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Nursing a Grudge (Maternal Instincts Mystery Series: Book Four) Sneak Peek – Chapter Three Continued…

Did you miss Chapter One ? Did you miss Chapter Two ? From Nursing a Grudge  Chapter Three Continued After the hospital checked Paula into an observation room, the first words out of her mouth were, “When can I get the epidural?” The nurse, a small blonde who looked not a day older than 12, said sweetly, “Oh, we need to see how far along you are before we can even get you admitted to Labor and Delivery.” She tapped at a computer monitor then said, “I’ll be back in flash. I just need to get you set up in our system.” Paula smiled sweetly back to the nurse, but as soon as she left the room Paula let out a stream of profanity that someone suffering from Tourette Syndrome would envy. She finished with, “I want the stupid, stupid, stupid epidural now.” “Hey,” I said, rubbing her shoulder. “They’ll get it to you soon.” She let out a series of deep moans that frightened even me. Another nurse peeked into our room and asked cheerfully, “Every‐ thing all right in here?” Paula replied quickly, “Oh, yes. Thank you. My friend rubbed my shoulder and I feel better already.” I frowned. The mere presence of the nurse had calmed Paula down. The nurse proceeded to complete her check of Paula, including attaching as many monitors as possible. Neither Paula nor that baby would make a move or take a breath that wasn’t accounted for. While the nurse worked, Paula had a contraction but breathed right through it. No moans, no swearing, no yelling. But as soon as the nurse...

Nursing a Grudge (Maternal Instincts Mystery Series: Book Four) Sneak Peek – Chapter Three

Did you miss Chapter One ? Did you miss Chapter Two ? From Nursing a Grudge  Chapter Three  I dialed Jill and got her voicemail, I pounded on my steering wheel and let out a few choice swear words. Laurie made a noise from her car seat. I adjusted the rearview mirror and studied Laurie in the Elmo mirror that was pinned to the backseat. “Sorry for the swearing, sweat pea.” Laurie pointed at my reflection in her mirror and cooed. I texted Jill. R U OK? WHERE R U? I’M ON MY WAY TO UC. Then I dialed my hubby, Jim. He picked up on the first ring. “Great news, honey. Ramon is here,” he said. He’s cooking up a storm—” “What? Ramon? What’s he doing there?” We’d met Ramon over the holidays when I’d been investigating the murder of a reporter. Ramon catered for the television station the victim had worked for. “Cooking!” My stomach growled. “Uh! Sorry I’m missing out. Hey listen, Paula’s in labor. David’s flight’s been delayed so I’m on my way to UC. Can you meet me there and pick up the kids?” “Kids?” “I have to watch Danny. He’s not allowed into the maternity ward and neither is our little jelly belly.” “Oh,” Jim said. “Uh, the empanadas are nearly out of the oven and I— ” “Empanadas? Come on, Jim. I can’t take—” “Well, it’s not only the empanadas. I have a sales call scheduled this afternoon. I really worked for this one, so I’d hate to reschedule. Can I call your mom? Maybe she can—” A sales call, my foot!...

Nursing a Grudge (Maternal Instincts Mystery Series: Book Four) Sneak Peek – Chapter Two Continued…

Did you miss Chapter One ? From Nursing a Grudge  Chapter Two Continued…   He frowned. “Well, then you go by another name. Maybe you’re Carol McCarthy? You’re a crit, though.” He pointed at my card. “You’re not fooling anyone with this pseudonym! Kate Connolly? Please.” The waitress came out from the back and angled her phone at me. “I’ve got her picture now, Donald, don’t worry. We’ll be able to post this online and warn everyone about her.” Laurie wailed louder and I pressed the phone to my ear, trying to ignore everything, only now Paula was wailing, too. “Paula, can you get to the hospital on your own?” She took three short breaths, then said, “Yes, but I need you to pick up Danny.” Danny was Paula’s two-year-old son, and our plan had always been for him to stay with me when she went to the hospital. “UC won’t let him into the maternity ward without another adult present,” Paula continued. “David’s flight’s been delayed and I can’t reach—” “UC? I thought you were going to California Pacific?” Paula wailed again. “Another contraction?” I asked. She ignored my question. “Meet me at UC, not Cal Pacific. Our insurance changed. Don’t you ever listen—” She continued to scold me but I covered the mouthpiece on the phone and addressed the dour man standing in front of me. “Look,” I hissed. “I am not a food critic. My name is Kate Connolly. My friend is in labor and I have to meet her. Please run the charges on my card.” Of course, I didn’t add that Jill was indeed...

