An Excerpt from Purify My Heart

Darlene worked as a writer for the Addison Review to help
pay her bills. When she had no work to do, she would quietly work10588606_896981380315702_1943827341_n (1)
on her manuscript, which she hoped would be a novel someday. After
many submissions, she received rejection after rejection, but she never
gave up.
Darlene’s marriage to a Marine made her life lonely, as her
husband was away a lot. As a result, her heart drifted to a charming
and alluring man named Diethelm, who came into the magazine
company looking for a business deal (or so he said). He saw Darlene
and felt drawn to her beauty and innocence.
“Hello. Is your name ‘Bella’?” He smiled. “Because you are
beautiful indeed.”
She blushed. “Thank you. My name is Darlene.” His
compliment caught her off guard, but she quickly remembered where
they were. In a more businesslike voice, she asked, “What can I do for
you?”
Diethelm smiled. “I completely forgot when I saw you.” He
put a finger to his chin, pretending to think. “Oh yes, I am here to
see your Editor. Is he in?”
Darlene wondered where that first line had come from.
“She,” Darlene corrected, and wondered if he’d made up the answer
on the spot. “And she is out. Her assistant is in.”
“Would you care to have lunch with me?”
Wow! This guy moves fast!
Darlene blushed and smiled. “I’m a married woman.”
“What harm is having lunch with a new friend?” He flashed
his charming smile at her again.
“I would be glad to, as long as you don’t make passes at me.”
Purify My Heart Madison ~ Morrison
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“I would not dream of it.”
What he did dream about was touching her and holding her
close. It was what he’d wanted for a long time, way before he’d even
entered the building.
“Okay,” Darlene said nervously, not knowing how to answer
this handsome stranger. He was so forward and so sure of himself.
And she had been lonely for far too long.
“Great! I look forward to seeing you again.” He picked up a
piece of notebook paper and scribbled an address. Then he handed
her the note. “Why don’t we meet at the Illuminate Me Diner?”
Illuminate Me Diner? Isn’t that—Oh the thought of going there!
She shuddered.
Diethelm saw her discomfort and understood the reason.

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