Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sunday Snippets ~ Secrets and Lies by Jamie Hill

Sunday SnippetsSunday Snippets is a Blog Hop of sorts, a chance to sample a segment of an author’s work. Today I’m sharing a snippet from my novel, Secrets and Lies, published by Books We Love. I really enjoyed writing this one. Hope you enjoy it!


Natalie couldn't believe he was packing. Never, in their twenty-four and a half years of marriage, had either of them ever packed a bag and left. There'd been arguments, a few fights that lasted longer than the standard riff, and even one time when she'd accused him of having an affair. Eight months along with Matthew at the time, her pregnancy paranoia was at its peak. She never really thought he'd done anything with that annoying woman from his office, but she sure gave him hell about it.

She shook her head, not believing she'd remembered something so insignificant. Sometimes the stupidest things stuck in her mind. Alex had a knack for remembering facts and figures. Natalie could tell you the color of her fourth grade classroom. Pea green with yellow trim.
Now he was packing and leaving, over something he'd known about all along. She wasn't sure whether to be miserable or infuriated. Somehow, she was both.
He walked into the kitchen dressed for work, and set his overnight bag by the door.
She glanced at it. It wasn't very big, if that meant anything. Natalie stood and walked to the toaster. She pushed the button down and turned to look at him. "Don't go."
He got butter and jelly from the fridge, and set them on the counter. "I don't want to go through this again. I need to get to work."
"You need to work things out with your wife. Don't leave me like this."
"I'm not leaving you, Nat. I told you, I need some time to think."
"To think about what?" She grew agitated while he calmly buttered and spread jelly on his toast. "You've known for twenty-three years and nine months about Gigi's paternity. What exactly do you need to think about?"
He froze on the spot for a second, then slapped his hand down on the counter. "Of course I've known. My knowing has never been the problem. I told you I didn't want Gigi to know. I thought we had an understanding."
"I never understood that we were going to keep it from her forever. I thought we agreed to tell her when she was older, and better able to handle it."
He looked at her incredulously. "You think that time is now? Because I was thinking older like thirty or forty, or maybe never, I don't know. I've raised her like my daughter, Nat. I want her to be my daughter. She has been for twenty-three years. Now, in one night, you've taken that away from me."


Secrets and Lies is available at Amazon and other ebook sellers, also in print at Amazon and B&N. 

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Here are the links to the other participating #SundaySnips authors: (Ginger Simpson) (Vijaya Schartz) (Connie Vines) (Juliet Waldron) 


  1. I find the place to comment after I came back a second time. Just wanted to thank you for being ever loyal despite your busy, busy schedule, and for filling in for me while I was gone. You make friendship easy, girl. And I love your writing.

    1. How sweet, thanks Ging. Right back atcha!

  2. Jaimie, I love your opening hook! I am reading, and enjoying, your witness protection series, too.