Nursing a Grudge (Maternal Instincts Mystery Series: Book Four) Sneak Peek – Chapter Two

Did you miss Chapter One ? From Nursing a Grudge  Chapter Two   MAN! Now I needed to pay immediately and the waitress had vanished again. I placed Laurie in her infant carrier, then fished around the massive diaper bag for my wallet. Why didn’t I have a small, cute purse like Jill? I rooted past the diaper wipes and a pacifier. Oh right, fashion purses don’t hold much baby paraphernalia. Then I pushed aside my binoculars, and an UZI tactical self defense pen… Fashion purses probably don’t fit much P.I. equipment, either. I finally located my wallet and peeked inside. I had $17. Not nearly enough to pay for the chichi lunch. Probably not even enough to pay for the coffee drinks these days. I pulled out my phone and messaged Jill: SKULL CAP MAN IS ON YOUR TAIL. I WILL TRAIL YOU. I rose and walked toward the back of the restaurant. “Hello?” I called out. Our waitress appeared and I handed her my credit card. “I have to leave immediately. Can you ring me up?” She made a face. “Is something wrong with the food?”   GRAB YOUR COPY OF NURSING A GRUDGE HERE   “No. Nothing like that. Just personal business.” “Can I wrap it up for you?” “No. Thank you.” The waitress froze, then slowly she looked over my shoulder at the moms in the corner and then leveled a glare at me. “Are you a reviewer?” “What? No. I just need to leave.” I refrained from turning around and staring at the moms behind me. Maybe they had ratted out Jill, only somehow...

Nursing a Grudge (Maternal Instincts Mystery Series: Book Four) Sneak Peek – Chapter One Continued

Did you miss Part One? From Nursing a Grudge  Chapter One  The hostesses with the frizzy red hair returned with two steaming mugs in her hands. She placed my coffee in front of me, sloshing hot liquid over the top and onto the table. I pulled Laurie away protectively. The waitress didn’t even notice; she merely put Jill’s mug in front of her and asked, “Ready to order?” Jill smiled up at her. “Not yet.” The waitress smiled back. Well, there you go. Jill got smiles, I got a coffee mess. “Let me know when you’re ready,” the waitress said. She spun around and attended to the other moms that were camped out on a large leather couch in the corner of the tea house. One mom leaned in and whispered something to the waitress, then they all turned and stared at us. I lifted my mug and sighed as I placed it back down into the puddle of coffee on the table. I needed another hand. “Want to hold Laurie?” I asked. Jill quickly glanced at her immaculate blouse. “Um, yeah. Sure.” She didn’t look at all sure. I reached into the hulking diaper bag that was always with me now and pulled out a clean spit-up rag and handed it to Jill. She looked relieved as she placed it onto her shoulder and took Laurie. I quickly wiped up the liquid on the table and watched in horror as Laurie batted a hand dangerously close to Jill’s hot chocolate. The other hand had already found its way into Jill’s hair. Jill grimaced. I finished mopping up the...

Nursing a Grudge (Maternal Instincts Mystery Series: Book Four) Sneak Peek – Chapter One

Did you miss Book One ? Did you miss Book Two ? Did you miss Book Three ? From Nursing a Grudge  Chapter One  TO DO: 1. Catch up with old friends! 2. √ Phone Jill and set a date. 3. Land a new client. 4. Buy Paula a present for new baby. 5. Get back in shape! From inside Tea & Tumble, I checked my phone for the umpteenth time. My best friend, Paula, was due to give birth any day now, and I’d promised to babysit her toddler when the time came. The café was empty save for myself, my four-month old daughter and another pair of moms with their infants camped out in the corner. Tea & Tumble was rated as the top pick for baby friendly cafes in the Bay Area. It was decorated in pinks and greens with a colorful, plush carpet in the corner of the dining area and a large leather couch. On the carpet, the two infants drooled over picture books, while their mothers were perched on the couch sipping lattes. I glanced at Laurie, who cooed up at me from her baby carrier nestled at my feet. “Paula’s going to have her baby any day now. Are you ready for a new friend?” Laurie batted her hand out, grabbing at imaginary items. “I’ll take that as a yes,” I said. I freed her from the infant carrier, then lowered my voice. “Then you can slobber over the book of the month club choice like those other two in the corner.” Laurie flashed me a wide, toothless grin. “Besides,” I said....