Thursday, April 5, 2018

Luck be an Angel by Liza O'Connor

Luck be an Angel by Liza O'Connor

How much luck can one person have before matters get suspicious?
12 Lottery winners have won more than once.
One fellow has won seven times.
Lotteries are a game of chance, so chances are good that you’ll win if your luck comes from an Angel.
Sara Smith has 16 kids and another one coming. What she doesn’t have is a husband. But right now she’ll settle for tutor, but they rarely come in a prize winning.
Yet, one arrives! His name is Ethan, and what Sara doesn’t know is Ethan is a reporter, pretending to me a tutor, so he can get the truth behind this woman with soon to be seventeen kids, and no viable mean of support.
If she needs something, she’ll win it in short order. But most of her prizes are small items, not giant lotteries. The biggest item she has won was a big house. Now you might think if she’s so lucky, people must like her. 
The townspeople call her wins the devil’s doing.
And to be honest, a lot of lottery winners seemed to have a curse on them.
But not Sara and her boys. They are the closest things to angels, you’ll ever meet.

Reporter, Ethan Long, is sent into the backwoods of Arkansas to investigate a woman who claims her sixteen boys were born by Immaculate Conception. Not believing in divine intervention, Ethan plans to uncover the identity of the man who continues to impregnate Sara Smith every year, leaving her to raise her sons on nothing but luck and love. He enters their home as a tutor and eventually discovers the truth, but not before he has fallen in love with Sara and her wonderful boys. Now he must face his own crossroad in life and decide whether to follow his heart or his professional obligations.

He sighed as he recalled her precarious financial situation. “You don’t have health insurance.”
She shook her head.
“What about free medical care? You must qualify for that.”
She tilted her head in confusion. “I haven’t found anyone that gives away medical care in contests.”
“No, I mean the state should pay for it. All children are supposed to receive free medical care if the parents can’t afford it.”
“Oh that. They said I didn’t qualify.”
“You make too much money?”
“No. I have too many children. They said I’d run them broke.”
Well, here was another storyline he could pursue. He smiled and took her hand in his. “Just take Mike and don’t tell them about the other fifteen.”
“I can’t do that. Social Services says they’ll take away my boys if I don’t watch over them.”
“I’ll stay with the boys.”
She frowned. “Is that okay with Social Services?”
“Even with the babies?”
By Sara’s worried look, he suspected someone in Social Services constantly made her life hell. “Do you have a baby monitor?”
She pointed to the plastic bubble on her belt. “I won it at Bingo.”
He laughed. “You sure do win a lot of things.”
“People don’t like it either. They won’t let me play Bingo anymore. They said I cheat. But how can you cheat in Bingo? They just don’t like me winning too much.”
“How often do you win?”
She frowned and then glanced at the clock. “Oh, look at the time. The boys are probably sitting at the kitchen table worried about this exam you’re gonna give ‘em.”

Luck be an Angel

Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.

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