“Mother,” Linda asked. “Is something bad going to happen?”
“Something bad always happens,” she answered without turning around. She wiped the kitchen counter with a dirty dishrag and hung it up to dry.
“I mean, is something bad going to happen to us?” Linda asked.
Mother turned around and looked at her daughter with annoyance.
“Have you done something that is going to embarrass and humiliate me? Like the time you picked flowers out of the churchyard?” Mother put her hands on her hips.
“No, I haven’t done anything and I didn’t know I couldn’t pick the flowers. I thought since they were growing in the churchyard they belonged to God and it was OK to pick them because God has lots of flowers,” Linda explained again. She’d been explaining ever since she’d picked the flowers two years ago when she was six.
“Well, to answer your question, yes, I’m sure something bad will happen to us. I’m a very unlucky woman,” Mother said.
“Do you think something bad is going to happen to me, too?” Linda asked.
“Yes, lots of bad things are going to happen to you,” Mother said. “You are an unlucky girl, you aren’t smart, and you aren’t pretty so you will always have bad luck.”
She knew something bad was going to happen. She thought about what Mother had said: she was going to die, she was going to be kidnapped and cut up and thrown into the river.
She wondered who she’d miss after she was gone and decided there wasn’t anybody. Nobody liked her at school, nobody liked her at home. No, she wouldn’t miss anybody and nobody would miss her, not even Sue. Maybe Mother wouldn’t even notice she was gone. Maybe she’d be gone for a month before Mother missed her.
It would be nice if somebody missed her. It would be nice if somebody cried because she was gone forever. She couldn’t think of anybody who would cry.
Thinking about it made her cry for herself.
About the Book:
Linda Davison is tall, beautiful, powerful, and strong enough to escape from dangerous snares and defeat evil monsters ... in her dreams. The eight-year-old Kansan dreams of someday becoming just like her silver screen heroine, Tandaleah, Fire Goddess of the Volcano—a gorgeous conqueror of the jungle and its many pitfalls and villains. In her real life, however, Linda is what her mother tells her she is: skinny, scrawny, scraggly, and scared—not at all like the queen of the jungle.
Lenora Davison is cursed with a pitiful wretch of a daughter and a disgustingly vulgar husband, the two of them good for nothing but maintaining the illusion that she is the ideal wife and mother, deserving of so much more than she’s been so unfairly dealt. If only she could run away from dull Kansas and the monotony of her domestic life ... maybe even find a new man, perhaps ...
Dave Davison has successfully spent most of his life cruising along, not making waves, flying under the radar. Just the way his family expects. His one mistake—marrying his cold, selfish wife—however, has slowly snowballed over the years, resulting in an unwanted child, a hateful marriage, and a general sense of not having met his full potential.
The Davisons take steps toward their ideal lives and away from each other in this psychologically demented family story. Only one Davison will achieve their goal—who will it be ... and will the adage ring true that “Nobody dies in Kansas”?
About the Author:
April Knight decided at the age of nine she would be a writer and live on the crater rim of a volcano and be called Tandaleah, Fire Goddess of the Volcano. At the age of thirteen she sold her first story to anational magazine and her first book became a best seller. She moved to Hawaii and lived near the Kilauea volcano but failed to become Tandaleah the Fire Goddess.
April has been a missionary in New Mexico, a barrel racer in rodeos in Colorado, panned for gold in the Yukon and has ridden camels in the outback in Australia. She is currently living a nice quiet, respectable life in Seattle where she writes about blood awful murder.
Nobody Dies in Kansas
Authored by April Knight
List Price: $16.95
5.5" x 8.5" (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
Sunbury Press, Inc.
BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
Also available on Kindle and Nook
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