This Week's Mystery Date:
Who: Budding Psychic, 8-Year-Old Jade Windsor
What Book She's In: VISIONS, contemporary/romance/mystery novel
Where She Lives: Mentone Beach, California
Why She's So Fascinating: Jade is the product of a divorce, with an upwardly mobile dad intent on a life of status cars and trophy girlfriends, and a lonely mom who works hard to give her a normal life. Except her mother isn't normal, and neither is Jade--her mother is so intent on escaping her special talent that she doesn't even realize her daughter has it, too. Can Jade help her mother embrace a gift that makes them both unique?
A Memorable Moment with Jade Windsor:
“My, Jadey, you’re squiggly today.”
The girl shrugged, itching at the tag on the back of her pink flowered blouse. Her cast had come off yesterday, her pale arm healed well enough that no additional time past the initial six weeks had been required.
She flung a new pat of butter on the stove, then stuck two slices of bread in the toaster.
“Can I have A-B-C pancakes, too?”
“We don’t have time for those today. But I can make you Wheel of Fortune toast. You can have pancakes on Saturday.”
She jumped down from her seat, voice breaking into a panicked whine. “But what if I have to be at Dad’s? Then I won’t ever get A-B-C pancakes! Jenna never cooks anything.”
Abandoning breakfast, Glory went over to kneel down in front of her daughter, hands on her shoulders. “It’s okay, baby. You probably won’t have to live at Dad’s, and even if you do we’ll still be together as much as we can.” She swept Jade into a tight hug, willing herself to believe what she’d just said. “You don’t think anything could stop us, do you? We’re the amazing Jaded Glory!”
The girl sniffled against Glory’s navy blazer before pulling back. “Then when court’s over, can we see Trenton again?”
The name jolted through her stomach. It had been weeks since Jade mentioned him, much to her relief. The whole thing had been too far over an eight-year-old’s head to explain. “I don’t think so. It’s–”
“I want to play my new karaoke CD for him. So he can sing Jailhouse Rock.”
“It’s complicated. Look, let’s just worry about us right now, okay? In fact, we’d better finish getting ready.”
“But I messed up your jacket.”
Glancing down, she saw the smudge of child’s tears and runny
nose leavings below the left shoulder. “Nonsense! That’s just the
official lapel pin of motherhood, and I shall wear it proudly!”
When Jade is Available: VISIONS is available now in ebook or print.
How You Can Get Her Story: Get it in print on Amazon, or in eco-friendly eBook from Draumr Publishing