Out of Luck (One Wrong Step 1)

Out of Luck (One Wrong Step 1)

by Lily Green

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From the Publisher that brought you popular short story series Witching Call, Hostile Hearts, Earthbound Angels, The January Morrison Files, Eve Snow Psychic P.I., Ralph's Gift, Friend Zone, Sex Demons, A Halloween Awakening, In the Blood, and other exciting titles. And now, here's One Wrong Step...


Clarice is living her life and saving for what will be her retirement in the next thirty years. She is the type of woman that plans for everything and has a specific path that she follows every day. Her routine is mundane and predictable but it is exactly what she wants, because she doesn't tolerate undue surprises.

Unfortunately, her life is going to take a very drastic turn, and all just because she wanted to try something different.

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READER ADVISORY: This series contains GRAPHIC sexual content that readers may find objectionable, including explicit language, violence, and erotic themes.


“Enough stalling, Clara. I really want to know what is going on with you. Why were you chained up in the pool?” Peter knew too much as it was, and his harboring me from them was only going to cause him to become part of something that was bigger than all of us. “I’ve been a part of a police family," he continued, "so whatever you tell me will not shock me, since I've heard everything before.”

He might have thought that was true, but this was by far one story that didn't need repeating. Besides, I wasn't so sure that anybody would have believed me in the first place. I was still trying to believe it myself. But he was slowly breaking down my defenses, giving me the impression that maybe it was all right to burden him with my problems. I took a deep breath to steady myself, and spoke. “All I can tell you, Peter, is that I am not safe anywhere and you are putting your life in danger by protecting mine.”

He looked skeptical. I think that he thought I was blowing things out of proportion, making a mountain out of a molehill. “That’s a little vague and I'm going to need a whole lot more than that to understand what is going on.”

“If I tell you, then there is no un-telling you. Trust me when I tell you that you don't want to know. I am trying to protect you as best as I can, but you are not making it easy for me. If you continue to press me for answers, then I will have no choice but to tell you everything. It's not something that you want to happen.”

“Okay, I will leave it alone for now, but we are far from finished with this conversation. You intrigue me, Clara, and I can see that you are struggling with something. You're like an onion: with each layer that I peel back, I find something new and interesting about you.”

I wished that he hadn't been so kind, as I really didn't deserve his admiration.

I guess we were so engrossed in our conversation, neither of us heard the car pull up behind us to disgorge two men in dark suits. Both had their firearms pointed at me....


2 - Run Fast

3 - One Bullet Too Slow

4 - Bring the Fight Home

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940045424752
Publisher: Sandra Ross
Publication date: 11/07/2013
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 313,428
File size: 196 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lily Green is 41, divorced, and lives in Pacific Heights, San Francisco. She has two sons—Michael, 22 and Todd, 18. Lily has a dark past—she was adopted as a child by a well-meaning, homey schoolteacher and her husband, a bartender. Her adopted father abused her as a child, and in her late teens, she decided she had had enough and reported the incident both to her mom, and the local police. Her mother, instead of coming to her aid, decided to evict her. Lily, therefore, had to move into the city and fend for herself, working odd jobs to put herself through college. She married Howard, a fellow student, and father to both her sons. They parted ways when Todd was 3. Michael is in medical school—an intern—with a pre-med degree in Psychiatry. Michael resides in L.A. Todd is a student at San Francisco University, taking up Dance as his major. Both Michael and Todd are single. Her former husband is Howard, head of an architecture firm. Though he and Lily are estranged, he helps put the kids through college. Lily herself was a dance choreographer—and now teaches Development of Dance Techniques and Dance Theory—part time. She is known to date men several years her junior, as she finds most men her age or older to be “too serious” and “boring." She has a healthy appetite for sex, but finds getting into a serious relationship for long periods “a waste of time." She feels she has yet to find a man her equal both intellectually and physically. She does not believe in “love”—she defines relationships as a meeting of minds and a consensual approval of helping the other grow. Lily is into organic food and is a health and exercise buff (though mostly incidental—the exercising helps “clear her mind”). She is into “centering” and yoga. She has yet to give up smoking, though. She loves to shop but within reason. Anything excessive and lavish has to be justified, she feels. Lily is deeply into social work (she is a member of the local LGBT group as a generous donor for free HIV testing drives, among other advocacies.). She is also an advocate for animal adoption. She describes herself as “a city girl with a small-town heart."

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