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The month of November is a special time for me:
my second novel, sequel to Tessa,
and second in the unsavory heritage series,
available 30 November on Amazon
CLARA BESS EXCERPT
Clara Bess was ten years old. And she was eating more blackberries than she was putting in her basket.
Clara Bess had asked Momma if she could make a berry cobbler that afternoon; she was picking as many ripe berries as she could find.
“Ouch!” She had backed into a bramble. Then another. “Ow!”
But it was no bramble. A hornet’s nest lay on the ground, cleverly covered under Clara Bess’s favorite blackberries. And she was in the midst of them.
The angry bees swarmed at her.
Frank Jr. appeared, from seemingly nowhere, racing to her rescue.
Clara Bess was covered in angry welts, and hyperventilating. He had to carry her to the house.
“Frank, lay her in the back seat.” Lily was grabbing her hat and coat as she called out. “Connie call to Doc Hatchett, tell him I’m on my way.”
Doctor Hatchett had an office in Durbin; thankfully he was in town today. He had offices in all the nearby towns, travelled twixt and tween them.
Clara Bess, it turned out, was highly allergic to the bees and was in anaphylactic shock. He gave her an injection that took effect quickly, and gave Lily a tub of salve to treat the welts.
“I don’t know how she could have got so many stings.” Lily fretted. “There’s no bees nowhere near our property. She was down to the blackberry bushes.”
Lily swiped tears from her face, realized she still had on her green and blue checked kitchen apron. Doc Hatchett laid a comforting hand on her shoulder.
“Good thing your boy found her.”
Lily knew what he implied. Clara Bess would have died if Frank hadn’t have been there. He was Clara Bess’s hero, her savior.
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“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!
Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013. Meanwhile, she cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas. Ms. Mason lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; she didn’t want to be who she was and struggled with her own identity for many years. Her characters face many of these same demons.
Ms. Mason has lived in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1988. She lived in Colorado for sixteen years, during which time she: went to high school, got married, had babies, got divorced and went to college. Her “babies” are now grown, two have babies of their own. She currently lives alone, with her five cats.
Ms. Mason writes Christian-worldview–in other words, there’s no salvation message, but there are plenty of characters who know the Lord and share His perspective with those who are struggling.
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