By morning Olivia had come to a somewhat shaky decision

By morning Olivia had come to a somewhat shaky decision

By morning Olivia had come to a somewhat shaky decision. She would watch over the boy. Not forever but until she could find a place where he truly belonged. As soon as they’d finished breakfast, which was cereal for her and potato chips for him, she loaded both boy and dog into the car and headed for Clairmore, a town nine miles from Wyattsville. A town where there’d be less chance of being spotted by someone on the building’s Rules Committee. “We need to get you some clothes,” she told Ethan. “You can’t go around wearing the same thing day in and day out.”

“Why not?” he answered, then said he’d prefer to have a new ball seeing as how his Spalding had disappeared through the kitchen window.

“You shouldn’t be playing ball inside the house,” Olivia replied without taking her eyes from the road.

“It’s not a house,” he grumbled.

“Okay then, you shouldn’t be playing ball inside the apartment.”

“There’s nothing else to do.”

“There is too,” Olivia said. But after watching television she was hard pressed to come up with a second suggestion, which is why she ended up purchasing five comic books, a set of checkers, a Monopoly game, and a jigsaw puzzle picturing the entire Baltimore Orioles Baseball Team in addition to the selection of underwear, tee-shirts, and dungarees. At first she’d thought the comic books, mostly about monsters and superheroes, were somewhat unnecessary, but then she remembered games required a partner’s participation.

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Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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