Red Velvet Anemones
Betrayal always offers the choice: Bitter or Better?
Wedding Cake Artist Milli Velvet Haywood had a horrible childhood at the hands of her alcoholic mother, but she was saved and adopted into the loving Haywood family at the age of 7. She grew up with a feisty entitled sister, Marnianne, and doting parents, who always encouraged her to follow her dreams. Now, just turned 23, she is coming to the end of the worst two years of her post-adoption life; orphaned again, married, cheated on and divorced, siblingless, pregnant and alone. Can she move forward? Can she be better? Or will the bitterness of her lot in life sour her future chances at love?
Known for her beautiful velvet cakes, Milli leaves the life of fame and fortune in Vegas behind for the small community life in the resort town of Pagosa Cliffs. But with new starts comes new challenges, and her attempt to return to her old life brings new danger and a threat from someone she never expected to see again.
First Rank on Aug 5 2017 at #490
Broke Top 100 : #95 on Aug 27 2017
Highest rank in ChickLit : #28 on Oct 8 2017
Third place in Genre Awards for Chicklit.
FYI : Blue Butterflies timeline: The prologue is Thanksgiving week almost 2 years before Kyle reunites with Camille. This story will run parallel to Blue Butterflies and then after.
Trigger WARNING: This story is about a Child Abuse Survivor. It contains references and scenes about abuse, addiction, violence, poverty, sex, prostitution, murder, and attempted suicide. And may disturb some readers. These are part of the story and motivations behind the characters, they are events that happen IRL. I try to write realism and reality is sometimes a horrible place, but how situations are dealt with, how trauma is overcome is more important than the events themselves. It is all about choices.