Grief and Monday’s Featured Character

Good Afternoon!

Monday is halfway over! Yeah! for those of you who don’t like Mondays.  For me, today was a day of going through some of the things of my Mom’s I brought home. Mostly clothes and some of her ceramics.  My mother use to teach ceramics when I was growing up and later she did it for herself to give as gifts and to various charities for fund raisers. The last several years she rarely had the energy to work on her craft, and since I’m the only daughter who has an interest in her hobby, I am, little by little, bringing her unfinished work home and completing them, then taking them back to my Dad so he can give them to the people she intended the pieces to go to. It will be difficult for me to do and I’m nowhere near as good as my mother at painting, but it will be a labor of love. So, I will give it a go.

Grief is a slippery thing! One moment, I am going along with my daily routine, and the next, I’m stricken with great loss. Yesterday, Sunday, was my usual day to phone my parents, but I found it very difficult to do. My usual phone call would have started with my Dad answering the phone with a short conversation of about 5 to 10 minutes and with him asking me if I wanted to talk to Mom and me saying “Yeah, sure” and then spending an hour or two talking to my Mom. Yesterday, Mom wasn’t there. I talked to my Dad for about 20 minutes trying to help him with his debilitating grief instead. A new way of being. We all know that time will make it easier, but the pain of the loss will never leave us. We simply learn how to cope. We haven’t quite gotten there yet. And as always for me, writing helps.

So, enough of my personal drama and onto Signs of Love and Deliverance!

A few weeks ago, I promised to feature a character from Signs on Mondays. Today’s feature is Joselyn Parker. Oh, how we love and hate Joselyn.  She is a bit extreme and I’m sure you may find some relatable qualities in this character, if not for yourself then in someone you may know. Joselyn was given a tragic life from the get go and struggles to find herself. Joselyn is the catalyst of Signs’ murder mystery, being the subject of a killer’s obsession. She seeks her friend’s, Madeline, help to find her brother’s killer, and it puts her on a path to new love and secrets revealed.  The following is a little excerpt where Joselyn explains to Nicholas, Madeline, and Brandon that she believes her brother was murdered.

“Please sit down, Joselyn.” Nicholas gestured towards the couch and sat beside her, taking her hands in his when she began picking at her gown again. “Joselyn, Maddy has told us about your situation, but we would like to hear it from you, if you don’t mind.”

“I suppose I should start with why I think it is Aaron Farrington, Lord Brumley, who killed my brother.” Joselyn peered at him shyly, wishing he hadn’t become so familiar by dropping her title and holding her hands. He made her feel vulnerable and she didn’t appreciate it. She glanced away to focus on Madeline and took a deep breath before going on. “My brother was on a hunting trip with some of his friends. He is an expert hunter. He was careful, and he always took care of all his guns so they were in perfect condition. His friend Roger Cummings, Viscount of Dunley, before he died, had said there was no way it was an accident.”

Joselyn stopped to catch her breath and quickly glanced at Nicholas’ then looked back at Madeline before continuing. “Two days ago, we received a note which said: ‘First the brother, next the sister. Comply or she will die,’ and it was signed A. Farrington. At first, I thought maybe someone was playing a cruel joke, but now, I don’t think so.”

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about Joselyn, one of Signs’ many characters. She is a prominent character in this story, and without her, there would be no murder mystery. If you want to learn more, go pick up your kindle copy on Amazon, link below, or wait until later this week when the paper copy should be available. I’ll be sure to let you know when it is.

Until then, keep on reading!



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