Excerpt from Ruby’s Choice book one of the Ditch Lane Diaries
Ruby sat close to Reed on the drive back to Murfreesboro. There was a wintry chill in the
air, and the promise of snow lurked in the late October sky. The two-lane highway had double
yellow lines with no shoulder. As they approached the stretch of the road called Dead Man’s
Curve, Ruby looked up a second too late to see a deer run out of the woods and dart into the
highway in front of Reed’s car.
“Reed, watch out!” she screamed.
Reed was driving too fast to react and tried slamming on his brakes, but he hit the deer.
That was when everything seemed to happen in slow motion. Ruby heard the brakes screech and
smelled burning rubber. She heard the violent crunch of metal as the car skidded in the gravel
toward the ditch. She felt as if they were slowly floating through the air—and then, all at once,
everything sped up, as Ruby heard the deafening grind of metal, and the car flipped on its side.
Ruby’s head hit the windshield, and then there was nothing.
Reed woke to a coppery taste in his mouth and the smell of burnt rubber and antifreeze.
His head ached with intense pain. It took about a second for him to remember what had
happened. He looked down and found Ruby pinned underneath him. His car was flipped over on
the passenger side. A surge of adrenaline pumped through his body as he lifted himself off Ruby
and gently shook her.
Reed lifted her from the floorboard and held her in his arms. “Ruby, honey, wake up. Are
you okay?” There was no movement from her. He screamed, “Ruby, baby, can you hear me?
Please wake up, Ruby!” His hands shook as he felt for her pulse. Thank you, sweet Jesus! She’s
People screamed from somewhere outside, from the sound, there must’ve been at least a
dozen people at the scene. He heard sirens in the distance as people approached the car.
Brent yelled, “Reed, help is coming. We’re going to try and place the vehicle upright.
Can you hold on to something?”
Reed braced himself with one arm so he wouldn’t fall on Ruby. With his other arm, he
tried to secure her next to him, gently, so she wouldn’t hit the dash when the others flipped the
Brent hollered, “On the count of three: One! Two! Three!”
The car flipped upright and bounced like a buggy. Reed cradled Ruby in his arms.
Brent opened the driver’s side door and started to pull Reed out. Reed screamed, “Wait.
I’m not leaving Ruby. Has anyone called an ambulance?”
Reed glanced up to see the distraught look on Brent’s face when Brent first noticed
Ruby. And then Brent fell backward, nearly falling. Ruby lay unconscious, almost lifeless in
Brent regained his balance by placing his hand on the roof of the car. His voice quivered,
“Reed, I can see the ambulance lights now. The state trooper is here. Hey man, you’re bleeding
Nearing the brink of hysteria, Reed cried, “Jesus, I don’t care about me. I care about her.
I’m staying here with her.”
Someone handed Brent a couple of blankets, and his hands shook when he gave them to
Reed. Brent said, “You need to place this one over Ruby and the other one around you. The
paramedics are here.”
Equipped with two gurneys, one for Reed and the other for Ruby, the paramedics pulled
Reed from the car. He begged, “Please get Ruby first. I’m okay. Get Ruby out of the car.” Reed
was out of his mind with worry. He tried to punch one of the paramedics as they were pulling
him from the wreckage. He screamed and cried out, “Ruby! I’m here, darling! I’m not leaving
you, baby! I’m right here!”
Ruby lay unconscious.
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Angels
Metaphysical and Visionary, Fantasy
Publisher: Jones Media
Date of Publication: 2/07/17
Number of Pages: 635
Word Count: 220,913
Cover Artist: Amanda Northcutt
Angels and Demons Collide in the Ditch
Ditch Lane Diaries One-Volume Collection, includes Ruby’s Choice, Anna’s Way,
and Sandy’s Story, follow three best friends from college to adulthood while
navigating life’s journey, true loves and supernatural powers bestowed by The
Creator as The Chosen to fight in a six-thousand angelic war between good and
A Prophetic Dreamer, a Divine
Healer, and a Soul Reader.
The Ditch Lane Diaries follows
three childhood friends from college to adulthood.
An afternoon adventure uncovers a
hidden room and mysterious stones in Campbell Ridge cave unlocking their
prophetic dreamer, Ruby’s Choice is a coming of age tale of firsts
including the angst of falling in love. Ruby’s Choice introduces the main
characters of the story while adding a splash of paranormal.
Way is the second installment of The Ditch Lane Diaries. Anna is a
healer, and one of The Chosen Wards of The Creator.
However, Anna learns quick that
true love doesn’t come in a nice and neat package. She is in love with Jerry
but when she decides to go away to medical school things change.
In Anna’s Way, the Ditch Lane
Diaries characters evolve with adult problems. She meets her guardian angel,
Ralph, who teaches Anna how to use her gift to help others without drawing
attention to herself. Anna’s friendships and true love is the tie that binds
them together while facing supernatural battles against the master of all evil.
clairvoyant, Sandy’s Story is the last book of the Ditch Lane Diaries. The fast-paced,
gripping thriller keeps the reader on edge, and the pages turning.
Investigative reporter, Sandy
Cothran follows a murder lead on Music Row which uncovers Luc’s Testament along
with a string of related crimes.
Sandy’s guardian angel, Baldric
is sworn to protect her but finds himself falling in love with Sandy which
breaks all the rules of heaven and places her in grave danger because Luc is
waiting in the wings on his given moment to pounce.
The Wards of Campbell Ridge fight
with Heaven’s Warrior Angels in an epic supernatural battle against Luc and his
demons to save one of The Chosen.
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After graduating Middle Tennessee
State University, I landed a job as a broadcast consultant at the ABC Affiliate
in Nashville, which led me to open an advertising agency. Over the years, I
created many campaigns for my clients and still enjoy developing marketing
However, in December of 2010, I
became my parent’s caregiver. There’s nothing quite like facing mortality to
shake up one’s life. I began my writing my first novel in the late Fall of
Writing is a source of creative
expression but also releases stress. I know many authors that would disagree
with me. But writing takes me to a place where anything is possible, and
fiction takes me to places made of dreams.
I’m happily married to the love
of my life and my best friend, KJ. We have two gorgeous sons whom I love and
adore more than life itself. I love to laugh, and my husband keeps me in
stitches! I’m a fan of the Tennessee Titans. And I like getting my hands dirty.
Okay, get your mind out of the gutter. I like working in my flower gardens.