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Margo's Choice 

Margo’s Choice is a Southern Women’s Fiction story.

Margo Lake isn’t looking forward to seeing her ex husband Jay again. After 16 years of separation the marine still knows how to push her buttons. She has never stopped loving him, at least in some ways, though she really doesn't like him.

When she learns he isn’t coming for a visit but is retiring, she fears what he can do to her heart if she lets him inside for even a second. Even more, she fears for the heart of her youngest daughter, the child who adores him, the child he doesn’t believe is his.

Jay has finally had his fill of war and danger. He is ready to retire and get to know his daughter better, be with his family. He wishes Margo would come clean and tell her youngest daughter he isn’t her father. Then he could forgive her lies and maybe they could all have honest relationships.

Jay had seen his daughter and her scuzzy boyfriend. The alpha ex Marine has to do something.

Once he was sure Electra was gone, Jay strode up the cracked sidewalk to the dump his daughter had just left. He glanced up and down the road and saw no neighbors walking. He leaned on the doorbell button, but he didn’t hear any ringing. Was it a silent ring or just dead?
When he heard no footsteps, either, he banged on the door. He counted to one hundred before he heard heavy footfall and loud cursing.
A voice rusty with sleep or drugs yelled. “Hold onto your balls, asshole!”
Jay stepped back when a mountain of a man appeared inside the screen door, scratching his crotch.
“Yeah? We don’t want any.” The huge man slammed the door closed.
Jay banged again. “I’m looking for the creep who was with Electra,” he yelled.
The door opened a crack. Someone inside yelled, “Shark, get down here. Someone wants you. Screwing jail-bait again?”
Jay hoped that was a joke, but he wiped sweaty palms on his jeans, fighting the urge to open a can of Marine whup-ass on the oaf standing in the doorway.
The door finally opened to reveal a tattooed critter. The shirtless chest looked almost concave. Pants hung on hipbones of a man who surely was a druggie.
“Looking for me?”
The man at the door was Jay’s opposite. How could Electra or any self-respecting young woman want anything to do with him?
“Yep, I saw you with Electra.” Though Jay’s hands hung at his sides, they were fisted.
“One fine piece of ass! Who wants to know?”
Jay saw red. He tore the screen door off its hinges. Anger filled him, making him swell with adrenaline. “Her father, you piece of shit!” Jay growled.
“Hey, she’s legal,” Shark sniveled.
“But you were buying her alcohol before she was legal, weren’t you? Feeding alcohol to a minor?”
“I ain’t done nothin’ she didn’t want.” The scuzzy man dug his own grave with his words.
“I can’t believe you’re stupid enough to say that to her father. Stay away from her if you want to keep your dick. I will tear it off and make you eat it!”
“I’ll call the cops.” His brave words came out in a squeak as he took stumbling steps backward.
“Good, my brother is a cop, call him.” Jay took a step forward, clenching and unclenching his hands
The jerk slammed the door.
Jay rammed his fist through the flimsy door before he realized he intended to hit it.
“Shit, man!” Shark growled from behind the door. “You crazy MF-in’ bastard!”
“Crazy Marine to you, asshole! Stay away from Electra!”
Jay strode back down the sidewalk, relieved there were no neighbors walking in sight. He had lost his cool for the first time in more than seventeen years. That time he’d heard that Margo was pregnant with a child that couldn’t be his. He sat in his car, trying to calm down before driving away.

 Are you put off by the way he handles this situation? Would you want to do what he did? 

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  1. Edie Ramer // October 8, 2012 at 3:32 PM  

    Mary, I love the excerpt and the way Jay handled it. Wow! That was strong. You rock!

  2. Mona Risk // October 8, 2012 at 4:18 PM  

    I read the book and enjoyed it. Now go download it, my friend.

  3. Mary Marvella // October 8, 2012 at 4:57 PM  

    Thanks, Edie! Jay protected his daughter in the only way he understood. The boyfriend was lucky Jay was holding back.

  4. Mary Marvella // October 8, 2012 at 4:58 PM  

    Mona, I'm glad you enjoyed the book! Thanks for the review!

  5. Autumn Jordon // October 8, 2012 at 5:06 PM  

    I have it on my kindle. Thanks, Mary.

  6. Jerrie Alexander // October 8, 2012 at 5:18 PM  

    Mary, I love the way Jay handled it. What a great excerpt. Way to get inside his head.

  7. Mary Marvella // October 8, 2012 at 6:44 PM  

    Autumn, I'm glad you got it. Hope you enjoy it!

  8. Mary Marvella // October 8, 2012 at 6:45 PM  

    Thanks, Jerrie, Jay isn't quite civilized yet. GRIN!

  9. Beth Trissel // October 8, 2012 at 7:19 PM  

    I'm on it!

  10. Barbara Monajem // October 8, 2012 at 7:22 PM  

    Me, too!

  11. Mary Marvella // October 8, 2012 at 8:01 PM  

    Thanks, Beth and Barbara!

  12. Nightingale // October 8, 2012 at 8:49 PM  

    I've been so absent! I wish you the best with this lovely story. It has everything I expect from one of your heartwarming tales. Many sales!!!!

  13. Scarlet Pumpernickel // October 8, 2012 at 10:51 PM  

    Go MM! Be sure to post on FB! Don't you love this cover? This is an excellent read, if you haven't downloaded it, what are you waiting for?

  14. Mary Marvella // October 8, 2012 at 11:48 PM  

    Thanks, Linda!

  15. Mary Marvella // October 8, 2012 at 11:49 PM  

    Scarlet is my cheerleader.