough waiting for volume three!
CSD2 More than 1 year ago
More Bill! More Debbie! More Myra, Lew, Paul! More "Old Man"! More heartbreak, intrigue, redemption, and SEX! MORE EVERYTHING! I have waited a long time for this, and didn't mind paying to see what's coming next. Ready for the 3rd installment NOW!
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njreaderBD More than 1 year ago
I had read parts of this online so I was familiar with parts of it, but as published it is much, much better, including the last section of the book that is entirely new (and even better written, DQS has grown as a writer since the beginning of the story). The twists and turns of the plot get even more tight in this book and by the end, for me the anticipation of what is to come is at a high level, and I found myself wishing I didn't have to wait for a while until the next volume comes out, and then the concluding volume. As someone who has never considered myself much of a romantic, I find myself rooting for the main characters, whom as a sign of good writing IMO, when I first started reading this tale didn't care for or disliked, they kind of grew on me:). One of the nice things about these series of books is they can appeal on many grounds, there is the romance and sex aspects to it, but there also is an adventure plot for fans of that genre, too.
Walt47 More than 1 year ago
The story is well thought out, interesting characters, and to me strikes a passionate chord. The main character the Maitlands are complex and is trying to recover from his wife (now ex) deliberately hurting him. Does require reading Vol 1 to make sence, but Vol 1 was also execellant.
petey76 More than 1 year ago
When We Were Married is a very readable story that will keep your attention. Plenty of action with lots of characters. I can't wait for the next book to come out.