Eighteen-year-old Patience McDonough has a plan. Despite her parents’ objections, she will attend Verity College in Hades, Mississippi, and live with her grandparents. She’ll complete her degree in record time and go on to become a doctor. But things at the college are strangely neglected, her class work is unexpectedly hard, Grand gets called out-of-town, and Poppa starts acting weird—so weird she suspects he has Alzheimer’s. On top of that, she has to work extra hours at her student job inputting financial data for the college—boring! But soon her job gets more interesting than she’d like: she finds that millions of dollars are unaccounted for and that something creepy is going on in the Big House basement. She discovers secrets tying her family into the dark beginnings of Verity, founded on a slave plantation, and she is forced to question the characters of people she has always trusted. Finally, confronted with a psychotic killer, Patience has to face facts—her plans are not necessarily God’s plans. Will the truth set her free?
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VengeanceHades, Mississippi, June 4, 2014
Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Romans 12:19
Thirty long years our patience has endured. Years of masquerading as the fool. Years of watching and waiting.
One hundred and fifty years of slow discipline.
Discipline they would not heed.
Rage burns beneath our ice-cold skin. No more. The time of mercy draws to an end.
We finger a cube. Touch its white smoothness.
Our anticipation grows.
This is their last chance to repent. Do they even realize?
We raise the cube. Press it to our lips. It is cold. Hard. Cutting.
We permit ourselves a smile.
The Lord’s vengeance is at hand.
We are that Vengeance.
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Amy C. Blake is a pastor’s wife and homeschooling mother of four. She has a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Mississippi College. She contributed to Barbour's Heavenly XOXO’s for Women, Book Lover’s Devotional, and Every Good and Perfect Gift. Amy wrote short stories and articles for Focus on the Family,Mature Years, Significant Living, Vista, Encounter, and other publications. She won awards at St. Davids Christian Writers Conference and West Branch Christian Writers Conference. The Trojan Horse Traitor quarterfinaled in the 2011 ABNA contest. Her juvenile fantasy novel The Trojan Horse Traitor, releases in November, 2015, and her new adult suspense novel, Whitewashed, released February 15.
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