Can You Ever Escape Your Past?
At eighteen, popular Ivy Griffith likes nothing better than getting stoned with her boyfriend, Pete, and his basketball buddies-until one afternoon when a nightmare unfolds. Ivy watches in horror as her boyfriend and his friends murder a teammate and bury his body in a remote location. The four friends make a pact to keep the killing quiet, and Ivy flees her parents' Colorado home for college and never looks back.
Now, after ten years of numbing her guilt with drugs, she's finally clean. The single mom of a seven-year-old son, Montana, Ivy returns home to the tiny town of Jacob's Ear, hoping for courage to reveal the shocking truth of her past and be rid of this baggage forever.
But when disaster strikes at her high school reunion, she's the only one left alive who witnessed that fateful night so long ago...Or is she? Who else could've known about the pact and who would want Pete and his co-conspirators dead? As the investigation heats up and the death toll rises, Ivy is forced to decide if confessing the truth is really worth risking her own life.she's in.
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April 15, 2007
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Excerpt from Ever Present Danger by Kathy Herman
Brandon Jones stood at the scenic overlook on Tanner’s Ridge, his gloved hands wrapped around a cup of hot coffee, his eyes drinking in the jagged San Juan Mountains that rose high above the valley floor and surrounded Phantom Hollow like a pure white fortress. Directly below he spotted the log buildings at Three Peaks Christian Camp and Conference Center. “Honey, look. There’s our house. To the right of the dining hall. See it?” Kelsey Jones nodded. “Looks small from up here.” “It still hasn’t hit me that I’m camp director and actually get paid to do what I love doing–plushave access to all this natural beauty. There’s no way we’d be here if you hadn’t gone to college with Jake Compton.” “It never hurts to have a connection, but Jake hired you because you’re exactly what he was looking for in spite of the fact that he consideredmea ball and chain.” “Oh, come on, Kel. He never said that.” “No, but Jake never thought I would adjust to the idiosyncrasies of a small town. I don’t deny that moving here was a culture shock after Raleigh, but now Iloveliving in Jacob’s Ear…What are you grinning about?” “Jacob’s Ear sounds more like an ailment than a town.” Brandon rested his elbows on the railing and looked out beyond the camp at the mining town-turned-tourist attraction that still bore the distinctive character of the gold rush days. “Too bad they didn’t give it a name like Gold Town or Jacob’s Mine.” “Oh, I think Jacob’s Ear is much more intriguing. Besides, the tourists get a kick out of the legend.” “Which the chamber of commerce is more than happy to capitalize on.” “And why not? Maybe the widow Thompson really did find Jacob Tanner’s ear on the back porch–not that I believe some nineteenth-century Bigfoot came out of the woods and devoured him. But a little folklore is more intriguing than saying a bear got him.” Brandon nudged her with his elbow. “And you don’t think naming a town after a body part is weird?” “They didn’t exactlynameit that. It just sort of…stuck.” Kelsey smiled and then burst into laughter. “Okay, it’s weird. Unique, but definitely weird.” “And hard to say with a straight face.” “At least we’ll be smiling a lot.” Brandon put his arm around her and pulled her close. “I’ve already got plenty to smile about, Mrs. Jones. The four months since we got married have been the happiest of my life. And living here in Colorado…well, it’s just a blessing on top of a blessing.” “It’s wonderful seeing you excited about your job, and I’m hooked on the mountains. I could spend all day up here.” “Me, too, but not if I’m going to get started on those changes to the Three Peaks website. Since you’re not scheduled to work today, why don’t you meet me for lunch at the dining hall?” “I’d love to, but I doubt I’ll be back from town in time.” Brandon put his hand on his heart. “I’m crushed. What could be more important than a romantic buffet lunch with your husband and seventy-five conference attendees?” Kelsey laughed. “How about if I make us a romantic dinner for two? I need to run errands and get the grocery shopping