RIPPLES (A Consequences Novel)
By Aleatha Romig
Release Day – Oct 31, 2017
You don’t have to read the Consequences series to enjoy this stand-alone novel, but if you know Tony Rawlings, you know that disappointing him isn’t an option. Imagine being his youngest daughter…imagine telling him the unimaginable…
“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”
Sometimes ideas find you, and dreams begin as nightmares. Sometimes the truth that has been kept hidden is the key to opening a door you never knew existed.
“You might not know me. I’m the baby of the Rawlings family, the princess, the daughter who came along later. I’m not like my older siblings, successful at everything they touch. My mother and father have provided me with every luxury as well as their unyielding love and support, but I’m not spoiled. I’m also not content. By example, my parents have shown me how love should be. I don’t know their past, and that doesn’t matter. I know what I’ve seen—two people devoted to one another.
I don’t believe that I’ll ever find that kind of love, the kind that forgives and accepts all. And as my life falls to pieces and I travel to visit my family to face their disappointment, I’m not even looking for it.
I’m looking for an escape…from my life as a Rawlings…from the pressure to achieve and not let others down. I dream of the time I can live for my own desires without the expectations that come with my name.
I don’t find what I’m seeking…it finds me. Or should I say…he finds me.
This time is different. I have a family who will search for me and find the answers. Little do we know—any of us—that my father set my journey into motion long before I was born.”
“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” ~Dalai Lama
Ripples (Unabridged Version) is Natalie’s story, the youngest of Tony and Claire’s children—their baby. This story first appeared in shorter form in Glamour: Contemporary Fairytale Retellings. Due to the length restriction of each novella in that anthology, many scenes in Ripples were shortened or omitted for that anthology. This unabridged edition is the entire story—double in length and—a full-length novel.
Please enjoy this Consequences novel along with special appearances from your favorite Consequences characters.
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Claire looked again at the clock. Half past six.
Slipping into her robe and slippers, she pulled herself from the glorious lightening view and made her way down to the first level of the chateau.
As she rounded the large column near the bottom of the stairs, the masculine voices she loved came into range. With each step closer, her worries evaporated into the air filled with the scent of coffee, backdrop of surf, and talk of things Claire didn’t care to understand.
“…make a move now. The US markets won’t open for hours…” Nate was saying.
Claire couldn’t stop the smile as she entered the room. Though their conversations bored her to tears, they were always the same. Of course, Nate’s father knew the time of the markets, probably better than the arrival time of their daughters.
Stepping closer, Claire went behind Tony and kissed his prickly cheek. His dark hair had succumbed to time, now more white than black. That didn’t in any way lessen his handsome appearance, not in Claire’s eyes or the eyes of the world. He was often still mentioned when citing wealthy, handsome entrepreneurs. It’s a phenomenon with men. They never age, only becoming more distinguished.
“Good morning, Claire,” Tony’s deep voice took on the timbre it always did when the two of them conversed, reverberating to her heart like a calming wave.
She ran her hand over Nate’s shoulder as she wished him a good day, also. Their son was more and more like his father—in appearance. Though Nate was younger than Tony had been when Claire had first met him long ago in Atlanta, she saw the resemblance and wondered when their son would find that right lady for his life. Truly she wasn’t a fan of the women who threw themselves at her son’s feet. Had it been that way for Tony in his youth? Claire didn’t know. Her life began when they found one another. In her mind, his did too.
Though Nate shared his father’s flair for business and all things numerical, his heart was more like his mother’s, tender and caring. The combination wasn’t a flaw, as he’d shown already in his short time as a world-renowned businessman.
She gave his neck a quick hug. “Have I told you how nice it is to have you here?”
“About fifty times, but I haven’t been here that long,” Nate replied with a grin. “I’m expecting fifty more before the girls arrive and take up all your time.”
“Nonsense. I always have time for you. Where’s Phil?” she asked, looking around the large dining table.
Tony’s head tilted to the side. “Really? Your two favorite Rawlings men are here, you promise them your time, and you’re looking for Roach?”
Claire laughed. “After I pour myself some coffee I am, unless one of you two favorite Rawlings men can help me.”
“What do you need?” Nate asked.
“To confirm the details of Nichol’s and Natalie’s arrivals and the plans to pick them up from the airport.”
Nate shook his head. “Phil’s your man.”
Claire winked at Tony. “That’s what I’ve always said.”
About the Author:
Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana, USA. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!
Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat.
In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romantic suspense with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.
2017 brings Aleatha’s first “Leatha, the lighter side of Aleatha” with PLUS ONE, a fun, sexy romantic comedy.
Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and PEN America. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.