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Scarlet ran her fingers over the elegant scrawl of the first entry in Jason’s journal. She was thankful for the world of information contained therein: pages she had read a thousand times over the years until they were permanently embedded into her brain. It detailed everything Jason knew about what he called the Legacy, as well as meticulous notes on every assignment. It also contained information regarding the numerous investments Jason had made over his lifetime. The sum staggered her, as did the knowledge it was all hers. She was no millionaire, but she wasn’t far from it. There was enough to ensure she could live comfortably for the rest of her life, however short it might be.
She replaced the worn journal in its hiding place by the bed, drawing her own out instead. A few newspaper clippings drifted to land in her lap and she gathered them up. “Mother of two foils kidnapping attempt,” she read out loud. Two years earlier, Scarlet had pulled Sandra Ellis out of a burning building. She smiled at the memory. It had taken two months before her singed eyebrows returned to normal.
Local Medical Student Receives Position with Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. His name was Allen and he never knew, just three days before receiving the letter, his life had been saved because of a flat tire—one she had caused with a well-placed shove of one of her blades. As he grumbled and sweated to change the tire, he’d avoided the drunk driver who would have taken his life.
Firefighter Risks Life to Save Bus Full of Children
Teen Creates Foundation to Help Troubled Youth
These were just a few of her validations for the long, lonely nights she spent in diligent surveillance. Sometimes she wondered how many more of these clippings would become a part of her own journal before it was her turn to pass the Legacy on. Realizing her thoughts had turned maudlin, she shook her head and stuffed them back into the rear of the book. Once secure, she turned to a clean page and began to write about Jeffrey Coreman.
Something malevolent stalks the world spreading chaos and discord, targeting those individuals who are destined to provide a great service to humanity. Most are not aware of their sinister plots, but one is.
To the casual observer, Scarlet is only a bicycle courier, however, she is so much more. When the shadows lengthen and evil walks, she is judge and jury, exacting justice. Perhaps some may call it an honor but she calls it a curse because she can't have a family or friends and can't relinquish it until the day she dies. With no help, she muddles through best she can, hoping to make a difference at the price of her own happiness.
Gage Williams, Senior Detective, is searching for a mysterious vigilante who leaves behind a sea of destruction and a grateful public. When all the evidence points to Scarlet, he has to weigh it against his own heart. Is it possible the woman that has captured his attention is the one they are searching for?
When the Legacy calls, Scarlet must answer.
Even if it costs her everything.
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Melissa was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and raised in Houlka, a small rural town forty-five minutes southwest down the famous Natchez Trace. She found a love of reading very early and quickly devoured everything she could. In the fourth grade she discovered a multitude of worlds when she received her first library card. Told repeatedly that she had a wonderful imagination, she turned to scribbling her musings and wrote her first novel while in college. It was never published and has since vanished. The death of a close friend who aspired to become an author awakened her own desire resulting in penning her first book, Shattered Dreams, published in 2013. It was quickly followed by two sequels with a forth final book in the works.
Melissa now resides in Meridian, Mississippi with her supportive family – husband, Robert and daughter Rebecca, two cats, and a precocious Chihuahua. When she isn't writing, she spends way too much time communicating with her online friends and feeding her ravenous appetite for the written word.