Proud Mary



Proud Mary
By
Liza O’Connor

Book 3 of the
Requires Rescue Series
Contemporary Suspense
Sometimes even the strong
requires a helping hand.

Blurb


Mary Matthews may have lost her job and reputation, but she has too much pride to allow vengeful women and their manipulative husbands to destroy her life and steal her newborn babies. Unfortunately, pride alone isn’t going to save her. When Captain Chad Danton answers a call about a prostitute soliciting at the local library, he discovers a determined woman in desperate need of medical care. Upon hearing Mary’s story, he resolves to help her, not realizing her enemies will join those who wish to destroy his career.

EXCERPT

Mary stepped into the hall, her heart filled with conflicting hope and mistrust.
The woman approached and secured Mary’s hand in a friendly two handed shake. “Mary, I’m Lexi Sanders. My husband is working your child abduction case. I think what’s happened to you is outrageous and I want to help.”
Both her hope and distrust diminished. “Oh, you’re here about fixing my house.”
Lexi smiled. “I did plan to discuss that later, but my main reason for coming over is because John searched the Lott’s home last night and your daughter’s not there. Which means they’ve got her stashed away somewhere. However, my research on Lott indicates he really wants your child healthy and alive, so I’m thinking he’s put her in a different hospital, possibly out of state.”
Mary blinked in shock. “Why would you research Charles?”
Lexi squeezed her hand, which she had never relinquished. “I’m a reporter. Besides writing for the local paper, I also do articles for national papers such as the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. While my local paper is presently afraid to touch this story, my national editors are very interested, but only if I can prove Lott took your child.”
Mary’s hope fell to the floor and she retracted her hand. “I know he took her, but I can’t prove it.”
Lexi smiled. “You don’t have to. That’s my job, and I’m building a very convincing case. However, proving Lott stole your child is not nearly as important as getting your child back. Last night, when my husband came home so discouraged and clueless where to look next, it occurred to me how to greatly improve your chances of finding Karena.”
Lexi Sanders exuded such conviction that hope took hold. Mary pressed her hand to her chest to prevent her heart from bursting out as it pounded with excitement. “How?”
“We go viral. I do a short video clip of you telling how the hospital sent your child to some unknown hospital, possibly out-of-state and no one knows where she is. I’ll get video of the father saying he doesn’t know where the baby is, either. Then we’ll give a number to call if anyone knows the whereabouts of the baby.” Lexi’s eyes sparkled with intensity. “I can almost guarantee you the story will play nationally. The media loves hospital screw-ups.”
Mary frowned. “But this wasn’t a screw-up.”
Now Lexi looked outraged. “The hell it wasn’t. Did this hospital ask your permission before they transferred your baby to another hospital? No. Did they even have the father’s written consent? No. According to the records, they sent your baby without either parent knowing. And that’s a nightmare worthy of national coverage.”
Mary shook her head. “Charles may not have signed anything, but I’m positive he took her.”
“As am I,” Lexi said. “But he didn’t want this traced to him, so somehow he got this hospital to release her without proper authority from either parent. I’m hoping this national coverage will make the hospital come forward about Lott’s part in this abduction, but that’s secondary to the possibility that when this plays all over the nation, some neo-natal nurse or hospital official is going to see it and say, ‘Oh shit, we’ve got that baby,’ and call either Lott or us.”
Mary’s stomach roiled with concern. “But if they call Lott…”
“His lines are tapped. John will alert whatever police force in whatever state he needs to secure your daughter before they have a chance to move her again.”

Proud Mary Releases June 5th

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